The Pitch Pipe April 2019

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Life on a High Note.

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Open Division Q&A with Paula Davis Born to Teach Introducing the Arranger Certification Program Countdown to 75 Years My Director Always Says... Friendship Week – An Amazing Experience! Swedish and Japanese Choruses Sing in Harmony Together

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Sing and Celebrate at Sweet Adelines International Education Symposium 2019


A Brand New Song and Dance: Directors and Visual Leaders Seminar 2019


Barbershoppin' the Big Easy! 73rd Annual Convention and Competition


Judge Training with Lustre Meet New IBOD Member Jennifer Harris Meet New IBOD Member Leslie Galbreath Learning to Listen by Being Heard

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From Our President From Our CEO Harmony Roundup Accolades/In Memory

On The Cover These images of our members in action were captured at the 2018 Sweet Adelines International Convention in St. Louis, Missouri (USA). They display the musical, personal and inspirational aspects of our organization expressed in our new outreach campaign, “Life on a High Note.” These images and others like them are also featured on the new website.

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s singers, we understand the importance of proper body alignment to the production of good vocal sound. In fact, we focus on it a great deal when first learning how to make it a routine singing habit. Where are my feet? Are my knees soft, is my sternum lifted, what’s going on with my pelvis, ribs, shoulders and arms? What about my neck and chin? So many elements of the body to tend to, and so much to think about when first learning those basic principles of good alignment and what it feels like to achieve it. We make and take the time to learn it because we know it’s crucial to the singing process. How many of you have watched a voice teacher adjust the length of the singer’s neck or the position of their chin by a mere millimeter and then hear the singer’s sound completely free up and change noticeably? Alignment matters. Of course, alignment matters in many areas of life and in the world in which we live. My car’s tires need to be aligned or I’ll be buying new ones sooner than I’d like! Parents spend thousands of dollars getting their children’s teeth aligned, chiropractors make a living aligning spines, and we hope and pray that our planets are forever aligned! Don’t you love it when, driving down long streets with lots of traffic lights, the lights are totally aligned with the speed at which you are driving? Yes! Alignment is good, it makes things work, it makes things easier, it helps create success. Organizations know the importance of alignment, too. In particular, they know how important it is that an organization’s mission aligns with its core essential values and that all activities undertaken by the organization are aligned with and driven by that mission and those values. This kind of alignment provides clarity of purpose, action and outcome. It ensures that the flock flies in formation, never at cross purposes, and that the organization’s precious resources are expended effectively. Throughout its almost 75 years of existence, Sweet Adelines International has performed many an alignment check—ensuring that at any point in our history our values are aligned to our mission and to our strategic goals. We are undergoing such a process now. Fueled by member input and outsourced research collected over the last two years, the Sweet Adelines International Visioning Retreat held last November kicked off a robust realignment of the values, mission and strategic priorities that will guide us into the next 10 years of harmonizing the world.

This creative and collaborative process is exciting and revitalizing, generating new energy in all that we do. And, just as when learning how to align our bodies for singing we must focus on the many details of what we are doing, realigning an organization’s essential values to its strategic efforts takes time, dedication, and concentrated thought. The Visioning Team has worked extensively on creating a 10-year vision and its five guiding principles for our organization. Those crucially aligned statements will guide everything that we do over the next ten years. In June, the International Board of Directors will update our current strategic plan guided by this vision and its fundamental values. When complete, this comprehensive work will provide our roadmap to the future. It’s a very exciting time to be a Sweet Adeline! In harmony,

Patty Cobb Baker International President

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IT’S ALL IN THE INTERPRETATION: JUDGE TRAINING WITH LUSTRE “It was an honor to be given this unprecedented invitation.”

Lustre, the 2018 Queens of Harmony, participated in Judge Training last August in Tulsa, OK (USA). We spoke with the quartet about what they learned from the experience.

FOUR PARTS, ONE HEART! NATIONAL BARBERSHOP QUARTET DAY APRIL 11, 2019 “If you don’t think it takes a lot of courage to sing in a quartet, just try it and see for yourself. You’re due for a real surprise.” – Fan Pell, Sweet Adelines International Quartet Promotion chair (from The Pitch Pipe, September 1955)


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Can you give an example of how this experience changed the way you interpret scoresheet comments? We had a few moments where we learned that our definition of a word was different from theirs! Specifically, we didn’t realize that “your work shows here” was a compliment. It doesn’t mean “you’re trying too hard,” it means “we see the effect of your rehearsals.” What was the most helpful part of working with the judges? Scoresheets without specific indications of how to get to the next level were hard for us to decipher. Since we used scoresheets as signposts that pointed to our next things to work on, we mined them for that kind of information. What do you value most about this experience? Being able to spend time with the people who know the most about our art was really special. We appreciated the care and interest the judges took in what we had to say about our experience reading their sheets from over the years. They wanted to know how they influenced us and how they can continue to help others grow through their thoughtful and objective feedback. What was the most surprising thing you learned? We were surprised to hear how cautious judges are about commenting on individual performances within a quartet. They’re really concerned about causing personnel changes if they offer feedback to just one person. What do you think judges might gain from working with competitors during training? They don’t get the chance as often to hear how their individual comments are interpreted by the singers they’re writing to. We have a lot of common vocabulary thanks to the JCDB, but anything we can do to improve the “translation” process will be really valuable. It would also be a good opportunity for us to express how much we appreciate them and the work they do.

From Our CEO Members of the Leadership Team at Sweet Adelines International Headquarters in Tulsa, Okla. (Front row, L-R) Tamatha Goad, Tammy Talbot and Richard Huenefeld (Back row, L-R) Debbie Baker, Susan B. Smith, Valerie Renz and Jennifer Haggard


n this edition, I would like to introduce you to the Leadership Team at Sweet Adelines International. This talented group of individuals pour their time, talents and energies into this organization to serve the members. I could not do my job without them and the amazing skill sets and expertise that they bring to their respective positions. When I review their resumes, their education and past work experience, they are quite an impressive group of individuals. I wish space allowed me to share more about them, but listed below is a brief summary of their areas of responsibility. Plus, a personal interesting music fact. Richard Huenefeld, CPA, Juris Doctorate, Chief Financial Officer Richard manages the organization’s investments and finances and supervises accounting, financial reporting and SA’s budget. He also assists members with tax and related inquires. His favorite song is “Amazing Grace.” Jennifer Haggard, CMP, Sr. Director of Events and Competitions Jen oversees all projects from the department and coordinates event sourcing and logistics and is the on-site coordinator for the International Convention & Competition, educational events, and board/committee meetings. She researches, recommends, negotiates and finalizes contracts with cities and venues for all events and provides event budget forecasting and monitoring. Jen’s favorite song is “Clocks” by Coldplay. Tamatha Goad, Sr. Director of Marketing, Communications and Sales Tamatha is the primary contact for corporate communications and marketing and provides strategic direction for all marketing, communications and sales efforts. She oversees the Sweet Adelines website, the production of The Pitch Pipe, all marketing and public relations efforts, social media and international sales. She is the editor-in-chief of The Pitch Pipe while writing and overseeing the implementation of all marketing and public relations plans for the organization. Tamatha’s favorite song is “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe. Debbie Baker, NBCT, Director of Education Debbie oversees and coordinates the activities of the Education and Music Services Departments. She monitors online education, the YWIH program, and she manages all educator resources and

professional education affiliations, supervises the Director and Arranger Certification programs and the International Faculty program. Debbie is a member of Talk of Tulsa Show Chorus and was also the 2013 NAfME award winner, and her favorite song is “How Deep is the Ocean.” Valerie Renz, Director of Membership Valerie oversees the membership department and administers the charter process for prospective choruses and satellite choruses. She is responsible for improving chapter and membership procedures, while focusing on chapter-relations and providing tools for RMT and chapter officers. She works closely with the membership retention committee to support chapters as they grow and provides overall support for the membership. Valerie’s favorite song is “Come Fly With Me.” Susan B. Smith, MA, CFRE, FAHP, Director of Philanthropy Susan is the newest member of the SA leadership team. Susan leads all efforts involving corporate underwriting and sponsorships, annual giving, major gifts, planned estate gifts and donor relations. Susan's role also provides oversight to Sweet Adelines International's philanthropic giving programs such as The Overtone Society (TOS), Young Singers Foundation (YSF) and Young Women In Harmony (YWIH). Susan lives in California and is a member of Harborlites Chorus. Susan’s favorite song is “Humble and Kind.” Thank you to this amazing team who work countless hours to help support the mission and vision of Sweet Adelines International! In appreciation,

Tammy Talbot (P.S. If you know me well, you know that I adore Celine Dion and have seen her in concert six times. So, of course my favorite song is “The Prayer” by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli).

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MEET NEW IBOD MEMBER JENNIFER HARRIS “We want to make sure our sisters around the world feel valued, included and integral to the organization, because they are.”


s a newly-elected member of the Sweet Adelines International Board of Directors (IBOD), Jennifer Harris hopes to use her international leadership experience to strengthen the connections between Sweet Adelines all over the world. Harris begins a three-year IBOD term on May 1, 2019. Harris’ relationship with barbershop singing started with a derailed business meeting. She saw a picture of Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus (HCMC) in her co-worker’s office. “I had heard of Sweet Adelines before and been intrigued, but I didn’t think I had time,” said Harris. “I just started chatting with her about that, and we ended up not even holding the business meeting. That night, she invited me to go to rehearsal, and I did. The next week, I auditioned. I got in the chorus, and that was that. That was in October 2003, and I haven’t looked back.” Harris sings bass for 2018 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions Lustre and is still a member of HCMC. In January 2018, she became director of Arundelair Chorus. She has served as regional communications coordinator for the SA Region 19 Management Team and president of the Silver Sorority, the Region 19 Association of Quartet Champions. She is also a sought-after coach. Right out of college, Harris took a job with the National Security Agency (NSA). She began as a mathematician, but she soon got involved in leadership. Eventually, she became chief


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of staff for an organization that had operations in cities around the world. Through that experience, she learned to deal with the challenges of leading a worldwide organization. In her new role, she aims to foster a stronger sense of connection across our farflung membership. “We want to make sure our sisters around the world feel valued, included and integral to the organization, because they are.” She would also like to see more connection for small choruses. “Our organization is made up of a majority of small choruses, and I’m interested in making sure small choruses are more connected to their regions and the happenings at the international level,” she said. “It’s important for them to stay connected to the larger organization.” Harris values bridging gaps and building a sense of belonging. “I remember the first education event I ever went to at the regional level,” she said. “I stuck like glue to the girl I knew from my home chorus. I was such an introvert that I didn't feel good reaching out and making small chat and meeting other people. I still am an introvert at heart, but now I look forward to connecting with other people because I know I am connected to them by these threads of commonality. It just makes me feel so comfortable belonging everywhere.” Harris belongs to a supportive family as well—her husband of 32 years, Dave, two adult children, and a new grandson. She said she retired to have more time for what her husband calls “her new job,” Sweet Adelines. “He is what makes this possible,” she said. She is immensely grateful for the opportunity to give back to an organization that she says has given her so much.


MEET NEW IBOD MEMBER LESLIE GALBREATH “I think this organization is uniquely situated to really help women develop greater capacity in all parts of their lives. The music becomes a vehicle. It certainly has been for me, and I just believe that's what's going to happen. That's who we are.”


rowing up on a busy farm, Leslie Galbreath learned the importance of cooperation. “In my family, nobody got to sit down until everybody could sit down,” she said. “If somebody was still moving, you needed to be moving.” She hopes to bring that energetic collaboration to the Sweet Adelines International Board of Directors (IBOD). Galbreath was appointed to a one-year term beginning May 1, 2019. Galbreath’s mother took her to a performance of St. Joseph’s Show Chorus—now called RiverSong—when she was still in college. “I knew I didn’t have the resources at that moment, but I remember thinking, ‘I could do this,’” she said. “When my youngest daughter was six weeks old, I was like, ‘I’ve got to get out of the house! Now’s the time.’ I was looking for something more, something where I could sing.” Galbreath joined RiverSong then and today sings with Skyline Chorus. She credits Sweet Adelines with helping her attain goals. “I would not have a doctorate if I had not gone to IES and wandered into a Sharon Babb class,” said Galbreath. “I had so much fun in that class. I thought, ‘Clearly you’re not finished or at the apex of anything you’re doing. You’ve got to figure out how to make this work.’” Galbreath completed a doctoral program in educational leadership and policy analysis through the University of Missouri.

