Sweet Adelines finishes high at performance

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International competed March 23-24 in Colorado Springs at the Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts.

The contest is held annually and participants are judged in four categories: Music, sound, showmanship, and expression.

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The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International won third place small chorus. The Craig group also won the showmanship award.

At the contest, the Yampa Valley Chapter won third place small chorus based on the points scored in the four categories. They were awarded ribbons and a traveling plaque with their chorus name and date engraved on it. In addition to winning third place small chorus, the Craig group won the Showmanship Award. This award is given for the chorus that improves their showmanship scores by the most points from the previous year. The award is named for Mavis Burtness, an international judge in the showmanship category and a 50-year member of Sweet Adelines. She is a member of Region 8's Skyline Chorus in Denver.

Sweet Adelines is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, performance and friendship. Sweet Adelines is dedicated to promoting and teaching one of America's original art forms barbershop harmony or four-part harmony sung a cappella.

The local chapter is made up of women from Craig, Hamilton and Hayden. The chorus practices at 7 p.m. each Thursday at Sunset Elementary School.

In addition to performing in contests, the chorus presents an annual show in February as well as performing at various community events. The chorus presents a scholarship each year to a young woman who has participated in music during high school.

The Chorus is a member of Region 8, a six-state region of the International organization.

Any woman 14 and over who sings and would be interested in learning to sing four part harmony is welcome to join.

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