May 18, 2013
Meet the Chorus
Come to the About Us section to meet our director, Stacy, and find out what we're all about!
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What is Barbershop?
Find out about this fabulous musical art form and the organization of real women who sing real a cappella Barbershop harmony on our What is Barbershop page.
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Here are a few of the people that make our ensemble work:
Stacy came to Sweet Adelines very "early on," and at the ripe young age of eleven became an official member of the JaCoMo chorus. By fourteen, when she joined the Kansas City Chorus, she had already been a Board of Directors member. As a music educator with a degree in Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University, Stacy brings to the Kansas City Chorus a special blend of leadership skills and experience teaching various age groups in choral music. Her enriched vocal background includes singing with several award winning quartets, the most recent is singing Lead in the Current Region 7 First Place Quartet, Legacy! In 2009, Stacy co-directed the KC Chorus to another top ten placement at the International Competition in Nashville, TN. As Artistic Director, her versatility in performance and visual interpretation gives Stacy a unique perspective in directing and maximizing the multiple talents of the Kansas City Chorus. She is delighted with the opportunity to be a part of the bright future in store for this great group of women!
Kris DeWeese first became a Sweet Adeline at the ripe old age of thirteen, when she joined the Amarrillo, Texas Chapter. She sang with the Scottsdale Chorus from 1986 - 1990, and during that time won a Gold Medal when Scottsdale won the 1989 International chorus competition in Miami, Florida. Over the years, Kris has been involved with chorus leadership in the capacity of Membership Committee Chair (two years), and as Co-Assistance Chorus Liaison (ACL) for a year. Kris joined the Kansas City Chorus in 1998, sings Lead, and now shares possession of a special place on the Risers called the Center Back Row, where she can observe absolutley everything - So watch out !!! She enjoys spending time with her three grown children, and hopes to see them succeed in whatever their dreams are for the future. Kris is also looking forward to the new Region 5 affiliation and will do whatever she can to insure that the Kansas City Chorus completes a successful transition, to become a prominent force for harmony in our new region.
Kristy McGowen has been a Sweet Adeline since 1991, when she joined the Canton Chorus in Canton, New York, Region 16. When she moved to the midwest and joined the Kansas City Chorus in 1993, she arrived just in time to compete and win a Second Place Medal at the International Chorus Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. During her memberrship with the Kansas City Chorus, Kristy, who sings Lead, considers the improvement of her vocal and performance skills, along with the personal relationships with her friends, a treasured growth experience. She is proud to serve as the Leadership Team Secretary, and will do her best work while developing effective leadership attributes in order to give back some of the gifts she has received from this wonderful group of women. In the future, Kristy also hopes to become more involved with Sweet Adelines at the regional and international level. She loves to read, travel, and play games with anyone out there who is interested. "Trivia is my life."
Peggy Sinden - Financial Manager
Fresh out of college in 1965, Peggy did not want to give up her love of singing. When she found out about a chorus in Independence, MO that sang music in barbershop style she decided to visit just to see what that might be. The first sounds she heard were 45 women from all walks of life taking a pitch and then singing “12 Street Rag” like she had never heard before. The hook was in! Now in her 46th year she continues to learn, to sing with others and continually to gain pleasure in that art form of barbershop harmony. Not only was Peggy able to blend into a chord, she found that on the administrative side there were opportunities to support others who were the leaders. As a bass, Peggy has been there and done that for years and still looks forward to many more to come. As Finance Manager Coordinator, Peggy keeps an eye on the monies we need, for whatever reason, and sees that we pay our bills on time as budgeted.
