Welcome to the Sweet Adelines International Press Room, an online resource that offers information about the organization and its harmonic history.
Sweet Adelines International is a non-profit musical education association for women founded in 1945, and endows nearly 23,000 members with the mastery of singing four-part harmony music, barbershop style. Performances and competitions develop members’ confidence and pride in their achievements. Sweet Adelines perpetuate barbershop music – one of a few forms of music native to the United States.
A Sweet Adelines chorus is a musical asset to its community. Geographically, there are more than 500 Sweet Adelines chapters located throughout the U.S. and 14 other nations. Sweet Adelines choruses regularly entertain at civic events and charitable functions. Proceeds from performances often are shared with scholarship funds, health care and social services programs, and the arts and humanities. Sweet Adelines promote harmony, friendship, self-esteem and the sense of belonging among women of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds and levels of performance readiness.
As Sweet Adelines International grows in size, stature and scope, it remains committed to recognizing talent within its membership. Local chapters are the laboratories where members receive basic training in barbershop harmony. Programs designed and developed internally identify and train members as music leaders and teachers, contest judges, arrangers and administrators. These opportunities for growth and volunteer commitment are available to all who take advantage of them.