Hood River Valley Sweet Adelines are singing out with pride after a successful showing at Region 24 Competition and Convention where choruses and quartets from Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Southwest Washington were strutting their stuff in Spokane, Wash., May 2-6.
“It was a good year for Hood River,” said director Karla Callaway of the Hood River Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International.
The chorus placed second in the small chorus division (16-40 singers) and fourth overall in a field of 14 in Spokane.
“I am busting with pride in the job that we did and how confident we all were,” Callaway said. “I really feel that we all had the joy of singing our package in our hearts and the scores definitely took care of themselves. I couldn’t be more thrilled.” Callaway became Hood River director a year ago.
Adding to the weekend’s sweetness, the chapter’s president, Virginia Hosford of Hood River, won the Rose Achievement Award, which is given annually by Region 24 to a member who has given outstanding service to the organization both at the chorus and regional levels.
“It is considered the most prestigious award at the regional level,” Callaway said.
“You may not believe this but, I am speechless,” Hosford said when she was announced as the winner, which speaks volumes to anyone who knows her, according to Callaway.
Hosford was nominated for the award by the Central Oregon Showcase Chapter in Bend where she has served as a chapter advisor and regional faculty member. The nomination was supported by information from the local chapter. Her activities at the regional level have included regional editor, events facilitator, Regent and most recently a four year term as the first regional team coordinator.
Sweet Adelines have been together for nearly 20 years. Every Tuesday night women with a variety of interests and skill levels come together to share the gift of music and to learn to become better singers. It’s an opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie among women who might never have crossed paths otherwise.
They perform an annual show as well as at local festivals, retirement centers and fairs, spreading the joy of music.
Members of the chorus come from towns throughout the Columbia Gorge region — from Goldendale to Cascade Locks and beyond — and range in age from teens to seventies. Membership is open to women of all ages who love to sing.