by the NED-C&J Team

for CONTEST ENTRY for the

by invitation from the DVP-C&J
through the new

updated: Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 @ 2300h

Fall 2019 General Contestant Information:

Contest ENTRY at BHS ... OPENED Wednesday, August 16.

The Fall 2019 CONTESTS are:

  • NED Chorus Championship

  • NED Chorus Plateau Championships

  • NED Representative Chorus to International Contest 2020

  • Mixed Harmony Chorus Festival

  • NED Quartet Championship

  • NED Seniors Quartet Championship

  • NED Representative Seniors Quartet to Midwinter Contest 2020

A. CONTEST & DATES – 2019 Fall District Contest

  • Open Entry Registration (by invitation) WEDNESDAY, August 16, 2019

  • Closing Date for Entry WEDNESDAY, September 25, 2019

  • Final Date to Pay Deposit for Evaluations POSTMARKED by SUNDAY, October 20 (Quartets Only)

  • Quartet Semi-finals Friday, October 25, 2019

  • Chorus Finals Saturday, October 26, 2019

  • Quartet Finals Saturday, October 26, 2019

 B. BHS Members (competing Chorus Contact or Quartet, VLQ Contact Person):

  1. Entry to the contests has already been issued by invitation only to qualifying competitor through Barberscore.com.

  2. Closing Entry Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at midnight.

  3. Quartets, Choruses and VLQs are responsible for properly and fully completing their Entry Form including the Title and correct Arranger for at least two songs for choruses and VLQs and at least four songs for quartets from which they may select their contest package(s). There is no limit to the number of songs that can be listed in the Repertory. All songs are entered through Barberscore.com. Songs can be added to the chorus/VLQ/quartet repertory until the day of the contest. REMEMBER THAT ALL CHORUSES, VLQs, AND QUARTETS MUST SING SONGS THAT ARE LISTED ON THEIR REPERTORY.

  4. The person(s) in your chorus, VLQ or quartet who will receive information from the District Contest & Judging Team regarding entry and other contest related information, will be the “official” contact person(s) based on information provided for your chorus, VLQ or quartet on your record. Be certain that their contact information in the Member Center is correct and that you have entered the correct contact person(s) when you complete your Entry on Barberscore.com. Your official contact person may include multiple persons. For quartets, it may be one or all of the members of the quartet. He is (they are) the only person(s) who will receive information for Entry, the only person(s) who will receive competitor information from the District Contest and Judging Team, and the only person(s) who will be able to complete or modify your entry in Barberscore.com.

  5. If you have any questions regarding completion of the Entry form in Barberscore.com, you should first contact:
    Alan Lamson – email him at janlam314@cox.net -or- phone him at (860) 647-9523

  6. All competitor information will come from: Jim Nolan – email him at jjnln@aol.com

C. NED Contestant Information:

Maps, schedules, and details for competitors will all go directly to the competitors contact person(s) from the District Contest & Judging Team through Jim Nolan.

D. Judging Panel – Fall 2019:

See below.  For descriptions of the judging categories (Music, Performance and Singing) refer to the BHS “Contest and Judging Handbook” on the Society’s website at:


Specific descriptions can be found on Page 5-1 (Music), 6-1 (Performance), and 7-1 (Singing).

  • 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 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.

Judging Panel for Fall 2019:


Contest Administrators:

CA     Bill McLaurine - CSD
ACA   Mike Thompson - SWD


Tom Gentry - JAD
Mark Hale - RMD


David McEachern - ONT
Dusty Schleier - DIX


Ig Jakovac - MAD
Nathan Ogg - JAD

E. Most Improved Qualification - Fall 2019 (see table below)

F. Seniors Quartet entry for International Seniors Quartet Qualification:

The entry for Seniors Quartets to qualify to represent the NED at the International Seniors Quartet Contest in Jacksonville, FL in January 2020, is an open entry.  Any Seniors Quartet in the Northeastern District may enter this contest whether you participated in the division contests or not and whether you did participate and did not achieve a qualifying score for the NED Fall Contest.  If your Seniors Quartet would like to participate this Fall and did not already receive an invitation to do so, you must contact Alan Lamson – NED DVP Contest & Judging, janlam314@cox.net or 860-647-9523 – to receive an invitation to enter in Barberscore.com.

G. Determination of District Novice Quartet Status – FALL 2019:

To be eligible, a quartet must meet both of the following requirements (NED Operating Code, Paragraph 12.11):

  1. Be eligible to win the District Quartet Championship, and

  2. Contains no more than two (2) members who have competed at a district or higher level

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TABLES - NED Contestant Information

Most Improved Qualification for Fall 2019:

Choruses and Quartets Eligible for Most-Improved for Fall 2019
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Chapter 2018 Score For 2019 Quartet 2018 Score For 2019
& Pine [3]
Portland, ME 1308 872   Odds n Ends 1336 891
Nashua, NH 1205 803   Parts Unknown 1227 818
Hanover, NH 1130 753   Pop Pop and the Boys 1192 795
        Inside Track 1155 770
        B.A.S.S.Q 1130 753
        Clef Hangers of Hanover 1093 729
Mountain [2] Saratoga Springs, NY 1160 773   Chordination 1249 833
Burlington, VT 1089 726   RECYCLED PARTS 1169 779
South Shore, QC 1047 698   Backstretch 1165 777
Patriot [3] Concord, MA 1454 969   Daily Special 1358 905
Providence, RI 1317 878   Deadline 1326 884
Worcester, MA 1196 797   Mansion Vocal Band 1280 853
Lowell, MA 1188 792   Pickup Stix 1225 817
Natick, MA 1174 783   League of Ordinary Gentlemen 1209 806
Cape Cod, MA 1156 771   Fireside 1206 804
        Express Lane 1174 783
        The Essex County 4 1114 743
Sunrise [1]         GALE Force 1101 734
Yankee [2] Danbury, CT 1268 845   Fusion 1312 875
Manchester, CT 1263 842   TMI 1267 845
Central, CT 1144 763   Destination 1263 842
Hartford, CT 1136 757   Off The Chart 1152 768
        Late Risers 1123 749
        I Don't Know Why 1118 745
2019 Scores based on double panel conversion from 2018 scores