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  • July 2nd - SVC at Warriors Game - A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY!!
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Jun 8 2018
    July 2nd - SVC at Warriors Game - A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY!!
    Sacramento Valley Chorus will preform the National Athem at the Golden 1 Center on July 2nd. If you would like to join us and watch the game, a limited supply of tickets are available. See the  flier and attachement. 
  • It is Official - New Orleans 2019
  •  Date Posted: Wed, May 30 2018
    It is Official - New Orleans 2019
    IT IS OFFICIAL -  Sacramento Valley Chorus has been invited to compete in New Orleans in 2019
    Our second place score at our Region 12 Compeition in Reno last month made us  eligible to compete as a Wildcard Chorus at the 2019 International Convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana. We are super excited. 

  • Region 12 Webcast - Sacramento Valley Performance information
  •  Date Posted: Tue, May 1 2018
    Region 12 Webcast  - Sacramento Valley Performance information

    Region 12 Webcast  
    $20: (live video stream of quartet & chorus contests, includes 3 weeks of video-on-demand following the live contest). 

    Sacramento Valley Chorus competiting  quartets perform at the following times on Friday:
    2:17 pm  contestant #7     Whatever 4 
    4:05 pm  contestant #16    Vibrance 
    5:59 pm  contestant #22    Fresco
    and the  chorus performs on Saturday  at approx time 3:24 pm - Sacramento Valley Chorus contestant 14th
  • April 29 - Spring Fling
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Apr 22 2018
    April 29 - Spring Fling

    Enjoy an afternoon of great music as the chorus prepares for regional competition and debuts our newest music. Featuring:

    • Performances from our competing quartets
    • Gourment snacks
    • Wine Pull Raffle

    Sun, April 29, 2018 
    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

    La Sierra Community Center 
    5325 Engle Rd # 100 
    Carmichael, CA 95608

    Book now

  • Big Day of Giving 2018 - Please SHARE
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Apr 22 2018
    Big Day of Giving 2018 - Please SHARE

    BIG DAY OF GIVING Give Where Your Heart is!
     May 3th 2018!
    Pre-schedule your donation and it will automatically post on May 3rd!!!
    The only thing better then singing, is more singing!
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Dear Friends of SVC,

    WHAT is Big Day of Giving? A Regional online giving event to help local Non-profit groups like Sacramento Valley Chorus raise as much money as possible on May 3rd. Donations however can be pre-scheduled NOW through 11:59pm on May 3rd.
    Why is your donation important?  Your early pre-scheduled donation can earn a boost! Challenge prizes are also available for nonprofits to win, allowing them to earn more throughout the day.  All donations are tax deductible.  You will receive a receipt that meets IRS requirements. Funds raised will help SVC continue to share the Gift of Song Barbershop Style with the Sacramento Community and support local youth through the Young Women in Harmony program and scholarships to Mountain Harmony Camp. Your gift of $15 or more will help us reach our goal of becoming an A level chorus and bringing more international recognition to Sacramento. Currently we are proud to say that your continued support has brought us from 21st to 14th in the world in just two years! Next stop top 10!!!!! 

    Boosts and Matching Funds!!:  Help us earn these funds by prescheduling a donation now and on May 3th.
    • The first twenty donors who donate $25 or more now get a $10 boost!
    • Golden 1 Members using your Golden 1 Credit Union debit or credit card, Golden 1 will match up to $50,000 of donations across all participating nonprofits. This window of opportunity opens on Midnight sharp on May 3rd.
    • The first BDOG boost on May 3rd from the Sacramento Community Foundation will occur fromMidnight to 12:10 on May 3rd. Every donation made during that time slot will go into a drawing for a $1,000 boost!
    How can you give?  Make a gift of $15 or more to us, and to any of the participating nonprofit organizations in our regionTo qualify for pro-rated matching funds all donations must be made through the link above or the by going to the and under organizations chose Sacramento Valley Chorus and any other organizations you wish to support. 
    All giving will end at 11:59pm on May 3rd 2018.
    Thanks in advance for your generosity to Sacramento Valley Chorus and our community!

