Region 17, one of the 28 divisions of Sweet Adelines International, contains parts of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. We currently have over 750 members in 18 choruses and 36 registered quartets.
Each Sweet Adeline region holds an annual competition for both choruses and quartets. Competitions represent exciting opportunities for Sweet Adelines members to travel, perform and learn. Judges give detailed feedback on performances, which can be used as a learning tool to improve performance of the individual as well as the group.
In addtion to competition, our region offers many other educational opportunties, including a semiannual weekend retreat called Harmony Weekend where internationally certified faculty are invited to instruct our members in the art of singing four-part harmony in the barbershop style. These weekends provide a wealth of information and wonderful opportunities for meeting and socializing with others in the region.
Sweet Adelines International regions are each governed by a management team. The team of elected and appointed coordinators is responsible for guiding the smooth operation of the region.
Sweet Adelines International is a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. This independent, nonprofit music education association is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women.
Members extend over five continents and belong to more than 600 choruses and 1,200 quartets. Today's Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets sing exciting a cappella, four-part harmony music, barbershop style. The music includes special arrangements of today's ballads and upbeat songs, popular show tunes, and even jazz. Members say that singing the powerfully balanced sounds of barbershop harmony provides a rich, rewarding experience.