Got Questions?

How much personal time will it take?

You are responsible for learning our repertoire. Using sheet music and our audio files which you can download from this site, how much time it takes for you to know the notes and words is up to you. There also are choreography videos available for the few songs that have choreo. We expect you to come prepared to "sing and dance " with the chorus at our initial rehearsal together the first day of our tour. 

What is the cost?

Our tours vary in price depending on where in the world we are going and how long we will be staying. The cost of our trips usually include breakfast, some dinners, and a few sightseeing excursions. You may be "on your own" for a couple of meals or fees for additional local attractions. Any additional costs are usually known in advance.

The "land only" cost will be announced along with the location of our next adventure. You will be responsible for getting from where you live to the departure airport and back. On most tours a few travellers leave and arrive from the same airport hub and then return to our individual homes from there.

In some cases, an optional extension is available. Not everyone stays the extra three of four days for the tour extension. It is not part of the original tour and there is an added cost. Some of us take advantage of the extension to be able to see more of the country we are visiting. It is usually non-singing, but as with most Sweet Adelines, if the opportunity arises and we have four parts, we just may "break into song."

Where do we stay?

We usually book upper level hotels which have a lot of the amenities you are used to.You will be given the names and addresses of these hotel before we leave on our tour.

What is the audition procedure?

There is no audition procedure for Harmony Travel Chorus. All of us are current or former members of our own individual choruses, so we know you can sing.

Do I have to be a great singer?

Aren't we all great singers?

How do I learn the songs?

Sheet music and vocal learning tracks are available on our web site. Choreo videos are also available there. 

On-Tour Rehearsal

Our first day on-tour will be a half day rehearsal at the hotel. This will be our time to solidify our sound, make note or word corrections, and refine our choreography. Sectionals may be held if necessary. You should be "off paper" for this rehearsal. This is not the time to ask a myriad of questions. The Musical Director is in charge and will refine our music and choreo at her discretion.

 

 

 

 

What is barbershop?

Barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied vocal music characterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic texture. The melody is consistently sung by the lead, with the tenor harmonizing above the melody, the bass singing the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completing the chord.

 

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The melody is not sung by the tenor except for an infrequent note or two to avoid awkward voice leading, in tags and codas, or when some appropriate embellishing effect can be created. Occasional brief passages may be sung by fewer than four voice parts.

 

Barbershop music features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies whose tones clearly define a tonal center and imply major and minor chords and Barbershop (dominant and secondary dominant) seventh chords that resolve primarily around the circle of fifths, while making frequent use of other resolutions. Barbershop music also features a balanced and symmetrical form, and a standard meter.

 

The basic song and its harmonization are embellished by the arranger to provide support of the song's theme and to close the song effectively. Barbershop singers adjust pitches to achieve perfectly tuned chords in just intonation while remaining true to the established tonal center.

Artistic singing in the Barbershop style exhibits a fullness or expansion of sound, precise intonation, a high degree of vocal skill and a high level of unity and consistency within the ensemble. Ideally, these elements are natural, unmanufactured and free from apparent effort.

 

The presentation of Barbershop music uses appropriate musical and visual methods to convey the theme of the song and provide the audience with an emotionally satisfying and entertaining experience. The musical and visual delivery is from the heart, believable, and sensitive to the song and its arrangement throughout. The most stylistic presentation artistically melds together the musical and visual aspects to create and sustain the illusions suggested by the music.

 

History of Sweet Adelines International

After World War II, barbershop singing was growing increasingly popular for men. In 1945, a small group of women wanted to participate in the chord-ringing, fun-filled harmony that the men were singing. So these women organized "Sweet Adelines in America." From its humble beginnings in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sweet Adelines International, as it is now called, has grown to a membership of almost 30,000 women in countries all across the globe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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