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!
You can learn a lot about vocal harmony and chapter leadership while enjoying plenty of singing, fun and fellowship all in one place during the combined Harmony College West & FWD Leadership Academy on Jan. 23-25, 2015, in Henderson, NV.
Chapter members and officers, quartets and full choruses can attend Harmony College West classes. While chapter officers are attending Leadership Academy sessions, other members have the opportunity to attend the HCW Chorus “rehearsal” being led by our district’s top directors.
HCWest will offer classes in arranging, performance and vocal techniques, sight-reading and more. There also will be an emphasis on Chorus Director training for directors of all levels of experience or those barbershoppers who may want to find out how to direct. A special class in website development will be offered for men interested in creating or improving a website for their chapter.
If your chapter attends as a group it could take classes half of the time and be coached the other half. Over the last four years many small choruses have been coached by the likes of Dr. Greg Lyne, Justin Miller, Sam Papageorge and Royce Ferguson. Pod-style Quartet Coaching also will be available for quartets with an outstanding group of coaches.
Leadership Academy will provide training for chapter presidents, secretaries and treasurers, and membership, marketing and program officers or members who are interested in taking on those positions. Chapter officers, especially those new to their positions, will benefit greatly from these sessions.
All classes will be at the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in Henderson, NV. Registration for classes is $50 per person. Make reservations separately for rooms at the hotel at $85 plus tax and fees per night (single or double). Meals at the hotel are $55.97 for six buffets (2 each breakfast, lunch and dinner) with other dining options available.
NOTE: A block of guest rooms convenient to the meeting rooms and café is being held open for us at a special rate only until Dec. 24. Make your hotel reservations now!
You can find all the information on how to register for classes, make hotel reservations, get a great discount on meals, explore the catalog of Leadership Academy and HCWest classes, see who is on the faculty (including Society President Don Fuson and more to follow), details on the host hotel and a full schedule of events, by visiting the Far Western District Events website.
Don’t miss the combined Harmony College West & Leadership Academy!
Westunes has taken on a whole new look, and we hope you are as excited about it as we are. The new Winter 2014 issue has just been published, and with it we are very pleased to introduce the new e-Magazine Edition that lets you flip through the pages like a real magazine. Just click it to get started. The only difference is that you keep it on your computer screen instead of the coffee table. We also offer a Mobile Edition in the same format, available on iOS and Android devices, and for those of you who still like to feel the paper in your hands, we have the Printable Edition that you can download and print anytime.
The Reno Chapter's "Silver Dollar Chorus" director Bill Weiser recently delivered a check for the Jessica Ann Faber Foundation to it's inspirational leader, Cindy Englund, in the amount of $2500. Thanks to everyone who attended the Reno Sings Under the Stars show earlier this year. Your generosity means that from this event alone, the foundation has over $5000 it can use to support young people in our area who have an interest in the arts.
FRESNO, CA (October 11, 2015) — WOW! What an amazing Quartet Final and Show of Champions! We were spellbound by the top quartets, we laughed together at the antics of Emcee Jim Clark, and we cried together in remembrance of our dear departed friend, Doug Maddox.
FRESNO, CA (October 11, 2015) — On Friday evening, Nick Papageorge presented a golden broom, in memory of Doug Maddox, that will be present at all future District Contests, and used to sweep the stage as we all fondly remember Doug doing for many years.
FRESNO, CA (October 10, 2014) — The slate for the 2015 Far Western District Board of Directors was presented by the Nominating Committee and unanimously approved by the House of Delegates.
2014 Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame recipients The 139th Street Quartet (l-r) Dr. James Kline (1975-current), Doug Anderson (1975-current), John Sherburn (1988-1991 and 2011-current), Pete Neushul (1975-current), Dan Jordan (1991-2010) and a absent from picture: Larry Wright (1978-1988) and Jim Meehan (1975-1978 - deceased).
The award was presented July 2014 at the BHS International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.