Our History: The Spirit of Spokane Chorus is a community-based group of women singers proud to be affiliated with Sweet Adelines International, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sweet Adelines began in July 1945, when a group of women in Tulsa organized the first chapter. In the ensuing years women's barbershop music spread by leaps and bounds. Today, worldwide membership includes nearly 30,000 women singing in more than 600 chapters and 1200 quartets covering not only the North American Continent, but encompassing choruses in Great Britain, Holland, Sweden, Japan, and Australia, to name a few. You can learn more about Sweet Adelines International at www.sweetadelineintl.org
The Spirit of Spokane Chorus became an official chapter of Sweet Adelines in 1989 and won the regional Small Chorus Championship with only 20 members in our very first year of competition. Since that time, the chorus has maintained a commitment to excellence as we have grown in the number of singers and in experience. With expert coaching and several years of gifted, charismatic direction by Mike Elliott, the chorus exploded into the winners' circle for the first time on April 4, 1998, with a performance that brought the Spokane Opera House audience to its feet, even before the last note was sung. This entitled us to compete at Sweet Adelines International competition in Atlanta, Georgia in fall 1999, where we placed in the top 20 in the world. In 2000, we repeated the regional win, scoring high enough to be one of the top five mid-sized choruses in the world! This gained the chorus an invitation to international competition in San Antonio Texas in July 2001 where we placed second.
The women of Spirit of Spokane Chorus have proven that these awards were not a flash in the pan with three more regional championships in 2002, 2004 and 2006. We enjoyed our journey to International competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in October 2007; we opened the performing chorus to Sweet Adelines in our regional area and nearly doubled the number of members on stage.
Our recent placements at competition:
Region 13 2nd Place Chorus - 2019
Region 13 1st Place Division AA Chorus 2019
Region 13 4th Place Chorus - 2018
Region 13 3rd Place Chorus - 2017
Region 13 2nd Place Division AA Chorus - 2017
We aren't all about competition, though -- we perform for community events and produce original stage shows. We recently celebrated our 30th anniversary with a huge show - all 5 Barbershop choruses in the area were on stage with us!!!
We ALWAYS welcome visitors to our rehearsals, and invite women singers to become a part of our exciting journey.