Early Sweet Adelines Career
Vickie Dennis began her Sweet Adelines career in 1975, singing in the OK City Chorus under the direction of Jim Massey.
In 1981, she moved to Houston and became a charter member of the Houston Horizon Chorus. She began serving as their director in 1982 and remarkably, led them to their first regional championship in 1984 and their first International appearance in 1985.
After a break from directing, she returned to Houston Horizon Chorus in 2001 and resumed her winning ways, leading the chorus to regional championships at every opportunity and to several international top ten finishes.
For her service to the Great Gulf Coast Region, including her contributions to developing a strong education program over the course of her membership there, she was selected to the Region 10 Hall of Fame in 2012.
Vickie has sung in several regional champion quartets, finishing in the international top ten on multiple occasions. She has recently joined a quartet in Region 19.
Serving as Master Director
Vickie directed the Southwestern District Champion Chorus, The Houston Tidelanders, for 4 years. This men’s chorus appeared in 3 District Contests and 3 International competitions during her tenure there.
Vickie has eagerly shared her knowledge and passion for barbershop throughout her career.
She taught choral music to 7th and 8th grade students for fourteen years and was twice chosen as Teacher of the Year.
She has conducted many Young Women In Harmony festivals throughout the country and has taught and coached at regional events throughout the world.
She has served as the Alexandria Harmonizer’s Education Coordinator, advising schools about programs offered for young singers and providing whatever assistance local educators have needed.
She has assisted the Harmonizers internally by helping assess the vocal needs of the chorus and working with those men who need additional help.
Vickie found her husband through barbershop and they have had a harmonious marriage for eighteen years. Her legacy continues in the form of her older son, Steve, an opera performance major and top 5 district quartet member. Just like his mother, he is a sought after coach for men’s quartets, women’s quartets, and women’s choruses.
Now that Vickie has settled on the east coast to be closer to her family in Virginia, Upper Chesapeake Chorus is thrilled to have her as our director.