Our new director is Patti Dykema!

Our director of 41 years Carol Grimmer is

now directing a bigger choir.  

Our founder, Carol Grimmer, has directed the Minnesota Valley Chorus since 1973.  Her interest in barbershop music was sparked during her college career at Gustavus Adolphus.  A creative and talented leader, she directs, teaches and performs in the Mankato area as well as throughout the United States.




Musical Experience

Mankato District 77 Jr and Sr High Schools

     Directed boys and girls Barbershop groups

     Taught music, directed choral groups, 1971 to retirement


Sweet Adelines

     Founder & director, Minnesota Valley Sweet Adelines Chorus, 1973 to present

     Quartet member of several quartets

     International Faculty Associate, 1987 to present

     Regional Faculty Member, 1976 to present

     Director of Musical Activities for Region 6, 1981 - 1988

     Region 6 Novice Arrangers Award, 1981

     Assistant Director Musical Activities for Region 6, 1979 - 1981

     Sweet Adelines International Certified Director, 1995

     MENC Award 2004—Sweet Adelines International: for music educator who has developed young singers

     Region 6 "Shining Star" Award, 2015


Piano Teacher

     Taught private piano lessons, 1971 - 1982


Vice President of Minnesota Music Educators Association, 1973 - 1975



Original Chorus Members from 1975:


(back row from left to right):

Sue Gray, Mary Lou Kudela, Ronnie Leech, Joann Leffel


Clara Eggers, Carol Grimmer

(pictured in 2010 at our Christmas party)

March 21, 2018


Meet the Chorus

Come to the About Us section to meet the director, and find out what we're all about!

Join Us!

Want to sing with a bunch of fabulous women? Want to learn amazing, classic songs? Come to the Join Us section to find out how you can get involved.

New Pix

Come to the photo gallery to check out our most recent pictures. 

What is Barbershop?

Find out about this fabulous artform and the organization of women barbershoppers on our What is Barbershop page.

Support Your Chorus

Find out how you can help support great music in your community!

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