San Diego, CA - June 22, 2021: The San Diego Chorus is thrilled to announce their highly anticipated return to in-person rehearsals! Beginning Wednesday, July 7, 2021 the San Diego Chorus will resume weekly live rehearsals on Wednesdays from 6:45 PM - 9:45 PM. The Chorus will temporarily meet in the rear parking lot of Mission Village Christian Fellowship at 2650 Melbourne Drive, San Diego 92123.
The open-air rehearsal format takes advantage of San Diego’s warm summer evenings and allows for social distancing. Singers should bring water, a chair if desired and a light jacket or sweatshirt. Restrooms are available. No masks are required for vaccinated singers. The chorus hopes to return to their usual Balboa Park indoor rehearsal space at a later date when current renovations have been completed.
Since their last in-person rehearsal on March 11, 2020, the San Diego Chorus has developed a high-engagement approach to virtual rehearsals. Led by Master Director Kathleen Hansen, weekly rehearsals focus on strengthening vocal skills, refining new and existing music and choreography and features occasional guest coaches. The Chorus has continued old traditions in new formats with a virtual Holiday Show, and their recent June 12th summer show, “As Long As I’m Singin.’”
During the hiatus, the San Diego Chorus continued to welcome new singers and added 6 new “virtual” members to their ranks. The organization is pleased to have retained 85% of their membership over the last 15 months.
Like many arts-based organizations, social distancing measures have impacted fundraising activities. The San Diego Chorus pursued new opportunities to help close the gap, Among them are the introduction of Singing Grams and hosting online “Yum Raisers” with See’s Candies. As the organization returns to in-person performances, the new virtual additions will remain a part of their standard offerings.
San Diego Chorus is a nonprofit volunteer organization funded by grants, fundraising and member dues. For those interested in singing, upcoming events and sponsorship, learn more at www.SanDiegoChorus.org.
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. The Chorus welcomes singers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community and people from varied religions. The San Diego Chorus hosts weekly open-air rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at Mission Village Church, located at 2650 Melbourne Drive (rear lot), San Diego, CA 92123. 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.
San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International
P.O. Box 33365, San Diego, CA 92163
The San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is an award-winning chorus performing 4-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.