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FEATURING: • Deke Sharon • Tom Carter • "the BUZZ" and Frenzy • Sweet Adelines International Faculty • Rising Star Quartet Contest • First-Ever Mixed Harmony Quartet Contest

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CONVENTION & COMPETITION OCT. 9-14, 2017 MGM Grand Hotel and Casino • Las Vegas, Nev. U.S.A.

2017 marks Sweet Adelines International's 71st annual International Convention & Competition! Join us in Las Vegas as we watch women from all over the world grace the stage and barbershop battle it out for the international champion title. You’ll be impressed, wowed and inspired as you experience the world's best barbershop harmony in one of the most exciting cities in all the world!

Registration is CURRENTLY OPEN with Early Bird pricing available on or before April 14, 2017.

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Music Selection Made Easy

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Exploring the Online Education Center The Most Important Thing We Do Queen of Hearts

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Honor Roll: Our Generous 2016 Patrons

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Third Time’s the Charm: Las Vegas 2017

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A New Resource by and for Members

From Our President From Our CEO Harmony Roundup The Lowdown Accolades

IES 2017 is open to women and men of all ages. It’s the can’t-miss event of the summer. Get supercharged in the glorious past and thrilling future of beautiful barbershop harmony!

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Share the joy you’ve found – invite women in your community to find their voices in Sweet Adelines! RNATIONA TE L N I

OPEN HOUSE In 2017, any day is a good day to host an open house – and we’ve made it easier than ever to plan and pull off your most successful recruitment event ever! We’ve created customizable hands-on guides and promotional tools to help with the details – you add the priceless warmth and persuasive pizazz that only your chorus can to engage potential new members. We’ve got you covered all the way – from planning to press materials.

All new in 2017: • Updated marketing plan • Comprehensive timeline planner • Social media graphics • Open house postcard • 4 new press release templates • Follow-up and evaluation sheets Visit the Members Only section at www.sweetadelines.com/marketingcenter/ and select Membership Drive Resources. Good luck! Share your successes with us – communications@sweetadelines.com and on social media, #iamsweetadelines

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Sweet Adelines International A worldwide women's singing organization committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through opportunities in education, performance and competition.

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Kay Todd, PhD, CAE Chief Executive Officer Tammy Talbot Chief Operating Officer Richard Huenefeld Chief Financial Officer Tamatha Goad Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Darling Managing Editor Marge Bailey • Allison Benge • Sarah Black Sharon Carlson • Linda Clements • Martha Clemons • Victoria Cook Kay Crouch • Hisako Denda • Sandy Gunn • Liz Sabo Johnson Connie Johnston • Kathy Lucken • Renee McBurney • Molli McDaniel Janice McKenna • Jan Meyer • Sue Middleton • Laura Mitchell Leslie Murray • Meg Murray • Alana Otis • Valerie Renz • Alison Souter Lauren Stark • Kate Veeder • Westcoast Harmony • Melynnie Williams Contributors Ben Larscheid Graphic Designer Joey Bertsch • Deanna Cooke • Dueck Right Productions Stephanie Madison Photography • Melina Perry John Read Photography • Lauren Stark • University of Maryland Photography Lauren Stark Advertising 918.622.1444 • communications@sweetadelines.com INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017 Paula Davis, International President Marcia Pinvidic, Immediate Past President Patty Cobb Baker, President-Elect Joan Boutilier, Secretary Jeanne d’Arc (JD) Crowe, Treasurer Thérèse Antonini Anne Cargill Jennifer Cooke Peggy Gram Cammi MacKinlay Carole Persinger Renée Porzel EDUCATION DIRECTION COMMITTEE Marcia Pinvidic, Chair Joan Boutilier Corinna Garriock Carole Persinger Kim Vaughn EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD Patty Cobb Baker Joan Boutilier Jocosa Bruce Sharon Cartwright Cammi MacKinlay ______________________________________ Sweet Adelines International members receive The Pitch Pipe as a benefit of their membership. Additional annual subscriptions are available for $12/year U.S.A. or $24/year outside U.S.A. SUBSCRIPTION REQUESTS & ADDRESS CHANGES: The Pitch Pipe 9110 S. Toledo Ave., Tulsa, OK 74137 U.S.A. Telephone 918.622.1444 • Toll-free 800.992.7464 Fax 918.665.0894 • www.sweetadelines.com Office hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST) Direct all correspondence, editorial copy and photographs to communications@sweetadelines.com. Visit www.pitchpipemagazine.com. Deadlines are 60 days prior to publication. Not all submissions will be published. ______________________________________ THE PITCH PIPE (ISSN 0882-214X) (USPS 603-060) is published quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 by Sweet Adelines International, Periodicals paid at Tulsa, OK U.S.A. and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE PITCH PIPE 9110 S. Toledo Ave., Tulsa, OK 74137 U.S.A. Canadian Post Agreement Number: 1453408 Send Canadian change of address information and blocks of undeliverable copies to: P.O. Box 1051, Fort Erie, ON L2A 6C7 Canada Entire contents are copyright © 2017 by Sweet Adelines International. All rights reserved.


FROM O U RP R E S I D E N T

WHY ARE YOU A SWEET ADELINE? “Being a Sweet Adeline is more than a logo—or just being a member of a singing group. We stand together as one in a beautiful tapestry woven with the threads of uniqueness in each woman.”

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ave you ever thought about what you would say if someone asked, “Why are you a Sweet Adeline? What makes it so great that you’ll put your time and money into it?” I’ve been asked those very questions— sometimes by non-members, but sometimes by members who are having trouble explaining it to others. Often we just say, “because we love the music and the friends!” Those alone are excellent and true answers, yet I’ve found that there are many important reasons why we join and stay in this amazing organization. I’d like to share a few of which I am particularly proud:

3. We sing arrangements specifically arranged for women that provide the unique harmonics and voicings that highlight the best of women’s voices. These are not merely adapted by raising the key. They are arranged for women, often arranged by women, and personify the uniqueness of women’s voices for greatest success and accomplishment in the barbershop style and beyond. 4. Sweet Adelines’ members are judged by highly trained women who are also members—women who compete and experience the highs and lows of competition; women who pay dues and serve the organization without pay. We 1. Being in this organization can and are judged by our peers, who have been does change women’s lives for the better trained to evaluate and adjudicate. in so many ways! We provide wide-ranging 5. Our mission statement reads, “We and life-changing opportunities for women are a worldwide organization of women to grow, learn and improve their singing, singers.” With all of the effort that women leadership and life skills. We provide have given over the years to establish opportunities for volunteer service that ourselves as strong, capable, intelligent reaches both into our organization and into and professional, we can celebrate the fact our communities, country and the world. that we are part of an organization that 2. Sweet Adelines International has elevates, values and offers opportunities to the best educational opportunities all women to share their many and varied for women singers that can be found talents. anywhere. The proof of that educational excellence is on parade, especially at Being a Sweet Adeline is more than a our regional and international contests. logo on our nametag or being a member The overall quality grows every year of a singing group. We are members of and performances are continually more an organization that provides music, fun creative and professional. If you look at and friendship. We are a community that our international contest, you find that reaches into our membership and into the excellence of our vocal skills and the world, creating a safe, encouraging, performances reach far beyond the top five supportive and positive impact on all or 10 medalists. Our competitors all show women. Regardless of age, appearance, race, outstanding skills. That proven depth of nationality, sexual orientation, religion, success is extremely rare, no matter what physical abilities or any other perceived genre you explore. differences, we stand together as one in a

beautiful tapestry woven with the threads of uniqueness in each woman. Yes, I’m passionate about Sweet Adelines! I’m passionate because it has dramatically changed my life for the better and brought joy and friendship to me in challenging and trying times. I’m passionate because I see and hear the difference it makes in our members’ lives, bringing renewed joy and exciting opportunities each week. I’m passionate because there are so many incredible women freely giving of themselves to help other women grow. I’m passionate because together we make a positive difference in our world. We have so much to celebrate. Let’s not keep it to ourselves; let’s celebrate out loud! This week, share the joys of being a Sweet Adeline with someone who may not know about us. Tell them the many things you’ve gained by being a member. Let them see the sparkle in your eyes when you talk. It only takes a few sparks to build a fire that will attract many to the warmth, glow and fun that happens when you sing with Sweet Adelines.

It would be fun if every Sweet Adeline (over 22,000 of us!) could celebrate and proudly say this together: I AM SWEET ADELINES! Let’s do it! In harmony,

Paula Davis International President

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Song of Welcome

Please join us in welcoming new* Sweet Adeline chapters! We welcome these singers with open arms and cheerful hearts to our sisterhood. Together, we are a global harmonic force. We are Sweet Adelines!

Sound of the Smokies Show Chapter

Zero Degrees Show Chapter

Vocal Standard

Harmony Heartland, Region #4 Knoxville, Tenn. www.soundofthesmokies.com Charter Date: May 2, 2016 Team Leader: Kelly Ogle Director: Russ Adkisson

Quartet of Nations, Region #31 Louth, United Kingdom www.zerodegreeschorus.com Charter Date: Feb. 18, 2016 Team Leader: Becky Peek Director: Christopher Mackintosh-Smith

Spirit of the Midwest, Region #5 Shawnee, Kan. www.sairegion5.org/choruses Charter Date: Dec. 2, 2016 Team Leader: Stacy Schumacher Director: Rob Mance

No Borders Show Chapter

Telge Harmony Chapter

The Harmonix Chapter

Quartet of Nations, Region #31 Venray, Netherlands www.newsite.nobordersshowchorus.eu Charter Date: March 3, 2016 Team Leader: Carla Newson Director: Stuart Sides

Nordic Light, Region #32 Södertälje, Sweden www.nordiclightregion.com/en/choruses Charter Date: May 2, 2016 Team Leader: Synnöve Lindroos Director: Rosmarie Karlsson

Tokyo, Japan, Region #30 www.tokyo1978.webcrow.jp Charter Date: Oct. 3, 2016 Team Leader: Chiaki Yoshida Director: Akiko Inoue

(*As of Jan. 26, 2017)

HEAR THAT HARMONY? IT’S NATIONAL BARBERSHOP QUARTET DAY APRIL 11, 2017 Grab your favorite tenor, lead, baritone and bass and celebrate! Let the world know about Sweet Adelines and why you love to sing a cappella barbershop harmony! Let us know, too! #iamsweetadelines

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F RO MO U RC E O

STORIES I HAVE HEARD “It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” -PATRICK ROTHFUSS, “THE NAME OF THE WIND”

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his month, I will have been with Sweet Adelines International all of seven months. The time has gone swiftly! It has been my honor, privilege and pleasure to hear so many wonderful stories from members and staff. Before I even started my first day, I found stories on the website. Over and over women related that music drew them in, but close supportive friendships kept them coming back. From this, I know SA is about friendship. The first story I heard at the international convention was from a member, proudly telling me that her daughter and now granddaughter both sang with her in her chorus. From her wonderful smile, I could see the love of sharing a passion with family. From this, I know SA is about generations. Sweet Adelines’ “kids” told me childhood memories about growing up going with mom to chorus rehearsals. They said they felt they had “multiple” moms who all loved them. From this, I know SA is about family. One day, looking at gifts from donors, I saw several who had given more than $45,000 over a period of 10 years. One gave a gift of $30,000. From this, I know that SA is about giving. Over and over I heard, “I’ve been a member for 50, 60 years.” And I listened to stories of women who relied on each other through the happy and tragic times. From this, I know SA holds

the overtone of life. I see staff work long hours. They may be tired but always have smiles on their faces. I hear them say they want to make this experience the best possible for the members they serve. From this, I know SA brings people together. I read stories about Sweet Adelines in the headquarters staircases as I go up and down each day. Starting in 1945, there are posters for each year; pictures of presidents, of winners, of a member singing while in labor then finishing the performance and rushing to the hospital to have her son three hours later. There are proud moments, paying off the building mortgage, and there are sad memories of losing an executive director and president in a car accident. From this, I know SA is full of memories. So many stories, from so many different people; and now I know that every story ends with the love for this organization. I am grateful to be part of the story going forward. Until the next story,

Kay Todd, Ph.D., CAE, CEO

Sweet Memories: A new mom; paying off the mortgage.

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Long-Range Education Planning Calendar Use this calendar to plan ahead. However, keep in mind that while every effort is made to communicate complete details, event information may change. Mark your calendars and watch for event updates in The Pitch Pipe, at sweetadelines.com/events and on social media.

2017 Aug. 1-2 ................................Regional Leaders’ Training, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Aug. 2-6 ...............................International Education Symposium, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Aug. 4 ...................................Mixed Harmony Quartet Contest, in conjunction with IES, College Park, Md. Aug. 5 ...................................Rising Star Quartet Contest, in conjunction with IES, College Park, Md. Oct. 9-14 ..............................71st Annual International Convention and Competition, Las Vegas, Nev. Oct. 9 ....................................Regional Leaders’ Training, Las Vegas, Nev.

