Olympia Chorus is proud to announce that Kim Kraut has agreed to become our new director! We are very excited to welcome her to our chorus and jump into the next chapter of our story!
Kim has been a member of Sweet Adelines International, a women’s barbershop singing organization, since 1977. She was a member of the Sweet Adelines International Faculty, specializing in Vocal Production, and served on her own Region 7’s music faculty. She also served as the Director Coordinator and Education Coordinator for Region 7.
Kim began directing in the 1980’s when she directed Northland Chorus in Kansas City. Soon after she decided to continue her education and began singing professionally. When she finally returned to directing it was in Mobile, Alabama where she directed Sound of the Bay Chorus. She then returned to Kansas City to co-direct the Kansas City Chorus but finally found her home directing RiverSong in St Joseph, Missouri. Sometime later, she took a break from directing to travel the world. Now, Kim is directing once more for the Olympia Chorus!
Kim has also sung in numerous quartets at the international level since 1981 – Chord-On-Blues, Blue Revue, and PRIMO!. When she’s not busy singing and teaching at home she teaches and coaches choruses and quartets around the world! She has also created an extensive library of learning tracks for barbershop music, which can be found on her website.
Kim received her formal training at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music. She graduated with degrees in Music Education and Secondary Biology Education. She then began a Master’s Program in Vocal Performance but became so busy singing opera professionally that she hasn’t returned to her Master’s degree program. Kim sang opera professionally for twelve years and continues to sing in the classical community today.
Olympia Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) invites you to an open audition. In preparation for our 2021 competition, we hope to add 10-15 new singers (all parts) before we start rehearsing again after the quarantine. During your 30-minute audition, you’ll be asked to do some vocalizing and sing a section of a song (your choice) a Capella. You don’t need to read music – just be able to sing on pitch, memorize music, remember choreography, and have a desire to improve your vocal technique. Contact Margaret today (360-791-5483) to schedule your private zoom virtual audition.
Olympia Chorus meets every Tuesday at 6:30pm via Zoom for vocal education, singing, and community. We’d love to have you join us!
COVID-19 UPDATE: Olympia Chorus will meet on Tuesday nights 6:30pm-8:30pm online via Zoom until further notice. Please contact us if you would like to attend an online Zoom rehearsal as a guest.
We rehearse every Tuesday evening from 6:30pm-9:30pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, WA. All rehearsals are open to visitors—whether you want to sit and watch, or participate! Please arrive a few minutes early so we can meet you and give you more information.
*Note: Although we rehearse in a church, Olympia Chorus is not a religious organization.
Guests, on the first night, are invited to sing with us or they can sit and watch us. A member of our music staff might ask you to meet with her for just a few minutes to determine which part you and your voice would be most comfortable singing. You may also be paired with a “riser buddy” who sings the same part as you to help you with the music throughout the night. We usually have copies of sheet music available for all of our songs as well.
*Note: Because of some members’ allergies, please refrain from wearing perfumes or strongly-scented toiletries.
What to Expect
A typical rehearsal starts with about 30 minutes for warm-ups, both physical and vocal. After everyone is warmed up, we work on music that will eventually be performed at shows or competitions. At some point during the night, there is usually a brief period dedicated to sectionals, where the chorus splits up into groups based on voice parts. After rehearsal, we make announcements about upcoming performances, educational opportunities, fundraising projects, and other things. We always end the night by joining hands in a circle and singing one final song.
Every Spring, the Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets of North by Northwest Region 13 come together for a regional competition. The winners move on to the Sweet Adelines International competition the following Fall.
Each year the Olympia Chorus hosts a guest night for people who want to check us out for the purpose of singing holiday songs with us and participating in holiday performances — NO STRINGS ATTACHED! No need to join, pay membership fees, purchase a costume, or attend past the 2017 holiday season. (We hope you will continue to come, of course!)
Please join us Monday, November 6, 2017 for our holiday open house/guest night to get a folder of our holiday music and step onto the risers with us for a couple months!
If you’re not able to make this rehearsal, please let us know and we will make accommodations for you. Every rehearsal is open to guests!
Jack was our beloved director of 46 years. He retired from directing in 2011 and passed away on January 22, 2016.
In 1965, Jack’s wife, Irene, co-founded and chartered the Olympia Sweet Adelines and asked Jack to be the director. During that same time, Jack directed the men’s barbershop chorus, the Puget Sounders and continued to direct them for 39 years. With Jack at the helm, the Olympia Chorus won many medals through the years. The highlight of his career as our director came in May of 1978, when the chorus won 1st place at Region 13 competition in Regina, Saskatchewan.
In 1968, Jack joined a men’s barbershop quartet called the Artesians, and in 1972 they won 1st place, becoming the Evergreen District Champions.
Even though Jack retired from directing in 2011, he remained close to our chorus and was always there to support us at any and all events. He will be sorely missed by all.
Jack Anderson’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13th, 11am, at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 2020 Franklin Street SE in Olympia. There will be a reception following the service.
Memorial Donations may be made to:
Sweet Adelines North by Northwest Region 13
c/o Danie Stiles
16408 NE 180th Place
Woodinville, WA 98072
Please note the donation is for the Scholarship Fund in Jack Anderson’s memory.