The Mollyockett* Chorus began in Norway, Maine, with a core group of 8 or 10 enthusiastic women. We obtained our charter in 1996 and became a chapter of Sweet Adelines International in Region #1. We are committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, fellowship, performance and maintaining a presence in our western and southern Maine communities. We are a small chorus in the world’s largest non-profit music education association for women singers.
What do we sing?
We sing barbershop-style harmony in four parts (tenor, lead, baritone, bass). But wait! Barbershop music does not all sound the same. This style of music lends itself to a wide variety of up-tunes and ballads old and new and some of today’s popular songs and show tunes.
In addition to Region #1 competition, which we take part in at least every three years, we regularly perform shows and “sing-outs” in full costume and make-up. We also do uncomplicated choreo routines. We have sung in shows of our own and with other choruses at Deertrees Theater in Harrison, All-Souls Chapel at Poland Spring, the Sawyer Foundation in Greene and in many community settings.We regularly sing in nursing homes, churches, and for veteran’s organizations such as the American Legion. We have an annual retreat at a Sunday River Snow Cap Lodge where we improve our vocal skills with the help of a professional Sweet Adelines coach and enjoy good food and fellowship.
Who can join?
We welcome women age 18 and over who love to sing and are looking for fun and friendship with a group of like-minded women. Do you need to be able to read music? No!Many of our members do not read music. Periodically, we offer a special program of voice lessons and information for prospective members but we are all engaged in ongoing education to improve and maintain our musical skills.
How to contact us
We rehearse every Tuesday from 6:30-9:00 pm at the First Universalist Church in Norway, Maine 04268. See our So You Like to Sing? page for details. We would love to hear from you!
In case you are “from away” and do not know, our name honors Mollyockett, a well-known Pequawket Indian who was born sometime between 1730 and 1740 and spent much of her life in the local area. She was a healer, an artisan, hunter, storyteller and friend of the settlers in this region.