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Enter a BHS Contest

What you need to know before entering a contest

New to BHS Competition?

Read our blog for more information on updated contest rules and options for female and mixed choruses and quartets.

NEW: District-Level Contest Opportunities for Women's and Mixed Harmony Groups

We've compiled a list of all 2019 District contest options for women's and mixed harmony ensembles. Click on the button below for the most up-to-date information!

For BHS Chapters and Choruses

You must be an officially chartered chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. If you are unsure of the status of your chapter or chorus, you’ll need to contact the Chapter Leadership & Education team prior to completing the contest entry process. Contact chapters@barbershop.org or call 800-876-7464 x4136.

See all requirements

In order to enter a contest, BHS Chapters and Choruses must meet the following requirements:

  • All competing members of the chorus must be members of your chapter, and their membership must be current – and all dues paid – on the actual day of the competition.
  • If you are a Chapter Secretary, President, Chorus Director or Manager, you’ll need your username and password for Barberscore to enter a contest.
  • A legal copy of each piece of music you are singing, showing the Product ID numbers of any music purchased from the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and all copyright/publisher information for songs you did not purchase from the BHS.

For BHS Quartets

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 you require assistance in registering or renewing your quartet.

There are three main classifications for quartets in the Barbershop Harmony Society:

  1. Next Generation Quartets - all singers in a youth quartet must be 25 and under.
  2. Quartets - open to all ages, our “regular” quartets must all be members of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Registered quartets are eligible to compete in the local district contests, and are given the opportunity to qualify to compete at the International level at our annual summer convention.
  3. Seniors Quartets - all singers in a seniors quartet must be at least 55 years old with an average age of 60 (total combined years of 240) to qualify as a Seniors quartet. Our Seniors quartets compete locally in their district competition with an opportunity to qualify to compete at the annual Midwinter convention.

See all requirements

In order to enter a contest, BHS quartets must meet the following requirements:

  • All four (competing) members of the quartet must be members of a BHS chapter, and their membership must be current – and all dues paid – on the actual day of the competition. Frank Thorne chapter membership is also permissible to meet this requirement.
  • If you are the quartet contact, you’ll need your username and password for Barberscore to enter a contest.
  • A legal copy of each piece of music you are singing, showing the Product ID numbers of any music purchased from the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and all copyright/publisher information for songs you did not purchase from the BHS.

Contest Entry Process

Click on the links below for more information about how to enter a contest.

QUARTET - Fleet Street

Next Generation Barbershop

Ages 25 and under

Varsity Quartets and Choruses

Please visit our Varsity Quartet page to fill out an application online.

Please visit our Varsity Chorus page to fill out an application online.

Junior Quartets and Choruses

Please visit our Junior Quartet page to fill out an application online.

Please visit our Junior Chorus page to fill out an application online.

Chorus Contests

Division, District, or International

Only those designated in the following chorus roles are able to enter their chorus into a contest utilizing Barberscore:

  • Chorus Manager
  • Chorus Director
  • Chorus Assistant or Associate Director

Chapter officers (such as the chapter secretary) will need to add themselves as a chorus manager role if they wish to manage their chorus' contest entry.

Tutorials & FAQs

Information for Chapters on how to enter a division, district or international contest can be found by visiting the Barberscore tutorials page.

FAQ's about contest entry can be found here.

Specific instructions for choruses can be found here.

Questions?

Please contact customerservice@barbershop.org or 800.876.SING.

Quartet Contests

Division, District, or International

Tutorials and FAQs

Information for Quartets on how to enter a division, district or international contest can be found by visiting the Barberscore tutorials page.

FAQ's about contest entry can be found here.

Specific instructions for quartets can be found here.

Questions?

Please contact customerservice@barbershop.org or 800.876.SING.