Board of Directors and House of Delegates approve new Mission Statement

Sunshine District Mission Statement

The Sunshine District of The Barbershop Harmony Society brings men together in harmony and fellowship to enrich lives through singing in the state of Florida. To work in this direction, we will strive:

  • To support the vision statement of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
  • To perpetuate the old American institution, the Barbershop quartet, and to promote and encourage vocal harmony and good fellowship among our members throughout the state of Florida by the formation of local chapters composed of members interested in our style of harmony.
  • To provide a radically inclusive environment across cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, gender, social, economic and generational lines.
  • To encourage and promote the education of our members and the public in music appreciation.
  • To promote public appreciation of Barbershop quartet and chorus singing by publication and dissemination of information about chapter and quartet shows and programs.
  • To support music scholarships and charitable foundations on the local and international level and to initiate, promote and participate in other charitable projects.
  • To initiate and maintain a broad program of musical education, particularly in the field of vocal harmony and the allied arts.
  • To hold semi-annual district contests in quartet and chorus singing.

Vision Statement of the Barbershop Harmony Society

Sunshine District Qualifies 3 Quartets for 2018 International competition in Orlando!

Another great Sunshine District Convention is in the books. In the International Quartet Preliminary Contest, three quartets won the right to represent the Sunshine District at the 2018 International Quartet competition in July right here in Orlando.

  • Throwback placed in the top of the rankings with 2153 points or an average of 89.7%.
  • Second was The Simple Life with 1867 points or an average of 77.8%.
  • Third was HotShots after a 10 year hiatus from competition with a score of 1860 points or an average of 77.5%

In the District Chorus Championship competition, first place honors went to the Big Orange Chorus with a score of 982 or an average of 81.8%

In the Seniors Quartet Championship, Gloryland Way took top honors with a score of 789 or an average of 65.8%.

In Mixed Quartet Competition, Pink Flamingo took first place and won the honor of being mic testers for the Quartet Finals on Saturday. Mixed quartets were singing for score/eval only and scores were not published.

Scoresheets are HERE

Tony De Rosa wins 2017 Sunshine District BOTY!

One of the great moments of the Sunshine District Spring 2018 Convention was the announcement of Tony De Rosa as our 2017 Barbershopper of the Year (BOTY).

Tony DeRosa IS the face of the Sunshine District to the rest of the barbershop-ping world.  In our hobby, Tony’s legendary status as the most decorated barbershop singer in history is an amazing tribute to his continuing contributions to the Sunshine District.  He’s instantly recognizable to nearly every barbershopper in the world as a Sunshine District performer and competitor and NEVER fails to give credit to the support received from the Sunshine District.  He continues to be a true ambassador for the Sunshine District in his many roles as competitor, director, master musician, coach and mentor.  His four gold medals, with Sunshine District Quartets: Keepsake Platimum, MaxQ and Main Street are a testament to his talents as a singer…plus as the lead in Main Street and the 2017 Gold Medal Quartet, he was a top 5 competitor for 5 of the last six years!  His record of achievement is unmatched!

Tony is much more than a competitor.

  • As a Chorus Director, he led the Herald of Harmony to 9 straight International competitions in 1994- 2002, and has returned the Heralds to even loftier heights in his current engagement (2012 to the present) having led them to their highest International qualifying score in their history in 2017.  He also directs the current 3rd place Sweet Adelines Chorus (Tampa) – The Toast of Tampa, and was previously a Director for the Jacksonville Big-O chorus from 1997 – 2016.   He also directed the 2017 District Past Champion Quartets Chorus, and was the AIC International Chorus Director in 2014, 2016, and 2017.
  • Tony is a much sought after vocal coach and clinician for quartets and choruses around the world.  He’s taken personal interest in helping other Sunshine District quartets to excel and represent the district.  Tony volunteered his considerable coaching skills to two notable Sunshine District quartets:  Signature (2017 International Quartet Silver Medalists) and Easy Street (2018 Senior International Quartet Silver Medalists.)  He’s a master performer and is nearly always seen on the Sunshine District stage as a performer with one of his quartets…including his newest quartet: Backstreet 4, with his son Joseph DeRosa!  Tony also earned the prestigious Master 700 Director designation with SAI in 2017. He helped coach both Vocal Majority and Master of Harmony to the 1 — 2 finish in the 2017 International Chorus Competition.  In addition, as a music support technician he created learning materials for 2017 International Chorus Medalist quartet, Throwback and 11th place International Quartet and “mic tester” –Rooftop Records, providing further testimony for his support of Sunshine District competitors.
  • Tony has been a role model and mentor to many youth in the District.  He’s been an HX Facilitator for 10 Plus Years, and served as male music clinician in 2017.  He also volunteered his time to coach a new young quartet, in Tampa –  You Bet – to a 4th place finish in the 2017 District Competition.  He also volunteered as coach to work with Debbie Cleveland’s Gaither High School Chorus who received a Superior Rating and was voted “Audience Favorite” at the 2018 Midwinter in Costa Mesa, CA.
  • As an entertainer, Tony’s innovations with Main Street, in particular have seen his contributions to the image of the Sunshine District soar.  His concept development and recording of “These Will Be the Good Old Days, Twenty Years from Now” has generated over 2.6 MILLION views of Main Street!  Tony was also instrumental in experimenting, in Sunshine District, with chorus combinations to bring more singers to the International competition experience.  In 2016, the combination of Tampa with Jacksonville resulted in a 9th place finish in the International Chorus Competition.  Tampa is currently competing in combination with the Atlanta Vocal Project, under the Heralds of Harmony and Sunshine District banner.

