Dede Nibler - Master Director                        

Sacramento Valley Chorus is proud to introduce their new MASTER DIRECTOR, Dede Nibler. She comes to us from Fresno, CA. She is a very qualified teacher in vocal production and has lots of history with the Sweet Adeline, Int'l organization. To learn more about Dede click on Dede's link.



Helen Zwall - Assistant Director

Helen began singing in her local church in Kansas at the very young age of 2, under the guidance and direction of her father who was a music teacher. He was her teacher, coach, and mentor throughout her childhood, supporting her in musical performing and leadership roles in Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Musical Theater, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band and as the Drum Major of her high school marching band. She also directed the adult choir at her church. She received a full music scholarship for college and her education and love of music continued.


After moving to California in 1984, a friend introduced her to Sweet Adelines and she fell instantly in love with the art form and the organization. She joined the Sacramento Valley Chorus in 1985, eventually transferring to Pacific Empire Chorus and then to the award-winning Mission Valley Chorus where she was an Assistant Director under Shirley Kout. Her first role as Front Line Director was with Diablo Vista Chorus, and she has also directed the River Lights Chorus. Helen has been in several quartets, most notably the 4-time Regional Champion Quartet "Rhythm and Rhapsody."


Helen has participated in many of the Director seminars and educational opportunities that Sweet Adelines offers and has used those skills to coach both choruses and quartets in Region 12. She is currently a member of the Director Certification Program which she will soon be completing.




Sacramento Valley Chorus Music Team

Master Director: Dede Nibler

                                     Assistant Director:  Helen Zwall                                         

Section Leaders:    Sandy Cope - Tenors

                                 Sherry Rowe - Leads

                                     Bonnie Flint - Baritones

                                     Merriann Cree - Basses

Visual Performance:  Kerry Wood

Visual Image:  Carrie Falk

Secretary:  Barb Cannizzaro


Other Musical Support Staff

Performance Coordinator: Stefanie Carson

Choreography Team: Dede Nibler, Carrie Melashenko, Sherry Rowe, Kerry Wood, and Alison Miller  (Front Row Manager)

Rookie Manager:  Judi Naill

Quartet Promotion: Sue Barkley

Audition Manager:  Donna Spitzer

Music Procurement: Merriann Cree

Champion Habits Implementation Coordinator: Kerry Wood

Positive Reinforcement/Communications Manager: Donna Spitzer


Sacramento Valley Chorus Management Team

Team Coordinator: Babs Causley

Membership Coordinator: Desiree Hughart

Finance Coordinator: Pattie Bauer

Marketing Coordinator: Lynn Davis

Communications Coordinator: LaDonna Hulcy

Events Coordinator: Angie Yokay

Recording Secretary: Barbara Cannizzaro

Music Coordinator - Dede Nibler



June 26, 2017





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