In her career, she has worked primarily in student support and development. “I ran big tutoring programs, and my approach to everything is collaboration,” she said. “I did a lot of advising and ‘advicing,’ as I call it. I oversaw student acculturation programs, so that aligns very nicely with the membership development stuff that I did for Sweet Adelines. It’s all the same thing: bringing people into an unfamiliar environment and helping them succeed.” Galbreath, who is a member of the international faculty and a leadership development specialist for Rocky Mountain Region 8, finds inspiration from watching new Sweet Adelines grow. “I'm the Skyline newbie coordinator, and I get totally tickled when I watch these women come in the door and see this thing,” she said. “I think, ‘You have no idea what the future holds for you and the opportunities that will present themselves. You can't even!’ It’s this endless horizon, and opportunities just keep presenting themselves. Lots of it centers on music, but mostly it centers on personal development and helping people.” The music drew her to Sweet Adelines, but the unexpected benefits are manifold. “To have all that music wrapped around you and the women who are so committed and generous and loving and supportive… It's almost the only time you don't wear a title other than your name,” she said. “You're not a mom. You're not a wife. You're not a daughter. And that's pretty rare, especially for women.” Galbreath is “truly honored and totally humbled” to serve on the IBOD. “I think this organization is uniquely situated to really help women develop greater capacity in all parts of their lives,” she said. “The music becomes a vehicle. It certainly has been for me, and I just believe that's what's going to happen. That's who we are.”

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Kim Newcomb talks with a small group during the Visioning Retreat.

LEARNING TO LISTEN BY BEING HEARD Young singer Kim Newcomb’s perspective on the Visioning Retreat

On November 16-17, 2018, thirty-six Sweet Adelines convened in Tulsa for a Sweet Adelines International Visioning Retreat. Their objective was to create a fresh, clear and compelling shared vision for the International organization and outline potential priorities for our future strategic direction. The members who participated were representative of Sweet Adelines throughout the organization and ensured that a wide variety of perspectives, skills and experience were factored into the outcomes of the retreat. The following is one retreat participant's perspective on being a part of this collaborative and creative process.


oing into the Visioning Retreat I felt quite the spectrum of emotions: excitement for the future, concern that my opinions would be invalid and honored to play a small part in the experience. I knew this group of people would represent a variety of perspectives, and as a young Sweet Adeline, I felt a responsibility to prove the worth of all young singers in our organization. I am fortunate to have found this “hobby” so early in my life. I am 26 years old and have been a Sweet Adeline for ten years. I have a bachelor's degree in music education, have competed and placed internationally (in both mixed and female quartets), and I direct a chorus based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Like many young Sweet Adelines, I have grown accustomed to the playful comments about my age. Unfortunately, those comments have left me feeling excluded and as though I am not taken seriously. Although I believe the intent is never to make young Sweet Adelines feel as though age defines us, we frequently feel like children instead of peers. I respect Sweet Adelines of all ages for a variety of reasons: skill, kindness, talent, wisdom. However, I feel there is often an unconscious assumption that those who appear young haven’t been around long enough to earn the same respect. At the Visioning Retreat, I was surprised to find overwhelming acceptance of my thoughts and feelings from each person in that room. This retreat provided a loving, open, and safe place for everyone to share their deepest fears and greatest hopes for our organization. My concerns for young members were met with “I had no idea our young singers felt that way” and “I am so sorry it has come across that way.” Here sat leaders of Sweet Adelines


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– Sweet Adelines President Patty Cobb Baker International, accomplished individuals within the organization, people with different values, from all walks of life, and all of them showed empathy for what I shared. I felt heard, acknowledged, and valued. When others began to share their concerns, I was surprised to learn of challenges that hadn’t even crossed my mind, simply because those concerns had not been a part of my personal Sweet Adelines experience. My peers shared some of the following concerns: Are we providing a place where barbershop can both thrive in its classic form and evolve to keep up with the current interest in contemporary a cappella? Is there a place for non-binary individuals in Sweet Adelines International, and, if not, can we make it so? Long time members often feel as though they are disposable due to their age. How do we keep them engaged and feeling valued? Listening to them, I realized we all just want to be heard and considered while planning for the future of our global community—a community where people feel safe, valued and loved while sharing in the joy of this incredible “hobby.” It’s easy to get caught up in our own problems, but I hope going forward we grow more aware of the challenges others are facing. In doing so, we can make sure we are all cared for, by caring for each other. Let's change the narrative from “What can Sweet Adelines do for me?” to “What can I do for my fellow Sweet Adeline?” Kim Newcomb The Ladies Quartet Capital City Chapter, Director

LIGHTS, CAMERA…PROSPECTIVE! No chorus near you? Start one!

One of the greatest gifts of Sweet Adelines is having a group of friends in harmony no matter where you are; however, if you find yourself in an area without a chorus nearby, you may want to look at creating a prospective (Pros.) chorus of Sweet Adelines! We currently have close to 30 prospective Sweet Adelines chapters across the globe. Each prospective chorus has a unique vision, but it seems that a common goal, according to Michelle Mitchell of Pros. Katy Vocal Express (Region 10), is “to have the bond of friendship and music and spread that joy of music to our community.”

Nancy Culp, Pros. Harmony in the Pines (Region 2), agrees. “We want to bring the opportunity for women to come together in song and bring the ‘art’ of barbershop harmony and musical education back to our area.” Would your community benefit from the musical enjoyment of a Sweet Adelines chorus? Email for an information packet on forming your own prospective chorus. After all, as Jenny Sungberg of Pros. Seaside Singers (Region 32) notes, “The joy of singing is what unites us.”

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Incentives listed by number of new members: 5 members • waived International dues for one year, recognition in The Pitch Pipe and a $5 credit to International Sales 10 members • waived International dues for one year, recognition in The Pitch Pipe and a $10 credit to International Sales 15 members • waived International dues for one year, recognition in The Pitch Pipe and a $15 credit to International Sales 20 members • waived International dues for one year, recognition in The Pitch Pipe and a $20 credit to International Sales 25 members • waived International dues for two years, recognition in The Pitch Pipe, acknowledgment on the jumbotron

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“Manchester, England England”...Wishful-thinking home of Claude Hooper Bukowski from 1960s musical, Hair. Actual home of The Bee Gees. The Hollies. Herman’s Hermits. The Smiths. Joy Division. New Order. Oasis. The BBC Philharmonic. And for four days this July, you! Come sing, celebrate and learn at the 2019 Sweet Adelines International Education Symposium (IES) at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, July 25-28. And, of course, check out the Rising Star Quartet Contest on Saturday night! Hosted by Sweet Adelines Region 31 Quartet of Nations, along with chairs Paula Davis, Alyson Chaney and

If you want to learn from the best, IES is the place for you!


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section leaders, quartets and all who love barbershop!

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of exciting workshops for coaches, directors, arrangers,


Elaine Hamilton, this year’s IES offers a full range

“Don’t know much about history…” – Herman’s Hermits, “Wonder ful World”

What You’ll Learn At IES Start your day with Music in the Morning. Then comes the hard (but fun!) part: Choosing from the wide range of exciting classes offered throughout the day from some of the best-known names in barbershop such as guest educator Deke Sharon (music director and vocal producer for the Pitch Perfect movies and co-creator of Disney’s DCapella, among many other accomplishments), as well as our Sweet Adelines International 2019 Quartet Champion, ClassRing. Classes are open to all attendees, but you have the option to focus on classes geared toward arranger, director, leadership, quartet, section leader (music team) or visual topics. Here are just a few examples of the kind of classes you’ll find at IES 2019: • “Getting the Upper Hand on Breathing” with Lori Lyford • “Music Theory: The Building Blocks of our Beloved Art Form” by Lynda Keever • Individual “Sing Your Part Smart” classes for Tenor, Lead, Baritone or Bass taught by members of ClassRing • “Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Directing!” with Sandy Marron • “Vocal Warmups the International Way” with Alyson Chaney • “Musicality and Artistry Through Physicality” with Paula Davis Visit for a full schedule, class descriptions and faculty bios.

“When you say it's gonna happen ‘now,’ well, when exactly do you mean?” -- The Smiths, “How Soon is Now?”

Registration & Accommodations Registration: Early registration prices for IES are available until May 27, 2019 for Sweet Adelines members. No registrations will be accepted after June 24, 2019. Registrations will only be accepted online. For information on costs, dates and how to register, visit

Remember that audience admission to the Rising Star Quartet Contest on Saturday night is included in your IES registration! Rising Star welcomes women ages 25 and younger to compete in barbershop singing, and it’s always a great night of music and fun! Contest entry is open until May 31, and the contest will be held on the evening of July 27 at IES. Quartets wishing to enter the contest can find information and online registration at

Housing: You will need to arrange your own housing accommodations, but we have secured preferential rates with several hotels in Manchester for those attending IES! To receive the preferential rate, you will need to follow online booking instructions which can be found at

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Where The Cool Kids Hang Out In the words of Manchester’s own 90s rock band Oasis, “there are many things that I would like to say to you, but I don’t know how” about this city. Actually, yes I do. But people of my generation can’t let a “Wonderwall” reference pass us by. So, “don’t look back in anger” when I keep quoting Manchester bands while I tell you some of the places to visit in between your classes with stellar barbershop instructors like Judy Pozsgay, Lori Lyford, Sandy Marron, Lynda Keever and Deke Sharon.

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“Every morning I would see her waiting at the stop. Sometimes she’d shop and she would show me what she’d bought.”

Museums: Manchester was at the center of the Industrial Revolution. To learn more about Manchester’s history of innovation, visit the Manchester Science and Industry Museum and the People’s History Museum. Just a little outside of Manchester, you will find the Imperial War Museum North, one of five museums that specialize in the history of modern conflict, both on the battlefront and at home.

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-- The Hollies, “Bus Stop”

Since the early 1990s, The Village has openly welcomed all races and sexual preferences to a neighborhood full of pubs, bars, tea rooms, arts events and shops. Whether you like to stay up late or wake up early, you’ll find something open in The Village!

Historic Sites: Manchester is full of historic sites. Fans of the writer Elizabeth Gaskell (or the BBC series Cranford, which is based on some of her novels) might want to visit her house in Manchester. Manchester Cathedral, which is still an active church, is an example of Gothic architecture, but its history goes much farther back. Visit to see the remains of its Saxon-era past and the various restorations over the centuries. And, of course, Manchester is home to two world famous football teams (that’s soccer, for U.S. readers): Manchester United and Manchester City.

Shopping: If you want it, Manchester probably has it, from high fashion to handmade to vintage. Two major indoor shopping centers, Manchester Arndale and Trafford Centre, offer a wide variety of shops and eating establishments. For eclectic independent shops, visit the city’s Northern Quarter, which has been an important arts and music district since the 1990s. (You might recognize its historic architecture, which was used as a setting for 1940s New York in the movie Captain America: The First Avenger.) The Northern Quarter is also home to several record shops, including Vinyl Exchange, the largest seller of rare and second-hand CDs, records and DVDS in northwest England. It also includes many live music venues.

The Village: Located south of Chinatown on Canal Street, The Village is “both party central and a living piece of social history.”

