Shirley Kout joined Sweet Adelines in 1961 and since that time has continued to participate in the organization at every level. She received her 50 year pin and lifetime membership at the 2011 Houston International contest. She is a Master Director of two international choruses. She “retired” from directing large international competitive choruses 2003. She came out of retirement to direct the Modesto’s River Lights chorus, a small chorus in Region 12, and since that time has led them to A Level Division Championships and regional medals.
As a Sweet Adelines International Faculty Member ( Emeritis) and Certified Sound Judge, Shirley is a dynamic, talented, world renowned musical educator and vocal coach who has taught in every region of our organization. She teaches in several private voice studios, directs the River Lights chorus and still finds time to bring barbershop to local high schools.