The Sweet Adelines Organization
The Sweet Adelines Organization began in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1945, when a group of women decided they wanted to sing four-part barbershop harmony “like the guys”. In the beginning, female barbershop was primarily sung in quartets with Regional and National Quartet Competitions being held annually.Soon, choruses began to spring up across the land and the organization’s educational opportunities and love for barbershop harmony spread around the world. Sweet Adelines International now includes more than 30,000 women in 1200 registered quartets and 600 choruses in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, Wales, Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, the United Arab Emirates. Choruses throughout the world are divided into approximately 35 Regions, that hold a competition each spring. In 1973, the International organization decided to expand these competitions from quartet-only to include choruses. The 1st place Quartet and Chorus from each region are invited to participate in an annual International Competition with the “best of the world” in barbershop harmony, to select the Championship quartet and the Gold Medal Chorus.