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Local singer wins regional award

Shelly Pardis, longtime member of Helena’s Xpress Singers, has been selected by Sweet Adeline International’s Northwestern Region to receive the prestigious “Heart of the Northwest” award.


Each year, the award is given to one Sweet Adeline in the region who actively participates in both her chorus and regional activities and functions, generously donating her time and skills, without expectations of recognition. There are 825 Sweet Adeline members in the Northwestern Region, which includes choruses from Montana, Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska.

Also, Helena’s Xpress Singers Chorus has been honored by the region, receiving Sweet Adeline’s Starburst Award, which is given to the chorus with the highest percentage of growth in membership for the year 2021 to 2022. The chorus membership had a 17% increase.

Helena’s Xpress Singers has been performing around the Capital City and Montana for 48 years. The 30-member chorus sings 4-part acappella music, and produces the Xpress Talent Search which spotlights 15- to 21-year-olds in a singing contest. Information about the singers can be found on

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