    In harmony,
    Sacramento Valley Chorus
  • Sacramento Valley Chorus Place 14th at Sweet Adelines International Contest
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Jan 30 2018
    Sacramento Valley Chorus Place 14th at Sweet Adelines International Contest
    Watch our performance at the last Sweet Adelines International Contest October 2017 in Las Vegas. We are very proud and excited about our 14th place finish and are looking forward to the coming year. 
    YouTube Video URL:
  • The Sacramento Choral Calendar - Concert Review - by Diane Boul
  •  Date Posted: Sat, Dec 9 2017
    The Sacramento Choral Calendar - Concert Review - by Diane Boul
    The Sacramento Choral Calendar

    Concert Review

    Sacramento Valley Chorus

    'Tis the Season To Be Jolly - December 9, 2017

    by Diane Boul
    What do you think of when you think of a choir or a chorus? Church choirs? Amateur community choirs? Maybe children’s choirs or one of the large professional choirs? These are all groups of people that come together to sing and, often, to entertain. They come in all types: all men, all women, mixed groups, professional-level, purely amateur, some better than others.

    Then there’s the Sacramento Valley Chorus, directed by Dede Nibler. They are pure theater! They sing, dance, and act, all with professionalism, sophistication, and with so much enthusiasm and fun. Sacramento Valley Chorus (SVC) is an award-winning, high-energy chorus of women dedicated to musical excellence in the performance of four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. In 2017 they represented Region 12 at the Sweet Adelines International competition in Las Vegas, placing 14th.  That’s 14th in the world of Sweet Adeline choruses!

    One of the four categories on which SAI competitors are judged is expression: this includes matched open vowels, diction, and execution of interpretive plan, use of barbershop style and vocal drama, and emotional communication. If more choruses would adhere to these qualities in their singing, there’d be much larger audiences listening to much better choruses.

    Most choruses don’t have a distinctive sound that identifies them, but SVC does. It’s the barbershop sound that is revered by many and appreciated by so many more. Some folks just like that distinctive sound, while others delight in the tight harmonies that make this music difficult to sing. All barbershop groups (men and women) sing in four parts: tenor, lead, baritone, and bass, from highest voice to lowest, but these do not correspond well to classical voice parts. Each of the four parts has its own role: generally, the lead sings the melody, the tenor harmonizes above the melody, the bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completes the chord, usually below the lead.

    According to the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), "Barbershop music features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies.” May sound simple, but if you have time, read what else the BHS and others say about the complexities of the barbershop tone and chords. The history of how barbershop evolved is really interesting and sounds very scientific and complicated. What you hear is no accident!

    The elements of the barbershop style and the names of the voice parts are the same for both men and women, but the ranges in each part are different, of course. The ideal balance in a chorus is about 40% bass, 30% lead, 20% baritone and 10% tenor singers. Fortunately, there are many arrangers with the skills to include the barbershop chord structure in their arrangements.  Today's barbershop quartets and choruses sing a variety of music from all eras — show tunes, pop, and even rock music have been arranged for choruses and quartets, making them more attractive to younger singers. I was disappointed that no mention was made in the program of these talented arrangers.

    The defining characteristic of the barbershop style is the ringing chord, one in which certain overtones of the four voices reinforce each other, sometimes so strongly that the overtone is perceived by the listener as a distinct tone, even though none of the voices are perceived as singing that tone. Wrap your head around that idea!! Barbershop music is always a cappella, because listening to anything but the other three voices interferes with a performer's ability to tune with the precision required.

    “Tis the Season to Be Jolly,” Sacramento Valley Chorus’s concert at the Oak Hill Church in Folsom on this day, mixed the finals package from their competition in Las Vegas with an impressive array of Christmas songs, plus three costume changes along the way. Oak Hill Church was perfect for this group, because they have a huge following.  This spacious hall accommodated all of them, and it was almost full. There wasn’t a problem acoustically, because the singers were heavily miked with professional equipment, so the sound was full and even. I noticed how dressed up members of the audience were. This was a nice change from the casual attire I see at most concerts  definitely not a jeans affair.

    (Click here to open the program in a new window.)

    Emcee Gwen Marks asked the audience to imagine the Road to OzVegas, another tale of Oz, which was a parody on the Oz plays, including The Wizard of Oz,The Wiz, and Wicked.  The Oz characters were well-represented, including Dorothy (director Dede Nibler); the Tin Man; the Lion; the Munchkins; the Wicked Witch of the West; Glinda, the Good Witch of the South (or the North if you go back to the original movie), etc.

    This was a really creative skit about auditioning a new baritone for the competitive quartet of witches. Beginning with “Pure Imagination,” the skit progressed to “Move on Down the Road” as the auditions went on. This actually made sense if you were there, and it was hilarious how they continued to weave the Oz songs into their parody, including the revivalist, “Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News”; “Popular,” Glinda’s teaching moment for the quartet; and the finale, “Brand New Day.”  Then the frenetic characters, along with the crazy, costumed, backup chorus, left the stage. This could have been the end of the show, and we would all have gone home happy; but no, SVC was just getting started!

