It all started with a conversation among a few Harmony Ranch members at the afterglow of the 2017 Ontario District Spring Convention in London, ON. "Wouldn't it be great to get a mixed chorus together at Harmony Ranch?" "There are a number of great singers up there." "Lots of couples and women barbershoppers who might be interested." While most returned home after the weekend to their usual choruses and quartets without giving the idea much more thought, an plan was emerging in a few people's minds.
Who would have thought! Well, it is going to happen this Fall in Brantford.
This Spring the District had a mixed quartet contest, sanctioned by the Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association (MBHA), as part of their Friday night quartet contest. In order to compete, quartets had to join the MBHA ($20 USD per member plus $20 for the quartet – total $100 USD). Since we had fewer than 25 quartets on Friday night including the mixed quartets, it allowed us to have the International Prelim Quartet contest and the Mixed Quartet Contest in the same session. Judging by the overwhelming feedback from attendees (and the judges) it was a roaring success. Congratulations to Ripple Effect who won the inaugural contest and were the first recipients of the MBHA Ontario District Mixed Quartet Champion trophy.