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Interested in entering a contest or festival?

With the cancellation of the fall 2020 district preliminaries and the addition of the quartet and chorus festivals for the 2021 International Convention, the Society Contest & Judging Committee (SCJC) has developed several overrides to BHS contest rules for Cleveland 2021 as well as new guidelines for choruses and quartets wishing to participate in the new festival model.

UPDATE: 1/26/2021 - International Chorus Contest and Festival Update.

Click on the button below to learn more or contact events@barbershop.org.

2021 International Quartet Contest

Tuesday, June 29 - Saturday, July 3

QUARTET - Signature

Tuesday, June 29 | Quarterfinals Session 1

Wednesday, June 30 | Quarterfinals Session 2

Thursday, July 1 | Quartet Semifinals

Saturday, July 3 | Quartet Finals

The barbershop quartet is the foundation of the art form and our Society. Barbershop’s versatility is boundless. From ballads to up-tunes to comedy, you’ll hear nearly every style of music as renowned quartets from across the world compete for gold on the International stage.

View full event schedule here.

*NEW* Quartet Festival

Tuesday, June 29 - Wednesday, June 30

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Your quartet is invited to participate in the 2021 International Quartet Festival in Cleveland, Ohio! The festival is open to ALL quartets and ensembles regardless of affiliation or ensemble type (men's, women's, and mixed harmony).

The festival entry deadline is April 30, 2021. Space is limited, and this event may reach capacity before the entry deadline (complete your entry early to assure a spot).

All participating quartets will receive:

  • A two song performance for adjudication in front of a live audience at the International Convention
  • Official festival participant pin for each singer
  • Rating (Superior, Outstanding, Excellent, Good), score and award
  • Coaching & evaluation session from a certified judge (if desired)
  • Performance opportunity during the week (if desired)

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.

Please note: This festival does not qualify quartets to compete in the official International Quartet Competition.

Quartet Festival Entry Fee & Payment Information

Non-BHS Quartet Entry | $199
Festival entry for a quartet that isn't registered with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

BHS Quartet Entry | $149
Festival entry for a quartet that is currently registered with the Barbershop Harmony Society

Payment must be completed by April 30, 2021 (via check or credit card). Entry fees are fully refundable for any reason if the withdrawal occurs before April 30, 2021.

Each singer must hold a convention registration in their name valid for the day of the festival performance (packages starting at $99 per person are available if purchased before December 1st, 2020).

Judging and Rating Criteria

Judging Criteria

  • Each quartet will perform two a cappella selections.
  • Each quartet will receive a score in three categories (Singing, Music, and Performance, according to BHS C&J Rules - see the Contest Judging Handbook).

Rating Criteria

All participating quartets will be awarded a rating based on the overall score from the judging panel:

  • Good: <13 (<61% on BHS 100 point scale)
  • Excellent: 13 to <17 (61 to <68% on BHS 100 point scale)
  • Outstanding: 17 to <21 (68 to <75 on BHS 100 point scale)
  • Superior: >21 (>75 on BHS 100 point scale)

2021 International Chorus Contest

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2021 International Chorus Contest and Festival update

*NEW* Chorus Festival

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2021 International Chorus Contest and Festival update

Next Generation Varsity Quartet & Chorus Invitational

Wednesday, June 30

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Wednesday, June 30 | Next Generation Varsity Quartet Contest & Chorus Festival

Quartets with members who are 25 and younger have an opportunity to perform for an audience of thousands of enthusiastic fans in an electric environment. Come and hear the future of barbershop music live and in person.

Next Generation Chorus Festival: see update here.

View full event schedule here.