I know all of you have been patiently waiting for the 2016 Fall Convention event registration to open on the FWD website. I’m excited to be delivering the news of a bold new upgrade that is coming your way. As mentioned in my earlier communications we have been working on some significant improvements to event registration. Thanks to some extensive software searches and some very impressive computer work by your webmaster, David Melville, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new Box Office style event registration where you are in control of your seat selection. This system will be used on all District Conventions, which will include the Spring Division Contests & International Prelims and the Fall Convention. Open seating will still be the norm for all other Division Contests. Before I move on with some brief highlights I am asking for your cooperation, patience and assistance with the roll out of this new system. While we have been testing the system for bugs and anomalies there is nothing like turning it over to 3,000 individuals for their personal use to flush out the rest of the bugs!
At the FWD International Quartet Preliminaries in Las Vegas, four quartets qualified and will represent the Far Western District at the International Convention in Nashville in July. Also competing in the Chorus Contest in Nashville will be Sante Fe Springs – Master of Harmony – who qualified at the FWD Fall Convention in Mesa.
The 2016 Fall District Convention and Contests in Riverside looks to be a great one for Barbershop Harmony, with 25 qualifying and wildcard quartets, a Seniors Contest with 5 qualifiers, and 25 qualifying and wild-card choruses competing for District honors and, for the choruses, the right to go on to the International contest in 2017.
Additionally, now that all of the Division Contests have completed, I'm pleased to announce that Antique Parts (AZ) is the FWD Super Senior champ for 2016.
Here are your quartets and choruses who will be competing at the upcoming conventions in Nashville and Riverside.
MESA Ariz. (April 16, 2016) — Results of the Chorus Contest for the Arizona Division have been posted. Four choruses competed, and three of those choruses have qualified to advance to the Fall Contest in Riverside.
MESA Ariz. (April 16, 2016) — Results of the Quartet Contest for the Arizona Division have been posted. Twelve quartets competed, and six of those quartets have qualified to advance to the Fall Contest in Riverside. Five of those quartets are from the Arizona Division, with one quartet competing out-of-division.
CASTRO VALLEY, Cal. (April 3, 2016) — Results of the Quartet Contest for Northeast and Northwest Divisions have been posted. Fifteen quartets competed, and four of those quartets from the combined divisions have qualified to advance to the Fall Contest in Riverside. Here is the breakdown for each division.
CASTRO VALLEY, Cal. (April 2, 2016) — Results of the Chorus Contest for Southeast and Southwest Divisions are in. Thirteen choruses competed, and nine of those choruses from the combined divisions have qualified to advance to the Fall Contest in Riverside. Here is the breakdown for each division.
LAS VEGAS (March 19, 2016) — The results of tonight's Quartet Finals are in, and the mystery of last night's Semi-Final round has been revealed. As reported yesterday, no scores were announced due to quartets in most categories advancing to the Finals. Scoring Summaries for last night and tonight have now been posted at Media > Latest Scoresheets.
FWD Quartets qualifying for Nashville
Three quartets have scored an average of 76 or greater to qualify for International and will represent the Far Western District in Nashville this coming July.
LAS VEGAS (March 19, 2016) — Winner of the 2016 Far Western District High School Barbershop Quartet Contest is Soundsations from Orcutt Academy High School in Santa Maria, California, Dona Kintzi, Music Educator. Members are: Colin Alm, Tenor; David Genge, Lead; Chase Bradley, Baritone; and Mason Oakes, Bass.
LAS VEGAS (March 19, 2016) — Results of the Chorus Contest for Southeast and Southwest Divisions are in. Eleven choruses competed, and seven of thoses choruses from the conbined divisions have qualified to advance to the Fall Contest in Riverside. Here is the breakdown for each division.
LAS VEGAS (March 18, 2016) — Results from the Far Western District Quartet Contest Semi-Finals are in. A total of 19 quartets competed in the quartet semi-finals; Game On and Intonation had to scratch.
Advancing to the Finals are (in order of appearance):
Just4Kix, 2016 NorCal Novice Champions – from left: Dan McQuigg, Devin Ralph, Alex Driggers, and Tim Nguyen.
RIPON, Calif. (February 27, 2016) — Winner of the annual NorCal Novice Quartet Contest is Just4Kix from the Frank Thorne Chapter, Dan McQuigg, tenor, Devin Ralph, lead, Tin Nguyen, bari, and Alex Driggers, bass. The quartet sang At the End of the Day and The Moment I Saw Your Eyes for an average of 65.0%.
High Priority Wins GOLD!
High Priority, 2016 International Seniors Quartet Champion
RENO, NEVADA (January 30, 2016) – High Priority from the Far Western District, took top honors today at the International Seniors Quartet Finals held in Reno, Nevada during the 2016 BHS Midwinter Convention, and is your 2016 International Seniors Quartet Champion. Singing Stormy Weather and Mean to Me, the quartet scored an average of 76.3.
Ray Estes, tenor, Byron Bennett, lead, Mark House, baritone, and Dan Davenport, bass are all members of the Greater Phoenix Chapter from Phoenix, Arizona. They won the Silver Medal at last year’s contest in New Orleans. Byron won another Seniors Quartet gold medal with Audacity in 2009.
Eclectones wins first ever Youth Quartet contest
Eclectones, 2016 Youth Quartet Champion
RENO, Nevada (January 30, 2016) — Top honors in the first ever BHS Youth Quartet Contest, held in Reno, went to Eclectones from Chandler, Ariz., with an average of 72.3. Their lead, R.J. Esquivias, also sings lead in Suit Up!, runner-up in this past Fall's FWD Quartet Contest. Other members are Mario Yniquez, Brady Larson and Gerrit Stilwell. Eclectones will represent the Far Western District at the Harmony Foundation International Collegiate Quartet contest in Nashville.
Chandler, Arizona chorus takes top honors
Sounds Of The Mouth
RENO, NEVADA (January 29, 2016) — A community youth chorus from Chandler, Ariz. took top honors in its age category competition in the International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival today during the 2016 BHS Midwinter convention in Reno, Nevada.
Sounds of the Mouth, a 27-member group directed by Mario Yniguez (Asst. Dir. Christopher Keene) scored the highest among four choruses in the Plateau AA (ages 18-20) competition and received a Superior rating.