The Sunshine District is an association of Florida Chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society and is committed to the promotion of Barbershop music to the public and to the musical and administrative training and education of its membership. Member Chapter choruses and quartets are encouraged to perform throughout their communities in support of worthwhile civic, cultural, educational, and charitable endeavors.

The Sunshine District is comprised of over 1800 members in Chapters from Miami to Pensacola. The Sunshine District leads the nation in promoting the musical excellence of Barbershop harmony in our schools and communities. “Singing is Great in the Sunshine State!”

February 10th, 2015

Hello, Sunshine!

It’s that time…We’re hoping that YOU are planning to join us for a wonderful weekend of song, fellowship, and the best barbershop competition in the land at the Orlando Airport Marriott, April 10-12, as only the Sunshine District can host!

Early Bird All-Events-Pass pricing is available now as well as Single Event Tickets by pressing the “CONVENTION REGISTRATION” button on the side panel on the right.

Hotel rooms at The Orlando Airport Marriott are $99/night (plus tax).
That special group rate is now open, but MUST BE BOOKED BY MARCH 19th.

Please be aware that the hotel has stated that if you book later than 03/19/2015, you may have to pay parking/internet fees at the normal guest rates stated on their website.
Click on this link to book your room:
Book your room for 2015 Sunshine District Spring Convention

See you in Orlando!

In Harmony,
Chuck Steiner, SUN VP Events

Visit our conventions page for updates, information, and all booking links.


It is that time again to plan to compete this Spring at your Convention! The CJ-20 process is live on the BHS web site and just waiting for your name to be entered. Just go to the members only site and select the “Contest Entry” drop down. Cut off date for your entry is March 13th so don’t wait – do it now. We look forward to all of you entertaining us for Convention weekend – April 10th – 12th.

October 21st, 2014

Action photos of all competing quartets and choruses have been posted on the Sunshine District Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunshinedistrict/collections/ There are separate collections for the quartet semis, chorus contest, and quartet finals.

Many thanks to our action photographer, Cindy Partlow.

October 21st, 2014

Certified Director Award

Tom Roan, director of the Greater Pinellas “Florida Suncoast Chorus” completed the Society’s Director Certification program and now has the title “Certified Director”.   He was presented with his Director Certification certificate and lapel pin at the convention. In the future, he will be listed in the convention programs as “Tom Roan, Certified Director” when his chapter competes.

The Director Certification program exists for the purpose of encouraging continued education of our directors. By going through a specifically assigned curriculum, directors will better enhance the barbershop chapter experience for all of their members.  Certified directors have completed all required coursework, and demonstrated proficiency in conducting skills, music theory, sound management, leadership and teaching. The Director Certification program website is here: http://barbershop.org/director-certification.html

Sunshine District Hall of Fame

Arne Helbig was inducted into the Sunshine District Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon following the Chorus contest. Arne joined the Heralds of Harmony in 1983 and sang with a number of successful quartets including R.S.V.P., Bay City Sound, Breakthrough, Heatwave and Just for Fun.  In 1994 he sang with Cigar City Four when they were crowned Sunshine District Champs. He also competed with the Heralds in International competition for 15 consecutive years.

In 2000, he he began working with the Young Men in Harmony Program. He worked hard to start Youth Workshops throughout the State of Florida.  What started out as a local program, hoping to just go state-wide, turned viral and became a program that has been copied throughout the country. He has helped coordinate over 120 of these workshops in the years of his involvement.  He handles everything from helping secure a venue to ordering pizza and meals for the day, coordinating with local contacts, securing clinicians and teaching quartets, ordering music, marketing the event with teachers and local chapters and even at times renting a truck to go and pick up, deliver and set-up risers!  This program has touched over 30,000 students in Florida alone over the past years and Arne has been the driving force behind this accomplishment.   With the support of the Sunshine District and the Barbershop Harmony Society, he has pushed the Sunshine District’s Youth Workshop to become leaders in the country for this type of event. Additionally, he along with Ken Carter, has promoted and staged the annual the Sunshine Harmony Explosion, inviting 100 plus boys from across the State of Florida to our 3-day camp.  This event also encourages educator participation.  They have managed to secure some of the finest clinicians and teaching quartets in the country to lead the Explosion.  Last year the event was co-ed for the first time with teaching quartets Max Q and The Buzz.  He mentors not only all the Sunshine chapter YMIH volunteers, but he is in constant contact with the Society’s YMIH liaisons. He currently serves on the Sunshine District Board.

In his spare time, Arne is a Claims Specialist Manager with Allstate Insurance. He has been married to his Sweet Adeline wife Denise for 25 years.

President’s Award

Roger Smeds, Sunshine District Webmaster was awarded the President’s Award by Nick Schwob, Sunshine District President for bringing the district website up to speed by continually improving the content and making the whole operation more user friendly.