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What the Presentation judges discussed at Category School

Every three years, all Society judges and candidate judges wishing to certify are required to attend Category School. Held during the three days prior to Harmony University, judges and judging candidates receive instruction and testing; they also officially acquire, maintain or lose their certification.   Category School is also the point in which any formal tweaks to the scoring or interpretatio...
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Contest Entry — Time to get your act together

As fall contest season approaches, it's good to start taking care of a few administrative  tasks now, to avoid any last-minute surprises. Remember these important details: Your quartet must be an officially registered Society quartet.  If you haven't yet paid for the registration or renewal of your quartet, you'll need to do this before beginning the contest entry process.  Call 800-876-7464 if...
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Small vs Large Chorus Competitions

Another from John Wabel   I have repeatedly asked that the society define and split the international/district competitions into a small chorus competition and a large chorus competition. I am in a small chorus and we don't even want to go to the district competition any more. There is no way we can compete with the large choruses. They tell me we can't change the district competition rules...
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Ask A Judge, Appearances on Stage

From Kirt Thiesmeyer   With the last chorus competitor, the Salem SenateAires, both Jim Henry and Jeff Oxley appeared on stage as part of the program.  I was told by a Music Judge that all they need is a "paper membership" and they are authorized to be there, adding that, quite likely, the Salem chapter itself paid the necessary District and chapter dues to make it "kosher."  Isn't that bot...
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Ask a Judge, Talking on Stage

From Al Spence   I’m puzzled by the scores awarded to the Salem chorus.  I thought C & J was trying to enforce a cutting-down of the amount of talking in a contest set.  This set lasted approximately 25 minutes, most of which was talking.  This is supposed to be a contest, not a chapter show.  Did they actually sing a complete barbershop arrangement?  I totally lost track with all of th...
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Ask a Judge, round 1: Crossing categories?

From Stephanie Dingle: How are members to handle situations when a judge, during evals, openly admits to crossing categories?  A Presentation judge spends more time discussing singing or music ... a Music judge saying there was a lack of musicality but I scored higher because of energy. These are a few vague issues I've heard myself, but I still question the idea that each category can be judged ...
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