A YEAR of rehearsing has the Indian Blue Chorus in good stead for its third convention since forming less than four years ago.
The Burns Beach-based women’s barbershop chorus will compete under the direction of Kali Caramia in Laugh, Sing, Shine! at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Sweet Adelines Australia event will see 700 women from Australia at the four-day convention that includes two days of quartet and chorus competition from May 19-20.
Indian Blue Chorus will have 48 members on stage, 12 of whom never competed before and two only auditioned this year.
“The two days of fierce competition will see us singing four-part a cappella harmonies in the barbershop style, scored by internationally accredited judges from the US,” member Lyn Hull said.
For the first time, the chorus will enter a quartet – True Blue – to compete on the Friday against 21 others, while the chorus will compete on Saturday against 15 others.
Both groups will sing two songs – an “up tune” and a ballad – to put them on stage for six minutes each.
The winning quartet will represent Australia at the Sweet Adelines International competition in Las Vegas this October and the winning chorus will do the same at next year’s Las Vegas event.
“With colourful costumes and expressive choreography, we like nothing more than strutting our stuff for a wide range of audiences,” Ms Hull said.
“We have a varied component to our chorus; our youngest is 15 and we have several in the 70-plus age group with novice members of less than three months and members with 25 years experience on stage.
“Our mantra for this year is: ‘Reach for the moon. Even if we miss, we will land among the stars’.”
Indian Blue Chorus rehearses at the Bramston Park community facility every Tuesday from 7pm.