Food, Glorious Food: Want Indian food? Chinese? Italian? Vegan? Afternoon tea? Pub food? You can find it all in


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Sweet Adelines Rising Star Shines in Manchester For the first time, the Rising Star Quartet Contest takes place in the UK When you wish upon a Rising Star, you never know how far you might go! For example, the 2018 Rising Star Champion Quartet, Hot Pursuit, was one of several Sweet Adelines groups chosen to open for DCappella, the a cappella group co-created by Deke Sharon (star guest educator at IES!) and Disney Music Group. Hot Pursuit appeared on the tour’s show at Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, TN in February. And then there’s 2014 Rising Star Champion Quartet, ClassRing. The future queens met for their first rehearsal in St. Louis. Later, in that same city, they became our 2019 Queens of Harmony! And their star just keeps on rising, with performances, television appearances and teaching gigs across the country.

Manchester – and you can find a lot of it at the Corn Exchange, an Edwardian industrial building that now contains a wide variety of fine dining restaurants specializing in dishes from around the globe. You’ll find eclectic tea rooms, pubs, cafes and restaurants in neighborhoods like The Village, the Northern Quarter and Chinatown also. Stay awhile: If you’re able to arrive early or leave a few days after the Symposium, Manchester is a great base from which to explore the rest of the United Kingdom. (And it’s an easy train ride from there to Liverpool, for those of you who are Beatles fans!)

For more information on IES, Rising Star and the city recently crowned the UK’s “Best live music city,” visit

This year’s Rising Star contest happens on Saturday, July 27, during the International Education Symposium at the Royal Northern College of Music. On their Facebook page, ClassRing, who will present “Quartet Coaching Under Glass” at IES 2019, wrote, “As you leave this year and go into 2019, dream big. Your dreams are worth pursuing. Don’t ever give up. You’re never alone. We are dreaming alongside you and encouraging you every step of the way.” It just goes to show that when it comes to Rising Star, anything your heart desires may come to you. Rising Star is for quartets made up of women age 25 and younger. Visit if you or young singers you know dream of being a Rising Star. Registration is now open, and the last day to enter the contest is May 31, 2019.

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A Brand New Song & Dance Sweet Adelines International

Directors & Visual Leaders Seminar 2019

San Antonio, TX

“The stars at night are big and bright…” Go ahead. Sing it (in four-part barbershop harmony!) on San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk while you’re attending Sweet Adelines International Directors and Visual Leaders Seminar (DVLS), Aug. 8-10. You’ll find an instant chorus that knows what comes next: Clap. Clap. Clap. Clap. “Deep in the heart of Texas!” San Antonio is a city with spirit, the perfect place for musical and visual leaders of all kinds and levels to get inspired, uplifted and filled with new ideas to take back to their choruses across the world! Whether you’ve been directing for years or are working with your first chorus,

DVLS has something for you, from interactive workshops on choreography and visual expression to in-depth exploration of music interpretation and seminars on unleashing mental strength and creativity. This year’s DVLS lives up to its theme, “A Brand New Song & Dance,” with three days of innovative, hands-on, practical and exciting workshops from world-class Sweet Adelines faculty Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl, Kathleen Hansen, Erin Howden, Deanna Kastler, Lori Lyford, Judy Pozsgay and Darlene Rogers. The featured speaker is professional singer and performance coach Jennie Morton whose article “Osteopathy for Singers” appeared in the January 2019 issue of The Pitch Pipe. The event is co-chaired by Kim Vaughn and Mary Rhea (whose jingle belling OK City Chorus is featured in this issue of The Pitch Pipe).

Registration and Hotel Accommodations Registration is open until June 14. You can register online, by fax or by mail. Workshops and accommodations are located at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie St., San Antonio, TX (U.S.A.). Rates are as follows: Shared room $650 USD, Single room $850 USD, Commuter $450 USD. For event schedule, classes and registration, visit the DVLS page under the “Events” tab at

A Brand New Song & Dance: Workshops For All Leaders

I believe that one has to be prepared for whatever Texas has to offer.

Need some help with integrating choreography into your chorus’s performance? Then you won’t want to miss guest faculty Jennie Morton's “Voice and Dance Technique Integration: The Anatomy of Functional Movement with Voice” or Judy Pozsgay’s “Tips and Tricks for Teaching Choreography.”

– Luci Tapahonso, “In Praise of Texas”

Are you looking for ways to use creativity to enhance your performance? "Pure Imagination – Creatively Influencing Sound and Performance" with Erin Howden will explore the power of imagination in achieving higher level performances by opening up our minds to creative ways of performance improvement both vocally and visually.

Being a barbershop leader takes a lot of energy and emotional investment. The DVLS offers you much-needed time to absorb lessons and suggestions from engaging experts alongside your fellow directors and visual leaders. Register today so you can enjoy making barbershop memories in the Texas sun and return to your chorus refreshed, revitalized and reinvigorated! To find out more about DVLS, visit the DVLS page under “Events” at You can also keep up to date by clicking on the Directors and Visual Leaders Seminar event link on the Sweet Adelines International Facebook page.

Want to heighten your chorus's effectiveness in communicating the sound? Be sure to attend Lori Lyford's “Magic Lies in the Sound of Communication” class. The class will analyze musical lines, lyrics, word art and physical expression to heighten expressive, authentic communication.

Looking for new ways to communicate with chorus members through innovative teaching and directing? Classes like Kathleen Hansen’s “Fostering Diversity and Inclusion through Repertoire, Rehearsals and Chorus Culture” or Deanna Kastler’s “A Teacher’s Approach to Communication and Coaching” are for you!

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Want to learn techniques for head-totoe vocal health for singers of all ages and abilities? Try Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl’s “Building/Recovering Vocal Stamina With Speech Therapy” or Darlene Rogers’ “The Voice at All Ages.”

“Deep within my heart lies a melody...a song of old San Antone”

Bursting with energy after a day of uplifting workshops and singing? San Antonio’s got you covered! From the shops and restaurants along the Riverwalk to the city’s diverse artistic and historical sites, you’ll have no trouble finding a good time in Alamo City! You can find maps and information about San Antonio on the DVLS page at, but here are a few highlights.

Riverwalk The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

is located steps away from the legendary Riverwalk. Stroll along the meandering waterway or hop in a river taxi to glide along the scenic route. Shops and restaurants line the Riverwalk, which is lit up at night for a charming and festive atmosphere in which to catch up with old friends or make new ones.

The Missions Designated a UNESCO World

Heritage Site, the five missions of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park are a must-see for anyone interested in history or architecture. Though not part of the park, the most famous San Antonio mission is, of course, the Alamo, located right downtown.

Art Besides great local galleries, San Antonio boasts some major art museums as well: Centro de Artes, the Texas-sized San Antonio Museum of Art, McNay Art Museum and BlueStar Contemporary. If you want to see something unusual, visit Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. (Yes, that’s a real thing.) The All-Important All-Night Bakery

Need a Mexican pastry at 2 a.m.? If so, check out San Antonio’s Mi Tierra Cafe y Panderia. This festively-decorated local institution is open 24 hours. Mi Tierra is located on Market Square, three blocks of restaurants, shops and produce stands near the city center. For more information, visit


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Shops at La Villita Located in downtown San Antonio, the historic arts village boasts galleries, shops and a variety of restaurants, from Tex-Mex to barbecue to gourmet fusion. For more information, visit

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hat is your favorite contest memory with your quartet or chorus? While medals are always exciting, for many their favorite moments are memories of fun, storytelling and connecting with the audience—all elements of the Open Division! If you’ve never given it a try, here are some answers to questions you might have: 1.What are the benefits of participating in the Open Division? Open Division was originally created to provide an option for quartets or choruses that were happiest performing in their communities rather than in the competitive International Division of our regional contests. Open Division was designed to provide education for barbershop growth (by including a barbershop contest-worthy song in the format) as well as helpful education in the area of entertainment, where these community performers spend much of their time and energies during the year. The reach and effect of the Open Division has broadened, however. Groups that have tried the Open Division have found greater comfort on stage during contest. Some have moved back into the International Division with greater confidence and success. Other ensembles that have little interest in rankings have found a niche that provides them with growth opportunities in entertainment as well as the fun of barbershop. They explore their creativity and other talents while honing their entertainment value for their community. Some groups have made the Open Division performances their focus. This different approach to convention performance preparation comes as a result of each group’s goals and vision. Some use it as a break from the intensity of preparing for the International Division (ranking and medals). While creating and preparing for a 10-minute entertainment package is fun, it is not necessarily easy! It teaches different kinds of skills and concepts that can benefit every group while letting them stretch their


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performance “muscles” in a different way. Knowing the goals and vision of your group will help you make the choice of which division you would like to participate in—International Division or Open Division. 2. Why do Open Division competitors only receive a letter score? Because the Open Division was intended to provide opportunities to sing on the regional stage without ranking pressures, a letter score was chosen to convey the overall scoring area. If number scores were used, ranking would naturally happen. Even if these scores were not included in the ranking list of the contest, the pressure of placement in the contest would still impact the competitor. Now that we have groups that choose Open Division repeatedly because of their vision and goals, they would love to know their numerical scores and be able to figure out where they would fall in the rankings for their own feelings of success. Because of the original purpose of this division, we are not revising the scoring method. However, the Judge Specialists are working toward finding further methods of recognition for performers who would like to participate.

3. How is the Entertainment portion of the Open Division judged? The Open Division Entertainment judging commentary is based on five equally-weighted elements: 1) Musicality, 2) Unity, 3) Theme/Script/Emcee/Mic Technique, 4) Creativity and 5) Communication. Each judge considers all five elements (not category based), so any judge may comment on costuming, staging, emcee work, etc. It usually becomes evident quickly where the strengths and challenges of each performing group lie. Judges have descriptors for each of these five elements in each scoring level. While these descriptors are not exhaustive, they guide each judge to their scoring level. Visit the members only content for Open Division in the Events section at 4. Why are Open Division competitors mixed in with the International Division competitors? Throughout the short history of the Open Division, we have tried separating the Open Division contestants to perform together at one time as well as putting them into the chorus mix and having their order drawn randomly, just as all International Division contestants are. While we know some regions prefer the grouping over the random draw, the majority of regions prefer the random draw approach. This approach provides wonderful and varied entertainment for the audience throughout the contest day. Another perk of mixing the competitors throughout the day is that it entices enough audience members to stay and vote for the Regional Audience Choice Award, for those regions that participate. 5. How is the Open Division alike or different from the Entertainment Package at International Competition? The judging elements are exactly the same for Open Division contestants and for International Contest Finals Entertainment Packages. The difference lies in the scoring method. Open Division competitors receive letter scores; International Finals competitors receive numerical scores. Specific scoring numbers are needed in the International Finals because rankings are being assigned and affect (and sometimes determine) the outcome of the contest. The Open Division is fun and educational, and it provides an opportunity for you to share your group’s unique personality with your region and beyond. Give it a try and see what great things it can do for you!

Paula Davis Sweet Adelines Immediate Past President, Judge Specialists Moderator and Director of Song of Seattle Chorus, whose vision is to become a recognized member of the Seattle Arts Community

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Jane G. Brown (left) is congratulated by Jennifer Newman, Region 19 membership coordinator and president of Women’s Harmony Brigade. Photo courtesy of Carrie and Tim Burall.


