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Sea Belles Second Highest Canadian Chorus in International Competition

Sea Belles giving shoppers at local Halifax mall a show, while warming up for chorus competition.

All the practising, planning and preparation paid off for Sea Belles Chorus, who recently returned from Harmony Inc.’s International Convention and Contests (IC&C), which took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia November 1-4.

Competing against 22 other choruses from across North America, Sea Belles was the second highest top performing Canadian chorus and placed eleventh overall, advancing five positions in their overall rank compared to last year’s competition. The result was a testament to the dedication, commitment and hard work of all the chorus members, as well as Director Janet Kidd, Assistant Directors Marilyn Hickman and coaches Kathy Greason and Theresa Weatherbee.

Sea Belles rehearse all year for this annual international competition and are thrilled by our performance. It is truly the highlight of our year,” says Susan Ingraham, chapter president. “ To be recognized by our peers for our performance on that contest stage instills a pride in our members that we carry back to the Saint John community, and lasts all year long.”

Harmony, Inc. has hosted the International Convention & Contests for more than 50 years, gathering female singers of all musical backgrounds and experience levels to participate in a series of competitions for quartets and choruses. Participants are adjudicated by a panel of trained judges evaluating categories that encompass what songs the performers elect to sing, the skill with which they sing those songs, and how they present the songs, which can include emotionally connecting with the audience. “Sea Belles offered a truly memorable performance in Halifax,” says Christina Lewellen, Harmony, Inc. president. “To even earn a spot on the international stage, the chorus had to qualify earlier in the year at an area competition. This positions Sea Belles as one of the top representatives of our organization, and we appreciate the talent that these women bring to the barbershop harmony genre.”

The annual convention is more than just competition. It also features educational sessions and performances by past and current championship choruses and quartets and encourages comraderie among existing friends and new ones. Sea Belles even entertained shoppers Friday morning at a local shopping mall as they warmed up for the contest stage.

Atlantic Canada choruses and quartets were well represented at this event with Halifax’s ScotianAires placing sixth among the choruses and their quartet enJOY! earning a fifth place medal among competing quartets. Other Atlantic chorues included Fredericton’s Elm City Echoes, Prince Edward Island’s Island A Cappella, and Kentville, Nova Scotia’s Valley Voices with quartets Tonic! from Halifax, N.S. and Gotta Sing!!!! from Fredericton, N.B. also competing.

Sea Belles performed two songs at the international contest to earn its placement, If You Love me and The Joint is Jumpin. These selections are a small sample of the chorus’s extensive repertoire, which is suited to a wide range of audiences and events. Sea Belles will be performing in the Men of Fundy A Cappella Extravaganza Show, 2:00p.m. Sunday November 19 at St. Pauls United Church, Sussex. To learn more about the chorus’s upcoming holiday performance schedule, visit seabelles.ca.

Listen here for the LIVE radio interview on CBC Saint John Information Morning with Ann Connolly, Sea Belles PR Chair following the Chorus Competition Nov 3, 2017

Go to Harmony Inc Youtube site for recordings of 2017 ICC Top 10 Choruses and Quartets


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