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2018 International Youth Chorus Festival


January 16-21, 2018 in Orange County, CA
Fire Up Your Singers With the Premier Destination Event

Costa Mesa in beautiful Orange County, CA hosts the 2018 Youth Chorus Festival, with all events taking place in the incomparable Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, one of the most incredible concert halls in the country.

Come be a part of a festival that has over a decade of rich history, has brought choruses together from all over the world, and has attracted guests and clinicians such as Godfather of A Cappella Deke Sharon (producer of the Pitch Perfect movies), American Choral Directors Association executive director Dr. Tim Sharp, and Choir of the World Champions Westminster Chorus.



What’s new for the 2017 Youth Chorus Festival (And beyond)…


Youth Chorus Festival Details



At least 12+ Singers, Ages 25 and Under, perform 3 songs

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

3 mass chorus songs

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

4 Days, 3 Nights

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.


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 professional-quality barbershop shows featuring top quartets 
  • Optional group photos from the Festival performance
  • 3 nights stay in a luxury 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

We are currently accepting initial applications to gauge interest among performers we may invite. Questions? Contact our Outreach team at 800-876-SING or email outreach@barbershop.org for details.



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