Meet award-winning music educator Jane G. Brown

“Keep your eyes and mind open for opportunities you may not be aware of. Continue to learn as much as you can. Think out of the box. Everything does not have to be the way it always has been. We have the power!”


ane G. Brown, winner of the 2018 NAfME/SA Music Educator Award says “When you are passionate about something, you want to share it! Even before I was a teacher, I was sharing my love for music. Those who are born to be teachers just cannot help it, in my opinion.” Brown has always been a singer, and she also plays the piano, guitar, ukulele and violin. Eventually, she wanted to find a chorus to sing with—“one where I was NOT the director!” She and a friend chose the chorus “with the closest parking lot.” “We had no idea about barbershop singing or Sweet Adelines, but once we heard that sound, we were hooked,” she said. To win the award, “the recipient must have made outstanding contributions to the furtherance of music education in public and/or private schools by promoting the barbershop style as an American art form.” Brown teaches at and is chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at The Catholic High School of Baltimore and also serves as music director at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. She is still a member of the Pride of Baltimore Chorus (PoB) and has recently joined Greater Harrisburg Chorus as well. She is a member of both the management and music teams at PoB, through which she developed the popular Summer Singers Program (SSP). The program encourages young women to learn barbershop singing. “While attending Harmony College East, offered by the BHS, I took a class with Nate Barrett, director of the Morris Music Men, on the Ready Set Sing Program,” she recalled. “Coincidentally, one of my choir students had just asked me how to best keep in good vocal shape over the summer. I combined the program with


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the idea, presented it to the board of directors of which I was secretary, and the SSP was born!” She hand-selected the first students from her own classes to run as a test with the PoB Chorus, with whom the students worked and sang. It was a rousing success for both experienced barbershoppers and the newbies, all of whom returned for the program’s second year. The SSP has continued to grow since then. Ever the educator, Brown said her own musical pursuits make her a better teacher. “Since I am more concerned about sharing my passion than becoming a rock star, my focus hadn't been on my own practice as much as it had been on teaching others,” she said. “However, once I joined Pride of Baltimore, I became a student again, learning something new and having to practice outside of rehearsals. Being a chorus member helps me to wear the shoes of my own school and church choir members, and I can better aid them in their own vocal and choral development.” Speaking of rock stars, Brown said she was shocked to find herself receiving the award. “Once I saw the list of former winners, I was even more astounded that I had won an award previously won by Lori Lyford, a rock star director and music educator that I greatly respect!” She has some advice for beginning music educators. “Keep your eyes and mind open for opportunities you may not be aware of,” said Brown. “Continue to learn as much as you can. Think out of the box. Everything does not have to be the way it always has been. We have the power!”




usical arranging can seem intimidating, but it is yet another area in which Sweet Adelines’ can-do spirit has been undaunted from the beginning. There was no barbershop music arranged specifically for women’s voices when Sweet Adelines began; therefore, the first Sweet Adelines learned to arrange their own. Sharing knowledge through education has always been a hallmark of the organization, so the incomparable trio of Nancy Bergman, Master Music Arranger (MMA) and composer-arranger of “Harmonize the World”, Renee Limburg Craig (MMA) and Betty Oliver began an arranger training program, holding the first classes at the 1956 Sweet Adelines Convention in Wichita, Kansas. Fast forward to May 2019, when Sweet Adelines International will carry on the organization’s tradition of arrangement education with the rollout of the Arranger Certification Program (ACP). Task Force Chair Corinna Garriock presented the ACP in October 2018 at the international convention in St. Louis. ACP will replace the most recent of several arrangers’ programs, International Music Arrangers Program (IMAP). Under the ACP, you can join the long history of Sweet Adelines arrangers and make your creative contribution to women’s barbershop music! The purpose of the Arranger Certification Program is three-fold: • To support and supplement regional programs of arranger education while making arranging education available to all members in all regions. • To prepare members interested in barbershop arranging for arranging assignments and strengthen the pool of advanced arranging candidates. (Note: ‘IMAP’ will become the ‘ACP Advanced’ level of the new program). • To promote a better understanding

of barbershop for all members, particularly those who need to choose music for competition purposes. This might include directors, quartet members, music team members and anyone who would like a better understanding of how barbershop is constructed and what makes it strong. The program will consist of three levels of engagement: Beginner Level This level consists of self-study with testing based on the current SA Arranger’s Guide and supplemental materials to be provided by the program. The format of the ACP Beginner Level program closely mirrors the format of the Director Certification Program (DCP) with testing conducted in-Region. Beginners will register with HQ, pay a registration fee, conduct self-study and begin taking exams at their own pace. The study modules for the ACP Beginner Level are as follows: Module 1 • Music Theory for Arrangers* Module 2 • The Music Category – Defining the BBS Style Module 3 • Voicings and Overtone Patterns Module 4 • Harmonization Module 5 • Starting to Arrange: Song Selection, Transposition, Manuscript Module 6 • Voice Leading Module 7 • Embellishments Module 8 • Arrangement Analysis Module 9 • The Business of Arranging (Copyright Law) *Note that if you’ve already taken the DCP Music Theory test and scored at least 80%, you can get credit in the ACP for Module 1.

Intermediate Level This level will consist of small group (cohort) study with facilitation, using online meeting technology. It will be a practical module with arrangement analysis

assignments and hands-on arranging of one or more common vehicles. The Intermediate level will be managed by the ACP using Certified Music Arrangers (CMA) and Master Music Arrangers (MMA) as faculty. Registration will be required. Completion of beginner fundamentals is a prerequisite, but a “challenge” is being designed for those wishing to bypass the beginner level. Participants who successfully complete the Intermediate level will earn the title of Approved Arranger. Advanced Level The format of the ACP Advanced Level program closely mirrors the format of the former IMAP program. ACP Scholarship funding will be provided for a period of up to two years to qualified individuals. Individual mentoring will be provided by a CMA or MMA. Candidates will have the opportunity to apply for advancement to CMA status upon successful completion of their scholarship. Nancy Bergman wrote in the April 1995 issue of The Pitch Pipe, “We need more arrangers! We depend too much on the music that already exists, and we tend to consider arranging a mystery reserved for a chosen few. Each quartet and chorus should encourage its talented members to devote themselves to this creative activity! The talent is there in bundles — we have only to water it and watch it grow!” That’s the very goal of the ACP! ACP Task Force members: Kay Bromert (CMA) • Jeanne Elmuccio Corinna Garriock (Chair) • Mel Horgan Suzy Lobaugh (CMA) If you have questions or concerns about the upcoming program, please contact one of the following: • ACP TF Chair, Corinna Garriock ( or • Debbie Baker, Education Director at SA (

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Countdown to 75 years

1950-1959: FINDING OUR WAY “Sweet Adelines have had many adventurous years, and it is important we chronicle some of them.” — Corrine King, SA Historian (The Pitch Pipe, Dec. 1956) E S T. 1 9 4 5

Charitable Work: Sweet Adelines are known today for their generous hearts, and that tradition was alive and well in the 1950s. Soon after The Great Flood of 1951 destroyed much of Kansas and Missouri, the Jayhawk Chapter of Topeka organized and sang at a benefit called “Harvest of Harmony” along with Oil Capital Chapter’s Coquettes and Gay Notes of Tulsa, the Mel-O-Chords of Kansas City, Vocalaires of Lyons, an unnamed quartet from Great Bend and Treble Makers of Topeka. Many chapters sang at tuberculosis and polio wards. One quartet from Bartlesville, OK carried banks in the shape of iron lungs (a medical device used to treat polio at the time) as they strolled downtown, singing. Passersby dropped dimes into the banks to benefit the March of Dimes.*

quartet was singing in the ladies room when a woman who worked at RKO Studio heard them and invited them to come to the studio the next day to watch movies being filmed. The Atomic Age: Sweet Adelines of the 1950s lived with the tension of the Cold War. Many public buildings and private homes had bomb shelters, and nuclear testing was big, if secretive, news. The first chapter, Atomaton, was named by founder Edna Mae Anderson because, “We have an atom of energy to start work with on the organization and we will do it to the tune of ‘Sweet Adeline.’”

The Nota-Belles during their 1956 USO tour. Left to right are Jarmela Speta, Ruth Geile, Jan Kastens and Phyllis Haeger.

Vi Stern of the Decaturettes donates blood while the television camera rolls in 1955.

Celebrities/Television Appearances: More and more homes had a television set, and many Sweet Adelines quartets appeared on the small screen, often with big names of the era. The 1953 International Champion Quartet, Big Four (“800-pounds of fun”) of Chillicothe, IL performed with celebrities such as Herb Shriner, Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Arthur Godfrey and Liberace! In the January 1952 issue of The Pitch Pipe, Marian Moore of The Polka Dots reported on a very eventful trip the quartet made to Los Angeles, where they met vaudeville orchestra leader Eddie Oliver. He escorted the quartet, along with President Lois Zoerb and her husband, to the famous Sunset Strip nightclub Ciro’s. Later, the


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Korean War: The Korean War is sometimes called “The Forgotten War,” but the Sweet Adelines of the day (several of whom served in the military or were military spouses or widows) never forgot those who served. The Nota-Belles (1955 Champion Quartet) made a 50,000-mile U.S. State Department tour of Korean War zones, and many, many quartets made visits to veterans’ homes and military hospitals in both Canada and the United States. The North West Chapter of Chicago recorded a performance for Armed Forces Radio that was broadcast to troops in Korea in 1952. Marybelle Slattery (baritone) recounted this story about singing in a train heading from St. Louis to San Francisco in a 1952 report to The Pitch Pipe: “A memorable experience on this leg of the trip was a Spanish soldier, Korea bound, who’d been on the bus all day Sunday and missed church. He asked Agnes [Volger] to sing ‘Ave Maria,’ no small task even with the best of accompaniment. All Ag had was a uke but she sang it. He sat there holding his rosary, the tears streaming on his

face...It was one of those things you can’t forget. We met a lot of servicemen and they all had one thing in common: they all loved to sing, so we sang till we could barely whisper.” Striving for Harmony: The first international chapter was chartered in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada on March 23, 1953. They were together for three years and paved the way for other Canadian chapters that soon followed. In 1954, the first international event was held when the board of directors traveled to Toronto, ON for the installation of President Dorothy Bleecker. Many early Sweet Adelines were first- or second-generation Americans and Canadians, such as the Johnson Sisters (USA), who sang with their mother (also a beloved Sweet Adeline) as part of The Grieg Ladies Chorus, a Norwegian singing group. In 1950, the Wauwatosa Chapter of Wisconsin “visited the Lutheran Home for the Aged…Bringing a special sparkle to their eyes, Lydia and Loretta Arndt led our chorus in some of the good old German songs these people loved to sing.” Sadly, at the end of the 1950s Sweet Adelines officially excluded nonwhite members via a change to the bylaws. Several choruses and individual members left the organization in protest. A more complete account of this disheartening time in our organization’s history is told in the July 2018 issue of The Pitch Pipe. In October of 1965, the Sweet Adelines board amended the bylaws by removing the wording that led to the exclusion of nonwhite members, effective May 1, 1966.

The First Crowns: The first crowns were made of flowers and presented to the Quarternotes at the 1951 convention in Santa Monica, CA. In 1952, crowns made of seashells were presented to The Pitch-Pipers of Peoria, IL at the convention in St. Petersburg, FL. (On their 10th anniversary, the Quarternotes received actual crowns – and in the 1970s, they received flower crowns again when they were being honored at the Silver Anniversary, in remembrance of those first crowns!) Headquarters: The first official Sweet Adelines business was conducted in the Tulsa home of the first paid Sweet Adelines employee, Evelyn Westfield, a former board member who was named executive secretary. During President Pearl Borg’s tenure, the organization moved into the Castle Building in downtown Tulsa, where they stayed until 1958, when the organization purchased a house which would become the new headquarters. Helen Seevers (first president) began the “Bucks for Bricks” campaign to help pay for it.

October 1950 issue of The Pitch Pipe (left). Illustration by Marian Moore (Tune Twisters). Nancy Bergman (left) teaches a class at the 1956 Convention in Wichita, KS (USA). On the right, the cover of a 1958 Sweet Adelines arrangement book, Harmonize the World.

