August 2-6, 2017 • University of Maryland, College Park, Md., USA

Click here to read the IES 2017 Notes Before You Go!

Lace up your Nikes, hop into the DeLorean and see into the visionary future and expanding reach of a cappella four-part harmony. Sweet Adelines International has a phenomenal line up with fresh, new and comprehensive curriculum that draws from the best and most popular components of IES from the past. Master the principles of barbershop harmony and expand vocal harmony into the 21st century with hundreds of a cappella barbershop ladies and gents around the world. The way we see it, the future sure looks bright.

Click here to order photos from the Rising Star and Mixed Harmony contests!

Deke Sharon
Widely regarded as the “father of contemporary a cappella,” Deke Sharon is the art form's most prolific arranger, having arranged more than 2,000 songs. Deke is the mastermind of "The Sing Off," "Pitch Perfect" movies and Broadway’s first a cappella musical, “In Transit,” — you don't want to miss class with this guy. Deke will be leading IES's Music in the Morning, teaching classes on the history and heart of a cappella, and emceeing the Rising Star and Mixed Harmony Quartet Contests.



Tom Carter
Author of "Choral Charisma: Singing with Expression", Tom Carter has been coaching singers for 30 years. As stage director and acting teacher, Tom empowers singers to engage themselves and their audiences more fully. Tom shines a light on behaviors we use in our everyday lives and will help you apply them to your singing, maximizing the connection between you and your audience. If you want a fun, powerful, and transformative route to "authentic expression," check out Tom's workshops.



"the BUZZ"
Sweet Adelines’ longest-standing active international champion quartet, “the BUZZ”, will lead a Breakthrough Acceleration Boot Camp during IES 2017.

Crowned in 2004, “the BUZZ” joins only a handful of other quartets who have won the first time they sang together at the international level. Recap: These ladies got it goin on.

Their boot camp will focus on topics such as performance, effective rehearsals, conquering stage fright and much more. It’s perfect for full quartets, individual quartet members or those who are interested in quartetting. You won’t want to miss their insight and vocal verve!

That's right! The 2017 world champion is headed back to the future. Frenzy has a combined 72 years in Sweet Adelines International and are three-time winners of the Most Entertaining Quartet title. The women have sung in 16 Sweet Adelines competing quartets and placed among the top 10 in the international quartet competition an astounding 35 times. We, too, are clapping while reading this.

Learn the secrets behind “Frenzifying” from Melissa Pope, tenor; Nikki Blackmer, lead; Anne Downton, baritone; and Judy Pozsgay, bass.

Sweet Adelines International Faculty
The Sweet Adelines' International Faculty assembled for IES has created a wealth of in-depth, specialized classes with multiple areas of focus. This musical mashup of stars can’t wait to share their knowledge with you!
Click here for more information on your 2017 IES Sweet Adelines International faculty.


Single-Event Tickets:

IES 2017 is a sold-out event. As we are at max capacity for all IES events and contests, single-event tickets are not available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Mixed Harmony Quartet Contest
Friday, August 4, 2017
7:30-11 p.m.

This highly anticipated contest is a first for Sweet Adelines International. Ladies, grab your talented barbershop gents and lets do this thing.
Click here for the Mixed Harmony Quartet Contest webpage.
Click here for the Mixed Harmony Quartet Contest Order of Appearance.


Rising Star Quartet Contest
Saturday, August 5, 2017
2:15-6 p.m.

Are you the four of the future?
Click here for the Rising Star Quartet Contest webpage.
Click here for the Rising Star Quartet Contest Order of Appearance.


Contest Entry:

Competitor entry for the Mixed Harmony and Rising Star Quartet Contests is now closed.
Contest questions? Please email

Special Events:

Regional Leaders' Training
Regional Leadership Training is a funded educational opportunity exclusive to Sweet Adelines International's Regional Leaders. Regional Leadership Capacitator Day is Aug. 1-2, 2017.

Wednesday Night Opening Session
At last! We are back to the future. Join all attendees for the IES kickoff session with Sweet Adelines' International President, Paula Davis.

Wednesday Night Reception
Come gather with old and new friends. There will be a cash bar and plenty of time to mix and mingle. There will also be a surprise performance by a special quartet!

Music in the Morning
Each morning at IES, you will have the opportunity to warm up with Music in the Morning featuring the 2017 International Champion Quartet, Frenzy!

Thursday Night Harmony Games
Need yet another opportunity to compete? Look no further than the Inaugural Harmony Games! Join our fantastic hosts Ryan Heller (Director of Pride of Portland Chorus) and Becki Hine (Director of Song of Atlanta Chorus) as “Tribute” Teams vie for the Harmony Games Cup featuring hilarious contests and feats of unusual skills! Who knows what hidden talents will be revealed? You won’t want to miss this kick off reunion and celebration of fun, friendship and harmony.

Saturday Night Gala
Join us in wrapping up IES with a spectacular showcase! Saturday night’s gala will include back-to-back surprise performances and a Mass Sing directed by Sweet Adelines' International President, Paula Davis.

Saturday Night Dance Party
Don't miss the Saturday Night Gala after party. This celebration will have a cash bar, DJ, and of course, your amazing dance moves!

Check out the IES YouTube playlist!
Not teaching at IES but registered and ready to head back to the future? Send us a video to add to the playlist.

Click here for the 2017 IES Facebook Event Page!

Click here to download the IES Syllabus!