The Young Women In Harmony program is funded by Sweet Adelines International. Each year funds are allocated to support the program and its outreach to young singers and music educators worldwide. In addition, Young Women In Harmony Program Coordinators are appointed, an international committee comprised of three Sweet Adelines International volunteer members who partner with International headquarters staff as well as Regional coordinators to foster the program in communities all over the world.
The program is well established in USA and Sweet Adelines Australia is committed to growing its popularity and opportunities for young singers.
Young Women In Harmony Video Chorus Contest
In 2013, Sweet Adelines International held an all-new contest for youth choruses, with video submissions. The awards included cash prizes of US$1,000,$750 and $500 for first, second and third place winners as well as a copy of the Young Women In Harmony Competition Music Folio for those places. Entries are encouraged from anywhere in the world!
Entries for the 2015 Video Chorus contest close on August 1, 2015.
The 2013 & 2014 winners were Treblemakers from Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona, USA.
The 2014 2nd place winners were Macappella from Auckland, New Zealand.
The 2014 3rd place winners were Maiden Tawa from Wellington, New Zealand.
Rising Star Quartet Contest
In 2009, Sweet Adelines International launched the annual Rising Star Quartet Contest. Sweet Adelines International is excited to partner with Region 21 for the 2015 Rising Star Quartet Contest on August 8, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz!
Many Young Women In Harmony singers have gone on to compete in Regional and International Sweet Adelines International Quartet contests. The 2012 Rising Star winners, GQ have qualified to compete in the 2013 International Quartet contest in Hawaii and have just released their first album.
Lorde sang in Barbershop choruses when she was in school in New Zealand and says she still enjoys watching a cappella and barbershop quartets today. You can hear her talk (at 2:05) about how singing Barbershop developed her voice and influenced her music in an interview on the Letterman program.
Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers started her singing career with Sweet Adelines, her quartet Vogue was the Young Women In Harmony Rising Star winner in 2009. She still sings and competes in a quartet, now with Swoon.
The 2014 Rising Star Quartet Champions were Class Ring.
Close to home are the 2012 Rising Star Quartet Champions, The Fource from New Zealand. They won their title at the Sweet Adelines International contest in Houston, Texas, USA.