The Barbershop Harmony Society holds an annual cycle of local, district, and international competitions. These provide an opportunity for choruses and quartets to be evaluated by expert judges, enabling the singers to improve based on top-quality coaching. Conventions are open to the public, so music appreciators new and old can hear ensembles from many chapters in top form at one performance venue. The DC chapter competes in the Southern Division of the Mid-Atlantic District.
The annual international competition features some of the best singers in the world vying for chorus and quartet championships. They perform barbershop harmony at a level that has been called “the black belt of a cappella singing.”