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BHS announces the 2018 contest qualification guidelines

The Barbershop Harmony Society announces the qualification guidelines for our upcoming International Quartet and Chorus Competitions and Midwinter contest sessions.


International Quartet and Chorus Contests

Orlando, Florida | July 2 - 8, 2018

Open Quartet Contest:  The automatic qualifying score will remain at 76%. There is no change to the qualification process for the 2018 contest.

As a result of the growth in the number of quartets achieving this plateau over the past 2-3 years, for 2018 we’ve decided to add a third quarterfinals session instead of increasing the automatic qualifying score. In place of the traditional two quarter-final rounds, we will add a third round, and the traditional contest session schedule will change. This schedule reflects estimated times and is a pilot for 2018 only.

  • Tuesday, July 3rd - Noon - 4:00 p.m., 1st session quarterfinals
  • Tuesday, July 3rd - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., 2nd session quarterfinals
  • Wednesday, July 4th - 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 3rd session quarterfinals
  • Wednesday, July 4th - 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Varsity Quartet Contest (formerly YBQC) and Varsity Chorus Invitational

2018 #BHSORLANDO schedule (2)

Open Chorus Contest:  No change. The International chorus contest will consist of 17 BHS district choruses and ten wild card choruses, in addition to invited Affiliate choruses.

Varsity Quartet Contest: Video submission only. The 20 highest-scoring quartets will participate in the finals round at the Convention. Complete rules here. Event information can be found here.

Varsity Chorus Invitational: Full registration process to be announced soon. Event information can be found here.


Midwinter Convention

Costa Mesa, California | January 16 - 21, 2018

Seniors  Quartet Contest:  There is no change to the current qualifying process for Senior quartets.

Seniors Chorus Festival: The draw for the Festival is based on a four-year cycle, starting with the 2018 Midwinter convention. A random draw was held with district leaders, allowing each district to select one of three competition years: 2018 in Orange County, 2019 in Nashville, 2020 at a location to be announced. The fourth year (2021) will feature the top 5 scoring Senior choruses, as determined by their district competition results that year.

2018- FWD (host), EVG, ONT, LOL, SUN

2019- SWD, DIX (host), JAD, NSC, Ill, SLD


2021- Top 5 qualifying scores at District

Youth Chorus Festival: Participants have already been selected and invited to participate. Details on how to apply for 2019 Junior Chorus Invitational and the Junior Quartet Contest will be announced soon.