2020 Spring Convention Cancelled

JAD Members, Friends, and Family:


I regret to inform you that with the fast progression of both information and the impact of COVID-19 BHS has canceled all Spring Conventions. For those of you also familiar with the Ohio Governor’s decision to limit gatherings over 100 people it was pretty clear this was the path we were on. Key pieces of the BHS’s announcement are here:



D-19 Update for Districts | March 12, 2020


“After much careful consideration and information gathering, and in order to protect the safety of our members, committed volunteers, and attendees, we have come to the conclusion that all spring District events and International prelim contests should be canceled immediately. 


This is a decision we do not make lightly. We recognize the important role that these events play in the lives of our members. But barbershop is a voluntary activity and is not worth jeopardizing the health and well-being of our communities, both large and small. 


The District events obviously have an impact on International qualification for the 2020 International Convention in Los Angeles. While we are still assessing the likelihood of hosting an in-person International Convention, we will let you all know in the very near future alternate plans for qualification for all quartets who wish to participate.”



The JAD Events team is working on canceling our current April plans and the Board is determining alternatives (i.e. a simple postponement until the crisis is past or a complete cancellation).


We will provide full refunds to anyone who has already paid for the April Convention. Anyone who paid through Eventbrite will automatically get a refund and we will contact others directly.


Reminder:  You will be responsible for canceling your hotel and travel arrangements.


Needless to say, we will continue to monitor the situation – especially with quartet qualification for 2020 Internationals – and keep you up to date. Do not hesitate to reach out to any of your Board members if you have questions or concerns


Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep singing – even if just with for yourself for a bit,


Dave Rubin

JAD President


The Johnny Appleseed District is one of the 17 North American districts and an affiliate /associate entity of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. aka the Barbershop Harmony Society.  Founded in 1944, we are a nonprofit organization registered in the State of Ohio.  The District comprises all of Ohio, parts of West Virginia, southwest Pennsylvania, and one enlightened chapter in Kentucky with over 40 chapters.

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