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. .