In 1945 a group of women organized Sweet Adelines, Inc., and in 1991 changed its name to Sweet Adelines International, a name that reflects its motto of "Harmonize the World." Sweet Adelines International (SAI) is a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. This independent, non-profit music education association is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women.
Members extend over five continents and belong to more than 500 choruses and 1,200 quartets. Today's Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets sing exciting a cappella, four-part harmony music, barbershop style. The music includes special arrangements of today's ballads and upbeat songs, popular show tunes, and even jazz. Members say that singing the powerfully balanced sounds of barbershop harmony provides a rich, rewarding experience.
Education is an important part of Sweet Adelines mission, and offers its members a myriad of educational opportunities including vocal production, directing, arranging, performance, administration on local and regional levels, and special programs for young women.
Sweet Adelines International is a non-profit organization as described under the Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)3. Contributions to Sweet Adelines and its affiliated choruses are tax exempt.