About Us

We are S.O.S.

Whether you are a student, business owner, experienced diva or a grandma, there is a spot for you in our chorus. This is the perfect opportunity to find quality “you time” and to gain camaraderie in a group of fabulous women who love to sing.

Past, Present and Future with SOS

SOS’s journey began in January 2010 with the gathering of eight women who had a vision of starting a Santa Rosa Sweet Adeline chorus . . . with Sharon Carlson as Director. After a few planning meetings, the first rehearsal took place in Sharon’s home in early April. During the following months the process of chartering a new chorus with the International organization evolved.

In September 2010 with 15 singers and our money ‘jar’ in hand, we took the bold step of renting our own rehearsal space. In record time (5 1/2 months), the chorus chartered in November, 2010, and Song of Sonoma was official! Now it was time for growth in every way.

With the goal of giving lots of performance training and opportunity to the singers and to get the community to know about us, we held a free mini performance every six weeks. It worked! Singers continued to find and join us.

By April, 2011, SOS competed in its first regional competition with 29 members; the group surpassed all expectations by winning 1st place in the small chorus division and 5th place overall. That’s an achievement! October, 2011, marked the first chorus show presented to a wildly enthusiastic audience. With a repertoire of 12 mostly choreographed songs, the SOS singers proved their talent and passion for the music and chorus were boundless. Growth continued.

Each competition has been such a joyful experience. We’ve grown from 8 to nearly 80 singers on that stage. Our competition goals gained us a regional win and our 1st competition at the international level in 2016. The chorus goals of reaching out into the community, marketing the chorus, and promoting barbershop music were met with events such as a flash mob, Christmas carol caravan, shows, performance at the local county fair, and a Barbershop Music Camp (the first in Sonoma County.) Growth continued.

We welcome guests every week. An exciting facet of our members: well over 50 of them are brand new to the art form we’re so passionate about. So much to be proud of with an energy and joy of shared musical experience that keeps the group moving ever forward.

Growth is limitless.

