~ AC&C 2024 ~

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Harmony, Inc.
Area 2 Convention & Contests

April 11 - 14, 2024
Framingham, Massachusetts

Area 2's AC&C Convention Team and
Host Chapter, Montreal City Voices

Welcome you to


A Most Unusual Day 2024

Forms on Google drive

 

Convention Hotel

Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, Massachusetts 01701

Reservation information and further details will be posted at a later date.

Reservation information and further details may be found here.

Venue

Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, Massachusetts 01701

The contests will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, which is on the Main Level.

(For specific details see the General Contestant Information page.)

 

All-Events Passes & Registration

All-Events Passes (AEP) include admission to All Events, Education Classes, and Saturday Night Banquet and Showcase. Individual event tickets are available for the Quartet Contest and the Chorus Contest. A limited number of separate Saturday night banquet tickets are also available.

Click here for details....

Safety Protocols for AC&C 2024

Harmony, Inc. and Area 2 are committed to offering a safe, accessible event, as we are committed to the health and safety of our convention attendees. Along with continually seeking guidance from our COVID-19 Team and some medical professionals, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 data and following the ongoing evolution of event safety protocols.

For details on the guidelines and safety measures in place for the convention, please see the Safety Protocols page.

Volunteers

“One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time.”
Act as if what you do makes a difference…it really does!

It would be most unusual for Area 2 to not have any volunteers at AC&C because we know you are all thoughtful and caring.  It takes many dedicated individuals to put on an event of this size and without you it will not be a success.  We are asking that you set aside part of your weekend to help out in the Hospitality Room, with Education Classes, door monitoring the contests or even helping backstage during the contests, as well.  Sign up by entering your information on the SignUp Genius poll.

 




 

 

If you have questions or prefer to sign up directly by email, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Deb King at volunteers@area2harmony.org.  Your help will be very much appreciated.

Education Classes

For those of you interested in attending education classes, they are currently in the planning stages. Classes will be held on Thursday from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. and on Friday starting at 8:30 a.m. They will be held in the conference rooms of the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center in the Meeting Space – Lower Level.

Check back here at a later date for the Education Class Schedule, Faculty bios and class descriptions.

Click here for more information.

Livestream

Not able to attend in person? Bring your Area Contest into the living rooms, work cubicles, and onto the streaming devices of those who cannot be there in person!

Click here for more information.

Panel of Judges

Administrative Judges:

Sue Novosad (Panel Chair)

Randy Rensi

Music Judges:

Anne Bureau
John Burri

Performance Judges:

Lynn Blakeney
Paul Ellinger

Singing Judges:

Aaron Evens
Andrew Lujan

 

Hospitality Room

Montreal City Voices welcomes you, as the host chapter, to It's a Most Unusual Day! It certainly has proved to be most unusual so far what with a date change and a new venue this year! Be prepared…you never know what other unusual things will happen this weekend.

Be sure to stop by the Hospitality Room to pick up your All-Events Pass. There you will also find the popular basket raffle to benefit our Youth Outreach programs, interesting items for sale, or just room to gather and chat with fellow performers. The Hospitality Room will be open on Thursday and Friday (not Saturday).

If you would like to sell any of your quartet or chorus CD’s in the Hospitality Room, please contact Host Chapter Co-chair, Gail Chartier acchospitality@area2harmony.org for more information and to make arrangements.

The hotel will be making a lunch concession available on Friday and possibly Saturday. Details to be added here later.

What is also unusual is that we are the only International Area in Harmony, Inc., and we just love it! Being the only Canadian Chapter in Area 2 we believe it will be appropriate for us to wear the Red Maple Leaf in order for you to recognize us. What will not be unusual is that once again we get to share our love of music and making new friends throughout the weekend. MCV looks forward to greeting you and helping the Area 2 Convention Team make your AC&C experience as enjoyable as possible.

Basket Raffle

Yes, it’s that time again to plan what your basket will be like for the Raffle. Chapters, quartets and individuals have been very generous in past years in supporting the raffle where the full proceeds are used to fund events for our youth.

The theme for this year, It’s a Most Unusual Day! can be interpreted as creatively as you wish for your basket themes. Area 2 will again partner with the Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adelines to support the Harmony Explosion Camp Northeast 2024, along with other Chapter Youth Initiatives and Youth Scholarships during the coming year. We invite chapters and quartets to plan a creative basket with your Unusual Day in mind to provide for these causes. Once you’ve decided on your basket, or have any questions, please contact our Raffle Basket Coordinator Gail Chartier, at accraffle@area2harmony.org.  Thanks for your support!

Photography & Videography

Photographs will be taken of each contestant and will be available for purchase. Details will be provided at a later date.

Photographs will be taken of each contestant and will be available for purchase. The Photo Order Form is available here.

Video Thumb Drives will also be created and one copy will be available for purchase by each contestant. Details will be provided at a later date.

Video Thumb Drives will also be created and one copy will be available for purchase by each contestant. The Video Order Form is available here.

Generations Chorus

The Generations Chorus is open to Area 2 youth members (25 and under) and those women who are related to another member (i.e., mother / daughter, sisters, aunt / niece, grandmother / granddaughter, etc.), although not necessarily connected to a youth member.

This year the Generations Chorus will be directed by Ari Schmidt. The song selected by Ari is the Tom Gentry arrangement of Thank You For The Music. If you are planning to perform in the Generations Chorus, please send an email to Ari at generations@area2harmony.org and tell them what part you are planning to sing. You will then be provided a copy of the music and appropriate learning tracks.

Program Ads

We will be offering Chapters, Quartets, and individuals the availability to purchase PROGRAM ADS. Anyone who wishes to send congratulations or good luck wishes to contestants in a program ad, please click here for details...

Links to more details:

General Contestant Information (pattern/schedule, etc.)

Mixed Harmony Ensemble Contestant Information

Program Ads

Order of Appearance

Registration and Tickets

Safety Protocols

Saturday Night Festivities

Schedule (Subject to change)

 

AC&C Convention Team:

Convention Manager

Diane Patterson

Area 2 Contest and Judging Chair

Linda Bober

Treasurer

Betsy Westgate

Registrar

Diane Fagerstrom

Facilities

Karen Hayden

Contest

TBD

Judges Services

Linda Muise

Publicity / Communications

Michèle Hansen

Stage Manager / Backstage Team

John Green

Host Chapter Co-Chairs

Gail Chartier, Deb King

Looking forward to seeing you all at AC&C. Can’t wait to see you all at It's A Most Unusual Day!