of New England Chorus is a group of more than forty women
from central Connecticut and southern Massachusetts who love to sing
barbershop music. The chorus was founded in 1993, and since that time,
our chorus has won first place in the regional contest several times,
qualifying us to compete at the international contests. Our director
since 1993 has been Marion Devokaitis,
a designated "Master Director" in the Sweet Adelines organization.
The main purpose of the Sound of New England is to get out and sing in our community. We have our own shows and sing at a number of events and venues in the area. We have sung the National Anthem at a basketball game at Mohegan Sun and for our local minor-league baseball team, the New Britain Rock Cats. We compete at regional competitions and also deliver singing valentines on Valentine's Day. We are available to liven up your next function or event if you are looking for a unique musical experience.
In addition to sharing our music with others, another great passion of ours is learning more about the art of a cappella singing. Vocal instruction is a regular part of chorus rehearsals, and a very important component of the chorus experience. A few times a year, we will get coaching from a visiting master in the art of barbershop and learn many fabulous tricks of the trade.
spring of every year, Sound of New England participates in the Region 1
chorus competition in Springfield, Massachusetts. Competitions are a
special time for quartets and choruses from our region to come together
to sing for each other, and get some constructive feedback from a panel
of judges. The winners of the regional competition in both quartet and
chorus categories get to travel to International Competition, which is
held in the fall in a city selected each year. In 2017, International
Competition will be held in Las Vegas!
New England is a chapter of Sweet Adelines, International, a non-profit
organization of approximately 30,000 members in choruses and quartets,
worldwide. The Headquarters is in Tulsa, Oklahoma.