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Barbershop Harmony Society

Friday & Saturday
October 14-15, 2022
Dayton Convention Center
Dayton, Ohio


Schedule of Events

Friday, October 14

Registration Opens **

Non-Contest Activities **

Doors Open **

Quartet Semi-Finals Contest **

President's Hospitality Room *

Saturday, October 15

Registration Opens **

EIH Chorus Rehearsal **

Doors Open **

Chorus Contest **

Non-Contest Activities **

Quartet Finals **

Show of Champions **

Hospitality Room Opens *


*Headquarters Hotel

** Contest Site

2:00 pm

1:00 to 5:30 pm

5:30 pm

6:00 pm

After the Contest

8:00 am

8:30 am

9:30 am

10:00 am

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

3:30 pm

8:00 pm

10:00 pm

Radisson Hotel

Dayton Convention Center

Hospitality Rooms

President's Hospitality

Friday / After Contest / Radisson - McKinley & Harding

JAD & CAR Joint Hospitality Room

hosted by Circle City Sound, The Kentuckians, The Thoroughbreds, Vocal Confluence, Harmony ReChoired, Southern Gateway, Singing Buckeyes, and the Voices of Harmony

Saturday / Radisson - McKinley & Harding

Hospitality Rooms

Dayton Convention Center has a "no outside food or drink policy."  There is a concession stand available in the lobby.

JAD President's Welcome

Welcome to our 2022 Fall Convention! Another live event post-pandemic, and joint with Cardinal and JAD. And this one will be even more exciting as the team has put together so many fun and interesting activities: multiple contests, classes, lots of singing, a visit and Fireside chat with BHS President John Donehower, an EIH mike testing chorus with a brand new arrangement courtesy of EIH Chorus director Jay Dougherty, and recognition of JAD’s two recent International Champs (Hearsay and Quorum). Add in a fabulous show Saturday night with both Districts’ Championship Quartet groups – JADAQC and CARDAQC – and it doesn’t get much better.


I invite you to come to the Presidents’ Hospitality Suite Friday night at the Radisson after the Quartet semifinals – open to all. Come sing a tag, catch up with friends, grab a snack, chat with your officers, or just get in the mood for the rest of the Convention.


Saturday night will be a limited set of Hospitality rooms (hotels don’t have a lot of space this weekend due to other groups), but we expect them to be rocking. Your favorite hosts will be present - and likely in the same room!


Above all, have fun – and sing a bunch. We are glad you are here,

Dave Rubin

JAD President

CAR President's Welcome

Hello everyone!


Welcome to the singers and friends of the Cardinal and Johnny Appleseed Districts to our Fall Convention! It’s great to be back in Dayton for an amazing weekend filled with barbershop and fellowship. 


As the event gets underway, please make sure to thank the events teams from both CAR and JAD for all of their hard work and dedication in bringing this event to fruition.  They have been working very hard to ensure that we hold a safe, high-quality convention. 


Throughout the weekend, be sure to catch up with all of your old friends, and definitely make time to make lots of new ones. The joint convention in the Spring really helped to show us that barbershoppers are the same everywhere - We’re all simply friends that haven’t met yet.  And of course, do some amazing singing! Check out the schedule of events and go enjoy some of the fantastic offerings. Be sure to make the most of every moment we can.


Just as I said this past Spring, hopefully, I'll get a chance to speak with each and every one of you, to thank you for joining us this weekend - You are appreciated!  Once again, a very warm welcome to you, and if you have any questions, suggestions, or just want to say “Hi!” - do not hesitate to find me!


Yours in Harmony,

Willard Adkins

CAR President

JAD Events Team

CAR Events Team

Welcome from your JAD

Director of Events & Conventions

Fall Convention 2022 is here, and we are excited to welcome everyone back to Dayton, Ohio. We are thrilled to have 23 quartets and 10 choruses (at the time of this note)! We have many opportunities outside of the contest that I hope you will take part in. Please take time to sing a tag and grab a photo with a friend you have not seen in a while! We will be sharing a link to a Google drive where you can post those pictures with the entire district to share!

As always if we can help you in any way over the weekend, please let us know! 

Nathan Miller

JAD Director of Events & Conventions

Calendar of Events


Lewis Center, OH

BHS Midwinter

Daytona Beach, FL

BHS International

Louisville, KY

Jan 6-7, 2023

Feb 7-12, 2023



July 2-9, 2023

Welcome from your CAR

Events & Conventions Vice President

Welcome back to our 2022 Johnny Appleseed/Cardinal District Fall Convention. The reason I said "Welcome back" is that I hope many of you are returning from our fantastic Spring Prelim Convention. 

It was amazing! As many of you know my name is Jim DeBusman, the Cardinal District’s Events Vice President. I also want to thank Skipp Kropp, my incredible Associate Events Vice President, and all the Cardinal District Events Team. They are doing a wonderful job of assisting Nathan Miller, your JAD's Director of Events & Conventions, and his outstanding Events Team.

This is our second combined convention weekend celebration filled with multiple activities, singing, and quartet/chorus competitions.  There will be many activities going on throughout the weekend. Yes, it will be a convention... not just a competition. Many of those activities, you may wish to choose during a singing session, are listed in the program. The whole idea is to enjoy whatever you are attracted to at this wonderful convention.

On behalf of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Cardinal and Johnny Appleseed Districts, thank you for your interest and participation. We know you will really enjoy being a part of this wonderful weekend celebration of music and togetherness.


