Hobart Convention and Regional Contest 2020 - Event Cancelled

Originally planned for Thu 14 May- Sun 17 May 2020


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Our UnConvention Webcast hosts are Jan Lovegrove, Jenni Pyefinch, Cath Fitzgerald and Jenny Ferguson!

Together, the team will guide our webcast audience through the Quartet and Chorus performances peppered with regional information, statistics, and competitor information along with shout-outs and support messages.

This free webcast will welcome donations to help us continue broadcasting in the future.

And we will also be hosting a watch party the educational Master Class for both Chorus and Quartets on Sunday morning (via the Facebook UnConvention Group)

Convention Schedule – Hobart 2020
Thursday 14th May 2020
12 noon – 1.00pm Quartet Reception
1.00 – 2.00pm Quartet Chorus Rehearsal
2.00 – 3.00pm Official Inspection
3.30 – 5pm Quartet Briefing and Walkthroughs
7.00 – 9.00pm Special Event TBC

Registration Desk open x.00pm – x.00pm
RMT Information Desk/Staff open x.00pm – x.00pm
Harmony Bazaar bump-in – Thursday afternoon

Location of the rehearsal rooms are:
o Boardwalk – Down the escalator from the Tasman Theatre
o Wellington – Down the escalator from the Tasman Theatre
o Derwent – First floor – up the stairs from the main reception area
o Riviera- Mezzanine level – above main reception

Friday 15th May 2020
9.00 – 10.00am Chorus Briefing and Walkthroughs
9.00 – 10.00am Volunteer Usher Briefing
9.15 – 10.15am STAR Chorus Rehearsal location tba
10.30 – 11.00am Mass Sing in the Tasman Room
11.30am Opening Ceremony
12.30pm Quartet Competition & Awards
evening Chorus Rehearsals

Registration Desk open x.00am – x.00pm
RMT Information Desk/Staff open x.00-xam and during competition breaks
Harmony Bazaar open 9.00am – 6.00pm

Saturday 16th May 2020
morning Chorus Rehearsals
9.00 – 10.00am STAR Chorus Rehearsal location tba
9.00 – 10.00am Volunteer Usher Briefing
11.30am Chorus Competition & Awards followed by STAR Chorus
One hour after conclusion of Chorus Comp Parade of Champions
tba Dinner Box Service
From 7.30pm Afterglow – Hoedown in Hobart
Our traditional Afterglow celebrations will be a toe tapping, heel clicking time, with a live band and dance caller there to get us all up and dancing.
location tba

RMT Information Desk/Staff open x.00am – x.00pm
Harmony Bazaar open 9.00am – 4.00pm

Sunday 17th May 2020

Due to the City to Casino Fun Run, roads to Wrest Point will be progressively closed from 7.45am. Access will be difficult and parking restricted so arrive early!

Tasman Room Showroom
Sound Classes
Derwent Room 1
Music Classes
9.00 – 9.30am AGM
9.30 – 10.15am

Chorus Master Class
Watch a chorus being coached

10.15 – 10.30am Break
10.30 – 11.00am

Regional Awards

11.00 – 11.45am

Quartet Master Class
Watch two quartets being coached

11.45 – 12.00pm Closing Ceremony

Hobart Convention and Regional Contest 2020 – Cancellation Notice

Our next Sweet Adelines Region 34 Annual contest and convention was due to be held at Wrest Point Casino in Hobart from Thu 14 May to Sun 17 May 2020. Due to the spread of novel coronavirus and our duty of care to members, this year’s Regional Convention has been cancelled.

The Convention Planning Committee and Regional Management Team are currently assessing the impacts and will have more information to members as soon as possible.

Sweet Adelines International is working on a contingency competition plan; details will be available as soon as the plan is finalised. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.


Convention Countdown…


Download Convention Booklet #1

Seating Plan (coming soon)

Hobart 2020 Registration – on hold due to event cancellation

Registrations are now on hold.

The following information was provided prior to event cancellation and is being left here for reference.

The fees are again based on flight costs for registrants. Members and non-members can individually register and pay. They can also register at the same time for other people such as other chorus members, Sweet Adelines International Members or non-members.

