Finding their voice


A Cappella West members Dale Tiernan, Gayle McInnes, Alice Robinson, Lisa Rinaldi, Linda Wilson, Debbie Ward and Tegan Montgomery.
A Cappella West members Dale Tiernan, Gayle McInnes, Alice Robinson, Lisa Rinaldi, Linda Wilson, Debbie Ward and Tegan Montgomery.

But that is exactly what A Cappella West will do before they travel to Las Vegas to compete in the 2016 Sweet Adelines International in October.

The Perth-based women’s barbershop chorus earned that right after becoming national champions in Hobart last year.

Founder and director Lindsey Dyer said the chorus was expecting the international competition to represent a big step up.

“It is an opportunity to see the ‘big girls’ –- to see the next level of this art form,” she said.

“We don’t expect to win – this is an American art form and we will be among the best in the world.

“What we do expect is to walk off the international stage knowing we could not have done better.”

The group is holding fundraisers and applying for grants to cover the cost of the trip.