Nelson singers tune up for Colorado contest

EMMA BEER
Last updated 13:00 23/10/2012
Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus
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DENVER BOUND: Members of Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus from left, Kathy Jamieson, Diane Beach, Ann Nicholson, Julie Scoggins and Maggie Trodahl are to represent New Zealand with the Wellington City Chorus in the world championship competition for women’s barbershop, Sweet Adelines International.

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Six Nelson women are off to Colorado this week to compete in an international chorus competition.

Attending as members of the Wellington City Chorus, the women will compete against 34 other regions at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Denver, Colorado.

Chorus member Julie Scoggins said the six women, all members of Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus, had first auditioned to be part of the Wellington chorus in April.

They had to perform six different songs, and had been given the all clear on all of them.

"One of the directors from Wellington was down here with us and asked if we could go [to Denver]. So we auditioned."

The 49 women in the chorus will head to the United States on Thursday. "Our aim is to increase the points from last time Wellington competed and hopefully win the award for a small chorus."

She said of the six songs they sang the one which was probably most fun to perform was Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive.

The women had put in a lot of time and effort, with trips to Wellington, weekend workshops and visits from singing, music, showmanship and expression coaches to help them out, Mrs Scoggins said.

"It's been a lot of work since we committed to joining up, but it's very rewarding."

The competition is over five days, and the group will have six days in Denver before that to help acclimatise to the higher altitude.

Mrs Scoggins said she had been with the Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus for 16 years, but this would be the first time she would compete internationally.

"We are all really excited we're representing New Zealand."

The other women from Nelson competing are Ann Nicholson, Diane Beach, Valerie Fitzsimons, Kathy Jamieson and Maggie Trodahl.

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