Welcome to the Far Western District
We are pleased to announce that EVENT REGISTRATION is now available ON-LINE for all upcoming district events, including:
Moreover, you can register for one or more events at the same time; just add each one to your "Shopping Cart" and pay for them all at once when you check out. We accept individual as well as group registrations. It's easy!
The results are in for the 2015 FWD Spring Convention. This is a "blog" style article that provides a summary of each contest event as the results were received.
Read more for a summary of:
- FWD International Quartet Preliminaries (Semi-Finals and Finals)
- Northeast and Northwest Division Quartet Finals
- FWD High School Quartet Contest
- Northeast and Northwest Division Chorus Finals
All official scoring summaries have been posted. They can be found at Media -> Latest Scoresheets on this site.
SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA, March 17, 2015— Premier men's a cappella chorus and eight-time international champion Masters of Harmony from Santa Fe Springs, CA was called to the table by The Vocal Majority chorus of Dallas, TX via YouTube in March to accept a "tag challenge" to raise $50 for the benefit of their mutual charity, the Harmony Foundation of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Nashville, TN. "Hey, we love Texas Hold 'Em as much as the next guys, so we're going all in!" said Ron Andreas, Masters of Harmony President. The Masters accepted the challenge and raised over $1,350 for the Foundation from its members.
COACHELLA VALLEY (CA) CHAPTER D-087
THE SANDBLASTER CHORUS
Palm Desert, CA
Contact Name: Vic Guder
DETAILS: We have been together for over 37 years, and have a mix of full-time residents and snow birds. We have an active membership of 32+ members, most of whom are over 50 years of age, plus about 10 presently inactive members. In recent years, our success at attracting new members has improved, and we anticipate additional new members in 2015. We have a strong Administrative Board that works closely with the Director.
Greetings to all quartets and choruses!
Many of you will want to enter a contest at one of the three Conventions this Spring. In fact, you really should enter a contest, it's a great way to participate in our art form!
Here's the information you'll need to know.
Pacific Coast Harmony is looking for our next chorus director.
After 12 fabulous years, our founding director Kim Vaughn, three-time quartet and one-time Sweet Adeline chorus director gold medalist, and Lifetime Achievement Award winner, is retiring to pursue global coaching (and grandparenting) opportunities.
NEW ORLEANS (January 10, 2015) — High Priority from the Greater Phoenix Chapter has taken the Second Place Silver Medal at the International Seniors Quartet Finals in New Orleans at the BHS International Midwinter Convention. The quartet sang "Forgive Me" and "You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me" to earn a total score of 1357 (Avg 75.4).
High Priority features Ray Estes on Tenor, Byron Bennett on Lead, Mark House on Baritone and Dan Davenport on Bass. They were also named the 2014 Far Western District Senior Quartet Championship at the contests held in Fresno last October.
Finishing in sixth place, also representing the Far Western District, are the Velvet Frogs from the Sante Fe Springs, San Fernando Valley, South Bay and Fullerton chapters. With Leslie Dergan on tenor, David Livingston on lead, C. J. Sams, Jr. on bari and Bill Wilson on bass, the quartet performed "Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long" and "Sam, the Old Accordian Man" for a total score of 1297 (Avg 72.1).
NEW ORLEANS (January 9, 2015) — The Chandler (Arizona) High School Men's Choir was honored Friday with an OUTSTANDING RATING and AUDIENCE FAVORITE award at the eighth annual International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival in New Orleans.
Under the direction of Lori Lyford, the 43-voice chorus emerged at the top of a strong group of 17 high school and college men's groups from across the continent performing in the festival. Chandler sang a strong barbershop set that included the archetypal "Sweet Adeline" and "Driving Me Crazy' to earn the audience's love and a standing ovation.
Harmony Platoon events are scheduled for each of our district-sponsored conventions in 2015!
Here's how Platoon works:
- Two months prior to the convention guys who register get high quality learning tracks and music to five songs they will be singing.
- Starting a day before the "official" convention opening, guys will participate in two "random draw" contests and a "Dance Card", enabling them to sing with all others not on their same part.
- "Self-selected" quartets emerge from this activity and participate in another fun contest.
Located in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona, the High Country Chorus is looking for a front line Director. A great place to live, or retire, and share your barbershop knowledge with us.