Scottsdale Chorus wins fifth International gold medal

The Scottsdale Chorus (Photo by ER Lilly Photography)

The Scottsdale Chorus (Photo by ER Lilly Photography)

The Scottsdale Chorus won their fifth gold medal in Las Vegas at the 69th annual Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition, Oct. 5-10.

Performing for more than 8,000 barbershop fans at the MGM Grand Arena, and thousands more viewing from home via live web-cam services, the Scottsdale Chorus competed against thirty-four choruses representing regions from all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, Canada, England and the United States.

More than 500 choruses competed regionally for the chance to perform and be judged at the Las Vegas International Competition, according to a press release.

Under the direction of Master Director Lori Lyford, 109 women of the Scottsdale Chorus earned a score of 3,044 points out of 3,200 possible points.

Semi-final and final performances included intense ballads and jaw-dropping up-tunes that had judges and the audience wiping away tears one minute and screaming out of their seats the next, the release stated.

With members from all over the state, the Scottsdale Chorus has been delighting audiences with a cappella four-part harmony, innovative choreography and dazzling costumes since its inception in 1962.

The chorus has competed in 15 International contests since 1976, never achieving less than Third Place. Their competitive spirit and commitment to musical excellence has lead them to the coveted First Place International Championship four times prior to this year: 1984, 1989, 2006 and 2011.

Ms. Lyford teaches choral music at Chandler High School and is a sought-after coach for choruses and quartets internationally, the release stated.

Membership in the chorus is open to women singers with a special membership program for youth under age 25. The Chorus invites guests and potential members to visit a rehearsal on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at their rehearsal hall, Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, 9590 E. Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale.

The Scottsdale Chorus is now accepting performance engagements for 2016 and beyond. For more information contact the Chorus at: or 602-258-0383.

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