What are we up to these days?
All In A-Chord Barbershop Quartet enters
its first quartet competition
2014 Northern California Novice Quartet Contest
Far West District - Barbershop Harmony Society
February 22, 2014
All In A-Chord Barbershop
Quartet competed in the 2014 Northern California Novice Quartet Contest held at Calvary Reformed Church in
contest featured nine novice quartets from the Far West District of the Barbershop Harmony Society and was hosted
by the award-winning Golden Valley Chorus. The contest was opened by a performance by Crossfire!,
the 2013 winners of this contest, as it is customary for the previous year's winners to be "microphone testers".
This was the very first
time ever that All In A-Chord competed in any Barbershop Harmony Society sanctioned
competition. The performance of each competing quartet was judged by a panel of judges from the Far West District
of the Barbershop Harmony Society in three performance categories: Music, Presentation and Singing.
The panel of judges, by category, was staffed by: Paul Engel (Music), Robert Leonil (Presentation), Ray Rhymer (Singing)
and Chuck Leavitt (Panel Administrator).
In the Music category, the judges adjudicate the musical elements of melody,
harmony, range, tessitura, tempo, rhythm and meter, construction of music arrangements and form, and embellishments to
the extent of the barbershop harmony style.
In the category of Performance, judges evaluate how effectively performing
contestants brings a song to life. They respond to both the visual and vocal aspects of the presentation, evaluating
the interaction of these aspects in creating the image of a song, as well as everything about the performance that
contributes to the emotional impact of the contestants upon the audience.
Judges in the Singing category evaluate the degree to which each performer
achieves artistic singing in the barbershop style: the production of vibrant, rich, resonant, technically accurate, and highly
skilled sound, created by both the individual singer's use of good vocal techniques, and the ensemble process of tuning, balancing,
precision and unity of sound. They focus on precise intonation, fullness or expansion of sound, a perception of a high degree
of vocal skill, a high level of unity and consistency throughout the performance, and freedom from apparent effort that allows
the full communication of the lyric and song.
In this, our first competition, All In A-Chord received an overall ranking of FOURTH among
the nine competing quartets, second in the mixed quartets class. In the Music category, we received
a tied score with the third place contestants, just two point behind the second place quartet. In the Presentation category,
we scored slightly higher than the second place contenders. in the Singing category, we scored between second and third place.
The 2014 Northern
California Novice Quartet winner was Brannigan (Bay Area). They will be the 2015
contest mike testers. The other quartets are in order of ranking (and chapter(s) representing) were: The
Cat's Meow (Bay Area); The No-Vices Four (Central California, Cal Delta); All In A-Chord
(Stockton); Resonate Evil (Walnut Creek, Freemont Hayward, Bay Area); Rare Form (Santa Rosa);
MetroGnomes (Palo Alto, Mountain View); Singularity (Santa Rosa); and Nouveau Cuisine
(Cal Delta, Sacramento, Central California).
All In A-Chord congratulates all contestants and looks
forward to meeting them in our sojourns in other activities at the Division, District, and International levels.
We express our gratitude
to the hosting chapter, Golden Valley Chorus and the panel of judges from the Far West District for
their invaluable real-time feedback and concise evaluations.
We wish to especially thank several members of the Stockton Portsmen for their encouragement,
support and coaching. Special thanks to our Chorus Director, Mr. Bill Litz; Chapter President, Mr.
Al Wolter; Mr. Bob Yater; Mr. Greg Hedges (all members of TuneStruck
Quartet) and Mr. Steve Taylor. Thank you, fellows!
Ben Buckman Receives "Rookie of The Year Award"
Portsmen Barbershop Chorus, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (S.P.E.B.Q.S.A.),
presented the "Rookie of Year Award" to Ben Buckman, at their Annual Installation
of Officers held on January 28, 2014 in Stockton, California.
The award was presented by Bill Litz, Stockton Portsmen Barbershop
Chorus Director and Chapter President Al Wolter. This award is presented to new chapter
members for outstanding participation in Chapter activities, programs and shows, and their contribution to singing Barbershop
Buckman, 30, joined the Stockton Portsmen Chapter in 2013, sponsored by Chapter President,
Al Wolter. Buckman, a Para-Educator with the Stockton Unified School District, is an avid musician who plays
the violin with various local groups.
On July 2013, joined with Stockton Portsmen members Danny Young (lead), Roberta
Dishneau (tenor) and Raphael Pazo (baritone) to form a mixed voice quartet, All In A-Chord Barbershop Quartet.