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When is the quartet briefing?
The quartet briefing will start at 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 2nd.  We suggest you are also present for the Official Inspection which starts at 7:00 PM.  More information on the briefing can be found here.

Will there be a walk-through of the quartet pattern?

Where does quartet pattern start?  
The pattern will start in the 2nd floor lobby of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, where a hostess will meet you.

Is there a lobby sing?
Quartets are invited to sing in the lobby of either hotel prior to starting the pattern in the 2nd floor lobby of the Convention Center. ​

Are there restrooms available in the quartet pattern?
Restrooms are located in the hallway outside of the photo room, outside of the chorus warm-up rooms, and adjacent to the pre-stage area.

When will quartet photos be taken?
​Official photos will be taken in pattern, not on stage.  Candid photos will be taken during the performance and will be available through this website 30 days after competition.

What is the pre-stage area?
The pre-stage area is a section of the Event Center II exhibition hall that is adjacent to the contest hall, separated by an air wall.  Restrooms are in the adjacent hallway.  Water, mirrors, hair spray, tissues, etc. will be available in the pre-stage area.  Please talk softly here; you will be able to hear the competitor on stage, and vice versa.  Convention Hostesses will collect personal items here and have them waiting as each competitor exits the stage area

What to do with personal items while on stage?
Each competitor is responsible for bringing a gallon size ziplock bag for the pattern.  All personal belongings must fit into one ziplock bag.  Bags should have your name and quartet listed on the outside, with your AET easily visible inside.

How does a quartet enter and exit the stage?
From the pre-stage area, a Convention Assistant will escort the competitor down a hallway to the door to the stage.  The Stage Crew will welcome competitors to the stage at the top of the ramp and escort quartets to center stage.  The Stage Crew will open the curtains at center stage for the quartet as the quartet name is announced by the emcee.  Quartets will exit the stage on Stage Left, walking towards the podium.  The Stage Crew will escort the quartet to the exit ramp. 

What does a quartet do after competing?
The stage exit door at the foot of the exit ramp will take competitors into a hallway that leads to the main lobby of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.  A Convention Hostess will be waiting here with your personal items.  The entrance to the contest hall will be immediately to the right.  The food court and the Hub will be to the right just past the contest hall.  Restrooms are just past The Hub and food court.  Your hostess will take you through the audience to the webcaster desk that will be located in the back of the contest hall. The webcasters will want to interview you, and this is your opportunity to say hello to family and friends who are watching the webcast.

What happens at the end of the Quartet Contest?
The emcee will announce the Judging Panel Chair, who will announce the international awards.  Award winners will be invited to the stage coming up the stairs in front of Stage Right (from the audience's perspective, go to the left of the stage).  After receiving an award, the quartet should turn around and exit Stage Right​.  The champion quartet will stay on stage and be invited to sing a song.   Then, the Judging Panel Chair will direct the entire audience in singing Harmonize the World.  An official photo of the Champion Quartet with the trophies will be taken on stage