Heart of Columbia Chorus is a women's four-part harmony, a cappella show chorus chapter of Sweet Adelines International. We are committed to perfecting our barbershop style sound, building musicianship through music education, enhancing leadership skills, promoting self-esteem, building relationships, and serving the community.
Being passionate about singing is what Heart of Columbia thrives on. We are real women, singing real harmony, fostering real friendships, and having real fun! We are an inclusive, diverse group of women from all walks of life with ages spanning seven decades. Music is our common bond and while our love of music brings us together, our love for one another binds us together. The goal of Heart of Columbia Chorus is to sing well (always improving through music education), perform often, and have fun.
The main purpose of Heart of Columbia Chorus is to sing for our community. We sing at fundraising events such as the Festival of Trees Gala in support of Prisma Health's Children's Hospital and Wreathes Across America at the Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. We sing at community events such as the Fireflies and Blowfish baseball games, and the State Fair to name a few. We also sing at senior assisted living facilities such as Still Hopes.
In addition to sharing our music with others, another great passion of ours is learning more about the art of a cappella singing. Vocal instruction is a regular part of chorus rehearsals and a very important component of the chorus experience. In the spring and fall of each year we receive coaching from a visiting master in the art of barbershop. It is a fun-filled time of learning unique methods to fine-tune our singing skills.
Each spring, Heart of Columbia participates in Region 14's chorus competition. This is a special time for choruses and quartets across our region to come together and perform ballads and up tunes. We receive constructive feedback from a panel of judges and are scored in the areas of showmanship, expression, music, vocal skills, and sound. The top scoring choruses and quartets then move on to compete with other regional winners at International Competition in the fall.
Most choruses have a number of members who form vocal quartets in addition to singing with the chorus. A quartet is comprised of a tenor, bass, baritone, and lead. Heart of Columbia Chorus encourages and supports its member quartets.
So, if you love to sing, don't be shy, come join us! You will not find a more welcoming group of women. We rehearse every Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church located at 1430 North Lake Drive in Lexington, South Carolina.