[learn_more caption=”Q1: Does having contests without qualifying scores really mean that anyone can enter?”] A1: Pretty much. If you are a chartered Harmony, Inc. chorus or a registered Harmony, Inc. quartet as of April 1, we hope you will come to our convention to compete and to connect with friends we weren’t able to see in the spring. And if you are an associate member, an affiliate member, an honorary member, a guest or a friend, we hope you will come to the convention to cheer on our contestants and to celebrate friendship, too![/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q2: What if we form a new quartet or we register after April 1? “] A2. You may still submit a contest entry form as long as at least two of your members were Harmony, Inc. members on April 1. However, you will be placed on a waiting list until we determine if there is space to accommodate you. Newly registered groups that cannot be accommodated will have contest entry fees refunded. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q3: But what if the contests are huge?”] A3: We’ll make it work. Dealing with the restrictions of fighting the novel coronavirus has made us all extremely adaptable. If the chorus contest is huge, we may divide it into two sessions, maybe even over two days. If the quartet contest is huge, we may run two or three semi-final contests simultaneously. If that happens, the semi-final contests may not be on the stage, but will be more like smaller contests we experience in some Areas. Of course the finals will be on the big stage.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q4: Will this change the convention schedule?”] A4: It might. But we won’t know until July 31 how big the contests or the convention will be, and whether we need to adjust the convention schedule as a result. We may discover that we need to change education class schedules, or to revise or reimagine Showcase or Parade activities. Any changes will consider the wishes of our members, as expressed in responses to the post-IC&C questionnaire last year, but may fall short of a miracle! And we will notify members as soon as possible after July 31 about when various events will likely occur so members can begin to plan.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q5: Will there be an International Chorus?”] A5: Absolutely. We want to ensure that our associate members have a chance to perform on stage![/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q6: Will the Minor Chords be able to perform?”] A6: That’s the plan. We want to hear our youth members sing![/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q7: So when are the Contest Entry deadline and the Late Entry (final) deadline?”] A7: The Contest Entry deadline this year is July 31 for everyone, rather than 15 days after each AC&C. The Late Entry deadline is September 1, as always. However, this year, in contrast to other years, a group that misses the Contest Entry deadline might not get a spot in the contest, even if the group meets the September 1 deadline.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q8: Usually any group with a late entry is entitled to sing in the contest, as long as the entry with late entry fee is submitted by September 1. Why not this year?”] A8: This year, our goal is to get as many people on the contest stage as possible, but depending on how many contest entries we receive, we simply may not be able to accommodate groups that submit a contest entry after July 31. We will keep a waiting list, and if we are able to include late entries, or if a group withdraws, we will add contestants from the waiting list to fill available spots right up until September 1. The good news for those who miss the July 31 deadline is that, if we cannot accommodate late entries, contest entry fees and late entry fees will be refunded. As in ordinary years, if we do have a late entrant in the contest, that contestant will sing first.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q9: What about mixed quartets?”] A9: We don’t usually have mixed quartets at IC&C, but we do at some AC&Cs. This year, if there is space in the quartet contests, we may be able to accommodate in the semi-finals some mixed quartets that are MBHA registered and include a Harmony, Inc. member. Mixed quartets may enter by submitting a contest entry form and fee by July 31, and will be notified by September 1 whether there is a spot in the contest for the quartet. They will be singing for score only. Mixed quartets that cannot be accommodated will have contest entry fees refunded.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=” Q10: Will there be contestant evaluations on site?”] A10: If the contest sizes are “normal,” there is room in the schedule to have a single judge meet with each chorus and quartet contestant for 15 minutes to answer questions, as we did for the choruses last year. If the contests are much bigger, we are less optimistic that we can fit it in. We continue to keep in mind contestant desire for on-site feedback, but feel that the most important thing for this year is celebrating togetherness.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q11: When will the Contest Entry Forms be ready?”] A11: We plan to have CEFs up on the website by mid-April. Submission of the forms is on line, and payment can be made (i) on line through PayPal or Etransfer, (ii) by mailing a check/cheque after submitting the form on line, or (iii) by applying a credit from your AC&C contest entry fee….keep reading![/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q12: Will we be able to get a refund of an AC&C contest entry fee that we have already paid?”] Yes. But…there are other options. If you plan to enter a contest at IC&C, we can hold the fee you submitted for AC&C, and apply it to your IC&C entry when we receive your contest entry form. That choice is the easiest for us administratively and is also less expensive than refunding your AC&C fee and then having you submit a new fee for IC&C. Unless we hear otherwise from you, that is what we will do. But if this process would cause a financial hardship, if you are unsure of your plans, or if you do not plan to enter an IC&C contest, then you can request a refund now. To do that, contact the Finance Office at [email protected] with – your chapter or quartet name – the contact person to whom the refund will be sent – a preferred payment method and associated Paypal US, Paypal CAN or Etransfer address – a mailing address if check/cheque is your only option If you receive a refund and then discover that you will in fact be competing at IC&C (hooray!), then just submit your contest entry form and pay the fee in accordance with instructions on the form. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q13: We entered AC&C but can’t compete at IC&C, and we want to donate our AC&C contest entry fee to Harmony, Inc. Can we do that?”] A13: Yes, easily. (And what a good idea!) If you would like to donate your AC&C contest entry fee to Harmony, Inc., contact the Finance Office at [email protected] with that request, and it will be done. Your donation will go into our general funds unless you specify that you would like it directed to a particular aspect of Harmony, Inc.’s operations. If you wish to donate your AC&C contest entry fee to the For the Love of Harmony program, then in addition to notifying the Finance Office, you should also complete and submit the online form HAR-104 so we have instructions for the dedication of the funds.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q14: What about Area awards?”] A14: No contest-related Area awards will be given in 2020. In 2021, awards that are related to contest achievement and that require measurement against scores or placements in the previous year will be compared against 2019 AC&C contest results. It will be up to each Area to decide whether to award non-contest Area awards, such as recognitions for membership increases or barbershopper of the year. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q15: What if we are still experiencing restrictions on gatherings and travel as the time for IC&C draws near?”] A15: The International Board of Directors will continue to monitor official outlets for up-to-date information about the coronavirus. Moving forward with our plans for November at this time seems like a safe and sensible thing to do. But if in the coming months advice and actions from medical experts and our governments require rethinking this plan, the IBOD will consider the information carefully so that they can make decisions in the best interest of our members and our organization.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Q16: I have questions about IC&C 2020 that aren’t addressed in these FAQs. Who should I contact?”] A16: If you can’t find the answer to your question on our website, you can email our International President, Donna McKay, using the email address [email protected] She will be sure that your question gets referred to someone who can help you. And keep an eye on these FAQs, as they will be updated as more questions arise.[/learn_more]