From the Beginning
A Cappella Unlimited Chorus began in 2009 as a concept by a carpool of Sweet Adelines traveling from Austin to Houston, TX, for weekly chorus rehearsals as dual members of the Houston Horizon Chorus. At the time, there were limited opportunities for women's a cappella singing in the rapidly growing central corridor of I-35 north of the New Braunfels and south of Austin, TX.
The first informational meeting was held on September 30, 2010 at Texas State University, and the group officially became Prospective A Cappella Unlimited Chorus on November 18, 2010. In February of 2011, Katy Dane and Grant Goulding joined the chorus as Co-Directors. The chorus received its charter from Sweet Adelines Interrnational on December 5, 2011.
About Our Name and Logo
Au is the periodic table symbol for the element Gold and has been a driving force for the image, mindset and marketing of the chorus from the start. Although the initials drove the name selection of A Cappella Unlimited, the word "unlimited" was important because it represented the founders desire to broaden their horizons and be unlimited in their thinking, not only in the choice of music but in all aspects of the performance and management of an cappella ensemble.
As a Sweet Adeline chorus, we are members of the Great Gulf Coast Region 10 and as our name suggests, we are “Unlimited,” striving to expand beyond the traditional box of barbershop to include all a cappella styles. Our members are committed to becoming better singers and producing high quality music and performances.
Katy Dane, a multi-talented music educator, received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she concentrated in K-12 vocal and instrumental music education. Katy has taught voice, choir, strings, and contemporary a cappella from elementary through the collegiate level. She moved to Texas to pursue a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at Texas State University – San Marcos, joining Sweet Adelines International as a Director with A Cappella Unlimited in 2011. As a Director she has lead groups to ICHSA Regional & International, BHS Midwinter with Region 10 Young Women in Harmony Chorus Southern Belles, and 5 consecutive Top 5 Overall Chorus medals with A Cappella Unlimited in Region 10. Katy works diligently with chorus members perfecting vocal techniques and performance skills to continue taking Au to the next level.
Through the Years
2011 – First Rehearsal, Chartered December 5th
2012 – First SAI Contest with Great Gulf Coast Region 10; 5th place Division A Chorus, 8th place overall Chorus
2013 – Barbershop Day in San Marcos June 22nd, AuFM Radio Show at Dick’s Classic Car Garage, San Marcos, TX, State of Texas Barbershop Appreciation Day established July 13th, United We Sing with Heart of Texas Chorus, SAI Contest with Great Gulf Coast Region 10; 1st place Division A Chorus, 5th place Overall Chorus, Most Improved Chorus
2014 – Texas A Cappella Celebration with the Contemporary A Cappella Society and Delila, United We Sing with Heart of Texas Chorus, Sights & Sounds of Christmas in San Marcos, TX SAI Contest with Great Gulf Coast Region 10; 1st place AA Chorus, 5th place Overall Chorus
2015 - STACCATO A Cappella Festival with Cluster & Clearly Vocal, Recording Session Music Lab, Austin, TX, United We Sing with Heart of Texas Chorus, SAI Contest with Great Gulf Coast Region 10; 1st place Division A Chorus, 5th place overall Chorus
2016 – Sing! Vocal Arts Festival with Mark Hale, Deke Sharon & Straight No Chaser, SAI Contest with Great Gulf Coast Region 10; 2nd place Division A Chorus, 4th place overall Chorus
2017 - SAI Contest with Great Gulf Coast Region 10; 1st place Division A Chorus, 4th place Overall Chorus, Region 10 Summer Workshop Masterclass with Kim Wonders