About the Indi-Anna Chorus
The Indi-Anna Chorus is a member of Sweet Adelines International a worldwide organization of 23,000 women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance, who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize, and have fun! As one of the largest associations of women singers on earth, Sweet Adelines is an organization that positively impact women's lives, helps them find their voice, builds confidence, helps to enhance their vocal abilities, improve leadership and management qualities. Members create a lifelong support system of sisterhood and friendship and we are always looking for new “Sisters in Harmony!”.
The Indi-Anna Chorus has been a part of Indiana County for over 45 years. The chorus was originally formed as The Indiana Good Time Singers, a barbershop chorus for ladies from Indiana in 1971 and was first directed by Joseph McWilliams. The chorus boasted 23 members for one of their first performances at Fisher Auditorium at the 2nd Annual “Evening of Harmony”
The chorus went on to join Sweet Adelines International in 1974 and chartered as the Indi-Anna Chorus. The chorus has varied in size from the original 23 singer to as large as 44, with a current membership of 27. Two of the chorus’s charter members still singing with us today (June Wyne and Connie Hill).
Our Director, Mary Lou McKinney, has been a member of Sweet Adelines for 45 years and has been a assistant director and director in Indiana, PA and Youngstown, Ohio. She is a Certified Director with Sweet Adelines International. She along with her staff of assistant directors plan and implement activities for each weeks rehearsal which include voice and physical warm-ups, education in correct breathing, posture, and attitude for barbershop singing. The chorus offers its services of harmony to the community by way of providing that special musical touch for community events, parties and gatherings. We also preform Singing Valentines and Telegrams year round for any occasion.
Directors Past & Present
• Mary Lou McKinney - Current
• Mary Jane Gatti
• Vicky Westley
• Mary Sue Wade
• JoAnne Love
• Joe McWilliams