Registration Fees (All prices include GST)

Early Bird Registration

($35 discount before Sunday 8 March)


(Registrations close Tuesday 31 March)




ACT, Bathurst, Wagga (2020)



North Qld + SA



QLD + North NSW









BHA Members



Non-SAI Member



SAI other (eg Prospective)



Youth (SAI member under 25 years)

50% of Early Bird

50% of Registration

Registration closes on 31st March but audience session tickets will still be available.

Registration fee includes:

• Entry to audience for Quartet and Chorus Competitions
• Entry to audience for Parade of Champions
• Entry to Afterglow
• Convention Program
• Entry to Master Classes

Optional Items
Parade of Champions DVD $30 each After Convention, a limited number of DVDs will be available for sale until end of June 2020 via the Regional website for $35.
Convention Transfer $10 each You must purchase with your registration. The transfers will be sent to your chorus before Convention. There will not be any available for sale in Hobart.
Souvenir Convention Pin $15 each Limited number available at Convention.
Pre-Order Evening Meal Sat $25 Details on registration site


Session tickets are once again available to Family and Friends who are not registered for Convention. Tickets will be available on the day at the venue; information on pricing will be available in the second edition of the Convention Booklet released in April 2020.

Other Dates

ePacket Mailing from International – beginning of Feb 2020

SAI Quartet Competition Entry Deadline – Monday 16 March 2020

SAI Chorus Competition Entry Deadline – Tuesday 17 March 2020

Draw for Order of Appearance – Monday 23 March 2020 (US time)

Quartet Competition Fri 15 May Hobart 2020

Cont # Sched Time Quartet Chapter(s)
MC Announcements
12.30 Mic Testers: TBC
Interval 35 mins
Quartet Chorus

Quartet Traffic Pattern

Chorus Competition – Sat 16 May
Hobart 2020

Cont # Sched Time Chorus Location Director
Interval 30 mins
Contest Concludes
STAR Chorus
Results and Awards

Chorus Traffic Pattern

Competing Choruses – Scores at Previous Contests

The previous results of all the competing choruses. (This will be created when the order of choruses is known. Currently showing 2019 version for reference)

Parade of Champions

If your chorus or quartet is eligible to perform in the Parade of Champions, a representative from each quartet and the chorus director must attend the briefing, which will be held at the conclusion of the chorus competition in the Arena.

The line-up for the Parade of Champions is as follows:

5th Place Chorus – 1 song
5th Place Quartet – 1 song

4thPlace Chorus – 1 song
4th Place Quartet – 1 song

AA Winning Chorus* – 1 Song

3rd Place Chorus – 1 song
3rd Place Quartet – 1 song

A Winning Chorus* – 1 song

2nd Place Chorus – 1 song
2nd Place Quartet – 1 song

1st Place Quartet– 2 songs
1st Place Chorus – 2 songs

* If the A and AA Chorus Winners place in the top five, they will sing in the slot determined by their top five placements.

Groups will be called from the audience when they are to muster backstage in preparation for their performance.

Afterglow party

We encourage all registered participants to join the celebrations at Wrest Point, there will be dancing, singing and general socializing with all Sweet Adelines in our fabulous region.

To make it easy for those not accommodated at Wrest Point to stay on for the party (both tbc) :

  • A cloak room service will be offered at Wrest Point on the day of chorus competition. This will allow members to check in your “party clothes” for the day and then pick them up and change out of your performance costume after competition is over, removing the need to go back to your accommodation in the city to change. Choruses staying off site have been asked to indicate if they will be using this service as part of their CHORUS Competitor form, If your Chorus has not ticked this box, we will not be prepared for you and you MAY NOT be able to access this service.
  • We pre-sold vouchers for a meal to be provided between the end of chorus competition and the start of the Parade of Champions. This will allow a quick turnaround of meal service at Wrest Point, again so you need not leave the venue before the party begins. Meal tokens will be distributed to each chorus along with your lanyards.If you wish to secure a meal, but forgot to purchase it as part of your registration package there will be limited meal tokens for sale at the Regional Sales Desk on FRIDAY only.


Leaders’ Lunch – Sunday

Everyone on a Chorus Board or Management Team is welcome to join us on the Sunday of Convention for our Leaders’ Lunch to network with other chorus leaders and meet the Regional Management Team.

We have fun activities planned for you to connect with other leaders in our region and catch up with old friends.

The lunch event costs $x inc GST per person and is subsidised by Sweet Adelines Australia.