Sooz (Susan) Combs has been a Sweet Adeline since she joined the Kansas City Chorus in 2002. She has served as Music Librarian for the chorus for several years, and was elected President in 2009, much to her surprise. During her Presidential tenure 2009-2011, the chorus underwent a series of transformations, including: hiring our new director, the fabulous and talented Ms Stacy Schumacher; changing the form of governance from a Board of Directors to a Management Team; and not least, developing this awesome new website! Sooz enjoys writing and schmoozing, and secretly would like to try to sing Baritone eventually. In her day job, Sooz is a Network Administrator for the Social Security Administration where she has worked for almost 36 years. So singing with her sistas relieves a lot of the stress of being the only woman at the office!
Marti joined the Kansas City Chorus in 2006 and has served in several capacities. She has been Group Sales Coordinator for many of our shows, served on the Board of Directors from 2009-2011 and became Publicity Co-Chair during that time. She has been the Social Chair for the last three years and worked on the Membership Committee by handling correspondence to potential new members. Another position she has taken on for the last three years is the Region 7 Judge Transportation Coordinator for competition. She has a variety of "day jobs" including a substitute teacher for the Park Hill School District, an actress at K.U. Medical Center working with Med students and a property manager.
Carol Schumacher - Marketing Coordinator
Carol Schumacher joined her first Sweet Adelines chorus, the JaCoMo Chorus, as a high school student in 1974 and immediately knew barbershop would be in her life forever! With the dissolution of that chorus and subsequently the Twin Heritage Chorus, Carol joined the Kansas City Chorus in 1985. Over the years, she has immersed herself in both the music and business administration aspects of the chorus, including lead section leader, show chair, retreat chair, and board of directors. She experienced quartet singing even before joining her first chorus and sang lead in 7th Heaven, a quartet that sang competitvely and performed together for 15 years. Carol currently serves the chorus as performance coordinator, which involves pursuing and booking performance opportunities. In her other life, Carol is an Executive Assistant at a large engineering company in Kansas City.
Carla Weisz first joined the JaCoMo Chorus of Sweet Adelines in the 1970s with Harriet Gall, and helped establish another chorus during her eleven year membership throughout the 1980s. She sang Baritone at the time, and was a member of several quartets, one of which competed at the regional level. Carla is very glad to be back doing what she enjoys, having joined the Kansas City Chorus after a twenty-five year hiatus, and now sings Bass. She has never held a Leadership Team or Board of Directors position before, but has served with numerous committees - long considered the backbone of successful chorus functioning by anyone who knows anything about what gets accomplished in a volunteer organization! Carla is excited to be a part of the Leadership Team with this "great chorus," and to be involved with continuing to develop programs that enhance the membership experience.
Carolyn Anderson - Competition Coordinator
Carolyn has sung in public since she was 6 years old. Her dad's family sang and her mother played the piano. She came from a barbershop background. Her father sang in a barbershop group in Kansas for several years, Carolyn attended several of his regional contests, after that she was hooked! She participated in music during her school years, as well as in college. She has been a member of Sweet Adelines since 2001. Carolyn is a native of central Kansas and retired recently from KU medical center after 47 years of service.
Sheila Martinez was a member of the Kansas City Chorus 1968 - 1971, and after founding one and directing two perspective choruses, earning a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Kansas, and singing 15 years with Sunflower Harmony Chorus, she rejoined KCC in 1991. She has held numerous chorus, regional, and international administrative positions including chorus president, Club 7 president, Regent #7, Competition Coordinator #7, international membership and nominating committees, Panel Secretary, president of the Coronet Club, and Event Coordinator for Queens' Colleges 2004, 2008, and 2012. Sheila has sung baritone with several regional champion quartets and most notably with CLASSIC EDITION, 1998 International Champion Quartet. She is the recipient of the 2007 Garee Rogers Memorial Award.
Penny Levin - Performance Coordinator
Penny joined the Kansas City Chorus in 2010. She retired from teaching chemistry and math for 35 years in Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley schools, the last 23 years at Blue Valley North. Penny likes to travel, read, and do word games and crossword puzzles. Penny thoroughly enjoys being a member, stating, "The chorus is the most fun hobby I have ever had."
Maintained by D. Duncan last update: 05/16/2013