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A Sweet Adelines Treasure for 40 Years

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Member Profile, Randy Sahae San Francisco Sound Wave Chorus,

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New Ambassador Handbook

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Arriving with this issue of The Pitch Pipe: A member recruitment guide for our most important ambassadors – you!

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Invest in Sweet Adelines: Your Vote is Your Voice

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2016 International Board of Directors Nominees

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Harmony Roundup The Lowdown Accolades

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Lights, Camera, Action, Convention!

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Inclusive Music Selection Selecting relevant, diverse music that rings

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Regional Competition Calendar

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2016 Rising Star Champions, The Ladies, from Fort Worth, Texas. (L to R): Quince Smith (tenor); Ashley Brockman (bass); Caroline Hunt (lead); Kimberly Newcomb (baritone). Photo: Sweet Adeline Bronwyn Clark @ Illuminate Photography, NZ

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

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Tammy Talbot Acting CEO/Chief Operating Officer Richard Huenefeld Chief Financial Officer Tamatha Goad Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Darling Managing Editor Fleur de Lis • Forth Valley Chorus • Jersey Sound Chorus • Rio! Thérèse Antonini • Jocosa Bruce • Jennifer Cooke • Karen Davis Paula Davis • Corinna Garriock • Mickey Mears Contributors Ben Larscheid Graphic Designer Joey Bertsch • Bronwyn Clark • Karen Davis • Trudy Janssens E.R.Lilley Photography • Neil Mackenzie • Mickey Mears • Bruce Murff Melina Perry • Jon B. Peterson Photography Inc. John Read Photography Photography Lauren Stark Advertising 918.622.1444 • communications@sweetadelines.com INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017 Paula Davis, International President Marcia Pinvidic, Immediate Past President Patty Cobb Baker, President-Elect Joan Boutilier, Secretary Jeanne d’Arc (JD) Crowe, Treasurer Thérèse Antonini Anne Cargill Jennifer Cooke Peggy Gram Cammi MacKinlay Carole Persinger Renée Porzel EDUCATION DIRECTION COMMITTEE Marcia Pinvidic, Chair Joan Boutilier Corinna Garriock Carole Persinger Kim Vaughn EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD Patty Cobb Baker Joan Boutilier Jocosa Bruce Sharon Cartwright Cammi MacKinlay ______________________________________ Sweet Adelines International members receive The Pitch Pipe as a benefit of their membership. Additional annual subscriptions are available for $12/year U.S.A. or $24/year outside U.S.A. SUBSCRIPTION REQUESTS & ADDRESS CHANGES: The Pitch Pipe 9110 S. Toledo Ave., Tulsa, OK 74137 U.S.A. Telephone 918.622.1444 • Toll-free 800.992.7464 Fax 918.665.0894 • www.sweetadelines.com Office hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST) Direct all correspondence, editorial copy, and photographs to: Communications Department; communications@sweetadelines.com www.pitchpipemagazine.com Deadlines are 60 days prior to publication. Not all submissions will be published. ______________________________________ THE PITCH PIPE (ISSN 0882-214X) (USPS 603-060) is published quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 by Sweet Adelines International, Periodicals paid at Tulsa, OK U.S.A. and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE PITCH PIPE 9110 S. Toledo Ave., Tulsa, OK 74137 U.S.A. Canadian Post Agreement Number: 1453408 Send Canadian change of address information and blocks of undeliverable copies to: P.O. Box 1051, Fort Erie, ON L2A 6C7 Canada Entire contents are copyright © 2016 by Sweet Adelines International. All rights reserved.


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

CHANGE — THE ONLY CONSTANT “There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors.”

-JIM MORRISON

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hrough both competition and life experience, we learn that growth and progress most often are ushered in by change. Often, we approach change with fear, anxiety or struggle – it’s just not comfortable, yet it is often necessary. While change is seldom easy, it is usually relatively simple once we decide to just do it! Life will always change. We often don’t have a choice about that, but we do have a choice on how we react to change. Accepting the challenge, as well as the possibilities, opens pathways and doors we have only begun to imagine! It has been said, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” Having three grandsons, I can safely say that sometimes even they don’t like changes! Our dilemma is that many of us hate change, but we want the progress that comes from it. It sounds strange, but what we’d really love is for things to remain the same, but just get better. Don’t we often find that true in our own lives as well as in our choruses and quartets? Isn’t that what we’ve come to know as the definition of insanity – doing the same things and expecting the outcome to be different? In June, the International Board of Directors worked together on strategic planning focused on our future. Like you, we must deal with change. How do we

