2019 FALL DISTRICT Convention & Contests

Friday-Saturday-Sunday • October 25-26-27, 2019

Updated: Monday, 9/16 - 1100h

Westbrook Performing Arts Center

471 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, Maine 04092

  • Venue:  Westbrook Performing Arts Center • Westbrook Middle School • 471 Stroudwater Street • Westbrook, Maine 04092

  • HQ Hotel:  Holiday Inn Express & Suites South Portland • 303 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland, Maine 04106 (sold out - see below)

  • Hosted by: Portland, ME chapter - "Downeasters" Chorus • Host Chair: t b a

  • Questions? (Name/email-link) Hotel: DVP-Events: Bob Bradley / Contests & Judging: Alan Lamson / Marketing & PR: Steve Salamin

The Fall 2019 CONTESTS are:

  • NED Chorus Championship

  • NED Chorus Plateau Championships

  • NED Representative Chorus to International Contest 2020

  • Mixed Harmony Chorus Festival

  • NED Quartet Championship

  • NED Seniors Quartet Championship

  • NED Representative Seniors Quartet to Midwinter Contest 2020

• Contest Venue •

Westbrook Performing Arts Center

(Located at the Westbrook Middle School complex)

471 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, Maine 04092

The Westbrook Performing Arts Center (WPAC) is a state of the art 1,000 seat theater and event center just minutes from downtown Portland, Maine.


2 Alternate Hotels:

  • Portland Sheraton at Sable Oaks

200 Sable Oaks Drive • South Portland, Maine 04106 (directly across the street from Holiday Inn)

  • BHS/NED Negotiated Room rate s/b $123/night plus 9% ME lodging tax.

  • Code/Event Name: Barbershop Harmony Society

  • Reservation Cut-Off date: Friday, September 27

For Reservations, phone: (207) 871-8000 • (no online reservation link provided)

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Maine

1050 Westbrook Street, Portland, Maine 04102

  • BHS/NED Negotiated Room rate $116/night plus 9% ME lodging tax.

  • Includes breakfast.

  • Code/Event Name: Barbershop Harmony Society

  • Reservation Cut-Off date: Friday, September 27

For Reservations, phone: (207) 775-2200(no online reservation link provided)

Other Hotels in the area:

  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott — 2 Cummings Road, Scarborough ME  04074 / 207-883-0300

  • Double Tree by Hilton — 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland ME 04106 / 207-775-6161

  • Days in by Wyndham — 461 Maine Mall Road, South Portland ME 04002 / 207-772-3450

  • Hilton Garden Inn — 145 Jetport Blvd., Portland ME 04002 / 207-828-1117


It's Back! Doin’ it somemore…

Choose YOUR Favorite Quartet’s . . . 

Friday Night at the Semi-Finals !

It's an Opportunity for YOU - as a member of our talented and knowledgeable audience - to be involved in selecting YOUR “Audience Favorites” during the Quartet Semi-Finals on Friday night.

Ballots and golf pencils will be available as everyone enter the auditorium.  The idea is … keep track of ’your favorites’ in the 5 categories (below) throughout the evening.  Transfer your final selections to a Ballot (one per attendee – honor system) before exiting the auditorium and place your ballot in one of the collection boxes provided.  The ballots will be counted and the announcement of the “Audience Favorites” will be made at the end of the chorus contest on Saturday afternoon. Fun!

Choose Your Favorite: Lead • Song Tag • Bass • Clothing/Costume • “older” quartet!

ADVERTISE In The Printed Contest Program!

Select or Tap the Cover image at left to LEARN MORE!  > > >

This is a GREAT opportunity for you and your chapter, chorus, quartet, business and any other service - to reach the Barbershop Harmony community.

Show your stuff!  Offer your services! Tell us about your upcoming events - shows, performances, classes, or your accomplishments and awards!  Maybe YOU have a business and would like others to see your ad - and how YOU support cultural events in the community!

PRICES remain unchanged!  Your ad helps support the program printing.  For as little as $40 - you can place a quarter-page display ad for all to see!

Full-page, half-page sizes and full-page covers are available, too!  Also, simple message "line-listings" are available!  Send a message to your performing friends! Show YOUR SUPPORT! Wish folks well.  Announce a party!

Ordering & Paying is EASY! Do it ...ONLINE!

Interested?  Got questions?  To learn more ... go to the DETAILS page.

DEADLINE?  Your order and ad needed by ... Monday, October 7, please.

Questions? Answers now available: 

STEVE SALAMIN with any questions!

Thank you for your consideration and support!

SELECT this IMAGE for more INFORMATION and ORDERING! Buying your ad online is now easier than ever!

"Mic-Tester" Chorus - NEEDS YOU!

