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== Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus ==]]

HISTORY OF THE COMPANY

Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus (in this document, also called “the Company” and HCMC) is an affiliate of Sweet Adelines International.

Formed in January 2001 by the merger of Elkridge Chorus and Towson Valley Chorus, HCMC draws on the outstanding history of the two groups. Elkridge chorus was founded in 1969 by a talented group of women residing near the town of Elkridge, Maryland, hence the name. ☺ Elkridge has won many of the Sweet Adelines Region 19 Championships (more about competition later). Under the direction of Michael Gellert since 1993, we have advanced to the International level; with 2 top-ten finishes. You will also hear mention of other directors including: Lois Anderson, Jackie Grant, Grace Novak and Eileen Rosenberg, all who have helped contribute to our rich history.

The other half of the merger in 2001 was with Towson Valley Chorus, an integral part of the Baltimore Community for over 20 years. Noted for their outstanding performances, Towson Valley was the Sweet Adelines Region 19 “most improved” chorus in 1992 & 1993 and first place small chorus in 1995.

Harbor City Music Company is known internationally for their unique entertainment and creativity. The HCMC innovative spirit has had every member of the chorus performing as orphans, cats and, most recently, as Lucille Ball characters.

Harbor City Music Company is currently under the direction of Michael Gellert, a most sought after arranger known for his wonderful scores including: Lady Down the Hall, Drive My Car, All I Care About Is Love, She's Got a Way About Her and more. His "ear" for original, state-of-the art arrangements helps to provide the HCMC chorus with their flare for creativity.


CURRENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Fifty-eight members of Harbor City Music Company seized the Harmony Achievement award at the Sweet Adeline International Convention October 22, 2009. This year the award went to a chorus with no more than 66 singing members on stage and scoring over 960 points in four categories: music, sound, expression and performance. HCMC scored 1222. Winning the award had particular significance for some of our members. One commented that “Nashville is good to us. It seems to be our town.” Another said “I was so surprised! I had no idea that there was such an award. And, I walked away with a beautiful blue medal.” From a coach and judge “Please convey my heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all of your Chorus Members--you stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam home run!” The group was beyond excited!!! Two HCMC quartets walked away with awards also! Capri, 5th place and a.k.a., 11th- on the GLOBE!

Harbor City Music Company will be traveling to Seattle, Washington in 2009 to compete in the Harmony Classic Competition once again. The group placed first in the Harmony Classic in 2006 in San Antonio, Texas!