Our brothers in harmony, the Barbershop Harmony Society held two consecutive events in Jacksonville, Florida this month. Harmony, Inc. members turned out in force to participate in both the Vision 2020 Leadership Summit and the 2020 Midwinter Convention. Area 1 Director, Linda McMaster, and Area 5 Director, Nancy Flagel, started the week at the Leadership Summit to gain an understanding of how to create and build teams based on trust and commitment. They then cheered on all performers in the three days of contests, represented Harmony, Inc. at the first annual Mixed Barbershop Harmony Summit, and topped off the week by each winning a prize for completing the Passport game! Linda won an online Harmony University class and Nancy won a convention pass to either the 2020 International Convention in
Los Angeles in July or the 2021 Midwinter Convention in New York City next January.
As with Harmony, the BHS convention encompasses both shows and contests. At the Opening Night Showcase, the audience was thrilled as 2018 Harmony Queens, Aged to Perfection, represented Harmony beautifully with an exciting, fun, and heartfelt performance on the stage. Harmony is so fortunate to have such accomplished ambassadors.
Moving into the contests phase, the first three female judges to sit on an official international panel represented Harmony, Inc.! Judging the Next Gen Junior Quartet Contest were Linda Muise, Sandi Wright, and Renee Tramack.
Harmony, Inc. was represented in the Next Gen Junior Quartet contest by Area 3 youth quartet AcousChix. This high school quartet, coached by Harmony Queen, Katie Taylor, delighted the audience. We see much success in their future.
All in all, this writer was blown away by the Harmony presence at all levels during this convention. Wherever I went, around the clock, I met, chatted, and sang with Harmony sisters.
Submitted by Roxanne Powell