Spring 2017 Convention just around the corner!

Gentlemen (and Ladies!). It is that time again. Yes, it really is! A Spring Convention just around the corner. The CJ-20 system is now ready for you to sign up for Spring 2017. So don’t delay, get your entry in to Spring sing! Remember, mixed quartets and combined choruses need to use the SUN web site to register while BHS quartets and choruses need to use the CJ-20 system on the BHS web site (ebiz/members only). The cutoff date for registering to sing is February 10, 2017. I know it is holiday time and everyone is busy but get thinking about it now and sign up! I will send out a note at the first of the new year to remind you but at that point you barely have a month left to sign up. Make your plans now! And have a wonderful holiday season!!

Steve

Stephen Janes,
SUN VP for Contest and Judging

Fall 2016 Convention a great event despite Hurricane Matthew

The Fall 2016 Convention was a success despite the efforts of Hurricane Matthew. Kudos to Sunshine Events VP Chuck Steiner, Convention Chairman Bruce Checca, all the members of the Convention Team, as well as the host chapter, Orlando, for putting on a successful convention under the difficult conditions caused by Hurricane Matthew that required delaying the contest for 3 weeks.

In the quartet contest, top honors were captured by Rooftop Records who took the 2016 Quartet Championship with a score of 1981 or an average of 81.7%. In second place was Fuego with a score of 1819 or an average of 75.8%. Third place was Back Street 4 with a score of 1728 or an average of 72.0%.

All score sheets for the contest are available HERE.

In the International Preliminary Senior Quartet competition, Easy Street won the right to represent the Sunshine District at the International Senors Quartet Contest to be held in San Antonio next January. They scored 871 points in a single session or an average of 72.6%.

In the Mixed Quartet contest, Mixed Tricks took first place with a score of 845 or an average of 70.4%.

In the chorus competition, the Tampa Heralds of Harmony took top honors with a score of 1002 or an average of 83.5%. Tampa will be the Sunshine District Representative to the International Chorus Competition in July of 2017 in Las Vegas.

Orlando achieved a Grade Improvement of C+ to B- and is the Sunshine District Most Improved Chorus. Winter Park is the Sunshine District Very Large Quartet Champion with a score of 887 or an average of 73.9%.

Alex Rubin was inducted into the Sunshine District Hall of Fame for 25 years of exceptional service to Sunshine District.

A new Sunshine District award the “Martin Rubin Award” was created this year to honor individuals who may not be BHS society members. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions in support of the Sunshine District over a period of time, regardless of membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society. It may be presented by the District President at the Fall Convention to give credit and recognition to that individual for his or her efforts in their continuous support of the Sunshine District and its activities. The award was presented this year, posthumously, to Martin Rubin for whom the award is named.

2016 Fall Competition Registration is Now Open!

Can you believe? It is that time again!! Registration is now open for all the contests for the Fall Convention!
  • District Quartet Contest? Check
  • Senior’s International Quartet Preliminary Contest? Check
  • Chorus International Preliminary Contest? Check

All you have to do is go to the member’s only page on the BHS web site and enter your information . .

And that’s not all. Sign up for the Mixed Harmony Quartet contest via the SUN Web site – just like you did this past spring. And don’t forget, there is a Combined Chorus Contest (Contact the VP for Music and Performance – music@sunshinedistrict.org) if you think you would be interested.

And finally, there is a new possibility if you are over the age of 55! Each District is being encouraged to create a Senior’s Chorus to be judged during the Fall Convention and the top 5 Choruses from all the Districts will be invited to compete at Mid-Winter in San Antonio this coming January. Thought you didn’t have the voice left to compete with the big boys? Well, here is your chance to perform for a great audience with others who have mature voices and maybe even get to the big stage at Mid-Winter Convention. Some Districts have already begun rehearsals. All it will take is learning your music (2 songs with learning tracks) and maybe 2 or three rehearsals prior to the Fall Convention! How neat is that? Again, if you are interested, contact the VP for Music and Performance – music@sunshinedistrict.org . If there is enough interest, a sign-up will be available on the SUN web site where you will be able to get your music and learning tracks.

Just a reminder to all competitors: you are responsible for making sure the music you plan on singing in Contest is both legally obtained (permission has been obtained from the copyright holder) and is arranged in the barbershop style acceptable to the Music Judges. Don’t have your songs ‘penalized’ for not being contestable when all you have to do is go to the BHS web site for the name of the music committee that will look at your music and let you know if there are any problems. It is your responsibility, no one else will do it for you . . . Any questions? Just ask the VP for Contest and Judging – contestjudging@sunshinedistrict.org

Cutoff date is September 9th so don’t wait until the last day – REGISTER NOW!

Steven Janes
VP for Contest and Judging
contestjudging@sunshinedistrict.org

Sunshine District Sweeps Bronze Quartet Metals at International!

