Last Update:
Tuesday, October 31 - 12:30 AM

2017 NED Fall District Convention & Contests

Friday-Saturday-Sunday • October 27-28-29

VENUE:  Manchester High School,
134 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT 06040  <[<< MAP >>]>

HOSTED by: Hartford, CT chapter - Hartford Men in Harmony

Congratulations!  District Contest Winners: 

Congratulations!  District International Representatives:
Seniors: TRADE SECRET  /  Chorus: Portland, ME "DOWNEASTERS"

RESULTS - Official Scoring Summary - ALL Contests:

Quartet Finals/Semi-Finals/Seniors & Chorus:

• Contest Venue •

Manchester (CT) High School


134 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT 06040

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• Hotel - HQ •

Marriott Courtyard Hartford Manchester

225 Slater Street,  Manchester,  Connecticut  06042     <[<< MAP >>]
Phone: (860) 533-8484
Toll-Free Reservation Center: 1-800-321-2211
Web site:  HERE
  • Mention "Barbershop Harmony" group
  • Rate is $129/night, plus tax.
  • Breakfast is not included.
  • The Bistro – Open for breakfast and dinner. Your food and beverage destination for refreshing breakfast choices in the morning, and a variety of dinner, beer and wine options in the evening. The Bistro also offers specialty beverages made with Starbucks® coffee to help you get a jump on the day.
  • Indoor pool, exercise room
  • Free Wifi
Close to I-84, hotel is near popular sights including The University of Connecticut, The Shops at Buckland Hills and Xfinity Theater.

Hotels - Others Arranged for the NED:

Residence Inn Hartford-Manchester by Marriott

201 Hale Road, Manchester CT 06042
   (shares a parking lot with the Courtyard Marriott, above)
Phone: (860) 432-4242
Web site:  HERE

  • Mention "Barbershop Harmony" group
  • Rate is $139/night, plus tax.
  • Studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, full kitchens, living rooms have pull out sleeper sofas.
  • Full American breakfast, complimentary.
    Hot breakfast, complimentary.


Holiday Inn Express Vernon-Manchester

346 Kelly Road, Vernon CT 06066
Phone: (860) 648-2000
Web site:   HERE 

  • Mention "Barbershop Harmony" group
  • Rate is $119/night, plus tax.
  • "Express Start" Breakfast Bar included.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Hartford Manchester by Marriott

121 Pavillion Drive, Manchester CT 06042
Phone: (860) 648-9796
Web site:   HERE

  • Mention "Barbershop Harmony" group
  • Rate is $115/night, plus tax.
  • Buffet breakfast, complimentary
    Continental breakfast, complimentary


It's Back!

Choose Your Favorite . . . 
  Friday Night at the Semi-Finals !

It's an Opportunity for YOU - as a member of our talented and knowledgeable audience - to be involved in selecting YOUR “Audience Favorites” during the Quartet Semi-Finals on Friday night.

Ballots and golf pencils will be available as spectators enter the auditorium.  The instructions are to keep track of your ‘favorites’ in six categories throughout the evening.  Transfer your final selections to a ballot (one per attendee – honor system) before exiting the auditorium and place your ballot in the collection box(es) provided.  The ballots will be counted and the announcement of the “Audience Favorites” will be made at the end of the chorus contest on Saturday afternoon.

For the Fall of 2017, the six categories are:

Choose Your Favorite: Tenor / Lead / Baritone / Bass / Ballad / "Up-Tune"

Convention Printed PROGRAM - Ready/Download/View

Download a PDF of the 2017 Fall District C&C Printed Program!  Now available!

Select your choice of versions:

1. HERE - Download the VIEW ONLY version.  36 pages. 2.8 Mb.

2. HERE - Download the version to view & print in READING format. 19 pages. 2.9 Mb.

3. HERE - Download the PRINTER'S SPREADS version. 18 pages. 7.0 Mb.

Note: Line items/versions #1 & #2 above are REDUCED versions.
If you wish un-compressed, full-size versions, contact ME.

The NED wishes to acknowledge the support of our Advertisers!

Thank you!


Updated: 10/20/2017)

Society Special Meeting / Presentation

Review and presentation - Strategic Mission and Vision of the Society
by honored guest

Chip Gallant, Director of Operations & Chief Operating Officer, Barbershop Harmony Society
He is here to take YOUR questions, listen to your feedback on ALL things Society!  The Future!

Two one-hour "Town Hall" meetings DURING the Chorus Evaluation sessions.

1. SO - if you're a chorus member in Contest Evaluation Session 2, during Session 1, you will attend the Listening Session A with Chip.
2. If you're a chorus member in Contest Evaluation Session 1, during Session 2, you will attend the Listening Session B with Chip.
  1.  2:45 PM — 3:45 PM : Society Presentation/Strategy/Vision/Listening Session (A) (MHS-Orchestra Room)

  2.  3:45 PM — 4:45 PM : Society Presentation/Strategy/Vision/Listening Session (B) (MHS-Orchestra Room)

Updated: Friday, August 25.

Joe Barbershop CHORUS! (Janes too!)

"Mic" Tester Chorus - Saturday Morning, Oct. 28th

For A Moment ... It's the Number One Champion
"Most Awesome Barbershop Chorus" in Manchester that morning!

Are you planning on attending the 2017 Fall District Convention - but NOT competing?  (Or maybe a later-performing member of a competing chorus?) Would you like to appear on the contest stage and perform under an enthusiastic, experienced and talented director?  If you answer yes to these questions, then we have a great opportunity for you!  Why not come and sing with what could be the largest chorus in the NED Chorus Contest, the Most Awesome Joe Barbershop Chorus in Manchester? (Don't mention this to the Silk City Chorus - our little secret ... )

Participation is open to anyone attending - whether you’re singing in another chorus or not - and requires you attend a single rehearsal Saturday morning before the contest begins (probably) at around 9:15 AM and then perform on the contest stage first off as the "Mic" tester chorus at 10:00 AM.

