AUGUST 20, 2023 - The San Diego Chorus recently competed in the Region 21 Golden West Contest and Convention, which was hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March of 2023. The Chorus, which was established in 1952, won second place in the Region with a score of 674, ranking them fifth internationally based on worldwide results released from parent organization Sweet Adelines International. The score earned the chorus a coveted Wild Card invitation to compete internationally in October 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Wild Card invitation was accepted by Master Director Kathleen Hansen. On August 18th, Sweet Adelines International announced the official Order of Appearance for the upcoming contest, which confirms that the San Diego Chorus will take the stage as contestant #1. The Chorus has a winning track record, and is a two-time International Champion of Barbershop Harmony, having earned the coveted title in 1975 and 2001.
Hansen notes that each competitive performance is supported by 12 to 24 months of focused preparation that includes weekly rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, personal practice, vocal and visual coaching.
"We are particularly pleased with our 2023 Regional Score, as this was our first live competition since before the pandemic," Master Director Hansen notes. "Over the last several years, many musical organizations have experienced significant setbacks as rehearsals and performances were limited or cancelled altogether. Our singers were determined, continuing to meet virtually and practice individually to preserve and elevate our level of musical excellence. This score affirms that we were successful in accomplishing this goal. We are tremendously proud, and look forward to competing in 2024 with excitement and anticipation."
"We are tremendously proud, and look forward to competing in 2024 with excitement and anticipation."
Thirty-two choruses will advance to international competition in 2024. Contests are adjudicated by four judges, each of whom intensively evaluate one of the four categories that comprise the overall score: Sound, Music, Expression and Visual Communication. Every competing organization has the potential to earn 100 points per category per song. The total possible points available for a performance is 800.
Sweet Adelines International was founded in 1945, and exists to preserve and elevate the American art-form of 4-part a cappella harmony in the Barbershop style. The nonprofit organization, dedicated to music education, is one of the world's largest singing organizations, encompassing more than 25,000 members, 1,200 registered quartets, and 600 choruses in the United States and the world.
The San Diego Chorus is a volunteer-led, membership-based choral organization offering a year-round self-paced "soft" audition process. Individuals interested in singing with the award-winning San Diego Chorus are invited to RSVP for their upcoming Guest Open House on September 13th to learn more. The Chorus is currently auditioning women and non-binary singers for all voice parts. All levels of musical experience are welcome.
AUGUST 19th, 2023 - The award-winning San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will host open auditions on Wednesday, September 13th from 6:45 PM - 9:45 PM. The chorus performs 4-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.
The event, which will be hosted in Room #207 of the Casa Del Prado Building in Balboa Park, offers an overview of the vocal assessment and audition process. Women and non-binary treble singers of all musical backgrounds are welcome. Interested singers are encouraged to RSVP to reserve a spot.
Guests are encouraged to participate immediately in the Chorus warmup and rehearsal process. The evening also includes a private vocal assessment, a brief performance and an educational breakout session. Visitors receive details about the year-round soft audition process, membership, and history about the San Diego Chorus and Sweet Adelines International. Singers who successfully complete the audition process are paired with a chorus mentor and have the support of a year-long Rookie program designed to help singers build relationships and navigate their first year of membership.
"The San Diego Chorus provides musical education, coaching and skill development that helps singers grow as musicians, performers and competitors," says Musical Director Kathleen Hansen. "We continuously strive to improve our contest program and expand our repertoire in preparation for upcoming performances."
The organization was awarded 2nd place in March of 2023 at the Region 21 Contest. This score earned them 2nd place and merited a Wild Card Invitation from parent organization Sweet Adelines International. The Chorus will compete on the International Stage in October of 2024. The event will be hosted in Kansas City, and features an adjudicated contest for both quartets and choruses. A recent order of performance announcement from Sweet Adelines International revealed that the San Diego Chorus will be the first chorus to take the stage in the 2024 competition.
