Greater Kingston Chorus wins regional competition in St. Catharines

The Greater Kingston Chorus on stage at the 2024 Sweet Adelines International Lake Ontario Region 16 Choral Competition in St. Catherines. Submitted photo.

The Greater Kingston Chorus has announced that, for the first time in 14 years, their choir has not only won the AA Division at the Sweet Adelines International Lake Ontario Region 16 Choral Competition, but were also awarded the Overall Winner of the regional competition.

The competition took place from April 4 to 7, 2024, in St. Catharines, Ontario. According to a release from GKC, the chorus travels to the Regionals every year, competing against over a dozen other Sweet Adelines acapella groups from Ottawa to Toronto and even into northern New York.

“Each chorus prepares two contest songs in the four-part harmony barbershop style to perform in front of a panel of distinguished Sweet Adelines International judges,” GKC explained.

“Co-directed by Sue Marriott and Andria Coward, GKC started their two-song musical package off with an up-tune called On a Wonderful Day Like Today, and finished with How Deep is the Ocean, a beautiful ballad. Little did they know how true the lyrics of their up-tune would be as they sang the last lines of the song, ‘Today, on a day like today, what a glorious day… what a day!’ Their set was met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation.”

According to the release, Marriott and Coward began their co-director roles in 2018, and this year marks their third time taking their chorus to the Regional competition. The two were reportedly labelled a “dynamic duo” by the judges.

Sue Marriott and Andria Coward, Directors of the Greater Kingston Chorus, hold up their awards at the 2024 Lake Ontario Region 16 Choral Competition. Submitted photo.

GKC landed the Overall Winner of the Regional competition title with a score of 620 – 37 points higher than last year, when they placed third in their division and fourth overall, the chorus shared.

Winning the 2024 Regional competition means the chorus is eligible to compete at the Sweet Adelines International competition in October 2025 in Columbus, Ohio. Currently 43 members strong, GKC said they are always looking to build their membership, and plan to increase their numbers as they prepare to head to the International stage in 2025.

According to the release, the regional contest also included a quartet competition, in which GKC’s quartet Walkin’ On Sunshine represented them proudly. Made up of chorus members Nancy Watson, Andria Coward, Paula Allen and Michele Weaver, the quartet has been competing for over 10 years, and this year placed fourth overall. Watson and Allen are also former directors of GKC.

Learn more about the Greater Kingston Chorus on their website.

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