Our Favorite Moments

“Ringing that perfect chord” – Linda
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“Ringing that perfect chord” – Linda
“When our voices ring” – Carol
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“When our voices ring” – Carol
“The first time I sang on stage in front of a large audience (in New Orleans). It was such a rush, and continues to be a wonderful experience every time I am given the opportunity to sing and perform.” – Christine
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“The first time I sang on stage in front of a large audience (in New Orleans). It was such a rush, and continues to be a wonderful experience every time I am given the opportunity to sing and perform.” – Christine
“Every week it gets better and better” – Sharon
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“Every week it gets better and better” – Sharon
“Going to contest with family and friends. That moment when you get off the stage and know – I did it!” – Lynda
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“Going to contest with family and friends. That moment when you get off the stage and know – I did it!” – Lynda
“The moment of recognition that our amazing sound is in sync and the bells ring! and I am a part of all that!!! I could cry! I just think we are so awesome on every level as a chorus made up of amazing individuals. We are special!!! I believe God made us and He’s still painting the canvas!” – Terri
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“The moment of recognition that our amazing sound is in sync and the bells ring! and I am a part of all that!!! I could cry! I just think we are so awesome on every level as a chorus made up of amazing individuals. We are special!!! I believe God made us and He’s still painting the canvas!” – Terri
“Winning 1st place was great!” – Jan
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“Winning 1st place was great!” – Jan
“There have been many; first contest, first International, winning First Place small Chorus first year out with SOS, going to Adele’s with the girls, listening to the recording from Jim Arns coaching – memories for a lifetime.” – Pat
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“There have been many; first contest, first International, winning First Place small Chorus first year out with SOS, going to Adele’s with the girls, listening to the recording from Jim Arns coaching – memories for a lifetime.” – Pat
“Placing first (in Small Chorus) our first time out with a brand new chorus! WOW” – Louise
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“Placing first (in Small Chorus) our first time out with a brand new chorus! WOW” – Louise
“Giggling with my sisters on the risers AND singing a beautiful tune from start to finish with no stopping!” – Kathryn
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“Giggling with my sisters on the risers AND singing a beautiful tune from start to finish with no stopping!” – Kathryn
“Bowing to have a medal put over my head!” – Lyndy
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“Bowing to have a medal put over my head!” – Lyndy
“The fun and satisfaction of giving a fabulous performance with all my Sisters of Song.” – Sandra
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“The fun and satisfaction of giving a fabulous performance with all my Sisters of Song.” – Sandra
“My favorite moment in barbershop so far was when our name was called for first place small chorus. Screaming with Aurora and my mom and looking back at Suzi crying with joy. That’s also the only thing I remember after our name was called.” – Stephanie
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“My favorite moment in barbershop so far was when our name was called for first place small chorus. Screaming with Aurora and my mom and looking back at Suzi crying with joy. That’s also the only thing I remember after our name was called.” – Stephanie
“I love the harmonies. I’ve come close to tears with how powerful some if our songs are.” – Maureen
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“I love the harmonies. I’ve come close to tears with how powerful some if our songs are.” – Maureen
“I truly enjoy performing in our community. Love having the ability for our family and friends to see what we are all doing on those Tuesday evenings!” – Pat
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“I truly enjoy performing in our community. Love having the ability for our family and friends to see what we are all doing on those Tuesday evenings!” – Pat
“My favorite moment is Every time we are together singing. I enjoy it and I have noticed that I can be in a funk during the day but after rehearsal and driving home I have this smile on my face and the funky feeling is gone :-D” – Aurora
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“My favorite moment is Every time we are together singing. I enjoy it and I have noticed that I can be in a funk during the day but after rehearsal and driving home I have this smile on my face and the funky feeling is gone :-D” – Aurora
“Seeing and feeling the joy that fills the room every time we sing together” – Helena
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“Seeing and feeling the joy that fills the room every time we sing together” – Helena
“The very best moment in barbershop occurs when we are performing to a full house and our focus, excitement, and energy combine to cause that feeling of lift off! We become like a well oiled, self propelled machine that could fly if not restricted by walls and ceiling!!!” – Joan
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“The very best moment in barbershop occurs when we are performing to a full house and our focus, excitement, and energy combine to cause that feeling of lift off! We become like a well oiled, self propelled machine that could fly if not restricted by walls and ceiling!!!” – Joan
“Being on International Stage.” – Shirley
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“Being on International Stage.” – Shirley
“My first competition… I was so prepared, it was exhilarating, yet easy breezy! It was an amazing bonding experience and thrilling!” – Elizabeth
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“My first competition… I was so prepared, it was exhilarating, yet easy breezy! It was an amazing bonding experience and thrilling!” – Elizabeth
“My first competition was pretty amazing. But I love when our sound locks in together, rings and gives me goosebumps. I love blending my voice with ALL the baritones around me.” – Cristin
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“My first competition was pretty amazing. But I love when our sound locks in together, rings and gives me goosebumps. I love blending my voice with ALL the baritones around me.” – Cristin
“Too many favorite moments!! Hearing that chord that gives you goose bumps, learning new songs and NEW ways to sing. I guess my favorite moments are when a new woman gets that joyous look on her face when she hears that beautiful sound which is Barbershop. It is so much fun to witness that discovery that we have all had at one time.” – Molly
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“Too many favorite moments!! Hearing that chord that gives you goose bumps, learning new songs and NEW ways to sing. I guess my favorite moments are when a new woman gets that joyous look on her face when she hears that beautiful sound which is Barbershop. It is so much fun to witness that discovery that we have all had at one time.” – Molly
“When the harmonies are so spot on that they raise goosebumps and everyone breathes an involuntary WOW!” – Pamela
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“When the harmonies are so spot on that they raise goosebumps and everyone breathes an involuntary WOW!” – Pamela
“I love our shows. We go a little crazy sometimes with so many songs to prepare for, but we get em somehow. And it feels so good when we entertain.” – Ann
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“I love our shows. We go a little crazy sometimes with so many songs to prepare for, but we get em somehow. And it feels so good when we entertain.” – Ann
“Every time I harmonize is my favorite Barbershop moment!” – Suzi
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“Every time I harmonize is my favorite Barbershop moment!” – Suzi
“The first time SOS competed in Regional contest. That meant more to me then any other competition I’ve been in.” – Becky
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“The first time SOS competed in Regional contest. That meant more to me then any other competition I’ve been in.” – Becky
“On stage, I love the applause, applause, applause!” – Sharon
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“On stage, I love the applause, applause, applause!” – Sharon
“All moments are special. I get chills every time we sing.” – Victoria
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“All moments are special. I get chills every time we sing.” – Victoria
“Sitting in the audience after SOS competed for the first time, with my daughter, Stephanie, my adopted daughter Aurora, plus my sister Shirley when hearing Song of Sonoma placed 1st place in Small Chorus.” – Suzy
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“Sitting in the audience after SOS competed for the first time, with my daughter, Stephanie, my adopted daughter Aurora, plus my sister Shirley when hearing Song of Sonoma placed 1st place in Small Chorus.” – Suzy
So far I have no favorite moment because I enjoy everything from beginning to end.” – Nan
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So far I have no favorite moment because I enjoy everything from beginning to end.” – Nan
Passing my audition. It was the first thing I have truly done for no one else but me in a very long time. I knew I had the support of every woman in the room and at home too. The feeling after I passed was amazing…and yes, I cried a little too – Tracy
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Passing my audition. It was the first thing I have truly done for no one else but me in a very long time. I knew I had the support of every woman in the room and at home too. The feeling after I passed was amazing…and yes, I cried a little too – Tracy