best inspire, educate, welcome and care for our members and those who will join in the future? How do we provide valued and needed benefits for our members while keeping costs as low as possible? How do we reach out to others most effectively for membership, marketing and harmonizing our world? While these are intricate and multi-faceted issues, we can’t wait to jump in and are excited to see what will happen next! What can you do to join the excitement and growth that happens with change? Don’t wait for someone to push you – choose it! If you have ideas, share them and find others to help you develop them. Change is always easier if others are on the journey with you. When you have successes, share them with us on the International Board! We’d love to hear what you are doing to help your chorus, region and organization grow! If you want something to be different, you can be the change that inspires and motivates others! The 10 most important words you may say this year are: • I won’t wait for others to take the first step. The 9 most important words: • If it is to be, it’s up to me.

The 8 most important words: • If not me, who? If not now, when? The 7 most important words: • Let me take a shot at it. The 6 most important words: • I will not pass the buck. The 5 most important words: • You can count on me. The 4 most important words: • It IS my job! The 3 most important words: • Just do it! The 2 most important words: • I will. The most important word: • Me Our future depends on many things, but mostly on us. I can’t wait to walk the coming months and years with you as together we create our future! In harmony,

Paula Davis

International President

“Growth leads to change; love grows with change.” Who better than our young people to demonstrate how true these words are? My youngest grandson, at birth and at Christmas 2015. October 2016 | T HEPI T CH P IP E

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Longevity Awards Sweet Adelines International congratulates these chapters celebrating milestone anniversaries. Although some 20 chapters existed before 1947, it was decided at the first national convention in October of that year that all chapters would officially re-charter as part of the new national organization. Thus, chapter longevity is determined as of Oct. 31 of each year. Chapters celebrating landmark anniversaries after Oct. 31 are recognized the following year.

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Crosstown Harmony, #3 – West Allis, Wisconsin Grand Rapids, #17 – Grand Rapids, Michigan Heart of Maryland, #19 – Rockville, Maryland San Diego, #21 – San Diego, California YEARS Wichita, #25 – Wichita, Kansas

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Acappella Omaha, #5 – Omaha, Nebraska Bay Area Showcase, #12 – San Jose, California Capital City, #4 – Indianapolis, Indiana Chinook Winds Show, #26 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada YEARS Diablo Vista, #12 – Walnut Creek, California Greater Harrisburg, #19 – Quentin, Pennsylvania Harmony Central, #5 – Des Moines, Iowa Hutchinson, #25 – Hutchinson, Kansas Midwest Crossroad, #3 – Joliet, Illinois O.K. City, #25 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Scarborough, #16 – Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

55 Support Sweet Adelines Around the World International Convention and Competition is on the horizon, and now is the perfect time to give to The Overtone Society (TOS). All contributions to TOS directly benefit the mission of Sweet Adelines, which is committed to advancing the art form of barbershop harmony through education, performance and competition. Remember that all diamond-level and inaugural donors will have exclusive access to the 2016 V.I.P. Donor Suite in Las Vegas. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Gateway, #26 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Red Rose City, #19 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania Sounds of Harmony, #21 – Covina, California St. Louis Harmony, #5 – St. Louis, Missouri YEARS Top of the Rock, #25 – Little Rock, Arkansas Towns of Harmony, #17 – Ft. Wayne, Indiana Tri-City, #2 – Auburn, Michigan

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West Island Chapter, #1 – Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada Alaska Sound Celebration, #13 – Anchorage, Alaska Arundelair, #19 – Annapolis, Maryland YEARS Greater Montreal, #1 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada Harmony on the Sound, #1 – Trumbull, Connecticut Heart of Iowa, #5 – Marshalltown, Iowa Spirit of Detroit, #2 – Detroit, Michigan Zumbro Valley, #6 – Rochester, Minnesota

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Danville, #3 – Danville, Illinois Five Valley, #13 – Missoula, Montana Harmony Hills, #4 – Birmingham, Alabama Hills Are Alive, #14 – Blountville, Tennessee YEARS Lincolnaire, #5 – Lincoln, Nebraska Metro Nashville, #4 – Nashville, Tennessee Show-Me Harmony, #25 – Joplin, Missouri Sound of the Heartland, #25 – Newton, Kansas Sparkling City, #10 – Corpus Christi, Texas Windsong, #8 – Sterling, Colorado