2018 Aug. 9-12 .............................Judges’ Training, Tulsa, Okla. Oct. 15-20 ...........................72nd Annual International Convention and Competition, St. Louis, Mo. Oct. 15 ..................................Directors’ Forum, St. Louis, Mo. Oct. 15 ..................................Regional Leaders’ Training, St. Louis, Mo. TBD ........................................Rising Star Quartet Contest

2019 Aug. 8-10 .............................Directors’ Seminar, San Antonio, Texas Sept. 16-21 ..........................73rd Annual International Convention and Competition, New Orleans, La. Sept. 16 ................................Leadership Training, New Orleans, La. TBD ........................................International Education Event TBD ........................................Rising Star Quartet Contest

2020 July/August ........................International Education Symposium, in conjunction with Rising Star Quartet Contest and Leadership Training Oct. 12-17.............................74th Annual International Convention and Competition, Louisville, Ky. (75th Anniversary Celebration) Oct. 12 ..................................Leadership Training, Louisville, Ky.

2021 August ..................................Judges’ Training, Tulsa, Okla. Oct. 11-17 .............................75th Annual International Convention and Competition, St. Louis, Mo. Oct. 11 ...................................Directors’ Forum, St. Louis, Mo. Oct. 11 ...................................Leadership Training, St. Louis, Mo. TBD ........................................Rising Star Quartet Contest

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MUSIC SELECTION MADE EASY BY JAN MEYER

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE PERFECT SONG. IT’S ABOUT THE PERFECT FIT. TIPS FOR CHORUSES AND QUARTETS

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usic selection made "easy” is our dream. The reality is that finding the music that best fits the image, personality and skill set of a vocal ensemble may be among the most difficult and time-consuming tasks we face. The success and satisfaction your chorus or quartet enjoys, not just in your contest experience, but in your weekly rehearsals and community performances, depends on choosing music you will eagerly sing for a very long time. Chances are, if you ask your fellow singers to name their favorite selection from your repertoire, many will choose the same song. It is likely to be one that rests well within their comfort zone but also has some “show-off” spots for each voice part. It has a message singers love to convey to their audiences. It is a song that evokes a strong emotional reaction for the singer and the listener, whether it is laughter, tears, the urge to jump up and dance, or a swell of patriotic pride or religious fervor. Finding these special songs is not easy! The 1999 International Champion Quartet Signature Sound taught a memorable class on music selection at an international education symposium years ago. These women are singers whose outstanding vocal skills allowed them to consider most anything a creative arranger could throw at them. Yet they described ordering stacks of music, singing through them and discarding most before they found the small number of arrangements that perfectly fit their own unique sound and personality. Then there is the added pressure of choosing music for contest! Music judges are often asked, “How will this score as a contest song?” The answer we must give is, “It all depends on how well you sing it.” While that may sound flippant, it is obvious that the strongest on-paper arrangement sung poorly will score poorly. Conversely, contests are sometimes won by highly skilled singers whose material may be somewhat marginal as barbershop harmony vehicles. It is never wise to choose a song simply because “The Amazing Harmonizers” won with it. They may have won in spite of it because their vocal skills were far superior to their competitors’. The Judging Category Description Book’s (JCDB) Music Category section spells out very specific guidelines for a strong barbershop vehicle and is the standard for evaluating the strength of a song and arrangement for contest purposes. Every chorus

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director and quartet should have a copy and refer to it often! (Note: the JCDB is available for purchase or for online viewing at no charge. Visit the international sales section at www.sweetadelines.com.) Directors often ask judges, arrangers and coaches to recommend specific music for their chorus or quartet. While we are happy to make some general suggestions, and may even have a list of sample songs at various skill levels, every group is unique in its skill set and personality. The task of choosing music must rest with the director and his/her music team. If music theory is not your strongest area of expertise, you are wise to cultivate a partnership with a chorus member or local music teacher who can help you evaluate the musical “facts” in the arrangements you are considering. How to begin? First, take an honest assessment of your singers’ musical skills and limitations: • What is the extreme pitch range for each singer? • What is the comfortable, stage-worthy range for each singer? • Where is their register break? • What are their best and worst vowels? • What is their breath capability? • How do they handle jumpy part lines, odd intervals, fast-moving lyrics? • If you ask them to move to the music, do they move on the downbeat or the backbeat? All of these considerations are vital to know when you embark on searching for music that best suits your singers. If most of your basses cannot sing below a low E¯ with quality, you are wise to choose an arrangement that never goes below F for them. If most of your baritones have an awkward register break at G, do not choose a song that requires them to “live” in that area. If the “oo” vowel is problematic for your chorus, do not choose What’ll I Do? It seems obvious but many times, we think that if we just work hard enough, our singers will be able to overcome any obstacle. It is wise to heed the often-heard advice, “Show us what your singers can do well, not what they can almost do.” Next, look at the image and personality of your chorus or quartet. What one word would you use to describe the overall demeanor of your singers? Age is not the only, or even the primary,


E DU C A T I O N F E A T U R E consideration. Women of any age may be assertive, sensual, sweet, exuberant, friendly, humorous, shy, flirtatious, sophisticated or sassy—any number of personalities! A well-rounded repertoire will include a mix of these different styles, but there are probably one or two that your chorus can portray with a natural ease and others that are just not a comfortable fit. Then comes the hard work—I mean fun!—of looking over stacks of music to find the ones that will best suit your singers’ skills and personality. Check the Sweet Adelines website (sweetadelines.com/resources) for the list of music published by the organization. It is an often overlooked but valuable source of well-arranged, singer-friendly and affordable music. The website also has a separate listing of “arranged music” and preview copies of these arrangements can be ordered. Of course, you can contact individual arrangers for their lists; arrangers’ policies vary regarding preview copies. You’ll also find arrangers under sweetadelines.com/ resources. Do not try to accomplish these tasks alone! Enlist the help of your music staff to evaluate a number of arrangements, keeping the chorus-specific considerations mentioned above in mind. Sing through the likely candidates; even though it may be a very rough run-through, it will give you a good idea of how readily your singers will be able to learn the song. We often hear the advice, “Sing music that is well within the skill level of your singers,” but many of us do not have a clear understanding of what makes an arrangement easy or difficult. A simple arrangement might be characterized by such aspects as: • A melody line with limited interval sizes • Limited tempo requirements • No key changes • A strong but simple structure • Limited embellishments • A preponderance of the “big three” chords (major triad, dominant 7th and dominant 9th) Other hallmarks of songs that will be fairly easy to learn: • Part lines well within the singers’ comfort zones • Part lines that remain on unaltered tones of the scale (limited number of accidentals) • A frequent return to the major triad of the keynote Song and arrangement “red flags” that will increase the difficulty level of a song include: • A melody line requiring larger interval jumps • Spread voicings • Key changes, medleys, variations in structure • Elaborate embellishments, rangy and jumpy part lines • Melody transfers between parts • Abundance of accidentals • Lots of chord changes • Melody line that lives on the third scale step • Chromatic part lines, tricky rhythms • Prevalence of secondary chords (chords other than the “big three” mentioned above)

• Harmonics that rarely return to the major triad of the keynote • Wordy passages or an abundance of hard consonants • Tag “hangers” that are in the voice part’s register break or are beyond breath capabilities Wow! That is a lot to consider, isn’t it? And it will take a lot of time to go over arrangements with this kind of detail, won’t it? Yes! However, consider how much time we might spend working on music that does not suit our chorus or quartet, only to discard the song after weeks of frustrating rehearsals that leave the director and the singers discouraged. There is no “perfect song.” Every song is likely to contain challenging elements. The key is to find the ones that best fit the unique talents and limitations of your singers. Music selection made easy? Hmmm—probably not. However, the time you spend carefully evaluating arrangements with your music team will be valuable education for everyone involved, and the process will get smoother and easier each time you do it. Best of luck!

Musical Member Benefits Visit the Members Only section of international sales at sweetadelines.com for: • Music selection aids, such as manuals, music publishing services with hundreds of barbershop arrangements in print. • Approximately 10 new music arrangements a year, available in single-copy sheet music. • New folios and learning media; easy, medium and hard-levels of competition materials; an array of CDs and DVDs for entertainment and education.

About the Author Jan Meyer is a certified music judge and a member of Spirit of the Gulf Chapter, Region #9.

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EXPLORING THE MEMBERS ONLY EDUCATION CENTER By Molli McDaniel

LOGGING IN Did you know that the Members Only Education Center is an exclusive benefit of your Sweet Adelines membership? Whether you’re a seasoned director or a brand new Sweet Adeline, the center has helpful information. This online resource is full of articles, videos, podcasts, vodcasts, guides, links and more! Much of the material is original Sweet Adelines-only content created just for you, and new things are added regularly to meet members’ needs. If you are already a pro at using the Education Center, why not take a moment to revisit the site and see what’s new? If you are unfamiliar with the site, keep reading for instructions and a quick guide to help you get started.

Because the center is a special member benefit, content is password-protected. You will need to login using your Sweet Adelines username and password. Step 1: Go to www.sweetadelines.com and click the Member Login button (Fig. 1) located at the top of the homepage. This will take you to a new login screen. Step 2: Enter your Sweet Adelines username and password on Members Only login page. (Fig. 2). Your username is your last name plus your first initial (e.g., SmithA). Don’t worry if you can’t remember your password—there is an option to retrieve it at the bottom of the login screen. You can also contact support@sweetadelines.com for assistance. (Fig. 1)

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Once logged in, you will be automatically redirected to the Members Only homepage. This is just like the regular homepage, but now you will see the Members Area visible below the pink banner at the top of the page. (see Fig.3). Step 3: Hover over the Education Center button to view a dropdown menu that lists the different pages. You can also click directly on the button to view this menu on a separate page. Step 4: Success! You have logged in and located the Education Center menu. You’re ready to go exploring!


E DU C A T I O N F E A T U R E CONTENT MENU • Webinars Webinars are live, online educational presentations. Past webinars are archived by subject.

Within each page of the center, you will see a menu on the left side with links to different types of content available for that subject (Fig. 4):

• Resources and Links This section contains resources from around the web that are related to the chosen subject.

• Articles of Interest This section houses articles from Sweet Adelines’ publications and from around the web on the selected subject. • Podcasts Podcasts are audio-only presentations. If podcasts are available for the topic you’ve selected, they will be housed here. • Vodcasts Vodcasts are short audio-visual presentations. If vodcasts are available, you can find them under this tab.

• Seminar Handouts Handouts from past education events that are relevant to the selected topic are grouped here. • Forms and Templates This area houses links to pertinent forms and templates for the selected subject. • International Sales Items Related sales items are linked here for quick reference.

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NAVIGATION Content in the center is organized by subject into the following pages: • Voice (information related to singing and the voice) • Visual (choreography, costuming and makeup) • Directors/Quartets (tools/resources for directors and quartets. The Forward Motion and Directly Speaking archives are housed here.)

Editor’s Note: The Pitch Pipe is sharing this popular article, which originally appeared in the October 2016 Forward Motion and November 2016 International Beat newsletters.

• Leadership (Regional Management Teams and chorus management) • Music (arranging, music theory and music selection) • History (articles, podcasts, handouts etc.) • Youth (working with young singers/the Young Women in Harmony Program) • International Champion Videos (past champion performances) • Seminar Handouts (materials from past international education events)

About the Author Molli McDaniel is a Sweet Adelines staff Education Coordinator.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE DO

A LOOK AT THE EVOLUTION OF SWEET ADELINES’ IVY LEAGUE-LEVEL OF MUSIC EDUCATORS BY MARGE BAILEY

Early education-influencers: Renee Craig, Joni Bescos, Floyd Connett.