Our AGM will be held from 9-9:30am on Sunday 17th May in the Tasman Room at Wrest Point in Hobart.

Each chorus is asked to be represented at the AGM by at least one member in good standing. If your chorus will not be represented, the chorus Secretary or Team Coordinator/President should email apologies to Gaye Stivens, Regional Secretary –  by 5pm AEST 10 May. The 2019–2020 Annual Report will be emailed to members by Tuesday 30 April. The Annual Report will be uploaded onto the Sweet Adelines Australia website.

If you have any questions for the Regional Management Team please send these in writing no later than 30 April 2020 to communications@sweetadelines.org.au

We will consolidate questions received and present the answers either at the AGM (time permitting) or on the Regional website.

Star Chorus

‘STAR’ is ‘Singing Together at Regional’ and offers the opportunity for any members to sing on the contest stage where you are NOT in a competing chorus (this includes the international contest, evaluation and open division).

The STAR chorus will perform at the conclusion of the chorus contest, before the announcements of awards.

The director for this convention’s STAR chorus will be Lea Baker.

If you wish to be part of this chorus, sign up when you register for Convention. After registering for the STAR Chorus, you will be sent an email about your participation, along with details how to access the song and learning tracks.

There will be two rehearsals scheduled at Wrest Point;

9.15 – 10.15 am on Friday 15 May 2020 in the Boardwalk Gallery and
9.00 – 10.00am on Saturday 16 May 2020 in the Tasman Room

If you have any questions about the STAR Chorus, contact the STAR Chorus Coordinator, Sandy O’Neill 

Harmony Bazaar

Harmony Bazaar will be held in the Exhibition Hall at Wrest Point.

Our stall holders from 2019 included:

  • Woodenmagic: Tasmanian Timber gifts
  • FIND Jewellery Collective: Handmade Jewellery
  • The Spindle Tree: All Tasmanian fibre items including yarns, knitwear, gifts, children’s
    items, accessories, wraps and everything is made by local artisans.
  • Artesia Pewter: Pewter figurines, coasters, spoons, flutes and jewellery.
  • Naturally Millie Ma: natural, Tasmanian skincare and body products
  • Carole’s Island Creations: Handcrafted glass fused jewellery in silver and gold plated settings
  • Michelle’s: Clothing and jewellery.
  • Celtmania: Silver plated pewter cast jewellery. Includes musical themes

If your chorus – or someone you know – is interested in having a stall fill in a Harmony Bazaar application form

Harmony Bazaar Trading Hours TBC

Friday 15 May – 9.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday 16 May – 9.00am to 4.00pm
(bump-in – Thursday afternoon 14 May)

Convention Photos


Chorus photos

This year you can order Chorus Photos online:


Pre-Ordered Chorus photos will be posted out.

Quartet and Other photos

STAR Chorus, awards ceremonies, Parade of Champion performers and other choruses’ photos can be ordered from the link below


We love it when you post and react on our Facebook pages! It’s the best way to share the love and show your support and respect in a very visible way.


Are you planning to visit any tourist sites while in Tasmania? We’d like to show Events Tasmania (who have given us a generous grant) just how many happy holiday snaps we can put up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram of happy Sweet Adelines having a fabulous time around the Apple Isle!

Use the #SweetAdsTakeOnTassie and the #DiscoverTasmania hashtags on your pics. We plan to feature as many as possible during the webcast!

#sweetadsaust #region34convention2020
#IamSweetAdelines #SweetAdsTakeOnTassie #DiscoverTasmania

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
Mass Sing

The Mass Sing will be held on Friday 15 May 10.30-11.00am on the lawns overlooking the beautiful Derwent River (weather permitting, otherwise we will be in the Tasman Room)

Mass Sing Songs:

  • I Am Woman
  • Shelter
  • I’m Australia
  • Under Southern Skies
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • I Am Australian


Our judges this year are:

  • Paula Davis – Expression Judge and Panel Chair
  • Beth Smith – Sound Judge
  • Jana Gutenson – Music Judge
  • Lisa Greenough – Showmanship Judge
Convention Bling Transfer

If you have ordered the 2020 convention bling transfer, you can follow these iron-on instructions.

