Barbershop Harmony Australia

In Harmony Newsletter

Tue, 16 Aug 2016

2016 BHS International Contest, Category School and Harmony University

2016 BHS International Contest, Category School and Harmony University
Type of post: News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, 16 Aug 2016
The 2016 BHS International Contest was held in Music City, Nashville, TN - the home of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Over 8000 people walked through the doors of the Bridgestone Arena on the bustling Broadway for 5 days of brilliant entertainment. I once again, had the privilege of hosting the webcast alongside Debbie Cleveland and this year also joined by Matthew Gifford, of Music Island Boys fame.
 
BHA was proudly represented by not 1 but 3 quartets in the Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest (formally Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest) with The Grand Angus (Western Region, featuring Jeremy Conner from Alabama) placing 18th with 73.6, Skyline (Central Region) placing 15th with 74.6, and Blindside (Sunshine Region) placing 8th with 78.9. The Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest was won by newcomer, Pratt Street Power with a score of 82.0.
 
Our youth representatives along with our open quartet representatives, The Mellow Diners, joined forces to perform the Australian National Anthem at the opening of the second Quartet Quarter Finals session.
 
The quartet contest was the largest since the 2011 BHS International Quartet Contest in Louisville, KT, with 58 quartets crossing the stage in what was a long but incredibly entertaining day of competition. The Mellow Diners sang 58th and placed 33rd (the highest placing for an Australian quartet) with a score of 78.8. The contest was won by Forefront (Cardinal District) with a score of 93.3, who will be our guest quartet at the BHA National Convention in Newcastle later this year.
 
Vocal Evolution, who were joined by members of all competing quartets, took to the stage second (directly following Vocal Revolution) placing 27th with a score of 77.9 in what was one of the most exciting chorus contests to date. The chorus contest was won be the Ambassadors of Harmony with a score of 96.8.

Congratulations to Vocal FX from Wellington, New Zealand who placed equal 6th with a score of 89.6 with a truly unforgettable performance.
This year, we saw the World Harmony Jamboree moved to Saturday afternoon, giving audience and performers a little more time to enjoy what this fabulous concert has to offer. Featured on the show, were Blindside, The Mellow Diners (in their final performance as a quartet) and Vocal Evolution.
Only one and a half weeks following the international contest, 10 members of the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges (with 7 from Australia) attended the 2016 BHS Category School. This school, held every 3 years, is a fantastic opportunity for judges to hone their skills and learn more about this wonderful art form through the lens of their category.

Those Presentation (PRS) judges in attendance had the opportunity to be part of history as the category was re-written and transitioned to the Performance (PER) category. BHA were able to support 5 of the 7 Australian attendees with a scholarship to assist in registration for this event. We are so excited for our judges to bring back a new breath of energy and education to our judging program!

 
Directly following Category School was the 2016 BHS Harmony University. This incredible week of education is second to none and this year, it was fantastic to see both Dan Millgate and Richard Reeve from Australia as well as a number of attendees from New Zealand. I was very honoured to be on faculty at this years’ Harmony University, an experience that I will never forget.
 
Congratulations to all who represented BHA so brilliantly over the busy month of July. Personally, I cannot wait to see everyone in Newcastle! All the best with your preparations for what is set to be an exciting week in BHA history!

Alex Morris -  BHA VP Contest & Judging

Youth Contest in Nashville

Youth Contest in Nashville
Type of post: News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, 23 Aug 2016

The new Harmony Foundation Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest dominated day one of Nashville International Convention. The Quartet Contest was held in the Schermerhorn Symphony Centre, one of the most beautiful and acoustically perfect locations ever to host a BHS International event.

 

Pratt Street Power (MAD), 82.0% won gold from 29 contestants.
On the day there was a mere 2.2 percentage points separating 5th place bronze from gold. Other top five finishers were: 2nd (Silver) – Flightline (FWD), 81.6%; 3rd (Bronze) – The Mission (BHNZ), 81.3%; 4th (Bronze) – Ohana Means Family (DIX), 80.7%; and 5th (Bronze) –Frontier (PIO), 79.8%.

 

Our Australian quartets did well. Blindside 8th, 78.9%, Skyline 15th, 74.6%, and The Grand Angus 18th, with 73.6%

 

Congratulations to our youth for taking on the best on the international stage.


