Since 1978, the River Blenders Chorus of Sweet Adelines International has been delighting audiences with outstanding music and entertainment. This St. Louis, MO women's acapella chorus has gained prominence as the Spirit of the Midwest Region 5 Champion Chorus over 16 times! Our most recent win was in April of 2023. We will be representing Region 5 at the International Contest in October of 2024!!
Our Vision Statement
The River Blenders Chorus' vision is to provide the opportunity to experience the joy of barbershop harmony with all members and the community.
Our Core Values
- Excel in the Art Form of Barbershop Harmony
- Perform at a Professional Level
- Create Innovative Performances
- Educate Members
- Support Music Education and Opportunities for Young People
- Promote an Atmosphere of Sharing and Hharmony through Fun and Fellowship
Our Mission Statement
As a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, River Blenders Chorus strives for musical excellence while preserving and promoting the art form of barbershop harmony in a mutually supportive and positive learning environment. We seek to enrich the lives of our members by fostering personal and professional growth through leadership opportunities, music education, team building, and creative expression.
The River Blenders Chorus performs at a number of community events, self-produced shows, and annual competitions. We 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 Book Us! section.
In addition to performing, 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 a year, we receive coaching from a visiting master in the art of barbershop, where we learn many wonderful tricks of the trade.
Because our chorus values area youth singers, we have held an annual Sing for Scholarships contest. It occurrs on the Main Stage at the St. Louis Art Festival and includes area soloists, 18 and younger, competing for cash prizes.
In the spring of every year, the River Blenders Chorus participates in the Sweet Adelines International, Spirit of the Midwest Region 5 chorus competition. Competitions are much anticipated events for choruses and quartets to come together, present a musical package, and receive valuable feedback on their performances from a panel of judges.
The winners of the regional competition in both quartet and chorus categories compete at the International Convention and Competition, which is held annually in the fall. Previous International Competitions have been held in Houston, Seattle, Nashville, Honolulu, Las Vegas Phoenix and St. Louis.
Most choruses have a number of members who form their own quartets in addition to singing with the chorus. We are currently have several wonderful quartets, and we are very proud of them! Head over to our Quartets section and learn more about the different groups.
The River Blenders Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a not-for-profit organization of approximately 30,000 members worldwide. The Headquarters are in Tulsa, Oklahoma.