Becoming Arrangers: “Girls, IT’S HERE! It has taken two years of sweat, blood and tears (and I mean sweating not glowing) and reams of writing to activate some action and realize the reality of a Sweet Adeline quartet barbershop harmony book,” wrote Music Chairman Mary Olds in the Sept. 1952 issue of The Pitch Pipe. Those first songs were arranged by Ozzie Westley and George Zdarsky. Before that, quartets learned to arrange their own songs – and by 1956, under Nancy Bergman (MMA and composerarranger of “Harmonize the World”), Renee Limburg Craig (MMA), and Betty Oliver, the Sweet Adelines arranger education program began. The first class was held in 1956 at the Wichita Convention.

A quartet contends with car trouble on the cover of the September 1951 issue of The Pitch Pipe (right). Illustration by Marion Moore (Tune Twisters).

The Pitch Pipe: The first issue was published in December 1949, and the second in October 1950. In the 1950s, The Pitch Pipe included letters from the editor, president and board members, educational articles and sheet music (eventually). A large portion of the magazine was dedicated to news from the ever-growing number of Sweet Adelines across the United States and, starting in 1953, Canada. The news came from each chapter’s bulletin, which was written by their “bulletineer.” These news reports helped Sweet Adelines keep up with each other’s events, good ideas and funny or inspiring stories! Yesterday’s bulletins have become today’s newsletters and social media, and now The Pitch Pipe includes a section called “Harmony Roundup” where members still share their news with Sweet Adelines around the world.

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From the cover of the 1955 Sweet Adelines Medalist Winners album

1950 • Chicago, IL, USA 1951 • Santa Monica, CA, USA 1952 • St. Petersburg, FL, USA 1953 • Milwaukee, WI, USA 1954 • Buffalo, NY, USA 1955 • Grand Rapids, MI, USA 1956 • Wichita, KS, USA 1957 • Miami Beach, FL, USA 1958 • Peoria, IL, USA 1959 • Tucson, AZ, USA Milwaukee Chapter models their invitation to the 1953 convention, which was to be held in their city. Jo Brandes (center) designed her dress and wrote the words, and Lorraine Johnson set them to music. Lorraine’s sister, Lodice Mott, hand-painted the musical invitation, which read, “I’m from Milwaukee, good old Milwaukee. The Welcome Mat is out for fifty-three. We’ll expect you one and all in Milwaukee next fall, and we’ll have the best Convention of them all.”

Convention Sites: Until the 1970s, convention sites were chosen via (often hilarious) skit contests, with costumed quartets rallying for their city to be chosen. When it came time for the convention, Sweet Adelines chapters in brightlydecorated vans and buses headed out for adventure! Growth: In 1950, Sweet Adelines numbered approx. 1,500 members in 53 chapters, all in the United States. By 1959, we had 8,067 members in 262 chapters, including several in Canada. *Due to changing tax laws over the last 60 years, today’s Sweet Adelines have to be extra careful about how they help others when it comes to fundraising. To make sure your quartet or chorus is following the rules when giving, check out Section V of your Chapter Guide if you are in the U.S. or review the rules of the applicable tax agency for your location. **Though it had been used unofficially almost since the beginning of Sweet Adelines, the term “Queens of Harmony” was not an official SA term until it was made so by the International Board of Directors at the 1959 Convention in Tucson, Ariz.


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Helen Seevers • 1947-1949 Jane Pfeifer • 1949-1950 Lois Zoerb • 1950-1952 Pearl Borg • 1950-1954 Dorothy Bleecker • 1954-1955 Christine McElravy • 1955-1956 Margaret Moyer • 1956-1957 Narcille Gouger • 1957-1958 Maxine Connett • 1958-1959

1950 • Harmony Belles • Arcadia, CA, USA 1951 • Quarternotes • Racine, WI, USA 1952 • Pitch Pipers • Peoria, IL, USA 1953 • Big Four • Chillicothe, IL, USA 1954 • Mississippi Misses • Fort Madison, IA, USA 1955 • Nota-Belles • Berwyn, IL, USA 1956 • Junior Misses • Peoria, IL, USA 1957 • Cracker Jills • Royal Oak, MI, USA 1958 • Sweet and Lows • Berwyn, IL, USA 1959 • Yankee Misses • Royal Oak, MI USA

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CHORAL-AIRES ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT DISNEY WORLD “A dream is a wish your heart makes…”


small ensemble within the Choral-Aires Chorus (Elmhurst, IL) dreamed big and then made it happen! The eighteen members of “Evening Edition” learned of the audition process to perform for Disney World's Performing Arts department with little time to prepare, but that didn’t discourage them. The group was chosen to perform after submitting an audition video with members in stage make-up and costumes—singing in tune, of course! In addition to performing in the famed resort's Disney Springs area, the group received a personalized lesson with one of the Disney Performing Arts directors then celebrated at a private Frozen-themed party.

Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! Members of Choral-Aires ensemble Evening Edition pose with their new friend Tigger at Disney Springs, where they recently performed. What were the highlights from this trip? “Performing for an enthusiastic evening crowd followed by fireworks in Disney World,” said Evening Edition Director Cheryl Tweddle, “with team building par excellence!” Event manager, Sheila Verkamp added, “The skills we learn through our chorus were simply strengthened and reinforced during the educational session—and our pride just grew!” “Needless to say, our goosebumps, tears of joy and mutual love will be with us forever,” she said. Article and Photo By Jane Toftey (Choral-Aires)


“The best way to spread Christmas cheer...”


K City Chorus member Marie Dallam jingled all the way at her chorus’s Christmas performance, and the internet loved it! Wearing green Christmas-tree shaped sunglasses with blinking lights, Dallam had both her live audience and viewers around the world in stitches with her, to put it mildly, expressive performance with a set of jingle bells when her chorus performed the song of the same name. The video of Dallam’s enthusiastic bell-ringing had over 12 million views (and counting) on social media, and it was featured on several local and national news shows, including CBS This Morning, Inside Edition and Fox News.

Marie Dallam (center) and the OK City Chorus ring in the Christmas season with a performance that had the internet buzzing! Dallam is a professor of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma and the author of two books. Like many Sweet Adelines, she said her chorus is an outlet. “Being a member of OK City Chorus allows me to run off in the evenings and indulge in my silly side,” she told Inside Edition. “I think of myself as a serious person and shy in my normal life.” Dallam said that OK City Chorus is known for humorous performances, and she certainly kept that tradition alive! To see the video (and its very funny follow-ups), visit the OK City Chorus Facebook page. Photo By Mandy Shirey

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Barbershoppin' the Big Easy! 73rd Annual Convention and Competition Sept. 16-21, 2019 • New Orleans, La., USA

Laissez les bon temps rouler, Sweet Adelines!

Photo courtesy of: New Orleans CVB.

In case your Cajun French is a little rusty, that’s “Let the good times roll!” It’s a phrase you’ll hear—and experience—a lot in the Crescent City. At the 73rd Annual Sweet Adelines International Convention in New Orleans, you’ll also hear the ringing chords of barbershop join with the sound of jazz, blues, rock ‘n’roll, and the many other types of music emanating from this most musical of cities! The Big Easy is easy to love, especially for musicians. Sweet Adelines spent our 50th Anniversary in New Orleans at our convention in 1995. We were so delighted with the city’s rich and diverse musical culture (not to mention the food, the architecture, the people and the Mississippi River!) that we’re coming back to celebrate our 73rd!

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It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to New Orleans. Something fascinating can be found around every corner. Here are a few highlights! Perhaps the easiest, least expensive and most interesting way to see New Orleans is on the streetcars. A one-way ride is $1.25 (exact change required), or you can buy a one, three, or 31-day Jazzy Pass for unlimited rides. The Canal Street Line runs past the convention hotels, and it ends at City Park Avenue, where you will find the incredible New Orleans Museum of Art as well as some of the “Cities of the Dead,” New Orleans’ famous cemeteries. (To be respectful, visit the cemeteries only with a tour group, of which there are many.)

Bourbon Street/French Quarter

Warning: All you’ve heard about Bourbon Street (noisy, raucous, always a party) is probably true. If you just have to see for yourself, though, now’s the time. You may want to go there to eat at Galatoire’s Restaurant, which The New York Times named one of the World’s Top 10 Greatest Restaurants, or at The Old Absinthe House, a pub that’s been in operation for almost 200 years. But the French Quarter is more than Bourbon Street. On its streets, you will find the iconic wrought-iron balconies and romantic architecture that have come to symbolize the city. Check out Chartres Street for museums like the Presbytère and the Old Ursuline Convent, which showcase the city’s intriguing history. A few more classic French Quarter restaurants are Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s and Napoleon House. None of them will disappoint! Neither will super-casual Central Grocery Co., home of the original muffuletta sandwich, a salami and olive salad invention that will change your life. When you’ve eaten your fill, check out historic Preservation Hall on St. Peter Street for the best in New Orleans jazz.

Jackson Square

Technically, Jackson Square is part of the French Quarter, but it’s really its own little world, especially in the evening. That is when the fortune tellers set up their colorful tents, and the stray cats who live in the garden peek through the fence. By day, street performers of all kinds, from musicians to mimes, stroll the area. One side of the Square is bounded by the oldest cathedral in North America, St. Louis Cathedral, which is open to visitors when services are not going on. If you’re

lucky, you may catch a wedding party coming out with its second line, the parade of musicians and well-wishers that traditionally followed funerals but now break out for all kinds of reasons in the city. A second line is headed by a brass band, and you may see people dancing with umbrellas as well. Join in for a block or two! Not far from Jackson Square is the famous Café du Monde, along the banks of the Mississippi River. Nothing is more relaxing that picking up a beignet and café au lait and watching the ships pass by…unless it’s taking your beignet back to the Square to see what you can see. Café du Monde is open 24 hours a day, so whether you have had an early rehearsal or a late performance time, your beignet is waiting!

The Garden District

Hop on one of the iconic green streetcars of the St. Charles Line, world’s oldest continuously operating streetcar line. It will take you past sumptuous hotels, gorgeous mansions, Tulane and Loyola universities and beautiful Audubon Park. Or, for a more leisurely view, take one of the many available horse-drawn carriages. If you like to shop, Magazine Street is the place to be, with antiques and boutiques of all kinds.

Frenchmen Street

Looking for music? You’ll find it almost everywhere in New Orleans, but Frenchmen Street is definitely not to be missed. Frenchmen Street is at the edge of the cool Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, where artists abound. You’ll hear all kinds of music coming out of doorways and find street musicians at all hours. If you can get in, check out the bands at Snug Harbor, The Spotted Cat or d.b.a. And wear your dancing shoes!

Mardi Gras?

What do Mardi Gras and Sweet Adelines have in common? Sequins, singing and fun! Mardi Gras season will be long gone by convention time, but you can still get a taste of the city’s most famous holiday at the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Tremè neighborhood or Mardi Gras World in the Garden District. The Backstreet Cultural Museum focuses on the history of New Orleans’ AfricanAmerican society, including the famous Mardi Gras Indians. Mardi Gras World is the home of Kern Studios, makers of the most elaborate Mardi Gras floats, some of which you can see there.

Photos courtesy of: New Orleans CVB.

New Orleans Streetcars

Photo courtesy of: New Orleans Marriot

New Orleans Housing Book your room now at one of our two amazing Co-HQ hotels – the “French Connection.” Both of our convention hotels are set in the vibrant and legendary French Quarter and are within walking distance to Bourbon Street and landmarks like Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral and Café du Monde. Contemporary rooms and suites include amenities such as

New Orleans Marriott

555 Canal Street New Orleans, La., 70130

• high-speed internet • oversized flat-screen TVs • 24-hour fitness center • outdoor/rooftop pools • coffee café

Photo courtesy of: Sheraton New Orleans

Both hotels are approximately one mile from the competition venue, the Smoothie King Center. Classes, Harmony Bazaar and other events will be held at the hotels. Complimentary busing will be provided during peak times for both competitors and non-competitors between the competition venue and both hotels within the Sweet Adelines International housing block. Please note: Attendees must be staying within the official housing block to take advantage of complimentary busing.

