Who are we?
Magic Valley Chorus is an award winning barbershop chorus. The chorus began in November, 1990. In 1991 we put
on our first annual show, went to Region 10 competition, and have been going strong ever since. In 2009, the
Chorus received the Most Improved Chorus award at competition in Houston, Texas. In 2010 we received the Most
Improved Chorus award for a second time in a row and we won the 3rd place medals for the Small Chorus Division
What is our affiliation?
We are a chartered chapter under Sweet Adelines International, Inc., a highly respected worldwide organization of
women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and
This independent, nonprofit music education association is one of the world's largest singing organizations of nearly
25,000 members worldwide. There are more than 1,200 registered quartets and 600 choruses, including chapters
located in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, the Netherlands,
Wales and most of the 50 states in the United States. Check them out at www.sweetadelineintl.org
What are we all about?
The purpose for Magic Valley Chorus is to perpetuate and enhance the barbershop music art form through
education, thereby benefiting local communities by furthering their artistic enrichment. We accomplish this purpose
by providing education and training for our members in singing four-part harmony, barbershop style, without
instrumental accompaniment. The four parts are lead, tenor, baritone and bass. Magic Valley Chorus gives public,
private and community performances to promote an interest in the development and general appreciation of all
things pertaining to the art form of barbershop harmony.
We are searching for women singers in the Rio Grande Valley area who are genuinely interested in the promotion of
barbershop harmony singing (see below) and developing a friendship among a group of fun loving women. Women of
all ages who enjoy singing are invited to attend the Chorus' weekly rehearsal on Mondays from 7pm to 10pm at St.
Mark United Methodist Church on 301 W. Pecan, McAllen, TX.
What is barbershop harmony?
Barbershop harmony is four-part, unaccompanied, close-harmony singing.
LEAD: The melody of a song is sung in the second voice, called the lead. The range for lead is between A below
middle C, and C above middle C.
TENOR: is a harmony part sung consistently above the lead. Although Tenor is the highest voice in barbershop
harmony, it should not be confused with the soprano of conventional singing groups. The tenor should have a light,
sweet, pure tone that will complement, but not overpower, the lead voice.
BARITONE: covers approximately the same range as lead. The baritone harmony notes cross the lead notes;
sometimes sung below and sometimes above.
BASS: singers should have a rich, mellow voice and be able to sing the E flat below middle C easily. Bass should
not be confused with the alto of conventional groups.
Magic Valley Chorus