Competition Awards

These awards are the same in every Sweet International Region.

Chorus Awards

The champion chorus receives the Region's perpetual trophy.

In addition, each competing member of the champion chorus and the director will receive the official medal purchased by the Region from International Headquarters. Medals will be purchased from International Headquarters from Regional funds.

The following Awards are presented by Sweet Adelines International at the Region's Annual Competition:

1st Place Chorus or champion chorus (Perpetual trophy and blue medal and ribbon)
2nd Place Chorus (red medal and ribbon)
3rd Place Chorus (white medal and ribbon)
4th Place Chorus (yellow medal and ribbon)
5th Place Chorus (green medal and ribbon)

Quartet Awards

The champion quartet receives the Region's perpetual trophy. In addition, each competing member of the champion quartet receives the official medal purchased by the Region from International Headquarters. Medals are purchased from International Headquarters from Regional funds.

The following Awards are presented by Sweet Adelines International at the Region's Annual Competition:

1st Place Chorus or champion chorus (Perpetual trophy and medal on blue ribbon)
2nd Place Chorus (medal on red ribbon)
3rd Place Chorus (medal on white ribbon)
4th Place Chorus (medal on yellow ribbon)
5th Place Chorus (medal on green ribbon)

Open Division Audience Choice Award

To reinforce the value of the entertainment aspect of our art form, each Regional competition grants the Audience Choice Award. Choruses and Quartets who wish to perform for Evaluation Only may opt to perform an entertainment package consisting of one competition song along with other songs and material for a maximum of ten minutes.

The Audience Choice Award is given to the Open Division performers in each of the Quartet and Chorus contests who receives the most votes from designated members of the audience. The Audience Choice Award replaces any previous Regional award of a similar type and is the only award given in the Open Division.

The method for choosing the Audience Choice Award is modeled after that used in the International Quartet and Chorus finals, and Harmony Classic.

First to Third Place Division AA (midsize chorus) Awards

Sweet Adelines International presents Awards for midsize choruses 31 - 60 singer category or Division AA category as follows:

First Place (medal and blue ribbon)
2nd Place (medal and red ribbon)
3rd Place (medal and white ribbon).

First to Third Place Division A (small chorus) Awards

A Small Chorus Award is presented by Sweet Adelines International (refer Sweet Adelines International Policy Book). These Awards are presented by Sweet Adelines International to choruses in the 15 - 30 singer chorus category or Division A category:

1st Place Division A (medal and blue ribbon)
2nd Place Division A (medal and red ribbon)
3rd Place Division A (medal and white ribbon)

Most Improved Chorus Award

The Most Improved Chorus Award is presented by Sweet Adelines International.

The winner is the chorus that shows the greatest increase in total points over the preceding year’s competition. If a tie exists between two or more contestants, multiple awards are presented.

Each member of the Most Improved Chorus receives a ribbon from Sweet Adelines International.

Certificates of Recognition for each chorus

Sweet Adelines International produces Certificates of Recognition for every chorus that competes in regional competition signifying their participation in that competition.

HARMONY 500 DIRECTOR (from 2017)

• Achieved the level of Certified Director
• Directed a chorus that scored at least 500 points in a regional competition and been that chorus’s director for at least one year.

MASTER DIRECTOR

• Achieved the level of Certified Director
• Directed a chorus that scored at least 600 points in a regional competition or 1,200 points, combining points from the competition song and entertainment package, in an international competition and been that chorus’s director for at least one year.

MASTER DIRECTOR 700

• Participant must have achieved the level of Master Director
• Participant must direct a chorus in competition that achieves a minimum of 700 points in a regional chorus competition or 1,400 points, combining points from the competition song and entertainment package, in an international chorus competition and must have been that chorus’s director at least a year.
Region 34 does not have any of these (yet!)

Master Director List

Region 34 is proud to have the following master directors:

Lindsey Dyer - A Cappella West Chorus
Jo Oosterhoff - A Cappella West Chorus
Glenda Lloyd - Brindabella Chorus
Vicki Dwyer - Circular Keys Chorus
Lea Baker - Endeavour Harmony Chorus
Traci Voss - Melbourne Chorus
Carole Macintyre - Perth Harmony Chorus
Jeanette Whitmore - Vocal Vibes Chorus

Plus retired musical directors:

Tracey Cam - Bathurst Panorama Chorus
Cathy Rainey - Perth Harmony Chorus,
Marion Reinsch - Melbourne Chorus

Region 34 Competition Awards

In addition to the Sweet Adelines International Awards (which are the same in every regional competition), Region 34 also presents some of its own:

Novice Quartet Award

The Award is presented by Region 34 of Sweet Adelines International to a quartet participating in Regional Competition who meets the following criteria:

Awarded to the highest scoring eligible quartet in the contest, with a minimum of 400 points having been achieved.
Must have at least three members of the quartet who have not previously competed in a quartet at any Regional Competition.