Single/Double (Single-Bedded): $189* Triple (Double-Bedded): $214* Quad (Double-Bedded): $239* *Plus taxes and fees. Prices in USD.


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Sheraton New Orleans

500 Canal Street New Orleans, La., 70130

How to Make A Housing Reservation Experient is coordinating all hotel reservations for Sweet Adelines International. To make sure you receive the Sweet Adelines room rate, housing reservations must be made through Experient. Do not contact the hotel directly.

• Housing opens to non-competitors on April 17, 2019 • Visit and click on the "Housing" button located in the "Hotel and Travel" section of the webpage.

• The housing reservation link will become available on April 17, 2019 and will redirect to Sweet Adelines housing reservation page, powered by Experient. Reservation confirmations will be sent directly from Experient via email within seven business days of processing date.

For questions regarding housing, please contact Experient: Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. EST (2 p.m.– 11 p.m. GMT) Email: Toll Free (USA): 1-800-424-5250 or (Int’l): 1-847-996-5880

Experient is the official housing provider for the 2019 International Convention and Competition. Improper solicitation of hotel reservations from any company other than Experient is not approved. Reservations made by unaffiliated organizations may appear to have lower rates. However, they may be illegitimate and not have the rooms to sell, have unreasonable cancellation or change penalties or be completely non-refundable. Please be aware of unofficial offers and report any unauthorized solicitation to Sweet Adelines or Experient.




1. New Orleans Marriot 2. Sheraton New Orleans 3. Smoothie King Center

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Barbershop Classes in the Crescent City You’ll want to be in that number… “The original purpose for which Sweet Adelines was organized in 1945 was educational, to teach and train its members in musical harmony and appreciation.” – Edna Mae Anderson, Founder of Sweet Adelines Our founder wrote those words in the September 1954 issue of The Pitch Pipe. She would be proud to see that Sweet Adelines have lived up to and grown that original purpose in so many ways—including keeping education an engaging and important part of our International Convention! Along with competition, food and fun, this year’s Convention begins with an exciting lineup of barbershop education classes taught by world class instructors right inside the convention hotels! Make time to arrive in New Orleans early in the week for classes on topics including showmanship myths, “Part Smart” instruction and a New Orleans-themed Harmony Parade event. (Harmony Parade requires pre-event registration, so be sure to visit the Sweet Adelines website for information!) Learn from the stars of women’s barbershop later in the week with the ever-popular Quartet Education Class with 2018 Queens of Harmony Lustre and Chorus Education Class with 2019 International Champions Scottsdale Chorus. This year’s classes will include lots of singing, so bring your water bottle, your voice and your enthusiasm! Raise the rafters with old friends and new while you grow your knowledge of our wonderful “hobby.” See you in class!


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How To Register: Visit for details on how to register individuals or groups. •Follow the instructions for individual or group registrations online or by mail. •All members of Sweet Adelines are REQUIRED to include their member ID numbers with their registration form. •In order to be seated with a specific chorus or registrant, you must register with that chorus or group. •All Event Registration fee includes admission to all competition and education sessions. (The Coronet Club Show is a separately priced event. To purchase your tickets to the Coronet Club Show, please visit

SAVE UP TO $50 USD WITH EARLY REGISTRATION: Early Registration: Until May 29, 2019 •International Competitor All Events*: $225 •Convention Assistant All Events: $160 •Member All Events: $225 •Non-Member All Events: $250 •Youth Member or Non-Member All Events: $175 *Competing Quartets will have the extended Early Rate until June 21, 2019

Regular Registration: Begins May 30, 2019 •International Chorus Competitor All Events: $275 •Convention Assistant All Events: $185 •Member All Events: $275 •Non-Member All Events: $300 •Youth Member or Non-Member All Events: $200 All prices listed in USD.

Important Dates: May 29, 2019 Early Registration Deadline • Last day to save up to $50 USD on registration.

June 21, 2019 Pre-Registration Deadline

• After June 21, registrations may be purchased online for pickup on-site. Seats will be assigned based on availability and cannot be added to existing reservations. • Refunds of 50 percent of the registration may be granted on a case-by-case basis until June 21. No refunds will be granted after this date.

August 5, 2019 Registrations may be purchased online for pickup on-site. • After August 5, 2019, registrations can only be purchased on-site at the event.

2019 New Orleans Order of Appearance There’s so much to be learned from live international competition sessions. Enjoy and support all competitors on the international stage!

2019 International Chorus Competition 1. A Cappella West • Region #34 2. Rhythm of the Rockies • Region #26 3. Shoreline Sound • Region #2 4. TuneTown Show • Region #4 5. Forth Valley • Region #31 6. Scioto Valley • Region #4 7. Vocal Standard • Region #5 8. Houston Horizon • Region #10 9. Alaska Sound Celebration • Region #13 10. Melodeers • Region #3 11. Harbor City Music Company • Region #19 12. Toast of Tampa • Region #9 13. A Cappella Joy • Region #13 14. Lions Gate • Region #26 15. Bay Area Showcase • Region #12 16. Stockholm City Voices • Region #32 17. High Country • Region #8

18. Christchurch City • Region #35 19. Top of the Rock • Region #25 20. Rönninge Show • Region #32 21. Choral-Aires • Region #3 22. Harmony on the Sound • Region #1 23. Sounds of Pittsburgh • Region #17 24. Viva Acappella • Region #31 25. Sacramento Valley • Region #12 26. Spirit of Syracuse • Region #15 27. Fox Valley • Region #6 28. Talk of Tulsa Show • Region #25 29. San Diego • Region #21 30. Vienna-Falls • Region #14 31. Canadian Showtime • Region #16 32. Lady Luck Showtime • Region #11 33. Carolina Style • Region #14 34. Greater Nassau • Region #15

2019 International Quartet Competition 1. Viva! 2. Sparkle! 3. Wildcard #8 4. Region #8 5. Wildcard #3 6. Region #13 7. Region #2 8. Region #6 9. TITANIUM 10. Wildcard #1 11. Wildcard #7 12. Wildcard #10

13. Region #15 14. Region #21 15. Wildcard #6 16. Wildcard #9 17. Region #12 18. Region #5 19. Region #32 20. Tenacious 21. Region #17 22. Wildcard #5 23. PrimeTime 24. Region #14

25. Region #25 26. Region #26 27. Region #9 28. Region #34 29. Region #1 30. Up All Night 31. Wildcard #2 32. Region #11 33. Region #4 34. Region #19 35. Region #31 36. Region #3

37. Region #10 38. Wildcard #4 39. Region #35 40. Fortuity 41. The Ladies 42. Renegade 43. Region #16 44. Milli Blink 45. Glamour 46. Windsor 47. Pizzazz!

2019 International Harmony Classic Chorus Competition Division A

Division AA

1. A Cappella Unlimited • Region #10 2. Limestone City Voices • Region #16 3. Millennium Magic • Region #1 4. Vermillion Valley Show • Region #3 5. Wichita • Region #25

1. Diablo Vista • Region #12 2. Midwest Crossroad • Region #3 3. Bridges of Harmony • Region #9 4. Grand Rapids • Region #17 5. Greater Harrisburg • Region #19

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Sing, Record, Submit, Win! YWIH



Learn, perform and receive international recognition by participating in this educational performance opportunity for young barbershop singers. • Chorus singers must all be 25 years of age or younger. • Choruses must have a minimum of 15 singing members on stage with all four voice parts represented.

1. Sing

Two songs or medleys in four-part a cappella music, arranged in the barbershop style.

2. Record

Performance must take place between July 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019.

3. Submit

Completed entry form, $25 USD entry fee and video recording must be received by Competition Services at Sweet Adelines International Headquarters by June 1, 2019. Sweet Adelines International Attn: Competition Services 9110 S. Toledo Ave. Tulsa, OK 74137 USA Fax: 1.918.388.8083

4. Win!

Prizes are awarded by the Young Singers Foundation, an official charity of Sweet Adelines International.



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For complete information, visit Member Benefits at Resources

All three services operate on easy, convenient mobile apps. Sweet Adelines can choose individual or family plans.

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LegalShield and IDShield are available in the U.S. and Canada,* with variable coverage on the legal plan. Healthiestyou is available only in the U.S. at this time. *(Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nunavut, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon)

Life on a High Note is here. Tradition. Innovation. Evolution. Friendship. Learning. Joy. Singing. Singing. Singing. All of these keep us coming back for more of the Sweet Adelines experience, and we want to share that with the world! Over the past two years, we have asked questions, held phone conversations and conducted focus groups with our members to capture what you think and feel about Sweet Adelines. The new Life on a High Note campaign is the culmination of all that work. As part of the Life on a High Note campaign, the completely reimagined Sweet Adelines website launched in March. As requested by members, the new website is easy to navigate, full of valuable content and reflective of your needs. If you haven’t already, come on in and check it out! When you do, remember to log in (upper right corner) to access members-only content. Life on a High Note is about you, and it’s also for you. Visit the Marketing Materials section under the Resources tab to find a comprehensive assortment of Life on a High Note marketing materials to help your chapter reach out in your community and attract new members. One common theme you will notice throughout the new website and marketing materials is you. Photos of actual members expressing the joy and sisterhood they find in Sweet Adelines will grace all marketing and website materials. That is what Life on a High Note is all about: Showing the strength and joy we gain when we laugh and love and sing together!

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Erin Howden directs North Metro Chorus in their Swan Song performance at the 2018 Convention in St. Louis.



f course, you’re a great chorus member: You would never chat on the risers! You keep your eyes on the director, and you listen to everything they say! But do you really understand what they mean when they repeat certain pieces of advice or direction? In case some of it’s a mystery, or you just want to know more, we’ve asked a few directors to compile a list of some common phrases and give a little explanation about what they really mean. My director always says…Keep your eyes on me. Why do you think that is? Are they a power freak? Don’t they know that I just got jabbed in the side with my neighbor’s elbow when she was doing the choreography? Doesn’t the director know that I need to know if I’m doing the same thing the others are? How can I do that without looking at them? How can I connect with the audience if I can’t look at them? Focus. That’s what it’s all about. There will always be distractions but those are the many things we need to find ways to ignore, learn to live with, discuss later and try to minimize. So, when your director says to look their way, there’s a reason. It’s usually to improve the sound and help you and the chorus be the very best you can be. Trust your director to know when and if you can look away. After all, they get to hear all of you at the same time, which is a luxury that those of us on the risers don’t get. Focus and ENJOY! My director always says...Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Why? Because the body needs water. Much more water each day than most singers give it! Singing is an active sport which intensely exercises some of the body’s smallest muscles. Because the water passes over and through these muscles, singers may think they are helping by drinking water often during rehearsals. In

fact, hydration before you sing is even more important, as muscles need hydration from within to be flexible and responsive to the demands placed on them during the art of singing. My director always says…Take a moment to check in with yourself. What they mean by “checking in” is to consciously go through our physical posture and carriage—from feet to hips to torso to shoulders to neck to face—for awareness of where we need to relax, support and lift for the best use of our vocal instrument. My director always says…Give me 30 seconds before you talk. Everyone needs a moment or two to organize their thoughts before speaking, but directors especially need that moment. When we start to speak instantly, it interferes with that thought process. So let’s all learn to wait for 30 seconds to hear those director gems. My director always says...Breathe on top of the note or breathe into the upper space. Extreme dropped-jaw breathing with inhalation focused in a downward manner often results in an out-of-tune beginning. We all know a lifted palate is important to the best singing, so thinking the breath itself in a slightly higher, above-the-instrument inhalation enhances everything about your personal sound and therefore the unit sound. So next time directors repeat themselves (after you’ve given them 30 seconds before speaking, of course) you’ll know what they mean. But you certainly won’t explain it to your neighbor on the risers until rehearsal is over!

