Seaway Sounds, an international women’s chorus is a diverse group of women who share an interest in and are passionate about their music, friends, family and community. We are proud to have been winning hearts in Sarnia-Lambton (Ontario) and Port Huron area (Michigan) for over thirty years. Seaway Sounds is broadening its’ talents with modern a cappella music while still respecting its’ roots in women’s barbershop harmony. Our exciting repertoire spans all musical genres from barbershop standards, jazz, show tunes, and adult contemporary. We don’t hold music when we sing, and we don’t stand still. We learn rhythmic movement and many songs are choreographed. Experience the soaring overtones, beautiful harmonies, and ringing chords of our a cappella chorus!
Singing with the chorus is a journey of personal growth and, along the way, enduring friendships are forged and lasting memories created.
Our Vision Statement
Seaway Sounds is a sisterhood of women singers of all ages propelling a cappella 4-part harmony in barbershop style into our community.
Our Mission Statement
- Elevate women singers in our community through education, performance and competition in a cappella 4-part barbershop style music.
- Foster personal growth of our members while striving for musical excellence.
- Increase our skilled presence in our community and spread our joy of singing through community performances.
- Embrace the challenge of competition with personal goals of all members and be unified in the chorus competition goals and timeline. (May 6, 2020)
Management Team 2023-2024
Director – Michelle St. Onge-Mitchell
Team Leader – Diane Lambert
Assistant Team Leader – Leslie Lockrey
Treasurer – Diane Lamarche
Secretary – Pat Mayer
Visual Team – Barb Bell-Leaver
Membership – BJ Swarts
Marketing & Fundraising – Ev St. Onge
Meet the Director – Michelle St. Onge-Mitchell
Michelle has that special magic that it takes to hold centre stage! She became full-time Director in 2010, and with her energy, enthusiasm, and natural showmanship, she bewitches us all!
Involved with Seaway Sounds Chorus and quartets since 1995, Michelle started out in the baritone section before moving on to our lead section. She received her Director Certification in 2004, and continues to hone her skills at Sweet Adelines (SA) workshops. Her father was an avid barbershopper and her mother sings with Seaway Sounds. Her daughter can’t wait to join us on the risers! Married, with two children, a career in Child and Youth work, and responsible for the school Glee Club, Michelle is excited to develop this growing chorus. Michelle has fulfilled one of her dreams in 2017 when she placed 2nd with her quartet, Hot Wire at Sweet Adelines Regional competition and dreams of one day being on the International stage.
We rehearse at St. Francois Xavier School at 901 The Rapids Parkway, Sarnia, on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm starting on Wednesday, Visitors are always welcome, and we encourage you to drop by and sing with us on the risers! No musical experience is needed. U.S. and Canadian members are welcome. We rehearse in a scent-free environment so please refrain from using scented products. Please call ahead to be sure we are not out performing. Contact BJ Swarts 810-941-8950 or Diane Lambert 519-344-8621.