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Bootcamp Returns to Waterloo!

All over the globe, members of Sweet Adelines International (SAI) are joining together to “harmonize the world” with Open House events. This is an amazing organization of women singing in harmony and having fun. As a 20-year SAI Chapter, Grand Harmony Chorus (GHC) enjoys singing and performing a cappella, four-part harmony music, in barbershop style. Our chorus invites you to our upcoming Barbershop Bootcamp on Tuesday September 27, 2016.

SAI encourages women all over the world to reach their full singing potential with unlimited training and educational opportunities, as well as a chance to perform and entertain. As a member, you will soon discover fun, social activities; an enlarged circle of friends; and exciting performance opportunities.

Celebrating 100 years!

Grand Harmony Chorus was thrilled to be able to provide entertainment and celebrate with Grand River Hospital marking their 100th anniversary milestone for the Freeport Campus on June 22, 2016.

Gorgeous weather with a light breeze made for a perfect garden party to mark 100 years of exceptional care and an exciting future of health services at Freeport.  Approximately 200 people took part in the event, enjoying historic displays, period costumes, presentations, cake, coffee, punch and reminiscing with friends.

Click here for more pictures and details of the day’s event.

GH Places Top 5!

MICHIGAN – It was well worth the drive to the Dearborn Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI for the members of the Grand Harmony Chorus, including several from Cambridge, Elmira, New Hamburg, Guelph, Kitchener, Harriston, Listowel, Kenilworth, St Agatha, New Dundee, Plattsville and Waterloo. Led by their award-winning director, Chris Arnold, this local women’s barbershop chorus returned home with medals after finishing second in the mid-size chorus (31 to 60 members) and fourth in the overall chorus categories of the recent Sweet Adelines International Border Lakes Region 2 Competition held on April 14 to 16, 2016.

In the quartet competition, Grand Harmony Chorus’ quartet, Rezonation (Lisa Thompson, Christine Heipel, Mary Adams and Dianne Ritz) proudly placed 7th.

Celebrate Christmas with GH 2015

Decking the Elmira Lions Hall with beautiful sights and joyous ringing chords of favourite Christmas music rang out again this year to another sold out crowd on November 29, 2015.

Chorus members bustled during the music sets serving tea, coffee and sweets while shoppers rushed to get a head start on their Christmas shopping with purchases of homemade packaged cookie treats, Carriage Nuts and various auction and basket draws.

It was a wonderful afternoon of smiling faces, tapping toes, friends and family and awesome entertainment!

GH Takes 6th!

Grand Harmony Chorus was very excited to take the stage in Dearborn Michigan in April with six brand new members!

We sang and danced our hearts out, debuting two new songs and were very proud to place sixth out of 16 competing choruses from southwestern Ontario and eastern Michigan.

Send-off in style!

St. Peter's Lutheran Church in downtown Kitchener was the venue for Grand Harmony's annual family & friends send-off on April 18.

Sweet harmonies, lively entertainment, wonderful supporters and fans, complete with a great lasagna dinner following the performances made for a terrific contest send-off!

Christkindle & Grand Harmony

Grand Harmony was thrilled to perform and sing their Christmas collection of songs in 4-part barbershop harmony at Canada’s biggest Barvarian Christmas market (Christkindl Market, Kitchener Ontario), on December 4, 2014.  We were delighted to be part of the opening ceremonies that evening, sharing in the sights and sounds of Christmas and the widespread merriment of the season.

Grand Harmony delighted the crowd with our newest Christmas song featuring our very own wonderful and talended Mr. Grinch

Christmas Sounds of Joy!

Grand Harmony serenaded a sold out crowd at their annual Christmas show held at the Elmira Lions Hall on November 30, 2014. Our MC and member, Erica Lee-Garcia eloquently carried the audience through GH`s varied and delightful repertoire. Our wonderful quartets (Key of She, Zamira, A Touch of Class, Rezonation and special guests Supertonic), enchanted the crowd with their ringing chords and fantastic harmonies. A resounding standing ovation and a surprise presentation of certified director pins to director Chris and assistant director Lisa, put the finishing touches on our amazing Christmas show!

Family & Friends send GHC off to Regional Contest

Grand Harmony Chorus held its annual contest send-off show for family and friends at the Schwaben Club in Kitchener on April 22, 2014. The chorus performed its robust contest package plus a few other recognizable repertoire songs for a night of fabulous entertainment! One of our chapter quartets, Zamira, also performed. GHC looks forward to a wonderful contest, debuting Chris as he directs at his first Sweet Adelines contest.

The celebration ended with light refreshments, much socializing, and well wishes.

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Grand Harmony Chorus
Kitchener-Waterloo Women's Grand Harmony Chorus Multi-Award Winning Champions
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We are meeting at our new rehearsal location as of Tuesday October 4, 2022
Christ Lutheran Church, 445 Anndale Road, Waterloo, N2K 2E3 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm