From 30.09. to 03.10.2023 in the youth hostel Oberwesel
Here you can find further information about the Coesfeld Cup. This takes place every year within the BinG! Harmony College. Every two years this competition serves as a qualifying competition for the German Championship of Barbershop Quartets, which takes place during the Barbershop Music Festival. The results of the Coesfeld Cup of the last years can be seen here.
BinG! Harmony College 2023
From: Saturday, 30th September 2023 - 15pm
To: Tuesday, 3rd Oktober 2023 - 15pm
Where: Rheintal-Jugendherberge Oberwesel
Future Harmony College Dates:
03.10. - 06.10.2024
02.10. - 05.10.2025
How long until it starts?
Where is it happening?
The Harmony College is an annual long weekend organized by BinG! where the whole intensity and inspiring emotionality of barbershop singing can be experienced in four-part harmony. Each singer has the individual opportunity to further their musical education, to contribute and to have a lot of fun.
Choir singers can sing in project choirs - where two songs are brought to life in an upbeat, passionate and cool way, which are then performed in front of an audience at the final concert.
In addition to the choir rehearsals, interesting courses are offered on the topics of singing, stage presentation, interpretation and barbershop-specific music theory. Every year, numerous renowned international barbershop experts look forward to passing on their knowledge and enthusiasm for barbershop.
In recent years, the BinG! Harmony College has become a real magnet for barbershoppers and a cappella enthusiasts from all over Germany. The wide range of learning content, the fun of singing together (sometimes late into the night...) and the good atmosphere have ensured that many participants keep coming back.
Especially for young participants there is the Young Voices (for young barbershoppers up to 30), which offers a lot of fun among peers. Here, too, the weekend is crowned with a performance at the final concert.
As a 3rd stream, the weekend offers the Quartet College with special courses and individual coaching sessions for quartets registered at BinG! Depending on the coach and the quartet's own wishes, the sessions always focus on one of the 3 evaluation categories in the barbershop: Singing, Performance or Music.
Traditionally, the weekend starts with the quartet competition "Coesfeld Cup", in which quartets compete with 2 competitive pieces. Every 2 years the competition is also qualification for the German Quartet Championship of the BinG! music festival. This event gives the perfect start to an eventful and harmonious weekend with different evening events, exciting courses, nice exchanges and the famous afterglow, which rounds off each day with lots of fun.
325 € - BinG! Members
395 € - Non-members (BinG! membership from 25€/year)
265 € - Participation with external accommodation
199 € - Young Voices@HC (up to 26 years (Deadline 30.09.2023))
80 € - Surcharge for "double singers“ (registration with 2 Quartets)
A little patience please. Ticket sales will be available on 18th of June 9PM.
Stay tuned - The event team was busy and is happy to present the faculty of 2023 step by step.
Until the start of the ticket sales you will find new faculty members here every day.
Norbert Hammes (Singing)
Norbert is a founding member of BinG! where he worked several years as 2nd board member for the development of BinG! and was one of the initiators of the annual Harmony College. In 1987 he was already a founding member of the First Cologne Barbershop Choir and with his quartet Viertakt Norbert won the first German Barbershop Championships in 1993. In 2005 he took over the conducting of the male choir Düssharmonie. Since 2010 Norbert conducts the women's choir Barbershop Blend.
In 2009 he founded the mixed barbershop quartet TONIKUM, which became German champion in 2014. Currently Norbert is successful with the quartet O-Ton.
8 years ago Norbert united the medal winners of the quartet championships to form the Heavy Medal Choir, which in a short time has become one of the best European barbershop choirs. In 2023, Norbert became the first German Barbershop Harmony Society Certified Judge in Singing and continues to be a graduate of the BinG! Coaching Certification Program.
Eric Dalbey (Singing)
Eric is a speech-language pathologist who works at Hazelwood East High School. He has also taught voice instruction at Webster University for the past 10 years. He currently sings in the 2006 International Quartet Champions, Vocal Spectrum, as well as the international Barbershop Chorus Champions, the Ambassadors of Harmony. He directs an a cappella youth chorus called The Recruits, who were the only youth chorus to make the Top 20 at the 2022 Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Contest in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also been a certified BHS singing judge for the past 8 years. Singing in these groups and judging has given him many opportunities to teach and perform at various workshops and festivals in 45 states and 18 countries including China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, Spain and Israel. He has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with the likes of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Dick Van Dyke, Take 6, The Real Group, and David Phelps.
Eric holds a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Fontbonne University, a Master of Arts degree in Music and Worship from Covenant Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lindenwood University. He is a recent graduate from Fontbonne University and has enjoyed his new career in Speech-language pathology! Eric and his wife Elizabeth have two darling little girls, two guinea pigs, and a new puppy, so they have learned how to never sleep and still go to work!
Since the successful online Harmony College (Living Room Edition), the BinG!-HC-Team organizes the annual live events in Oberwesel. Every year, a HC team is put together for this purpose from the members of the professional association.