Congratulations to all our Sunshine District Competitors! In a fantastic week of International competition in Nashville, TN, Sunshine District was well represented. In the quartet contest, Sunshine District quartets took 3rd, 4th and 5th place medals setting a record for Sunshine District quartets in the top 5.

Taking home 3rd place medals was Main Street with a total score of 8337 points or an average of 92.6%. Current SUN District Champs, Signature captured 4th place medals with a total score of 8183 or an average of 90.9%. Bringing home 5th place medals was Throwback with a total score of 8022 or an average of 89.1%.

Making the cut for the top 20 quartets in the world was Rooftop Records placing 17th with a total score of 4953 or an average of 82.6%.

Respectable performances were also turned in by Fuego who placed 37th with a total score of 2352 or an average of 78.4% and Vantage Point who placed 49th with a total score of 2316 or an average of 77.2%. There were a total of 57 quartets in the competition.

Score sheets for all International contests can be downloaded HERE.

In the Chorus Competition, current Sunshine District Champions T.H.X., placed 19th out of 29 choruses with a total of 2455 or an average of 81.8%.

In the Youth Quartet Contest, On Point placed 16th in a field of 30 quartets with a total score of 1334 or an average of 74.1%.

Sunshine District sets record for International Qualifiers!

Sunshine District set a record for International Qualifiers this year at the International Preliminary competition held during the 2016 Spring Convention on April 29 through May 1, 2016. For the first time ever, a total of six (6) Sunshine District Quartets have qualified to represent the district at the International Quartet competition to be held in Nashville, TN in July. See the event on our calendar for more information on tickets and lodging. Come along and support our qualifiers!

At the top of the list was Main Street with a total score of 2175 or an average of 90.6%. Throwback qualified out of district with a total score of 2106 or an average of 87.8%. Placing 2nd in our competition was Signature, our current District Champions, with at total score of 2015 or an average of 84.0%. Next up was Rooftop Records with a total score of 1929 or an average of 80.4%. Finishing 4th in the competition was Vantage Point with a total score of 1877 or an average of 78.2%. Rounding out our list of qualifying quartets was Fuego with a total score of 1856 or an average of 77.3%. Congratulations to all our qualifiers, and we will all be pulling for you in Nashville this summer!

Score sheets for all the competitions held at the convention are HERE.

In the Youth Quartet competition, On Point won the right to represent the Sunshine District at the Harmony Foundation Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest held during the International Convention in July. They placed first in the Youth Quartet Finals with a total score of 817 or an average of 68.1%.

Our new 2016 Sunshine District Senior Quartet Champion is Easy Street who took top place honors in the senior competition with a total score of 864 or an average of 72.0%.

Sunshine District’s first ever Mixed Quartet Competition was also held at the convention and top honors went to Bellas and Fellas who have the honor of being our very first Sunshine District Mixed Harmony Quartet Champions. They scored a total of 843 or an average of 70.3%.

In the chorus competition, the Sunrise Chapter, THX took home the District Chorus Championship with a total score of 943 points or an average of 78.6%. The Pinellas Chapter increased from C+ to B-,  Orlando Chapter increased from C+ to B-, and the Cape Coral Chapter increased from C+ to B-.  Orlando Chapter was also named the Most Improved Chorus.

In the Combined (or Mixed) Chorus competition, The Panhandlers took top honors with a score of 794 points or an average of 66.2%.

In the Very Large Quartet competition, the Daytona Beach Metro chapter, Surfside Chorus became the Very Large Quartet Champions with a total score of 672 points or an average of 56.0%.

Congratulations to all our competitors for providing a great weekend of entertainment in what was one of the largest attended conventions in recent memory.

From the Sunshine District Events Team

A reminder that Friday night’s Quartet Contest will begin at 6:00pm. This is tad bit earlier than normal, so please plan accordingly.

The Registration Booth outside of The Grand Ballroom will remain open on Friday evening for pass pick-up and ticket purchases until intermission for anyone arriving late.

Saturday morning Chorus Contest will begin at 10am

Saturday night Quartet Finals will begin at 7pm

Saturday night District Afterglow following Quartet Finals in The Capri – donations are still open on Eventbrite and greatly appreciated!

ALL quartets and choruses are welcomed and encouraged to perform at the Afterglow!**

Loops are here:  https://www.sunshinedistrict.org/specialcase/contestant-information/

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**Housekeeping items**

-For those attendees that took advantage of the $119 hotel rate including breakfast for two (2) people, you will receive your vouchers upon check-in.

-Please be advised that the hotel will not issue extra breakfast vouchers if you have more than two people in your room.

-For those that booked the $99 standard rate, the hotel cannot “upgrade” you to include breakfast when you check-in.

Your electronic SUN Convention registration confirmation will be in a separate email.  Bring it with you to check in for your event tickets and name badge when you arrive.