The Santa Monica Chorus chapter of the Sweet Adelines International choir organization won first place in the mid-sized chorus division at the Sweet Adelines International regional competition, held Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th.

Several members of the Santa Monica Chorus also won medals in the regional quartet contest.

More than 1,000 singers representing 18 choruses from California and Nevada competed for prizes in this year’s regional contest.

In addition to winning the mid-sized division (30 to 59 singers on stage), the Santa Monica Chorus scored enough points to place third in the overall competition, beating several larger choruses that usually take the top prizes.

Three members of the Quartet Serious Trouble who won the Sizzle Award for showmanship are from the Santa Monica Chorus. They are Shelly Wilner, Debra Hockenberger, and Melissa Hockenberger. The fourth member of the group, Jeannie Vercillo, is from Verdugo Hills.

Wilner also won a medal for musical arrangement.

Other Santa Monica Chorus members competed in the quartet Check It Out, which placed sixth, and Ooh La La, which placed 13th, out of 24 quartets competing.

The Santa Monica Chorus was established in 1949, four years after the founding of Sweet Adelines International.

Sweet Adelines is a nonprofit musical education association for women that encourage its 30,000 members to master four-part harmony, barbershop style.

Members are taught and trained to sing in barbershop style through competition and other public and private performances.

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