History

The birth of Sac Valley Chorus.......

It all began in 1979 when 3 women met in the living room of the home of Carolyn Davey, one of the founders of Sacramento Valley Chorus. The founding members were Carolyn Davey, Dar Haag, Jackie Wisecarver and Mary Alice Myers.
 
Carolyn Davey Dar Haag Jackie Wisecarver Mary Alice Myers

 
M. A., as she is affectionally known, became the director of the chorus which grew rapidly with young talented singers. Their goal was to build a chorus of talented musicians so those who joined them had to meet the qualification standards. They weren't interested in adding members just to become a large chorus. As they grew they prepared for chartering the chorus. 

Ten years later, in 1989, Sacramento Valley Chorus won the Region 12 Chorus Competition and began their journey to International Competition held in Salt Lake City, Utah.



Sweet Harmony is a documentary that follows the Sacramento Valley barbershop chorus to the 1990 International Sweet Adelines competition in Salt Lake City, Utah. From practice to the international stage this program highlights these amazing women who sing barbershop music. Sweet Harmony aired on PBS and won an AFI Robert M. Bennett award for best local production.
For more information, see:    www.amazon.com/Sweet-Harmony-Mary-Alice-Myers/dp/B078XJKBBP

After that competition MA moved to southern California. SVC worked with their new director, Patty Easley for several years. (1999-2006)  In 2000, when Camellia City Chorus folded (after 35 years of existence) many of the members transferred to Sacramento Valley, Some went to Voice of the Valley, another chorus founded by M.A. , Some became CAL members and others moved on to other activities.

M.A. also directed a chorus in Davis called Cycle City. Eventually it also folded and some members from that chorus joined SVC or VOV. When Voice of the Valley Chorus folded many of their members, some originally from CCC, transferred to SVC, bringing with them their old and new friends from VOV. 

In 2006  Lynne Erickson was hired to continue leading us on our journey. (2006-2016) For the next ten years the chorus continued to work toward their goals to pursue musical excellence and provide performance and educational opportunities to our members and the community. The chorus has welcomed musically talented women, women of all ages and women of all faiths and ethnicities. All of these women came with an interest in singing 4 part a cappella barbershop style music and met the qualifications to do so.

Over the years many other members have come and gone. Some have come from other choruses, heard of SVC via word of mouth from friends, acquaintances or former members, saw us in performance mode and / or found us via social media, such as Meet UP, Many became interested in being part of the group thanks to one or more sources of media coverage. Some elected to become dual members from other choruses in our region.
 
As we have grown in size and ability we have attracted other women who are looking for a place where they can get good vocal training, sing with a group that performs at a high level, and has created a sequined sisterhood that cares for and supports its members in many ways.

See the list of the awards we have won over the years.

Remembering quartets with current/past SVC members.......(please let Debi know if you can fill in any of the missing names or missing quartets). dgordon904@gmail.com
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T-Sue Barkley
L-Pattie Easley
Br-Dede Nibler
Bs-Pattie Bauer
Fresco 2019 Whatever4
T-Sue Barkley
L-Pattie Easley
Br-Marty Pacini
Bs-Pattie Bauer
Fresco 2019 Fresco
T-Sandy Cope
L-Megan Litz
Br-Margaret Leggett
Bs-Meriann Cree
Fresco 2019 Sneak Preview
T-Dede Nibler
L-Diane Carpenter
Br-Kerry Kaempf-Wood
Bs-Susan Costa
Fresco 2019 Airplay
T-Diana Doan
L-Cheryl Young
Br-Debi Gordon
Bs-Marilyn Entin
Fresco 2018 Whatever4
T-Sue Barkley
L-Patty Easley
Br-Marty Pacini
Bs-Pattie Bauer
Fresco 2018 Fresco (wild card)
T-Sandy Cope
L-Megan Litz
Br-Margaret Leggett
Bs-Meriann Cree
2017 Fresco (R12 winner)
T-Sandy Cope
L-Megan Litz
Br-Margaret Leggett
Bs-Meriann Cree
2017 Whatever4
T-Marjie Jenkins
L-Pattie Easley
Br-Marty Pacini
Bs-Pattie Bauer
2016 Vibrance
T-Vicky Lampe
L-Sherry Rowe
Br-Bonnie Flint
Bs-Lynn Johnston
2016 Apocalipstick
T-Sally Kwong
L-Linda Bergvinsson
Br-Cynthia McCarver
Bs-LaDonna Adam
2016 Whatever4
T-Marjie Jenkins
L-Pattie Easley
Br-Marty Pacini
Bs-Pattie Bauer
2015 Vibrance
T-Vicky Lampe
L-Sherry Rowe
Br-Bonnie Flint
Bs-Lynn Johnston
2015 Whatever4
T-Marjie Jenkins
L-Pattie Easley
Br-Marty Pacini
Bs-Pattie Bauer
2014 Vibrance
T-Vicky Lampe
L-Sherry Rowe
Br-Bonnie Flint
Bs-Lynn Johnston
2013 Vibrance
T-Vicky Lampe
L-Sherry Rowe
Br-Bonnie Flint
Bs-Lynn Johnston
 
