Sing4 ! Men's All-Northwest Acapella Tournament Set for Boise State University October 18-19
Sing4!, the acapella singing event that brings together the top male singers from five northwestern states and two Canadian provinces, and invites audience members to vote for the most entertaining performances, will be staged at Boise State University's Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts October 18-19, 2013.
The tournament will decide which choruses and quartets will move on to perform in the International Convention of the Barbershop Harmony Society when it meets in Las Vegas during the summer of 2014.
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Included in the competition are several groups who recently have scored near the top at International, including the "viaVoice" quartet, the Salem (Oregon) "Senate-Aires" Chorus and "Northwest Vocal Project" chorus of younger men. Other quartets from International include "4.0" and "Momma's Boys." A total of 29 quartets and 15 choruses will perform in the two-day event.
The tournament begins Friday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m. with the Quartet Semi-Finals. All 29 quartets will perform two songs each, and will be judged by a panel of trained expert judges in the categories of Singing, Musical interpretation, and Presentation. The Top 10 scoring quartets will move on to the tournament's Final round Saturday evening. The audience, also, will be invited to listen critically to each performance, and will receive materials with which to keep track of their evaluations.
Sing4! Vocal Tournament
Comes to Morrison Center October 18-19, 2013
Sing4! continues Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. with the Chorus Competition. All fifteen choruses also will perform two songs each in front of the same judges and a new audience. Each of the choral entrants has been judged earlier in the year at smaller, sub-regional conventions as being worthy of entry in this weekend's event.
The Quartet Final competition among the top 10 quartets from the semi-final round will begin Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Each performing quartet will sing two more songs for adjudication by the judging panel, different from the first set. Once again, the each audience member will be invited to vote for favorites in the category of Most Entertaining.
Immediately following the Quartet Finals and for the same audience, the Show of Champions will feature the top three choruses and top three quartets. In addition, a performance by a 12-member "very large quartet" made up of the three quartets having performed at last summer's International Convention, will thrill the crowd, and a set by the 2012 winning quartet "Momentum" will close the show.
Tickets for Sing4! are available at www.boisestatetickets.com. General admission to the Morrison Center auditorium is $15 for both the Quartet Semi-Finals on Friday, October 18 and the Chorus Competition on Saturday, October 19. Tickets for The Combined Quartet Finals and Show of Champions are $25. All ticketing through boisestatetickets.com incurs additional service fees.
The two-day Sing4! event represents the convention of the Evergreen District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, one of seventeen Districts internationally dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of Barbershop quartet singing. It is co-branded as "Sing4!" to the surrounding community to invite interested audiences to experience the work of the most talented male acapella performers in the region. The Evergreen District comprises performing groups in Idaho, western Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Canadian provinces British Columbia and Alberta.
While "Sing4!" is a men's acapella tournament, all songs offered for Society judges must be approved as being of the Barbershop musical style, and performances are judged according to Society criteria. While the acapella genre allows very wide-ranging use of the voice in arrangements comprising various numbers of performers, Barbershop is a valuable subset whose strict definitions allow objective, numerical evaluations that have proven over decades to be comparable one to another, and between Districts and convention years.