You'll need to know these TWO Pole Cat songs: “Sweet and Lovely” and “Hello Mary Lou” - two songs which every barbershopper should know!

We're pleased and excited to announce that our director for the 2017 Fall District Most Awesome Barbershop Chorus is the distinguished former director of the Electric City Chorus, Mr. Charles Eaker! (Thanks, Chuck!)

We need YOU - all the Joe and Jane Barbershoppers to join us and participate.  It's fast and easy!

This is your chance to sing with a large chorus and to provide a great service to the district by serving as the mic tester chorus for the District Chorus Contest.   Wouldn’t it be great to put 100 + men and women, under Chuck's direction?   That’s right, I did say women, too!  There’s no reason why not, we all know the songs - and sing well together too!  It promises to be one the highlights of the weekend!  Everyone In Harmony!

House of Delegates Meeting with 2018 NED Officer Voting!

Rescheduled from August.

Meets Friday, October 27 @ 2:00 PM (now correct!)


Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford-Manchester
1432 Pleasant Valley Road,
Manchester, Connecticut 06042 • 

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Updated: 9/19/2017)

Saturday Evening NEDAC Show!  New: Saturday @ 7:00 PM!

New! "Kicks Off" the Quartet Finals Contest on Saturday Evening.  SIX PAST CHAMPIONS!

Updated: 10/15/2017

  • Quadraphonic (2007, celebrating 10th year anniversary!)

  • Our Town (2008)

  • On Air (2012, celebrating 5 yr anniversary)

  • Downtown Crossing (2013)

  • Timepiece (2014)

  • Drive (2016)

Pending confirmation from two other quartets... we suspect they will be there ... or square.

FINAL Schedule of Events

NOTE! Last Update, #13: Wednesday-Oct-25-1200h

Friday - October 27, 2017 - QUARTET Semi-Finals (evening)

  •     1:00 PM — 2:00 PM:  District Board Meeting (mini, pre-HOD) @ Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford-Manchester
  •     2:00 PM — 4:00 PM:  District House of Delegates Semi-Annual Meeting @ Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford-Manchester (see above)
  •     4:00 PM — 4:30 PM:  Registration Desk Opens for those who PRE-REGISTERED only  (Manchester High School {MHS})
  •     4:30 PM — 7:30 PM:  Registration Desk OPEN to all.  Competitors MUST check-in by 7:30 PM.
  •     5:30 PM —————:  (30 min. prior to contest start) Doors Open for General Admission  (Manchester High School {MHS})
  •     6:00 PM 10:00 PM: ----- District QUARTET SEMI-FINALS  (MHS) -----
  • *10:15 PM — 10:30 PM : Announcements/Awards  (MHS)
  • *11:00 PM —1:00 AM: Quartet Evaluations for Non-Top 10 (Marriott)

* Please NOTE: these stated START times subject to vary - based on the actual END time of the previous line item/event.

Saturday (Morning), October 28, 2017- CHORUS Finals

Attend one of 2 Society Strategic Plan & Vision Sessions (A or B) with BHS guest Chip Gallant - Saturday!

  •     8:00 AM — 12-noon:  Registration Desk Open  (Manchester High School {MHS})
  •     9:15 AM — 10:00 AM: Joe & Jane Barbershop Chorus meet and WARM-UP - Final Warm-up Room #1 (Choral Room) backstage.
  •     9:30 AM ————— : (30 min. prior to contest start) Doors Open for General Admission (MHS)
  •   10:00 AM  2:15 PM: -----District CHORUS FINALS (MHS)-----
  • *11:30 AM — 12:20 PM : BREAK for LUNCH (available by MHS Band Parents Association /proceeds support the band program)
  •  *2:15 PM — 2:45 PM : Presentations - Announcements - Awards (MHS)
  •  *2:45 PM — 3:45 PM : Session I - Chorus Evaluations (MHS/classrooms).  Session II members should go to Session Eh (A):
  •  *2:45 PM — 3:45 PM : Society Presentation/Strategy/Vision/Listening Session A (MHS-Orchestra Room)
  •  *3:45 PM — 4:45 PM : Session II - Chorus Evaluations (MHS/classrooms).   Session I members should go to Session Bee (B):
  •  *3:45 PM — 4:45 PM : Society Presentation/Strategy/Vision/Listening Session B (MHS-Orchestra Room)

    * Please NOTE: these stated START times subject to vary - based on the actual END time of the previous line item/event

---------BREAK for DINNER---------

Saturday (Night), October 28, 2017- QUARTET Finals

  •     6:30 PM — 8:30 PM:  Registration Desk Open  (Manchester High School {MHS})
  •     6:30 PM — 7:00 PM: (30 min. prior to contest start) Doors Open for General Admission (MHS)
  •     7:00 PM — 8:00 PM:  NEDAC Show of Champions (MHS)
  •     8:00 PM — 9:30 PM:  -----District QUARTET FINALS (MHS)-----
  •   *9:45 PM — 10:00 PM:  Special Presentations/Announcements/Awards (MHS)
  • *11:00 PM — 12:20 AM:  Quartet Evaluations for Top 10 (Marriott)

* Please NOTE: these stated START times subject to vary - based on the actual END time of the previous line item/event.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

  •   9:30 AM — 11:00 noon: NED Board of Directors Meeting (Courtyard Marriott, 3rd Floor Lounge)

  • 11:00 AM — 1:00 PM:  SENIORS CHORUS Rehearsal (Courtyard Marriott)