CONTACT: Marina Hayden, Fall Open House Chair
San Diego, CA, September 25, 2020 – The award-winning San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International wants your voice to be heard. The Chorus is hosting a virtual Fall Open House on October 7, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. PDT. The event, "Our Connection, Our Song" will be held via Zoom.
The San Diego Chorus sings women’s four-part a-cappella music in the barbershop style. The Chorus is open to singers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community and people from varied religions.
Like most arts organizations, the San Diego Chorus shifted rehearsals and events online in March 2020. Even in their new format, they have continued to welcome Guests weekly, and even had singers fully complete the new virtual audition process, adding multiple new members to their ranks. In addition to the weekly ViRehearsals via Zoom, Chorus members continue to practice choreography as well as host music education and social events.
Master Director, Kathleen Hansen, says, "As soon as it is safe to meet in person, we will go back to normal chorus rehearsal schedule. In the meantime, we are making the most of this time to stay engaged, develop better skills and create some wonderful content to share."
The Chorus has gotten creative in their fundraising, recently launching virtual Birthday and Sweetheart “Singing Grams.” Grams can be Ordered Here and include a personalized greeting from the sender. Options include a doo-wop Birthday greeting and a romantic greeting to the standard, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." The temporary loss of live performance revenue has a heavy impact on the nonprofit, and the organization is looking to virtual fundraising to help offset costs during this time.
Earlier this month, the San Diego Chorus debuted their performance of “Every Woman’s Song,” a collaboration gifted to the Chorus by renowned musicians and songwriters Janis Ian and Angela Aki.
That performance has drawn media attention, including a spotlight television and online piece on CBS 8 feature The Zevely Zone in San Diego.
Marina Hayden, Fall Open House Chair and Chorus Member says, “I believe that there are many women singers who are needing and wanting the connection that the San Diego Chorus provides, now more than ever.”
The night will be structured much like a weekly Chorus "ViRehearsal" and will include an educational breakout session for guests with an overview of a cappella singing and how barbershop fits into the genre, information about Sweet Adelines International and competition; Q&As regarding voice parts and the audition process, featured past performances and more.
Anyone interested in attending the Virtual Open House is invited to Register Here. The Chorus New Member Team will connect with visitors in advance, providing Zoom and other helpful details.
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 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 of all ages opportunities for musical and personal growth. They welcome all women, 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, http://www.sweetadelineintl.org.
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San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International
P.O. Box 33365, San Diego, CA 92163
619-796-5162 – www.sdchorus.org