October 22, 2021 — The Far Western District is proud to announce an exciting event in corporation with the Southern California Vocal Association, the Association of International Champions, and Harmony Foundation International.

On Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29, five International Champion quartets will visit 15 schools in Southern California to perform, conduct clinics, and share our treasured barbershop harmony with hundreds of youth in our area. This extraordinary partnership enables us to continue our 20-year legacy of Youth in Harmony festivals and programming that has included programs like the High School Youth Festival held by the Masters of Harmony, and Richard Lund’s Northern California Youth Camp.

The stage is set for this unprecedented youth outreach initiative, and your Far Western District has pledged $5,000 in a matching funds campaign to supplement the funding provided by Harmony Foundation through the AIC Youth Outreach program. We urge you to join us by contributing to help us build our legacy to the next generation of barbershoppers. We’ll match every dollar contributed, up to $5,000.

Join us, and invest in this very special youth event!

 Far Western District $5,000 AIC Match Challenge

 DONATE HERE and your gift will be matched by the FWD!

Male, female, and mixed high school quartets in the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society are invited to compete in these annual contests. The contests are held in conjunction with the District's divisional conventions – Northern CA, Southern CA, and Arizona – in the spring of each year. A Division Champion will be crowned for each of the District's five divisions: Arizona, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest. The highest-scoring quartet from the five division contests will be named the District Champion, and a cash prize awarded to their school. Founded in 1991 by, and perpetuated in the memory of Lloyd Steinkamp, the Far Western District High School Quartet Contest continues to be fun-filled and exciting for all the participants.

Announcing the 30th Annual Far Western District

High School Barbershop Quartet Contests 2020

Dates and Locations

 Saturday, March 21, 2020 - Torrance, CA - Southern California (Southeast & Southwest Divisions)

 Saturday, April 25, 2020 - Mesa, AZ - Arizona Division

 Saturday, May 16, 2020 - Stockton, CA - Northern California (Northeast & Northwest Divisions)

Information and Registration Forms



  • The contests are open to male, female and mixed 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.

* High school quartet members who are ALSO competing with a chorus or quartet in the regular BHS contest must purchase their convention registration at the COMPETITOR rate.


  • You should arrive on Friday if at all possible, or early Saturday morning at the latest.
  • Plan to stay through the Saturday evening events if possible. The winning quartet will perform on the Saturday Evening Show of Champions, which will include the top scoring quartets from the day’s competition.


  1. Ask your local barbershop chapter to help you with music and coaching.
  2. Download and fill out the HSQC REGISTRATION FORM (see link above). 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 Richard Lund (email and snail mail addresses 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, please see the dates and locations links above.

 We will take care of the complementary convention registrations for your quartet members and one music educator or chaperone and send you your tickets via email.