Our History

Chorus History Timeline:

  • January 1995 - City of Views Chorus formed under direction of Doris Ward.
  • June 1995 - Name changed to Circular Keys Chorus.
  • July 1995 - Competed in Ryde Eisteddford achieving 1st place, Popular Show/Choir/Barbershop Chorus.
  • March 1996 - Chorus chartered by Sweet Adelines International (SAI).
  • June 1996 - Competed in our first Sweet Adelines Regional Convention, "Harmony in Paradise", Gold Coast. Placed 2nd among Small Choruses. (see photo below) 
  • July 1996 - Competed in McDonalds City of Sydney Performing Arts Challenge. 1st place, Barbershop/Sweet Adelines Chorus.
  • August 1996 - Competed in our second City of Ryde Eisteddford. Second place in Popular/Show Choir/Barbershop Section.
  • 28 June 1997 - First Circular Keys Chorus Show, "Another Opening, Another Show" at Don Moore Centre, Carlingford.
  • July 1997 - Competed in our third City of Ryde Eisteddford. 2nd Place, Popular/Show Choir/Barbershop Chorus.
  • August 1997 - McDonald's City of Sydney Performing Arts Challenge. 1st Place, Barbershop Chorus/Sweet Adeline Chorus Section.
  • June 1998 - Competed in our second Sweet Adelines Regional Convention in Adelaide, South Australia. 11th place Chorus.
  • November 1999 - Second Circular Keys Chorus Show, "I've Got the Music In Me", Castle Hill High School, Castle Hill.
  • June 2000 - Our third Sweet Adelines Regional Convention, "Let the Good Times Roll", Perth, Western Australia.
  • June 2001 - Sweet Adelines Southern Cross Region Australian Education Symposium.
  • November 2001 - Third Circular Keys Chorus Show.
  • January 2002 - Circular Keys Chorus gets a new Director - Vicki Dwyer.
  • June 2002 - 1st Place Small Chorus (Div A) Sweet Adelines Regional Convention, "Dare to Dream", Wollongong, NSW.
  • May 2003 - Circular Key Chorus Show - "Mum's the Word" - Castle Hill.
  • November 1st 2003 - The Secret's Out! Circular Keys Show - Riverside Theatres Parramatta.
  • November 2nd 2003 - Circular Keys Chorus perform for Australian Prime Minister John Howard at a private party.
  • May 2004 - Circular Keys Chorus named Official Ambassadors for Baulkham Hills Shire Council.
  • May 2004 - Circular Keys Chorus wins Second Place Large Chorus Category for Sweet Adelines International 2004 Add-a-Voice New Member Growth Contest. ( with a New Member Growth percentage of 26.42%)
  • June 2004 - 3rd Place Mid-Size Chorus (4th Place Overall) Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Adelaide.
  • September 2004 - Flying High on Harmony - Chorus Show in support of Accolade at the Hills Centre Castle Hill.
  • January 2005 - 10th Anniversary of Circular Keys Chorus' first meeting.
  • May 2005 - 2nd Place Chorus (and 2nd Place Midsize Chorus) Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Adelaide.
  • October 2005 - Doin' Time - Chorus Show with Idea of North and Glenn T at the Hills Centre Castle Hill.
  • March 2006 - 10th Anniversary of Circular Keys Chorus official Chartering by SAI.
  • May 2006 - 1st Place Midsize Chorus and 2nd Place Overall Chorus Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Brisbane.
  • April 2007 - Our inaugural Chorus Annual Awards Night and Dinner Dance held in Dural to celebrate our 11th Anniversary.
  • October 2007 - CKC ON AIR - Chorus Show at Pacific Hills School Dural.
  • May 2008 - 2nd Place Chorus - Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Hobart. With our best score yet of 596 points.
  • June 2009 - Finalist - Sydney Eisteddford - John Lamble Australasian Open Choral Championship.
  • August 2009 - Chorus Show 2009 at the Shore School North Sydney.
  • October 2009 - Joint Chorus Show with the River Blenders Chorus at Logan Centre in St.Louis Missouri USA.
  • October 2009 - 25th placed Chorus at SAI International Chorus Competition in Nashville (scoring 1110)
  • October 2010 - We release our CD "Never Say Never". 
  • October 2010 - 1st Place Galston District Eisteddfod - Barbershop Choir.
  • May 2011 - 1st Place Chorus - Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Newcastle. Scoring 610 and Master Director Award for Vicki Dwyer.
  • December 2011 - Chorus Show - The Secret of Christmas - Cherrybrook Technology High School Auditorium.
  • May 2012 - Competed for Evaluation only - Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Canberra.
  • September 2012 - Chorus Show - Seasons of Love - The Concourse Chatswood.

