Come Sing in Salt Lake City!
Don’t miss this opportunity to sing with some of the best directors and clinicians that barbershop has to offer!
Salt Lake City won’t just be phenomenal shows… there are more opportunities to sing than ever before! Read about the different ways you can get involved below, and stay tuned for more details and registration information.
YOU can sing at International!
- AHSOW: Harmonize by Ear
- Everyone in Harmony Chorus
- Harmony Platoon
- Sing with the Champs
- Tag Zones
- Private Voice Lessons and Coaching
AHSOW: Harmonize by Ear
What is AHSOW?
The Ancient Harmonious Society of Woodshedders (AHSOW) was formed in 1977 with the purpose to preserve the skill of woodshedding as an art form within the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Woodshedding is three individual voices (tenor, bari, and bass) creating barbershop harmonies by ear to a Lead’s melody, without any written arrangement.
The melody is introduced by the lead so all can become familiar with it, but should not have a well-known arrangement. This art hearkens back to over a century ago, to the origins of barbershop quartet singing, where four men would gather (frequently at the local barber shop) and harmonize to the familiar tunes of the day.
Harmonize by ear at International!
All are welcome to participate in this century-old art form. No preparation or advance sign-ups are required; simply check the schedule of events or convention program for the most up-to-date information, including meeting days/times and rooms.
Everyone in Harmony Chorus
OPEN TO ALL!
About the Chorus
Join the second annual Everyone in Harmony Chorus! The chorus is open to anyone attending the International Convention in Salt Lake City who wants to sing in a formal performing group.
Not everyone feels comfortable with tags or quartet singing: they want to prepare some music ahead of time and sing at a high level with other like-minded folks. The opportunity to learn from amazing teachers and perform in front of thousands of barbershoppers is a great activity to add to the convention week!
MUSIC AND PREPARATION EXPECTATIONS
A Whole New World, arr. Theo Hicks (8 part)
It's a Brand New Day, arr. Bob Disney
Access to learning tracks, sheet music, and all event details will be given to each registrant after completing the registration process in a confirmation email.
You don’t need a gold medal voice, but you can prepare like a champion! After the first rehearsal, we expect that all singers will be very comfortable singing without sheet music.
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Rehearsal #1: Wednesday, July 3rd | 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Rehearsal #2: Thursday, July 4th | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Rehearsal #3: Friday, July 5th | 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal/Warm Up: Saturday, July 6th | 4 - 5 p.m.
PERFORMANCE: Saturday, July 6th | Saturday Night Spectacular
CLINICIANS: THEO HICKS AND KIM NEWCOMB, CO-DIRECTORS
Theo Hicks grew up in a musical family and discovered barbershop in high school. Since then, barbershop has changed his life and has had an enormous impact on his career path. He is now a music educator, arranger, and composer who has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) for 17 years.
He has gained years of experience singing in quartets and choruses throughout his membership, and currently serves as the Musical Director for the Greater Indianapolis Chapter (Circle City Sound) and sings lead in the 2015 International Champion Quartet, Instant Classic.
Kim Newcomb was born and raised in Texas where she first started singing barbershop in the Austin Harmony Chorus at the age of 12. She attended college at the University of North Texas and holds a bachelor's degree in Vocal Music Education with a concentration in Voice. Kim is self employed and runs NewVoice Studio, under which she teaches voice, coaches various ensembles, and makes learning tracks. Kim is a Singing Judge Candidate in the Barbershop Harmony society and serves as a Young Women In Harmony program coordinator for Sweet Adelines International. Kim is a Sweet Adelines International 2016 Rising Star champion with her quartet, The Ladies, and is a member of the Half and Half mixed quartet. She currently directs the Capital City Chorus.
Instant Classic, the 2015 International Quartet Champions, will also be on the risers and assisting chorus members.
Come and sing with the champs on the big stage!
Pricing and Registration
Members/Associates | $30
Non-members | $40
Under 18 | $10
An All Event registration is NOT required to participate.
PLUS: Purchase an Everyone in Harmony Chorus T-Shirt at checkout for just $16! Available sizes: S - 5X.
1 week. 5 songs. Unlimited Harmony.
Learn five challenging and rewarding songs ahead of time, come to scenic Salt Lake City, get placed into a pickup quartet, compete in a fun, exciting, and friendly competition, and make friends from all over the world to sing with all week.
Three "Luck of the draw" contests will be held at the Little America Hotel (HQ):
- Wednesday, July 2 -- Community Performances (pick up at HQ hotel)
- Wednesday, July 3 - Friday July 5 -- Three Luck-of-the-draw Contests:
- Wednesday, July 3 (begins 30 minutes after the Next Generation Varsity Quartet Contest)
- Thursday, July 4 (in between the Quartet Semifinals and AIC Show)
- Friday, July 5 (begins 30 minutes after the Chorus Contest)
Songs to Prepare
You will be provided charts and part-predominant and full mix learning tracks for all five songs. Learn them COLD so that everyone can be guaranteed to sing with fully prepared singers!
Moonlight Becomes You
(Great contest ballad)
Arr. Ed Waesche, tracks by Tim Waurick (timtracks.com), contestable
(Popular contest uptune)
Arr. Bob Disney, tracks by Drew Wheaton (drewwheaton.com), contestable
For Once In My Life
(Stevie Wonder Mo-town classic)
Arr. Tom Gentry, tracks by Chris Arnold (qsvp.com), contestable
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
(Sweet Beachboys’ hit)
Arr. Steve Delehanty, tracks by Tim Waurick (timtracks.com), show song
No More Sorrow
(Exciting and poignant Gospel song)
Arr. Shelton Kirby III, tracks by Tim Waurick (timtracks.com), show song
Registration and Payment Information
The cost to participate is $30 USD*.
Your registration fee covers charts and learning tracks, an official color-coded Platoon lanyard, and unforgettable quality quartet singing with friends from all over the world.
Please make your payment of $30* via PayPal to email@example.com (use Friends and Family option).
To explore other payment methods, please email Don Salz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at (916) 813-2959.
Please send an email to email@example.com with your name, phone, chapter, part(s), and mailing address.
OR, if you prefer, you may print this form, fill out your information, and mail to:
11 S. Central Ave. #1911
Phoenix, AZ 85004
*Canadian residents, please add $5 USD to your total.
Sing with the Champs
Friday, July 5 | 10:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. | Marriott City Creek: Grand Ballroom Salons A-D
Everyone is welcome to show up and sing with their favorite champs, including After Hours, Main Street, Forefront, Instant Classic, Storm Front, Crossroads, and Vocal Spectrum!
A suggested donation of $25 per song is encouraged.
Sign up at the door and sing the night away!
Top-notch tag teachers will be available in specified areas at specific times to help teach tags to barbershoppers at any skill level.
Once the convention begins, check the program (and Jumbotron) for the latest information on when and where these Zones will be hosted.
Private Voice Lessons & Coaching
Ask any singer, any quartet, or any chorus that has worked with our top-notch team of vocal health experts and they’ll tell you that it is truly amazing how even the smallest adjustments to head, neck, and body position can create a more relaxed, free vocal instrument, enabling the voice to perform at its maximum potential.
The Barbershop Harmony Society will be offering private lessons and coaching in Salt Lake that utilizes cutting-edge teaching techniques to ensure proper, healthy, sustainable singing that can last a lifetime. Whether you’re a beginner singer or a seasoned Barbershopper, you will benefit tremendously from receiving this top-notch guidance towards a path of healthier, more successful singing performances