Spring Convention/International Prelims

This convention has two major components:

One is to pick the quartets – both ‘Open’ and ‘College’ quartets (now known as the Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest (YBQC) – that go to the International competition in July. (This is different from the Quartet District Championship which happens at the Fall convention)

The other component is the District Chorus Championship and the District Senior Quartet Championship. The Chorus Championships are currently contested in 4 ‘plateau’ levels based on previous contest results.

This Convention is held in April, at a location that can change from year to year.

To summarize, here are the competitions you can expect to see at this Convention:

– Open Quartet International qualifying

– YBQC International qualifying

– District Senior Quartet Championship (Senior Quartet qualifying to MidWinter Convention happens at the Fall Convention)

– District Chorus Championships – 4 Plateaus (Chorus International qualifying is also in the Fall)

– High-School Quartet: The top-scoring high-school competitors have the honor of being declared JAD High-School champs for the current year.

Here are the scores for all of the contests held during previous Prelims weekends.

2016 Spring Convention/International Prelims Information

Date: April 8-9,  2016
Place: Thomas Worthington HS, 300 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Worthington, OH 43805

Headquarters Hotel: Crowne Plaza Columbus North – Worthington

Phone: 614-885-1885
Rate: $89 + tax

NOTE: Identify yourself as Johnny Appleseed Barbershop Harmony Convention when making reservations.

Contest Venue

Thomas Worthington HS, 300 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Worthington, OH 43805

For the competitors:

Classrooms will be available at the school for use by the choruses and quartets. Please refer to your time schedule after the draw for your scheduled time of use.

Competitor Registration Fee:

$40.00 per man, chorus and/or quartet (Fee per man covers both quartet and chorus competitor fees).

How to register:

On-line registration MUST be completed by March 18, 2016!

Online registration is now open at barbershop.org and https://ebiz.barbershop.org/ebusiness.

If you are desire to compete:

1) Make sure your group is ‘official’ with BHS. Choruses are done – being part of an official chapter. Quartets (Regular, Seniors, AND YBQC quartets) must be registered as official quartets with BHS. Call 800-876-7464 if you require assistance in registering or renewing your quartet.

2) Make sure all of the members of your group (except for guys only singing in a YBQC quartet) are paid up members of the BHS.

3) Register your group for the contest:

– To enter the Quartet International Preliminary Contest, District Chorus Championship, or District Senior Quartet Championship please visit the Barbershop Harmony Society website and complete the appropriate CJ-20 forms. Look under the “Competitions” tab and find “Contest Entry”. Choruses will also be asked to fill out a competition roster with members’ names for name badge purposes.

– To register a YBQC quartet go to this website, click here!

4) Buy a registration for every member of your group (but just one registration per man – even if he is competing in multiple groups). You can use the on-line payment process or send a check to VP C&J Dave Rubin at:

7314 Richmond Road
Oakwood Village, OH 44146

The cost is $40 per competitor, checks made out to “Johnny Appleseed District” and RECEIVED by Dave by April 1.

Guys competing ONLY with a YBQC quartet pay $40 for the entire quartet to BHS (not $40 per guy).

If you have further questions please contact Dave Rubin (JAD VP of Contest and Judging) at dsrubin1@gmail.com or 216/403-2289

Chorus Individual Competitor Registration

Each chorus will receive a link to a Google Spreadsheet where they will be able to upload the information for each competitor once their official Society registration has been received.

Non-Competitor Registration:

  • Early Registration: $35 (till April)
  • All-Events: $40.00 (after April 1)
  • Single Event: $20.00
  • Student 18 & younger: $ 5.00
  • College Student (age 19-24): $25.00

Online Payments –  click here!

Competitor Payment by check (Competitors ONLY)

Make checks payable to:
Johnny Appleseed District

Mail To:
David Rubin
7314 Richmond Road
Oakwood Village, OH 44146

Checks must be mailed by April 1st.

Headquarters Hotel Following Contest Events all weekend:

  • Woodshedding
  • Fellowship
  • District President Hospitality Room (Friday night)
  • Hospitality Rooms (Saturday night)


  • Contest times are subject to change to accommodate volume of registered competitors.  Check the JAD web site for any changes.
  • Questions concerning contest registration need to be directed to David Rubin, VP C&J
  • Questions concerning event registration need to be directed to Sharon Stevens (Barbershopper.jad@gmail.com)
  • Questions concerning convention or convention facilities need to be directed to Greg Swann, VP Events, or Steve Sommer, Convention Manager.

District Contacts:

Greg Swann, DVP Events & Conventions …………………………. Email: greg.swann@gmail.com – Phone: (304) 633-4047
Steve Sommer, Convention Manager ………………………………. Email: steve@caldwellleasing.com  – Phone: (614) 5825 – 4336
David Rubin, DVP Contest & Judging ……………………………… Email: dsrubin1@gmail.com – Phone: (216) 403 – 2289