The two choruses performed "Sing!", a toe-tapping a cappella rendition made famous by Pentatonix (PTX).
The San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International and The San Diego Women's Chorus present a collaborative virtual performance of SING! Under the direction of Kathleen Hansen, each chorus family has found unique ways to thrive and keep the music alive during 2020.
The worldwide debut performance recently premiered in the San Diego Women’s Chorus fall show, "Together/Apart: Connecting our Voices in the Age of a Pandemic.”
Made famous by Pentatonix (PTX), this energetic, toe-tapping a cappella rendition offers one solution in response to life's problems: SING! This outlook serves as a resounding reminder of the passion for vocal harmony shared by both organizations.
Baritone Scott Hoying and vocal percussionist Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix share lead vocals in the original version of this energetic song. They wrote the track in collaboration with Boys Like Girls front man Martin Johnson and songwriter Sam Hollander (Train, One Direction).
Kathleen Hansen says, "It was a thrill to bring these two fabulous groups of singers together for this project."
As well as directing both choruses, Hansen edited the audio and video for the piece. "The energy, originality, and fun that each singer brought to the final product allowed me to transform these distanced recordings into a beautiful showing of community and resilience," she continued.
The impact of distance is devastating to the choral community. During this unique time, each chorus continues to virtually rehearse and has found unique ways to thrive and keep the music alive.
Linda Morrow, SDWC Board President shared, "The San Diego Women's Chorus was overjoyed to join our voices with SDSA on "Sing." Especially after canceling our joint June performance this year, we look forward to an opportunity to perform on stage together in the future!"
The video is available on the San Diego Chorus’ Facebook page, the San Diego Women’s Chorus Facebook page, and YouTube Channel.
Until the groups can physically sing together again, in-person performances have been halted, so these innovative performances invite the world in to follow and support the San Diego Chorus and the San Diego Women's Chorus.
About the San Diego Chorus
Founded in 1951, the San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is a highly trained and talented group of women who sing four-part harmony arranged in the barbershop style. Twice named International Chorus Champion of Women’s Barbershop Harmony, the San Diego Chorus strives to entertain in many musical genres along with its signature vibrant choreography. Led by Master Director and Sweet Adelines International Faculty, Kathleen Hansen, the San Diego Chorus is dedicated to local entertainment and offering women and other marginalized genders of all ages opportunities for musical and personal growth. They welcome all women and other marginalized genders, regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender expression, who share a love of music and dedication to musical growth. At this time, they meet on Wednesday evenings in a Zoom meeting. Additional information can be found on their website here.
About Sweet Adelines International
Sweet Adelines International is a musical force in the United States and around the world. The organization is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma where it was founded in 1945. This nonprofit music education organization is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women, encompassing more than 25,000 members, 1,200 registered quartets, and 600 choruses in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Wales. More information is available on the International Web site here.
About the San Diego Women's Chorus
The San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) is a lesbian-identified, feminist sisterhood of musicians that welcomes members and volunteers from the vastly diverse LGBTQ and straight-ally communities. Founded in 1987 by community activist Cynthia Lawrence-Wallace, SDWC has grown from a group of 14 lesbians gathered around a piano in a private home to a thriving community with over 150 members who believe in the power of music and the power of women. For over 30 years, SDWC has provided a safe space that encourages women’s creativity, celebrates diversity, and inspires social action. San Diego Women’s Chorus is a non-profit community chorus that strives to entertain and inspire audiences with music that speaks to issues as diverse as human rights, love, world peace, religious freedom, environmental harmony, inclusion and cultural diversity. SDWC supports and affirms the music of women, as well as lesbian and gay composers and arrangers. SDWC welcomes all women, gender non-conforming, and transgender individuals to sing with them following an informal audition to demonstrate the ability to match pitch with the piano and hold one’s part in a section. SDWC sings music in the Soprano/Alto range. For more info, click here.