A Cappella Bay Celebrates 70 Years of Harmony

July 4, 2019 - 9:56pm -- Lizzie Green

On July 25, 2019, A Cappella Bay Show Chorus will celebrate its 70th year!  Here's a quick synopsis:

  • 7/25/49  Sunshine City Chapter formed in St. Petersburg, FL; it was the 1st Chapter in Region 9 and the only Chapter east of the Mississippi.
  • Skyway Chapter later chartered, then merged with Sunshine City in 1969 to form Sunshine Skyway keeping the 1949 original Charter.
  • Sunshine Skyway and Gulf to Bay merged in 1992 and kept the 1949 original Charter.
  • 2015   Gulf to Bay Chapter changes the name to A Cappella Bay Show Chorus.  

Over the 70 years, there have been 14 different directors until happily landing Denise Helbig in 2006.  Denise had been a teenager in the Sunshine Skyway Chorus, and as many of our young people, grew up in the barbershop/Sweet Adeline world.  With Denise's enthusiasm and barbershop knowledge, the Chorus was able to achieve most improved Chorus in Region 9 in 2007 through 2011.  After many years of competing in the Mid-Size AA Division, this year, through unforeseen circumstances, A Cappella Bay competed in the small chorus category for the first time in its history and came in 1st Place!  

Long-standing current member Harriett Swartzmiller, 46 years as a Sweet Adeline with A Cappella Bay, remembers the history of the Chorus and the wonderful memories of singing with her mother, sewing multitudes of sequins on costumes, and the lasting friendships she has made over the years.

Celebrations are planned and will be highlighted in October at the chorus annual show.  We look forward to having many of our sisters in song, both former members and current Sweet Adeline neighboring chorus members, as part of this wonderful milestone.  A Cappella Bay is ready for the future and will continue to strive for excellence through spreading love and joy in each note and chord that it sings and rings!

Visit them on the web at https://www.acappellabayshowchorus.com/

Submitted by Barbara Kunath, A Cappella Bay Show Chorus Membership Chair

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