The Winter 2020 issue of WESTUNES Magazine is now available for your reading pleasure and edification. In addition to the Board Member reports and Division Digests containing news from our chapters, this issue boasts a good variety of interesting features, including:
2019 International Chorus Champions Masters of Harmony
Their 2020 4th quarter report is presented for your information.
FWD Harmony Camp
Harmony Camp 2020 was not to be due to COVID-19 impact. Keep Music Educators informed.
Fall Cruise RESCHEDULED for 2021
The Far Western District Fall Convention at Sea has been RESCHEDULED for October 15-18, 2021 aboard a NEWER ship, the Carnival Radiance®.
Lloyd Steinkamp Endowment Fund (LSEF)
The fund continues to grow, in spite of COVID-19, and you can contribute to help it grow more.
2002 FWD HoF Member Joe Salz Passes
A partial obituary and his Hall of Fame board display are presented.
Necessity is the mother of invention
An interesting look at how the Regina, Saskatchewan Chapter has solved the problem of singing together while physically separated.
FWD Hall of Fame Members
The pictures and bios of all 50 FWD Hall of Fame members are presented, starting with a table of names, years and with us or deceased, followed by the FWD SOP Guidelines for being selected for the award.
As we enter the holiday season in a uniquely challenging year, we at the AIC are honored to present an evening of joy and light, completely free-of-charge.
Please join us on December 19 at 7:30 PM EST and an encore performance December 20 at 1:00 PM EST for "The Spirit of the Season", a one-of-a-kind concert film featuring 18 International Champion Quartets and special guest appearances by Take 6, Callie Day and rare footage of the Buffalo Bills. You won't want to miss this evening filled with new arrangements and unforgettable music.
The Barbershop Harmony Society 2021 Virtual Midwinter Convention will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! This virtual event will capture your imagination and bring everything you love about Midwinter -- the connection, the camaraderie and the harmony -- into the safety of your own home.
The Far Western District Fall Convention at Sea has been RESCHEDULED for October 15-18, 2021 (Friday-Monday) aboard a NEWER ship, the Carnival Radiance, that is currently is undergoing a $200 million renovation with enhancements including increased safety/sanitizing procedures.
This new schedule will be good news for those who had been concerned with having to take two days off work for a Thursday-Sunday event; the new ship sails at 5:00 PM on Friday and returns at 7:00 AM on Monday.
For those who are already booked on the ship:
Everyone continuing to sail next year in Oct 2021 will receive a $300 on-board credit per cabin and an upgraded cabin at no extra cost. The new deposit refund deadline is March 3, 2021, and the final-payment deadline will be in July 2021.
We are encouraging everyone currently booked on the cruise to hold off until March to see what happens before taking any action. Those who cancel now and try to rebook next year will not get the $300 on board credit or the upgraded cabin, the rates will be higher, and fewer people on board to allow for social distancing will cause the ship to sell out much earlier than normal.
Carnival is working to finish moving all the deposits and bookings from 2020 to 2021. When this is completed, Donna will be emailing your new confirmation.
When you receive the email from Donna with new booking information, please respond back to Donna VIA EMAIL to confirm you received it as well as providing her with your chapter affiliation.
Also, if you've already paid for your convention registrations, those tickets are being transferred to the 2021 event.
Remember, there is no risk waiting until March, when new safety and sanitation protocols will be evident. We will be sharing details when they are approved by the CDC.
For those who still need to book:
Donna has a few cabins she has retained from those who opted to cancel. They are at 2020 prices, and are being offered on a first come, first served basis. So, if you haven't booked yet, now is an excellent time to take advantage of those 2020 prices. But hurry - those cabins will only be available until the end of November!
We encourage everyone who has not yet booked the cruise to do so NOW. With the increased safety/sanitization procedures there will be fewer passengers, so if you continue to "wait and see" it is very likely you will not get on the ship. Your cruise deposit is fully refundable until March 3, 2021 so there is nothing to lose if you book now.
The events listed below have been cleared with the District Secretary and are licensed with BMI/SESAC. For more information on getting your show licensed, including the required forms and mailing instructions, please visit Show Clearance Forms on the district website.
AIC VIRTUAL show - December 19, 2020 @ 4:30pm Pacific, 5:30pm Arizona
AIC VIRTUAL show - December 20, 2020 @ 10:00am Pacific, 11:00am Arizona
BHS Virtual Midwinter Convention - January 28-31, 2021
FWD Spring Prelims, NE/NW Divisions - March 11-14, 2021 - (Tentative)
Stockton show - March 21, 2021 - Stockton, CA
Arizona Division Convention - April 23-24, 2021 - (Tentative)
SE/SW Divisions Convention - April 30 - May 1, 2021 - (Tentative)
FWD Fall Convention at Sea - October 15-18, 2021 - Long Beach - Ensenada
More information on these and other events is available on the District Calendar.
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