    The next introduction was to guest artists, Artistic Licensea quartet from the barbershop chorus, Voices of California (another Sacramento group worth hearing). Their “Silver Bells” rang out in this hall:  just beautiful. “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” brought us beautiful harmonies with broad vocal ranges. This piece was arranged by Deke Sharon, heralded as "The Father of Contemporary A Cappella."

    “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” was arranged by bass, Jason Dyer, and featured him. In this number, I was particularly impressed by the way they all seemed to breathe together. It was obvious that they were listening to each other and adjusting as necessary to keep the voices in balance. “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” written in a jazzy, rock rhythm with beatboxing accompaniment was one of my favorites. I never realized barbershop singing could be so versatile.

    Jason then talked about Joseph being somewhat forgotten in the Christmas story.  So, from Joseph’s point of view, they sang “Joseph’s Lullaby,” written by Christian rock band, MercyMe, and featuring baritone, Gabe Caretto. This was a touching lullaby, so smooth and lilting and impeccably sung. This ought to be in the repertoire of more choruses. Completing their set, Artistic License sang a medley of Santa Clause-themed songs. I really didn’t care for the barbershop arrangement of this piece.

    Emcee Gwen then told us that SVC had a quartet qualified to represent Region 12 (Northern California) in the International Competition for quartets. Called Fresco, Sandy, Megan, Margaret and Marriann entertained us with the upbeat, “Come On, Get Happy,” a very expressive “Chances Are,” and a scatty number, “Nobody But Me.”

    Then the two quartets, Artistic License and Fresco, sang as a double quartet. Their vocal blend was smooth, the harmonies very tight. This was interesting and perhaps a little unconventional, since barbershop choruses/quartets are not usually mixed, but it worked for me. 

    The entire chorus returned to show us why they were 14th in the world at the 2017 Sweet Adelines International Competition, singing “Over the Rainbow” and “My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms,” both with choreography. (See YouTube, Contestant #14 Sacramento Valley Chorus for the live performance, complete with cartwheels.)

    Intermission was an event with lots of items for sale, including gifts and snack food and drinks.

    The chorus returned with “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and then the audience got a chance to sing a Christmas round with the chorus, along with a few other well-known carols. It was a rousing affair, because there were hundreds of people in the audience. I think they must all have been singing.

    I regret to say that I had to miss the rest of the concert, but at 5:00 p.m., this concert (which started at 3:00 pm) was only a little more than half over. I had another engagement, so I had to leave. I missed the light and funny Christmas songs I’ve heard before, but I feel confident that they were done to the standards demanded by this group of women. I did want to hear the Whatever 4 quartet, another Region 12 quartet (you can hear them at and the SVC small ensemble, Extension Chords. I also missed one of my favorite Christmas songs, “Mary Did You Know?” Maybe it’ll turn up on YouTube, sung in the inimitable style of the Sacramento Valley Chorus!

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  • SAI - Contestant 14 - Sacramento Valley Chorus
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Oct 1 2017
    SAI - Contestant 14 - Sacramento Valley Chorus
    Watch Sacramento Valley Chorus as the 14th Contestant in the Sweet Adelines Internation Semi-finals competition on Thursday, October 12 around 1 pm. Log on early so as not to miss our performance. We truly appreciate all your support as we have journeyed on the road to Oz Vegas!

  • Harmony Academy / Holiday Edition
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Sep 1 2017
    Harmony Academy / Holiday Edition
    Each year Sacramento Valley Chorus opens their doors to welcome women singers to come to our event, called "Harmony Academy". This is a seven-week program where women join us at our rehearsals and learn or review the songs that the chorus sings during the holidays and at our holiday show. It provides them the opportunity to sing our style of music and to sing with us during the holidays. If they happen to get bitten by the a cappella bug we are happy to welcome them back after the holidays. 

    Register Today! 

  • Friends and Family Performance
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Aug 25 2017
    Friends and Family Performance
    SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
    Richard Brunelle Performance Hall
    315 W. 14th Street, Davis, California, 95616
    7 - 9 pm


    Enjoy an evening of great music as the chorus prepares for International competition
    in Las Vegas. We will be getting in some stage time singing for our very best audience!     

    Our family and friends!

    FREE Admission      
    Donations Welcome!