Director Scholarships

Celebrate recipients of the Sweet Adelines International Small and Midsized Chorus Directors Scholarships.

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Director Scholarship Recipients
Small and Midsized Chorus Directors Scholarships

Sweet Adelines International is proud to announce the first-ever recipients of the Sweet Adelines International Small and Midsized Chorus Directors Scholarships.

Funded by generous donations to our organization, the scholarships assist these hard-working directors in attending Sweet Adelines education programs such as the International Education Symposium (IES).

Meet the 2022 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.

Select the director's photo to view bio.

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 Internatioanl 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 will elevate our singers to feel empowered through the art form of barbershop music. Donations support a number of initiatives to increase and expand educational opportunities for our members, including: certification programs for directors, judges, and arrangers; virtual education offerings; and the development of seminars and symposiums.