YearChapter NameChapter PresidentAward Text
2019 Westminster  Alex Carlson The Westminster Chorus was founded as a “youth chorus” and, while that demographic continues, they have matured into an exceptional Barbershop Chapter with leadership and generosity that is of the highest standard. Their vision is externally focused and sets the example for other chapters.

The Westminster Chorus is an extraordinary ensemble that sings at the highest level and encourages youth around the world through their outreach and online presence. They are the BHS International Chorus Champions posting a record 97.9 average score. They were featured performers at the ACDA National Conference and the ACDA Western Division Conference. They hosted and provided leadership for the Southern California Vocal Association Close Harmony Festival. They laid the groundwork for their new mixed chorus placing them on the front line of Everyone in Harmony.

Presented by Craig Hughes, FWD President
March 2020

2018 Mesa John Johnson The Mesa Chapter truly exemplifies the Spirit of Barbershop. They are an outstanding Chapter that balances musical excellence with fun and service to the Community, the District and the Society.

In the past 3 years the Mesa Chapter:

  • Tripled the size of its singing chorus – The East Valley Barbershop Harmonizers.
  • Hosted the Arizona Division contest twice.
  • Returned to competition after more than 10 years
  • 2018 Arizona Division Plateau AA Champion
  • 2018 Far Western District Plateau A Champion
  • Had a chapter quartet win the 2018 FWD novice contest.
  • Provided district leadership from within their ranks.
  • Never said no to anything that has been asked of the chapter.

Presented by Craig Hughes, FWD President
Stockton, Ca – March 2019

2017 Walnut Creek Ken Hitch  Chapter of the Year 2017
Walnut Creek, California
In Memory of Owen Edwards

2017 Northwest Division Plateau A Champions and Most Improved Chorus, the Devil Mountain Chorus is hereby named the Far Western District Chapter of the Year.

Awarded for partnering with two other choruses to support the Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival, performing benefit shows for the U.S. Coast Guard and a local food bank, and supplying the community with quartets who have entertained locally throughout the year. Further for developing relationships with local high schools encouraging barbershop quartet singing and sponsoring young men who have participated in the Youth Harmony Camp

Presented by the Family of Owen Edwards
Irvine, California - March 2018

2013 California Delta Stan Trumbull "For their ever-growing pursuit of musical excellence, reaching out as an ambassador of barbershop harmony and encouragement to its members...present and future.

Presented by Russ Young, FWD President
March 2013, Lodi, California

2012 Santa Rosa Allan Jones  
2011 Bay Area Greg Titus For its continuous contributions to the Far Western District - exposing our art form to Northern Californian and European audiences, hosting contests, cooperating in efforts to educate youths in the field of music, and performing at the highest levels at Division, District and International chorus contests.
2010 California Delta Rich Brunner Presented to the California Delta Chapter in recognition of the chapter’s many accomplishments in its first year, including bringing in 28 men to the Society, competing successfully, sponsoring a youth chorus, holding a charter show, supporting Harmony Foundation, and recording a CD, and all while maintaining friendly relations with neighboring chapters.

Presented by the family of Owen Edwards
March 18, 2011

2009 Santa Fe Springs Kirt Thiesmeyer 2009 Chapter of the Year Award As President of the Far Western District for 2009 it is my pleasure to recognize one of our Chapters for its outstanding performance in many areas and for representing our District in the most positive way.

I don't know where to start in this chapter’s accomplishments because everything they do from performance to competition to community service to working with our youth is done with a skill resembling that of a professional.

They started out 2009 with a sterling performance at the Society’s Midwinter convention in Pasadena closely followed by the 9th Annual edition of their Young Men’s Harmony Festival bringing the over 200 young singers into the barbershop family.

They continued during the year with several concerts performed to mostly sell-out audiences. Then, in July, they hosted the Society’s International Convention in Anaheim, and somehow managed to also participate in several outstanding performances during the week.

They continue to produce exciting, musical quartets that are not only entertaining, but also very successful on the contest stage.

They are active in their support of their community with shows and quartets participating throughout the year.

They also are a source of leaders for our District with members serving on the Board of Directors, the District Management Team and other administrative and leadership positions.

They are literally what all chapters aspire to be and are an inspiration to all of us.

So, it is with great pride that I recognize them at this time by awarding the honor of Chapter of the Year for the Far Western District for 2009 to the Santa Fe Springs Chapter and their chorus, the Masters of Harmony, under the direction of Mark Hale.

Presented to the Santa Fe Springs Chapter.

After many years of success, the Masters of Harmony continue to perform at the highest level and represent our District in the finest possible way, both to our Society and to the general public. Whether it’s hosting International Conventions, providing training and inspiration for our youth, or touching the hearts of their audiences, they always operate with professional skill and a warm, personal demeanor. Therefore they are hereby proclaimed Chapter of the Year for the Far Western District for the year 2009.

2008 Carson City, NV Rook Wetzel Providing a well rounded barbershop experience, strong youth outreach, public performances
2007 Santa Cruz, CA Dan Jett For outstanding efforts during the past five years (1) in introducing high school students to barbershop harmony, (2) by raising money for school music departments and (3) to publicize the chapter as a supporter of schools in the community.

In Memory of Owen Edwards
Presented by the Family of Owen Edwards

2006 Conejo Valley, CA Alfonso Schettini For extraordinary YIH fund raising
2005 Pasadena, CA Stephen Peacock For re-creating excitement and chapter growth
2004 Fremont-Hayward, CA Kevin Smith Special show to raise funds for the Tsunami victims
2003 Placerville, CA Keith Eckhardt For outstanding efforts in membership development, active participation in Division and District events, total involvement in music education for youth outreach and musical service to its community.
2000 Fullerton, CA    
1996 Phoenix, AZ    
1995 Las Vegas, NV    
1994 Fullerton, CA