Northbrook's Melodeers Chorus takes 3rd Place in the Sweet Adelines International Competition!

  • Melodeers Chorus during Good Vibrations during their finals set.Sweet Adelines International

    Melodeers Chorus during Good Vibrations during their finals set.Sweet Adelines International

Updated 9/27/2019 7:50 AM

NEW ORLEANS -- Northbrook's own Melodeers Chorus placed third in the world and first in the country at the 2019 Sweet Adelines International Competition this past week.

Sweet Adelines is a worldwide organization of women singers dedicated to music education and spreading the joy of barbershop harmony. With 75 years of history and over 20,000 members, their yearly international competition draws singers from every corner of the globe. The Melodeers attended this year's convention at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana after a year and a half of preparation following their regional win in Appleton, Wisconsin.


Under musical direction of Jim Arns and the creative vision of Reneé Porzel, The Melodeers song list for the week included traditional barbershop as well as some fan favorites like Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and a medley of songs from The Beatles' heyday. With a score of 2931, The Melodeers wowed the audience with their huge sound, vocal skills, bright costumes, and emotion that stole the breathe from thousands of fans around the world.

The Melodeers Chorus is home to over 100 active singers, traveling weekly to rehearsal, from places spanning Chicago, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, and Indianapolis. Much more like a family than a chorus, The Melodeers welcome new members all year long.

Interested singers can join a Melodeers rehearsal any Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Christian Heritage Academy on Waukegan Rd in Northfield, Illinois. No singing experience needed. For more information about Melodeers Chorus, contact Gwen Wolken at

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