Technically speaking, Harmony Celebration was formed officially in May 2007 in the eyes of its worldwide parent organization, Sweet Adelines International. The core of its ranks was pulled from the now-retired, three-time International Champion Ramapo Valley Chorus. But more than one-third of this 60-plus-member women's chorus have joined in the past few years. And now we’re writing a new history book.
Under the direction of the dynamic Scott Brannon, Harmony Celebration continues its tradition of producing highly entertaining shows and performing in the community on a regular basis. We also seek to represent the highest levels of achievement on the competition stage.
During our first visit to the regional contest in April 2008, we were proud to have earned Third Place medals and status as the region's Second Place Midsize Chorus. At the 2009 Regional Contest, by earning a solid A- score of 662, Harmony Celebration earned every award that we were eligible for, including:
- Overall Champion! (in just our second competition as our reconfigured selves)
- Most Improved (we gained 69 points over our 2008 scored)
- First-Place Midsize - Division AA (we had 54 singers on-stage)
- and the Renee Craig Performance award (with the highest showmanship scores of the contest)
Since its reconfiguration, Harmony Celebration has qualified for the annual Sweet Adelines International competition each year, representing our Greater NY/NJ Region 15. So far, we've traveled to competitions in Seattle, Denver, Baltimore, Las Vegas and St. Louis. We hope to continue our travels as we continue to qualify for International competitions at our Regional competitions.