Shining Star

2022 Shining Star - Terri Calvert

Service--Terri is currently serving as the Education Coordinator for Region 6. This is an appointed position approved by the International Board (2021-2023).  Prior to that, she served as Team Coordinator (2018-2020).  Terri also serves as a faculty member on the Regional Faculty since 2019.

She currently is a member of Twin Cities Chorus as a bass.  She has implemented several initiatives for Twin Cities, has served on the chorus Board, and is the go-to person for technology. Prior to that she was a member of the Zumbro Valley Sweet Adelines.  In past years, Terri served on the Region 3 Education Steering committee (2013-2014).

Education and teaching background—In her adult life, Terri has been teaching both in the corporate world and in Sweet Adelines.  Teaching and continuous learning is her passion.  She started singing Barbershop harmony in a community chorus in 1996; that became a Sweet Adelines Chorus in 2001.  She has had many roles in four different Sweet Adelines choruses including: section leader, assistant director, director, team leader, marketing coordinator, membership coordinator and treasurer.

In Region 6, she completed the Certified Director program in 2016, and uses her leadership skills to guide the education for the region.  Her special vision has been to enable coaching visits by International Faculty with a more specific focus and innovative workshops including all choruses as well as special groups.  She serves as a reliable connection between Region 6 and SAI.  In addition to Sweet Adelines, Terri is an independent Learning and Development consultant, creating classroom and virtual sales training solutions for senior sales leaders.  She has spent 37 years in the industry as a corporate training director and as a supplier of employee training solutions to Fortune 500 companies.

Personality: Terri is a self-starter who can fulfill difficult project demands on her own.  She is also a gentle coach who collaborates well with others to help them with technical issues and educational presentations. She has a high level of dedication as well as responsibility for helping others in the region and at the International level.  Our region would have had much more difficulty in keeping connected and involved as singers without Terri’s technical expertise and educational vision.  Our choruses continued their journey of musical improvement despite the covid challenges.  Terri is our Zoom master, but she goes beyond the technical tasks to moderate meetings, schedule educational events with International coaches and keep the regional events such as virtual competitions, quartet afterglows, and regional business and administration.  Her creativity is invaluable as she helps the Management Team to reach all members as well as smaller groups such as Directors, Membership Teams, and others to meet and share ideas and successes.  The members of the Management Team have gone beyond their tasks to produce entertaining and personable videos.  Terri has been unstinting and generous in devoting much of her time to ensure the success of others.
Following is a quotation from Susan Krisnik, Region 6 Management Team, Coordinator: “Terri Calvert has been amazing in her role at Education Coordinator.  Due to COVID-19, Region 6 activities had to be modified and done on-line.  There could not have been a better person on the RMT to lead these activities.  Terri has technology expertise that helped her to train and lead the RMT in producing our first Regional Celebration in July 2020, our Afterglows in January and March 2021, and our Virtual Quartet and Chorus Convention in 2021. She set up and produced our educational events with Harriet Walters, Sharon Babb, Peggy Gram, Kay Bromert, and Erin Howden.  None of this would have happened without Terri leading the way. She is truly amazing and deserves to be our 2022 Region 6 Shining Star!”  


