The 2013 Sweet Adelines International Honolulu Convention begins in just a few hours and it kicks off with the Harmony Classic contest.
The Harmony Classic Competition showcases the organization’s ten best small and mid-sized choruses competing in 12-15 minute performance packages.
For a list of previous HC winners, click here.
To see the all-time record scores for HC, click here.
Here are the competitors and some info about them:
Division A Competitors:
This Swedish chorus has been improving steadily over the last 10 years or so. In 2005 they scored 532 at their regional competition. Since then they have scored higher and higher culminating in a score of 622 this spring. While they have yet to win the regional competition, they have placed either second or third in four of the last eight contests. They are previous winners of the Harmony Classic, taking the prize in 2001. This Helsingborg, Sweden chorus is under the direction of Anna Rosenberg.
2. Virginia Coast Chorus, Region 14
Virginia Coast Chorus was founded in 1986 and currently has around 40 members. They are under the direction of Cheri Danner, a longtime Sweet Adeline who is a member of the region 14 music faculty. She has won two regional quartet championships. They usually score in the 560-570 range and scored 567 to earn this spot.
3. Yahara River Chorus, Region 22
This Madison, Wisconsin chorus has won third place in the last three Region 22 contests scoring 570, 562, and, this spring, 577 – their highest score to date. Not bad for a chorus who earned 440 just 8 years ago. Jennifer Johnson is their director.
4. Vermillion Valley Show Chorus, Region 5
Vermillion Valley placed in the top 3 this spring for the first time since 2004 even though they earned their lowest score since 2007 (539). They usually score somewhere around 550. Kathy Filipiak is their director and they are from Pontiac, Illinois.
5. Twin City Sensations Chorus, Region 25
Robin Curtis’s Texarkana, Texas chorus scored 560 at the Region 25 competition last March to send them to the Harmony Classic. They scored 495 this year at regionals.
Division AA Competitors:
1. Jacksonville Harmony Chorus, Region 9
Ann Gooch is the director of this Florida chorus. Second place has been their fate in 8 of the last 9 years in which they’ve competed regionally. They are extremely consistent scoring between 600 and 630 in 7 of the last 9 contests. A score of 614 qualified them for tonight’s Harmony Classic. They have competed three times in the regular international contest since 2005 and won the Harmony Classic in ’01.
2. Northern Gateway Chorus, Region 12
Martha Segura’s chorus had a huge jump in score when they improved from 410 to 593 catapulting them into this contest. Segura is also the director of Southern Oregon Sound Chorus and is competing tomorrow with Rogue quartet.
3. London Chorus, Region 2
London has placed either 2nd or 3rd in the last nine contests in Region 2. In the first five years of that run they averaged a score of 584. In the last four contests they have averaged 608. They scored 621 to earn tonight’s placement. They are from London, Ontario, Canada and they are under the direction of Julia Beadle who will compete tomorrow night with her quartet, Firefly.
4. Rhythm of the Rockies Chorus, Region 26
Mary Hager’s Calgary based chorus is getting better each year, finally breaking the 600 mark last spring (604) which earned them tonight’s berth. Their score has progressed every year but one since their inception in 2003.
5. Channelaire Chorus, Region 11
Normally a regular contest participant, this group spent the 2000s scoring well above 600 (from ’05 to ’09 they averaged 656) but dropped to 602 last spring. They won Region 11 and will be competing in Harmony Classic tonight. They are under the direction of Bobbette Gantz who is a sound judge, former associate director of Verdugo Hills, and former director of West Valley Chorus. She has been directing this Camarillo, California chorus since 2000.
I’ll go with Pearls of the Sound in Division A and Channelaire in AA, although Jacksonville Harmony could certainly walk away with gold tonight.