Wisconsin Youth Harmony Festival

We invite you for a fun filled day of fun, action-packed day of celebrating Harmony and fellowship. We welcome all high school quartets in the Barbershop and Treble Barbershop categories who score either a 1 or 2 at the Wisconsin State Solo Ensemble Festival. 

This year’s festival will be happening on May 19th, 2018 at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc. Students have the opportunity to learn more about barbershop singing and compete in a contest to determine the best high school barbershop quartet in the state.

Competition includes $100, $200, and $300 cash prizes, as well trophies and plaques given to the top three quartets. See a listing of past winners. 

The Schmitt Brothers Traveling Trophy goes to the school of the winning quartets and is returned the following year to be exchanged for a permanent version to remain with the school. All participants receive a commemorative medal.

The WYHF begins in the morning with students participating in educational sessions. Now patterned after Harmony University classes, participants learn more about the art of singing barbershop harmony.

In the afternoon, the quartets perform on the Endries Performance Hall stage in front of experienced judges and over 200 enthusiastic fans. Judges from Harmony, Inc., are scheduled to join official judges from the Barbershop Harmony Society. 

Once the winners are named and trophies are awarded, each quartet will receive positive encouraging evaluations from judges to help improve future performance.

No day of barbershop singing can be complete without singing tags… lots and lots of tags!



Festival Schedule

8:30am – 9am: Registration, Auditorium Lobby
9:00am: Welcome and Introductions, Auditorium

9:30am – 10:15am/10:20am – 11:05am/11:10am – 11:50am: Rotating schedule made up of three Harmony University-style Barbershop classes (class assignments will be handed out at the welcome).

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Quartet Contest
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Guest Quartet Performances; Midnight Croon (2014 LOL District Champion), U4X (2008 Harmony, Inc., International Champion)
3:00pm: Contest Awards in Auditorium

3:15pm: First Round Evaluations begin per schedule, non-evaluated Quartets to Auditorium for Tag Singing
4:00pm: Second Round Evaluations begin per schedule, evaluated Quartets to Auditorium for Tag Singing

4:45pm: Day is completed, safe travels home!


– “Vocal Techniques” by Paul Wigley, Minneapolis Commodores Director, former BHS Music Category Specialist
– “Vocal Elements of a Performance” by U4X Quartet, 2008 Harmony Inc. International Quartet Champions
– “Simple Gestures to Improve Your Performance” by Judd Orff, LOL District VP of Chapter Support and Development, former BHS Performance Judge 

2017 Girls & Mixed Quartet Champions
2017 Boys Quartet Champions