The Scioto Valley Chorus (SVC) is one of the most exciting musical organizations in the Central Ohio Arts Community. Chartered in 1988, the chorus now boasts 100+ members of all ages, interests, and occupations. Th tie that binds us is a love of four part harmony, a desire to be an entertaining and exciting chorus, and a love and support for each other as a “family” of singers.
SVC is a member of Sweet Adelines International (SAI), an organization of 25,000 women worldwide dedicated to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performances. Each year, SAI’s 600+ choruses compete in their local regions. SVC competes annually against choruses in the Harmony Heartland Region #4, an area that encompasses parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama. The first time the chorus competed was in 1988, the year SVC was founded. The chorus was named the Novice Champion and came in sixth place overall. Since that time, the chorus has never placed lower than fifth overall.
In 1999, SAI began dividing the competition by chorus size, with recognition going to small, midsize, and large choruses. While SVC is a large chorus now, we have in the past been the Region 4 AA (mid-size) Division Champion eight times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009).
In 2001, SAI established the Harmony Classic, an international competition for the five small and mid-sized choruses with highest scores at their respective regional competitions. Scioto Valley has qualified for the Harmony Classic three times (2001, 2002,. and 2005) and was crowned the International AA Champion in 2005! That same year, the chorus was invited to participate in the Buckeye Invitational, a competition of the leading men’s and women’s choruses from all over the world. The chorus was named Grand Champion Chorus at that event. In 2009, SVC competed in the Harmony Classic for the four time, placing first with a record high score of 1350!
As the 2012 Fourth Place International Chorus Medalists (in Houston, Texas), we competed as a wild card chorus against 32 of the best choruses in the world. As the only rookies in the contest, SVC was proud to be counted among the best of the best for the very first time. To walk away with a fourth place medal was a dream come true!
Scioto Valley Chorus is proud of our most recent accomplishments – 2016 Champions of Harmony Heartland Region 4, 2015 International 4th Place Medalist. Other recent awards include Regional Championships in 2014 and 2012, and International 4th Place Medalists in 2013 and 2011.
Competition is not the only mission that Scioto Valley Chorus strives for. SVC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that is a strong proponent of musical education programs in Ohio and nationally. These programs include, but are not limited to: Central Ohio Harmony Camp, Young Women in Harmony, and The Young Singers Foundation, which provides scholarship for vocal music students. Many of our members volunteer yearly at Harmony Camp and give back to our community and our youth. SVC organizes many fundraising events to benefit our chorus i the form of music education and supporting our youth.
Some of the community events we’ve participated in and performed at in the past include: Ohio Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, National Anthem Singers for The Columbus Clippers, National Anthem Singers for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, Columbus Arts Festival, Powell Arts Festival, Worthington Holiday Festival, the Annual SVC Scarlet and Gray Cabaret, holiday shows, teacher’s conferences, and other community and private company events.