Saturday Morning, Oct. 26th

For A Moment ...
It's the Number-One "Most Awesome Barbershop Chorus" at Westbrook that morning!

Celebrating Harmony among us All!


Are you planning on attending the 2019 Fall District Convention - but NOT competing? Or maybe you're a later-performing member of a competing chorus? Or a quartet member? Would you like to appear on the contest stage and perform under an enthusiastic, experienced and talented director? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then we have a great opportunity for you! Why not come and sing with what could be the largest chorus in the NED Chorus Contest, the new "NED EVERYONE IN HARMONY CHORUS."

Participation is open to anyone and everyone available - whether you’re singing in another chorus or not - and requires you attend a single rehearsal Saturday morning before the contest begins (probably) at around 8:30 AM and then perform on the contest stage first off as the "Mic-Tester" chorus at 9:25 AM.

The DIRECTOR of the “NED Everyone In Harmony Chorus” is …

  • DON ROSE (Our special weekend guest, the BHS Director of Music Education!)

The 2 songs: Hello Mary Lou -and- From the First Hello… (both BPC II)

SING with us! We'd LOVE to have YOU join us and begin the day, right!  It's fast and easy!

This is your chance to sing with a large chorus and to provide a great service to the district by serving as the mic tester chorus for the District Chorus Contest. Wouldn’t it be great to put 100+ men and women, under the direction of an NED great director? That’s right, open to all including female BHS members, Harmony, Inc. and Sweet Adelines members, too. We all sing well together! Let's celebrate! It promises to be one the highlights of the weekend!

2019 Fall District Convention - Preliminary Schedule of Events

Update v.3 – Wed. 09/18 - 0230h

Friday PM - October 25 - QUARTET Semi-Finals (single session) —

ALL TIMES for/at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook, Maine --- unless otherwise noted (e.g. HIE = Holiday Inn Express South Portland)

  • (1:00 PM: NED Seniors Chorus rehearsal @ HIE (to 3:30 PM)

  • 4:00 PM: Registration Desk OPENS to all. Every Competitor MUST check-in by 7:30 PM. (to 8:00 PM)

  • 5:15 PM: Auditorium Doors Open for General Admission (30 min. prior to contest start)

  • 6:30 PM: District QUARTET SEMI-FINALS ———————

  • *10:25 PM: Announcements/Awards

  • *11:00 PM—12:30 AM: Quartet Evaluations for non-Top 10 (@ HIE)

* Please NOTE: these stated START times subject to vary - based on the actual END time of the previous line item/event.

Saturday, October 26 - CHORUS Finals (split sessions) —

  • 7:00 AM: Registration Desk OPENS (until 2:00 PM)

  • 8:30 AM: "NED Everyone In Harmony Chorus" - Mic-Testing Chorus MEETS, WARM-UP, Room 118, then 1st on-stage.

  • 9:00 AM: Auditorium Doors Open for General Admission (25 min. prior to contest start)

  • 9:25 AM: District CHORUS FINALS I ——————

  • *11:50 AM ----------------- L U N C H - B R E A K --------------------------

  • 12:40 PM: District CHORUS FINALS II ——————

  • 1:40 PM: District V-L-Q FINALS ——————

  • 2:10 PM: District MIXED CHORUS Festival ——————

  • *2:45 PM: Special House of Delegates Meeting

  • *3:15 PM: Presentations - Announcements - Awards

  • *3:40 PM—5:30 PM: Chorus/VLQ Evaluations

  • *5:35 PM ------------------ D I N N E R - B R E A K ------------------------

    * Please NOTE: these (*) stated START times subject to vary - based on the actual END time of the previous line item/event

Saturday (Night), October 26 - QUARTET Finals / Seniors Chorus —

  • 6:00 PM: Registration Desk Open (to 9:00 PM)

  • 7:00 PM: Auditorium Doors Open for General Admission (30 min. prior to NEDAC event start)

  • 7:30 PM: NEDAC Show

  • 8:30 PM: District Seniors Chorus

  • 8:50 PM: District QUARTET FINALS ———————

  • *10:35 PM: Presentations - Announcements - Awards - Finalé

  • *11:30 PM—12:40 AM: Quartet Evaluations (@ HIE)

* Please NOTE: these stated START times subject to vary - based on the actual END time of the previous line item/event.

Sunday, October 27 —

  •   9:00 AM — 12 noon: NED Board of Directors Meeting (location, tba)

  • 9:00 AM (tbd): Chorus Director reviews (by prior arrangement; see Dan Falcone)

Online Registration is OPEN!

Competitors/Singers: Register - or buy Tickets to attend - TODAY!

Registration Deadlines:

EARLY BIRD - Monday, September 30, at midnight.
REGULAR - Tuesday, October 22, at midnight.