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Update from Harmony Hall | March 17, 2020

Decision Timeline for July Events

Our Events and Education teams have been in direct contact with our International Convention and Harmony University venues and vendors over the past week to determine the options available for holding our events.

We hope to have a decision about the International Convention made and communicated by email to our members and attendees by March 31st. The hotels and venues in LA are rightfully prioritizing events that occur in the next several weeks before they can fully address our July event. A decision about Harmony University will likely be made in April.

We know you are all anxious to know the plan for each of these events and our teams are working as quickly and as thoroughly as possible while keeping safety of this community as our number one priority. Once the decision has been made, our competitors, attendees, and barbershop community will be notified right away.Please be patient - our Harmony Hall staff is working through many different if/then scenarios and contingency plans and will not have information to share if you contact them directly before an announcement is made.

International Quartet Prelims

If it is determined that there will be a 2020 International Contest held, quartets will utilize a process similar to the existing video qualification process that has been in place for Next Generation Barbershop events for several years. While there are multiple ways that Prelims could be conducted, our Society Contest and Judging Committee has elected to use this tested and familiar system in this instance. If video qualification is implemented, more detailed information will be shared.

Harmony Hall Operations

Harmony Hall remains open, but is temporarily closed for tours and outside visitors.

Staff has been given the option to work remotely when possible.

Our current Customer Service, Shipping, and Music Services departments are all available at this time to provide assistance with shopping for music and merchandise online, providing information and answering questions, and connecting you with the resources you need.

Staying Informed, Staying Connected

Since the effects of COVID-19 and local advisories vary by geographic area, we encourage everyone to stay informed of restrictions in place for your city and state or province. Here at Harmony Hall, we are using the Center for Disease Control and the Government of Canada information pages as global resources.

As you self-quarantine and limit your social interaction with others, we encourage you to stay connected to your barbershop family in other ways. We’ll be sharing ideas and activities all week long on our social media pages and in our weekly newsletter.

Above: CEO Marty Monson shares a heartfelt message to our members and world-wide barbershop family, along with a few updates about Harmony Hall staffing and our July events.

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