THE SANTA MONICA CHORUS
See our Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Monica-Chorus/ for our next rehearsal schedule, time, and location.
2015 Summer Sizzler Show Package
You might not know it by our dress rehearsal photo above, but the Santa Monica Chorus is an award-winning chapter of Sweet Adelines International, the oldest chapter west of the Rockies. We are an extraordinary group of women who gather together in celebration of the art form known as Barbershop, a uniquely American folk art with its traditional close, 4-part harmonies, ringing chords a cappella.
We compete annually in the Regional 11 Sweet Adelines contest. In April 2016, we earned 1st place overall, as well as 1st place in the Mid-Sized Chorus Division with our second-highest score ever! Our director, Laura Pallas, won Director of the Year for Region 11. Winning the 2016 Regional Competition qualifies us to Represent Region 11 at the International Chorus Competition held in Las Vegas in October 2017.
At the Region 11 competetion in April 2016, our very own Cachet quartet won first place and the Sizzle Showmanship award. As Quartet Champs, they will represent Santa Monica Chorus and Region 11 in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas in October 2016.
Cachet quartet -- 2016 Region 11 Champs: Tove, Mary, Shawnna, Sally
Our craft is about performance. While singing skills are most important in achieving a good performance, there is always an emphasis on showmanship as our sparkling faces and choreography will turn up the level of any song to delight our audiences. Besides our yearly competitions, we can also be heard throughout the year singing for civic and charitable organizations, private groups, fundraisers and community events.
Our Director of over 25 years, Laura Pallas, is an accomplished musician and performer who specializes in vocal production and technique. She holds an M.F.A. in Vocal Pedagogy and was awarded the level of “Master Director” by the Sweet Adelines International organization when our chorus had attained a certain level of achievement by scoring over 600 points in contest. She serves on the Regional and International Music Faculty and coaches choruses and quartets around the world. She has led Santa Monica Chorus to many impressive Awards and even led us in two International competitions in the small and mid-size chorus division where we competed in San Antonio with choruses from around the country and even around the world. In 2016, Laura was awarded Director of the Year for Region 11 when we won the regional championship with our second-highest score ever.
Please contact us to sing at your next special event!