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40 Years of Barbershop Excellence
Metro Nashville Chorus was chartered as a Sweet Adelines International chorus in 1971 and has performed and promoted the barbershop sound in middle Tennessee for more than 40 years. We are blessed to be under the direction of Master Director Kim Wonders. There are almost 25,000 women involved in Sweet Adelines, and more than 600 choruses around the world.
MNC is part of Region 23, which includes Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama. Our annual regional convention and contest usually takes place in late March or Early April in Chattanooga. Many regional educational events are held in Birmingham.
Every chorus, like every family, is special in its own way. Our chorus is made of members who are committed to each other and the music we create together. A coach once told us we "sing like we're holding hands" --- with a connection that the audience can feel --- and we try to live up to that with every song. We love to rehearse, we love to compete, we love to perform...and we'd love you to join us!
Kim Wonders has been an active member of Metro Nashville since 1979. She sang bass in the quartet, “Friendship Factor,” Region 23’s 1983 Quartet Champions. Kim became the chorus director in 1988, and under Kim’s direction MNC became Regional Chorus Champions in 1989, competing in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Salt Lake City in 1990.
In 2001 the chorus competed in the Sweet Adelines International Harmony Classic Competition earning second place International Small Chorus. The chorus qualified to compete again in 2002 and won fifth place. MNC returned again in 2006 and was named Small Chorus Champions; the win also earned Kim the title of Master Director.
The chorus’ high score at the 2007 regional contest earned a trip to the 2008 Harmony Classic, this time in the Mid-Size division, where we earned the title 2008 Mid-Size Chorus Champions. Metro Nashville qualified as a Wildcard for the 2009 International contest, where we competed with choruses 2-4 times our size!
In October 2011, we returned to the Internatioanl Stage for the Harmony Classic, and we were named the 2012 Mid-Size Chorus International Champions. At the 2012 International competition in Denver CO, we finished in 12th place and earned the Harmony Achievement Award, which recognizes the highest scoring smaller chorus in an International Contest.
Kim continues to learn and grow through her active involvement in Regional activities. She recently served for three years as the chair of the Young Women In Harmony program for Region 23 as is the current Education Coordinator for the region. She is a member of the Regional faculty and also coaches quartets and choruses throughout the country. Visit Kim's site to learn more: www.kimwonders.com
Kim recently retired as Music Department Chair and Choral Director at Hunters Lane High School. Her very active choral program included annual Broadway musical productions and performances by the Hunters Lane Madrigals throughout Middle Tennessee and in festivals across the country. She also taught in the school’s International Baccalaureate Program.
As a result of her work in Sweet Adelines at the local school level, Kim was selected to receive the 2005 Sweet Adelines International MENC (Music Educators National Conference) Award.
Metro Nashville Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is a women's singing organization which promotes barbershop harmony, strives for musical excellence through education and performance, and provides its members with opportunities for personal growth.