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    Trial NED Contest Structure for 2015
    NED Trial Contest Structure for 2014-2015
    Excerpts of information provided by the NED Contest & Convention Task Force (NEDCON2015).
    Task Force Contact and Membership information can be found below for comments, questions or concerns. 

    At the August 8, 2014 NED House of Delegates meeting, it was approved to have a trial run of a new contest structure for our district starting for the October 17, 2014 convention with a proposed trial end date of October 31, 2015. 

    The motions placed before the HOD for the August 2014 meeting were to allow a suspension of the rules that dictate how our current convention/contest programs must be run to allow us flexibility in playing in the sandbox without having to word the operating code to allow us to do what may not be the final solution.  The suspension goes into effect starting with this years fall convention and ending with the fall convention in 2015.   At that point, the suspension automatically terminates and we revert back to the current convention schedule unless the NED HOD takes any additional action.  

    Currently the new structure will include: 

    NED Fall District Convention 2014

    1. District Chorus
    2. District Most Improved Chorus
    3. District Chorus qualifier(s) for the International Convention Summer 2015
    4. District Quartet Champion
    5. District Most Improved Quartet
    6. District Novice Quartet
    7. District Plateau Chorus Championships
    8. District Seniors Quartet Champion
    9. District Seniors Quartet qualifier for Midwinter Convention January 2015
    10. District Quartet Preliminary for qualifiers for International Convention Summer 2015 (this is moved here from the spring of 2015 to eliminate the need for a full contest in the spring of 2015)

    NED Spring Festivals 2015

    • There will be NO official Spring Qualifying District or Divisional Events. We'll see you all in the Fall
    • There will be a Sunrise Division Convention.
    • There will be a minimum of two festivals (there could be more) sponsored by local chapters for all chapters in their area (a division, a region, a state, etc.) with opportunities for singing, learning and friendship.  The festivals could be one day, two days or a weekend, as determined by the sponsoring chapter and attending chapters.
    • One of these festivals would support the selection of Collegiate Quartet qualifier(s) for the International Convention Summer 2015.   It would only need a single panel and could be made up of judges from the NED significantly reducing and virtually eliminating the cost of a judging panel. A proposal to allow Collegiate Quartets to qualify by video is currently being discussed by the Society, and may remove this requirement if the District thinks that is appropriate as a substitute for an actual in-district contest.

    NED Fall Convention 2015

    1. District Chorus
    2. District Most Improved Chorus
    3. District Chorus qualifier(s) for the International Convention Summer 2016
    4. District Quartet Champion
    5. District Most Improved Quartet
    6. District Novice Quartet
    7. District Plateau Chorus Championships
    8. District Seniors Quartet Champion
    9. District Seniors Quartet qualifier for Midwinter Convention January 2016
    10. District Quartet Preliminary for qualifiers for International Convention Summer 2016 (this is moved here from the Spring of 2016 to eliminate the need for a full contest in the Spring of 2016)

    All of the division contests normally held in the spring.  While that seems onerous, it would mean some additional quartets and choruses would be participating than we normally see in the fall and might require a double semi-final quartet session and a double chorus session, it would not require a significant number of additional judging panel members.  Chorus and quartet evaluations will require a new structure but that is being worked on.

    The link below includes further information about the trial contest structure from the NED Contest and Convention Task Force. The letter was sent as an informational item to the NED House of Delegates prior to their meeting in August 2014. 


    The quartet prelims contest is open to all quartets in the district. If you would like to enter this contest please complete the CJ-20 process found on The deadline for completing the CJ-20 process for the International Quartet Preliminary contest is the same as the deadline for completing the CJ-20 process for the District Quartet Contest this fall  September 17th.

    You are reminded that if your quartet wants to sing for qualification to sing in Pittsburg in 2015 but cannot attend the NED Fall Convention in 2014, you must seek approval from both the DRCJ of the NED (Kirk Young) and the President of the NED (Murray Phillips) as well as the DRCJ and President of the district in which you wish to sing for qualification. You must obtain this approval before September 17th, the date of the deadline for registering for the NED Fall Convention Quartet Contest.

    NED Contest and Convention Task Force (NEDCON2015) Membership:

    For comments, questions or concerns about the trial contest structure, please contact the members of the task force by clicking on their name which includes their email address. 

    • Guy Haas, NED Executive Vice President (Chair of Task Force) 
    • Alan Lamson, NED Past District President, BHS Past President, and BHS Past Interim CEO

    Future Conventions & Contests
    A tentative schedule for planning...

    Tentative Dates, Location & Hosts for Future Contests & Conventions:

    Contest/Convention Dates:
    May 15-17, 2015 - Sunrise Division Contests - Saint John, NB, Canada - Men of Fundy Chorus
    Oct 16-18, 2015 - Fall District Convention - Burlington, Vermont
    - Green Mountain Chorus

    Contest/Convention Dates
    May 6-8, 2016 - Sunrise Division Contests - Sydney, NS, Canada
    - Cape Breton Chordsmen
    Oct 21-23, 2016 - Fall District Convention - TBA

    New pricing for 2014 NED Conventions & Contests
    Approved Jan-2014 by the NED Board of Directors
    Please refer to the new NED
    Contest/Convention Pricing at the link:
    Contest & Convention PRICES
    Approved Jan-2014 by the NED Board


    GENERAL NEEDS - Local Host Provides

    Transportation for judges to and from their arrival point(s).
    Van(s) for Friday and Saturday transportation of judges, VIPs, and their wives.If necessary, quartet transportation from dressing/warm-up rooms to competition site.
    Appoint one person to act as liaison between the Convention Team Judges Host and the van drivers. His job is to handle Judges and VIP transportation only.
    A machine to copy scoring summaries
    • Arrangements to have scoring summaries distributed.
    • Paper size will be determined once method of recording the scores is chosen.
    • Chapter to buy the paper (a different color for each session of the contests).
    • The District will reimburse the chapter.
    Maps showing the route from the hotel(s) to the contest site.
    Mike tester quartet for Friday Night (both Spring and Fall) and Saturday division contest (Spring only).The District Convention Team Chairman will arrange for a quartet if the chapter doesnt have a quartet to do the job.
    Will Local Host Chapter director be available to direct both anthems prior to the contest start on Friday night and K.T.W.W.S. on Saturday night? Consider asking the director of the District Chorus Champion to direct K.T.W.W.S. on Saturday night at the Spring and Fall Conventions.

