The word "barbershop"
Other Barbershop termsConcerning other words unique to our organization, the following four words should be capitalized only when each is used as a shortened expression to stand for the full organizational name.
The Society requires all contest music to be legal.
Capitalize common nouns such as chapter, district, president or other office, or committee only when each is used as part of the name of a person or unit. Do not capitalize these words when each stands alone.
Hidden Hills Chapter is famous for being the home of District President Abner Haynes and Secretary John Smythe. Curently, the chapter does not have any district chorus championships to its credit. The chapter's nominating committee is hard at work seeking a qualified person for treasurer.
The words chapter and district are not capitalized when used in a series of two or more.
The Tacoma and Seattle chapters met to discuss hosting an international convention.
The Evergreen and Sunshine districts showed the greatest membership gain last year.
Capitalize the word international in the following two instances:
All other uses of international should be lower case.
The Society encourages new members to attend the 56th International Convention, which will beheld in Pittsburgh, Pa. At that time the International Board of Directors will meet to select a new executive director.
Because of confusion that may result from non-capitalization of international when the word is used as an adjective, substitute Society whenever possible.
Several Society officials will be present at the international convention to discuss relocation of Society headquarters.
The same rule applies to the word "midwinter": capitalize both parts of the non-hyphenated word when it refers to a specific convention; do not capitalize the word when it refers to a general seasonal meeting.
The Sarasota Midwinter Convention was the best attended in years. However, the Society is rethinking the value of holding midwinter conventions.
Personal office titles are capitalized only when preceding a name.
Executive Director Darryl Flinn will conduct the mass sing.
SingAmerica/SingCanadaThe new Society service project was designed with this rather unusual method of presentation: No spaces between words and with the proper nouns America and Canada properly capitalized.
Other capitalization rules
Proper nouns and adjectives
Notice in the second column that only the first word (the adjective) is capitalized because it derives from a proper noun. The second word is not capitalized because it can stand alone as a generic noun. Words in the first column are capitalized because each is considered a whole unit acting as a single concept. Capitalize names of languages, races, nationalities, religions, and the adjectives that are derived from each.
First word of a sentenceHis love of singing is evident.
First word of a direct quotationHe yelled, "Sing on key!"
A.D., B.C., the pronoun I and the interjection O
Names of sections of the country but not directions on the compass
The South has produced many fine composers.
Names and TitlesCapitalize important words in the names of organizations, judging categories, committees, buildings, firms, schools, churches, and other institutions. Do not capitalize coordinating conjunctions or prepositions. Capitalize initial articles (a, an, the) only if each appears as the first word in a name or title. In quartet or chorus names, capitalize articles and prepositions only if each is part of the group's official name.
Capitalize words that show rank, office, or profession if each is used as part of a person's name (usually preceding the name). Capitalize the name of a family relationship when it is used as part of a person's name.
Professor Warren Dewey taught choral arrangement at
Berkeley. He is the senior professor in the music
The word judge is not capitalized unless used as a title.
He is a Presentation Category judge.
Capitalize the first word and every important word in titles of books, stories, plays, poems, motion pictures, works of art, and musical compositions. (See also Italics and Quotations)
My Life in Barbershopping
Days of the week and seasonsCapitalize the names of the days of the week, months, and holidays. Do not capitalize the names of the seasons.
George M. Cohan was born on Tuesday, July 4, Independence
Day, during the summer of 1878.