Congratulations to our Dixie District representatives to the BHS International Contest in Charlotte!
Next Gen Varsity - Premiere
Choruses - Music City Chorus and Sound of Tennessee Chorus
Quartets - Wildfire
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In late 2019, our Board of Directors received a request by one of the members we serve to investigate the possibility of changing the name. In 2020, we opened discussions amongst the board about this subject. After several long discussions and debates, we decided to send a survey to our members to get the pulse of the district in regards to this. There was quite a bit of resistance to the idea of it, with 48% of the respondents being either Against or Strongly Against the change, while 37% were For or Strongly For the change. This sparked another round of conversation in the Board, who were also divided on the matter, so it was eventually decided to create a task force to investigate whether or not the name should be changed. After several very productive conversations, the task force recommended that the name be changed. The Board then accepted the recommendation and delivered it to the delegates of the chapters ahead of the House of Delegates meeting on March 20. We asked the delegates to have conversations with their respective chapters and to be prepared to vote on the matter at the upcoming meeting. A motion was made that the name should be changed (without any suggestions as to a new name) and a roll call vote was taken. There were 17 votes against, 15 in favor, and 1 abstention, so the motion failed. A further breakdown shows that the Board members voted 7 to 6 against, with chapter delegates voting 10 to 9 against, 1 abstention. With the failure of the motion, we continue to be the Dixie District. The task force is officially disbanded as its original directive was completed and the failure of the motion means that no more directives will be given. We want to thank the task force for their diligent work and contribution to the discussion.
he March 2022 issue of the Dixie District online newsletter, The Dixie Town Crier is a must read.
The Dixie Town Crier is YOUR chapter’s opportunity to share information and photos about your chorus, quartets, shows, and activities with your fellow barbershoppers. Each chapter is encouraged to appoint someone to report YOUR chapter news! Submissions and questions should be directed to email@example.com.
|Many thanks to all those that attended, the faculty, and Bob Davenport for another successful Leadership Academy.|
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The September 2021 issue of the Dixie District online newsletter, The Dixie Town Crier is a must read.
The Dixie Town Crier is YOUR chapter’s opportunity to share information and photos about your chorus, quartets, shows, and activities with your fellow barbershoppers. Each chapter is encouraged to appoint someone to report YOUR chapter news! Submissions and questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Dixie District Board of DIrectors met in July 2021 to discuss the business of the district and prepare for the upcoming House of Delegates meeting. Not pictured: DC Nash, Jim Sams, Bob Davenport, and Steve Callahan.
|During our District Board meeting this weekend, we discussed ways to safely hold our 2021 Fall Contest in Oxford, AL. Unfortunately, after reviewing multiple scenarios, we decided that it would be in the best interest of the District if we do not hold convention this year. We are continuing to monitor trends as we navigate this difficult pandemic, and hope to bring good news soon about our Spring Convention in Alabaster, AL.|
Our President, Paul Blazek, will go into more detail on our decision in the next Town Crier..
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One of our Dixie District arrangers, Clay Hine, has a song for us to sing when we return this fall for our Dixie District Fall Convention, September 24-26, 2021 in Oxford, Alabama. (Details for the even will be posted in the coming months.)
"It's the Music that Brings Us Together."
Encourage YOUR chapter to participate! That includes...Ordering the FREE music and FREE learning tracks from the Society.
It comes in all THREE versions (SSAA, TTBB, SATB).
Help promote and LEARN the music. Get YOUR CHAPTER to Oxford, AL, in September AND then SING WITH US! Our VP of Events, James Donaldson, is working on the final details concerning the preparation and performance of this song at the convention. DO YOUR PART NOW so that we can see that we have maximum participation!
Contact Jimmy Tompkins, email@example.com, with any questions or assistance with this music for your chapter!
The chapter officer training sessions were initially delivered online in January of 2021. The playback of these sessions is now available on the Dixie District YouTube Channel. Use the links below to view these sessions.
These links will open a new page on your browser and take you to the YouTube video.
Dixie District 2021 Leadership Academy
About this Event
The 2021 Leadership Academy will focus on the following classes.
Questions? Contact Bob Davenport, DIX VP of CSLT – firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-331-7377.
Classes will be 3 hours, general assembly will begin at noon via Zoom.
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|After lengthy discussions and careful consideration, the Dixie District Board of Directors has decided to cancel our upcoming Spring Convention on March 20-22, 2020. The novel coronavirus has been spreading quickly through our communities, and disproportionately impacts the immunocompromised and individuals over 60. Due to this, we want to take every precaution to keep our members and their families, friends, and communities safe. After reviewing options, we agreed that the best course of action was to not gather at this time.|
We are currently coordinating with SCJC and BHS to come up with options for our quartets that intend to qualify for International, and will deliver the information as soon as we finalize a plan. We will do all that we can to maintain the qualification process.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and we are working to come up with a solution for later in the year. Details will follow in the coming weeks, so please keep an eye out for them.
Thank you everyone for working with us through this complicated issue.
Yours in Harmony,
Your Dixie District Board of Directors
For those that have already registered for contest next weekend, we are working with Eventbrite to get your registration fee refunded. We will send you an email with details soon.
For those who have booked hotel rooms, please contact your hotels to cancel your reservations.
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Dixie District BHS
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Dixie District BHS
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pelham (Headquarters)|
260 Cahaba Valley Road
Pelham, AL 35124
Rate: $119 plus tax per night
Call 205-987-8888 to make reservations by phone
For on line reservations
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Sleep Inn Pelham Oak Mountain
200 Southgate Drive
Pelham, AL 35124
Rate: $99 plus tax per night
Call 205-982-9800 to make reservations by phone
No on line reservations
PLEASE NOTE: The cut-off date to make reservations is Friday, February 21.