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Japanese and Swedish Sweet Adelines at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where they performed together as part of Friendship Week.

FRIENDSHIP WEEK – AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Swedish and Japanese choruses’ “small gathering” forges big connections


ast November, 49 singers from three Swedish choruses—Gothia Show Chorus, Key Town Harmony and Västerås Show Chorus— went to Japan for a week of singing, education and bonding. Friendship Week was the result of two years’ preparation which started in October 2016 with a Gothia member (a former resident of Japan) writing a letter to Megumi Yamashiro, then-president of Tokyo Chorus, asking about the possibility of a get-together. Tokyo Chorus, which was quite small, asked themselves: “Can we do this?” “But if we don’t take this opportunity, we will never be able to have this kind of thing in the future. Opportunity knocks only once,” Yamashiro and her chorus decided. They imagined it might be a small friendly exchange, but it grew! The Swedish choruses decided to make the Japan trip a “Big Chorus Project.” Directors Maria Wessman, Annika Christensen and Marie Erenstedt combined the names of the three choruses, calling


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themselves GoKeyVäst, and created a site with music, learning tracks, choreography, handouts for the classes and the workshop program. The Swedish Embassy, celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sweden, backed the event. “Once in Japan, we began with a few days of sightseeing, beginning with Kiyomizu Temple and Fushimi Inari temple,” said Erenstedt. “We visited Mount Fuji, where we got to sing ‘Anthem’ on the terrace as high as you can come on Mount Fuji! At Lake Ashi, we ate black eggs (which make you live seven years longer!).” Member-at-large Mitsuko Yanagita arranged for the group to visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a 15th century shrine that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The shrine’s priest kindly accepted the offer for the chorus to sing there. Nothing like this had been done there before. “Some of the members in the Japanese choruses joined us on this trip, and for the last three songs in our 40-minute program, we invited them to sing with us,” said Erenstedt. “The performance was a purely magical experience. A large audience enjoyed the beautiful a cappella harmony in silence, surrounded by beautifully colored leaves

Japanese and Swedish Sweet Adelines singing ”How We Sang Today” during Friendship Week.

The four directors who led classes in Japan.

under the blue autumn sky. Such an honor! We thank Mitsuko for giving us this rare opportunity!” During the workshop that followed that weekend, four directors—Annika Christensen, Maria Wessman, Dan Molloy and Marie Erenstedt—held nine classes on topics including how to teach choreography, riser placement and vocal skills. All handouts had been translated into Japanese. On Saturday evening came the peak of two years’ preparation. Many singing groups performed a varied program, ending with “How We Sang Today,” directed by T’dash Iwata, director of Tokyo Chorus, with 50 Swedish and 60 Japanese women. Some had a hard time singing from all the emotion. Afterward, they celebrated with an amazing party with lots of singing to and with each other. “We really enjoyed this unexpectedly big event, as did the audience, made up of our families, friends, and guests. The people

who attended this concert really loved this beautiful evening,” said Kayoko Yoshida, project leader in Japan. “Thank you everyone who has given us so much help for the past two years! The Tokyo Chorus marks its 40th anniversary in 2019. We will take our next big step into the future.” GoKeyVäst now has 125 members, and they decided to extend this merger. Their next happening was a concert in Eskilstuna on April 6, 2019. Who knows what will happen next? “This has been a wonderful experience for us all!” said Erenstedt. “The Japanese people are immensely friendly, and Japan is an amazingly beautiful country to visit. Maybe next time a Japanese chorus wants to attend a convention and compete, they might come to Sweden! We welcome you with all our hearts!” Marie Erenstedt, Director of Gothia Show Chorus Megumi Yamashiro and Kayoko Yoshida, Tokyo Chorus

Giving is Always on Pitch


Sweet Adelines International impacts thousands of lives every year thanks to Members’ generous donations to scholarships, grants and music education. We are grateful for the generosity of so many and extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who made a donation last year and who are planning to do so again this year.

THE OVERTONE SOCIETY Faith Ahrling Patricia Alleman, in honor and memory of Leah & Audrey Goldstein Mary Allen Wanda Anderson Wendy Arcand Carl and Sharon Babb, in memory of Carole Persinger & Betty Brock Anita Barry Adrienne & Clarke Bean Beeken Petty O'Keefe & Company, in memory of Beverly Johnston Ann Berg Karen Bernard, in honor of Isabel Neibergall Sarah Bican Joyce Brandt Lauren Brenckle, in honor of Shirley Fine David Briner, in memory of Sally Briner Patty Buethe Kate Burgess James and Jane Campbell, in memory of Janice Buckholtz Steve and Helen Campbell, in memory of Janice Buckholtz Larry Chubbuck Nancy Chung Kristina Collins J.D. Crowe Michelle Cunningham Dick and Mary Craig, in memory of Janice Buckholtz Stephanie Darling, in memory of Carole Persinger Paula Davis Kelly Deare, in honor of 2018/2019 IBOD


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Alice DeVine Peg Faithful Patricia Feifer Debra Ferenc, in memory of Bev Miller Judy Ferrier Betty Garnett Laura Gliedman Judy Gordan Jane Greer Diana Gregg Georgia Goldstein, in honor and memory of Leah & Audrey Goldstein Carol Damon & Arne Grimson, in memory of Janice Buckholtz Elizabeth Hager Robin Hanson Julie Hayward, in memory of Carole Persinger Carolyn Healey, in memory of Nancy Kayser & Carole Persinger Christa Hogan, in memory of Kathy Mills Kathleen Howard Michelle Hunget Darren Hurst Dorothy Hurt Joan Jones Sydney Knies Judith Innes Faye Iverson Dorothy Jurs Gary & Jackie Kerkoff, Jill Shambaugh, John, Kelli & Mike Burton, Bailey & Jackson, Kristie & John Kyndall, Emily & Josie, in memory of Bev Miller Charlene Kylander Annette Landry Joan Levitin, in memory of Carole Persinger Pat LeVezu Marti Lovejoy Jan MacCaskill

Cammi MacKinlay Vicki Marcum, To My Sisters in Song Sheila Martinez, in memory of Connie Noble Vickie Maybury, in honor of Dick Wilson Ann McAlexander Samuel McFarland Frances Mewett John and Jan Meyer, in memory of Carole Persinger Claudia Mills Carol Moskowitz, in memory of Nina McMahon, Buffalo Gateway Chorus Toula Oberlies, in memory of Dale Ringeisen Gildow Emily O'Brien OK City Chapter, in honor of Shirley Fine Jean O'Reilly, in memory of Bev Miller Susan Padgett, in memory of Kelly Padgett Shelly Pardis Melanie Peel, in memory of Elizabeth Speer Debra Peters Platinum Show Chorus, in honor of Norma McMullen Carol Poole Kay Preller Judy and Lyle Prichard & Family, in memory of Janice Buckholtz Pride of Portland Chapter, in memory of Carole Persinger & Yvonne Whedon Donna Prochazka Phyllis Quast Karen & Philip Ridout River City Harmony Chapter Von Roberts

Anedra Robertson Jane Rosenthal Randy Sahae Catherine Sarwar, in memory of Kelly Padgett Kathleen Scharr, in memory of Carole Kirkpatrick Persinger Jewel Sechler Jill & John Shambaugh, in memory of Bev Miller Michele Sims Donna Smith Linda Smith, in memory of Carole Persinger Beverly Staats, in honor of A cappella Joy Chorus Rebecca & Marvin Strenge Helen Swanston Diane Till Marcia Vang Petra Van Klaveren-Chini Sally Wallace John and Brenda Walling, in memory of Janice Buckholtz Elena Walker & Dave Brus, in memory of Janice Buckholtz Cydney Wentsel Patricia White Becky Wilkins JoAnn Wilson Anita Wolfe YourCause, LLC Susan Zura

YOUNG WOMEN IN HARMONY A Cappella Electric Sandra Adams, in honor of Anita Edge-Vocal Matrix Chorus Diane Bean, in memory of Kathy Mills Lisa Bonine Elizabeth Brannon, in memory of Marge Grau, Dorothy Myers, Linda Richards & Jillian F. Hitt Capital Showcase Chorus Cedar Sounds Chapter, in memory of Kathy Mills Tami Chavez, in memory of Patricia Duncan Coeur d'Alene Chorus, in honor of Paula Davis Deborah Culp Norma Frazier, in memory of Patricia Duncan Grand Rapids Chapter, in honor of Audrey S. Steffens. Betty Shafer & Phyllis Jaudes Nancy Inman

Phyllis Jaudes Christine Kelly Liberty Oak Chapter, in memory of Richard J. McGee Sr. & Leslie Palmer Finke Sheila Martinez, in memory of Patricia Duncan John and Jan Meyer, in memory of Music Educators Patricia Mikels, in memory of Patricia Duncan Deborah Moore, in honor of Irene Hershey Mary Ann Pastorfer Susan Peacock Debra Saucke, in memory of Carousel Harmony Chorus Judy Sargent, in memory of Carousel Harmony Chorus Marsha Scialdo Song of Sonoma, in honor of Sharon Carlson Marvin Strenge, in memory of Alice M Fox Karen Stuedemann, in memory of Esther Stuedemann Allen Sussman, in memory of Melanie Wroe Georgia Sutherland Sandra Thompson Twin Forks Chorus, Region 6 in memory of Theresa Holkesuig Vernen & Sueann Myers Susanne Weber West Shore Chorus Rebecca Wood

YOUNG SINGERS FOUNDATION A Cappella Electric Almost Heaven Chapter, in memory of Bev Miller Bev Adell, in memory of Liz Speer MaryLou and John Allamen, in memory of Liz Speer Patricia Alleman Mary Allen Paula Andrews, in memory of Janet Lichtenberg James Angell Wendy Arcand Sharon Babb Anita Barry Candice Bassett, in memory of Peggy Laws Betty F. Beardsley, in memory of Bev Miller Ann Berg

Karen Bernard Sarah Bican Caroline Bond Nancy Bowen Mary Brannon Lauren Brenckle Tanya Briley Kay Bromert, in memory of Zada Burrell & Mary Carleton Kate Burgess Capital City Chorus, in memory of Galen Weare Clough, Pamela Delk, Don and Joann Ginder, Anthony Lasich, Bill Boothe, Nan McKibban, Dale Ringeisen-Gildow & Bev Miller Cascade Harmony Chapter Jennifer Champagne Carol Clark Diane Clark Betty Coleman Columbia River Chapter Columbus Chapter, in memory of Bev Miller Nancy Chung Marilyn Conlan, in memory of Marge Grau Susan Cox Michelle Cunningham Alice Curry, in memory of Liz Speer Serena Davis, in honor of our newly crowned Queens, ClassRing Cynthia Diniaco Kelly Deare Dorothy Dedrick, in memory of Barbara McCormick Judith Dixon Lisbet Duponte Peg Faithful Patricia Feifer Five Valley Chapter Bonnie Flint, in honor of Pamela Johnson & Joanie Williams Marion Florman Friendship VII Chapter, in memory of Bev Miller Sharon Gardner Laura Gliedman Diana Gregg Gail Grossman, in honor of Wendy Pachter Judi Grover, in memory of an icon, Flo Carroll, 60+ year member of City of Lakes Chorus, Northern Lights Region Six Dorothy Hackman, in memory of Bev Miller Harmony of the Gorge Chapter

