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International Youth Chorus Festival

9th Annual International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival
Reno, Nevada • January 26 – 31, 2016

Fire up your men’s chorus with a premier destination event!

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Participation in the Festival includes:

  • Performance in an international a cappella music festival
    • Positive, constructive adjudication from three different judges (one judge per scoring category)
    • Professional performance recording
    • Meaningful awards for all participants
    • Audience-voted awards!
    • Trophies for each of the “Plateau” winners
  • FREE admission to two professional-quality barbershop shows featuring the top 5 quartets in  the world 
  • Optional group photos from the Festival performance
  • 3 nights stay in a four-star luxury resort hotel for each singer and chorus director
  • Opportunity for students to demonstrate competence in National Standards #1, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9
  • Opportunity for music educators to earn continuing education scholarships and CEU
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Clinician and festival host DEKE SHARON, musical director of Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off
  • “The father of contemporary a cappella” – Entertainment Weekly
  • “A one man a cappella revolution” – Boston Globe
  • “Deke Sharon makes a cappella cool again” – NPR

Deke Sharon will direct the Festival Chorus and hold a special workshop for young singers

Heralded as “the father of contemporary a cappella,” he is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world. Deke produces The Sing-Off worldwide and was arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal’s Pitch Perfect and  Pitch Perfect 2. 

Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college and is responsible for many seminal a cappella programs, including the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards), ICCAs (International Championship of College A Cappella), and BOCA (Best of College A Cappella Compilation). He is also contemporary a cappella’s most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, with many of them in print worldwide with Hal Leonard/Contemporary A Cappella Publishing.

Fire up your men’s chorus with a premier destination event! 

The International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival is for ensembles of 12 or more men, age 25 or under.  Each chorus performs 3 songs during the festival: 2 contestable barbershop songs, and a 3rd song can be absolutely anything a cappella. 

All choruses will also be expected to learn 3 mass chorus songs to be sung throughout the weekend, with more than 500 other young men from around the world.

All ensembles will be expected to arrive Thursday early afternoon, participate in the festival on Friday and other events on Saturday and depart Sunday morning. 

There is a $300 fee to register your group, but the good news is, we will cover the cost of convention registration, show tickets, and other festival accommodations, including paying for your hotel accommodations (4 to a room), thanks to the generous donors of Harmony Foundation International.  You would only be responsible for your travel and food.

Space is limited, so if you’re interested, click here to fill out the registration form and send us your non-refundable registration fee of $300 (send checks to the Barbershop Harmony Society, attn. Accounting Dept., 110 7th Ave N., Nashville, TN 37203-3704 or call Ashley Torroll at 615-673-4118 to register with a credit card).

Questions? Call our Outreach team at 800-876-SING or email outreach@barbershop.org 

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