2018 Spring Convention

It’s time again for barbershoppers from Indiana and Kentucky to gather together for a fun filled weekend of nonstop fun and singing.  #cardinalstakecolumbus2018




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Contest Venue (CV) – Columbus North High School, Columbus, IN 


Driving South on I-65 (Exit 67):  Head South on US-31, turn right onto Washington St., turn left onto 25th St., the school will be on right.  


Driving North on I-65 (Exit 68):  Head East on IN-46, merge left onto Brown St., keep right to 11th straight, turn left on Washington St., turn right onto 25th St., the school will be on right.


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Headquarters Hotel (HQ) – Hilton Garden Inn, Edinburgh IN 


From I-65 (Exit 67):  Head North on US-31, turn right at stop light to Market Pl. Dr., take first left onto N. Executive Dr., the hotels will be on the left.


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Schedule of Events



Friday, March 23


12 PM – 5 PM:  Onsite Convention Registration (HQ)


12 PM:  Tag Contest Begins (Online)


1 PM – 3:30 PM:  House of Delegates Meeting (HQ)

District and Chapter Leaders gather to receive information pertaining to the District and discuss and vote on District business. Each chapter is encouraged to have at least one person present to represent their chapter.


4 PM – 5:30 PM:  Chapter Leaders Roundtable (HQ)

Chapter Leaders from around the District as we gather together to talk about various subjects including marketing, membership, chapter operations, etc., share ideas, and create a network of Chapter Leaders.


6 PM:  Onsite Convention Registration (CV)


7 PM – 10 PM:  Cardinal District Quartet Competition – Semi-finals (CV)

The first competition to kick off the weekend.  Quartets, both from the District and Out of District, compete to go on to the Finals on Saturday night and a chance to represent the Cardinal District at the BHS International Convention in Orlando, FL.



Saturday, March 24


8:30 AM:  Onsite Convention Registration (CV)


10 AM – 11:30 AM:  Cardinal District Chorus Contest (CV)

Choruses from around the District compete to be named the champion of their division and the 2018 Cardinal District Chorus Champions.


12 PM – 5:30 PM:  Wives’ Time at Mall/Downtown (meet at HQ)

Ladies, treat yourself to some time out in Downtown Indianapolis or at Edinburgh Premium Outlets for the afternoon and get to know others from around the Cardinal District.


1:30 PM – 3:20 PM:  Cardinal University Classes (HQ)

Learn from the best of the best in our District on topics ranging from music to performance to leadership. 2-50 minutes sessions will be offered during the time listed.


3:30 PM – 5:30 PM:  Better World Singing Project (meet at HQ)

Join us as we go out into the Columbus community with a District Chorus to enrich their lives through Barbershop Harmony with the Original Barberpole Cats


6 PM:  Tag Contest Ends 


7 PM – 10 PM:  Cardinal District Quartet Competition – Finals (CV)

Those quartets who made it past the semi-final round sing their hearts out in an attempt to score a 76% and represent the Cardinal District at the BHS International Convention in Orlando, FL.


11 PM – ???:  Hospitality Rooms (HQ)

Just because the weekend is coming to a close doesn’t mean the singing has to stop.  Enjoy some together with others as we ring some chords into the night.




Important Dates

  • January 22 – Early Bird & Contest Entry begin
  • February 23 – Early Bird & Contest Entry ends
  • March 9 – Hotel Blocks Released
  • March 14 – Program Advertisements Due
  • March 22 – Online Registration ends





The Early Bird Discount offers $10 off per adult registration and $5 off per student registration. The Early Bird Discount registration deadline is February 23.  You may continue to register online at the full rate up to the day before the event. On site sales will begin Friday, March 23 at noon.




Per Cardinal District policy, ALL competitors (quartet and chorus) MUST have an ALL EVENTS REGISTRATION (not single session tickets).  Your group can be disqualified if you compete and do not meet this requirement.  All competitors must also be current on their Society/District/Chapter dues.




Quartet/Chorus Registration 

All choruses and quartets must register if they wish to compete.  This registration can be completed at www.barberscore.com.  For more information or issues with registration, please contact Kyle Kitzmiller at kakitzmiller@gmail.com.




Hotel Accommodations (Ask for a room in the Barbershop Harmony block.)

Headquarters Hotel – Hilton Garden Inn – $124/night, plus tax – (812)-526-8600

Overflow Hotel – Hampton Inn – $124/night, plus tax – (812)-516-5200




Program Advertisements

Chapters, quartets and businesses may purchase advertising space in the convention programs as well as various sponsorship options.  Click here for more information regarding ad sizes, pricing, and sponsorship options.  Questions can be directed to Jordan Busboom at jbusboom@cardinaldistrict.org.




Hospitality Rooms

Chapters may request hospitality rooms by contacting Don Green at dgreen@farmjournal.com.




Tag Contest

A simple contest for all attendees of the convention.  Get 4 people together during the convention, sing a tag, and post it to our Facebook page.  Entries will be reviewed as they come in.  Winners will be announced during the Quartet Finals and each quartet member will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Harmony Marketplace.  Must be present at Quartet Finals and possess a Single Session or All Events registration to win. 




Cardinal University Sessions – More Information Coming Soon


Eventbrite - 2018 Spring Convention