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ong before Sweet Adelines ever declared our formal mission statement of “advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through opportunities in education, performance and competition,” we knew that the most important thing we do is educate. Almost everyone remembers that first amazing teacher who led her to a new subject or idea, exciting her thinking and sending her in a brand new direction of learning. Just ask any Sweet Adeline and she’ll remember the first time a teacher sparked her excitement for barbershop. If you talk to members who were part of Sweet Adelines’ early years, they will speak with great reverence about Floyd Connett— our original educator. Floyd directed four female choruses in Illinois during the early 1950s—groups that placed first, second and third in some of the earliest contests. He became an itinerant barbershop educator driving all over the United States, from chorus to chorus, in a van filled with educational materials. Floyd spread his love of barbershop everywhere he went and created a desire in musicians to excel and gain even more knowledge in this special art form. Many early Sweet Adelines were also teachers who had a passion for sharing the joy of female barbershop music. They realized that singing good music well was the goal of our organization and for that to happen, we needed music designed for optimal use of the female voice, music that created the mind-bending “lock and ring” that makes barbershop so exciting. Dynamic teachers like Joni Bescos, Renee Craig, Sally Eggleston, Ann Gooch, Sylvia Alsbury and Nancy Bergman— whose “Harmonize the World” became the official song of Sweet Adelines—were at the forefront and began organizing schools and education events around the country. Soon, zeal and excitement for barbershop was everywhere. During these early days, Ann Gooch found that her vistas rapidly expanded beyond her home base of Florida—even beyond the

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United States, into other lands and cultures. Just how far was she willing to go for barbershop? In 1970, she took a sabbatical to England and had the opportunity to talk about female barbershop in the U.K. There was already a bit of barbershop there, but as more people began traveling and sharing this art form—first to Sweden and then to the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, even Thailand—Ann spent many days, weeks and hours aboard airplanes and in unusual housing situations. Some of the choruses from these visits around the world are now filled with accomplished singers and performers and bring amazing musical presentations to our international competitions. In the 1980s, our board of directors asked the Education Direction Committee to form the first official organization of faculty members. There were training sessions to “teach the teachers” and educators from inside and outside of Sweet Adelines shared their knowledge. Our faculty grew and flourished; soon we had enough trained faculty available for international educational events like the International Education Symposium we will have Aug. 2-6, 2017, in College Park, Md. Today, our faculty is certainly the finest there is—a cornucopia of educators that form the Harvard of female barbershop. We have doctorates, vocal teachers of the highest quality, arrangers, coaches, choreographers and administrative leaders who share their knowledge and help the organization grow in all areas of singing and performance. There are currently 51 international faculty members, four of whom are master faculty and 10 faculty emerita worldwide. Each one is committed to inspiring our members to be better singers, leaders and performers. Our level of music has risen to semi-professional and we owe it all to these dedicated women who continue to educate themselves and willingly pass on the knowledge of our organization. Who knew we would come this far? Those early faculty members knew—the most important thing we do is educate.


E DU C A T I O N F E A T U R E INTERNATIONAL FACULTY A STANDING OVATION FOR SWEET ADELINES' DISTINGUISHED FACULTY MEMBERS, MANY OF WHOM WILL TEACH AT THE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM, AUG. 2-6, 2017, IN COLLEGE PARK, MD. Lea Baker Jean Barford Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl Joan Boutilier Alyson Chaney Debbie Cleveland Paula Davis Leslie Galbreath Corinna Garriock Anna-Lisa Glad Peggy Gram Kathleen Hansen Erin Howden Molly Huffman

Mary Rhea Darlene Rogers Lynne Smith Dale Syverson Janie Tamarkin Kim Vaughn Harriette Walters Kim Wonders Sandi Wright Heidi Zacchera Master Faculty Sharon Babb Karen Breidert Kathy Carmody

Gail Jencik Deanna Kastler Lynda Keever Lori Lyford Cammi MacKinlay Vickie Maybury Dede Nibler Carole Persinger Mari Pettersson Marcia Pinvidic Diane Porsch Renée Porzel Tori Postma Judy Pozsgay

Betty Clipman Emeritus Faculty Sylvia Alsbury Marge Bailey Nancy Bergman Mary Dick Sally Eggleston Ann Gooch Shirley Kout Marcia Massey Jarmela Speta Zoe Thompson (2017-2020 Faculty)

FACULTY FACTS Sweet Adelines’ international faculty are proficient in vocal and visual performance, organizational management and leadership development. Members accepted into the program have demonstrated the ability to teach and train in music and/ or administrative aspects of Sweet Adelines International and to represent the organization as clinicians at events hosted by other professional organizations.

The International Faculty Program Task Force assesses and appoints qualified faculty to a three-year term. Faculty meet a variety of requirements to be appointed for subsequent terms. Master faculty are members of the IFP who have fulfilled the requirements to advance to the master level, including serving 10 consecutive years as faculty.

Sharon Babb

Karen Breidert

Betty Clipman

About the Author Among her many Sweet Adelines roles over nearly 40 years, Marge Bailey is a former international president (1995-1996); the 2008 Lifetime Achievement awardee; former chair of the Education Direction Committee; an arranger, coach, judge, mentor and Chapter-at-Large, Region #8 member.

If you are interested in becoming part of the next generation of Sweet Adelines' international faculty, please contact the Education Department at education@sweetadelines.com or visit: sweetadelines.com/education/certificationprograms for more information.

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Welcome to page 14 of the April 2017 issue of The Pitch Pipe. Before reading further, I highly recommend watching “Back To The Future.” Without watching the 1985 science fiction film, one may worry about the writer of this article. No need — I am a healthy, functioning individual. We, the headquarters staff, are dedicated to helping you harmonize the world — and loving every second. Did Sweet Adelines faculty and staff really travel back to the future to create the can't-miss event of the summer? I’ll let you decide.

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WHY BACK TO THE FUTURE? In order to create a can’t-miss educational event of the future, Sweet Adelines faculty and staff have traveled back in time, to study the best and most popular components of IES from the past. We also have traveled into the future, to study and master the future of barbershop harmony. Back in present time, we have developed the can’t-miss event of the summer. Events from the past have undergone a series of tests in the lab; the best ones are now functioning at an out-of-this-world level. Incomparable events from the future have been brought to life, like our highly anticipated, first-ever Mixed Harmony Quartet Contest. Classes from the past have been broken down and reassembled to advance vocal harmony into the 21st century. Just one example is Deke Sharon’s course, Contemporary A Cappella Arranging in 10 Steps. Classes from the future have been constructed to preserve the principles and traditions of barbershop harmony.

IES IS BACK! At IES 2017, attendees will experience jet-fueled curriculum and events that have time-traveled into the future – the future of barbershop harmony. IES is now open to all a cappella barbershop ladies and gents around the world. The future is now!

TO BE CONTINUED. . .

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QUARTET BREAKTHROUGH ACCELERATION CAMP WITH “the BUZZ”

By combining years of quartetting and dozens of experiments in the lab, 2005 International Champion Quartet, “the BUZZ”, has developed the quartet track of the future. Designed especially for quartets, Nancy, Debbie, Karen and Jeannie have extracted the key elements of quartetting that contributed to their success and are ready to share their results with you! • Bullet-proof emcee skills How “the BUZZ” steals the show • Smart singing synopsis Secrets to singing your voice part like a champion • Understand how visuals affect vocals Use findings to plutonium-fuel your performance • Generate progress through constructive criticism Learn how to avoid contamination • We can’t spoil the element of surprise! The Quartet Breakthrough Acceleration Camp is open to complete quartets, members of quartets and individuals interested in quartetting. For more information, check out “the BUZZ” web page at www.sweetadelines.com/IES.

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2017 RISING STAR QUARTET CONTEST Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 • 2:30–6 p.m. University of Maryland • College Park, Md., U.S.A.

ARE YOU THE FOUR OF THE FUTURE? Bringing the Rising Star Quartet Contest back with IES just makes sense! No time travel needed here, barbershoppers from around the world witnessing history in the making? Check! Rising Star is headed back to the future. This adjudicated barbershop quartet competition is for women ages 25 and younger

and limited to 20 contestants with entries accepted in the order received. Any member of a competing Rising Star Quartet who also registers for IES will receive a $25 USD discount on their collective $100 USD Rising Star Quartet Contest entry fee.

PRIZES INCLUDE: STARS TO WATCH AWARD:

$2,000 USD FIRST PLACE

$1,000 USD SECOND PLACE

$500 USD THIRD PLACE

Special recognition will be given to the highest-scoring quartet whose average age is 16 or younger. Prizes awarded by the Young Singers Foundation, an official charity of Sweet Adelines International.

The 2017 Rising Star Quartet Contest information packet and entry form are now available at

WWW.RISINGSTARQUARTETCONTEST.COM.

2017 MIXED HARMONY QUARTET CONTEST Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 • 7:30–10 p.m. University of Maryland • College Park, Md., U.S.A.

READY TO MIX THINGS UP? The future is now! Sweet Adelines International’s highly-anticipated, first-ever Mixed Harmony Quartet Contest has arrived. This quartet contest is intended to be a lighthearted musical escape for both competitors and audience members alike. Any member of a competing Mixed Harmony Quartet who also registers for IES will receive a $25 USD discount on their collective $100 USD Mixed

Harmony Quartet Contest entry fee. Contest is limited to 10 quartets with entries accepted in the order received. The 2017 Mixed Harmony Quartet Contest information packet and entry form are available on the contest event web page at www.sweetadelines.com/IES. Trophies and glory awarded to first, second and third place quartets.

Visit the Mixed Harmony Quartet Contest event page at

WWW.SWEETADELINES.COM/IES. QUESTIONS?

Please contact Competition Services at Sweet Adelines International headquarters. Email: competition@sweetadelines.com • Phone: 918-622-1444 • Toll free: 800-992-7464

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a SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL production in association with UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND “2017 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM”

Starring DEKE SHARON

“the BUZZ”

Frenzy

TOM CARTER

Cast BETTY CLIPMAN BRITT-HELÉNE BONNEDAHL CAMMI MACKINLAY DALE SYVERSON DARLENE ROGERS JANA GUTENSON JEANNE D’ARC (JD) CROWE JEAN FLINN JEN COOKE JIM ARNS JOAN BOUTILIER

JOEY BERTSCH JUDY POZSGAY KIM VAUGHN KIM WONDERS LAUREN STARK LORI LYFORD LYNNE SMITH MARCIA PINVIDIC MOLLI MCDANIEL NANCY FIELD PATTY COBB BAKER

PAULA DAVIS PEGGY GRAM RENÉE PORZEL RICHARD HUENEFELD SHARON BABB SUZY LOBAUGH TAMATHA GOAD THÉRÈSE ANTONINI VICKIE MAYBURY

SYMPOSIUM SONG

HARMONY GAMES

The Power Of Love arranged by

compete for the HARMONY GAMES CUP co-hosted by RYAN HELLER and BECKI HINE

JOEY MINSHALL

REGIONAL LEADERS’ TRAINING DOC TALKS

jigawatts of fast-paced brain food 20-minute high-energy and educational sessions covering a variety of topics

exclusively for regional leaders Aug. 1–2, 2017 keynote by MARJORIE STEALEY, REGION #14

FIND OUT WHEN YOU ARRIVE

www.sweetadelines.com/IES quartet acceleration boot camp by “the BUZZ” NANCY CLOETER (TENOR), DEBBIE CLEVELAND (LEAD), KAREN BREIDERT (BARITONE) AND JEANNIE FROELICH (BASS) featuring 2017 international champion quartet Frenzy MELISSA POPE (TENOR), NIKKI BLACKMER (LEAD), ANNE DOWNTON (BARITONE) AND JUDY POZSGAY (BASS) authentic expression by TOM CARTER rising star and mixed harmony quartet contests emceed by DEKE SHARON co-producers JANA GUTENSON CAMMI MACKINLAY sweet adelines international president PAULA DAVIS April 2017 | T HEPI T C H P IP E

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Sweet Adelines International

Strategic Plan

Vision Statement Thriving choruses and quartets achieving musical excellence, empowered by inspirational leaders building a Sweet Adelines International Board of Directors. (Not pictured, Peggy Gram) The Sweet Adelines International Board of Directors approved the following strategic plan and initiatives in October 2016. It includes a slightly modified mission statement and a new vision statement, which outlines “a goal so big it will continue to direct and inspire us for many years to come,” said International President Paula Davis. To align with these guiding statements, the board established four major areas of focus and development: programming, membership, marketing/outreach and operations. The board then developed specific initiatives in each of these areas. This document, which represents a three-year plan, is “focused on providing the highest value of membership to Sweet Adelines members and protecting the future of the organization,” added IBOD member Thérése Antonini, who wrote the plan’s executive summary. To download the document, login to the Members Area of www.sweetadelines.com and select the "Financials" tab.

Values The following are the primary values that support the mission and vision and guide decision-making within Sweet Adelines International: • Service through educational opportunities • Respect for each member • Decision-making for the benefit of all • Commitment to Mission Statement • Transparency • Inclusiveness • Community oriented

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community that harmonizes the world.

Mission Statement Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide women’s singing organization committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through opportunities in education, performance and competition.

Areas of Focus Programming: Our programs engage and energize women to achieve excellence in music and leadership and to become advocates for our vision. Membership: Our membership retention is consistent and we have a plan for dynamic and diverse growth over the next decade. Marketing/Outreach: Our current communities know who we are and how to connect with us and we have identified new markets to target. Operations: Our current and future teams and leaders are enabled to work together openly, effectively and joyfully to achieve our vision.