Jim DeBusman

CAR VP of Events

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BHS Judging Panel


The Music judge is responsible for adjudicating the musical elements of the performance. He judges the degree to which the musical delivery demonstrates an artistic sensitivity to the song’s ongoing predominant musical element(s) and mood or story, as well as the extent to which the musical performance displays the hallmarks of the barbershop style. One of the primary hallmarks of barbershop music is its consonant harmony. Thus, the quality of performance depends largely on the ensemble presence, accurate execution, and artistic delivery of the consonant harmonies traditionally identified with the barbershop style. Indirectly, the Music judge evaluates the work of the composer and arranger. A basic prerequisite for a successful barbershop performance is that the song be appropriate to the barbershop style.



One significant goal of any art form is communication. A barbershop performance refers to how the artist communicates his/her message and vision via the transformation of a song into an entertaining experience for an audience. The performance of a song is the artist’s gift to the audience; whose experiences, memories, and imagination transform that gift into an emotional experience. The performers’ goal is to create a high level of entertainment through the performance. The means to that end are as varied as the personality, abilities, and creative skills of the performers.



Judges in this category evaluate the degree to which the performer achieves artistic singing in the barbershop style: the production of vibrant, rich, resonant, technically accurate, and highly skilled sound, created both by the individual singer’s use of good vocal techniques and by the ensemble processes of tuning, balancing, unity of sound and precision. They listen for a sense of precise intonation, a feeling of fullness or expansion of sound, a perception of a high degree of vocal skill, a high level of unity and consistency throughout the performance, and a freedom from apparent effort that allows the full communication of the lyric and song.

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JAD Hall of Fame Inductees

Hall of Fame


2022 BHS International Champions



2020 BHS Seniors Champions


Don Webster

Unsung Hero & Barbershop Pioneer

Posthumous Induction


JAD Barbershoppers of the Year

Dave Rubin

JAD President

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Rusty Cates

JAD Director of Outreach

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BHS Representative

Daniel Rohovit


BHS President

John Donehower

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HFI Representative

Dennis Castiglione

Everyone In Harmony Mic Testing Chorus

Learn and Sing “By the Old Ohio Shore” as arranged by Jay Dougherty!  Sessions will be held on Friday afternoon at 4:00 pm in the Harding Room (Radisson) and again on Saturday morning in the Theater (DCC).  This song will be sung as a mic tester chorus for the Saturday morning chorus contest. 

Download Learning Tracks & Sheet Music


Dr. Jay Dougherty

Jay is the Director of Choral Activities at Marietta College in Southeast Ohio. He also serves as the director of the City of Flags Chorus (SAI) in Canton, Ohio, and as the director of The Alliance Of Greater Central Ohio Chorus (BHS) in Columbus, Ohio. Jay holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting (DMA) from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Jay is a district quartet champion (RMD), and has multiple 4th place chorus medals with the Sound of the Rockies Chorus. He is a certified BHS Music Judge and is a 9-year faculty member at Harmony University, where he teaches tuning and conducting. He is a regular coach and clinician for many quartets and choruses worldwide, having recently coached at barbershop events in Germany and Holland. Jay lives in Vincent, Ohio, with his wife and five daughters.

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What Contests Will Be Held at the 2022 Fall Convention?

District Quartet Championships, Chorus Qualifiers, and more!
Quartet Prelims


Friday, October 14, 2022 - 6:00 pm
Dayton Convention Center Theater

John Donehower
BHS President

Chorus Contest

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 10:00 am
Dayton Convention Center Theater

Dan Rohovit
BHS Singing Community Impact Manager

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 3:30 pm
Dayton Convention Center Theater

Kris Olsen
Director of the Kentuckians Chorus

Quartet Finals
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Non-Contest Activities

Non-Contest Activities

If you're looking for some educational opportunities, want some voice lessons, a chat with the BHS President, or just a break from the contest, there are a variety of classes and sessions available throughout the weekend.  Descriptions and instructors linked below.

Is there anything to do besides watch the contest?
District Officers
Johnny Appleseed District
Leadership Team

President: David Rubin
Immediate Past President: Chris Foisy
Executive Vice President: C.C. Snyder
Secretary: Jeff Ulrich
Treasurer: Chad Lulfs
Member at Large SW: David Short
Member at Large SE: Steve Patrick
Member at Large NE: Karl Chapple
Member at Large NW: Will Baughman

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Operations Team

Director of Contest and Judging: Bari Courts
Director of Events: Nathan Miller
Director of Music Leadership: Karen Boyer
Director of Administrative Leadership: Ric Keaster
Director of Outreach: Rusty Cates
Director of Marketing: Sharon Stevens
Technology & Communication Czar: C.C. Snyder

Cardinal District
Leadership Team

President: Willard Adkins
Immediate Past President: Bari Courts
Executive Vice President: Gordon Morrow
Secretary: John Frantsvog
Treasurer: Jerry Troxel
VP of Events: Jim DeBusman
VP of Leadership Development: Don Green
Member at Large: Jordan Busboom
Member at Large: Keith Hanthorn

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Operations Team

Music & Performance
Director of Chorus Director Development: Ariel Cudworth
District Rep for Contest & Judging: David Zimmerman

Membership Services
Director of Member Services: D. Joey Larr
Director of Communications: Jerry Troxel

Dir of Marketing & Public Relations: Jordan Busboom

Other District Contacts
District Registrar: Gary Sicard
District Awards Chairman: Steve McCullough
District Webmaster: Jordan Busboom

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