History

ICS History
Image City Sound Chorus
has been under the direction of Rhonda Spoelstra since 2017.  Rhonda is a
14-year member of Sweet Adelines, a Certified SAI Director and baritone in the awarding winning
SoundByte Quartet, representing Region 16 in International Competition. Her greatest joy is to see
people's hearts and lives transformed through the magic of music.We look forward to many years of
working with Rhonda.

Image City Sound became a chartered chorus of Sweet Adelines International in January of 1996,
under the direction of award-winning Barbershopper Maggie Swift. Kathy Wakeman, another experienced
Barbershop director, took over in 2013, building upon the strong foundation that Maggie established, until
Rhonda Spoelstra took the helm in 2017.
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Maggie Swift The original group of nine women formed a chorus that
would strive for musical excellence, with the community involvement and
camaraderie that a small to medium size chorus would allow. The group
thrived under Maggie’s direction, and in the first five years she guided
the chorus to five Regional Small Chorus, Division A championships which
included a 5th place overall medal. Membership grew under her direction
and the chorus performed both locally and internationally, including a
trip to Ireland. Maggie continued as director until her retirement in 2012.
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Kathy Wakeman, another experienced Barbershop director took over in
2013, building upon the strong foundation that Maggie established. She
came to us with a wealth of musical and technical knowledge, incredible
enthusiasm, and energy.  A barbershop participant since age 19, Kathy
sang lead in two Region 16 championship quartets: Viva and Touch of
Class
. Kathy previously directed the Seneca Soundwaves Chorus of Sweet
Adelines International for 14 years and led them to two Most Improved
Chorus Awards in 2000 and 2004, as well as a 3rd Place Small Chorus
award in 2005. Kathy continued as director until 2016, when she left to
embark on a second career as a music educator for grades K -5.
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Rhonda SpoelstraRhonda Spoelstra has spent her lifetime making music, as a vocalist,
guitarist, and director of several varied groups/bands of all ages. As
an assistant director of Region 15’s chorus, Spirit of Syracuse, working
with small groups and individuals was her specialty. She has an uncanny
ability to empower singers to believe in themselves, improve their
skills and perform better than ever.
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