Strategic Initiatives Programming

Our programs engage and energize women to achieve excellence in music and leadership and to become advocates for our vision. Initiative 1: Capture event attendance metrics Outcome: Increase attendance at educational events Initiative 2: Increase enrollment of directors in Director Certification Program (DCP) Outcome: Increase number of front-line directors who have completed or are enrolled and active in the DCP Initiative 3: Provide all Sweet Adelines members free access to online version of Judging Category Description Book (JCDB) Outcome: All chorus directors own the JCBD Initiative 4: Include judge training in next three-year planning cycle Outcome: Judge training is funded every three years Initiative 5: Strengthen the quality of applicants to the International Judging Program Outcome: Have five qualified applications to the International Judging Program

Initiative 6: Provide more timely information to regions in order to avoid/reduce conflicts in regional /international education event schedules Outcome: Reduce conflicts between regional and international educational event schedules Initiative 7: Perform assessment of current online education Outcome: Ensure relevancy and quality of online education Initiative 8: Include leadership-focused training at all international events and provide encouragement to include leadership training at the regional level Outcome: Strengthen leadership capability at all levels of Sweet Adelines governance Initiative 9: Assist international members to streamline music purchases Outcome: Make it easier for members to purchase music

Membership

Our membership retention is consistant and we have a plan for dynamic and diverse growth over the next decade. Initiative 1: Plan and initiate Cold Start program Outcome: Establish 20 choruses (new and progressing prospective) Initiative 2: Create a program for member engagement and feedback Outcome: Membership retention

Initiative 3: Recommend and implement programs that incorporate diversity and inclusivity Outcome: Diverse membership growth Initiative 4: Re-launch “Real Guide to Growth Program” Outcome: Membership growth

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Strategic Initiatives Marketing/Outreach

Our current communities know who we are and how to connect with us and we have identified new markets to target. Initiative 1: Identify and recommend potential “push” markets Outcome: Increase market awareness of Sweet Adelines brand and benefits Initiative 2: Participate in three national or international media opportunities Outcome: Raise external profile of Sweet Adelines Initiative 3: Increase social media presence Outcome: Increase number of followers on social media Initiative 4: Promote every member as an “ambassador” for Sweet Adelines Outcome: Every member represents and advocates for Sweet Adelines

Initiative 5: Establish external brand for Sweet Adelines Outcome: Unify external image of Sweet Adelines Initiative 6: Music educators teaching music educators how to teach barbershop (and its benefits) both in person and by video Outcome: Increase perception of barbershop as a valid and valuable singing art form

Operations

Our current and future teams and leaders are enabled to work together openly, effectively and joyfully to achieve our vision. Initiative 1: Establish clear roles and responsibilities Outcome: Ability to work together effectively with clarity of roles Initiative 2: Build organizational capacity for future leaders Outcome: Ensure future of leadership for Sweet Adelines Initiative 3: Investigate potential alternative chorus models Outcome: Flexibility for chorus autonomy

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Initiative 4: Establish a consolidated communications calendar Outcome: Strengthen connection between the international organization and individual members through well- planned and coordinated communications to members Initiative 5: IBOD orientation and development Outcome: Leadership capacity of IBOD


MEMBERPROFILE

QUEEN OF HEARTS Kate Veeder is young at heart, especially when it comes to Sweet Adelines.

Kate Veeder received the 2004 Ann Gooch Award.

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hose who know her might call her “Kate the Great” but if she heard that, Sweet Adeline Kate Veeder would gently insist that her many fans could be slightly “brainwashed.” However, the facts are clear. Kate has been an ardent lover of barbershop, a tireless supporter of her chorus and region, a proud citizen of Sweet Adelines' global community and a formidable fundraiser for some 25 years. In 1992, after living abroad for years with her beloved husband Joe, Kate returned to her native New Zealand. She saw a tiny newspaper ad that the Whangarei Harmony Chorus was forming. She was so fascinated she faxed international headquarters for Sweet Adelines governance details. They’d never had such a request, Kate said. She joined. “I enlightened myself to this awesome educational organization and saw countless personal growth opportunities, plus the opportunity to sing a cappella music so I was hooked from Day One,” Kate remembered. Not one to do anything halfway, she became immersed in Sweet Adelines. She’s worn many hats, including that of chorus president, regent, Regional Management Team membership coordinator and chair of the Young Singers Foundation. She is also a proud member of the Waikato Rivertones, who will compete in Las Vegas in October. Kate’s activity in Region #35 and at the international level earned her the 2004 Ann Gooch Award, which honors a worldwide member for outstanding service to a chaper, region or area. She has also poured passion into yet another role for which she’s widely respected—supporting the Young Singers Foundation (YSF). She has led one of YSF’s major fundraisers—the silent

Kate said her grandchildren inspire her to volunteer on behalf of young people. Photo by Stephanie Madison Photography

auction at annual convention—for 12 successful years. She is also one of three YSF Advancement Committee members. “It’s been a great opportunity to give back to an organization that has gifted me so much,” she said of her YSF involvement. “I’m a former school administrator and young people have always been my passion.” “When I was asked to run the auction I first said ‘no’ because I live half a world away,” Kate remembered. “But then I said, ‘Yes, I can!’ Now it’s all done remotely, across two or three continents, and we as organizers never see each other until the day we arrive at convention! It’s all possible due to many wonderful Sweet Adelines volunteers and headquarters staff. They all willingly do a wonderful job. Otherwise, I’d twist their arms,” she added with a laugh. When asked about the most valuable item she’s ever secured for the auction, Kate is quick to answer. “What always stands out to me is our international faculty, who donate coaching sessions to the auction. At least 30 to 40 do it every year. In fact, I’m constantly amazed by our faculty, judges and directors. These are incredible, selfless women who give their time and talents for the betterment of all Sweet Adelines.” In her spare time, Kate loves to travel, especially to visit her children and grandchildren in the United States. She volunteers with a New Zealand rowing regatta program, which hosts studentcrewed boat races on area lakes. “I get the best seat in the tower and am charged with keeping all the scores and making sure I have the right people in the right boat. It’s a very exacting job. Not unlike serving as a Sweet Adelines panel secretary,” she laughed. “It makes a wonderful weekend, watching 2,000-plus students outdoors, doing something with their lives.”

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HARMONIC HOLIDAY

By Hisako Denda, Tokyo and Aoyama Harmony Choruses, Region #30

Sweet Adelines from the Tokyo, Aoyama Harmony and Harmonix choruses, with prospective choruses Urayasu and Yokohama Portside Harmony, and guests.

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oyama Harmony Chorus hosted a Christmas gathering of SA sisters from five choruses – three chartered and two prospectives— in the Tokyo area. We were delighted to have special guests from Tokyo Barbers, a men's barbershop group that was organized in 1992, and Asuka Ichikawa, the assistant director of the Twin County Chorus, Region #15, who led us in How We Sang Today. We treasured this special opportunity and everyone left saying, “See you next year!”

TURNING HEADS AT TANGLEWOOD By Leslie Murray and Meg Murray, Berkshire Hills Chorus, Region #1

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anglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is a musical institution in the home county of the Berkshire Hills Chorus. Last year, we were invited to perform at Tanglewood On Parade, an annual event that draws some 12,000 to hear performances by the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops. We strolled the lawn, singing to thousands. Some patrons even left their picnic blankets and followed us to hear more of our songs. We invited the crowd to join us in America The Beautiful, with an octet singing the overlay. We finished to cheers, applause and even a few tears. It was an honor, not only to be asked to perform, but to sing barbershop music to an audience of classical music enthusiasts and have it be so well received!

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TOGETHER IN HARMONY By Connie Johnston, Arbutus Sounds Chorus, Region #26.

Arbutus Sounds Chorus and Lowry Olafson collaborated on Together In Harmony.

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ogether In Harmony, an original song with collaborative roots in our chorus, was used as a learning tool for the 2016 Regional Area Schools Workshops. The amazing Kim Vaughn coached part of the workshops, which were held in key cities across our region. Our chorus won a free songwriting workshop in a contest offered by a local performer and speaker, Lowry Olafson. He guided our creative journey and put it to a tune. Together In

Harmony was born. It was not just any song – it was a collaborative celebration of all our unique experiences as Sweet Adelines! Joey Minshall produced an outstanding arrangement for us, including all the elements and nuances of a true barbershop song. The song was chosen for the school workshops due to Joey’s masterful arrangement, but we like to think it was also because the music truly speaks to the hearts of Sweet Adelines around the globe!

REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR By Sarah Black, Oregon Spirit Chorus, Region #12

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n December, 40 Sweet Adelines, representing choruses from Oregon, California and Washington State, traveled to Honolulu to perform on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Our Master Director Kathy Scheel led our group with lots of love and heart. We opened the show, sharing barbershop harmony through patriotic songs broadcast all over the massive ship. As we sang The Star-Spangled Banner, the men and women in

uniform on board stopped in place and saluted, moving us to tears at this deep show of patriotism. We also shared dinner and harmony with the gracious Na Leo Lani Chorus, directed by Lars Isaacson. Later, California’s Masters of Harmony Chorus joined us. We will never forget the memories and new friends we made, nor the poignant tributes to Pearl Harbor veterans that we witnessed. CONTINUED ON PG. 39

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Online Ordering is Easy!

Step-by-Step Guide to Shopping International Sales Do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do! The Sweet Adelines International Sales Department hits all of the right

notes as your source for music, educational material, novelty items and so much more. The International Sales staff has prepared these easy-to-follow instructions to help simplify your ordering experience. If you need assistance with any products, placing your order online or general information about International Sales, don’t hesitate to contact us at 1.877.545.5441 or at sales@sweetadelines.com.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Visit www.sweetadelines.com and click the Shop option. Slightly scroll down and click Shop Now. Sign in as a member by clicking Login. Now you’re ready to shop! Choose the category you want to view.

Music is listed alphabetically with 10 songs per page. Music titles are available to preview online by simply clicking “View Preview Copy” above the music title.

6. If Music is selected, you will automatically be directed to the Published Music List. 7. Published Music is available to all members and the general public. You may also select Int’l Arranged Music, which is available to members only, with the exception of limited titles. 8. To search for a specific title, type a keyword or two of the music title in the search catalog box and click the Search button. You may also search by the arranger's name. A list of items with the key word you entered will be listed. Click Add To Cart, enter desired quantity and click Add To Cart again. Then you may Checkout or Continue Shopping. 9. All music is available for instant download upon purchase. Simply choose Electronic Delivery during checkout, and the music download link will be sent to you in the email order confirmation. If you prefer the sheet music to be mailed to you, allow 7 to 10 working days for delivery. Shipping charges will apply. We are unable to fax music due to copyright restrictions.

ANNUAL INVENTORY

International Sales will conduct our annual inventory April 27, 2017 through May 5, 2017. All orders placed during this week will not be shipped until the completion of inventory.

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24/7

Any day is a perfect day to shop, so let’s get shopping! International Sales is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST), Monday through Friday; shop online 24 hours a day/7 days a week.


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Were you in the audience during international quartet finals for Frenzy’s original and brilliantly creative performance of I’m A Middle-Aged Woman? The roar of laughter in the arena gave the MGM Grand lion a run for the money – and said lion lives in a casino. What about when Rönninge Show Chorus took their posed photo– then stunned us all with a phenomenal encore of One Singular Sensation during international chorus finals? Did you wake up to LoveNotes singing on CBS Las Vegas NOW, learn something new in Scottsdale Chorus’ education class, or sing and dance with Sweet Adelines around the world during Mass Sing?

OCT. 9-14, 2017 MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nev., U.S.A.

Experience the world’s best barbershop performances, camaraderie and music education in a city famed for its around-the-clock entertainment. Be in the audience and witness performances that are so fantastic you have to ask yourself, “Was that real?” and congratulate competitors moments after they deliver that resounding last tag. Spend the day with your Sweet Adelines sisters at the luxurious Grand Spa at the MGM. Go off grid and practice some tags at the Grand Canyon or the Hoover Dam. Don’t just hear about barbershop a cappella masterpieces – be there for the moment! For our third and final year, Sweet Adelines are taking over Las Vegas! Plan now to join your Sweet Adeline sisters as we call it a “wrap” on Las Vegas. Don’t miss a moment – the third time’s the charm.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS APRIL 14, 2017! Visit www.sweetadelineslasvegas.com to register online or to download the registration form.

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Education: The ABCs of Copyright

9-10:30 a.m.

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Education: Harmonize Your World

9-10:30 a.m.

MGM CC

Regional Leaders L.E.A.P Day: Learn, Engage, Apply, Perform (Invitation only)

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

MGM CC

PVI Roulette

10 a.m.-Noon

MGM CC

Education: Music Selection Is This the Right Song?

1:30-3 p.m.

MGM CC

Ticket Sales/Will Call

2-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

2-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

2-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

2-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Classic Briefing

3-4 p.m.

MGM GGA

Education: Music Selection How Barbershop is It?

3:30-5 p.m.

MGM CC

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Riser Rehearsals

7a.m.-11 p.m.

MGM CC

St. Louis 2018 Early Registration

9-10 a.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Ticket Sales/Will Call

9 a.m.-7 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

9 a.m.-7 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

9 a.m.-7 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Quartet Briefing

9:30-11 a.m.

MGM GGA

Chorus Briefing

10:30-11:15 a.m.

MGM GGA

Coronet Club Front Row/Optional Rehearsals

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

MGM CC

Tech Rehearsal

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

MGM GGA

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Time

Location

Coronet Club Reunion

1:30-2 p.m.

MGM CC

Quartet Reception

2-3 p.m.

MGM CC

Coronet Club Rehearsal

3-6 p.m.

TBD

2017 Opening Session

5-6 p.m.

MGM GGA

State of the Organization

5:15-6 p.m.

