We’ve been pretty quiet here since the BHS International. In the weeks since, many of our friends took advantage of the enormous annual educational opportunity — Harmony University — which was held once again at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Now that we are approaching Fall contest season, it’ll soon be time to highlight what’s to come in September and beyond! Fall conventions that will be hosting MBHA competitors will be shared here as soon as we have information.
BUT FIRST……news from an inter-chapter event held earlier this month in the Mid-Atlantic District, BHS. Mixed choruses and quartets were present for this event. We encourage any of them to become members (individual AND ensemble) of MBHA, if they are not already members!! Credit and thank you to Allan Dean (Red Bank (NJ) Area Chapter, and Hamilton Square (NJ) Chapter) for providing this summary and the accompanying photos:
- “On August 7, 2018, chapters across the Central Division of the Mid-Atlantic District joined for an evening of song. Choruses and quartets (single-gender and mixed) performed for the 100 or so people that attended at the Crestwood Village Co-Op One in Manchester, New Jersey. The Interchapter meeting was co-hosted by the Ocean County and Red Bank Area Chapters. Among those in attendance were Rahway Valley, Princeton, Cherry Hill, and Atlantic City chapters. Barbershoppers gathered in the hall at 7:00 p.m. and greeted old friends. Small groups and quartets sang in the corners of the room as diners enjoyed beer/soda/water and hotdogs w/sauerkraut and all the fixins. The emcee for the evening, Pat Kelly, introduced each chorus and quartet with great flair. Among the choruses performing were Oceanaires, Pine Barons, Boardwalk Chorus, Princeton Garden Statesmen, Chorus of the Atlantic, Matinee Idles and Rahway Valley Jerseyaires. The last two choruses listed were present for the first time with female members. Among the many quartets that performed were: The Usual Suspects, Three Hits and a Miss*, Tongue In Cheek, Mama’s Boys, Two plus Two*, Mixed Nuts*, Velvetones*, What Four, Double Trouble*, AHB and Me*, Probable Cause, and Oasis Quartet. (*Mixed Quartet) Half the quartets were mixed quartets, with at least one female member. The festivities concluded at 9:45 pm. Several hands made cleanup a quick job. Old friends said goodbye and sang a final tag as they departed the hall.”