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New judge candidates advance

New judge candidates advance

Despite pandemic complications, a cadre of volunteers continued the pursuit of still more challenges ahead.

The Barbershop Harmony Society Contest and Judging system is the envy of many choral organizations, for its ability to train highly skilled individuals to objectively and consistently evaluate and score musical performance. This year, even with the pandemic interrupting normal training activities, the C&J community advanced a new class of applicants to full Candidate Judges.

Becoming a judge is a multi-year process, with most of the expense borne by the candidates themselves. Their reward: a volunteer job with long hours, late nights, and hardly any time to actually sing while at a barbershop convention. Love for the art form and for helping people reach their potential drives them, and we are all richer for their devotion.

The Barbershop Harmony Society proudly welcomes two new Certified Singing Category Judges

  • DC Nash
  • Ryan Wisniewski

The Barbershop Harmony Society proudly welcomes its newest Candidate Judges

Contest Administrator

Dan Bodtke

Michael Busse

Nancy Chapple

Bill Hawken

Ben Porter

Ross Trube

Music Category

Erin Cook

Rafi Hasib

Alexander Koller

Dan Wessler

Tyler Wigginton

Johan Wikström

Performance Category

Blair Brown

Paul Ellinger

Will Lagos

Clay Monson

Drew Ochoa

James Pennington

Stefanie Schmidt

Cy Wood

Singing Category

Steve Bayless

Elizabeth Davies

Philip Grant

Norbert Hammes

Zachary Lindquist

Andrew Lujan

Kevin Mendez

Candra Rice

Ben Shively

Stuart Sides

Renee Tramack

Tim Waurick

Keep an eye open for these folks at conventions, online, and in practice sessions—and be sure to thank them for the hard work they are doing en route to further hard work ahead!