The Melodeers Chorus announces the retirement of our Music Director, Jim Arns. Jim has served as Music Director for 35 years and has been an invaluable asset to our organization.

During his time with the Melodeers, Jim led the chorus to unprecedented success. He has been instrumental in developing the organization’s musical excellence. We are grateful for all he has done for us and wish him all the best in his retirement.



Chicago's Melodeers Chorus is one of over 700 choruses of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide, non-profit organization dedicated to women’s four-part a capella, barbershop style harmony.  Under the leadership of Master Director 700, Jim Arns and Choreographer, Renee Porzel, the Melodeers have earned an unprecedented seven international gold medals. In 2014 the Melodeers won the Most Entertaining Chorus Award, exemplifying their marvelous sense of humor and ‘pushing the envelope’ style that keeps audiences laughing and crying from coast to coast.

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We are thrilled to announce that @renee.porzel has accepted the role of Music Director of the Melodeers Chorus. Renée has a deep understanding of Sweet Adelines and a proven track record of success. In her previous roles as Showmanship Coordinator and Associate Director, she was responsible for the creative direction of the chorus, the development of new music initiatives, and assisted with the management of the music staff. We are confident that she will continue to lead the Melodeers to new heights.


All our rehearsals are open to the public and to potential new members, so why not pay us a visit and learn how you can join this exciting women's a cappella group.

Beginning Wednesday, July 12, 2023 we will be rehearsing at Shir Hadash Synagogue, 200 W. Dundee Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090 from 7:30 - 10:00 pm Central.  COVID-19 protocols for our rehearsals can be found at

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