BHS Contest Rules
The Contest Administrator (CA) is responsible for the orderly management and operation of barbershop competitions under the Society Contest Rules. The CA is responsible for a smooth and orderly contest with minimal delays. He effectively is project manager for his assignment. He provides information to the host district regarding the facilities and contest flow. He is responsible for preparing the results of the contest and preparation of announcement of those results, as well as providing scoring summaries for the contest.
The Music judge evaluates the song and arrangement, as performed. He adjudicates the musical elements in the performance: melody, harmony, range and tessitura, tempo and rhythm and meter, construction and form, and embellishments. He judges how well the musical elements of the performance establish a theme and the degree to which the performance demonstrates an artistic sensitivity to that theme. He adjudicates the degree to which the musical elements of the song and arrangement display the hallmarks of the barbershop style.
The Performance judge evaluates how effectively a performer brings the song to life; that is, the believability of the theme in its musical and visual setting. He responds to both the vocal and visual aspects of the presentation, but he principally evaluates the interaction of those aspects as they work together to create the image of the song. He adjudicates the quality and appropriateness of the overall effect. The Performance judge evaluates everything about the performance that contributes to emotional impact upon the audience.
The Singing judge evaluates the degree to which the performer achieves artistic singing in the barbershop style. Artistic singing is accomplished through precise intonation, a high degree of vocal skill and appropriate vocal expression, and a high level of unity and consistency within the ensemble. Mastering these elements creates a fullness and expansion of sound, and when combined with expressive vocal skills will convey a feeling of genuine emotion to support the message of the song.