BARBERSHOP HARMONY SOCIETY
Contest and Judging Handbook
These rules apply to all quartet and chorus contests at the division, district and international levels in the Society. In these rules, the definition of the district chorus contest is the contest at which the district chorus champion is selected. In matters not specifically covered by these rules, the districts may exercise reasonable latitude and prerogative provided that the established ethics and policies of the Society are closely observed.
ARTICLE I: ELIGIBILITY
1. Membership and Quartet Registration Requirements
a. Society and Chapter: Except for those quartets from affiliated organizations which have been invited to participate in the international seniors quartet contest, all members of competing quartets must be members of one or more Society chapters, including Frank H. Thorne Chapter. A member of the Society is defined as one whose Society, district, and chapter dues are paid, whether or not such dues have been forwarded to the district or Society by the chapter, and who is not under suspension by his chapter or the Society Board of Directors.
b. District: At least one member of the quartet must be a member of a chapter in the district in which the quartet elects to compete.
c. Affiliates: All members of a competing quartet from an affiliated organization must be members in good standing of the affiliated organization. All members competing in the international quartet contest must for members of the Society as of the contest entry date.
d. Quartet Registration: To be eligible for competition, a quartet must be registered with the Society Contest and Judging office or, in the case of quartets from affiliated organizations, with their affiliated organization, and such registration must include the same personnel that enter the contest.
2. Seniors Quartet
Each member of a quartet competing in the international seniors quartet contest must be age 55 or older and the sum of the accumulated ages of the quartet must equal or exceed 240 years. These requirements must be met on the basis of birthdays reached on or before the day of the international seniors contest held at the midwinter convention.
3. Selection of Home District
In the event that members of a quartet collectively hold memberships in chapters in more than one district, the quartet must notify the Society Contest and Judging office prior to September 1 each year of the district it chooses to represent and in which it will compete. Such selection will be binding for a full year, and the quartet may not compete in any contest in any other district during that year except as provided below.
4. Out of District Competition
a. Request: Under normal circumstances, quartets are expected to compete in their home districts. In exceptional circumstances, however, a quartet may request to compete in a district other than their home district.
b. Action: Such requests by quartets to compete in a district other than their home district must be unanimously approved by the requested district’s district representative for contest and judging and district president, and the home district’s district representative for contest and judging and district president.
(1) For international preliminary quartet contests and international preliminary seniors quartet contests, this request must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the official entry deadline for the earlier international preliminary contest of the affected districts, regardless of the international preliminary contest in which the quartet is planning to compete, unless the quartet initially registers with the Society Contest and Judging office (Art.I.A.1.d) after the earlier international preliminary contest deadline..
(2) For division and district contests, this request must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the official entry deadline of the out of district contest for which entry is desired.
5. Competing in Multiple Quartets
In international and international preliminary contests a member may compete with only one quartet, regardless of the number of quartets or districts to which he belongs. However, a member may compete in multiple quartets in any division or district contest in one or more districts.
6. Championship Quartets
a. Not Eligible to Compete: Except in division contests, championship quartets of other years will not be eligible to compete again for that championship.
b. Forming New Quartet: This rule will not be construed to prohibit the organization and entry of a new quartet of not more than two members of the same championship quartet, provided entry is made under a different name.
7. Convention Registration
Each competing quartet member shall hold a registration for the convention at which the contest is held.
1. Membership Requirements
a. Society: Except for those choruses from affiliated organizations that have been invited to participate in the international chorus contest, all members of competing choruses, except female directors, must be members of the Society and of each chapter they choose to represent in competition. A female director must be a Society Associate (as defined in Society rules and regulations). Chapters represented in Society chorus contests must be in good standing with the Society and their districts.
b. Affiliates: All members of competing choruses from affiliated organizations, except the director, must be members in good standing of that affiliated organization and of the chapter or club that they represent in competition.
2. One Chorus per Chapter
Chapters may not enter more than one chorus in any Society-sponsored contest.
3. Minimum Size
A competing chorus must be composed of 12 or more members on stage, with or without the director.
4. Competing in Multiple Choruses
A member may participate, either as director or singer, with more than one chorus in any contest.
5. Chorus Director
Nothing in Article I will be construed as to limit the rights of a chapter to appoint or replace its chorus director at any time.
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