We invite you to join our worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the art form of barbershop harmony!
Please contact our membership department with any questions you have regarding membership.
Read on for FAQs regarding how to join this dynamic and empowering organization (and a little of the “why” you should as well!).
Why should I sing with Sweet Adelines International?
Singing and friendships are the main reasons our members join and stay with the organization. Our singing craft allows you to get involved with performing and competitions, which add excitement and challenge to your musical experience. Many members find their own personal development a thrill and their self-confidence grows as they learn singing and skills they may have never known before.
I'm interested in membership. What should I do now?
First, locate a local chorus (also called chapters) near you by using the online Chapter Directory search, and contact the chorus members listed. The members will be happy to assist you and will welcome you to a chorus rehearsal. (For membership options outside of chorus membership, see Chapter-at-Large and Member-at-Large options.)
Can I join online?
Due to the fact that Sweet Adelines International is a singing and performing organization, we do not offer direct online joining opportunities for full membership. Each individual chorus maintains its own membership guidelines, rehearsal requirements, auditioning procedures and more.
However, you can join online if you are new to the organization and want to join as a Member-at-Large or Chapter-at-Large. Simply click here to join or email our membership department to ask how!
To become a member, do I have to join a chorus?
Not necessarily … see below for options.
Quartet Member Only
If you are interested in joining as a quartet member only, Chapter-at-Large is the option for you. If you choose this option, you do not need to locate a chorus prior to joining. The International Membership department will assist you with membership options outside of chorus membership. Call 800.992.7464 or 918.622.1444 and ask for the Membership department, or send us an email. Download the Chapter-at-Large Information Packet and Application.
Organization Affiliation Only
If you are interested in only being affiliated with the international organization (and not competing or performing with either a chorus or quartet), Member-at-Large is the option for you. If you choose this option, you do not need to locate a chorus prior to joining. The International Membership department will assist you with membership options outside of chorus membership. Call 800.992.7464 or 918.622.1444 and ask for Membership, or send us an email. Download the Member-at-Large Information Packet and Application.
What are all of the membership options and dues?
For information about international dues, click here. Please note that only international dues are listed; regional and chapter dues may apply.
What are the benefits of membership?
- Superb, unmatched vocal education and training
- Exciting opportunities to entertain within your community and compete with the most talented barbershop singers in the world
- Fun, social activities and spectacular performance opportunities
- Programs designed to inspire you to reach new levels of success in a supportive community of friends
- Discounts on sheet music, CDs, DVDs, books, brochures, merchandise and convention registrations
- Discounts on special music arrangements by internationally recognized arrangers, made available only to members
- A free subscription to the The Pitch Pipe, the official magazine of Sweet Adelines International, plus other various newsletters and publications
- View more membership benefits here!
Membership in Sweet Adelines International provides unlimited opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Here are just a few:
What kind of music do Sweet Adelines sing?
Today’s Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets sing exciting a cappella, four-part harmony music, barbershop style. The music includes special arrangements of today’s ballads and upbeat songs, popular show tunes and even jazz. Members say that singing barbershop harmony provides a rich, rewarding experience.
What types of educational opportunities are available?
The main purpose of Sweet Adelines International is education of members in the art of singing four-part harmony, barbershop style. If you want to improve your singing abilities and learn a cappella harmony barbershop style, Sweet Adelines International offers the most comprehensive, quality education available anywhere in the world. Some of the subjects you can learn include choreography, stage direction, vocal production, directing, judging and PR/marketing.
Where do Sweet Adelines International choruses and quartets perform?
Sweet Adelines regularly entertain at community events/civic functions, but they have performed their unique style of music in many popular venues from professional stadiums, Olympic ceremonies, national television, major symphonies and Carnegie Hall.
What is the competition aspect of Sweet Adelines International?
Members are able to participate in competitions at regional and international levels. Judges give detailed feedback on performances, which can be used as a learning tool to improve performance of the individual, as well as the group. Competitions represent exciting opportunities to travel, perform and learn.