Hey folks -- HOA has announced their virtual format. The full information (format, divisions, timeline, registration) is available via the "Event Site" link above and I'll just share part of their announcement below that explains the format:
What is Virtual HOA ‘21?
The spirit of the directors, parents, school organizations and most importantly, the students are what make HOA events great. To honor them in this unprecedented time and to continue to offer educational opportunities with distinguished show choir professionals, HOA has developed a series of virtual programs for a time when travel is a challenge. The series will consist of Preliminary submissions, Semi-Finals evaluations and a LIVE Final Championship Celebration.
Prelims will have Dropbox video submission dates on three weekends: February 20 and 27 and March 6. Groups will submit a video recording of their performance, one take, one camera from a wide angle view, for review by two highly qualified judges. Judges will provide audio comments and ratings based on the video submission. We believe this will give valuable educational feedback regarding your group’s performance, similar to what you would expect at a contest. We will include announcements of participating groups and recognition of quality achievement. Rating criteria will be released soon. Groups may enter one weekend or all three if they choose. There will be no public viewing options of Prelim submissions. Submitting a Prelims video is required if you would like to submit for Semi-Finals.
Semi-Finals will have a submission date of March 13. Videos will be uploaded the same as Prelims weeks. A panel of four judges will evaluate and score your group using HOA Scoresheets. The top achieving groups may participate in the LIVE Finals event. Groups must have participated in one of the Prelims weeks to participate in Semi-Finals. There will be no public viewing option of Semi-Finals submissions.
HOA Final Championship Celebration & Awards Ceremony
Our Final Championship Celebration & Awards Ceremony will wrap up the series with an event coming to you LIVE streaming from all across the country. Finalist choirs will perform live from their home location. A full panel of highly qualified judges will evaluate and score the finals. We will wrap up the evening with an awards ceremony celebrating the hard work of all the choirs that are singing and dancing through adversity. We will recognize the achievement of all of our choirs.
A livestream will be available for individuals to watch for a fee. In order to keep evaluation fair and consistent there will be limitations on camera and sound setups.