international Mixed Barbershop Quartet Championship
In recognition of the great international interest and success in mixed singing, BinG! - Barbershop in Germany is now looking forward to host the world championship of mixed barbershop quartet singing in Munich, at the upcoming Barbershop Music Festival 2016 March 4-6. "World Mixed III" will be one of the highlights of celebrating 25 years BinG! in the famous Gasteig, Philharmonic Hall in the center of Munich, Germany.
World Mixed - history and future
Being a mixed organization representing both female and male
barbershoppers in Germany we have allowed mixed barbershop quartets in
our national conventions and contests since 2006 to compete against
female and male quartets. We go by the unarguable principle that good
barbershop is good barbershop, whatever the voicing! Since then our best
quartets have been mixed and the interest and action in the field of
mixed barbershop quartet singing is remaining unbrokenly high.
We have always had a mixed faculty judging at our national conventions (Barbershop Musik Festival) and Harmony College with members from the BHS, SAI, Harmony Inc., BABS and LABBS.
Since mixed barbershop singing is and has always been happening all over the world, we decided to hold the first worldwide festival and championship for mixed barbershop quartets in Dortmund, 2012: "World Mixed". We wanted to provide a platform to present this voicing in barbershop for it to be recognized and to be shared with all the joy and fun it has to offer.
This first World Mixed, held in 2012, was a full success. Four different nations were represented, with Tarzan And Jane from Sweden winning gold, Mixed Feelings from USA winning silver and Klangküsse from Germany taking the bronze medal, all scoring between 76.5 % and 78.8 %.
(c) Eric Ideler
By the time of the second "World Mixed" in Dortmund, 2014, the
UK, Netherlands and Sweden had already set up national contests with
great success and were able to send their top mixed groups to represent
their country. This time, with five nations represented, the scores were
between 84% and 77,5% with champion Double Date from the USA,
Hopplösa Faglar from Sweden winning silver and Sincerity
from the USA bronze
Scoresheets World Mixed 2014
We are excited to hold the World Mixed Championship every other year in Germany, next on March 4-6, 2016 in Munich.
We invite countries to send their national champions. Thus contestants will be representing their country, not their organizations. We count that there are 11 nations worldwide represented in the WHC. "Mixed quartet" is defined as a quartet in which both genders are represented.
We are gratified to see mixed barbershop being accepted worldwide. For
the first time ever at a European barbershop convention (held every four
years) we had the new contest category for mixed barbershop at the
European Convention 2013 in Veldhoven. The champions of the mixed
quartet contests were Hopplösa Faglar and Pastor Hannes
Kör from Sweden and TONIKUM from Germany. European medalists
automatically qualify for the next World Mixed.
We are happy and thankful to have the support of the Barbershop Harmony Society with full acceptance of the World Championship being held in Germany.
We called all barbershop organizations to encourage this variant of our
music by holding mixed contests for their members and sending the best
to the World Mixed. For the rules please see
World Mixed Contest Rules (09-12-2012)
Mixed barbershop opens exciting new opportunities and perspectives to barbershop as a modern, living style of music. It will help promote barbershop even more and makes it even more interesting, especially to young singers.