Male high school quartets in the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society are invited to compete in this annual contest. This contest is held in conjunction with the District's Spring Convention, where the men's quartets compete to qualify to compete at the Barbershop Harmony Society's Summer Convention in July. Founded in 1991 by, and perpetuated in the memory of, Lloyd Steinkamp, this contest has been fun-filled and exciting for all the participants. A history of winners is featured here.

FWD High School Quartet Contest2017 The Four ChordsmenThe Four Chordsmen - 2017 FWD High School Quartet Champions
Jacob Barnes (Tenor), Justin Selkin (Lead)
Seth Bautista (Bari), Mason Oakes (Bass)

Announcing the 28th Annual Far Western District

High School Barbershop Quartet Contest

Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Irvine, CA


  • The contest is open to male high school quartets in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, and Southern Utah.
  • Each quartet member must be currently attending a high school.
  • Each quartet is to sing two barbershop songs in good taste in the contest.
  • All competing high school quartet members receive complimentary convention registrations*.
  • There is no fee to participate, but the students are responsible for their travel, lodging, and meal expenses. In some cases, quartets can obtain sponsorships from local chapters to help offset these costs.
  • Judging will be provided by current and former Far Western District Quartet Champions.


  • You should arrive on Friday if at all possible, or early Saturday morning at the latest.
  • Plan on staying through the Saturday evening events if you can. The winning quartet will perform on the Saturday Evening Show of Champions, which will include the top competitors from the men's contest.
  • A High School afterglow is included late Saturday night where top quartets will sing and invite students to sing with them.


  1. Ask your local barbershop chapter to help you with music and coaching.
  2. Download and fill out the  REGISTRATION FORM (see link below). It can be filled out on your computer using Mac Preview or Adobe Reader version 8.0 or later.
  3. Email the registration form to Bruce Sellnow (options for FAX or snail mail are on the form).
  4. Make travel and hotel arrangements.
  5. Practice, practice, practice.
  6. Get there and sing your heart out.

For Contest & Hotel Location Information: See "FWD Spring Convention" on the District Events website

Information and Registration Forms


* High school quartet members who are ALSO members of the Barbershop Harmony Society AND are competing in a chorus or quartet in the regular BHS contest must purchase a convention registration at the student rate.