Spirit of the Midwest Region 5 is an extraordinary group of women who gather together in celebration of the art form known as barbershop singing. We are all members of Sweet Adelines International.
Mission of Region 5
Spirit of the Midwest Region 5 is an organization of women dedicated to excellence and committed to advancing the enjoyment of singing a cappella music in the barbershop style through education, competition and performance.
Mission of Sweet Adelines International
Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition, and performance.
About Spirit of the Midwest Region 5
Spirit of the Midwest Region 5 is a membership organization of female singers, who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize, and have fun. We currently have over 850 singers of all ages, all walks of life, and all parts of the region. Click here for a map of our region, showing where our choruses meet.
One main purpose of choruses and quartets in Spirit of the Midwest Region 5 is to get out and sing for our communities. We sing at annual shows, community events, and annual competitions. We also perform Singing Telegrams around Valentines Day and Mother's Day. We have groups who are available to sing at your next function or event. If you're looking for a unique musical experience to liven up your event, please check out our Choruses and Quartets sections above.
In addition to sharing our music with others, another great passion of ours is learning more about the art of acapella singing. Vocal instruction is a regular part of chorus rehearsals and a very important component of the chorus experience. A couple times each year, we will get coaching from a visiting master in the art of barbershop, where we learn many fabulous tricks of the trade.
CompetitionIn the spring of every year, Region 5 holds a chorus and quartet competition. Competitions are a special time for quartets and choruses from our region to come together to sing for each other, receive constructive feedback from a panel of International judges, and especially to see old friends and make new ones. The winners of the regional competition in both quartet and chorus categories then travel to International Competition, which is held in the fall in a selected city each year.
Winners of Division A Small Choruses and Division AA Midsize Choruses are invited to participate in the Harmony Classic if their scores are among the top five highest in their division. The Harmony Classic is held during the International Competition and Convention.
Region 5 offers opportunities to join a chorus in many cities across several states. Joining a chorus is a wonderful way to learn how to sing or improve your existing vocal skills. In a chorus, the director will assess your vocal range and place you in one of four voice parts. You'll be educated in how to sing your best with that section of chorus. The ability to read music is helpful but not a requirement. On this journey, you'll meet many amazing, talented, friendly and helpful women and develop friendships that last a lifetime.
Most choruses have a number of members who form their own quartets in addition to singing with the chorus. Region 5 is currently home to a number of wonderful quartets, and we are very proud of them!
Spirit of the Midwest Region 5 is a region of Sweet Adelines International, a non-profit organization of approximately 30,000 members in choruses and quartets, worldwide. Sweet Adelines headquarters is in Tulsa, OK.