About Us

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Real women, real harmony, real fun!

Hot Ginger Chorus is a women’s chorus on the Sunshine Coast, specialising in barbershop singing which is characterised by four-part harmonies, ringing chords and an emphasis on showmanship.

Our members come from all walks of life and all ages, sharing a love of music and friendships that extend well beyond the chorus.

We’re part of a global women’s barbershop organisation called Sweet Adelines International which has a membership of over 500 choruses and 23,000 women across the world.

Our Directors

Kim Kirkman, Musical Director

The Musical Director of Hot Ginger Chorus is Kim Kirkman.  A founding member and musical director of The Ten Tenors, Kim is a talented singer and musician. He’s also an exceptional vocal educator having lectured for eight years at CQ University in music, singing and musical theatre performance while also directing musical theatre shows and choirs.

He combines a deep understanding of vocal technique and showmanship with huge reserves of energy and humour.

Vanessa Smith,  Assistant Director

Vanessa Smith has been an Assistant Director since 2010. A Tenor, Vanessa has been a member of Hot Ginger since 2007, joining when her youngest child was a year old as she has always loved singing and sang in school and community choirs before having children and was keen to have music in her life once more.

Vanessa works from a home office as an IT Help Desk Manager during the day and treasures the friendships and experiences she has gained during her time with Hot Ginger.

Chorus History

Our chorus was originally founded in 1991 as The Sunshine Coast Harmony Chorus and renamed Hot Ginger Chorus in 2009.

Hot Ginger is a member of the Southern Cross Region 34 of Sweet Adelines International. Sweet Adelines International is a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.