Purpose -- This championship is named for Glenn Howard, a longtime Illinois District barbershopper and International Quartet Silver Medalist with The Capitol City Four in the very first SPEBSQSA national convention in 1939. Glenn lived in Cisco, near Decatur, and was a major influence in creating “Barbershop Harmony Clubs” throughout central Illinois in the 1940s. The purpose is to encourage and reward a quartet that may be entering a competition for the first time.
When is it given -- It will be presented at the completion of the contest prior to the announcement of quartet contest winners.*
Who presents -- It is presented by the District President or a District officer.
What criteria are used -- Any quartet comprised of two or more members that have never competed in any district quartet contest.
How is the information obtained --The Contest Administrator(CA) receives the scores for each competitor from the judging panel. The CA enters the scores into the Society Scoring Program. When all scores have been entered, the program sorts the scores and determines placement for each eligible competitor. The OSS (Official Scoring Summary) is then printed.
What is the physical award -- Typically, individual plaques are given, one to each member of the quartet.
* In the event that there are no novice quartets competing, the award will not be presented.