Rhythm of the Rockies started with just seven women rehearsing in a basement! Eight months later, on April 16, 2002, it earned its charter as a chapter of Sweet Adelines International - a record speed at the time. By May of that year, there were 31 members, ready to sing for the region at the 2002 Regional competition and convention.
Their first active competition in 2003 saw Rhythm of the Rockies win first place in their division. They have since gone on to win 9 of 10 subsequent competitive performances! In 2012 the chorus scored over 600 points at regional competition, earning Mary the title of Master Director. In 2013, Rhythm was thrilled to qualify for and perform in the Sweet Adelines' International competition known as Harmony Classic Division AA competition. They were honoured to win 1st place with the highest score in the competition’s history! Since then, this chorus has competed three times on the International stage. Twice at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and once at the Smoothie King in New Orleans. Each time, they achieved a top 20 ranking amongst the best of the best worldwide!
Along the way, the chorus has produced two CDs: Jingle Belles and Let Us Entertain You.
Rhythm of the Rockies has also written and produced a number of groundbreaking and original full length shows.
The chorus continues to write its own history as it grows and works toward new goals with the same spirit of enthusiasm and excitement with which it was founded.
Founding Director 2002- 2019
Mary Hager began directing in 1999 and went on to become the charter director of ROTR in 2002. She has been a member of three different choruses, several quartets, and has held the roles of vocal production coach, show chair, script writer/ producer, Management Team member, Regional Education Faculty member, Choreographer, Assistant Director, and Master Director! Mary draws from a broad spectrum of musical experience, including piano and voice lessons as well as music education courses, and holds a degree in Education. Mary is quick to add, “I’ve received much more useful information on all the elements of singing well from Sweet Adeline courses and coachings than from any other source.”
“I love teaching and performing, and Rhythm has allowed me free reign to pursue both passions”, she says.