Young Men In Harmony

The Barbershop Harmony Society provides a rainbow of programs for young men to experience the joys of singing, in general, using barbershop harmony as the epitome of masculine vocal art. There are local, regional, district and international programs to satisfy the needs and desires of young men in middle/junior/senior high school or college and anyone under 30. These include school programs by the local chapters, regional festivals, camps and local clinics, district high school quartet contests, and International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet contest, Youth Chorus contest, and Harmony University modules geared to youth, like the Next Generation Chorus track.

Programs include:
School Visits and Coaching including our summer program
Real Men Sing Workshop and Show
Youth Chorus
MOH Festival in Orange County
High School Quartet Contest
Young Men's Vocal Ensemble Showcase
College Quartet Contest

Check out our post with the San Diego County Office of Education, Visual and Performing Arts Department. We are partners in the Arts Education Resource Organizartion.

Barbershop Coaching

We are making free music and coaching available to any group that wants to form a quartet or ensemble. We will come to a school during or after school, or to a parent's house and provide craft sessions on your schedule. Contact the Youth In Harmony Coordinator .

We are offering summer programs for all schools.
• Coaches teach quartets or small ensembles several pieces to be sung in a larger group at the Real Men Sing Clinic and Show in the Fall (see below) as well as signature pieces to be sung by the individual group. And sing some TAGS: Barbershop Song - Lonesome Rose - Mickey Mouse
• Coaching sessions are once a week for 2 hours in the evening throughout the summer. Exemptions for family vacations and camps are expected.
• The dates and times of weekly coaching will be determined by the individual groups and the coach, in a location accessible to the students.
• These programs are tailored to the needs of the vocal teacher, as well as the students. Graduating seniors are included and welcome.

You can also join us at Pacific Coast Harmony rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM - no obligation to join. We'll provide craft sessions during the evening, as well as singing with the men's chorus. Let us know you're coming. Contact the Youth In Harmony Coordinator .

Get YOUR act together!
For information and to start a program for your school, contact the Youth In Harmony Coordinator .

Contact your teacher or SD Youth In Harmony coordinator about coaching sessions for your school.

Youth Harmony Barbershop Clinic and Show

We will schedule a Youth Harmony Workshop and Show for the Fall of 2014. This will be a local version of the Young Men's Harmony Festival described below but co-ed. There will be a flyer announcing the Workshop. Music will be made available to you when your application is received. Please express your interest by sending an e-mail to the Youth In Harmony Coordinator. That way, you will be notified as soon as additional information is available.

Youth Chorus

The Barbershop Harmony Society hosts a Youth Chorus competition at its Mid-winter Convention in January each year. See the trailer about it. Check the guidelines for the Youth Chorus Festival.

This is the Marcsmen from San Marcos, TX, who won the first Youth Chorus competition in San Antonio, TX in January 2008. View the mass sing of the competitors. See how one competitor, Oshkosh West HS, gets it together.

Our San Diego County Youth Barbershop Chorus participated in the 4th Annual festival in Las Vegas on January 29, 2011. Read about it. Interested singers, see our Youth Chorus page for info about music and rehearsals.

Orange County Barbershop Festivals

The 13th Annual SCVA-sponsored Young Men's Harmony Festival, put on by the Masters of Harmony, will be held at Costa Mesa College in Orange County on February ??, 2015. This event attracts over 250 high school students each year. Submit applications by November ??, 2014, to get a $5 discount. If you need transportation, contact San Diego County Youth In Harmony .

There is also a Young Women's Harmony Festival, called Diva Day, held in February, as well.

High School Quartet Contest

There will be a High School Quartet Contest at the Far Western District Spring Convention in SoCal, CA, in March, 2016. This convention also features the best adult quartets in the southwestern states, competing to represent the district and themselves in the International Quartet contest. Let us know if you want to go. These guys did it. And Timbre-Rings, from Westview High School in Rancho Penasquitos, won it in 2009 in Las Vegas. 4 Men 4 Octaves from Scripps Ranch High School won it on March 22, 2014 in Riverside, CA., and again on March 21, 2015 in Sacramento, CA.

For coaching and other support for local high school quartets contact San Diego County Youth In Harmony.

Real Men Sing Concert
Young Men's Vocal Ensemble Showcase

This event will demonstrate the diversity of musical programs in our schools and colleges. It will be open to ANY all-male vocal ensemble of ANY genre. Our headliner quartet (TBD) will top the bill, which will include guest ensembles, such as a cappella groups from local colleges and high school quartets currently in training, as well as a featured Barbershop Harmony Society quartet. This will serve to have the young audience members and their parents see the potential for singing in school as an enjoyable experience, as well as a hobby that can serve them throughout their lives. Details.

This event is planned for April 2014. Check back for details.

College Quartet Contest

There is an International College Quartet Contest (ICQC) each summer with qualification rounds in the spring. Watch the Musical Island Boys who won in 2006 and visited San Diego in January 2007. The Ringmasters from Sweden won in 2008 and visited San Diego from January 21 to 24, 2009. The Vagrants from the LA area won in 2009. Other college quartets have links on the Champions site. The next contest is in Toronto, Canada, in July, 2013, at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention.

For coaching and other support for local college quartets contact San Diego County Youth In Harmony.

For more information, call (619) HARMONY (427-6669), or email us at San Diego County Young Men In Harmony. More information is available about the Far Western District Young Men In Harmony program and the Barbershop Harmony Society Youth activities. Young women contact the San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines and Sweet Adelines International Young Women In Harmony program.


Keep the Whole World Singing!