Greetings Central States District members!
I wanted to send you an update on our spring convention as well as future convention-related activities. We know that a lot has changed over the last year, so we want to make sure everything is communicated properly.
The original spring convention in Iowa City has been CANCELLED. This will be replaced with a quartet-only event taking place in the Kansas City area. The venue is still getting confirmed, so stay tuned to the CSD website for further information. This event will serve only as an international preliminary contest for Cleveland. All other quartet awards that would normally be handed out in the spring (such as the district seniors championship) will take place at the fall convention instead. It is important to note that this event will not be open to friends, family, or the public. It will be live-streamed through the CSD Facebook account for those that wish to view it.
Both quartet sessions will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The semi-finals will take place late morning, and the finals early evening. This is to limit the need for quartets to get a hotel room. Also, there will be no live evaluations during this event. You will, however, have the opportunity to get feedback from the judges via email and possibly Zoom.
You will see another email coming later this week from Steve Armstrong and the Barbershop Harmony Society regarding this event as well as the other spring events that will be taking place across the Society.
Please know that the district leadership has nothing but the safety of our members as our #1 priority. We will be closely watching the trends of COVID-19, and if, as we get closer to the April event, it does not seem like a good idea, we will cancel. In the event that happens, you will still have the opportunity to submit a video recording of your quartet if you wish to try and qualify for the planned Cleveland international this summer.
This fall, we will once again be returning to Lawrence, Kan. as originally scheduled at the beautiful Lied Center! This convention stands to be one of the best that our district has ever seen. We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Central States District, so many fun events and afterglows are being planned. Additionally, we will be fitting in all of the spring awards that are not taking place in April. That will include things like the small chorus contest, seniors quartet championship, and more. Please be sure to have the weekend of October 8th on your calendar! We may be modifying the traditional convention schedule to make room for everything, so be on the lookout for more information sometime after the spring quartet event.
Our convention team has done a masterful job securing our convention dates all the way through the end of 2027. Additionally, we know where we're headed for 6 of the next 10 conventions! There's no excuse not to make it to one of these great events! You can see information for all of our upcoming conventions HERE!!
If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact our Director for Contest and Judging, Carter Combs, or Events Vice President, Doug Brott.
I wish nothing for the best for you all during 2021, and hope to sing with you SOON!
Executive Vice President
Central States District