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Annie Hayes Carolyn Healey, in memory of Bev Miller Heart of America, Region 25 Elizabeth Hager, in honor of Region 5, 2018 Judging Panel Christy Hedrick Susan Heimburger, in memory of Mary Ann Joly, Anne Kotchman & Mary Beth Beamish Dina Hendershot Clare Holland, in memory of Bev Miller & Ria Kittay Kathleen Howard Dorothy Hurt Molly Huffman, in memory of Bev Miller Inland Harmony Chapter Judith Innes Robin Iwai Ann Jarchow, in memory of Bev Miller Charlene L. Jones, in memory of Pat & Fred King Judy Kaeser Andrea Kanefsky, in honor and memory of Gary & Trush Cruz Judy Kendrick, in honor and memory of Bev Miller The Kevin Eikenberry Group, in memory of Bev Miller Danette Kientz Kitsap Pines Chapter Suzanne Knezick, in memory of Sandra Biggs Sally Lampe Stephanie Lecci, in honor and memory of Bev Miller Joan Levitin, in memory of Barbara McCormick Marti Lovejoy Jan MacCaskill Angie Mack Mary Madden, in memory of Dale M. Gildow-Ringeisen Nancy Maggio Marble City Baptist Church, in memory of Mary Riddle Beckie Martini, in memory of Jan Sandry Patricia McCandless, in memory of Bev Miller, Carole Persinger & Adrienne Wright Samuel McFarland Anita McKelney, in memory of Liz Speer Barbara Mclin, in memory of Bev Miller Frances Mewett John & Jan Meyer, in memory of Bev Miller Claudia Mills Charity Monroe


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Norma Mundstock, in memory of Bev Miller Morag Nelson, in memory of Bethany Nichols Northwest Harmony Chapter Toula Oberlies, in memory of Bev Miller Linda O'Connell, Melodeers, in memory of Liz Speer Olympia Chapter Pacific Sound Chapter Shelly Pardis Carol Poole Jenny Pratt, in memory of Bev Miller Patricia Pratt, in memory of Bev Miller Pride of Kentucky Chapter, in memory of Bev Miller Pride of Portland Chapter Donna Prochazka Doris Pulse Quartet of Nations Region 31 Phyllis Quast Marilyn Rader Daphna Rahmil Vicki Raichl Janet Rathke Mary Reed, in memory of Liz Speer Regina Reninger Von Roberts Tera Rockett Barbara Rolison Rolling Hills Chapter Elaine Rosenberg Jane Rosenthal Carolyn Roxburgh Bonita Rust, in memory of Flo Carroll Elizabeth Sabo Johnson, in honor and in memory of Bev Miller Anne Sanders Catherine Sarwar Kathleen Scharr, in memory of Barbara McCormick Pricilla Schoelzel Scioto Valley Chapter, in memory of Bev Miller Michelle Scott, in honor of Joyce Palmieri Susan E. Scott, in memory of Bev Miller Jan Seales Kathy Sellstrom Connie Selmi, in memory of Liz Speer of The Lyrics & Mary Jane Show-Me Harmony Chorus, in memory of Pat Duncan & Josephine Davison Carol A. Smith, in memory of Nancy McDaniel, Region 9 Mary Smith Susan Smith Song of Seattle Chapter

Sounds of Superior Chorus, in honor of Judy Olson Dale Stead Lucille Summy & Beverly Hoover, in memory of Zada Burrell Jen Sward Suncoast Harmony Chapter, in honor of Naomi Wipert Diane Till Marilyn Turner Doris Twardosky Valley Forge Chapter Kim Van Keuren, in memory of Carol Ann Barbera Petra Van Klaveren-Chini Marcia Vang Voices Northwest Chapter Sally Wallace Judy Weipert West Shore Chapter, in memory of Dayle Staff Barbara Wetzel, in memory of Bev Miller Patricia White Melinda Whiteman, in memory of Liz Speer Tony and Sherill Whiteman, in memory of Liz Speer Ruth Widerski Owen Wilcox, in honor of Marilyn Funk Becky Wilkins Melynnie Williams, in memory of Mary Carleton Ron and Jackie Williams, in memory of Liz Speer JoAnn Wilson Mark Winnie Anita Wolfe Lynn Woolf Angela Yeargers YourCause Randa Zaitz, in memory of Carole Persinger & Rose Cooper Sara Zawila, Melodeers, in memory of Liz Speer Sara Zembrodt, in memory of Bev Miller Susan Zura “Honoring the memory of our dear friend, Bev Miller, a Proud Singer”. Donors & Proud Singers: Marsha Fulton Nancy Field Marilyn Cox Sue Beck Chris Noteware Karen Koch

CONNIE NOBLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Nancy Anderson & Curt McLess Lori Austin Sharon Babb David Ballou Blaire Beavers Linda Sue Benefield Ann Berg Linda Brandt Mary Branham-Slade Charlotte Brooks Maureen M. Brzinski Carol Jo Bullen Nancy Chung Rick & Carol Corsi Lenore I. Davison Robert Decker Sean Decker Yoshiko Decker Lisa DeLaCruz Mary Dennis Jill A Douglas Brown Barbara Dunphy Gold Medal Ideas Peggy Gram Kathleen Howard Jane Johnson Lindsay Jordan Roberta Kemper Bronwyn E. Latta Nancy Maggio Linda Marshall Kerri Mauney

Sandra McCullough Darcy Newell Robert Newell Larry Grant Noble Tony & Mindy Nyikos Shelly Pardis Donald Pflaster Carol Poole Joan M. Rettig Jane Richards Christina Robertson Barbara Saba John Seale Sandra Shelver Spirit of the Midwest Sheri Strawther Dee Thomas Diane Thornewell Sandra Trombly Kim & Dale Vaughn Lynn Vaughn Angela Williams

Sara Davis Debby Dean Deborah Ferenc Marisa Fontenot Cathy Frey Cathy Guidry Mary Hower Heather Johnston Diana Jordan Susan Kinniff Mary Louise Lamm Corla Lindsey Marti Lovejoy Vicki Lukas Jackie Narduzzo Cheryl Pyle Susie Scott Lorna Stephens Myra Tener Trudie Thompson Jan Welsh Ellen Wills

YAHOO SINGLIST Carolyn Benkowitz Karen Bernard Marsha Bock Carol Broglio Beverly Bruening Doris Boudreaux Gail Burke Vivien Carmichael Lee Chalmers

SWEET ADELINES GRANT AWARDS ANNOUNCED The next grant application cycle is open now through June 1, 2019. The scholarships and grants committee received more than $31,000 in grant requests during the last cycle and is thrilled to announce awards to the following outstanding grantees:

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2019 Southern Arizona Youth in Harmony Festival Young Women in Song and Harmony Festival (Metro Nashville Chorus) Central Illinois Youth in Harmony Festival (Vermillion Valley Chorus) A Cappella U Bay Area Showcase Chorus Young Singers Workshop 2019 A Cappella Festival of Kentuckiana 2019 New Mexico Youth Harmony Camp Inland Empire Chorus 2019 Harmony Stars Festival Harmony Explosion NorthWest

The first funding cycle of 2019 opened March 8 and closes June 1. Be sure to submit your festival, workshop or education project for potential funding. Visit for more information. All amounts are in USD.

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Accolades As of Oct. 4, 2018 through Feb. 11, 2019

DIRECTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM Advanced to Certified Director Connie Alward, Grand Olympics, #13 Debra Ary, Wichita Chapter, #25 Carolyn Bourke, Acappella West Chapter, #34 Sally Burton, Chesapeake Harmony, #19 Judy Ferguson, Murrumbidgee Magic, #34 Doris Gearing, Capitaland Chapter, #15 Jennifer Harris, Arundelair Chapter, #19 Catharina Hellhoff, Alba Show Chapter, #32 Anette Karlsson, Prospective Seaside Chapter, #32 Laurie Moore, Orangeville Show Chapter, #16 Vanessa Patterson, Limestone City Voices, #1 Colleen Stickle, Bay of Quinte Chapter, #16

INTERNATIONAL FACULTY PROGRAM Advanced to Master Faculty Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl, Rönninge Show Chapter, #32 Dale Syverson, Rich-Tone Chapter, #25 Kim Vaughn, San Diego Chapter, # 21



— Nov. 1, 2018 through Jan. 31, 2019

Margaret Black, Battle Creek Chapter, #17 Flo Carroll, City of Lakes Chapter, #6 Kathy Dickinson, Alamo Metro Chapter, #10 Marjorie Hartsuch, Midwest Harmony, #3 Tava Herring, A Cappella Unlimited, #10 Claudette Holder, Acappella Sounds Chapter, #1 Ruth Ann Kipp, Chapter-at-Large, #19 Peggy Laws, Piney Hills Harmony Chapter, #10 Doris Page, Acapella North Chapter, #16 Claudia Presson, Northern Blend Chapter, #2 Joanne Rawson, Island Grove Chapter, #1 Suzanne Schneider, Spirit of Spokane Chapter, #13 Rilla Sinclair, East City Sound, #34 Ann Strong, Capital City Chapter, #4 Susan Turchick, City of Lakes Chapter, #6

Advanced to Approved Judge Annette Wallace, Acappella Omaha, #5

Advanced to Certified Judge Corinna Garriock, Chapter-at-Large #1 and #26 Cydney Wentsel, Pride of Baltimore, #19

CLASSIFIEDS DIRECTOR WANTED – BELLA ACAPPELLA Bella Acappella, a five-time medal-winning, small chorus of energetic women located in beautiful Bend, OR is looking for a skilled musician to direct our chorus. Check us out at Submit resumes to or call 541-728-9392. MAGIC OF HARMONY - DIRECTOR SEARCH Magic of Harmony Show Chorus, Region 14, located in York County Virginia, is seeking a director. We are a chorus of 25 enthusiastic and friendly women who love to entertain in our community. We have competed at Regional competition in the Open Division and hold an annual show, in addition to singing for audiences around the Hampton Roads. The position is currently open, as we continue to sing led by our Interim Director. Contact us at: or call JoAnn Knight at 757-645-4660


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If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration in a future issue of The Pitch Pipe, email • Feature articles should be in a Word document, not to exceed 1,000 words and include a byline with chorus/quartet to which you belong • All other articles must not exceed 500 words • Harmony Roundup submissions should not exceed 250 words • Submitted photographs should be high resolution (300 dpi) in a jpg, tiff, png or pdf format and include names from left to right. We receive many submissions, and because we publish quarterly, space is limited. Due to production time, article content is determined in advance. If an article is not published immediately after submission, it is kept on file for future issues. It may also be published via social media or in a condensed format in the Harmony Roundup section of the The Pitch Pipe. Articles may be edited for length, style and grammar. For a complete list of submission guidelines, visit:

Regional Calendar

Dates may be subject to change. To verify, visit regional competition pages at


May 9-12, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Springfield, Mass.

March 21-24, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Houston, Texas


April 11-14, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Dearborn, Mich.

May 2-5, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Bakersfield, Calif.


April 11-14, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Appleton, Wis.

May 2-5, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Reno, Nev.
























April 4-7, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Cedar Rapids, Iowa

March 21-24, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Concord, N.C.


May 2-5, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Rochester, Minn.

April 11-14, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Albany, N.Y.






May 16-19, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Cheyenne, Wyo.





April 11-14, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Daytona Beach, Fla.

















March 28-31, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Little Rock, Ark. REGION CANADIAN # MAPLE LEAF


April 11-14, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Surrey, BC, Canada REGION QUARTET # OF NATIONS


May 9-12, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Cardiff, UK



April 4-7, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Phoenix, Ariz.

April 4-7, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Spokane, Wash.


May 2-5, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Hershey, Pa.

April 4-7, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Covington, Ky.







May 9-12, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Karlstad, Sweden





April 4-7, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Syracuse, N.Y.

May 16-19, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia


March 21-24, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Cleveland, Ohio

May 2-5, 2019 Regional Convention & Competition Dunedin, New Zealand







JULY 25-28

2019 International Education Symposium Region #31, Manchester, UK

AUG. 8-10

Directors and Visual Leaders Seminar San Antonio, Texas, USA

SEPT. 16-21

73rd Annual International Convention and Competition New Orleans, La., USA


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2020 International Education Symposium Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, USA

OCT. 12-17

75th Diamond Anniversary & 74th Annual International Convention and Competition Louisville, Ky., USA

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