The Royal River Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is dedicated to the promotion of women's barbershop harmony through education and quality performance. Together its members aspire to achieve musical excellence while creating a spirit of unity, enthusiasm, and fun, in which each individual can realize her greatest potential within the organization.
The Royal River Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, the world's largest music education association for women singers. Sweet Adelines is dedicated to the promotion of a cappella 4-part harmony in the barbershop style, an original American art form. The organization has over 30,000 members worldwide, with choruses in the U.S., Sweden, England, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.
The Royal River Chapter was organized in Yarmouth, Maine in 1983 by 12 experienced Sweet Adelines. The chorus chartered with the international organization in January, 1985 with 25 members and has grown in size and talent ever since. Throughout the years, Royal River members have maintained a special bond of friendship in harmony, and eagerly welcome other women to share their hobby. In recent years, the chorus has maintained standings within the top three at the annual Region One Competition in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Royal River Chorus consists of 40+ women of varied backgrounds and professions, united by a love of singing and performing. Members come from five counties in southern and mid-coast Maine.
In our own Sweet Adeline region (which includes New England and part of NY and Canada), we have been the 1st place mid-size chorus and 2nd place medalists overall for several years in a row.
Because of our high scores at our last 2 Regional Competitions, the chorus qualified to compete as a Wild Card with the 40 highest-ranked Sweet Adeline choruses in the world at Sweet Adeline International's annual competition. Our first International Contest was in Phoenix, AZ in September 2003, where we earned the Harmony Achievement Award (an award given to the "smaller" chorus who scored the most points during the contest.) In October of 2005 we competed at International in Detroit with 52 members on stage.
We previously won the title of Division AA World Champions by virtue of winning the organization's Harmony Classic Contest twice, the first time in San Antonio, Texas in 2000, and then again in Greenville, SC in July, 2002. (The Harmony Classic is a contest for the top small and mid-size choruses.)
The Royal River chorus entertains at least 3,000 people each year in public and private performances. For chorus rates and availability contact Leigh Kirchner.