Adelines pair with elementary students for February concert


It's impossible to describe the level of dedication it takes for the Sweet Adelines singing group to get it perfect.

It's something you have to hear to understand.

Residents will have that chance as the 16-member all-female a capella group plans a concert in conjunction with Craig's Elementary School choirs the night of Feb. 7.

The concert, called "Childhood Dreams," will weave through songs taken from popular children's movies and plays.

"For a small donation you're getting a whole night's worth of entertainment," said Director Denise Whitney.

"Childhood Dreams" combines song and interludes from fairy godmother, Donna Watkins.

The event marks the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the nonprofit group.

The Sweet Adelines provide a scholarship a year to one female Moffat County High School student who plans to pursue a college degree in a music-related field.

The fund-raiser also helps the group purchase sheet music which can cost up to $100 per song for the barbershop style, Whitney said.

Lori Romney has been singing with the group for eight years.

"Some of my closest friends are in this group," she said.

And it can't be beat as a singing opportunity, Romney said.

"You learn so much about the art of barbershop and singing in general," she added. "It's an excellent opportunity for vocal conditioning."

The Sweet Adelines are heading to a regional competition in March. They'll carry over a few songs from "Childhood Dreams" to the Colorado Springs singing match.

For all the practicing the Sweet Adelines do, having a couple performances in a row is good face time in front of an audience, Whitney said.

The group has three new members and is looking for more, she said.

Age isn't a factor as women currently range from 25 to 60-plus. Teenagers should be at least 16 years old to join, Whitney said.

Practices are for three hours every Thursday night.

"For some women this is like their therapy," Whitney said. "Music is so healing and inspirational. It gives people a chance to express themselves."

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or

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