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SAI Denver Chorus Finals Preview

The chorus finals are tonight in Denver and ten fantastic choruses are gearing up for what will be a very competitive contest. Here are some notes about each chorus competing this evening in order of appearance:

North Metro – Region #16 – Regional Score, 700 – Ranking, 3rd – June Dale’s Toronto-based chorus has scored over 700 at regionals an unprecedented five times in a row. Only one other chorus has even done it three straight times (Harborlites). But after winning three consecutive golds in ’96, ’99, and ’02 they took a year off. When they returned, they came in third and have never recovered at the international level. A silver and two bronzes later, they still haven’t reached the 3,000 point mark (which has since been done 8 times by 6 different choruses). They are one of the largest choruses in the world. Click here for their regional scores going back to 1996. Click here for their international scores going back to 1996.

Pride of Portland – Region #24 – Regional Score, 676 – Ranking, 20th – Winning every regional contest since 2001, this chorus has earned a top ten placement four of their last six appearances on the international stage. Their average regional score from 1996 to 2003 was 602. Since then they’ve averaged 658. Slow and steady improvements have helped Portland achieve a top 20 ranking. Click here for their regional scores going back to 1996. Click here for their international scores going back to 1996.

City of Lakes – Region #6 – Regional Score, 663 – Ranking, 24th – COL has averaged 647 over the last 10 years.  Click here for their regional scores going back to 1996. Click here for their international scores going back to 1996.

Skyline – Region #8 – Regional Score, 701 – Ranking, 7th – Over the last ten years, Denver’s Skyline chorus has averaged a score of 678 at regional and a score of 2792 at international. They have placed in the top five at international in each of the last five competitions. They have built a lot of momentum going into Denver by, for the first time, scoring above 700 at regionals. Not to mention the elevation advantage of competing at home. Click here for their regional scores going back to 1996. Click here for their international scores going back to 1996.


Capital City
–  Region #4 – Regional Score, 676 – Ranking, 35th – This is their second appearance at internationals. In 2010 they scored 1247 and were the mic testers on Saturday. Click here for their regional scores going back to 1996. Click here for their international scores going back to 1996.


Harborlites
 – Region #21 – Regional Score, 707 – Ranking, 5th – Since winning their regional competition in 2003, Pam Pieson’s chorus has averaged a regional score of 718 (the second highest score over that span). They’ve averaged over 2,900 points at international over their last four competitions which have resulted in winning two gold medals and a silver medal in a year in which they scored over 3,000 points. Click here for their regional scores going back to 1996. Click here for their international scores going back to 1996.


Spirit of the Gulf
 – Region #9 – Regional Score, 672 – Ranking, 12th – This super-chorus was formed when two smaller groups joined together in 2001. They almost immediately began putting up high scores and heading to internationals. They are one of the largest choruses in the world (153 members on stage in Seattle) and they have earned a spot in the top ten in all of their last four competitions. They have hovered around 675 at regionals recently and around 2700 at international. Click here for their regional scores going back to 1996. Click here for their international scores going back to 1996.

Buffalo Gateway – Region #16 – Regional Score, 680 – Ranking, 11th – Buffalo Gateway ranks this high because in both of their two international appearances (’08 & ’10), they placed 8th. They have averaged a regional score of 671 in the last three contests, coming in second to North Metro in all three years. Click here for their regional scores going back to 1996. Click here for their international scores going back to 1996.

Song of Atlanta – Region #23 – Regional Score, 708 – Ranking, 16th – Becki Hine’s chorus is one of the most exciting to watch as they rise in the Sweet Adelines world. They’ve improved by over 100 points at regionals in the last decade and have moved from 12th to 6th to 4th at internationals since 2006. Tonight in Denver will be a real test for SOA to see if they can stay in the top five. They will again meet up with Harborlites and North Metro, both of whom beat them in Seattle.  Click here for their regional scores going back to 1996. Click here for their international scores going back to 1996.

Rich-Tone – Region #25 – Regional Score, 741 – Ranking, 2nd –  There are few women in the barbershop world that have accomplished more than Dale Syverson and likewise there are few women that can claim to have earned five chorus gold medals. The Rich-Tones have become an institution of success. They haven’t finished out of the top ten since 1983. Since 1987, they have earned five gold, two silver, and two bronze medals. They have averaged an international score of 2904 since 1998. They are the only chorus to beat the Melodeers since 1995. They will be trying for a sixth gold tonight in Denver. Click here for their regional scores going back to 1996. Click here for their international scores going back to 1996.

Good luck to all competitors. What an accomplishment to be singing in the finals!

 

 

 

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