RiverSong (formerly The St. Joseph Show Chorus) has a long tradition of participating in competitions and winning top honors, beginning in 1959, when Byron Myers, a local music teacher, was invited to direct a group of ladies who wanted to begin a Sweet Adelines barbershop chorus in St. Joseph. By their fourth competition, the St. Joseph Chorus members had blue ribbons around their necks and were on their way to International Competition. As the chorus grew in numbers and knowledge, their success continued, and included 13 Regional championships. The chorus has traveled to compete in such exciting cities as London, England, Portland, Oregon, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Honolulu, Hawaii, and has placed as high as 2nd place at the International Contest.
Byron Myers left as director in 1998, and Cheryl Herrman was selected as the new director in 1999. She served until 2004 and Helen Shores and Kelly Deare were named Interim Directors until 2005. Kim Kraut became director in October 2005. In April 2014 Leslie Galbreath took over as interim director.
The chorus continues to strive for musical excellence in their singing, and in the past two years has performed extensively throughout northwestern Missouri and in the St. Joseph community. Chorus members are proud of the chorus’ esteemed heritage and always look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead! Most recently they placed 2nd at the Region 5 competition in the Small Chorus division.