2006 Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention Webcast
- Fellow A Cappella Aficionados:
I think the following says it all, wordy as it is.
The only thing that remains to be stated is a reminder
that THREE choruses from Illinois (New Tradition, West
Towns Chorus, & Brotherhood of Harmony), plus one
quartet (Alchemy), & one collegiate quartet
(Tesseract) will be in this year's contests at
Indianapolis. For the order of contestants & other
relevant info, check the Society's Web site:
www.barbershop.org > Events > Indy 2006.
I can tell you my chorus, New Tradition, is the 11th
chorus in order of appearance in the chorus contest on
Saturday, July 8, which begins at 11 a.m. EDT. An
unprecedented 30 choruses are in this contest.
This webcast is truly the next best thing to being in
Indy for our Barbershop Olympics! And, of course,
it's all strictly a cappella.
zinger99@... (backup: schlesmail@...)
member North Wave Chorus (www.northwavechorus.com)
member New Tradition Chorus (www.newtradition.org)
founder Barbershop Harmony Chicagoland
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To paraphrase the famous Indy 500 phrase, Websters,
start your Browsers! The 2006 Society Webcast for
the Indianapolis convention is up and running.
We are over two weeks ahead of where we were last
year, so you now have the opportunity to enter and
sign in please. Follow the directions and sign up
today to avoid the rush, or last minute hassles on
Once signed up, you will only need your password to
get connected for the whole four days!
The webcast team has been refining this years
program, and we hope you will agree that it is bigger
and better than ever. To greatly assist the Society
in spreading the word about this fantastic event, we
are asking you for your help.
Our first choice would be to have everyone in the
Barbershop World in Indianapolis, but if you cant
make that happen this year, the webcast is the next
best thing to being there. If youre excited about
the webcast, send the attached message to all on your
e-mail list, and let them in on the listening and
viewing pleasure. If you have an e-mail listing for
patrons of your local chapter shows or performances,
send it to them also. Spread the word to all we can,
as we continue our endeavor to Keep the Whole World
and you will be directed to where you need to be if
you cant be in INDY!
Thanks for listening, and thanks for sending this
notice to as many of your friends as possible.
The 2006 Webcast Team.
We are pleased to announce the schedule for our
webcast and the hosts that will take us through the
week of events. Several guests plan to stop by to join
our web hosts for discussions as well as many of the
competitors shortly after they leave the stage.
We are also excited about the addition of a
SuperBand connection for all those folks that are
planning a get-together with friends and family who
want to watch the webcast on a large screen TV. The
SuperBand will be available for both the Friday and
Saturday contest sessions.
Look at this lineup (all times EDT; UTC/GMT -4 hours)
Wednesday, July 5, 10:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies, Quartet Quarter-Final Session I
Wednesday, July 5, 7:00 PM
Quartet Quarter-Final Session II
Thursday, July 6, 12:00 Noon
Thursday, July 6, 7:30 PM
Association of International Champions Show
Friday, July 7, 11 AM
International Chorus Contest I
Friday, July 7, 6:30 PM
International Chorus Contest II
Saturday, July 8, 11:00 AM
MBNA America Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest
Saturday, July 8, 7:00 PM
Father-Son-Grandson, Quartet Finals
Whether on a slow dial-up phone line or a
high-bandwidth DSL, cable, or corporate LAN
connection, there are plenty of ways for you to hear
and see the very best in barbershop entertainment.
On Wednesday, July 5, we will begin by broadcasting
the Opening Ceremonies live at 10 AM. The first
session of Quartet Quarterfinals will begin shortly
after the Opening Ceremonies and will be hosted by Joe
Connelly and Jeff Selano. The second Quartet
Quarterfinals, will begin at approximately 7 PM, and
will be hosted by Mike Maino and Rick Taylor.
On Thursday, the Quartet Semifinals will begin at
approximately noon and will be hosted by Jeff Selano
and Rick Taylor. Later that evening, the Association
of International Champions Show will be broadcasted
live, without web hosts, beginning at 7:30 PM.
Friday is the main event for the International Chorus
Contest. This year, there will be 30 choruses from
around the world looking to take the Gold Medal.
Because of the number of competitors, there will be
two sessions of 15 choruses each, the first beginning
at 11 AM and the second at 6:30 PM. Your hosts for the
day will be Joe Connelly and Mike Maino.
On Saturday morning, we will begin at approximately 11
AM and broadcast the MBNA America Collegiate
Barbershop Quartet Contest. Watch as these youngsters
compete and follow in the footsteps of such college
winners as Four Voices and Vocal Spectrum. Web hosts
for this event will be announced shortly.
At 7 PM, a very special event will take place. A
Father-Son-Grandson chorus will be on center stage to
present a couple of songs. Following the F-S-G chorus,
the Quartet Finals will begin. Your hosts for this
evening will be Jeff Selano and Rick Taylor. They will
be there to wrap up the event and close out our 2006
Joe Connelly is a full time vocal performance coach
who travels the world coaching both mens and womens
quartets and choruses. He is the only man in the 68
year history of the Barbershop Harmony Society to win
the International Quartet Championship 3 times! He is
currently the director of the Tampa Show Chorus, a Top
5 Sweet Adeline International medallist. He is
currently singing with his multi-international quartet
medallist dad, Mike, in Way Back When.
Jeff Selano is a 5 time International medallist as
bass of Riptide, now retired. He is a singing judge
and has directed a chorus. He co-owns Atlanta Sound
Machine, which records, engineers, edits, mixes and
masters barbershop/a capella recordings.
Rick Taylor is the tenor of Riptide. He also has 1
Mid-Atlantic District Championship, two 3rd place
International Chorus medals, one International
Champion Chorus medal, four International Quartet
Bronze medals singing baritone and three International
Quartet Bronze medals singing tenor.
Mike Maino has 45 years of barbershop experience. He
has competed on the International stage in 19 Quartet
contests and 11 Chorus contests with the Narragansett
Bay Chorus. His emcee experience includes the annual
Sweet Adelines Coronet Club, Showcase and
introductions for all the International contest
sessions. He is best known as the Voice of the Sweet