See the Festival POSTER  


The Festival will be held on August 3-4, 2018.

The Director will be: Tony Sparks

The following selected songs obtained from Chorus Director Amy in Durango: 

Drivin' Me Crazy 202223DL
Brown Eyed Girl 211500
America The Beautiful 7340
Lost in the Stars 8821
Down By The Riverside 8612 

The Festival actually starts at 7:00 PM on Friday with quartet coaching in the Silverton High School. Quartets who wish to take advantage of coaching should contact the coordinator to be assured of a coaching slot.

In keeping with years past the combined Chapters will perform a free concert on Saturday evening at 7:00PM in the School gym. Each participating Chapter Chorus will be given the opportunity to present a

fifteen minute program to showcase their Chorus and Quartets. Any visiting Quartets that are not a part of a participating chorus will be allowed to sing one song. This seems to be the format most prefer.

The Afterglow will be held at Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant.


Now is the time to mark your calendar, make your hotel reservations and plan on spending a great Barbershop weekend in Silverton Colorado.

Any updates to the Festival will be posted on this PAGE of the Black Canyon Chorus website: 


Larry Cooper

SBMF Coordinator 970 209-9331 

Frequently asked questions about the Silverton Barbershop Harmony Festival. 

The Silverton Barbershop Music Festival Coordinator is Larry Cooper who can be reached by email at or by phone at (970) 209-9331   The Festival date has been confirmed for the 1st weekend in August, 2018.  Coaching will be available on Friday evening August 3 for quartets.  If enough interest is shown we might include chorus coaching also.   Make your summer plans accordingly. 

Q What is the date?

 A    August 3-4, 2018.  Sunday 8/5 is a 'return home' day.
       The performance will be Saturday night, August 4 at 7:00 PM.

  Practice will last all day Saturday with breaks for coffee and lunch

Q Who will be the Festival chorus director?

A     Tony Sparks

Q Where will it be held this year?

A Silverton High School Gymnasium, Silverton, Colorado

Q How much is the registration cost?

A $20 per person payable during registration

Q When should we show up for practice?

A You should be at the gym by 8:30 AM for registration on Saturday morning.

Q What should we wear for the Saturday practice?

A Wear comfortable clothes.  Expect some rain.  Be warm.  

Q What songs will the mass chorus be singing?

A Drivin Me Crazy 202223DL 

Brown Eyed Girl 211500 

America The Beautiful 7340 

Lost in the Stars 8821 

Down By The Riverside 8612

Harmonize Medley (click on it for music)

Q     Do I have to know the songs before I attend?
A     NO.  You will be taught the songs all day on Saturday.                 Knowing them in advance is an advantage, but not               mandatory.      

Q     Will we use sheet music during the concert?
A      YES.  Notebooks for your music will be furnished.  

Q Does the registration cost cover the price of participant sheet music?

A No.  You must purchase your music prior to attendance

Q Will the sheet music be available at the festival?

A No.  You are responsible to purchase and bring your personal music to the rehearsal.  

Q Will there be learning tracks available?

A Possibly from this site.  TBA.

Q Will there be a formal afterglow?

A Yes, the Afterglow will be at Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant.

Q When should choruses have their song and quartet lists turned in?

A Please get your lists in to Festival Coordinator Larry Cooper as early as possible, with at least one alternate song in the event of duplication by choruses or quartets  

Q Will coffee and water be available all day?

A Yes, coffee, water, and donuts will be available all day.  

Q Will we be allowed to sleep in the gym this year?

A No.  You are responsible for your own lodging

Q Will this be an official RMD event?

A No

Q What about lodging?  Is it limited? 

A Yes, it is limited but there are several opportunities.  There are few hotels, motels, and B&B facilities.  There are also several campgrounds.  Go to ; select chamber of commerce; business directory; Silverton lodging from the drop down menu.  Early reservations are highly recommended.  

Q How many men are expected to be on stage?

A In the past it has varied from about 60 to over 100

Q What is the admission price for the audience this year?

A It has always been FREE with a donation accepted

Q Will the donation proceeds be distributed to the participating choruses?

A No, they will be used to pay for show costs and to reduce/alleviate registration fees for future concerts

Q Will there be quartet coaching on Friday night?  

A Yes

Q Will there be t-shirts or other memorabilia available?

A No.  Previous supplies have been sold out.  No current supplier has been identified

Q What should we wear for the mass chorus program?

A Wear your chorus uniform

Q What should we wear for the mass chorus if we are NOT part of a participating chorus? 

A Wear your regular chorus uniform so they will be represented even though they are not present

Q   What should I wear if I'm NOT a BHS member?

A   Wear casual apparel which is visually acceptable on any stage.  Example:  Slacks, dress shirt.  

Q Will there be time scheduled for all participating choruses to sing during the festival? 

A Yes, each chapter will have 15 minutes total 

Q Are quartets included in the chapter performance time?

A Yes.  Any quartets time will be a part of the choruses allocated  time. 

Q Is this festival open to all BHS members?

A Yes

Q What about non-members of BHS?  Will they be allowed to participate?

A Yes

Q Will there be any quartets appearing if their Chapter is not represented?

A Any quartets that would like to appear are welcome, however, we must have previous notice if they want to be a part of the Parade of Quartets

Q If I want to help with the Festival, who should I contact?

A Larry Cooper on his phone at (970) 209-9331

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