Wisconsin Youth Harmony Festival

We invite you to join us for a fun, action-packed day celebrating harmony and fellowship!

WHO: 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 are invited to participate in this Festival
WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2018Vintage Mix Quartet Members on stage
8:30-9am – Registration, Auditorium Lobby
9am – Welcome and Introductions, Auditorium
9:30-10:15am/10:20-11:05am/11:10-11:50am – Rotating schedule made up of three Harmony University-style Barbershop classes (class assignments will be handed out at the welcome)
– “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
Noon-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00-2:30pm – Quartet Contest
2:30-3:00pm – 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!
WHERE: Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
COST: There is NO COST to quartets and their adult coaches for this event. A donation is requested for family and friends who come to view the contest.
WHY: To learn more about barbershop singing and compete in a contest to determine the best high school barbershop quartets in the state

The Wisconsin Youth Harmony Festival (WYHF), formerly known as the Wisconsin High School Barbershop Quartet Festival, was founded in 2015. Co-sponsored by Silver Lake College, WYHF is a special day to bring together new and longtime barbershoppers to celebrate our passion for singing barbershop harmony.

Harmony Festival TrophiesPRIZES: Trophies and plaques are awarded to the top three quartets in both the Barbershop and Treble Barbershop Quartet categories. 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 also receive a commemorative medal.

CASH PRIZES: $300, $200 and $100 cash prizes are awarded to the music departments of the schools representing the top three quartets in each division.

FORMAT: 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 winners are named and trophies are awarded, each quartet will receive positive, encouraging evaluations from judges to help improve future performances.

No day of barbershop singing can end without singing tags…lots and lots of tag singing!
Trophy Awards Ceremony Harmony Festival