MGM GGA

Harmony Classic

6-10:30 p.m.

MGM GGA

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 Event

Time

Location

YWIH Coordinator Breakfast

7-8:30 a.m.

MGM CC

50/60 Year Breakfast

8-9:30 a.m.

MGM CC

Riser Rehearsals

7 a.m.-11 p.m.

MGM CC

Coronet Club Rehearsal

8:30-11 a.m.

MGM CC

Ticket Sales/Will Call

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Quartet Semifinals

10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

MGM GGA

TOS VIP Donor Lounge

Noon-8 p.m.

MGM GGA

Quartet Finalist Briefing

10:45-11:15 p.m.

MGM GGA

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2016 Event

Time

Location

Riser Rehearsals

7 a.m.-11 p.m.

MGM CC

PIP’s Breakfast

8-9:30 a.m.

By Invitation Only

Ticket Sales/Will Call

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Chorus Semifinals

10 a.m.-9 p.m.

MGM GGA

TOS VIP Donor Lounge

Noon-8 p.m.

MGM GGA

Chorus Finalist Briefing

9:15-9:30 p.m.

MGM GGA

International President’s Reception

9-11 p.m.

By Invitation Only

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Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 Event

Time

Location

Riser Rehearsals

7 a.m.-11 p.m.

MGM CC

Coronet Club Rehearsal

8-11 a.m.

MGM GGA

Family Chorus Rehearsal

8-9 a.m.

MGM CC

Ticket Sales/Will Call

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Quartet Music Education Class

9 -10:15 a.m.

MGM CC

TOS VIP Donor Lounge

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

MGM GGA

Mass Sing

11-11:30 a.m.

MGM

Quartet Finals

11:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

MGM GGA

Coronet Club Show

8-10:30 p.m.

MGM GGA (Ticket Required)

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 Event

Time

Location

Riser Rehearsals

7 a.m.-11 p.m.

MGM CC

Family Chorus Rehearsal

8-9 a.m.

MGM CC

Ticket Sales/Will Call

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Chorus Music Education Class

9-10:30 a.m.

MGM CC

TOS VIP Donor Lounge

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

MGM GGA

Chorus Finals

11:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA

Coronet Clubhouse

9:30 p.m.-Midnight

MGM CC (Vista Ballroom)

Have Questions? We Have Answers. If you’ve never attended a Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition—or even if you have—there are a lot of dates, deadlines and details to keep in mind. Visit www.sweetadelineslasvegas.com for Frequently Asked Questions, plus information on chorus housing, Harmony Boutique, the Coronet Club show, ADA needs/scooter rental and more.

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13. Wildcard 9 14. Wildcard 2 15. Windsor 16. Wildcard 7 17. Region #2 18. Wildcard 8 19. Region #31 20. Wildcard 3 21. Region #4 22. Region #32 23. Region #25 24. Region #34

25. Wildcard 10 26. Region #5 27. Vocality 28. Region #16 29. Region #10 30. Region #9 31. Region #13 32. Sparkle! 33. Wildcard 1 34. Region #12 35. Region #15 36. Spritzer

37. Region #1 38. Milli Blink 39. Region #8 40. Finesse 41. Region #19 42. ClassRing 43. GQ 44. Region #21 45. Wildcard 5 46. Glamour 47. Region #6

Choruses 1. Vienna-Falls Chorus, Region #14 2. Wellington City Chorus, Region #35 - Withdrawn 3. Grand Rapids Chorus, Region #17 4. Canadian Showtime Chorus, Region #16 5. Scioto Valley Chorus, Region #4 6. Spirit of Syracuse Chorus, Region #15 7. Fox Valley Chorus, Region #6 8. Toast of Tampa Show Chorus, Region #9 9. Forth Valley Chorus, Region #31 10. San Diego Chorus, Region #21 11. Shoreline Sound Chorus, Region #2 12. Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus, Region #17 13. Perth Harmony Chorus, Region #34 14. Sacramento Valley Chorus, Region #12 15. Santa Monica Chorus, Region #11 16. a cappella joy Chorus, Region #13 17. Kansas City Chorus, Region #5

18. Melodeers Chorus, Region #3 19. Waikato Rivertones Chorus, Region #35 20. Springfield Metro Chorus, Region #25 21. Rhythm of the Rockies Chorus, Region #26 22. Lions Gate Chorus, Region #26 23. North Metro Chorus, Region #16 24. High Country Chorus, Region #8 25. TuneTown Show Chorus, Region #4 26. Alaska Sound Celebration Chorus, Region #13 27. Talk of Tulsa Show Chorus, Region #25 28. Harmony on the Sound Chorus, Region #1 29. Harbor City Music Company Chorus, Region #19 30. Stockholm City Voices Chorus, Region #32 31. Houston Horizon Chorus, Region #10 32. Choral-Aires Chorus, Region #3 33. Bay Area Showcase Chorus, Region #12 34. Greater Nassau Chorus, Region #15

Harmony Classic A

Harmony Classic AA

1. Wichita Chorus, Region #25 2. Grand Traverse Show Chorus, Region #2 3. St. Louis Harmony Chorus, Region #5 4. Malmö Limelight Chorus, Region #32 5. Evergreen Chorus, Region #15

1. Greater Kingston Chorus, Region #16 2. Velvet Hills Chorus, Region #8 3. Farmington Valley Chorus, Region #1 4. Brindabella Chorus, Region #34 5. O-Town Sound Chorus, Region #9

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Sweet Adelines International

71st ANNUAL

CONVENTION & COMPETITION

OCT. 9-14, 2017 MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO, LAS VEGAS, NEV. Registration is OPEN for our 2017 Las Vegas International Convention and Competition. Hurry and take advantage of Early Bird prices until April 14, 2017. Please visit www.sweetadelineslasvegas.com for more information.

CONVENTION ASSISTANTS ALL EVENTS

MEMBER ALL EVENTS

INTERNATIONAL CHORUS & QUARTET COMPETITOR ALL EVENTS

YOUTH (MEMBER OR NON-MEMBER) ALL EVENTS

NON-MEMBER ALL EVENTS

EARLY REGISTRATION ON OR BEFORE APRIL 14, 2017

$100

$175

$175

$115

$190

LATE REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 15, 2017

$125

$225

$225*

$140

$240

*Late registration after July 7, 2017, for quartets only

If you’ve attended international convention and competition in Las Vegas before, you know it’s beyond grand. If you haven’t, you’re in for a fabulous experience. Competition, housing and chorus rehearsal space is all under one roof at the amazing MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. It’s virtually a mini-vacation under one roof, with plenty to see and do, in addition to harmonizing with your Sweet Adelines sisters! This is our third and final year in Las Vegas, one of the most exciting and entertaining cities in the world. Don’t miss our last curtain call in this glitzy, glamorous oasis.

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To reserve a room, visit: www.sweetadelineslasvegas.com/housing

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, Nev. 89109 U.S. & Canada toll free: 800-967-8852 International: 847-996-5832 Email for choruses: sweetadelinesgroups@experient-inc.com Email for individual attendees: sweetadelines@experient-inc.com

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Resort amenities include:

• Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access • Daily newspaper available for pickup • $15 beverage credit per room per stay applicable at any MGM Grand-owned bar or lounge • Complimentary printing of boarding passes, copies and faxes up to 5 pages • Unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls • Complimentary daily access to the cardio fitness room


SWEET ADELINES SCORES A NATIONAL EYE OPENER Valentine’s Day brought a sweet national TV appearance for C’est La Vie. With Eye Opener hosts (L to R) Kevin Roth, Oliver Tull, Krista Moller, Melanie Barker, Taylor Daniels, Caitlin Klemballa, Laila Muhammad, Hilary Kennedy and Allyn Hoang.

“I love the barbershop sound!” When a national TV producer calls headquarters and says that–and wants to book a quartet for a U.S. major-market Valentine’s Day show–well, that’s music to our ears. In January, Sweet Adelines PR Coordinator Lauren Stark reached out to national news outlets, pitching a barbershop quartet singing love songs as a valentine story idea. “Roses last one week and chocolate lasts one hour. A cappella barbershop harmony; now, that sounds more like it!” she told producers. She was thrilled to get a “hit” from the producer of Eye Opener, a syndicated morning program that airs in Dallas, Houston, Portland, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., and livestreams daily at www.eyeopenertv.com. Lauren whipped the travel plan and other details together at warp speed and flew to Dallas, where the show airs live. There she met 2015 Rising Star Champion Quartet, C’est La Vie, who flew from Phoenix. They had rearranged school and work schedules, also at warp speed, so they

could be in the TV studio at 5:45 a.m. the next morning, Feb. 14. The four young singers include Caitlin Klemballa (tenor), Melanie Barker (lead) Krista Moller (baritone) and Taylor Daniels (bass), who all joined the Scottsdale Chorus in high school. The quartet sang in several segments, earning applause and cheers from the hosts and floor crew. Host Laila Muhammad even jumped in for a few bars of Exactly Like You, which led Taylor to announce, “We’ve got a new addition to the family, guys!” Caitlin also spoke in detail about Sweet Adelines history, purpose and how to find a local chorus. Sweetadelines. com was superimposed on the TV screen. When the program was over, C’est La Vie flew back to Phoenix, where they ended the day at rehearsal with Scottsdale Chorus. After the show, C’est La Vie posted to Facebook: “We are so happy and blessed to have spent the day with our barbershop family!” See and hear C’est La Vie’s TV appearance on YouTube.

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DON O R P R O F I L E

SWEET ADELINE LINDA CLEMENTS A LIFE IN SONG

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inda Clements was almost born barbershopping so it is no wonder she is still passionate about the music and the sisterhood, 53 years after she first joined Sweet Adelines in July 1963. At age 19, she was going with her father to district barbershop conventions and afterglows. Her first husband also sang barbershop, and it was then she decided she wanted her own spot on the risers. “I realized I could do this too,” she said and once she joined, she never missed. “Despite what was happening in my life, I never, ever didn’t go to chorus,” Linda said. “The songs and the sisterhood could get you through anything. It was my joy and support group from the get-go.” Linda belonged to several Detroit-area choruses, serving in various leadership roles and as director of Inter-Lakes Chorus for six years. She is now a member of Motor City Blend, formed through a merger between Spirit of Detroit and Great Lakes choruses. A lifelong tenor, she sang with Triads quartet, winning the regional championship title in 1971. The women became well attuned to the practice of long-distance quartetting, as they traveled between several Michigan cities, often by bus, for weekly rehearsals – all while working full-time jobs. These days Linda prefers the chorus experience. She is eagerly awaiting Region #2 competition on April 22, when the 100-member strong Motor City Blend will vie for a spot on the international stage at the 2018 convention in St. Louis.

To this day her family is filled with musical talent—directors, singers, pianists and classical musicians, honor band and choir participants, and theater aficionados. She is proud to be the sole barbershopper, a life-long lover of the ringing harmony that only the barbershop style delivers. “It’s very important that we continue superior educational programs and make sure young people can learn about and participate in barbershop harmony.” – Linda Clements, on why she is a Sweet Adelines donor

Linda’s deep musical roots and her connection to Sweet Adelines have led her to be an ardent supporter of the organization’s mission. She is an inaugural contributor to The Overtone Society because she believes so strongly in music education initiatives. She also gives regularly to the Young Singers Foundation to assist its youth focus, particularly the Young Women in Harmony program. “It’s very important that we continue superior educational programs and make sure young people can learn about and participate in barbershop harmony,” Linda said. “Sadly, there are organizations all around the country these days that are folding for a lack of financial support,” she added. “I’ve specified Sweet Adelines in my trust so my support will continue after I’m gone.

Consider a Gift that can Harmonize the World Like Linda, many people choose to leave money to a charity in their estate because they like to support causes that have been important in their lives. There are plenty of advantages to making a gift to Sweet Adelines International in your will, trust or another gift plan. Tax savings (in the U.S.) are one benefit, but more than that, you can help support Sweet Adelines while you are a member and for future generations—assuring we keep harmonizing the world. Visit sweetadelines.com/give or email advancement@sweetadelines.com.

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2016 CONTRIBUTIONS Sweet Adelines International is proud to recognize each individual contribution over the past year. Each gift provides the musical pathway that transforms the lives of women in a sisterhood that forever sings on.

