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Barbershop is coming back!

Barbershop is coming back, and your group can sing on an international stage

The Barbershop Harmony Society’s biggest stages will welcome more ensembles than ever before. Whether you love the challenge of competition, or crave a broader audience for your showmanship, you’ll find an event on your side of the continent.

In brief: 2022 major stage opportunities

Entry deadlineQualifying score

Midwinter Convention • Pasadena, CA • January 13-16, 2022

Midwinter Chorus and Quartet Festival

December 3, 2021 ⬈

NA

International Convention • Charlotte, NC • July 2-6, 2022

International Chorus Contest

December 3, 2021⬈

78%

International Quartet Contest

Spring 2022 (TBD)

76%

International Chorus Festival

February 15, 2022⬈

NA

International Quartet Festival

April 30, 2022 ⬈

NA

What’s new for 2022

  • New Festival events at Midwinter and summer International Conventions offer more places to sing
  • Revised qualifying scores reflect post-pandemic restarts for many ensembles
  • Video qualification for some events eases the process of getting up to speed and back on stage

Midwinter Chorus and Quartet Festival

Pasadena, California • January 14, 2022
Entry deadline: December 3, 2021

Who can enter

  • Choruses and quartets of all levels of ability, all backgrounds, and all configurations
  • Membership not required
  • Perform two songs in front of an audience, get a score and rating (if desired), and receive world-class coaching from a BHS-certified judge
  • Limited space!

Get details

International Chorus Contest

Charlotte, North Carolina • July 2022
Entry deadline: December 3, 2021
Qualification score: 78%

Who can enter

  • Any chorus scoring 78% or higher in contests from International 2019 through Spring 2022.
    Must enter by December 3, 2021. Get details.
  • Any chorus scoring 78% or higher by video entry.
    Must enter by December 3, 2021. Get details.
  • Any chorus scoring 78% or higher at an in-person Spring 2022 contest.
    Must enter by December 3, 2021. Get details.

International Quartet Contest

Charlotte, North Carolina • July 2022
Entry deadline: Spring 2022 (TBD)
Qualification score: 76%

Who can enter

The standard process will return, with qualifying contests in Spring 2022. No further action is required right now.

International Chorus Festival

Charlotte, North Carolina • July 2022
Entry deadline: February 15, 2022⬈
Qualification score: NA

Who can enter

  • Open to ALL choruses and ensembles regardless of affiliation or gender
  • Perform two songs in front of an audience, get a score and rating (if desired), and receive world-class coaching from a BHS-certified judge
  • Limited space!

International Quartet Festival

Charlotte, North Carolina • July 2022
Entry deadline: April 30, 2022 ⬈
Qualification score: NA

Who can enter

  • Open to ALL quartets, regardless of affiliation or gender
  • Perform two songs in front of an audience, get a score and rating (if desired), and receive world-class coaching from a BHS-certified judge
  • Limited space!
  • Some quartets may also be selected/invited to perform on the International Contest stage at the conclusion of a session. This decision will be made by the judging panel of the quartet festival.
  • Note that this festival does not qualify quartets to compete in the official International Quartet Competition.

Questions one might ask...

What if a chorus cannot commit to entering the international contest at this time due to pandemic reopening uncertainty?

The official Chorus Contest Entry and fee are fully refundable, and all entries must be received by December 3, 2021. Keep your options open: enter now to ensure a slot.

What if a chorus attempts to qualify for the international chorus contest (by video or on stage) by Spring 2022, but does not attain the required 78% score?

The official Chorus Contest Entry and fee are fully refundable, and all entries must be received by December 3, 2021, although the qualifying score may come later. Prepare for success: enter now to ensure a slot.

How are ensembles classified?

At present the qualification page reflects the Contest Expansion Plan announced in December 2019. That plan is currently under review by the Society Board of Directors.

If the current or future Contest Expansion Plan does not match the desires of a chorus, should it enter the contest?

The official Chorus Contest Entry and fee are fully refundable, and all entries must be received by December 3, 2021. Keep your options open: enter now to ensure a slot.