Sea Belles Chorus Among Top Barbershop Harmony Competitors
SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK, NOVEMBER 7, 2016) — Sea Belles Chorus, Saint John’s only chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, recently earned high honors at an international competition, placing 17th out of more than twenty-four choruses across the United States and Canada. The competition took place in Providence, Rhode Island this past week as part of an annual convention featuring educational sessions, various categories of competition, and performances by past and current championship choruses and quartets.. Sea Belles was one of only two Atlantic choruses represented at the competition, the other being Halifax’s ScotionAires.
“Sea Belles chorus rehearses all year to become more masterful at the four-part harmony that characterizes the barbershop style, but the International Convention & Contests is truly the highlight of our year,” says Susan Ingraham, chapter president. “To be recognized by our peers for our performance on that contest stage instills a pride in our members that we carry back to the Saint John community, and lasts all year long.”
Harmony, Inc. has hosted the International Convention & Contests for more than 50 years, gathering female singers of all musical backgrounds and experience levels to participate in a series of competitions for quartets and choruses. Participants are adjudicated by a panel of trained judges evaluating categories that encompass what songs the performers elect to sing, the skill with which they sing those songs, and how they present the songs, which can include emotionally connecting with the audience. “Sea Belles offered a truly memorable performance in Providence,” says Sandra Dunlop, Harmony, Inc. president. “To even earn a spot on the international stage, the chorus had to qualify earlier in the year at an area competition. This positions Sea Belles as one of the top representatives of our organization, and we appreciate the talent that these women bring to the barbershop harmony genre.”
With approximately fifty members which live between Sussex and Brown’s Flats, Sea Belles A Cappella Chorus is directed by Janet Kidd of Darlings Island, New Brunswick. The chorus presented two songs at the international contest to earn its placement, My Foolish Heart and Alexander’s Ragtime Band. These selections are a small sample of the chorus’s extensive repertoire, which is ideally suited for a wide range of audiences and events. Sea Belles will l be performing in the Men of Fundy A Cappella Extravaganza Show, Sunday November 13 at Portland United Church. To learn more about the chorus’s upcoming performance schedule, visit seabelles.ca.
About Sea Belles of Harmony, Inc:
Founded in 1969 the Saint John chapter of Harmony, Inc., also known as Sea Belles A Cappella chorus, brings four-part a cappella harmony to the local community through regular performances and educational events. The chorus consists of women representing a wide range of musical backgrounds, from novice to trained professionals, and performs under the direction of Janet Kidd. Sea Belles rehearses at 7:00PM on Tuesday at Portland United Church. For more information, visit seabelles.ca.
About Harmony, Incorporated:
Harmony, Inc. is an international, non-profit organization whose purpose is to empower all women through education, friendship and a cappella singing in the barbershop style. Since 1959, the organization has expanded from its Eastern roots to include more than 60 chapters in the United States and Canada, from California to Newfoundland, and from Manitoba to Florida. For more information, visit HarmonyInc.org. .