THE OVERTONE SOCIETY Anonymous Donors Mary Allen, Sacramento Valley Chapter, #12 Pamela Allen, Wellston, OK, in memory of Frances Nell Robinson Debra Aungst, Song of Seattle Chapter, #13 Sharon Babb, Colorado Spirit Chapter, #8, in memory of Bob Gram and Dolly Baker Linda Beiser, RiverOaks Chapter, #11 Helenanne Bendik, MAL Carol Bonner, Sounds of Pittsburgh Chapter, #17 Marcia Bosma, Harborlites Chapter, #21 Janet Bowen, Top of the Rock Chapter, #25, in memory of Bob Gram Elizabeth Brannon, Rich-Tone Chapter, #25, in memory of Bob Gram Patty Buethe, Twin County Chapter, #15 Gayle Burton, Toast of Tampa Show Chapter, #9 Linda Butler, Choral-Aires Chapter, #3 Karen Caldwell, CAL, #13 Beckie Campbell, CAL, #25 Linda Clements, Motor City Blend, #2 Jeanne d'Arc (JD) Crowe, Canadian Showtime Chapter, #16 Joanna Davis, Bay Area Showcase Chapter, #12 Paula Davis, Song of Seattle Chapter, #13 Anthony & Jodi DeRosa, Toast of Tampa Show Chapter, #9 Alice DeVine, Alaska Sound Celebration Chapter, #13 Marlene Edmundson, Harmony Northwest Chapter, #13 Dorothy Friedman, Vienna-Falls Chapter, #14, in memory of Bettie Prosise Betty Garnett, Skyline Harmony Chapter, #14 Michele Garside, CAL, #12 Patti Goin, Celebrity City Chapter, #11 Joann Hansen, Capital City Chapter, #4 Doris Harrison, MAL Charliece Hillery, Mountain Jubilee Chapter, #8 Shelly Hughes, Melodeers Chapter, #3 Linda Hunt, Magic of Harmony Show Chapter, #14

Darren Hurst, Scottsdale Chapter, #21 Carol Jamieson, Song of Atlanta Chapter, #14, in honor of Carolyn Young M. Nancy Johnson, ArkAppella Chapter, #25 Eileen Kemp, Columbia River Chapter, #13 Cammi MacKinlay, Lions Gate Chapter, #26 Alice Mallrie, Spirit of Spokane Chapter, #13 Heather Mariacher, CAL, #1 Marcia Massey, O.K. City Chapter, #25, in memory of Bob Gram Patricia McCandless, Bay Area Showcase Chapter, #12 Samuel McFarland, McLean, VA Jan Meyer, Spirit of the Gulf Chapter, #9 Colleen Minion, Olympia Chapter, #13 Sandra Moise, Crescent City Sound Chapter, #10 Christine Noteware, Grand Traverse Show Chapter, #2, in memory of Bob Gram and Edith Visna Emily O 'Brien, Harborlites Chapter, #21 Toula Oberlies, Capital City Chapter, #4 Julie Palagi, Greeley Harmonix Chapter, #8 Jennifer Palus, Metro Nashville Chapter, #4 Phyllis Parkell, Inland Empire Chapter, #21 Debra Peters, Melodeers Chapter, #3 Pat Rapp, Tucson Desert Harmony Chapter, #21 Katherine Roberts, Spirit of the Gulf Chapter, #9 Linda Rubis, Spirit of Harmony Chapter, #6 Cindy Sheffler, Greater Harmony Chapter, #17 Michele Sims, Alaska Sound Celebration Chapter, #13 Karen Snedeker, Bradenton, FL Jasons Spearss, CAL, #1 Jane St. Germain, York Harmony Chapter, #16 Beverly Staats, a cappella joy Chapter, #13 Rebecca Strenge, Pacific Sound Chapter, #13 Ann Strong, Capital City Chapter, #4 Carol Stephenson, CAL, #11

Beverly Swanson, City of Lakes Chapter, #6 Mary Lou Terselic, Heart of Maryland Chapter, #19 Sandie Thompson, Na Leo Lani Chapter, #12 Trudie Thompson, CAL, #19 Kathleen Traynor, CAL, #8 Doris Twardosky, Spirit of the Gulf Chapter, #9 Susan Updegraff, Tucson Desert Harmony Chapter, #21 Sally Wallace, Coeur d'Alene Chapter, #13 Cydney Wentsel, Pride of Baltimore Chapter, #19 Susan Williams, Potomac Harmony Chapter, #14 Anne Whiteman, Rich-Tone Chapter, #25, in memory of Bob Gram Carol Wiersema, City of Lakes Chapter, #6 Melynnie Williams, Wichita Chapter, #25 Patti Wright, Sacramento Valley Chapter, #12 Judie Wykoff, Bay Area Showcase Chapter, #12 Bank of New York, Princeton, NJ Benevity Community Impact Fund, Hudson, OH City of Fountains Chapter, #5 Give With Liberty, Princeton, NJ Gordon Generation Foundation , Denver, CO Greater Eugene Chapter, #12, in memory of Kitty Giordano Skyline Chorus Management Team, #8 Wichita Chapter, #25, in memory of Bob Gram

YOUNG WOMEN IN HARMONY David & Linda Brady, Mount Prospect, IL, in memory of Kaye Jensen Elizabeth Brannon, Rich-Tone Chapter, #25, in memory of Carolyn Davis, Kaye Jensen and Lee Sterbens Mary Butschky, Jet Cities Chapter, #13 Katherine Camera, Chicago, IL, in memory of Kaye Jensen

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2016 CONTRIBUTIONS Mary Coffman, Charlotte A Cappella Show Chapter, #14 Susan Cox, L.A. South Towns Show Chapter, #11 Kay Dawson, Racine Sweet Adelines Chapter, #3, in memory of Kaye Jensen Margaret Fliss, Racine, WI, in memory of Kaye Jensen Michele Garside, CAL, #12 Michael Goessl, Verona, WI, in memory of Kaye Jensen Sarah Hardacre, Racine Sweet Adelines Chapter, #3, in memory of Kaye Jensen Carla Den Hartigh, Racine, WI, in memory of Kaye Jensen Ferne Hogan, CAL, #11, in memory of Ginger Carlsen, Mary Travers and Evelyn Smith Margo Jones, Bakersfield Blend Chapter, #11, in honor of competitors of Region #11 Elaine Klesel, Elyria, OH, in memory of Lorene A. Schroeder Gail Lindgren, Racine Sweet Adelines Chapter, #3, in memory of Kaye Jensen Dona MacMurdy, Potomac Harmony Chapter, #14, in memory of Carolyn Davis Lisa & Lennart Marten, Emmaus, PA, in memory of Betty Cruz Marilyn Michna, Mount Pleasant, WI in memory of Kaye Jensen Charlotte Pernert, MAL Kenneth & Gail Perrin, Novi, MI, in memory of Betty Cruz Lora Ray, Song of Seattle Chapter, #13 Nancy Sabath, Avon, OH, in memory of Betty Cruz Carolyn Senzig, CAL, #3, in memory of Kaye Jensen Jeanne Simpson, High Country Chapter, #8 Nicole Stopoulos, Melodeers Chapter, #3, in memory of Kaye Jensen Felecia Summy, Duncannon, PA, in honor of Region #19 Allen Sussman, Mercer Island, WA, in memory of Melanie Wroe JoEllyn Welch, Heart of Illinois Chapter, #3, in memory of Kelly Gregory Nancy Wheeler, Racine, WI, in memory of Kaye Jensen

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Sandy Wingate, Red RockAppella Chapter, #21 Barbara Yust, Racine, WI, in memory of Kaye Jensen Brooklyn Chapter, #15, in honor of Lucille Cappizzo By Request Quartet, #3, in honor of Region #3 competing quartets Delmarva Chapter, #19, in memory of Edna Seward Great Lakes Chapter, #2, in memory of the mother of Gloria King, Julie Dean, Kris Mueller, Susan Gleason-Spires, the son of Evie Nowalski, and the mother of Debra Christensen Heart of New Jersey Chapter, #15, Kern Valley Chapter, #11, in memory of Linda Phillips Liberty Oak Chapter, #15, in memory of Betty Apple Bostic, Virginia L. Denny, Donna Strauss, Manny Stone, Micky Squier, William (Bill) Wright, Larry Eisenberg, Rhoda Asch, Michael Mangini, Dr. Seymour Siegler and Virginia Van de Workeen North Eastern Ohio Education Association, Garfield Heights, OH, in memory of Lorene A. Schroeder Northern Blend Chapter, #2, in memory of Sharon Beyer Orangeville Chapter, #16, in memory of Valerie Grenier and Gwenda Chapman Prime Time Company Quartet, #5, in memory of Kathy Lindley and Barbara Hanson Racine Sweet Adelines Chapter, #3, in memory of Kaye Jensen Seaway Sounds Chapter, #2, in memory of Karen Shackleton Shorter, Carden, Mitchell & Gray, PC, Johnson City, TN, in memory of Betty Cruz Sound of New England Chapter, #1, in honor of Marion Devokaitis The Dairy Statesmen, Racine, WI, in memory of Kaye Jensen The Pellicci & D'Armiento Families, Hawthorne, NY, in memory of Patricia Lusnar The Spamettes Ouartet, Trenton, NJ, in memory of Pat Pusey Tri State Fire Protection, LLC, Hudson, NH, in memory of Lorene A. Schroeder Twin County Chapter, #15

Velvet Hills Chapter, #8, in memory of Sheila Cope and Sidney "Kacki" Brown Zealousity Quartet, #21, in honor of all Region #21 competing quartets

YOUNG SINGERS FOUNDATION Anonymous Donors Diane Allen, Greensboro, NC, in memory of Amy Jo Westcott Birgit Andersen, Bay Area Showcase Chapter, #12 Judy Beckman, Harmony of the Gorge Chapter, #13 June Berg, CAL, #3 Susan Booth, Sacramento Valley Chapter, #12 Susan Bradley, Murfreesboro, TN Angela Brunton, Pacific Empire Chapter, #12 Cathy Bucholtz, Harmony Celebration Chapter, #15 Bernice Carrasco, Verdugo Hills Chapter, #11 Lynda Casillas, Song of Sonoma Chapter, #12 Heather Collins, Harmony Celebration Chapter, #15 Ruth Collins, Heart of Illinois Chapter, #3 Amy Cordero, Greater Nassau Chapter, #15 Susan Cox, L.A. South Towns Show Chapter, #11 Susan Craig, Spirit of the Gulf Chapter, #9, in memory of Karen Moore Janet Cramer, Stuart, FL Dorothy Friedman, Vienna-Falls Chapter, #14 Michele Garside, CAL, #12 Vicki Gauker, Minnesota Valley Chapter, #6 Annie (Setsuko) Hayes, Tucson Desert Harmony Chapter, #21 Shelly Hughes, Melodeers Chapter, #3, in memory of Kaye Jensen Diana Jones, Harborlites Chapter, #21 Julie Kendrick, Melodeers Chapter, #3 Pat Kies, Kansas City Chapter, #5 Elise Laine, Twin County Chapter, #15 Diane Landry, Melodeers Chapter, #3 Elizabeth Lazenby, Lynbrook, NY Barbara Leland, Helena Xpress Singers Chapter, #13 Joan Levitin, Pacific Sound Chapter, #13, in memory of Phoebe Thrush, Dorothy E. Box and Harvey E. Thompson Rachel Lunning, Motor City Blend, #2 Samuel McFarland, McLean, VA Jan MacCaskill, Harmony Celebration Chapter, #15


2016 CONTRIBUTIONS Aviva Mastandrea, Melodeers Chapter, #3 Carole Melle, CAL, #17, in memory of Joyce Anderson Jan Meyer, Spirit of the Gulf Chapter, #9 Sue Middleton, Jet Cities Chapter, #13 Charity Monroe, Vermillion Valley Show Chapter, #3 Karen Moran, Melodeers Chapter, #3 Janet Morey, Medford, MA, in memory of Edie Whitney Morag Nelson, Indian Blue Chapter, #34 Phillip Nordquist, Rochester, MN Toula Oberlies, Capital City Chapter, #4 Diane Patrick, City of Lakes Chapter, #6 Rhonda Pellerin, Scottsdale Chapter, #21 Debra Peters, Melodeers Chapter, #3 Phyllis Prestamo, Hickory Tree Chapter, #15 Donna Prochazka, Mission Valley Chapter, #12 Karen Ridout, Harborlites Chapter, #21 Michelle Scott, Greater Richmond Chapter, #14 Connie Selmi, River City Sound Chapter, #3 Donna Smith, O.K. City Chapter, #25, in memory of Ramona Boyd Sandra Smith-Norton, Fairbanks Frontier Chapter, #13, in honor of lead section of the Fairbanks Frontier Chorus Annie Spence, Spirit of the Gulf Chapter, #9, in memory of Kathleen Hicks Shirley Stevens, Song of Sonoma Chapter, #12 Deborah Stone, Gaithersburg, MD Myra Tener, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Sandie Thompson, Na Leo Lani Chapter, #12 Kathleen Traynor, CAL, #8, in memory of Phyllis Smith Kate Veeder, Waikato Rivertones Chapter, #35 Sally Wallace, Coeur d'Alene Chapter, #13 Mary Walsten, Sierra Madre, CA Beth Watkins, Houston Horizon Chapter, #10 Carolyn Yoshida, Santa Monica Chapter, #11 Bank of New York, Princeton, NJ Capital City Chapter, #4, in memory of Eduardo Guzman and Timothy Kress Cascade Harmony Chapter, #13 Coeur d'Alene Chapter, #13 Columbia River Chapter, #13 Five Valley Chapter, #13 Garelick 2009 Living Trust, San Jose, CA

