2018 NED Fall District Convention & Contests

Friday-Saturday-Sunday • October 26-27-28, 2018


Venue: Westbrook Performing Arts Center
471 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, Maine 04092

• Contest Venue

Westbrook Performing Arts Center

(Located at the Westbrook Middle School complex)

471 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, Maine 04092

The Westbrook Performing Arts Center is a state of the art 1,000 seat theater and event center just minutes from downtown Portland, Maine.

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FYI: Saturday morning's "Mic Tester" Chorus 


Youth Harmony Workshop Northeast Chorus

These guys have been working hard every month!  They are super-excited to be coming to Portland and Westbrook Performing Arts Center!  They will assemble and provide the All-Important service of being the official "Mic-Testing" Chorus - to kick-off the Fall District Chorus Contest!

Please welcome them enthusiastically - and show your appreciation!

• Tentative Schedule of Events  •

Leftover from: Friday, October 21, 2016 - Sunday, October 23, 2016

Updated: TUESDAY 10/18/2016

Friday - October 21, 2016

  • ---------------------------: NED Golf Outing *****CANCELLED******
  • 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm:  Registration Desk Open (Westbrook Performing Arts Center-WPAC)
  • 5:30 pm: Doors Open for General Admission  (WPAC)
  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Quartet Semi-Finals  (WPAC)
  • *9:40 pm - 10:00 pm: Announcements/Awards  (WPAC)
  • *10:30 pm - 12:00 am: Quartet Evaluations for Non-Top 10 (Marriott)
  • *10:00 pm - 1:00 am: Mini-Afterglow (Marriott- Casco Bay Ballroom)

* Please NOTE: these START times subject to vary - based on the previous scheduled line item END time.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Note! See the Strategic Planning Listening Session with Society Board member Matt Mercier @ 2:30 PM - concurrent with chorus evals.

  • 8:30 am - 11:30 am: Registration Desk Open (Westbrook Performing Arts Center - WPAC)
  • 9:30 am - 10:00 am: Doors Open for General Admission (WPAC)
  • 10:00 am - 1:30 pm: District Chorus Finals (WPAC)
  • *1:10 pm - 1:30 pm: Presentations - Announcements - Awards (WPAC)
  • *1:40 - 2:20 pm: Break for Lunch
  • *2:20 pm - 4:30 pm: Chorus Evaluations (WPAC Classrooms) ---- While waiting, see next ...
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Strategic Planning/Listening Session I with Matt Mercier & Murray Phillips (non-eval. attends)
  • 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM: Strategic Planning/Listening Session II  with Matt Mercier & Murray Phillips  (non-eval. attends)
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm  Registration Desk Open (WPAC)
  • 6:30pm - 10:30pm  Doors Open for General Admission (WPAC)
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: District Quartet Finals (WPAC)
  • *8:45 pm - 10:00 pm: Special Presentations/Announcements/Awards (WPAC)
  • *9:00 pm - 10:00 pm: NEDAC Show of Champions (WPAC)
  • *10:30 pm - 12:10 am: Quartet Evaluations for Top 10 (Marriott) 
  • *10:00 pm - 1:00 am: Chorditorium/Afterglow (Marriott- Casco Bay Ballroom)
         (Quartets! Sign-up to sing! Snacks and Cash Bar provided, available!  Oh, yeah!)

* Please NOTE: these START times subject to vary - based on the previous scheduled line item END time.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm: NED Board of Directors Meeting (Marriott) 

- - - - - Contestant Information - - - - -

Contest Judges:

Contest Administrators:
CA:  Jim Sams - DIX
Mike Thompson - SWD

Rasmus Krigström - FHT
Kirk Young - NED


David Krause - CSD
Gary Wulf - JAD


Jay Butterfield - MAD
Harry Haflett - JAD

Music -  Judges in this category adjudicate the musical elements in the performance: melody, harmony, range, and tessitura; tempo and rhythm and meter; construction and form; and embellishments. They judge the extent to which the musical performance displays the hallmarks of the barbershop style, and the degree to which the musical performance demonstrates an artistic sensitivity to the music’s primary theme.

