Director Scholarships

Celebrate our Director Scholarship Recipients!

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Director Scholarship Recipients
Director Scholarship Recipients

Our small and mid-sized Sweet Adelines International choruses have big sounds, big hearts, and big impact.

Their directors inspire, educate, and lead with dedication, on and off the stage.

Thanks to donations from our members, the scholarships assist these hard-working directors in attending Sweet Adelines education programs such as the International Education Symposium (IES).

Life-time Legacy

Racine Chorus trophy 1973In 1973, Sweet Adelines International held its first-ever international chorus competition. Racine Chorus (Wisconsin, USA), directed by the inimitable Jarmela Speta, took home the championship trophy. Over the years, Jarmela kept the trophy in pristine condition, and now this important part of Sweet Adelines International history has been donated to the archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA). Jarmela, a tenor, was the first Sweet Adeline to win more than one international quartet championship – with The Nota-Belles in 1955 and The Rarities in 1970. She went on to direct Racine Chorus, influencing generations of Sweet Adelines as a singer, director, songwriter, and arranger. She received the Sweet Adelines International President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Support our Scholarship Fund

Gifts to the scholarship fund provide opportunities for our members to participate in advanced training to develop skills as chorus directors, arrangers, judges, and international faculty and support scholarship opportunities for college students majoring in music education, vocal pedagogy or music composition.

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