Girls Aloud Quartet, in honor of Region #12 competing quartets Great Gulf Coast Region #10, in honor of Carolyn Bottomley Harmony of the Gorge Chapter, #13 HeartSong Chapter, #4, in memory of Marie Hunt Helena Xpress Singers Chapter, #13 Lake Country Chapter, #6, in memory of Carol Grimmer North by Northwest Region #13 Northern Beaches Chapter, #34 Northwest Harmony Chapter, #13 Out of the Blue Singers Chapter (dissolved), #34 Pacific Sound Chapter, #13 Pride of Portland Chapter, #13, in memory of Ann Hardt and Sandy Detroit Rochester Chapter (dissolved), #16 Rocky Mountain Region #8, in honor of Region #8 judging panel and Mary Rhea Rolling Hills Chapter, #13 Song of Seattle Chapter, #13 Southern Star Chapter, #8, in memory of Sidney "Kacki" Brown Sunday Punch Quartet, in memory of Carol Grimmer

YAHOO SING LIST Anonymous Donors Sandy Adams, Vocal Matrix Chapter, #14, in memory of Amy Westcott Patricia Alleman, Texas Harmony Chapter, #10 Lauren Altiere, Scottsdale Chapter, #21, in honor of Chandler High School Treblemakers Carolyn Barron, MAL, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Anita Barry, Jersey Harmony Chapter, #15 Ann Bartlett, Yahara River Chapter, #3 Carolyn Benkowitz, Georgia Sensation Chapter, #14 Karen Bernard, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Sarah Bican, Hilton Head Shore Notes Chapter, #9, in honor of Certified Director Kimberly Scott Higdon Arlene Blackmer, A Cappella Joy Chapter, #13, in honor of Frenzy Quartet

Marilyn Block, Liberty Oak Chapter, #15 Marsha Bock, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Carol Bonner, Sounds of Pittsburgh Chapter, #17 Marcia Bosma, Harborlites Chapter, #21 Jackie Bottash, Potomac Harmony Chapter, #14, in memory of Carolyn Davis and Karen Serum Doris Boudreaux, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Kay Bromert, Harmony Central Chapter, #5 Laura Brown, Greater Richmond Chapter, #14, in memory of Marcia Adams Beverly Bruening, Dundalk Chapter, #19 Sue Buchko, Inland Empire, #21, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Cathy Bucholtz, Harmony Celebration Chapter, #15 Gail Burke, CAL, #9, in memory of Carolyn Davis and Carrin Magruder; in honor of Marti Lovejoy and her team Vivien Carmichael, Cincinnati Sound Chapter, #4 Pat Carr, MAL Lee Chalmers, Choral-Aires Chapter, #3 Bruce Checca, Tavernier, FL Diane Clark, CAL, #2 Linda Clements, Motor City Blend, #2 Betty Coleman, O.K. City Chapter, #25, in memory of Dola Jean Hensley Marilyn Cox, Velvet Hills Chapter, #8, in memory of Kacki Brown Mary DiLeo, Golden Apple Chapter, #15 Judy Dixon, Rich-Tone Chapter, #25 Ellen Edgar, Inland Empire Chapter, #21, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Karla Fenton, Houston Horizon Chapter, #10 Pat Fenton, Houston Horizon Chapter, #10 Beaux Fisher, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Marisa Fontenot, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Carol Fontes, Inland Empire, #21, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Sarah Foret, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Cathy Frey, Toast of Tampa Show Chapter, #9 Sonya Gatrell, City of Flags Chapter, #17 Paula Giffey, Potomac Harmony Chapter, #14 Martie Gilliam, Vienna-Falls Chapter, #14 Laura Gliedman, Mountain Jubilee Chapter, #8, in honor of Tori Postma and Beth Bruce Lyn Graham, O.K. City Chapter, #25 Shirley Green, CAL, #9 Cathy Guidry, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10

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2016 CONTRIBUTIONS Carolyn Hamilton, Inland Empire Chapter, #21, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Dina Hendershot, Melodeers Chapter, #3 Janet Henry, Alaska Sound Celebration Chapter, #13, in memory of Rory Landers Nelle and Charlie Hill, CAL, #10, in honor of and with thanks to Marti Lovejoy Mary Hower, Sparkling City Chapter, #10, in memory of Evelyn Edwards Asuka Ichikawa, Twin County Chapter, #15 Heather Johnston, Fox Valley Chapter, #6, in memory of Carol Grimmer Diana Jordan, Alaska Sound Celebration Chapter, #13, in memory of Rory Landers Janet Kamrad, Spirit of the Gulf, #9 Susan Kinniff, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Ednamae Kinsman, Texas Harmony Chapter, #10 Rachel Klein, Emerald City Chapter, #25 Jane Krall, Inland Empire Chapter, #21, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan PeeDee Kurfess, MAL Sally Lampe, Pride of Portland Chapter, #13, in memory of Ann Hardt and Sandy Detroit Marcelle LeBlanc, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Marti Lovejoy, MAL in memory of Evelyn Edwards Lori Ludlum, Shades of Harmony Chapter, #19, in honor of Lustre Quartet Vicki Lukas, MAL Angie Mack, Lawton Harmony Chapter, #25

Ozzi Mask, Potomac Harmony Chapter, #14, in honor of Potomac Harmony Chorus, BCIU Marcia Massey, O.K. City Chapter, #25 Betty Mausolf, Virginia Coast Chapter, #14 Martha McCardle, Capital City Chapter, #4 Elizabeth McCurdy, The Woodlands Show Chapter, #10 Becky McDuffee, Toast of Champaign Chapter, #3 Cate McRitchie, Baton Rouge Chapter, #10, in honor of my mom, B.J. Cruz Sue Middleton, Jet Cities Chapter, #13 Kathi Mihaley, Hemet, CA, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Kathy Mussett, Mission Valley Chapter, #12 Phyllis Parkell, Inland Empire Chapter, #21, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Sandy Peters, O.K. City Chapter, #25 Pam Preston, Inland Empire Chapter, #21, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Cheryl Pyle, Austin Harmony Chapter, #10 Vicki Raichl, MAL in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Tera Rockett, Carolina Style Chapter, #14, in honor of Master Director Jean Danaher Barbara Rolison, CAL, #9 Catherine Sarwar, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Priscilla Schoelzel, CAL, #1 Susie and Brad Scott, Cincinnati Sound Chapter, #4 Jan Seales, Pride of Kentucky Chapter, #4, in loving memory of DeShea Wilson Patrick Virginia Sivils, Greater Richmond Chapter, #14, in memory of Marcia Adams

Mary Smith, The Woodlands Show Chapter, #10 Kathy Sullivan, Greater Nassau Chapter, #15 Kate Sutton, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Kathy Swenson, Inland Empire Chapter, #21, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Lee Tayon, Lone Star Chapter, #10 Myra Tener, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Lloyd-Ellen Thomas, Pride of Baltimore Chapter, #19 Trudie Thompson, CAL, #19 Doris Twardosky, Spirit of the Gulf Chapter, #9 Mary Jo Watkins, Inland Empire Chapter, #21, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Judy Weipert, Spirit of Harmony Chapter, #6, in memory of Carol Grimmer Christine White, CAL, #21 Ruth Widerski, Skyline Chapter, #8 Becky Wilkins, Charlotte A Cappella Show Chapter, #14, in memory of Debbie Hogan Ellen Wills, Bayou Blend Chapter, #10 Linda Wood, Inland Empire Chapter, #21, in memory of Marilynn A. Ryan Anita Wolfe, Kansas City Chapter, #5, in appreciation of the excellent reporting of international competitions by Marti and her SING team Lynn Woolf, Spirit of the Gulf Chapter, #9 Susan Zura, River Blenders Chapter, #5 Spirit of Harmony Chapter, #6, in memory of Carol Grimmer Vienna-Falls Chapter, #14 Contributions from Jan. 1, 2016-Dec. 31, 2016

THANK YOU! A heartfelt thank you to all of our donors who generously contributed in 2016. That includes our 1,390 webcast donors, a list too long to run in The Pitch Pipe. For a complete list of 2016 donors, visit sweetadelines.com/give. For information on giving and how to be part of the life-changing impact Sweet Adelines International creates, contact the Advancement Department at advancement@sweetadelines.com or call (800) 992-SING.

TOGETHER, WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 2017! WWW.SWEETADELINES.COM/GIVE

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HARM O N Y R O U N D U P CONTINUED FROM PG. 25

KIWIS AND LIONS

By Sandy Gunn, Christchurch City Chorus, Region #35

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he Pride of Portland Chorus, along with director Ryan Heller, joined the Greater Auckland Chorus in a special performance during Portland’s two-week tour of New Zealand. The two groups, along with Sweet Adelines in the audience, sang a Maori lullaby to close the show. Auckland directors Melody Lowe and Jocosa Bruce turned the evening’s directing honors over to Heller, who led the combined choruses. Plans for the Kiwi-Lion tour hatched nearly five years ago. The Portland contingent numbered some 100 travelers, who joined their Kiwi Sweet Adelines sisters for both sightseeing—like bungee jumping and cultural adventures—and plenty of international harmonizing. Portland sang with Wellington City Chorus and Christchurch City Chorus in two additional joint performances. In 2016, Christchurch City placed fifth in the international chorus competition in Las Vegas; Pride of Portland placed sixth. (Photo by Deanna Cooke)

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YOUNG SINGERS FOUNDATION

GRANTING OPPORTUNITIES

Through the generosity of Sweet Adelines and other patrons, the Young Singers Foundation (YSF) helps underwrite programs that give young people the opportunity to learn, perform and grow through rich musical experiences in barbershop harmony. The YSF grants are awarded to Sweet Adelines chapters who, along with countless volunteers and community partners, host these programs. We are so proud of you! In 2016, in two funding rounds, the foundation awarded $30,000 to specific grant programs reaching hundreds of young singers.

YSF GRANTS IN ACTION

ROUND ONE Cincinnati Sound Chorus For: Third Annual YWIH Festival

Chandler High School Treblemakers For: Guest performance at Sweet Adelines 2016 convention and competition

Harborlites Chorus For: 12th Annual Diva Day Festival

Metro Nashville Chorus For: Sixth Annual Young Women in Song & Harmony Festival

Northumberland Chapter For: YWIH A Cappella Workshop

Rolling Hills Chapter For: YWIH Festival

Song of Atlanta Chapter For: 2017 Diva Day

Valle de Croix Chorus For: Youth in Harmony Festival

Vallee de Croix Chorus The Vallee de Croix Chorus saw the largest turnout ever—173 students—for its January youth festival, funded in part by YSF. The event was part of Wisconsin’s Super Sing, a one-day statewide songfest. The students were taught and mentored by enthusiastic barbershoppers—including Sparkle! 2016 Region #6 quartet champions— and area music teachers. “If you haven’t been involved in a youth festival, I’d encourage you to do so,” said Region #6 YWIH Coordinator Kathy Lucken. “Not a lot of things will warm your heart like introducing 173 eager students to the music you love so much.”

ROUND TWO Tucson Desert Harmony Chapter For: 2017 Southern Arizona Youth in Harmony Festival

Metro Mix Chorus For: 2017 YWIH Festival and Engagement Opportunities

Pride of Kentucky Chorus For: A Cappella Festival of Kentuckiana 2017

Bay Area Showcase Chorus For: A Cappella U

Cincinnati Sound Chapter For: Greater Cincinnati Harmony Festival

Inland Empire Chorus For: “Harmony Stars” YWIH Festival for high school girls

Metro Nashville Chapter For: YWISH Festival Cincinnati Sound Chorus Singing, dancing and an enticing introduction to quartetting thrilled 40 young girls and 15 young men at the Cincinnati Sound Chorus youth festival, also funded in part by YSF. An all-star cast of Cincinnati chorus members, regional Rising Stars quartets and Ali Hauger, lead of 2016 Top 10 International Champion Quartet GQ, engaged students in ringing chords and the fun of making music with friends, according to Liz Sabo Johnson, Region #4 YWIH coordinator. Among the rave reviews: “I think I will remember this for the rest of my life,” and “I loved this so much the last two years, it was worth the four-hour drive to come!”

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Oregon Spirit Chorus For: A Cappella Academy 2017

Pensacola Sound Chorus For: Diva Day

Pacific Shores Region #12 For: Mountain Harmony Camp

Spirit of the Gulf Chapter For: Young Women’s Honors Chorus


YWIH VIDEO CHORUS CONTEST '17

SING, RECORD, SUBMIT AND WIN! Sweet Adelines International's fifth annual Young Women in Harmony (YWIH) Video Chorus Contest is underway. This is your chance to show off your vocal harmonies, gain great experience, receive international recognition and amaze the renowned judges of Sweet Adelines International. The contest is open to choruses of at least 15 members, age 25 or younger, whose singers represent all four voice parts. Videos must showcase performances that occurred between July 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. That’s right, no travel required! Prizes are awarded by the Young Singers Foundation, an official charity of Sweet Adelines International. To enter the contest, submit a video of your chorus’ winning performance, completed entry form and $25 USD entry fee to Competition Services at Sweet Adelines headquarters by Thursday, June 1, 2017. Video submissions accepted via DVD, YouTube, or Dropbox.

