Have questions about Sweet Adelines?
Below you will find some of the more frequently asked questions and answers.
What is a cappella music?
A cappella music is vocal music that is performed without instrumental accompaniment.
What is barbershop music?
Barbershop is a cappella vocal harmony produced by four voice parts: tenor, lead, baritone and bass. This singing style produces an overtone which is a higher, unsung note produced by the interaction produced by frequencies among the four voice parts. This American musical style has its roots in the African-American community and European harmony traditions. To learn more about singing barbershop music, visit our Barbershop 101 information.
Who is Sweet Adelines International?
Founded in 1945, Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide women's singing organization committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through opportunities in education, performance and competition. The organization is a 501(c)(3) that is governed by an internationally elected board of directors and administered by a professional staff based in Tulsa, Okla.
How can I can become involved in Sweet Adelines?
There are many ways to become involved with the organization. The most popular way to become in the organization is by becoming a member. Members will find opportunities to sing in a quartet or a chorus. We also have members that may not choose to sing with a chorus or quartet but still want to be involved and choose the chapter-at-large or member-at-large membership option.
How large is Sweet Adelines International?
We have nearly 21,000 members around the world that participate in approximately 500 choruses and 1,000 quartets.
What does barbershop music sound like?
Take a listen to some of our top choruses and quartets on our YouTube channel.