    NEEDS AT CONTEST SITE - Provided by Local Host

    Tables and chairs set up in the orchestra area for the judges and practice panel as shown in Exhibit .
    Arrange to provide light refreshments in judges room during intermission on Friday night and Saturday afternoon only.
     Water for the judges tables.
     Podium for Master of Ceremony to be located on the same side of the stage as the Contest Administrators table and the quartet entrance.
    Risers for stage and, if necessary, a set of risers for the final warm-up room.
    A quartet shell.
    One table and two chairs set up near doors for ticket sales.
    Five tables set up in the lobby for NED Shed sales.
    Two tables set up in the lobby for Marketing/PR and/or Youth Outreach displays. Provide power to these two tables.
     Flood or spot lights, if necessary, to light the entire stage.
    Name cards on each room with the name of the contestant (chorus and/or quartet) assigned to the room. The rooms should be set in the order of appearance. Check with the Back Stage Coordinator. Also label the judges room, photography room, final warm-up room, and holding room.
     A person on Saturday afternoon to act as curtain puller for the contest, if necessary.
    Enough manpower to assist the Convention Team including arrangements to have enough men backstage after the contest on Saturday night to assist with the breakdown of risers and shell.
    Public sales registrations are to be forwarded to Local Host Chapter for pre-convention sales.Local Host Chapter Chairman should contact the District Convention Team Chairman to make arrangements to receive these registrations.
    Assign at least two members to the Competitors Room on Friday afternoon and evening and on Saturday morning and afternoon.
     Provide a sound system for the contest site.
    • Approval of the sound system must be obtained from the DVP-Events prior to any commitment for the system.
    • The system must be approved by the Contest Administrator prior to the start of the contests on the convention weekend.


    Manpower to run a successful convention.
    Masters of Ceremony for all events (except Division only contests)
    Registration cards completed for convention (Spring, Regional and Fall Conventions only)
    Programs for conventions (Spring, Regional and Fall Conventions only)
    • Local Host Chapter to prepare and provide programs for Division only contest (This is an expense that will be reimbursed by the District).
    • If Local Host Chapter decides to sell advertising for the program, the income (beyond the expenses of printing the programs) will remain with the Local Host Chapter.
    Single event registrations provided to Local Host Chapter approximately six (6) weeks prior to the convention.
    Judges signal system


    Upon satisfactory completion of the above responsibilities, the Local Host Chapter will receive the appropriate remuneration as outlined in the NED Operating Code. When necessary, the District Convention Team Chairman is empowered to modify any of the above Local Host Chapter responsibilities. The results of any changes must be in writing and agreed to by both the Convention Team Chairman and the Local Host Chapter Chairman. The amount of remuneration the Local Host Chapter receives for hosting the convention could be adjusted if the above needs are not provided. This adjustment will be made by the NED Board of Directors upon recommendation of the DVP-Events.

    2014 Spring Conventions & Contests
    Hosted By:
    Performance Venue:
    Friday & Saturday, March 21/22, 2014
    Nashua - Granite Statesmen Chorus
    Nashua High School North
    Nashua, New Hampshire
    More Information & Registration:
    HERE Now! <

    Hosted By:
    Performance Venue:
    Friday & Saturday, April 4/5, 2014
    Nashua, NH / Granite Statesmen
    Hollis/Brookline High School
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    SCORES & Other Information

    Hosted By:
    Friday & Saturday, May 2-3, 2014
    Dartmouth, NS - City of Lakes Chorus
    Park Place Hotel & Conv. Centre (Ramada Plaza)
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3B 1X6
    More Information & Registration
    access via the Dartmouth, NS chapter web site


    2015 Fall District & Int'l Prelims Convention & Contests
    Oct. 16-18, 2015 - Burlington, VT
     2015 NEDCON FALL Contests!
    2015 Northeastern District
    Fall Convention & Contests
    Friday & Saturday, October 16-17
    Burlington, Vermont


        Can you believe it ?! !   
        is now available!    

     Hope to see YOU there!

    Best Seat In The House!
    Unique Harmony Foundation Auction and Fund Raiser!
    Very COOL!  Harmony Foundation and the Contest & Judging program have teamed up to auction off a single seat at each & every contest session, including our 2014 Fall District event in Providence, as well as any/all other Prelims, Mid-Winter and International contests.
    Check out  the "Best Seat In The House Video" staring LunchBreak's funny-man baritone and Harmony Foundation's National Development Officer, KJ McAleesejergins:
    The link to the auction website:
    Bid for a seat in the NED now!
    Bid for a seat in other districts!
    Go to Harmony Foundation page
    Northeastern District Convention Manual
         Revised 12/09/2007
    2014 NED District & 2015 Pre-Lims Contests Champions!
    Fall 2014 Convention in Providence, RI

    2014 NED Chorus Champions & 2015 Int'l. NED Reps

    2014 NED Quartet Champions

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