The award will be presented during Convention weekend.

Most Improved Quartet (Wendy Middleton) Award

This Regional award, in the form of a perpetual trophy plus individual pins, is awarded to the quartet whose score demonstrates the largest increase in points since the previous year's competition.

To be eligible, the quartet must have:
competed in the previous regional competition;
must score at least 400 points or above; and
three of the same members competing in this year's competition (i.e. only one replacement member).

Novice Director Award

This Regional award, in the form of a perpetual trophy, is presented to the director at each competition who has not previously directed any chorus in competition, and who achieves the best score of all novice directors in that competition, and scores over 400 points.

A 'Novice Director' is defined as one who has never directed a chorus in any Sweet Adelines, AAMBS or SPEBSQSA (incl. SPEBSQSA affiliates) contest.
Eligibility requirements:

The Director's chorus must score a minimum of 400 points.

In the case where a chorus has a consecutive historical score (with former Directors), the score must increase from the last highest recorded score for that chorus.

In the case where competition contains two or more Novice Directors, the winner of the Award is the Director whose chorus achieves the highest overall score.

Chorus Certificates of Excellence

Each year choruses will receive Certificates of Excellence for reaching significant milestone scores.

These Certificates will be awarded to choruses who reach the 400, 500, 600 and 700 score milestones for the first time.

 
 
Region 34 Non-Competition Awards

These awards are not part of the Chorus or Quartet competitions but are awarded during the regional convention.

Sweet Adeline of the Year Awards

These Awards are presented by Region 34 to recognise and thank our members who work tirelessly to ensure the success of our choruses and of our region. This award was an initiative of Margaret Richards, a long-standing member of the Southern Cross Region who has served at both chorus and regional levels for many years.

Each chorus of our region, including Chapter-At-Large, is invited to submit one Sweet Adeline of the Year nominee from their chorus. All nominees will be recognised as award winners. The ideal candidate:

Serves her chorus and region to the best of her ability without thought of personal gain, but solely for the love of the organisation

May hold an elected position or other high profile
Displays many or all of the following traits at chorus level
Proudly exemplifies the best of Sweet Adelines!
Has excellent attendance records at rehearsals, performances, fund raising and other chorus activities
Willingly takes on responsibilities and generously donates her skills when required
Can be depended upon to carry through tasks/projects to completion
Shows keen interest in chorus affairs, respecting and supporting decisions made by chorus Management Team/Board or Music Staff
Believes in the importance of her personal marketing responsibility to present her chorus, the region and Sweet Adelines International in the best positive way to the general public.

All chorus nominees will be presented with a certificate and badge at the annual Convention. Although it is intended to be a very special occasion for all recipients of these Awards, attendance at the Convention is not a pre-requisite to receiving the honour.

Marian Reinsch Award

This award recognises excellence in Director Certification Program (DCP) achievement and is awarded every second year in even years.

The DCP Coordinator nominates the 3 top performers by marks and empathetic responses for a decision by a selection committee comprising a senior director plus the Directors' Coordinator (DC) and Education Coordinator (EdC). The decision is made by 1 March of the relevant year, and announced at Convention the same year.

Sweet Adelines Australia Marketing Award

Recognition is given to chorus marketing teams for the work they do to promote their chorus performances, membership drives, fundraising efforts and other activities.

Certificates of achievement are awarded and the entries are displayed in the foyer of the regional convention.

International Non-Competition Awards

Ann Gooch is a Sweet Adelines pioneer, responsible for establishing and growing regions outside of the USA for over 30 years. Since 2001, Sweet Adelines has made an award in Ann's name to recognise outstanding achievements in education and promotion of barbershop harmony singing in a worldwide region or satellite area.

We congratulate our Region's winners of this prestigious award:
2001 - Cathy Rainey, Western Australia
2009 - Lea Baker, New South Wales
2010 - Linda Wareham, New South Wales
2016 - Carole Macintyre, Western Australia