Sound of the Heartland Chorus returned in April from Overland Park, where they took part in Sweet Adelines International Region 7 competition. They came home with a first-place gold medal in Division A and a third-place medal overall.


Sound of the Heartland Chorus returned in April from Overland Park, where they took part in Sweet Adelines International Region 7 competition. They came home with a first-place gold medal in Division A and a third-place medal overall.

They competed with 14 choruses from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. Sound of the Heartland won the regional competition and represented Region 7 in Honolulu, Hawaii, in November 2008.

This year’s winner will be eligible to compete in 2010 in Seattle.

With 25 singers on stage this year, Sound of the Heartland competed in the Division A category. Under the direction of Master Director LaDonna Cheatham, they were judged in four categories: sound, music, expression and showmanship.

Sweet Adelines International has education as one of its primary goals, and competition is another opportunity to choruses to learn about barbershop-style singing.

Region 7 also had its competition in April. A total of 22 quartets from the region competed. The winner of this competition will represent Region 7 at the International Competition this October in Nashville, Tenn. Sound of the Heartland Chorus had one quartet in the competition, HeartSong, which competed for the first time in regional competition.

Sound of the Heartland Chorus is beginning a new membership drive with open auditions. They will look for new members from Newton and the surrounding areas. Women singers of all ages are invited to visit one of their rehearsals to learn more. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Trinity Heights United Methodist church, 12th and Boyd in Newton.

For more information, call Sue Moore at (316) 722-9348, e-mail membership@sounoftheheartland.com or visit the Web site www.soundoftheheartland.com.