Welcome to the Far Western District
"The District of Champions"
The Far Western District serves chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society in the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Washington County, Utah. We provide leadership and assistance to our members and chapters, while maintaining our status as an innovative district, in order to perpetuate barbershop harmony and encourage vocal music in our schools and communities.
We are pleased to announce that individual and group registrations are available on-line for all upcoming district events, including:
There are a number of choruses seeking directors. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please review these opportunities:
Westunes is the official eMagazine of the Far Western District. Current and past issues are available in a number of formats.
Flightline takes Fifth in Collegiate Quartet Contest
PITTSBURGH, Penn., June 30, 2015 – Far Western District Quartet Flightline took 5th place at the International Collegiate Quartet Contest. Singing You Are The One I Love and Smile Medley, the quartet scored a total of 1416 points from the triple panel for an average of 78.7%.
Trocadero from the Society of Nordic Barbershop Singers (SNOBS) took top honors, averaging 82.8, followed by 'Shoptimus Prime and Younge Guns – both from the Ontario District (ONT) – with 82.2 and 80.1, respectively, and Blindside representing Barbershop Harmony Australia (BHA) with an average of 79.0.
All International Preliminaries and Divisional Contests have completed, and the overall results have been tabulated. The Far Western District is sending six quartets, one college quartet, and two choruses in the International Contests in Pittsburgh. Moreover, twenty-seven quartets and twenty-five choruses will be competing at the Far Western District Fall contests in Mesa, Arizona. Eighteen quartets and twenty-three choruses qualified by virtue of their score at the divisional contests, and the remainder have been invited to compete as wildcard contestants, by order of their average score, to complete the roster of 25 contestants in each contest; two additional quartets qualify in the Senior division.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 9, 2015 – The combined Southeast and Southwest Divisions Convention opened today at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica. The quartet contest began at 10:00 AM, with twenty one quartets in the contest. Current Far Western District Quartet Champion "American Pastime" was the mic tester. Here are the results of the quartet contest.
MESA, Ariz., March 25, 2015 – The Arizona Division Quartet Contest got underway just before Noon, with Harmony Platoon Champion "Evolution" leading off as the Mic Tester Quartet. Fourteen quartets took the stage to compete the contest. We were pleased to have Branigan compete out of division here for the second year in a row. We're guessing they like us better.
- Suit Up! is the Arizona Divison Quartet Champion
- Carefree Highway is the Arizona Division Senior Quartet Champion
- Batteries Not Included is the Arizona Division Novice Quartet Champion
Six quartets have qualified to compete at the Far Western District Quartet Contest in Mesa this coming October.
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.
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.
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.