Purpose of the award — This award has been created for several reasons: To offer more entertainment content for our audiences and to encourage the smaller choruses to attend and compete in the Fall Contest. There will be two awards: one for Group 1, consisting of the 4A and 5A choruses, and one for Group 2, consisting of all others.
When is it given — It is announced immediately prior to the announcement of the International Chorus Qualifier.
Who presents the award — A representative of the Host Chapter presents the awards.
What criteria are used — All choruses in the contest will be judged by a non-barbershop panel selected by the host chapter, and their scoring will not be part of the C&J Panel.
How is the information obtained — A member of the Host Chapter empanels 5 to 7 community members, selected by the host chapter, who are given score sheets provided by the Awards Committee with the basic criteria used to determine a numerical score. A Host Chapter representative will work with the judges to add the scores for each of the chorus groups to determine the winners.
What is the physical award — Plaques will be given to each of the two winning choruses.