The Evergreen District was officially formed in 1947 when it broke off from the Far Western District to form the then-called Pacific Northwest Association of Chapters, SPEBSQSA, Inc.. Murph Murphy was elected District President; G.T. McDermott, Vice President; H.B. Molchior, Secretary; and, H.S. "Sam" Saari, Treasurer.

The District included the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. During the next three years, 28 chapters were formed! Six are still in existence today: Portland (now the Rose City Timberliners...and the longest running chapter in Evergreen), Tacoma (Tacoma Barbershop Harmony (AKA TotemAires), Lake Washington (which merged with Bellevue in 1991), Eugene (Cascade Chorus), and Seattle (Seattle SeaChordsmen). The Greater Vancouver Chapter (Gentlemen of Fortune)--although not a part of our District back then--was chartered in 1957, so they get included in this list, too!

Other key developments in our early history include:

  • The 1949 addition of Alberta and the "Territory of Alaska" to the District
  • The Mountain-Aires (Enumclaw, WA) becoming the first District Quartet Champions
  • Adding British Columbia and Yukon Territory to Evergreen in 1950. Northern California was added in 1951, but later became part of the Far Western District.
  • In 1953, the Cascade Chorus became Evergreen's first representatives to the International Chorus Contest. They finished 4th! Also in 1953, the district officially became the Evergreen District, as our borders had expanded beyond the Pacific coast.

The years since those early days have been filled with amazing leaders, chapters, quartets, conventions, and--most of all--members. We hope you'll take a look around our site to learn more about the Evergreen District. If you'd like to learn about the history of organized barbershop singing in America, take a look at the video above. And if you would like to know about our champion quartets, visit the QCED (Quartet Champions of Evergreen District) website.

 

 

Conflict Dates

Convention Dates and Conflicts

May 26, 2020 Rob Macdonald, Evergreen Director of Events

           

Over the years, Evergreen has struggled with the 6 convention dates it requires every year. We want to ensure that Judges are available and avoid conflicts with holidays and SAI convention dates. Chapters can choose and participate and host these conventions, and plan for the future. Here are the “assigned” dates for the Division and District conventions 2021-2025. (* denotes Quartet Prelims)

 

Convention

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

Division I

April 16-17*

April 1-2

March 24-25

April 5-6

April 4-5

Division II

April 16-17

April 22-23*

April 21-22*

April 12-13*

April 11-12*

Division III

May 28-29

May 27-28

May 26-27

May 24-25

May 23-24

Division IV

Apr 30-May 1

April 29-30

April 28-29

May 3-4

May 2-3

Division V

May 14-15

May 6-7

May 12-13

May 10-11

May 9-10

District

Oct 22-24

Oct 21-23

Oct 20-22

Oct 25-26

Oct 17-19

 

Here are the dates to avoid:

Passover

Mar 27-Apr 4

April 15-23

April 5-13

April 22-30

April 12-20

Easter

April 2-4

April 15-17

April 7-9

March 29-31

April 18-20

SAI Region 13

April 8-11

May 12-15

May 18-21

April 18-21

April 25-27

SAI Region 26

April 22-25

May 5-8

May 11-14

May 9-12

May 2-4

SAI Intl

Oct 11-16

Sept 26-Oct 1

Not posted

Not posted

Not posted

FWD Prelims

March 11-14

March 10-13

Not posted

Not posted

Not posted

FWD District

Oct 7-10

Oct 13-16

Oct 12-15

Oct 17-20

Not posted

CAN Thxgiv

Oct 9-11

Oct 8-10

Oct 7-9

Oct 12-14

Oct 11-13

CAN Victoria

May 21-24

May 20-23

May 19-22

May 17-20

May 16-19

Mem Day

May 28-31

May 27-30

May 26-29

May 24-27

May 23-26

 

 

There are some exceptions in the assigned dates:

SAI Region 26 (Western Canada) has conflicts, but they are with all the US Divisions II, IV or V.

Division III (Alberta) conflicts with Memorial Day, but that has been no problem in the past.

 

Flexibility:

There is some flexibility in the assigned Convention dates, should the host chapter have issues with venue and hotel, for example. They may be able to swap a weekend with another Division convention.

These are other dates available that do not create conflicts:

2021: March 5-6, March 12-13 and March 19-20, May 7-8, June 4-5

2022: March 4-5, March 11-12 and March 25-26, April 8-9, June 3-4

2023: March 3-4, March 10-11, March 17-18, March 24-25, March 31-April 1, May 5-6, June 2-3

2024: March 1-2, March 8-9, March 15-16, March 22-23, April 12-13, May 31-June 1, June 7-8

2025: Feb 28-March 1, March 7-8, March 14-15, March 21-22, March 28-29, April 11-12,

May 30-31, June 6-7