Tony is highly deserving of the Sunshine District Barbershopper of the Year because of his decades of service as THE consummate master of our craft that is known, and loved, by barbershoppers everywhere.

Easy Street takes International Midwinter Seniors Silver medals

Sunshine District was well represented at the Barbershop Harmony Societies Mid-Winter Convention held in Costa Mesa, CA. In International Seniors Quartet competition, Easy Street quartet brought home 2nd place medals with a score of 1352 points or an average of 75.1%. Scoresheets for the Seniors Quartet competition are HERE.

In the Youth Chorus Festival, the Hurricane of Harmony chorus of Tampa, FL, directed by Debbie Cleveland took home Superior ratings, earning the Plateau A Award as well as the Audience Favorite Award. Scoresheets for the Youth Chorus Festival are HERE.

Sunshine District SUNrisers project has a $ matching Donor!

The Sunshine District is in need of new risers! “SUNrisers”, if you will.

An anonymous donor has come forward to match dollar for dollar up to the cost of the risers. 

We will need these as we host BHS International in Orlando in July 2018…but then they’re ours to use at our conventions.

The risers are SICO brand, and are the foldable, stadium style kind. Very nice, easily maneuverable…but also expensive. About $1200 per section. We need 11 sections which means they will cost around $15,000. We will keep them after International and use them for our District Conventions for many years to come…so this will benefit all SUN choruses! Help us purchase them today! Your donation is tax deductible. You can use the button below to go to a page on Eventbrite where you can donate any amount you wish to the project.

We would like to buy the risers in time for a test at the 2018 Spring Convention March 9 – 11, 2018.

So, now is a great time to get the most bang for your donation dollar. Any size donation is welcome!

Click here to make a tax deductible donation to the SUNriser project

If you or your Chapter would like to send a check for your donation, please make checks out to:

Sunshine District
and send them to:
Sunshine District
13948 Sheffield Court
Wellington, FL 33414

Sunshine District needs new Risers!

The Sunshine District is in need of new risers! “SUNrisers”, if you will.

We will need these as we host BHS International in Orlando in July 2018…but then they’re ours to use at our conventions.

The risers are SICO brand, and are the foldable, stadium style kind. Very nice, easily maneuverable…but also expensive. About $1200 per section. We need 11 sections.

We will keep them after International and use them for our District Conventions for many years to come…so this will benefit all SUN choruses! Help us purchase them today! Your donation is tax deductible. You can use the button below to go to a page on Eventbrite where you can donate any amount you wish to the project.

Click here to make a tax deductible donation to the SUNriser project

If you or your Chapter would like to discuss purchasing/sponsoring a full section of these risers, please contact Treasurer Dave Kannberg at daveatcs@att.net

Fall 2017 Convention – Come for the competitions, stay for the shows!

In addition to our regular mix of Quartet, Mixed Quartet, VLQ,  and Chorus Competitions, this fall will feature Shows on both Friday and Saturday night after the competitions are over. On Friday, the Sunshine District Association of Quartet Champions (SDAQC) show will feature Keepsake who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary of winning International Gold along with Rooftop Records and the SDAQC Chorus. On Saturday, along with the newly crowned Quartet Champions, and our International Qualifying chorus will be Main Street, our current International Quartet Champions. Our other International medalist quartets, Signature and Throwback may also be in attendance. So, come join us for a great weekend of Barbershop at it’s best!