     

Above: Vicki Dwyer with Doris Ward - founding Director of Circular Keys Chorus

Our Awards:

May 2011 - 1st Place Chorus - Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Newcastle.
May 2008 - 2nd Place Chorus - Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Hobart.
May 2006 - 1st Place Division AA Midsize Chorus  (and 2nd Place Overall Chorus) Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Brisbane.
May 2006 - Most Improved Chorus Award - Regional Convention.
May 2005 - 2nd Place Chorus (and 2nd Place Mid-Size Chorus) Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Adelaide.
June 2004 - 3rd Place Mid-Size Chorus (4th Place Overall) Sweet Adelines Regional Convention - Adelaide.
May 2004 - Sweet Adelines International Add-a-Voice Membership Campaign - 2nd Place Large Chorus award.
June 2002 - 1st Place Small Chorus  (Div A), 6th Place Overall Sweet Adelines Regional Convention, Wollongong.
June 2000 - 13th Place Chorus, Sweet Adelines Regional Convention, Perth.
June 1998 - 11th Place Chorus, Sweet Adelines Regional Convention, Adelaide.
June 1996 - 2nd Place Small Chorus (Div A) Sweet Adelines Regional Convention, Gold Coast.
August 1997 - 1st Place, Barbershop Chorus/Sweet Adeline Chorus Section, McDonald's City of Sydney Performing Arts Challenge.
July 1997 - 2nd Place, Popular/Show Choir/Barbershop Chorus, City of Ryde Eisteddford.
August 1996 - Second in Popular/Show Choir/Barbershop Section of the City of Ryde Eisteddford.
July 1996 - 1st place, Barbershop/Sweet Adelines Chorus, McDonalds City of Sydney Performing Arts Challenge.
July 1995 - 1st place, Popular Show/Choir/Barbershop Chorus, Ryde Eisteddford.
 

Below: Our first Competition Photo - May 1996 - Gold Coast

    

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Our Nashville Journey October 2009
We proudly represented Australia at Sweet Adelines International Convention in Nashville Tennessee

The background:

Each year Sweet Adelines International holds an international convention at which the winning choruses and quartets from each Sweet Adelines Region compete. In October 2009 the Convention was held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Circular Keys Chorus was invited to represent Australia because in our Regional 2008 Convention in Hobart we were awarded second place and the first place winners, Melbourne Harmony Chorus, chose not to compete in Nashville.

We were honoured to be invited, and thrilled to compete in what was, for most of us, our very first international competition. And we had the opportunity to hear the best choruses and quartets from around the world perform.

Our preparation:

To do Australia proud we had extra coaching from some wonderful international coaches including Ase Hagermann, Darlene Rogers, Pat LeVezu, Lynne Smith, Barbara Smith and Cathy Rainey.

We also wanted to share this exciting opportunity with other Sweet Adelines, so we invited members of other Australian choruses to sing with us in Nashville. They went through an audition process and joined us for special rehearsals over the preceding 12 months.

Our journey:

On our way to Nashville our good friends the River Blenders Chorus invited us to stay with them in St.Louis Missouri and sing on their annual show on Saturday 17th October 2009. Then on to Nashville where we took to the International stage at 10:55am on Thursday 22nd October. See our performance on YouTube by clicking here.

Our achievement:

We placed 25th out of 33 competing choruses, with a total score of 1110. That was better than we had expected or hoped for, and made all our hard work worthwhile.

Fundraising:

The cost of taking 60 members to Nashville was formidable, and the chorus undertook a wide range of fundraising activities over the preceding 15 months to help with the costs. We raised over $45,000 which paid for our buses from St Louis to Nashville, a chorus breakfast, and some of our accommodation costs in Nashville.