Chorus History

The Queen Charlotte Chorus has competed in Regional Competition every year since it was chartered in July of 1965.  The chorus won its first blue ribbon in 1978 while under the direction of Mary K Coffman.  Still under her direction, more blue ribbons were awarded in 1980, 1982 and 1984.  Changing directors to Cindy Shook in 1987, the chorus continued to receive highest honors in 1988, 1992, 1994, 2000 and 2003.  The chorus has competed at International in 1979 (St. Louis), 1981 (Phoenix), 1983 (Detroit), 1985 (Kansas City), 1989 (Miami), 1993 (Indianapolis – where they placed 10th in the world!), 1995 (New Orleans), 2001 (San Diego), and 2004 (Indianapolis).  After the creation of the Division A (medium) and Division AA (small) chorus awards, the chorus received the blue ribbon for Division AA in 1999, 2000 and 2003.  In 2013, the chorus changed its name to the Charlotte A Cappella Show Chorus.  The chorus presented its 50th Anniversary show in August 2015 with special guest quartet Speed of Sound, who would go on a few months later to win the Sweet Adelines International Quartet Championship and be crowned Queens of Harmony.

"In 1969, Queen Charlotte's director was M. J. "Skinny" Harris.  In early 1969, I was attending a convention of another organization in Charlotte.  At the final evening's business meeting and formal dinner, the entertainment was Queen Charlotte Chorus.  I was bored to death with the meeting and could not wait for it to be over, so when Queen Charlotte finished their performance, I said my farewells to my table mates and followed QC out the door.  I joined them for the rest of the evening, as they gathered at a restaurant, to eat and sing with them.  It was a wonderful evening of fun and friendship.  A brand new quartet, The Honey Bee Naturals, was among those singing. Their lead Barbara West, who was a brand new member, later went on to direct Farmington Valley in Region #1, where they won several regional championships.  Mary Gravely was the bass of Honey Bee Naturals, which won the regional championship a couple of years later.  Later, Mary sang bass in the regional champion Charlottones, and of course, directed Queen Charlotte some time afterward."

Jan Seales

Pride of Kentucky Chorus, 52-year member

 

"I’m proud to say that Queen Charlotte was my first chorus.  I joined in March of 1970.  Skinny Harris directed the chorus (wife, Nancy, was also in the chorus).  Bill James was also a director, I believe after Skinny.  I left when my husband was transferred to WVa in 1976, and founded the River Magic Chorus in Huntington, WVa, since there was not another chorus in the state chartered at the time...it’s still active today, all thanks to Queen Charlotte and its strong influence on me.  Yes, I’m still in SA after 46 years!  I sing tenor with The Woodlands Show Chorus and also Houston Horizon Chorus from Region 10 in Texas."

"Pat" Fenton

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