Welcome, Evergreen District Division II Choruses and Quartets!
All DVDs, videos and photos from the 2018 convention have been completed and shipped as of May 19. If you have not received your shipment by May 25, please let us know.
If you did not pre-order when the forms were emailed by the committee before the contest, or at the contest, or after the post-convention email from us extending the deadline to May 12, we are sorry but orders are now closed for photos, second camera and DVDs of your contest performance.
You may still request a digital copy of your contest performance (single camera, standard definition, download only) for $25. This offer ends July 1, when the source media will be deleted. Please contact us for more info.
If you were a performer in the Show of Champions (as part of a chorus or quartet) you may still order an archival copy of the Show of Champions on DVD for $25. Please contact us for more info.
Scroll down the page to see some samples from last year’s convention.
Frequently Asked Questions About Event Recording Services
“Can we get a quick, unedited copy to review at our rehearsal next week?”
Sorry, but no. We understand the urgency, but last time we did this for ONE chorus, we immediately heard from OTHER choruses who share members, wanting to know where was THEIR early-bird copy. (We also did not receive a single additional order from that chorus, so the “favor” had negative financial impact as well.) We are dedicating extra resources to the project with a goal to get ALL of the videos completed and shipped as soon as possible. That’s quite a feat for 4 contests, nearly 40 individual video projects, plus a 2-hour show!
“I did not perform today. Can I purchase a DVD of today’s performances?”
Our “for-hire” services are offered to the performers for their own private archival and educational use only. Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot make additional copies or distribute “retail” recordings to others without first obtaining a “sync license” from each composer or publisher. *(A copy of all performances will be provided to the EVG organization for archival purposes.)
“Can we purchase multiple copies of our own performance DVD to sell or give away?”
To distribute or share video copies of the songs requires a special “sync license” arrangement with the publisher, royalty payments to the copyright owners, and must be negotiated in advance. These are service we do not provide. The “for-hire” services we offer are limited to recording your performance for private archival and educational use only.
“Can each member of our chorus/quartet get a copy of our performance?”
All performers may order our services individually, or additional copies may be requested for a nominal fee on one order. The total number of copies may not exceed the number of performers. It is not possible for us to “bundle” multiple orders for the discount, so please make arrangements with your group if you wish to order multiple copies with a single payment.
“Why can’t I purchase a show DVD if I was not in the show?”
We would love to sell copies of the show to all who want them, but copyright restrictions prohibit video recording of musical works for purposes such as retail sales without special licensing arrangements. For this reason, we may only offer copies of the show recording to those who will actually perform in the show, for their private archival and educational use. If you are hoping (but not sure) that you will be in the show but only want to make one transaction, you are welcome to wait until the show lineup is posted before placing a single order for any of our services. Order forms will be available in the lobby.
“Can we use the digital video recording of our performance on our website?”
Strictly speaking, unless the composition is in the public domain, this requires permission from the song’s composer, and payments to their Performance Rights Organization (PRO) for digital streaming. This can get complicated, but start by looking up the song in the ASCAP, BMI, Harry Fox and SESAC online databases to find the composer or publisher, and contacting them directly to request a “sync license.” Some may grant permission for free or cheap, and some may flat-out refuse. If YouTube is your content delivery network, use the “Audio Library” feature of their “Creator Studio” to search for the song. They may already have a “Content ID Match” arrangement with the copyright owner to monetize plays of their work (or to restrict/block it, so use this tool carefully). “Fair-use” is a legal concept, and we are not lawyers. You should not upload performances of copyrighted works other than for analysis and educational use without permission of the work’s owner. Here is another good article on the subject.
“Why do I need to sign a talent release? Are you going to sell our video?”
No one should profit from use of your name and likeness without your permission. The “talent release” is an industry best-practice which documents your consent for us to make recordings or photographs of you, and states how we might use them. For recordings of contest performances, auditions, school/club/church photos, and other group events, we may use parts of the recordings for our portfolio or educational demonstrations, but never on their own for commercial purposes or licensed to others without your direct consent.
“Can we hire you to record our chapter/quartet for the purpose of selling the recordings?”
Absolutely! Contact us to discuss the possibilities. We have over 30 years of experience in live and studio audio productions, and would love to bring our custom-built, portable multitrack recording studio to your venue. We can secure the necessary licenses for sale of audio-only recordings, advise on negotiating sync licenses for video recordings, and facilitate product manufacturing in retail-ready packaging at wholesale rates. Advancement of The Arts is our primary mission, so we offer greatly discounted pricing of our services to educational and non-profit organizations.
Video Samples and Stills from Barbershop Performances
This 2-camera HD demo video was recorded at the 2017 convention. The stills below were pulled from the raw video footage of a “4K” video camera (displayed here in reduced resolution).