Competitions help make the Barbershop Art Form even better…

Within the Barbershop Harmony Society BHS, there are Divisional competitions within each District.  The Divisional qualifiers move on to the District competitions. There are 16 Districts across the United States with some extending up into Canada.  Cardinal, Central States, Dixie, Evergreen, Far Western, Illinois, Jonny Appleseed, Land-O-Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, Ontario, Pioneer, Rocky Mountain and Seneca Land


BHS Districts

BHS Districts


The District Champions and other qualifiers who attained the required scores then move on to the International Competition.  All of these competitions are held to encourage excellence in the craft, and often times the winning groups from competitions within other countries around the world are invited to the International Competition which is held for the most part within the boundaries of the United States of America.  At this competition, one of the requirements is that all contestants must sing in English.

It is exciting to attend a competition at the International level and listen to the competitors sing.  It can be very difficult for people who speak languages other than English, to create the proper vowel sound and then have everyone in the group, be it a quartet or chorus, match that sound in order to structure the chord properly. This is only the beginning as then the challenge is to do that same thing on all the following chords in that song… or both songs… or even 4 (6 if it’s a quartet), should the group make the final elimination of the competition.



Stay “tuned”

Jerry Braack

Caifornia  USA


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One Response to “Competitions help make the Barbershop Art Form even better…”

  1. Elaine Says:

    Thanks for this … the map especially helps me see the “big picture” of the BHS organization.

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