Kim Wonders has been an active member of Metro Nashville since 1979. She sang bass in the quartet, “Friendship Factor,” Region 23’s 1983 Quartet Champions. Kim became the chorus director in 1988, and under Kim’s direction MNC became Regional Chorus Champions in 1989, competing in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Salt Lake City in 1990.
In 2001 the chorus competed in the Sweet Adelines International Harmony Classic Competition earning second place International Small Chorus. The chorus qualified to compete again in 2002 and won fifth place. MNC returned again in 2006 and was named Small Chorus Champions; the win also earned Kim the title of Master Director.
The chorus’ high score at the 2007 regional contest earned a trip to the 2008 Harmony Classic, this time in the Mid-Size division, where we earned the title 2008 Mid-Size Chorus Champions. Metro Nashville qualified as a Wildcard for the 2009 International contest, where we competed with choruses 2-4 times our size!
In October 2011, we returned to the International Stage for the Harmony Classic, and we were named the 2012 Mid-Size Chorus International Champions. At the 2012 International competition in Denver CO, we finished in 12th place and earned the Harmony Achievement Award, which recognizes the highest scoring smaller chorus in an International Contest.
In April 2013, we were the Region 23 chorus champions and earned the right to compete in 2014 International. At that contest, in Baltimore, we won a 7th place medal (our first time in the top 10!) and earned another Harmony Achievement Award.
In April 2015, we become chorus champions in our new region, Region 4. That win brought us to the 2016 Vegas International contest, where we were 11th (mic tester for the final) and earned another Harmony Achievement Award, making us the only chorus to win three!
In April 2017, we won the Region 4 contest and are heading to St Louis in the fall of 2018 for International.
Kim continues to learn and grow through her active involvement in Regional activities. She is on the Region 4 Eduction Resource team, and she is a member of the Regional faculty and also coaches quartets and choruses throughout the country.
Kim retired from teaching after 31 years, ending her career as Music Department Chair and Choral Director at Hunters Lane High School. Her very active choral program included annual Broadway musical productions and performances by the Hunters Lane Madrigals throughout Middle Tennessee and in festivals across the country. She also taught in the school’s International Baccalaureate Program.
As a result of her work in Sweet Adelines at the local school level, Kim was selected to receive the 2005 Sweet Adelines International MENC (Music Educators National Conference) Award.
In 2014 Kim was selected as a member of Sweet Adelines International Faculty.