September 28, 2016
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About the Kansas City Chorus
We are a vibrant group of over 100 women who gather each Tuesday evening to sing and learn the musical art form of barbershop harmony. Made up of women of all ages and backgrounds, during the day we are mothers, nurses, business professionals, teachers, bus drivers, etc. But on Monday evenings we’re just “us” having a great time perfecting our craft by preparing for entertaining performances, shows, and competitions sponsored by the international organization.
Jo retired as Director in 2008, and continued to inspire others with her love of barbershop by coaching choruses and quartets in the organization until her passing in January 2013. After an extensive search process, Stacy Schumacher was chosen as the new Artistic Director of the Kansas City Chorus in 2009.
Kansas City Chorus turned another page in its history on January 1st, 2016, when Stacy Schumacher officially stepped down from her position as our Artistic Director. Stacy co-directed (2008-2009 with Kim Kraut), then took the reins solo in late 2009, leading us in eight Holiday shows, four International Competitions, three first-place Regional Competitions, at least three Chorus shows, Retreats and a performance or two (or three!) around town. Her energy and musical talent were instrumental in rebuilding the Kansas City Chorus. Under her leadership, the chorus underwent many changes, growing and flourishing, and we loved being a part of her musical journey as well. As Stacy takes a break to devote more attention to herself and the important people in her very busy life, she takes our best wishes and our hopes for the future. We love her and will miss her tremendously.
About our Interim Director
We are so lucky that the talented and multi-crowned Director of the Acappella Unlimited Chorus, Susan Ives, has agreed to work with us as Interim Director through the first quarter of 2016 and to take us to Regional competition! She will continue to direct her chorus in Topeka on Monday nights, and Kansas City Chorus on Tuesday nights, working with our Assistant Director, Lori Carrender. Here’s to continued harmony in Kansas City in 2016!
CompetitionThe Kansas City Chorus is part of Region 5 Sweet Adelines. Region 5 encompasses most of Missouri, northwest Kansas, eastern Nebraska, most of Illinois, all of Iowa, and the extreme northwest corner of Kentucky. In the spring of the year, the Kansas City Chorus participates in the Region 5 chorus competition that is held to determine who will compete at the International Competition eighteen months later. Competitions are a special time for quartets and choruses from our region to come together to sing for each other, and get some constructive feedback from an international certified judges panel. From 1989 to the present, the Kansas City Chorus has earned a first place Regional Medal fourteen times. In early April of 2015, we became the regional Championship Chorus at the Region 5 Competition in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We are currently preparing for our next International Competition during the fall of 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The winners of each regional competition in both quartet and chorus categories travel to International Competition, which is held each fall in a selected city. Beginning in 1990, the Kansas City Chorus consistently placed in the top ten international choruses. In the fall of 2011, the Kansas City Chorus was again a competitor in the semi-finals of the International Convention held in Houston, Texas, representing Region 7. Click here to learn more. In the fall of 2013, due to the regional realignment directed by the international organization, the Kansas City Chorus was one of two choruses to represent Region 5 at the International Competition / Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, placing 12th from among all international competitors. In the fall of 2015, we represented Region 5 during the International Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, placing 15th among the international competitors.
Many choruses have a number of members who form their own vocal quartets in addition to singing with the chorus. The Kansas City Choruscurrently is home to a number of wonderful quartets, and we are very proud of them! Click here to see our quartet section to learn more about them.
The Kansas City Chorusis a chapter of Sweet Adelines, International, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization of approximately 30,000 members in choruses and quartets, worldwide. International Headquarters is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Maintained by: D Duncan Latest Update: 08/02/2016