Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines places at regional competition

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Diligent rehearsals paid off for the Blue Mountain Chorus Sweet Adelines when the group earned Division A second-place medals in the Sweet Adelines Region 13 competition April 12 at the Spokane INB Center.

The Walla Walla chorus also received a Star Award for membership growth. Chorus members honored with longevity awards were: Shelley Rubin, 25 years; Lynnette Brown and Terry Morgan, 20 years; and Kazue Guss, Markie McRae, Jan Nealey and Vanessa Leamy, five years.

This is the first competition for a newly named North by Northwest Region 13, said local chorus director Darlene Filla. There are now an additional 350 singers from choruses in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington that are part of the region. Performances by quartets and chorus contestants may be viewed via webcast until Tuesday at bit.ly/1nbJV56.

Meanwhile the Walla Walla chorus plans to host A SWEET Celebration of 40 years here from 2-4 p.m. June 8 in the Cordiner Hall foyer on Park Street on the Whitman College campus.

The group extends a special invitation to all women who have graced the Blue Mountain Sweet Adelines with their voices during the past four decades. Open to the public, chorus members hope to see many local performers who have become family over the years and those who have supported and applauded every performance, Darlene said.

Open rehearsals are currently underway for women of all ages. Weekly rehearsals are 6:30 p.m. Mondays on the Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Center stage, using the backstage entrance.

Participants will have the opportunity to prepare music for the SWEET! It’s a Mystery! chorus show Nov. 15 in Cordiner Hall. Find out more details at 520-0675.

Sweet Adelines International is one of the world’s largest singing organizations for women. More than 1,200 registered quartets and 600 choruses exist in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Wales and the United States. The organization is committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.

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