Wisconsin Youth Harmony Festival
Once again on May 21, 2022 we will invite high school quartets, their music educators, family and friends to join us at Pacelli High School in Stevens Point for a fun-filled, action-packed day of celebrating harmony and barbershop fellowship.
All high school barbershop quartets will be eligible to participate! In the past, we restricted entry to quartets who scored either a *1 or *2 at one of the Wisconsin Solo Ensemble Festivals. In 2022, we will welcome all high school barbershop quartets from Class A, Class B, and Class C singing in SSAA, TTBB and Mixed quartets.
The exact start time is still to be determined, but WYHF is projected to start mid-morning to allow for groups and leaders to travel from around the state on the day of the Festival. First thing, students will participate in a lively warm-up session to get everyone ready for a day of singing. Then the crowd will be treated to a round of tag-singing, led by experienced Tag Teachers. We bet you can hear the chords ringing already?! We’re currently scouring the COUNTRY for a Guest Quartet to perform….
After lunch, the contest will begin at 1:00 pm! The quartets will perform on stage in front of over 200 enthusiastic fans. The competition will be adjudicated by judges certified and the Barbershop Harmony Society, Sweet Adelines and Harmony, Inc.
Following a second performance by our Guest Quartet, trophies and plaques are given to the top three barbershop and treble quartets and cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 are awarded to their schools.
Once the winners are named and trophies are awarded, judges will meet with each quartet to provide positive, encouraging evaluations from the perspective of the Music, Singing and Performance categories to help the young singers improve their future performances.
Of course, no day of barbershop singing is complete without singing tags…lots and lots of tags…before we all return home!