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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Wichita chorus takes top honor

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  • The Wichita Chorus of Sweet Adelines announced that at the Region 7 spring 2013 competition in Kansas City, the Wichita Chorus scored the most points out of the 15 competing choruses.
    Melynnie Williams, who is involved in several women's organizations and Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton, is the director of the Wichita Chorus.
    Last spring, Williams and the Topeka Acappella Unlimited Director Susan Ives began discussing the possibility of combining the two choruses for the final Region 7 competition. The choruses began meeting at the Emporia High School music room for monthly rehearsals. Various coaches were brought in from Dallas and Kansas City to refine the singing and choreography skills.
    The group had 67 members on stage, with participants from Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, St. Joe and Dallas.
    "So much hard work, time and expense went into this endeavor, and it paid off with gold medals on blue ribbons," Williams said in a news release. "The Wichita Chorus will be so proud to represent Region 7 with the help of our friends from other choruses at the Sweet Adelines International competition to be held in Baltimore in the fall of 2014."
    The chorus has been active in the Wichita area for more than 60 years and has provided entertainment for a variety of occasions, including their annual show, company banquets, valentine grams, birthday parties and other venues.
    For more information about the Wichita Chorus, visit wichitachorus.com.
     
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