QUESTIONS?

Prizes include: 1st Place $1,000 USD 2nd Place $750 USD 3rd Place $500 USD

Please contact Competition Services at Sweet Adelines International headquarters. Email: competition@sweetadelines.com • Phone: 918-622-1444 • Toll free: 800-992-7464 www.youngwomeninharmony.com


MEMBERSHIP

MATTERS Introducing—A New Resource by and for Members

Meet the new Membership Retention Committee, established by the board of directors to work directly with chorus leadership and members.

Committee Members

Sharon Carlson, Chair, Song of Sonoma Chapter, Region #12

Janice McKenna, Pacific Sound Chapter, Region #13

Melynnie Williams, Wichita Chapter, Region #25

This committee is your resource for: “This new committee is thrilled to offer its heart, mind and ear to not only maintain membership in

• Questions concerning non-policy issues, such as working through disagreements, dealing with challenging people or situations, keeping members happy and engaged, etc. All contacts, questions and concerns will be completely confidential.

but to share creative ideas

• Enlisting and encouraging the sharing of creative ideas for retention through social media, rehearsals and other opportunities. Facebook will provide a great forum for this exchange, Sharon noted.

for continuing the spark of

• How to Interact with Committee Members

our wonderful organization,

passion for barbershop in all members.”

- Sharon Carlson.

1. Facebook – Membership Retention Committee-Sweet Adelines. 2. Email – membershipretention@sweetadelines.com. 3. Phone – Call headquarters (800-992-7464) and ask for a member of this committee. Your phone call/request will be forwarded to the committee as soon as possible.

Please call on these members for assistance and sharing engaging ideas. Thank you for your leadership, participation and dedication to our great organization! We are Sweet Adelines!

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SPREAD THE LOVE Since the Sweet Adds recruitment incentive plan began in 2013, many Sweet Adelines have earned member benefits while sharing their love of barbershop harmony and welcoming new members around the world.

The Top 2016 Sweet Adds leaders share some sweet "add-vice" on successful recruiting. “The most important recruiting tool—your passion for singing. “Many of the singers I’ve recruited are people I know directly …but even in conversations with people I’ve never met before, the topic of chorus always comes up. “When someone asks me what I do for work, I say I’m a chorus director and musician first, a marketing guru second (my actual day job). I’m most passionate about music and I want everyone to

know it! “Inevitably, someone will tell me they used to sing and miss it, or that they never tried to sing but would love to. I always extend an open invitation to sing with us. “Sometimes people visit and sometimes they don’t. But don’t be deterred; keep showing your passion for singing in your daily conversations and it will pay off!”

“…BBC Radio Sheffield provided a bus and took us on tour as we sang in the barbershop style for a “Feel Good Friday” event around South Yorkshire. “We (later) sang The 12 Days Of Christmas on the station…we recruited new members because of this radio exposure! New ladies heard us, thought it sounded like great fun and consequently, came along and joined.

“… I’ve been membership secretary for four years and feel it’s important to reach out to a wide range of ladies with different occupations, ages and personalities. We may all be quite different but together we harmonize and blend to make the beautiful chords and sound that is four-part harmony barbershop!”

“The best thing I did to help recruit members was to create and maintain a Meetup.com group for our chorus; it seemed like a great opportunity to reach women in our community. “Our chorus also has a very helpful week-by-week plan for prospective and new members, so recruitment is a team effort. This year is already off to a

great start as one new member has passed her audition and two more are preparing to audition. I hope our experience can help other chapters with recruitment efforts!”

- Victoria Cook, Harborlight Show Chapter, Region #1

- Laura Mitchell, Sheffield Harmony Chapter, Region #31

- Alana Otis, Scarborough Chorus, Region #16

Start Your Own Sweet Adds Outreach Today Earn membership incentives, strengthen our organization and help preserve barbershop harmony through the Sweet Adds program. Here’s how: 5 members ..................................FREE dues for one year (up to $100 value*) 10 members ...............................FREE dues for two years (up to $200 value*) 15 members ...............................FREE dues for two years and recognition in The Pitch Pipe (up to $200+ value*) 20 members ...............................FREE dues for three years and recognition in The Pitch Pipe (up to $300+ value*) +25 members ............................FREE dues for three years, recognition in The Pitch Pipe, a complimentary brick ...............................on the patio at headquarters and acknowledgment at international convention. ...............................($400+ value*)

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Sweet Adelines’ Open Houses The Sounds of Success Here are a few happy notes from open houses hosted by Sweet Adelines choruses.

Metro Nashville Makes Rock Stars I think what made our recent open house so successful was the crazy high energy and excitement that filled the room that night. Our Facebook event page had lots of “interested” hits. We were pumped and ready to go! Each guest was personally escorted into our rehearsal hall and "announced"— then thunderous applause and cheering erupted! From the very beginning, our guests felt like rock stars. All of our seven guests came back the following week. We were thrilled by our guests’ reactions: "Please thank everyone for believing in me! I've always dreamed of being able to sing somewhere besides in my car." "I look forward to the challenge of learning this music. I love that you all have fun but are also professional and work hard at making MNC the best it can be."

-Kay Crouch, membership chair

Another Mother-Daughter Duo in the House Harmony and open houses bring us together! Westcoast Harmony recently welcomed its fourth mother-daughter singing duo: Margaret Thorpe and her mom Patti, director of the 2016 YWIH Festival and the first recipient of Sweet Adelines’ Canadian Music Educators Award.

- From Westcoast Harmony

Aberdeen Sings Our open house was a great success, with a good number of first-time visitors. (Their) evening was a mix of joining in on warm-ups, trying out a tag, listening to us perform and then joining us on the risers to try out different voice parts in a simple song. Several ladies are now going through our audition process!

-Alison Soutar, PR/marketing chair, Aberdeen Chapter

Hands-On Open House The Greater Richmond Chorus welcomed prospective members with a Singing in the New Year theme. We invited guests to join us on the risers, participate in full physical and vocal warm-ups, learn about barbershop harmony, learn a tag and participate in a sectional activity. We also demonstrated one of our contest songs. It was an awesome open house and we’re happy to report that half of those who came that night returned the following week and are interested in joining us!

-Renee McBurney, membership coordinator

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2017 presents

bringing her Emcee Magic!

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Accolades

—Nov. 1, 2016

through Feb. 17, 2017

DIRECTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM Advanced to Approved Director

IN MEMORY — Nov. 1, 2016-Jan. 31, 2017

Dana Dunlevy, Hickory Tree Chapter, #15 Advanced to Certified Director

Dianne Clare, Scarborough Chapter, Region #16 Lori Tibbetts, Olympia Chapter, Region #13 Rachel Fankhauser, Dogwood Blossoms Chapter, #17 Rosmarie Karlsson, Telge Harmony Chapter, #32 Susan Townsend, Voices In Harmony Chapter, #17 Susan Schuman, Harmony Celebration Chapter, #15

Suzanne Henderson,

Lifetime - Member-At-Large

Jo Davison,

Chapter-At-Large, Region #25

Dola Jean Hensley,

OK City Chapter, Region #25

Carol Brown,

Song of the Pines Chorus, Region #21

Lorraine Butzen,

Song of the Pines Chorus, Region #21

Naomi Rose,

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PITCH PIPE ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration in a future issue of The Pitch Pipe, email communications@sweetadelines.com. Change of Address: Do We Know Where You Are? Please be sure headquarters has your current address to ensure you receive The Pitch Pipe and non-electronic mailings. Go to the Members Only section of sweetadelines.com, click on More Member Options and you’ll be directed to the page to update your address.

Twin County Chorus, Region #15

Nancy Mead,

OC Sound Chapter, Region #21

Shirley Mackie,

Member-At-Large, Region #26

Naomi Hofstetter,

Headliners Chapter, Region #34

Barbara Hennessy,

Golden Sands Chapter, Region #11

Marguerite Reavis,

Alamo Metro Chapter, Region #10

Patricia Hamlin,

K-Town Sound Show Chapter, Region #4

Stephanie Croxon-Blake,

Cambridge Harmony Chapter, Region #31

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CORRECTIONS • Nancy Cloeter, tenor of 2005 International Champion Quartet “the BUZZ,” and her husband, Cam, were misidentified in the January Pitch Pipe. • The wrong region was listed for 2017 International Harmony Achievement Award winners, Metro Nashville Chorus, who proudly hail from Region #4. • A belated photo credit to Yvonne Meyer for her photo of Joey Minshall, page 12 , The Pitch Pipe. Jan. 2017.

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Anita Arsenault,

Merrimack Valley Chorus, Region #1

Paula Ellis,

Bayou Blend Chorus, Region #10

Aurora Landers,

Alaska Sound Celebration, Region #13

Nancy Wimmer,

Region of New Hampshire, Region #1

Karen Jarrell,

Lawton Harmony Chapter, Region #25

Catherine Miceli,

Island Hills Chorus, Region #15


Copyright Law and Digital Distribution of Sheet Music By Martha Clemons

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any choruses and quartets streamline the process of distributing sheet music to their members by sharing it electronically. For example, a chorus or quartet will purchase one copy of the music, have it electronically delivered, and then either email it to all members—or post it to their chorus or quartet website for members to make copies. While Sweet Adelines is cognizant of the convenience of distributing sheet music electronically, we want to make our members aware of some of the potential risks associated with such a process. Current United States copyright law states that each member of a chorus or quartet is legally required to have one paid copy of sheet music to perform in a show or contest. Copying or electronically distributing sheet music without paying per-copy fees is illegal. If copies of music are made but not paid for, the chorus/quartet is liable for breaking the law, not Sweet Adelines International. In the April 2008 issue of the National Association for Music Education’s Teaching Music magazine, Ken Schlager wrote, “Download the material illegally, and you are in violation no matter how you use it. Indeed, penalties for infringement in simple cases can run $750–$30,000. More

serious infringements can mean fines up to $250,000 and up to five years’ imprisonment.” (www.nafme.org/my-classroom/copyright) How can you, Sweet Adelines members, ensure the copyright laws are being followed while still making distribution of sheet music more effective and user-friendly? Before the sheet music is emailed or posted on a hidden or private chorus/quartet webpage, the number of copies of music you will need for your group must be purchased. Explain to your chorus/quartet members that each member is only allowed to make ONE copy of the music. If any additional copies need to be made—for example, if the chorus grows in numbers or if a member loses her music— you can make the copies necessary, but you will need to pay the per-copy fees as soon as possible. We appreciate the diligence of our members in following music copyright laws. If you have any questions, please email music@sweetadelines.com. About the Author Martha Clemons is a Sweet Adelines staff Education Coordinator

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RE GIO N A L C A L E N D A R Dates may be subject to change. To verify regional competition dates/locations or to find details on other regional events, visit sweetadelines.com/aboutus/meetourregions REGION NORTH #1 ATLANTIC

REGION GREAT # GULF COAST

REGION ATLANTIC #19 BAY-MOUNTAIN

May 4-7, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Springfield, Mass.

March 30-April 2, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Houston, Texas

April 6-9, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Hershey, Pa.

REGION BORDER # LAKES

REGION SEQUOIA # PACIFICA

REGION GOLDEN # WEST

April 20-23, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Dearborn, Mich.

March 30-April 2, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Bakersfield, Calif.

April 20-23, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Phoenix, Ariz.

REGION MIDWEST # HARMONY

REGION PACIFIC # SHORES

REGION HEART # OF AMERICA

April 6-9, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Springfield, Ill.

May 4-7, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Sparks, Nev.

March 23-26, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Little Rock, Ark.

REGION HARMONY # HEARTLAND

REGION NORTH BY # NORTHWEST

REGION CANADIAN # MAPLE LEAF

April 6-9, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Lexington, Ky.

April 27-30, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Spokane, Wash.

April 27-30, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Surrey, BC, Canada

REGION SPIRIT OF #5 THE MIDWEST

REGION HEART OF THE # BLUE RIDGE

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April 27-30, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Topeka, Kan.

March 30-April 2, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Winston-Salem, N.C.

May 11-14, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Gateshead, England

REGION NORTHERN # LIGHTS

REGION GREATER # NY/NJ

REGION NORDIC # LIGHT

April 27-30, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Minneapolis, Minn.

April 20-23, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Albany, N.Y.

May 4-7, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Karlstad, Sweden

REGION ROCKY # MOUNTAIN

REGION LAKE # ONTARIO

REGION SOUTHERN # CROSS

May 18-21, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Cheyenne, Wyo.

May 4-7, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Syracuse, N.Y.

May 18-21, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Perth, Western Australia

REGION GREAT LAKES #17 HARMONY

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April 27-30, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Cleveland, Ohio

April 20-23, 2017 Regional Convention & Competition Dunedin, New Zealand

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