Trevor Rootes - BHA VP Youth

 


Successful Youth Workshop held in Perth

Successful Youth Workshop held in Perth
Type of post: News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, 23 Aug 2016

The Baden Street Singers organised a full day of A Cappella Harmony workshops on Saturday, 6th of August from 10am to 4pm at the Shenton College campus; aimed at high school students (years 8 -12) who have an interest in singing.

The day was be lead by our own highly accredited director Lionel Pierson with expert coaching from:

Alex Morris, Carole Macintyre, Bec Hewitt,

The combination of whom is designed to deliver an engaging series of workshops. 


Multiple streams were offered by our extensive faculty, catering for all levels of experience: from the novice singer to the seasoned auditioned chor
al singer.

The aim of the workshops was to provide a highly engaging musical experience to a wide range of attendees, allowing like-minded students from different schools to connect over a rewarding performance experience. The students also developed collaborative ties with The Baden Street Singers, and thus be exposed to a high quality music ensemble exemplifying the “post high-school” music opportunities currently available in Perth.


We had 40 participants on the day, representing 4 different schools across the Perth metro area. 

The level of enthusiasm and commitment that the participants brought with them meant we achieved great things in a very short time - exploring the meaning behind the song an inspiring the kids into giving a powerful performance of "Titanium". 
We (the Baden street singers) were so impressed that we decided to invite the kids to join forces again with us and perform "titanium" on stage with us in our upcoming concert on the 19th September. Already, 6 kids have grabbed the opportunity to do so. 
We're very excited to have had a chance to work with alex, Carole and Bec, and feel confident about running more of these workshops in the future.
 
We're also grateful at the opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with these mentors over the next few weeks, in the lead-up to Newcastle. 
Cheers.
Lionel Pierson

 



New Members

New Members
Type of post: Club news
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, 16 Aug 2016
Welcome to all the new members who have joined BHA since our last Newsletter
James Thambar Newcastle Harmony Club
Alex Buwalda Sunshine Coast Barbershop Chorus Inc
Peter Hall Sunshine Coast Barbershop Chorus Inc
Lee Harding Sunshine Coast Barbershop Chorus Inc
Nathan Hamdorf South Central Harmony Incorporated
Alan Cutts Riverland Ramblers Mens Barbershop Chorus Inc.
George Arapoglou Melbournaires Barbershop Harmony Chorus
Mark Skipsey Melbournaires Barbershop Harmony Chorus
Robert Turnbull Melbournaires Barbershop Harmony Chorus
Terry Richardson Melbournaires Barbershop Harmony Chorus
Lesley McDonald Adelaide Allsorts Harmony Chorus
Sean Armstrong Riverland Ramblers Mens Barbershop Chorus Inc.
Brendan Burnside Vocal Evolution Inc

Positions Vacant

Positions Vacant
Type of post: News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, 16 Aug 2016
Music Director - Miner Chords
Applications are invited for the position of MD at The Miner Chords Ipswich, Queensland. .Email Howard Kennedy at whk@optusnet.com.au

 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Type of post: Club news
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sun, 19 Jun 2016
To see all the upcoming Events click "Read more" below then Click on the link in the full article:
  
Barbershop Harmony Australia Event Schedule

 
This will  take you to the Upcoming Events section of the BHA Website. If your Club Website is hosted by Harmonysite and you want any of your Club Events to be shown on this event schedule, make sure you select the "Barbershop Harmony Australia" option in the "Also show on Website" Option as you set up your Event Details on your Harmonysite Website. You event will then automatically be included in the BHA Events Schedule.

If you do not use Harmonysite to host your Club Website you will need to notify Jeannie Hattendorff at admin@barbershop.org.au

PRINTING THIS NEWSLETTER

PRINTING THIS NEWSLETTER
Type of post: Club news
Status: Current
Date Posted: Thu, 16 Feb 2017
There is a Printable Version option at the head of the email distributing this Newsletter as well as with the Newsletter listed on the BHA Website under the Newsletter Heading.

Previously it was necessary to print the Newsletter and the Club and Quartet News separately but since publishing this Newsletter in has been modified to now enable the whole Newsletter to be printed as a single document.  

Click on the following link to take you to this New single document format. Just use your browser print function to print the document.

Dick Bushell
In Harmony Editor
editor@barbershop.org.au