2013 Whatever4
T-Marjie Jenkins
L-Pattie Easley
Br-Trish Sliter
Bs-Pattie Bauer
2013 Flipside (R12 winner)
T-Sandy Cope
L-Kathy Pescar
Br-Margaret Leggett    
Bs-Merriann Cree
2012 Vibrance
T-Vicky Lampe
L-Sherry Rowe
Br-Bonnie Flint   
Bs-Lynn Johnston
2012 Whatever4
T-Marjie Jenkins
L-Pattie Easley
Br-Pat Hunter
Bs-Pattie Bauer
2011 Whatever4
T-Marjie Jenkins
L-Pattie Easley
Br-Pat Hunter
Bs-Pattie Bauer
2010 Vibrance
T-Vicky Lampe
L-Sherry Rowe
Br-Bonnie Flint   
Bs-Lynn Johnston
2009 Vibrance
T-Vicky Lampe
L-Sherry Rowe
Br-Bonnie Flint   
Bs-Lynn Johnston
2009 Singcerely
T-Barbara Busch
L-Christy Reid
Br-Kay Kundinger
Bs-Barb Julian
2009 D'Vine (wild card)
T-Sandy Cope
L-Melany Schmitt
Br-Kerry Kaemph-Wood
Bs-Wendy Gibson
2008 Vibrance
T-Vicky Lampe
L-Sherry Rowe
Br-Bonnie Flint   
Bs-Lynn Johnston
2007 Vibrance
T-Vicky Lampe
L-Sherry Rowe
Br-  
Bs-
2007 Seattle Blend - Region 13
T-Danie Stiles
L-Evy Young
Br-Linda Bergvinsson
Bs-Suzanne Dahlquist
2007 Confetti (R12 winner)
T-Julie Baxter
L-Kathy Pecsar
Br-Trish Sliter
Bs-Merriann Cree
2006 L'Attitude (Wild Card)
T-Mary Carash
L-Leah Brooks
Br-Donna Spitzer
Bs-Laura Connors
2006 Fourmata
T-Xiaolin Chen
L-Marilyn Entin
Br-Debi Gordon
Bs-Voula Brown
2005 Vibrance
T-
L-Sherry Rowe
Br-Bonnie Flint   
Bs-Alice Lemke
2005 L'Attitude
T-Mary Carash
L-Leah Brooks
Br-Donna Spitzer
Bs-Laura Connors
2005 Balancing Act
T-Kathy Mussett
L-Christy Reid
Br-Debi Gordon
Bs-SueBeth Bennion
2004 Balancing Act
T-Kathy Mussett
L-Christy Reid
Br-Debi Gordon
Bs-SueBeth Bennion
2002 Neon Lights (Wild Card)
T-Julie Baxter
L-Karen Fish
Br-Dede Nibler
Bs-Wendy Gibson
1999 Main Event (R11 Winner)
T-Elaine Casperson
L-Dani Avalos Prigge
Br-Dede Nibler
Bs-Colleen Eskender
1996 Rhythm 'n Rhapsody
T-Sydney Williams
L-Helen Zwall
Br-Becky Eveland
Bs-Laura Connors
1995 Main Event (R11 Winner)
T-Elaine Casperson
L-Melissa Ferrell
Br-Dede Nibler
Bs-Colleen Eskender
1994 Rhythm 'n Rhapsody
T-Sydney Williams
L-Helen Zwall
Br-Becky Eveland
Bs-Laura Connors
1994 Main Event (R11 Winner)
T-Elaine Casperson
L-Melissa Ferrell
Br-Dede Nibler
Bs-Colleen Eskender
1993 Capital City Express (R12 winner)
T-Dana Entrikin
L-Lee Hays
Br-Margaret Leggett
Bs-Merriann Cree
1992 Rhythm 'n Rhapsody
T-Sydney Williams
L-Helen Zwall
Br-Becky Eveland
Bs-Laura Connors
1991 What's New
T-Carol Entrikin
L-Tamera Ele
Br-Tamra Perez
Bs-Barbara Tincher
1991 Ritz
T-Candy Paul
L-Patty Easley
Br-Joan Eckert
Bs-Mikki Melton
1991 Blue Razzberry Rhythm (R12 winner)
T-Carol Orme
L-Joyce Wheeler
Br-Patricia Sliter
Bs-Mary Alice Myers
1990 Rhythm 'n Rhapsody
T-Sydney Williams
L-Helen Zwall
Br-Becky Eveland
Bs-Lynn Davis
1989 Park Avenue (R12 winner)
T-Dana Entrikin
L-Kathie Fagerstrom
Br-Adrienne Wright
Bs-Mary Alice Myers
1989 Magic (R11 Winner)
T-Elaine Casperson
L-Charlotte Chilpigian
Br-Dede Nibler
Bs-Sharon Grider Kinman
1988 Arpeggio
T-Marjie Jenkins
L-Tamra Perez
Br-Joan ?
Bs-Kathie Sabato
1986 So Rare (R11 Winner)
T-Dede Nibler
L-Charlotte Chilpigian
Br-Jan Schaefer
Bs-Sharon Grider-Kinman
(no photo) 1977 Musical Admiration Society (R10 Winner)
T-Doris Thornton
L-Shirley Kout
Br-Jerri Johns
Bs-Sherry Human
(no photo) 1976 Musical Admiration Society (R10 Winner)
T-Doris Thornton
L-Shirley Kout
Br-Jerri Johns
Bs-Sherry Human
Do YOU Have a Picture of our past Quartets or Chorus? Contact webmaster@sacramentovalleychorus.com