We are an award-winning a cappella chorus from the greater Seattle area. Our members range in age from 14 to 80-something and have a variety of backgrounds. We share the love of music and dedication to excellence that have come to define AJoy. We work hard, play hard, and live and breathe barbershop music!
Barbershop music is a quintessentially American artform with origins in the African-American community. In barbershop singing, four voice parts -- labeled tenor, lead, baritone, and bass -- combine to create beautiful chords. All the parts in Sweet Adelines music are arranged on the treble clef.
We welcome new members, regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, or vocal range. If you love to sing and are ready to challenge yourself, check us out some Monday night. We are thrilled to return to in-person rehearsals indoors in Bellevue, Washington. We are following safety protocols for members, guests, and visitors during the pandemic. Click Join Us for more information.
A Cappella Joy, called AJoy (ay-joy) for short, belongs to Sweet Adelines International (SAI), an organization of 30,000+ barbershop singers worldwide. The chorus is based in Kirkland, Washington, and is a chapter in Sweet Adelines North by Northwest SAI Region #13, which includes Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Western Idaho, and Montana. Originally founded as the Lakeside Chorus in 1958, we have a proud tradition of musical excellence, education, and fun.
In 2018, we won first place in the Sweet Adelines Region 13 chorus competition, qualifying to participate in the international competition in New Orleans in September 2019, where we placed 16th among all competitors. In 2023, we again won the Region 13 competition, and have accepted an invitation to the international Harmony Classic competition, to be held in Kansas City in fall 2024.
Here are videos of our performances:
We'd love to share our music with you. Check out the Hire Us page for more details. We perform at various private and public venues throughout the year and offer singing Valentines and holiday greetings.