The 12th annual Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival ran from September 23rd through 25th in the beautiful Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. There were almost 1000 youth over the three day event.
Each evening started with the the Boise Chordsmen singing four songs, including the two song (including The Boise Song) set they sang at the International
Barbershop Chorus Competition in July where they represented Idaho and the Northwest.
After the Chordsmen, quartets from the schools attending that day’s event performed for the audience.
And to the surprise of the students, the teachers joined together to sing a rousing rendition of Bye, Bye Blues.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Senior High school men’s choir took the stage for two songs, followed by the women’s choir. After, the two combined for a rousing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.
On Wednesday, the Junior/Middle schools attended a half day event that concluded with the men’s choir, women’s choir, and joint choir performing.
The last group to perform each evening were the Moma’s Boys quartet out of Seattle Washington. This is an award winning quartet made up of four biological brothers.
High Schools in attendance were: Meridian, Timberline, Nyssa, Homedale, Mountain View, Caldwell, Centennial, Nampa, Boise, Mountain Home, Borah, Marsing, Parma, Skyview, Ontario & Vallivue.
Junior/Middle Schools in attendance were: Sawtooth (West Ada), Mountain Home, Les Bois, Marsing, North (Boise), Nyssa, and West (Boise), Homedale & Parma
During the day, all groups were coached by clinicians Deke Sharon, of Pitch Perfect fame and who has been referred to as “the father of contemporary a cappella,” and Rich Lapp, former director of the Boise Chordsmen, now living in Kentucky and is directing the Alliance Chorus in Ohio.
The Boise Chordsmen would like to thank the Morrison Center Foundation and the Laura Moore Foundation for their generous support without which the Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival could not have taken place at the Morrison Center.