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Region 7 Convention Preview

After a fantastic first week of competition in Regions #11 and #25, we now move to Kansas City and Houston for the Region #7 and #10 conventions. There are some great Sweet Adeline groups performing this weekend, so let’s begin with Region #7. This will be the final region #7 convention as the choruses move to other regions later this year.

Chorus

Kansas City Convention Location

Kansas City Convention Location

This region has been dominated by Kansas City Chorus for the better part of two decades. They haven’t lost a regional competition since at least 1995. This weekend, however, the door to regional gold is wide open with Kansas City performing for evaluation only as they head to Hawaii in November.

The Wamego Dutch Mill Chorus is the likely favorite this weekend, having won the region in both 2009 and 2011 with scores of 560 and 596 respectively, winning the most improved chorus award in 2009. They have averaged a score of 568 over the last decade earning two golds, two silvers, and a bronze. I believe there has been a fairly recent director change with WDM. Diana Duff was listed as interim for a while, but now the SAI order of appearance has Duff and Cindy Orzel listed as co-directors.  They are competing 14th.

Acappella Omaha is competing 8th on Saturday. Nancy Goldberg’s chorus has not finished lower than fourth in the region since 2005 and earned second place three years in a row from ’09 to ’11. Last year’s 566 (4th place) was the Acappella Omaha’s 2nd highest score ever. They will be a real contender.

Harmony Central out of Des Moines is also in the running. They came in second last year after missing the top three for a few years. Scoring 579, they earned their highest score yet.

Emerald City Chorus has also raised their score quite a bit recently. After averaging 525 over four years, they scored 574 in 2012 and earned third place in the region.

The dark horse this year will be Wichita Chorus. Two choruses, Wichita and Acappella Unlimited have combined to form one chorus for competition this weekend. Led by Zing! members Melynnie Williams and Susan Ives, the two choruses voted and agreed to merge temporarily by becoming dual members as each chorus will be in a different region next year. It should be very interesting.

I’m making no predictions for this contest. There are just too many unknowns.

Overall rankings for major contenders are as follows:

Wamego Dutch Mill ranked 78th in the world.

Wichita Ranked 98th in the world.

Acappella Omaha ranked 158th in the world.

Harmony Central ranked 163rd in the world.

Emerald City ranked 165th in the world.

 

Quartet

Legacy is finally in the top 15. After winning the region three years in a row, they are now evaluation only this weekend.

Back-to-back 2nd place quartet Fever! is the favorite in this contest. Scoring 580 in 2011 and an even 600 last year, they are poised to take the gold tomorrow. Annette Wallace – Lead, Karen Randall Baritone, LaRee Eckman Tenor, Stacie KlassenBass make up this rising quartet.Fever! Quartet

Right on their tails is Aurora. This quartet scored 575 last year, coming in third. Aurora consists of Dana Evans – Lead, Judy Alterman – Bass, Kim Kraut – Baritone, Melissa Morina – Tenor. Made up of three chorus directors, they definitely have the foundation in place to be successful.

A perennial top five finisher is JAZZ!. With members Sherry Jean, Tawny Brown, Pam Mallard, and Song of the Heartland Chorus Director LaDonna Cheatham, they have had years of success.  Interestingly, while their placement has dropped these last two years, their scores have risen considerably.

JAZZ! Quartet

2012

Place

2011

Place

2010

Place

2009

Place

564

4th

570

3rd

548

2nd

526

2nd

 

There are quite a few new quartets this year. In fact, half (10 of 20) have not previously competed.

One interesting quartet to watch is Mystical. They went up in score by 55 points from 419 to 474 last year. We’ll see if that trend continues.

You can view last year’s quartet scores here.

You can see the Chorus order of appearance here.

You can see the Quartet order of appearance here.

You can visit the region website here.

You can view the chorus rankings for all region #11 choruses here.

 

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