The Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention will be held right here in Music City USA this July 1-5. There are three competitions that are held for the title of International Champion: Quartet, Chorus, College Quartet.
My dear father-in-law will be competing in the chorus competition which will feature 28 choruses from across the USA, Canada, and Sweden in one round of action to determine a champion. Here is last year’s International Champion Chorus – Westminster Chorus
The quartet competition will feature 54 quartets competing. The quartets compete in three rounds of competition eliminating about half the field in each round. Here is last year’s International Quartet Champions “Max Q” earning their title. This is their set from the first round.
Definitely entertaining. Max Q is (from left to right) Tenor-Greg Clancy, Lead-Tony DeRosa, Bass-Jeff Oxley, Baritone-Gary Lewis.
If you don’t want to buy tickets to the competitions (why would you not?), there will be singing in various areas of the Sommet Center, convention center, and Renaissance Hotel throughout the week, especially Saturday night July 5 at the Renaissance. If any of this interests you to join in the fun, Nashville has two barbershop choruses: Music City Chorus (men-Barbershop Harmony Society), Tune Town Show Chorus (women-Sweet Adelines Intl.). In addition, the Barbershop Harmony Society world headquarters are located right here in Nashville. So, if you are near 110 7th Avenue North downtown, drop in and sing one…just don’t expect a haircut.