The nearly 60-year-old Santa Monica Chorus, of “Sweet Adelines International,” earned the bronze medal at the Harmony Classic Division AA Competition in San Antonio July 19th.

Thirty-four of the 43 members of the chorus performed on stage with a 15-minute entertainment package.

The Santa Monica Chorus, led by its director of 20 years, Laura Pallas, was one of five mid-sized choruses invited to compete in the international contest.

This year’s qualifying competitors were champions from the Sweet Adelines International 2007 regional competition. Sweet Adelines International is considered one of the largest women’s singing organizations in the world.

This was the second year the Santa Monica Chorus took the stage at the Harmony Classic Competition, where the members represented mid-size choruses throughout the world.

The Santa Monica Chorus is comprised of women ranging in age from 25 to 75 years old. Since the chorus formed in 1949, members say they have formed tight family bonds.

Recently it began supporting the Wellness Community in West Los Angeles, where cancer victims and their family members are provided community support and education at no charge.

Many members of the chorus say they have been affected by cancer over the last few years and have come together to primarily support this cause but to also support each other.

Throughout the year the Santa Monica Chorus can be heard rehearsing every Tuesday evening at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica.

The chorus performs every year on Mother’s Day, as well as for retirement centers during the holidays.

The chorus also plans to participate in an annual Wellness Community fundraising event.

Information on the Santa Monica chorus, www.smchorus .com/.