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  • St. Louis Vocal Project welcomes women singers, January 19, Kirkwood Community Center
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Dec 31 2021
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    December 31, 2021
    St. Louis Vocal Project welcomes women singers, January 19, Kirkwood Community Center

    St. Louis Vocal Project, an award-winning a cappella women's chorus, is holding an open rehearsal and guest night on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 7:00 pm, at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road. The event is open to all women singers who are looking for a fun and friendly place to do some serious singing. Come find out about a cappella singing in the barbershop style. Once you hear that harmony ringing, you'll be hooked! 

    If your idea of "barbershop" is four men wearing straw hats singing an old-fashioned song, you're off by about a hundred years. Modern barbershop is a vibrant, distinctive style of a cappella singing (singing without accompaniment). The Vocal Project repertoire includes old and new music from many genres, including jazz, pop, folk, and Broadway, arranged by world-famous arrangers specifically for women's voices in four-part harmony.  The common element is tight harmony with complex, ringing chords. 

    Director Sandi Wright has 35 years of directing experience and is a certified competition judge in three international barbershop organizations.  Under her leadership, St. Louis Vocal Project competes in annual contests held by its parent organization, Harmony Incorporated, and performs for the local community. The singers enjoy the benefits of fun, friendship, musical education, and the joy of bringing great music to their audiences. 

    The chorus is seeking new singers in all voice parts. It's not necessary to be able to read music or to have formal musical training, but some prior singing experience is helpful. 

    Important: All chorus members and guests are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and must wear masks throughout the rehearsal; there are no exceptions. 
    Contact: Sandi Wright, 314-303-0877
  • St Louis Vocal Project Has A New Rehearsal Site
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Aug 1 2021
    It's Time To Sing Again!

    St. Louis Vocal Project has a new rehearsal site at the Kirkwood Community Center, Room 300, 111 S. Geyer Rd,, Kirkwood, Missouri, 63122. 

    We still meet on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. We always welcome guests. If you're a first-time visitor, check the Event Calendar first to make sure we are rehearsing. Then come a little early so we can greet you and explain what to expect.

    COVID-19 Policy: Everyone in the room must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; no exceptions. First-time visitors will be asked to show their vaccination cards. You may email a photo of your card ahead of time to As of July 28, 2021, we are singing with masks until the COVID situation in the St. Louis area improves.

  • Janet Johnston Memorial Scholarship
  •  Date Posted: Mon, Dec 16 2019

    Janet Johnston family photoJanet Johnston joined Sweet Adelines in 1955, and was the baritone in the 1957 Regional Championship Quartet Miss Chiefs. She joined St. Louis Harmony Chorus shortly after its charter in 1961 and served as president, assistant director to founder Betty Oliver, and choreographer. A great singer and administrator, she is also the mother of Sandi Wright, director of St. Louis Vocal Project Chorus. Janet believed that the future of barbershop singing lay in attracting young members, and she was instrumental in getting the SAI minimum age requirement eliminated. Janet retired from St. Louis Harmony in 1982 and passed away in 2004. This scholarship is set up in her memory to encourage young women to join St. Louis Vocal Project despite financial issues.

    The Scholarship is intended to offset all or part of the Harmony Inc. registration fee and St. Louis Vocal Project monthly dues for members who are 25 years old or younger. The recipient is expected to have:

    • 75% rehearsal attendance rate

    • 100% performance attendance rate

    • hold service on at least one committee within the chorus

    The Scholarship may be awarded at any time. Once awarded, the scholarship may be renewed by resubmitting the application form annually before March 1, as the fiscal year begins on April 1.

    To apply for the Scholarship, print out and fill in the attached form and give it to the St. Louis Vocal Project Director, President, or Treasurer. If you have any questions about the Scholarship, ask the Treasurer.

  • Congratulations to Take 4 and Fierce! (St. Louis Vocal Project)
  •  Date Posted: Mon, Nov 18 2019

    St. Louis Vocal Project quartets Take 4 and Fierce placed second and third respectively at the Harmony, Incorporated International Convention and Contest, Nov. 7-9, 2019, in Sandusky, Ohio.
    Take 4 at IC&C 2019
    Take 4 sang Anything Can Happen If You Let It and If I Ruled The World, with an average score of 80.7, less than a percentage point behind the first place quartet, Hot Pursuit from Area 6. Take 4 singers are Melissa VanHousen, tenor; Chacey Steen, lead; Kristin Drummond-Mance, baritone; and Wendy Spilker, bass. 

    Fierce selfie at IC&C 2019
    Fierce sang I'm In The Mood For Love and Love Me Or Leave Me, with an average score of 79.1. Vocal Project members of Fierce are Kelly Peterson, tenor; Susan Ives, lead and director of Topeka Acappella Unlimited Chorus; and Joy Suellentrop, baritone. The quartet's bass is Kris Wheaton, director of Bluegrass Harmony Chorus in Louisville.

    We are so proud of our singers! 
  • Kelly Peterson of Fierce is the new Executive Assistant, Administration, for Harmony Inc. (St. Louis Vocal Project)
  •  Date Posted: Mon, Oct 28 2019
    Kelly Peterson of Fierce is the new Executive Assistant, Administration, for Harmony Inc.
    From Harmony Incorporated HQ

    Please welcome our new Executive Assistant, Administration, Kelly Peterson! 

    Kelly joined Harmony, Inc. in the spring of 2018 and is a member of St. Louis Vocal Project Chorus and Fierce quartet.  She brings administrative, technical and member service experience from her background as a church parish administrator.  In addition to her passion for barbershop harmony, Kelly plays the violin and viola and has a bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana State University.  Kelly and her husband have two teenage daughters. 

    If you see Kelly in Sandusky, please stop and say, “hello”.   

  • First Women to Become Judges in BHS
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Aug 6 2019
    First Women to Become Judges in BHS
    St. Louis Vocal Project Director Sandi Wright is among the first women to become certified as Judges in the Barbershop Harmony Society, traditionally the men's international barbershop organization. Sandi recently qualified as a BHS Performance Judge, She is also a Presentation and Performance Judge in Harmony, Incorporated and a Showmanship Judge in Sweet Adelines, making her the first judge ever to be certified in all three organizations. 

    Shown in the photo, from left to right, Linda Muise, Mo Field, Judy Pozsgay, Sandi Wright, Charlotte Murray, Theresa Weatherbee, and Melody Hine. 
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