Contest Plateau Awards

Previous to our current system of scoring-based plateaus, the Illinois District and the BHS were all using a membership based plateau system.  That system placed chapters into one of three plateaus based on their chapter membership as of December 31 of the current year.  Plateau 3-A included chapters with memberships from 75 and above.  Plateau 2-A included memberships of 41 to 74, and Plateau 1-A were those chapters with 40 members and below.

In the early 2000’s chapter membership throughout the Society was dropping at a drastic rate and the membership plateau system did not provide chapter incentive to those chapters with decreasing membership.

In March of 2002, the Illinois District board approved a proposal for a plateau system similar to one used in the Sunshine district.  That system used an average of past raw contest scores as the basis for placing chapters in one of five different plateaus, 5-A through 1-A.  That proposal allowed any chorus, regardless of membership size, to compete against choruses of the same scoring ability.  The emphasis was placed on musical ability rather than membership.

This system was first put into effect for our Fall 2002 chorus contest.  The board specified that the new system would have a trial period of two years or four contests.  In the Fall of 2004 the system attained a permanent status.  With the inception of the revised chorus contest format in 2007, the scoring based plateau system had been used only for our spring chorus contests.

Shortly after each chorus contest, new scoring information is entered into the master data base and new averages are created for the upcoming chorus contest.  As choruses improve their musical and performing skills from contest to contest, it is possible for chapters to move up into a new scoring level plateau.  With each upward move comes new challenges, as those chapters now are competing against chapters who have larger scoring averages.

The opposite is true of choruses that, for whatever reason, experience weaker musical skills and their contest performance levels decrease from contest to contest.  Experiencing these lower scoring results would, in turn, lower their scoring average and could move the chorus to a lower scoring level.  Going into each new contest, each chapter will know that regardless of the assigned plateau, they will be competing against choruses of similar scoring levels and abilities.

At the end of this article you will find the latest scoring level plateaus.  Please take note of those choruses placed in the 1-A Plateau.  Those 16 choruses consist of over half of our entire district chapters that are eligible to compete on the district level.  Many of those chapters have not been in competition in over 7 years.  A few of those chapters have not been on a district competition stage in well over 10 years.

It is hoped that the scoring based plateau program will provide an incentive for those 16 chapters to make the trip to our district conventions and perform for our audiences and compete with those other 11 chapters.  Realizing that some of those chapters members have never taken part in one of our district contests, let alone attend a district convention, it is the hope of your district board that programs such as the district Small Chorus Award, the Very Large Quartet(VLQ) Award, and our Plateau Scoring System will provide an incentive for every chapter in the district to attend our conventions and enjoy the thrill of performing for our friendly audiences.

– Bob Squires (rev. 8/16/14 – dpg);  Don Leonard(rev. 8/08/18 – dl)

YearAward Winning ChorusPlateau

2023 Fall

Rock River Valley Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2023 Fall

Brotherhood of Harmony
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2023 Fall

Coles County Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2023 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2023 Fall

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2022 Fall

Land of Lincoln
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2022 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2022 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2022 Fall

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2021 Fall

Arlingtones
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2021 Fall

Coles County Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2021 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2021 Fall

Competed for Score Only
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2021 Fall

Competed for Score Only
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2019 Fall

Rock River Valley Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2019 Fall

Coles County Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2019 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2019 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2019 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2018 Fall

Brotherhood of Harmony
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2018 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2018 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2018 Fall

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2017 Fall

Rock River Valley Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2017 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2017 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2017 Fall

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2016 Fall

Chicago Metro Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2016 Fall

Coles County Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2016 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2016 Fall

No Award Given
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2016 Fall

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2015 Fall

Knights of Harmony
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2015 Fall

Dupage Vallley Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2015 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2015 Fall

No Award Given
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2015 Fall

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2014 Fall

Prairieland Barbershop Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2014 Fall

Fox Valley Men of Harmony
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2014 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2014 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2014 Fall

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2013 Fall

Rock River Valley Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2013 Fall

Brotherhood of Harmony
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2013 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2013 Fall

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2012 Spring

Blawkhawks Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2012 Spring

DuPage Valley Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2012 Spring

Land of Lincoln Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2012 Spring

Coles County Chorus
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2012 Spring

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2011 Spring

Greater Rockford Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2011 Spring

Fox Valley Men of Harmony
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2011 Spring

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2011 Spring

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2010 Spring

Spirit of Illinois
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2010 Spring

Rock River Valley Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2010 Spring

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2010 Spring

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2009 Spring

Greater Rockford Barbershop Harmony Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2009 Spring

Chicago Metro Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2009 Spring

Fox Valley Men of Harmony
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2009 Spring

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2009 Spring

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2008 Spring

Chicago Metro Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2008 Spring

South Cook
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2008 Spring

Illini Statesmen
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2008 Spring

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2007 Spring

Little Egypt Babershop Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2007 Spring

Peoria Barbershop Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2007 Spring

Fox Valley Men of Harmony
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2007 Spring

Illini Statesmen
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2007 Spring

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2007 Fall

Covered Bridge Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2007 Fall

Second City Chorus
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2007 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2006 Spring

Spirit of Illinois
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2006 Spring

Covered Bridge Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2006 Spring

Prairieland Barbrshop Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2006 Fall

Covered Bridge Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2006 Fall

Illini Statesmen
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2006 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2005 Spring

DuPage Valley Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2005 Spring

Decatur Chordsmen
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2005 Spring

Fox Valley Men of Harmony
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2005 Fall

Land of Lincoln Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2005 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2005 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2004 Spring

Arlingtones
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2004 Spring

Illini Statesmen
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2004 Spring

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2004 Fall

Coles County Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2004 Fall

Rock River Valley Chorus
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2004 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2003 Spring

DuPage Valley Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2003 Spring

Peoria Barbershop Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2003 Spring

Prairieland Barbrshop Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2003 Spring

Second City Chorus
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2003 Fall

Prairieland Barbrshop Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2003 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2003 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2002 Fall

Land of Lincoln Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2002 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau AAAA Chorus Winner

2002 Fall

Brotherhood of Harmony
  • Plateau AAAAA Chorus Winner

2001 Fall

Peoria barbershop Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2001 Fall

Sound of Illinois
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2001 Fall

Brotherhood of Harmony
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

2000 Fall

Peoria barbershop Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

2000 Fall

Second City Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

2000 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

1999 Fall

Great River Barbershop Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

1999 Fall

Second City Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

1999 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

1998 Fall

Great River Barbershop Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

1998 Fall

Brotherhood of Harmony
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

1998 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

1997 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

1997 Fall

Lamplighters Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

1997 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

1996 Fall

Lamplighters Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

1996 Fall

Coles County Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

1996 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

1995 Fall

Lamplighters Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

1995 Fall

Rock River Valley Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

1995 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

1994 Fall

Lamplighters Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

1994 Fall

Illini Statesmen
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

1994 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

1993 Fall

Lamplighters Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

1993 Fall

Coles County Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

1993 Fall

New Tradition
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

1992 Fall

Illini Statesmen
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

1992 Fall

Land of Lincoln Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

1992 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

1991 Fall

Sounds of Harmony
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

1991 Fall

Land of Lincoln Chorus
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

1991 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

1990 Fall

Coles County Chorus
  • Plateau A Chorus Winner

1990 Fall

Illini Statesmen
  • Plateau AA Chorus Winner

1990 Fall

West Towns Chorus
  • Plateau AAA Chorus Winner

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