As the lights dimmed, the Pacific Empire Chorus, 62 members strong, took the stage at the Las Vegas MGM Grand. It was Tuesday night, October 6, 2015, and we were about to perform in the Harmony Classic, Sweet Adeline’s annual Mid-Sized Chorus Competition. It was the first international contest for many of us, and we were excited! After more than 80 weeks of Wednesday night rehearsals, several weekends coached by some of the best in the business, and countless sessions devoted exclusively to choreography, we were finally here--ready to sing! And sing we did, giving a high-energy performance full of excitement, heart, and the attention to the details that generate high scores. Under the direction of our fabulous director, Patty Pennycook, our 15-minute California, YOU Should Come package flew by! Afterwards we all felt a huge sense of accomplishment as we took our seats in the arena and waited with anticipation for our results. Our efforts were rewarded with big, beautiful 3rd place International medals which each of us received and wore proudly around our necks. It was an exhilarating few days in Vegas filled with last minute rehearsals, riveting performances, but most of all the deepening of friendships that will last a lifetime. Viva Las Vegas!