Convention & Contests

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


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

• HQ Hotel:

• Hosted by: Portland, ME chapter - "Downeasters Chorus"   •   Host Chair:

• Questions? (Name/email-link)  Hotel: DVP-Events:  Bob Bradley  /  Contests & Judging: Alan Lamson  /  Marketing & PR: Steve Salamin

Spring 2018 Results: Qualifiers for FALL DISTRICT CONTESTS

Quartet District
Seniors Qt
1 Alben and the Hip Monks X  
2 Backstretch X X
3 B.A.S.S. Q X  
4 Chordination X  
5 Clef Hangers of Hanover X X
6 Daily Special X  
7 Deadline X  
8 Destination X  
9 Express Lane X X
10 Fireside X  
11 Fusion X  
12 GALE Force X  
13 Greenlight X  
14 Hartford Harmonics X  
15 I Don't Know Why X  
16 Inside Track X  
17 King Arthur's Court X  
18 Late Risers X X
19 League of Ordinary Gentlemen X  
20 Mansion Vocal Band X X
21 Odds n Ends X  
22 Off The Chart X X
23 Parts Unknown X  
24 Peaches and Cream X X
25 Pickup Stix X  
26 Pop-Pop and the Boys X  
27 Puttin On The Fritz X  
29 The Essex County 4 X X
30 The Remnants X X
31 The Young and the Ageless X  
32 TMI X  
*Scoring 750 or above at division contest   5/17/2018
Very Large Quartet Chorus
1 Something Special Portland, ME
2 The Young and the Rest of Us Lowell, MA
3 Tribute Concord, MA
Chorus District
1 Burlington, VT X
2 Cape Breton, NS X
3 Cape Cod, MA X
4 Central CT X
5 Concord, MA X
6 Danbury, CT X
7 Dartmouth, NS X
8 Halifax, NS X
9 Hanover, NH X
10 Kentville, NS X
11 Lowell, MA X
12 Manchester, CT X
13 Moncton, NB X
14 Nashua, NH X
15 Natick, MA X
16 Pittsfield, MA X
17 Portland, ME X
18 Poughkeepsie, NY X
19 Providence, RI X
20 Saint John, NB X
21 Saratoga Springs, NY X
22 Schenectady, NY X
23 South Shore, PQ X
24 Worcester, MA X
*Scoring 700 or above at division contest 5/17/2018
Division Quartet Chorus
Granite & Pine Odds n Ends Portland, ME
  Inside Track Nashua, NH
  Clef Hangers of Hanover Hanover, NH
Mountain Chordination Saratoga Springs, NY
Patriot Fireside Concord, MA
    Providence, RI
    Lowell, MA
    Worcester, MA
    Natick, MA
Yankee Greenlight Manchester, CT
  TMI Danbury, CT
  Off The Chart Central CT
  Late Risers Poughkeepsie
    Hartford, CT
Information provided for quartets/choruses qualifying from division contests

• 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.

• Hotels •


(old) 2017 (Sample) Schedule of Events

NOTE! Last Update, #13: Wednesday-2017-Oct-25

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

  •     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)

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

Contest Judges:

Contest Administrators:





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.


NED Contestant Information

Contest Performance VIDEO-AUDIO-PHOTO

ORDER the value --Total Media Package-- today!  Five cool features!


  • High Def Digital Video Professional recording. Single camera.
  • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (DD) delivery of the contest set via Dropbox link.
  • Video DD files available within days after the contest weekend!
  • Computer (or equiv. device) and Internet connection required for delivery.
  • No DVDs will be produced.
  • EVERY competitor group (quartet/chorus) WILL BE recorded.
  • Audio Quality Assured.  XLR feed from Audio Engineer. GREAT VIDEO!


  • Repeat: Audio Quality Assured.  XLR feed from Audio Engineer.
  • Audio-only BONUS recording supplied separately.
  • Available post-sessions via EMAILED MP3 file or link.  Email address needed!
  • Audio Quality Assured.  XLR feed from Audio Engineer.  I said that already. Very important!


  • Post-performance, while still on-stage, POSED Photos - 2-3 to pose/choose.  Be prepared! Instructions will be provided.
  • All shots supplied later via download with video.
  • Full-size digital versions - from dual video camera captures - do whatever you want with them!

4. PHOTO - Performance:

  • Performance stills from video camera separately captured.  ( Steve will also have his set of pictures. )

5.  DIRECTOR'S CAM:  Yes! A Directors'-Cam recording will be available to chorus directors - no extra charge!

PLEASE! Order in advance, via competitor registration for YOUR contest at Eventbrite. 100% participation allows us to continue to offer this GREAT value!

Package Amount: $35 per competitor, quartet or chorus, all performances; no other fees. Inclusive of all described!

  • NOTE: This is for competitor GROUPS only. NOT for the general public.
  • COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL restricts distribution. NOT for private YouTube or Facebook (etc.) publication/posting.


You Must Pre-Pay!  NO ORDERS or payments at the Contest!  ONE "CONTACT PERSON" per group orders this MEDIA PACKAGE at the NED Eventbrite Registration Site.  You may do so at YOUR registration checkout --- or do so separately.

These services provided by "imported" Mike Kelly of the Mid-Atlantic District!
Any questions?  Fire away. Contact: Steve Salamin - Marketing

----------------- Mike Kelly, M-AD Videographer -----------------
BHS Harmony University & BHS Harmony Foundation Videographer