Registration is now open for the Virtual International Convention!

We are pleased to share the agenda for our VIC and to open up registration for this one-of-a-kind event!  All sessions will be held on Zoom and after you register you will get a confirmation email with the log-in instructions.  Please note:  all times are listed in EST.

We have an amazing line-up for you below and in addition, throughout the event you will also be treated to seven different virtual chorus videos that some of our choruses put together during the pandemic, including;  Sugartones, Scarborough Harmony, Northern Blend, Misty River and Maine’ly Harmony.

 

Register today by clicking here.

 

AGENDA

Friday, November 6, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm ET
Opening Ceremonies
Join International President Donna McKay as she opens this year’s virtual conference. Highlights of this session include presentation of awards, recognition of 50-year members, and the installation of our new Board of Directors.

8:30 pm – 9:45 pm ET
Afterglow: Get Down & Derby with ATP!
You don’t want to miss this Derby-themed evening featuring your hosts: Aged to Perfection.  This very entertaining session includes a special appearance from your International Queens Hot Pursuit – and lots of laughs with the first ever “QUEENS – Behind the Crowns” (based on the old TV show, The Newlywed Game – but BETTER and more SPARKLY!). Wear your Derby Hat as we pay tribute to what would have been the location of our in-person event this year – complete with a look back at Harmony fashion through the years!  There will be lots of interactive activities and fun!

Saturday, November 7, 2020
10:00 am – 10:50 am ET
Panel Discussion: Taste Issues and the Performance Category
Join Theresa Weatherbee, HI Performance Category Director, Joe Hunter, former BHS Presentation Category Specialist, and current BHS Performance Category Specialist, Mark Kettner, in a panel discussion on how to navigate the waters of contemporary standards in performance.

11:00 am ET – 11:50 am ET
Chorus Master Class with Jordan Travis & ACS leaders
A Cappella Showcase is so very proud to be the 2019 Harmony Incorporated International Chorus Champions and, like so many of you, they have moved their rehearsals online.  This year, instead of sharing with you what they did to leading up to their championship they want to use this master class to share with you some of the many ways they keep their community engaged, learning, growing, and having fun, all online.

12:00 pm ET – 12:45 pm ET
Un-contest: Part One
Join Anne Bureau and Ig Jakovac of the Liberty Belles as they moderate the Un-contest.  These master story tellers are sure to entertain you with their barbershop knowledge and wit!   Enjoy performances by:  Sing Niagara, Silk N Sounds, Elm City Chorus, On Q, ScotianAires, Harmony Magic, Seaside A Cappella, Crystal Chords and Northern Blend.

1:00 pm ET – 1:50 pm ET
You Be the Judge
Do you want to test your skills at judging a contest? Have questions about how a score is determined? Are you new and want to get insight into what the judges are thinking? Join 12-year Singing Judge and 2-time BHS quartet champion, Alan Gordon, 10-year Music Judge and internationally-ranked quartet medalist Tony Sparks, and 21-year HI member, 51-year SAI member, 11-year BHS member, HI and BHS Performance Judge, and SAI Showmanship Judge Sandi Wright as we watch videos, score ANY category you wish (and even change from video to video),  and discuss HOW and WHY a performance might score as it does. No experience necessary and YOU won’t be judged.

2:00 pm ET – 2:45 pm ET
Un-contest: Part Two
Anne and Ig are back as they walk you through part two of our un-contest.  Enjoy performances by:  Nickel City Sound, Women of Note, Sisters of Sound, Harmony Falls, Sounds of the Seacoast, Maine-ly Harmony, Liberty Belles, Niagara Frontier Chord Authority and New England Voices in Harmony.

2:45 pm ET – 3:35 pm ET
Quartet Master Class with Hot Pursuit
Come join Hot Pursuit as they share what makes them a successful and cohesive long-distance quartet. They’ll discuss their passions and work ethic and how both can be invaluable to a quartet personality and longevity.

3:45 pm ET – 4:30 pm ET
Un-contest: Part Three
Anne and Ig wrap up this year’s un-contest with some great choruses!  Enjoy performances by: Atlanta Harmony Celebration, Thousand Islanders, Unaccompanied Minors, Toronto Accolades, Lake Ridge Harmony, Barre-Tones, Rochester Rhapsody, Capital Chordettes, Village Vocal Chords and A Cappella Showcase.

4:45 pm ET – 6:15 pm ET
Parade of Champions
The 2020 Parade of Champions will be an amazing show, featuring 12 championship quartets, including our 2019 Queens, HOT PURSUIT, and our 2019 Chorus Champions, A CAPPELLA SHOWCASE, directed by Jordan Travis! The show will also honor our quartets that are celebrating special anniversaries, and will feature some special guests making an appearance to shout out to HI! The show will end with a beautiful virtual chorus of our Harmony Queens all joining together in song! It will be a wonderful night, and a show that you will not want to miss!! 

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm ET
Closing Ceremonies
Our closing ceremonies will feature virtual chorus performances by the Minor Chords and International Chorus.  We’ll also preview IC&C 2021 with a special Chocolate Martini mixologist session and toast to 2021 – which can’t get here soon enough!

 

Other activities

People’s Choice Awards
We may not be able to give out blue ribbons this year – but don’t miss out on your chance to vote for the People’s Choice Awards!  We have six entries for the Most Entertaining Package and 10 entries for the Best Costume.

You can vote on the finalists during the Afterglow on Friday night.

Be a part of our 2020 Virtual Conference Keepsake Photo!
Submit your photo and tell us what you are most looking forward to when we are able to sing together again. We will create a mosaic from all of your photos and share it after the event as a “keep sake memory.” Please click here to get started.

Click on “share your photo” to submit your photo. You can also click on an individual photo from the mosaic to see a larger version of the photo or search for someone by their name. Please note: you will not be able to see your photo in the mosaic until it has been approved. You will receive an email once your photo has been approved.

 

Don’t forget to register here so you can receive the log-in information.