2021 Shining Star - Judy Weipert

Judy Weipert is the Director of Spirit of Harmony Chorus. A member since 1976 and achieving 45 years of membership. Her experience as a director and singer, life-long learner and educator, faculty member and coach prove her dedication to our region and to Sweet Adelines International. Her nurturing, warm and passionate nature proves her embodiment as a Shining Star! Most importantly Judy is and has been the inspiring and energetic chorus director of the Spirit of Harmony Chorus since 1999. With her emphasis on musicality, artistry, education and coaching she has helped the chorus earn many regional medals. Under her direction the Spirit of Harmony Chorus has had the distinction of being invited to compete at the International level ‘Harmony Classic’ five times and accepting four invitations. We believe that under her distinctive leadership the activities and achievements of her chorus are an exceptional example to other choruses in our region that you do not have to be a large chorus to excel musically. She shows a willingness to share with other directors in our region as a coach and faculty member. Her enthusiasm for learning and teaching is a great asset for our region. Recently she has been involved in a Facebook group of barbershop directors around the world to feed her passion for continued learning, in not only gathering tools to help her chorus and our region, but to share her extensive experience and passion with others. Judy is all about sharing what she knows and encouraging others to achieve! To our benefit Judy is currently and has been an active faculty member since 2002. She has held the role of Education Coordinator for 4 years from 2009 to 2013 where she had a major impact on designing and coordinating educational events for our members, directors, RMT and faculty. She has brought in many International level coaches to broaden our education and to address areas of growth set forth by the judging panel during regional contest. Judy’s creativity has been helpful in co-writing many scripts for the faculty visit program. One example is that she came up with including the book, The Energy Bus, and helped to design a script and to turn it into one of our most well-liked and engaging faculty visits! Some of her peers on the faculty describe her as a ‘team player’, ‘having a delightful sense of humor’ and ‘great tact in working with people’. They see her as being ‘supportive of everyone on the faculty’ and having a ‘high ethical standard’. She is passionate about meeting the needs of our region and has dedicated her time as Education Coordinator and as faculty member meeting those needs. She has a willingness to be available for choruses as a coach and before the pandemic has traveled all over our region to help in this capacity. Judy values people and her warmth and sprit in promoting harmony is felt wherever she goes, among our members and at the grocery store in her community! You will find Judy 100% involved in all the activities of her chorus as well as all regional events planned by our region! Her dependability and dedication can always be counted on!  Judy exemplifies the Sweet Adelines motto, Harmonize the World, by her 25 year affiliation with Northern Lights quartet and her current place in Affinity quartet. These quartets have entertained and promoted our art form in the community at large, at musical festivals for young people and within our region as excellent role models. We believe Judy Weipert definitely fulfills the criteria for our Region 6 Shining Star Award 

Judy is an inspiration and a very positive influence in Region 6. She embodies the leadership, creativity and positivity that inspires all.

She joined the chorus in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and discovered the Spirit of Harmony Chorus four years later when she moved to Northwest Iowa with her husband, Jim.  She was hired as director of the chorus in 1999. 

Judy has achieved Certified 500 Director. She is grateful for the strong musical leadership of the Spirit of Harmony Chorus who are committed to creating a positive environment where its members grow musically and personally.  She invites all women who love to sing and entertain to come to a rehearsal so they can enjoy firsthand the magic of harmony.

 Prior to the chorus being transferred to Region 6, she was the DMA in Region 20 for two years.

Judy is always learning and seeking new ways of teaching and direct.  She has attended numerous International Conventions: as an attendee and competitor, IES Seminars, and Director Seminars.  She is a member of a frontline directors Facebook and Zoom group where discussion is held monthly on how to grow and teach singing skills in many ways.

Judy has guided the Spirit of Harmony Chorus to 20+ First Place Small Chorus wins and six second place overall wins, eight Third Place overall wins and several 4th Place Overall wins.  Five of those wins have garnered five invitations to compete in the Harmony Classic; plus, one more that had been rescheduled in 2021 in St. Louis.  Also accomplished Most Improved chorus three times. and under her direction, the Spirit of Harmony Chorus has consistently been regional medalists as well as earning a coveted spot in the Harmony Classic, an International Sweet Adeline competition, five times.  They competed in South Carolina in 2005, San Antonio, TX in 2008, Houston, TX in 2011 and Baltimore, MD in 2014 and will compete again in Louisville, KY in 2020 (Cancelled and rescheduled to St Louis in 2021.)  

Judy is currently the Baritone of Affinity Quartet and was the baritone for Northern Lights Quartet who sang together for 25 years in Region 20 and Region 6.  Northern Lights Quartet won Quartet Champion four times in Region 20 and competed at the International level.  

She also facilitated YIH events in Jackson, MN with her quartet, Northern Lights beginning in 2007 and several years after.

She organizes and plans her chorus zoom meetings each week during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a variety of activities to keep our members interested and involved in the chorus even though we have not been able to sing together. 

Judy is a kind and caring person and reaches out to all members. She is always looking for potential new members and helps get them started in singing barbershop. Teaching the skills and techniques of barbershop singing are her strengths. She is always doing research, working with other coaches, and international faculty to learn more so she can share with her chorus and anyone she may coach.  

She is always working toward harmony and guiding members toward working together.  If there are conflicts, she finds ways for conversation and resolution all for the benefit of the members.  She listens and evaluates for the best result. She understands the values of the SAI organization.