Judy Olson, 1993 International Competition
About our Directors

Master Director - Judy Olson

"The people are everything at T.C."


The inspiration and motivation behind the chorus music team is the amazingly gifted Judy Olson, who has the talent, tact, and energy to lead and direct a very diverse group of women toward commonly set goals by balancing extreme hard work with loads of humor.

Judy found Sweet Adelines in 1965 and joined the Minneapolis-based City of Lakes Chorus. After several years she moved north and continued her barbershop interest with the Duluth Harbor Chords Chorus. Upon her return to Minneapolis she rejoined the City of Lakes Chorus and became their Assistant Director and Choreographer. She accepted her current position as Director of the Twin Cities Chorus in 1981 and earned her Master Director designation at Regional Competition in 1998.

Judy is an accomplished choreographer and travels frequently, coaching choruses and quartets in staging, choreography and performance techniques. She has also served as Can-Am Region 6 Director of Musical Activities.

Judy Olson and the NostalgicsJudy sang lead in the 1981 first place Regional champion quartet, Sunshine Special. Not busy enough, Judy also performed several nights a month as the alto singer with a mixed quartet, the Nostalgics, an integral part of the local Classic Big Band & the Nostalgics under the direction of Dan Odegaard. Judy says singing with the band "feeds her soul". As of January 2014, Judy "subs" for the alto singer. 

The Nostalgics: Tom Witry, Reeves Cary, Judy Olson and Pam Parker

Besides coming from a "theatre family" with a genuine love for anything to do with stagecraft, Judy holds a B.A. in Music Education from North Dakota State University and has taught junior high vocal music in both Osseo and Duluth, Minnesota.


Assistant Director - Barb Harvey

"Sang along with the radio filling in the missing harmonies. Love to hear the chords 'ring'!"


Barb earned her Director Certification in 2008 and currently serves on the TCSC Music Staff as an Assistant Director and bass Assistant Section Leader. A Sweet Adeline since 1987, Barb grew up harmonizing with the radio and cousins around the family piano. Her aunt, Joyce Harvey (Max-i-Moms quartet) got her into the Forest Lake (now Lakes Area) chapter (32 years). Her extensive quartet history includes several 2nd place Regional Quartet medals with JB Jamboree quartet. She has been an active part on the both music teams and chorus boards and also served on the Regional Music Faculty and as Regional WebManager from 1999-2007. She is the current webmanager for TCSC.

Barb singing

"No matter the time and effort I put into this hobby, it continues to give back so much more! I've been extremely fortunate to have been able to combine my three great passions - music, art, and theater in my hobby. Something wonderful I learned as a Sweet Adeline is that audiences will love you if you love them first ... no matter what you look like!"

July 23, 2017

Christmas Unwrapped 

July 25th 2017

Como Pavilion Performance

Harmony Explosion!

August 6th 2017 3:00pm
Several Sweet Adeline choruses and quartets

International Convention

October 9-14, 2017

Las Vegas, NV

Holiday Show Kickoff

October 24th 2017


Pancake Breakfast

October 2017 TBD

Holiday Show

December 3rd 2017
Sunday 3pm

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