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Local singers sing for the joy of it

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Sunny South News

Music moves mountains, while its vocalists belt out melodies and harmonies to the delight of many.

The Southern Accord Performance Chorus invites women singers of all ages to “Sing Your Heart Out” with a four-part a capella ensemble at McNally Community School in Lethbridge Wednesday night.

“Southern Accord Chorus has been around for 17 years, as a Sweet Adeline’s group. There’s about 30 members in our group from various places in southern Alberta and we get together once a week to sing and we have sort of music lessons. We love to perform and we sing four-part a capella music and we do some traditional barbershop kind of style and we do lots of newer music. Not everything we do is barbershop music. We do a variety of different things,” said Carol Quan, marketing director of the singing sensations.

Quan noted the singing ensemble hopes some women readers would be interested in joining the group.

“I think a lot of people don’t know about us and they’re always surprised when they see us perform,” added Quan.

Sweet Adeline is an international women’s organization that provides education and the opportunity for women to sing four-part a capella music.

“There’s 600 choruses throughout the world,” she said, adding singers can learn a lot within the organization including directing, choreography, reading music and of course singing.

Quan said there are a few members in the group from Lethbridge County including singers from Iron Springs and Coaldale.

After seeing an ad that read, “Do you love to sing in the shower but afraid to sing in public?,” Quan said the ad suited her and her singing abilities at the time.

“That sort of described where I was at. I hadn’t sung for many years and I came to a membership opportunity thing that they were kind of allowing people to come and check out the group and I went to that and I was just hooked immediately. I just loved the music and I loved that everybody looked like they were having so much fun singing. We don’t sing with music — we memorize all of our music but it comes really easy because we learn to sing online. All of our music is either on CD or online. That really helps me practise at home because I don’t play the piano or anything. That was a really good way for me to get into music. I just love the music and all the women are fabulous. It’s a really nice group to belong to,” said Quan.

Don’t miss “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by the Southern Accord Chorus Nov. 22 at the College Drive Community Church in Lethbridge at 7 p.m.

To register or for more information call Donna at 403-327-8661 or visit online at

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