Contest & Judging - Spring 2020 - from Jim Sams, VP-Contest & Judging

Type of post: Profile news item
Status: Current
Date Posted: Thu, Jan 16 2020

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. 


HOTELS

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.


VENUE

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. 


CONTESTS

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.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.
 
District Championship Competitions AND all Prelim sessions will officially begin in Fall 2020. More information will be forthcoming following the 2020 Spring Convention.
 
PLEASE REMEMBER, EVALUATION/COACHING CHOICES will be sent out to the chorus/quartet contacts 2-3 weeks prior to contest by email. BUT YOU MUST INDICATE ON YOUR BARBERSCORE ENTRY FORM IF YOU WANT AN EVAUATION OR COACHING SESSION! 


JUDGES

Here are the judges who are on the Official Panel: 
MUS - Joe Cerutti (MAD) & Steve Tramack (NED)
PER - Sean Devine (MAD) & Shawn Mondragon (RMD)
SNG - David Mills (SUN) & Mark Stock (NSC).
 
I can assure you that each of these men are well-trained, experienced, and are ready and willing to work with each of you to help improve your performances regardless of what level you are.


BARBERSCORE 

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.
 
Again, the cut off for Barberscore entries for this convention is Friday midnight, February 28th which NOW gives you a full 42 days to get your entries filled out. That is 3 weeks from the start of the convention weekend. Please let me hear from you SOON as to what your plans are for this convention. I would like to know what your intentions are as early as possible so that I can prepare for the numbers of competitors expected.


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!
 
ALL y’all come now, ya hear??!!
 
Jim Sams
VP Contest & Judging-Dixie
jimsamsca@bellsouth.net
(901) 488-3128


****************** COMING-FALL 2020-Start planning NOW!! *******************
 
QUARTETS:     District Male, District Female, District Seniors, District Super Seniors, District Mixed, District Novice, District Super Novice CHAMPIONSHIPS, and International Seniors Prelims!

CHORUSES:  District Male, District Female, District Mixed-INTERNATIONAL PRELIMS