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.
MAY 8th, 2023 - The award-winning San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will host open auditions on Wednesday, May 24th 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 is received a score of 674 in the Region 21 Contest. This score earned them 2nd place and merited a Wild Card Invitation from parent organization Sweet Adelines International. and accepted a Wild Card invitation to compete internationally in Kansas City in 2024. recently awarded a score of 674 in the Region 21 Golden West 2023 Contest, which took place in Albuquerque, NM. This noteworthy score earned them Second Place within the Region. The San Diego Chorus now awaits the outcome of Sweet Adeline's Regional competitions worldwide in hopes that this score will merit an invitation to compete internationally in the Spring of 2024,
"Right now is the ideal time to begin our audition and membership process," says Hansen. "Doing so ensures your involvement in our next cycle of vocal and performance coaching, shows and competition."
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.
Marina Hayden serves as Membership Chair for the Chorus. As a 29-year member of the San Diego Chorus and bass of SoloVoce, the 2023 Region 21 Quartet Champion, Hayden brings both history and heart to her role.
"Guests arrive so excited about singing and learning more about our unique musical genre - something that we love to see," says Hayden. "What often surprises them are the life-changing relationships that naturally evolve with Chorus membership. Our musical family is like no other! We go out of our way to help each other succeed ... musically and in life. People come for the singing and stay for the friendships."
If you would like to learn more about singing with the award-winning San Diego Chorus, RSVP for the May 24th Open House to learn more and begin your audition process.
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 SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL
Sweet Adelines International is a musical force in the United States and around the world. The organization is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma where it was founded in 1945. This nonprofit music education organization is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women, encompassing more than 25,000 members, 1,200 registered quartets, and 600 choruses in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Wales. More information is available on the International Web site by visiting, http://www.sweetadelineintl.org.
CONTACT: Andrea Chertkow, Business Development Coordinator
San Diego, CA, September 18, 2020 – The San Diego Chorus is pleased to announce new singing Sweetheart Grams! Continued social distancing measures have changed the way we celebrate special occasions, but the San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International has created another memorable way to celebrate your loved one with a song.
The San Diego Chorus was recently featured on San Diego CBS News 8 segment, The Zevely Zone, discussing how the pandemic has affected them, their rehearsal and performance schedule, and how the need to continue fundraising efforts culminated with the creation of the original Grams.
"We’ve had such success with our Birthday Grams, we decided to continue producing fun Grams with innovative songs that can be sent as personalized greetings. It’s now part of our ongoing fundraising efforts, since we’ve been unable to book live performances, as we have in the past" said Andrea Chertkow, Business Development Coordinator and San Diego Chorus member.
The standard, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" is a song that The San Diego Chorus has long sung as a singing valentine. It is such a simple and touching love song. The Chorus has delivered it in person for many special occasions; marriage proposals, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, of course, and to couples of all kinds.
"These Sweetheart Grams are the perfect gift for a special occasion, or to just show someone you are thinking about them during this unique time when we are physically apart. It’s a simple way to stay connected to your loved ones" Andrea concluded.
The San Diego Chorus will create an acapella, Sweetheart Gram that includes a personalized message from the sender. It’s a unique, memorable, and a safe way to celebrate friends and family.
For $59, customized Sweetheart Grams are created and delivered digitally via email and recipients may view their video message online or download a digital copy of their video greeting. With easy online ordering at https://sdchorus.org/singinggramorder, with a 5-day turnaround, it’s easy to celebrate a loved one with a song by sending a singing Sweetheart Gram. The Chorus is continually creating new Grams adding a unique spin on any celebration.
ABOUT 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 harmony arranged in the barbershop style. Twice named International Chorus Champion of Women’s Barbershop Harmony, the 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 of all ages opportunities for musical and personal growth. They welcome all women and other marginalized genders, regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender expression, who share a love of music and dedication to musical growth. They meet on Wednesday evenings in Room 207 of the Casa del Prado building in Balboa Park. Additional information can be found on their website at www.sandiegochorus.org.
ABOUT SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL
Sweet Adelines International is a musical force in the United States and around the world. The organization is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma where it was founded in 1945. This nonprofit music education organization is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women, encompassing more than 25,000 members, 1,200 registered quartets, and 600 choruses in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Wales. More information is available on the International Web site by visiting www.sweetadelines.org
The San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is an award-winning chorus performing 4-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.