The contests will be held at:
Thompson High School Performing Arts Center.
1921 Warrior Parkway
Alabaster, AL 35007
2020 Spring Quartet Qualifier
Dateline: January 16, 2020
The time is upon us to gather for the 2020 Dixie Spring International Quartet Prelims and Chorus Convention/Contests. This convention will be held March 20-22, 2020 in Alabaster, Alabama.
The headquarters hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, 260 Cahaba Valley Rd, Pelham, AL 35124, 205-987-8888. And we are using Sleep Inn Pelham Oak Mountain, 200 Southgate Dr., Pelham, AL 35124, 205-982-9800. An additional hotel, Comfort Suites, may be added for overflow depending on the registrations. The distance between hotels is 0.3mi.
The contest site will be at the Alabaster City Schools Performing Arts Center on the campus of Thompson High School, 1921 Warrior Pkwy, Alabaster, AL 35007. The distance from the hotels to the ACS PAC is 10.2 miles (21 min) via US-31 S. Buses will be available for chorus transportation.
We will have an International Quartet Prelim (2 rounds), a District Chorus Championship, and a Most Improved Chorus award based on chorus scores from last spring. You have SIX WEEKS to enter the contests of your choice. The deadline for contestant entries will be midnight Friday, February 28, 2020.
We will also offer a “Score for Evaluations” only session, INVITATIONAL, for ALL choruses/quartets who do not wish to compete and to all singing groups (Seniors quartets, Mixed quartets, Female Quartets, Female Choruses, and Mixed Choruses) who would like to receive your personal score sheet and up to a 60-minute coaching or a 30-minute evaluation-only session. We just need YOU there to participate! There will be something for everyone! ALL male/female/mixed quartets MUST be BHS members EXCEPT FOR youth quartets (mixed, male & female) from college-age down.
Here are the judges who are on the Official Panel:
If you have any trouble filling out the Barberscore entry for your chorus or quartet, PLEASE contact me ASAP and allow me to walk you through the process. Again, I am available to help you fill out your Barberscore entry if needed. Quartet admins can login at barberscore.com.
I will be sending out weekly reminders as to our progress and to help light fires under some of you who like to procrastinate. And we want you to have a grand experience at this 2020 Dixie Spring Convention. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the very best that DIXIE DISTRICT has to offer!
****************** COMING-FALL 2020-Start planning NOW!! *******************
Hey, folks! Like youth singing barbershop? You're in luck!
The BHS Next Generation Junior Division quartet and chorus contests are today and tomorrow at Midwinter in Jacksonville. Dixie District is well represented this year: Here's a schedule:
TODAY, Thursday, January 9, 4:00 - 5:30 EST
Next Generation Quartet Contest. Sonic Sound Quartet is a mixed foursome from Marietta High School, Marietta, GA is singing sixth. 3:1, a mixed quartet from Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School, Nashville, TN is singing eighth.
TOMORROW, Friday, January 10, 11:00 - 8:30 EST
Next Generation Chorus Contest (held in conjunction with Seniors Chorus Contest). MLK HS's Bella Voce women's chorus is scheduled to sing at 11:48. Georgia Spirit mixed chorus is scheduled for 12:58. MLK HS's Bro Re Mi men's chorus is scheduled for 7:34.
You can catch all contests and shows LIVE on FloVoice (flovoice.com).
If you're not in attendance in Jacksonville, tune in. All these groups have worked very hard and our moral and financial support goes a long way! Thanks!
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Location change for Spring Contest 2020
The Dixie District Spring Contest 2020 will be held in Alabaster, AL, The date remains March 20-22, 2020. More details will be released in the coming weeks. 1/5/2020.
The Dixie 2020 Leadership Academy will take place on Saturday, January 4th 2020. The location will be the Morris Hill Baptist Church at 1804 Morris Hill Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421. The sesion will run from 12:00 noon until 4:00PM EST.
Classes will be available for new and returning chapter leadership positions:
The Healty Chapter Initiative class will also be presented by a certified HCI facilitator.
Dean of the Academy is Bob Davenport. If you have questions, please contact Bob at email@example.com.
Latest Town Crier
After serving much of the last decade as the editor of the Dixie Town Crier, David Belden has decided to retire. While he plans to continue to sing with the Music City Chorus, the time has come to retire from the extra duties associated with the district newsletter editor position. David is a retired teacher and prin-cipal originally from Ohio. In addition to his career in education he spent 23 years as a reporter, photogra-pher, columnist, and editor for The Leader Enterprise in Montpelier, Ohio. David has also spent much of the decade as editor of The Huzzah, the Nashville Chapter newsletter, a position from which he is also retiring. David and his wife Barbara will use some of their extra time making trips to Ohio to help to care for Barbara’s father and step-mother.
A new editor for the Dixie Town Crier is expected to be named soon. Watch the Dixie District webpage for upcoming information.
Ringgold, GA, Oct 4, 2019
Congratulations to the new Dixie District Quartet Champions - Wildfire.
The Dixie Novice Quartet Champions are Goodness Gracious.
The Dixie Senior Quartet Champions are Silver Ring.
The Dixie Super Seniors quartet champion is Rock City 4.
The DIxie Chorus representative to BHS International in 2020 is the Sound of Tennesee chorus from Cleveland TN.
The Dixie Seniors Chorus performed and recieved a score of 73.3%.