In 2018, the German Barbershop choruses and quartets have met to compete for the national Barbershop Championships. Since 2012 the World Mixed Quartet Competition have been taking place during the same event, and since 2018 the World Mixed Chorus Competition as well - combining a nationale a cappella event with a world championship.
In any competition, each ensemble performs two pieces, which are judged by an international jury in the categories singing, music and performance. The ensemble with the highest total score wins.
In addition, the audience can vote for their favourite German quartet. This quartet then receives the audience favourite award. Another medal is handed out to the best female, male and mixed quartet.
There is an additional award for the chorus with the highest increase in points compared to the last German Championships. They receive the sought after "Crescendo Award".
German and International Champions as of the Barbershop Musikfestival 2018:
National Champion Chorus - Harmunichs
National Champion Quartet - SomeSing
World Mixed Champion Chorus - Munich Show Chorus
World Mixed Champion Quartet - Potential Scandal