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About the Kansas City Chorus

We are a vibrant group of over 100 women who gather each Monday 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.


Since our first meeting in 1945, the Kansas City Chorus has had a long tradition of striving for excellence in the craft of barbershop-style singing.  We are the second oldest chapter in the International organization and were Champions of the first Regional Competition in 1952, held in Topeka, Kansas.  For many years after that, winning a first place medal eluded the chorus.  In 1980, when Jo Kraut became director, the chorus grew both musically and numerically, achieving regional championships and numerous international medals. 

 

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 Director of the Kansas City Chorus in 2009.

 

 

About our Director

Stacy Schumacher has been involved in Sweet Adelines literally since birth, attending rehearsals of the JaCoMo (later to become Twin Heritage) chorus with her mother, grandmother, and aunt.  Stacy became an official Member of Sweet Adelines at age eleven when she joined the Blue Valley Chorus, which her grandmother was directing at the time.  By the time she joined the Kansas City Chorus at age fourteen, Stacy had been singing in a Sweet Adelines chorus for three years, was a member of a chorus Board of Directors, and a committee chair.

 

While earning her degree in Music Education at Northwest Missouri State University, Stacy developed her interest in and talent for show Choir choreography.  She has enjoyed using those skills to help create and teach choreography for the Kansas City Chorus.

 

Although Stacy began singing with Sweet Adelines as a chorus Lead, she ultimately moved to Baritone and found her niche, both in the chorus and in several quartets.  From 2005-2008 she sang Tenor in the Region 7 champion quartet, PRIMO!  Most recently, she has gone back to her roots and is currently singing Lead in the reigning 2014 Region 5 First Place Quartet, Legacy!  Stacy's versatility in voice production gives her a unique perspective in directing and maximizing the vocal talents of the Kansas City Chorus membership.

 

Stacy is a Music Educator who has taught both elementary music and high school choral groups.  Presently, she is teaching Kindergarten through Fourth grade elementary music education in the Fort Osage school district, and she is delighted to have the opportunity to share her musical and teaching gifts with the Kansas City Chorus.


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 April 2014, we became the Region 5 Championship Chorus and are honored to compete as a regional winner at the international competition in the fall of 2015 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.  We look forward to representing Region 5 during the International Competition in Las Vegas.

 

Quartets

Many choruses have a number of members who form their own vocal quartets in addition to singing with the chorus. The Kansas City Chorus currently 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.

 

Affiliation

The Kansas City Chorus is 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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