"It's an exciting time to begin our audition and membership process," says Hansen. "New singers will enter at an ideal point in our competitive cycle, ensuring they receive the full benefit of valuable vocal and performance coaching as we prepare for our 2024 contest."
The San Diego Chorus recently celebrated it's 70th anniversary. The organization is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Membership is open to women and non-binary treble singers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community and people of varied religions.
Claudia Cannon is a 28-year member of Sweet Adelines International. She has been a member of the San Chorus since 2006 and serves as Membership Chair for the Chorus. Previously, Cannon was a member of the Greater Auckland Chorus and the Na Leo Lani Chorus, which she directed from 2004-2007. Cannon also serves as the Marketing Coordinator of the Region 21 Management Team.
"The San Diego Chorus offers incredible opportunities for growth, both musically and personally," says Cannon. "What people may not immediately grasp is that there is much more happening here than just high-level singing! There's leadership development, community service and competitive accomplishment. But at the heart of it all is deep relationship among our members that often spans a lifetime."
If you would like to learn more about singing with the award-winning San Diego Chorus, RSVP for the September 13th Open House to learn more and begin your audition process.
PREMIERE: We Rise Again from the San Diego Chorus and the San Diego Women's Chorus with Special Guests San Diego Children's Choir
August 18, 2023 - The San Diego Chorus proudly premieres the video single, "We Rise Again." This song was the closing number of the annual show LEGACY: Lifting As We Rise show on May 7, 2023. The event was a joint production with the San Diego Women's Chorus and features special guest musicians from the San Diego Children's Choir. Both organizations are under the direction of Kathleen Hansen. The song soars with the message that the children of today are our hope for the future, and was an immediate favorite of singers and audience members alike.
The 2023 spring show, LEGACY: Lifting as We Climb, featured 160+ combined voices from two choruses in one exclusive live performance. The event took place at the Lincoln High School Auditorium. The program featured a diverse collection of new music as well as old favorites from each chorus, as well as some combined numbers. Both choruses are under the artistic and musical direction of Kathleen Hansen.
The event program for this performance is available online.
The two choruses jointly performed "We Rise Again" along with special guest performers from the San Diego Children's Choir as the finale of LEGACY. The song “We Rise Again” was originally written for a 1984 stage musical, The Rise and Follies of Cape Breton, as an anthem of resilience and hope at a time when Cape Breton Island was going through an economic crisis. According to composer Leon Dubinsky, the song is about the cycles of immigration, the economic insecurity of living in Cape Breton, the power of the ocean, the meaning of children, and the strength of home given to us by our families, our friends, and our music. The song was later recorded by The Rankin Family and went on to become a hit. This choral anthem soars with the message that the children of today are our hope for the future.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO CHORUS
Founded in 1951, the San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is a highly trained and talented group of women who sing four-part a cappella harmony arranged in the barbershop style. A award-winning San Diego Chorus strives to entertain in many musical genres along with its signature vibrant choreography. Led by Master Director and Sweet Adelines International Faculty, Kathleen Hansen, the San Diego Chorus is dedicated to local entertainment and offering women and other marginalized genders opportunities for musical and personal growth. They welcome all singers regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender expression who share a love of music and dedication to musical growth. Learn more at SanDiegoChorus.org.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO WOMEN'S CHORUS
Founded in 1987 by community activist Dr. Cynthia Lawrence, SDWC has grown from a group of 14 lesbians gathered around a piano in a private home to a thriving community with over 125 singers who believe in the power of music, the power of women, and the power of marginalized voices. For 35 years, SDWC has provided a safe space that encourages women’s creativity, celebrates diversity, and inspires social action. San Diego Women’s Chorus is a non-profit community chorus that strives to entertain and inspire audiences with music that speaks to issues as diverse as human rights, love, world peace, religious freedom, environmental harmony, inclusion, and cultural diversity. SDWC welcomes all women and gender non-conforming individuals as singers. SDWC supports and affirms the music of women and LGBTQ+ composers and arrangers. Learn more at sdwc.org.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR
Founded in 1990, the San Diego Children's Choir is the area's oldest and largest choral training program serving children ages 1–18 at locations throughout San Diego County. The San Diego Children's Choir teaches music education through creative rehearsal techniques that engage the whole child in healthy vocal production and music literacy as well as encouraging self confidence and a sense of community and belonging. Learn more at https://www.sdcchoir.org/
ONE SHOW ONLY. SEATING IS LIMITED - RESERVE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE TODAY.
