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2015 Competition

Our Members

With 70 members and growing, there's probably a member of Voices in Harmony living near you! Chorus members represent many different communities and several Michigan counties. Ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and musical experience are as varied as the individual singers themselves. Check out our member list and see if you know one of our members!

Our Leadership Team consists of our directing, music and management teams. Each team meets to review the goals and strategic plan of the chorus and makes sure we're on the right path, always moving forward and having fun in the process.

Music for All Women

Four-part barbershop harmony spans the entire vocal range and is perfect for the average singer who longs to be part of an ensemble where she will be valued without consideration of age, ethnicity or physical limitations. Acceptance in the chorus is assessed on the ability of the singer to match pitch, independently carry her own part and blend with the ensemble.

Organization

Chours singing in Belleville Michigan The Voices in Harmony Chorus is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and an award-winning chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a world-wide singing organization for women. Since 1975, the chorus has provided Southeastern Michigan with the highest quality a cappella and barbershop harmony through performance, education, and community service. Over the past 10 years, the reputation of the chorus has grown regionally and nationally with an invitation to perform at the National Festival of States in Washington, D.C. Through grants, corporate gifts, and various fundraisers, the chorus has been able to maintain a high standard of excellence, while attracting quality voices, and the expertise of a talented, certified musical director.

Outreach/Education

Music education for all ages - Young Women in Harmony Festival 2012

The Voices in Harmony Chorus is at the forefront of vocal education. Through outreach and performances, the chorus takes fun, entertaining, and educational programs into the community to promote barbershop harmony. The chorus itself participates in classes and workshops sponsored under the auspices of Sweet Adelines International. In addition, the chorus works with master directors and certified judges to improve sound, expression, showmanship, visual performance, and musicality.

Community Programs

Music Therapy Music Therapy - Singing to Heal is a rewarding music therapy program established in 2004 to reach residents of assisted living facilities with aging related conditions. Members of the chorus have performed at several assisted living venues and with carefully planned song selection, audience involvement, humor, and physical movement have made an impact on this community.

Community Performances - Voices in Harmony has a full calendar of community performances that range from local festivals, summer music programs, fundraising banquets, and annual concerts. Performances are family-friendly, highly entertaining, and educational.

Singing Opportunities - There are opportunities each year when members of the community can participate with the chorus in singing engagements, voice lessons, and performance training in areas such as showmanship, expression, and choreography. For example, In November 2005, 2007 and 2009 we established a holiday chorus for women in the community to learn and perform holiday music. This is an excellent opportunity for women to experience the sound of a large ensemble, immerse themselves in a cappella harmony, learn proper vocal techniques, and experience live stage performances and audience rapport.

Innovation

Music fun for all ages

If your only experience with barbershop is "Sincere" and "Lida Rose" from The Music Man, then you're in for a pleasant surprise. Voices in Harmony has a full repertoire of both classic and newer popular songs, from "Over the Rainbow" to "Where Everybody Knows Your Name” (from “Cheers”), to Martina McBride’s "In My Daughter's Eyes" and “Happy Together”, the popular 1960’s classic recorded by The Turtles.   Along with planned ensemble choreography, in the past we've used puppets, trashcans, neon gloves, and Raggedy Ann dolls to entertain our audiences.  Who knows what we'll use in the future?  But it's guaranteed to be fun for both the singers and the audience.