The Cape Shore Chorus is a group of women from all walks of life who share the vision of creating the best barbershop harmony possible. We strive to create a warm, fun and positive atmosphere where we are committed to improving our skills.
We Rehearse Year Round!
Thursday Nights: 7:15 - 10:00 PM (April - October) - 8:00 - 10:00 PM (November - March)
Upper Township Community Center - 1790 Rt-50, Tuckahoe, NJ 08250
Call (609) 364-2989 for Information
The Cape Shore Chorus represents a group of women from all walks of life who share a joy for learning and performing barbershop music. The chorus strives to create a warm, fun and positive atmosphere where we can improve our vocal skills while always remaining energetic and supportive of one another. Through education and entertaining performances, the Cape Shore Chorus promotes the musical art form of Barbershop Harmony – a uniquely American folk art!
Cape Shore Chorus was founded in 1988 when three former Sweet Adelines moved to Cape May County and decided to form a local chapter. It took about a year and a half to build the required membership to at least 20 members in order to become an “official” chapter and perform publicly as a “Sweet Adelines Chorus”. The chorus regularly performs throughout Cape May County as well as several other venues in Atlantic and Cumberland Counties. Annual appearances include performances at Cape May Convention Hall, Wildwood, the Ocean City Boardwalk, Cape May Court House Harvest Fest and Christmas in Court House, the Ocean City Music Pier, and the County 4-H Fair among others.
The goals of the Cape Shore Chorus are consistent with the goals of the International Organization and include:
- Provide all chorus members with educational opportunities to improve their vocal skills and learn about the techniques of barbershop singing.
- Provide all chorus members with opportunities to perform in public settings.
- Support and encourage young women as they pursue training and education in the field of music.
- Develop strategies to retain current members and actively recruit new members to participate in Cape Shore Chorus.
- Increase public awareness and appreciation for this traditional American art form.
Sweet Adelines International is a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performances. This independent, nonprofit music education association is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women. Founded in 1945 in Tulsa, Oklahoma by a small group of women who wanted to learn the barbershop style of four-part, a cappella harmony, the international organization now has nearly 30,000 registered members in more than 600 choruses who are perpetuating the unique American art form of barbershop harmony.
Patty Weeks, Director
Patty Weeks was appointed as Director of Cape Shore Chorus in June 2014 after serving as Assistant Director for seven years. She has been a member of the Cape Shore Chorus since August 2004 and was new to Barbershop style music at that time having had vocal and choral experience in musical theater and Classical music.
Patty has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studies in the Arts and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She has worked at Stockton University for over 40 years and currently serves as the Director of the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center (SRI&ETTC) in the School of Education where she is responsible for the development and delivery of professional development programming for K-12 educators.
Patty is a Certified Director in the Sweet Adelines International Organization and in Spring 2017, she earned the HARMONY 500 DIRECTOR designation. She also sings with several other choruses including Greater Harrisburg Chorus and Valley Forge Chorus. As a member of Greater Harrisburg Chorus, she won a Gold Medal in the 2012 World Choir Games, a competition which is held every two years and draws competitors from 65 different counties.
She sings with several other Region #19 Champion Choruses and has competed on the International stage with Greater Harrisburg, Pride of Baltimore, and Valley Forge. She will be competing at the International Competition in St. Louis in 2018 and in New Orleans in 2019. She is currently the Directors' Coordinator for the Region 19 Regional Management Team.