Wisconsin Youth Harmony Festival
Once again in 2022 we will invite high school quartets, their music educators, family and friends to join us for a fun-filled day of fun, action-packed day of celebrating harmony and 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 date of the Wisconsin Youth Harmony Festival has yet to be determined, but will likely be in May, 2022 at Pacelli High School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Students will have the opportunity to learn more about vocal production and barbershop singing. Each quartet will compete in a contest to determine the best high school barbershop quartets in the state.
The WYHF begins in the morning with students participating in educational sessions. Now patterned after Harmony University classes, participants learn more about vocal production and the art of singing barbershop harmony.
In the afternoon, the quartets perform on stage in front of experienced judges and over 200 enthusiastic fans. Judges are experienced barbershop coaches and judges from Harmony, Inc. and the Barbershop Harmony Society.
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. The Schmitt Brothers Traveling Trophy goes to the school of the 1st Place quartets in each category and is returned the following year to be exchanged for a permanent version to remain with the school.
Once the winners are named and trophies are awarded, each quartet receives positive encouraging evaluations from judges to help improve future performance.
Of course, no day of barbershop singing is complete without singing tags…lots and lots of tags!