Convention Committee

Chair Regional Convention (CRC): Linda Britts

  • Venue
  • Equipment hire
  • Convention schedule
  • Convention activities
  • Volunteers

Competition Coordinator (CC): Chris Jones

  • Traffic patterns
  • Mobility arrangements
  • Riser configurations
  • Judges liaison

Events Coordinator (EVC): Teena Caithness

  • Planning & management of Convention
  • Coordinator of Convention Committee
  • Booking venues
  • Development of Convention Plans

Convention Registration Managers: Onkaparinga Harmony Chorus

  • Administration of Convention registration website for all delegate registrations
  • Registration enquiries
  • Convention lanyards

Official Panel Liaison (OPL): Tracey Ezzy

  • Judges’ transport
  • Judges’ amenities
  • Judges’ schedules & timings

    Panel Secretary (PS): Therese Cooney

    • Administration of Judging Panel

    Membership Coordinator: Tracey Ezzy

    • First timers
    • Sweet Adeline of the Year Awards
    • Longevity Awards

    Finance Coordinator (FC): Anne Freeman

    • Convention budget
    • Paying invoices and refunds
    • Invoicing

    Education Coordinator (EC): Lea Baker

    • Repertoire for Quartet Chorus
    • Star Chorus Director
    • Educational After Classes

    Marketing Coordinator (MkC): Anna-Marie Shew

    • Logo
    • Signage
    • RMT Stall
    • Advertising
    • Publicity
    • Marketing Award

    Directors’ Coordinator (DC): Jenni Pyefinch

    • Coordinates mass sing participates
    • Organises repertoire
    • Organises Directors of songs

    Communications Coordinator (CoC)  : Sue Gilkes

    • Website
    • Regional communication
    • International liaison

    Parade of Champions Coordinator: Debra Griffiths 

    • Parade of Champions schedule
    • Briefing
    • Scripting and timing of Parade of Champions performances

    Harmony Bazaar Coordinator : Hobart Harmony

    • Booking Harmony Bazaar tables
    • Vendor liaison
    • Liaison with stall holders
    • Onsite management


    WebCast Coordinator: Traci Voss

    STAR Chorus Coordinator: Sandy O’Neill

    MC Coordinator:  Helen Bolton

    Non Committee:

    Website Updates: Roz Beste

    Documents: Hobart 2020

    For everyone:

    Convention Information Booklet
    First Edition
    Click to download

    Convention Information Booklet
    Second Edition(coming soon)

    Competition Handbook 2020
    All the rules in detail.
    48 page pdf

    Click to download

    For Chorus admin

    Chorus Photo Pose Description
    1 page Word Doc(coming soon)

    Chorus Photo Order Form
    1 page Word Doc(coming soon)

    Chorus List of Competing Members
    pdf(coming soon)

    Competition Coordinator’s Communiques

    Competition Coordinator’ s Communique Number 1
    pdf (Coming soon)

    Competition Coordinator’s Communique 1 Quartets
    pdf (Coming soon)
    Competition Coordinator’s Communique 2 Choruses
    pdf (Coming soon)
    Competition Coordinator’s Special Communique Traffic Patterns
    pdf (Coming soon)


    Harmony Bazaar Application Form
    Google Form – click here

    Volunteer Expression of Interest
    Google Form – click here

    Future Region 34 Competition Dates

    Dates listed represents the official competition period, from Thursday (briefings), Friday (Quartet contest) and Saturday (Chorus contest)

    Locations will be added here as they are confirmed.

    2021 13-16 May / Adelaide Entertainment Centre
    2022 19-22 May / Adelaide Entertainment Centre
    2023 4-7 May / Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (TBC with Region 35 New Zealand – TBC)
    2024 16-19 May / Venue TBC

    Please note there are activities that often occur on the days prior to and after the Competition that may affect your travel arrangements. These can include mass sings, quartet briefings and education, so please ensure you take note of this in your planning.

    Future International Competition Dates

    2020 Louisville, Kentucky 12-17 October (75th Jubilee Anniversary)
    2021 St Louis, Missouri 11-16 October
    2022 Phoenix, Arizona Sept. 26-Oct. 1

    More details about International Conventions can be found on www.sweetadelines.com

    Past Contest Information

    Hobart 2019

    Hobart 2018

    Perth 2017

    The Sweet Adelines Region 34 Chorus and Quartet Contest is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.

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