CINCINNATI, Ohio — Ladies from Mason, Meigs and Gallia counties will be competing at this week’s World Choir Games, this year held in Cincinnati.
The World Choir Games is taking place in the United States for the first time ever. The event is the Olympics of choral music and for more than a decade, the Games have united people from around the world through the power of song and in the spirit of friendly competition.
According to organizers, throughout the event’s history, more than 2,000 choirs have participated in competitions across Europe and Asia. Hundreds of choirs and thousands of visitors will travel to Cincinnati to share their cultural heritage and to celebrate the global community with music, the common language of the world.
Included in those visitors will be some local members of the French Colony Chorus, including Suzy Parker of Pomeroy, Ohio, Marti Edelmann, of Rio Grande, Ohio, Susan Russell of Gallipolis, Ohio and Certified Director of French Colony Chorus Jean Barford, Director of Region Four Chorus, Sharon Anderson of Gallipolis, Brenda Jameson of Point Pleasant, Amy Sprague of Gallipolis and Mary Jane Getty of Point Pleasant.
The ladies make up the 146-member chorus which consists of members from the Sweet Adeline Region Four. This region includes the states of West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The group will compete on July 12. This is the first time Barbershop music has been included in the Games.
The local ladies traveled to Dayton for rehearsals and Director Barford is an International Sound Judge for the Sweet Adeline chorus competitions and over 35 year Master Sweet Adeline Chorus director.