CSD-Fall-18-Graphic (1).png

Venue - St. Charles Convention Center

Headquarters Hotel - Embassy Suites


host chapter - St. Charles, MO

ambassadors of harmony

be sure to take advantage of all that historic st. charles has to offer! click here for details on shops, restaurants, tours and more!

educational classes

looking for more than just contests out of your convention weekend? well we've got you covered! come on over to St. charles a little early and learn from the best that our district has to offer. See class times and descriptions below. 


Ambassadors of Harmony Rehearsal

Spend the evening sitting in on a rehearsal with our district's international champion chorus, the Ambassadors of Harmony. See first hand what it's like for them to rehearse on a weekly basis. There will also be time for a Q&A session with the chorus leadership. 

barbershop's special chords and Voicings with david wright

Geek out about our special chords with Dr. David Wright, perhaps one of our most influential barbershop arrangers of all time. Long time barbershop singers might not be able to say what it is, but they know it when they hear it and sing it...those wonderful barbershop chords! But what is so special about our style, our voicing choices, and chord vocabulary? Let David explain how we are more than 6 chords in TTBB voicing.

how is "that" barbershop with kevin keller

Did you ever listen to a song during a contest, think “That isn’t barbershop?”, look on the scoresheet to see not only didn’t it get disqualified but it looked like the Music judges did NOTHING to it???!!!  How could that possibly be?  Well, we will explore that very thing.  We will go back to the earliest days of how our pioneers defined barbershop and compare it to how we define barbershop today.  We’ll listen to controversial performances throughout time and see what we think at the end. 

the evolution of evaluations with richard lewellen

Evaluations (competitor debriefs with members of the judging panel) have always had the potential to be one of the best parts of the competition experience. For some time now most evaluations have come in the form of three 20-minute coaching sessions with one judge from each category. While sessions will still be in the mix of options, a new array of evaluation formats are being piloted in few districts this fall with broad availability likely occurring as soon as Spring 2019, A big part of having evaluations customized for each group is a set of changes in the paradigm for the content and style of evaluations. Come and learn all about the exciting innovations created in response to the suggestions of competitors throughout BHS. Your tour guide will be Richard Lewellen, Singing Category Specialist

vocal expression in singing with david mills

Beyond fundamental vocal production skills, every singer needs to learn more about the myriad of vocally expressive elements that transform musical tones into a heart-felt message. This presentation begins with an overview of the impact of vocal expression in general, but focuses on the elements as they relate to the Singing category. We will examine the various vocal techniques that can be leveraged to bring "life" to the music, and deliver an emotional impact to your audience.

talk the top 10 orlando quartets

Spend a few hours watching the international quartet finals from the Orlando convention, and share your thoughts on quartets and the results. 


EMBASSY SUITES st. charles (connected to the convention center)

2 convention center plaza, st. charles, mo 63303

amenities - the following are free with your room reservation

2-room suites in all sleeping rooms with fridge & microwave parking                                                                                 wireless internet                                                                 cooked-to-order breakfast                                                evening reception with appetizers and beverages


click here now to book your hotel room!

deadline to get the convention rate is 9/11/18

registration information

youth*- $30, regular- $60


individual session tickets can be purchased for $25/session


**********online registration form must be completed using either google chrome or mozilla firefox. internet explorer or microsoft edge will cause an error message to appear**********

snail mail registration form

chorus/group registration form

**********online registration form must be completed using either google chrome or mozilla firefox. internet explorer or microsoft edge will cause an error message to appear*********


*youth pricing for those 25 and under

chorus & quartet contest registration

To register your chorus or quartet for the contest, click here to go to barberscore. deadline to register is 9/14/18.

judging panel

contest administrators

Mike Ott (SWD), Bari Courts (JAD)

Candidates- Phil VanDyke (CSD), Linda Muise (NED)


Clay Hine (DIX), Kyle Kitzmiller (CAR), Rasmus Krigstrom (SNOBS)

Candidates- Will Baughman (JAD), Melody Hine (DIX)


Sean Devine (MAD), Ritchie Lavene (MAD), Larry Reinhart (NSC)


Ig Jakovac (MAD), Richard Lewellen (MAD), David Mills (SUN)

Candidate- Kim Newcomb (CAR)