Attention Sweet Adelines, Barbershoppers, singers and music enthusiasts, family, and friends. Come one, come all! Join the Sun Harbor Chorus as they present an a cappella choral spectacular in Southern California on Saturday, September 9th.
The San Diego Chorus is one of four choral ensembles slated to perform at the Harmony Carnival Show. This exclusive performance will premiere on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at the historic Casa del Prado Theater, 1600 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101 at 3 PM.
The event is hosted by Sun Harbor Chorus. 2023 marks the 77th year of harmony for this long-standing men's a cappella barbershop organization, which rehearses in Balboa Park on Tuesday nights.
The performance lineup for the show is noteworthy, showcasing award-winning barbershop choruses from across the Southern California region. Among them:
Audiences are sure to be entertained by nine-time Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Champions, the Masters of Harmony, as they perform an array of musical wonders, spanning harmonies from traditional barbershop to Broadway, including inspirational selections and powerful patriotic melodies!
And that’s not all .... Sun Harbor Chorus will perform in celebration of their 77th year in harmony. The star-studded lineup also features two-time Sweet Adelines International Chorus Champions, the San Diego Chorus! The chorus is currently ranked 5th Internationally. Their precision, style and beautiful melodies are award-winning and memorable.
The entertainment continues with the sensational 2023 Barbershop Harmony Society International Quarterfinalist quartet, The Essentials! These young men will wow audiences with their high-caliber, toe-tapping entertainment package.
This exclusive show is limited to one performance only. General admission is $35, with discounts for seniors, military and students. 20% savings for groups of 10 or more tickets. Seating is limited - Reserve your tickets TODAY before they are gone.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO CHORUS
Founded in 1951, the San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International performs award-winning, four-part harmony in the barbershop style. Twice named International Chorus Champion of Women’s Barbershop Harmony, the nonprofit performing arts organization entertains in many musical genres along with its signature vibrant choreography. Led by Master Director and Sweet Adelines International Faculty, Kathleen Hansen, the San Diego Chorus is dedicated to local education, entertainment and competition. The Chorus welcomes women and non-binary treble singers who share a love of music and dedication to personal and musical growth regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender expression. Rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesday evenings in Room 207 of the Casa del Prado building in Balboa Park. Additional information can be found on their website at SanDiegoChorus.org.
ABOUT SUN HARBOR CHORUS
Sun Harbor Chorus has provided a harmonic home for men singing in the barbershop style in San Diego County for over 60 years. Sun Harbor Chorus was founded in 1946 when a group of dedicated singers organized to form a new a cappella chorus. We are part of the Barbershop Harmony Society and are dedicated to high quality singing, fellowship and fun.
Sun Harbor Chorus welcomes men of any age, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender expression to visit us for an open audition. We enjoy meeting singers looking for a place to be part of a wonderful brotherhood filled with music, laughter and camaraderie. Learn more at SunHarbor.org.
ABOUT MASTERS OF HARMONY
The Masters of Harmony began in 1985 as the Foothill Cities Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), and for the past 35 years we have been dedicated to the pursuit of musical excellence. Today, this 100-man ensemble is the performance and competition chorus of the Greater Los Angeles, California Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). Learn more online at MastersofHarmony.org.
The San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is an award-winning chorus performing 4-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.