Performance - (formerly the "Presentation" category) - The new-for-fall-2016 Performance Judge evaluates entertainment within the Barbershop style. Vocal and visual elements, in the context of the song choice/s, are evaluated for their contribution to the overall entertainment effect of the performance.

Singing  -  Judges in this category evaluate the degree to which the performer achieves artistic singing in the barbershop style: the production of vibrant, rich, resonant, technically accurate, and highly skilled sound, created both by the individual singer’s use of good vocal techniques, and by the ensemble’s process of tuning, balancing, unity of sound, and precision. They listen for a sense of precise intonation, a feeling of fullness or expansion of sound, a perception of a high degree of vocal skill, a high level of unity and consistency throughout the performance, and a freedom from apparent effort that allows the full communication of the lyric and song.

Each judge may award up to 100 points per song.

2016 Official Order of Appearance (OOA)


QUARTET CONTEST (Friday Semi-Finals) OOA

Posted 9/23 per Brian O'Leary

Mic Testers --- Fast Track

  1. Crosswind
  2. Montreal Express
  3. Hot Topic
  5. The Essex County 4
  6. Sector 10
  7. Take 4
  8. Rivermen
  9. Trade Secret
  10. Pickup Stix
  11. Off The Chart
  12. Curtain Call
  13. Clef Hangers of Hanover
  14. Port City Sound
  15.  Inside Track
  16. I Don't Know Why
  17. Game Day
  18. Exchange Street
  19. Chordination
  20. Drive
  21. Fireside

    Mic "Cooler" Quartet --- Nor'easter


Posted 9/23 per Brian O'Leary; updated 10/3

Mic Testers: Youth Harmony Workshop NE (YHWNE) Chorus!

  1.   Dartmouth, NS               City of Lakes Chorus
  2.   Burlington, VT                Green Mountain Chorus
  3.   Waterbury/Derby, CT    Valley Chordsmen
  4.   Providence, RI      Narragansett Bay Chorus
  5.   Natick, MA            New Sound Assembly
  6.   Concord, MA        Vocal Revolution
  7.   Manchester, CT   Silk City Chorus
  8.   Beverly, MA          Northshoremen
  9.   Lowell, MA           The Gentlemen Songsters
  10.  Hanover, NH         North Country Chordsmen
  11.  Hartford, CT          Hartford Men in Harmony
  12.  Worcester, MA      Men of Song
  13.  Central, CT            Connecticut Yankee Chorus
  14.  Nashua, NH          Granite Statesmen
  15.  South Shore, QC  South Shore Saints
  16.  Portland, ME         Downeasters


Contest Performance VIDEO Recording

Update: Friday, Nov. 4:

Contest video available for download. >> Email ME <<

Contest VIDEO ordering has ended.

Details:   (posted Monday, Oct. 10)

  • HD Digital Video Professional recording. Single camera. Audio feed and Mic.

  • It will be for DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (DD) delivery of the contest set.
  • Computer (or equiv. device) and Internet connection required for delivery.
  • No DVDs will be produced.
  • EVERY competitor group (quartet/chorus) WILL BE recorded.
  • No money will be collected at the event.  Orders and payments must be ONLINE only.
  • Post-event ordering NOT possible - closed.
  • 100% participation needed and anticipated. This is what makes it work.
  • Expect delivery within ONE week of the contest via emailed link to online video and download.
  • ONE video delivered to EACH group via DD link.
  • Audio Quality Assured.  (we even have a backup plan!)
  • HD Digital Video by Tom Svenson of 3D-Imagination of Ayer, Massachusetts

Any questions?  Fire away. Contact ME.

NOTE: This is for competitor GROUPS only. NOT for the public.

COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL restricts distribution. NOT for private YouTube or Facebook (etc.) publication/posting.

Amount: $25.00 per competitor, plus online fee.  ORDER with Credit Card here: