High School Quartet & Ensemble Contests
- The seventh annual "Young Men in Harmony" Boys High School Quartet
Contest and the fourth annual Boys High School Ensemble Contest are
scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1, 2003, starting at 1 p.m. Location is
Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St., Barrington.
Created as a means to introduce young singers to the joys of
barbershop harmony, the contests are hosted by the Arlington Heights
Chapter of SPEBSQSA (and their Arlingtones Chorus) and sponsored by
the Society's Illinois District. Competition is open to all male
students at high schools--public and private--in the greater Chicago
Here's how the contests work, according to literature prepared by the
*Ensembles must consist of at least 10 voices.
*Ensembles must sing two songs a cappella: one must be a barbershp
arrangement, while the other may be any style of the group's
*The winning ensemble will receive $200 and a trophy that goes to the
school. Second and third place will receive $100 and $75,
respectively, for their school(s).
*Quartets must sing two barbershop arrangements. Any voice part can
sing in two different quartets. Since the order of appearance will be
determined by drawing, back-to-back quartets sharing a singer may
need to be separated.
*The winning quartet will receive $300 and a large trophy for the
school, plus individual trophies for quartet members. Second and
third place will earn $200 and $100, respectively.
*Both contests will be judged by the same SPEBSQSA-certified judges.
*There is no entry or admission fee. We encourage all families and
friends to come and support these young male singers.
*The winning quartet (and, depending on scores, possibly the second-
place quartet) will be invited to compete in the Illinois District
Spring Convention in Peoria. That contest begins at 7 p.m. Friday,
April 25. The first contestants will be the high school quartet(s),
followed by the college quartet(s), then the regular SPEBSQSA-
registered quartets. The district and the Arlingtones will cover the
cost of the trip to Peoria (food and travel) for the quartets and
their music educators.
*All participating quartets and ensembles are requested to be in the
choral rehearsal room at 12:15 for any last instructions regarding
warm-up rooms, appearances on stage, etc.
*The Arlingtones can provide anyone interested in the competition who
would like some barbershop arrangements with sheet music, learning
tapes, coaching, and a group or quartet to perform in-class.
For more information, or to register for the contests, contact Jack
Musich, 1023 N. Pine, Arlington Heights, IL 60004; phone: 847/255-
0589. What a great opportunity to enjoy up-and-coming talent! No a
cappella music fan should miss this event.
We hope all a cappella groups in the area will support this event,
which can contribute so much to the growth and future of a cappella
singing. That includes encouraging as many schools and students to
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