"We love to have fun and sing together!"
Harmony of the Gorge is a group of women singers dedicated to achieving musical excellence and personal growth by providing quality education and opportunities to perform and promote the art form of four-part acappella harmony.
We have members from the Columbia River Gorge area who gather in Hood River every Thursday to share an evening of four-part harmony, musical challenge and fun. Singers come from Hood River, Carson, Lyle, Odell,
White Salmon, Stevenson, North Bonneville, Parkdale, Klickitat, Dallesport and The Dalles.
We participate regularly in our North x Northwest Region 13 activities which includes educational workshops, classes, and competitions. In the past, we have earned some nice chorus awards at contests - but the real value of attending competitions is to receive positive comments and suggestions on how we can be even better singers.
In 2012, we were thrilled to earn the "Harmonize the World" award -- which recognized our chorus' and our members' involvement in and around our communities in the Mid-Columbia area.
Our Director, Judy Beckman
Judy has been directing us since early in 2009. At her first regional competition as our director, she received Region 24's Novice Director Award. Since that contest, Judy achieved her Sweet Adelines International Director Certification in 2012 and she has attended Sweet Adeline Directors Trainings, and numerous International competitions over her years as a Sweet Adeline. She has also been involved in leadership roles in Region 13 and has served as faculty and staff at Harmony College Northwest in Tacoma, WA.
Judy has been a Sweet Adeline most of her life, beginning at the age of twelve when her music teacher asked her and some friends if they'd like to try quartetting. That was all it took. She was hooked - and the quartet, the Tonka Tones, sang together for six years and before they each went their own way for college.
After relocating to the Pacific Northwest, in 2005, she joined Harmony of the Gorge chorus where she sang bass for several years before being asked to be our director. Judy has become not only the voice, but the face of Sweet Adelines in the Gorge. She’s regularly on morning radio talk shows in the area and she represents the chorus at the various Chambers of Commerce meetings in our various communities. She seldom misses opportunities to share her love of barbershop harmony and the chorus wherever she goes, whether it be the bank, coffee shop, or grocery store.
If you have any questions, you can email Judy.
Management Team Members are:
Team Leader: Kathy
Communications Coordinator: Linda
Finance Manager: Rhonda
Marketing Coordinator: JudyG
Membership Coordinator: Angie
Our Core Values include:
Chartered December 1983
Harmony of the Gorge (formerly named Hood River Valley Chorus) became an officially chartered chapter in Sweet Adelines International in December, 1983. We are part of the international organization with about 21,000 women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.