In the early 1970's Sweet Adelines International was about 25 years old. Women around the United States were joining together in small groups to sing, in four-part harmony, the melodies that previously only men had enjoyed. Women found great fun in this new undertaking.
In Indianapolis, 2 small groups decided to join this international organization. Each group gathered together weekly to harmonize and enjoy the fellowship of other singers. After almost 15 years these two groups decided it would be more fun and educational to join the groups together and grow larger. In 1985 they merged into a new chorus called White River Sound under the direction of Carol Shadle. Local performances and annual competition with other Sweet Adeline Choruses was extremely educational and great fun.
In 1996, Carol retired and Debbie Thistle became our new director. Under Debbie's guidance we grew our membership to approximately 50 women and honed our singing skills. Each year we moved upward in ranking at our annual regional competition. Eventually, we consistently placed in the top 5 choruses in Region 4. In 2019 we performed in the open division instead of competing in the international division. This gave us more flexibility in music choices and really challenged us to be more creative with our performance package. For now, we will continue in the open division, but have the option to go back to the international division if we decide to compete in the future.
September 1, 2020 was our 35th anniversary as a chapter chorus of Sweet Adelines International (SAI). As we passed this important milestone in SAI we also created a new chapter in our own chorus - we hired a new director! Sally Kelley replaced Debbie, who retired in April 2020. We are excited to see where the next 35 years will take us!
Our ladies have many talents; performing in quartets, writing show scripts, creating opportunities to participate in community activities, and managing the administration required for a non-profit organization. We produce an annual show and present other performances around our community. At Christmastime we have smaller groups that volunteer to give holiday performances. Our ladies take much pleasure in our music and the fun it offers. We support our current members and look for new friends to join us.
Our Mission Statement:
White River Sound is a woman's barbershop chorus dedicated to achieving the highest level of musical performance through education, competition, community involvement and friendship.