The Beginning: Pam Warkentin was director, and this is a picture of us all those years ago! We are glad the costumes have changed with the times!
Women’s barbershop began in Red Deer in 1993 when six enthusiastic ladies joined together to sing those tight four part harmonies. By 2001, they had a twenty members chorus, and on Feb 25, 2002 the group was chartered as a Sweet Adeline chorus called the Hearts of Harmony.
The chorus now has over 40 members. We have had the distinct pleasure of having multiple members of families sing with us: three generations of the Robertson family - mother Ev, daughter Sheryl (director) and granddaughter Caiti as well as a mother/ daughter duos from the Anderson and Wouters families. Our members drive from many surrounding communities such as Sylvan Lake, Ferintosh, Sundre, Carstairs, Stettler, Olds, Lacombe, Innisfail and Calgary to sing in Red Deer on Monday nights.
The Hearts of Harmony chorus has attended Region 26 multiple times. We know compete as a mid size chorus with our marks improving with each visit. In 2017 we were unable to attend the regional competition but entered in a video recording for evaluation.
The Hearts of Harmony perform throughout the year at community functions such as at Canada Day and the Festival of Trees as well as at nursing homes, churches, women’s conferences, etc. We have competed five times, each time improving our score. In April of 2009, two Hearts of Harmony quartets competed at the Region 26 competition in Calgary for the first time.