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Assiniboine, #6 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Black Hills Showcase, #8 – Rapid City, South Dakota City of Fountains, #5 – Kansas City, Missouri Friendship VII, #4 – New Concord, Ohio YEARS Goldcoast, #9 – Miami, Florida Greater Harmony, #17 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Harmony River, #14 – Augusta, Georgia Heart of Highland, #9 – Avon Park, Florida Lake Ridge Legacy, #17 – Elyria, Ohio Ohio Heartland, #4 – Delaware, Ohio Potomac Harmony, #14 – Arlington, Virginia Profile, #1 – Manchester, New Hampshire River Rhapsody, #6 – Bismarck, North Dakota Twin Cities Show, #6 – Richfield, Minnesota

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Dogwood Blossoms, #17 – Mount Vernon, Ohio Flint Hills Harmony, #5 – Wamego, Kansas Houston Horizon, #10 – Houston, Texas Northern Blend, #2 – Hale, Michigan YEARS Northern Gateway, #12 – Redding, California Orangeville, #16 – Orangeville, Ontario, Canada White Spruce City, #26 – Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

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Baltic Harmony, #32 – Nyköping, Sweden Coeur d'Alene, #13 – Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Cranberry Shores, #1 – Hyannis, Massachusetts Gothia Show, #32 – Göteborg, Sweden YEARS Greater Auckland, #35 – Auckland, New Zealand Greater Cleveland, #17 – Independence, Ohio Suncoast Harmony, #9 – New Port Richey, Florida Tucson Desert Harmony, #21 – Tucson, Arizona Virginia Coast, #14 – Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Adelaide Sound Connection, #34 – Mitcham, South Australia, Australia Agoura Hills Harmony, #11 – Thousand Oaks, California Bathurst Panorama, #34 – YEARS Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia Eastside Harmony, #16 – Pickering, Ontario, Canada Island Grove, #1 – Abington, Massachusetts Plymouth Mayflower, #31 – Plymouth, England Wollongong Harmony, #34 – Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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Brindabella, #34 – Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia Circular Keys, #34 – Castle Hill, New South Wales, Australia YEARS City of Roses, #31 – Drumoak, Scotland Clustered Spires, #19 – Frederick, Maryland Image City Sound, #16 – Rochester, New York Lace City, #31 – Nottingham, England Lake Effect Harmony, #16 – Boston, New York Mollyockett, #1 – Norway, Maine Ontario Heartland, #16 – Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Pacific Mist, #26 – Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada Pratt, #25 – Pratt, Kansas Red River Valley, #25 – Sherman, Texas Redland Rhapsody, #34 – Cleveland, Queensland, Australia Riverland Harmony, #34 – Penrith, New South Wales, Australia

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City Voices, #5 – St. Louis, Missouri Hilton Head Shore Notes, #9 – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Hobart Harmony, #34 – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia YEARS Malmö Limelight, #32 – Malmö, Sweden Sea Breeze Harmony, #12 – Coos Bay, Oregon Spirit of the Gulf, #9 – Ft. Meyers, Florida Spring Valley, #3 – Schaumburg, Illinois

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Alba Show, #32 – Stockholm, Sweden Aurora Australis, #34 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia YEARS Harmony Roses, #5 – Mt Vernon, Illinois Rhythm of New Hampshire Show, #1– Derry, New Hampshire Rhythms of the Reef, #34 – Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Southern Acappella Sound, #10 – Monroe, Louisiana Southern Company, #9 – Brandon, Florida Spinnaker, #31 – Portsmouth, England

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A Cappella Unlimited, #10 – San Marcos, Texas Heart of the Pines, #10 – Nacogdoches, Texas K-Town Sound Show, #4 – Knoxville, Tennessee YEARS O-Town Sound, #9 – Orlando, Florida Philadelphia Freedom, #19 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Route 66 Sound, #21 – Albuquerque, New Mexico Vocal Dimension, #31 – Redhill, Surrey, England Vocal Motion!, #26 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada Vocalescence, #34 – Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


CELEBRATING JANELL MASON:

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hat can you say about Janell Mason, Sweet Adelines corporate secretary, who is celebrating 40 years on the headquarters staff?

Not only is she fabulous at 40, other descriptions spring to mind: loyal, dedicated, hilarious, elegant, kind. She’s hailed by members and staff alike for her extraordinary business and people skills, integrity and unending willingness to take on, own and deliver on any assignment. She also holds a vast store of historical knowledge about the organization, earned through decades of working closely with members and in compiling administrative minutes and other vital organization documents. “Janell is a treasure to Sweet Adelines International. She’s the consummate professional and always conducts herself with excellence in knowledge and customer service to assist members,” noted Acting CEO/COO Tammy Talbot. “She’s also a treasure to me personally; always ready with a smile, a pat on the back or an encouraging word. I honor Janell on her 40th work anniversary.” “She has served, and continues to serve us with grace and exceptional skills,” added International President Paula Davis. “Her focus is super-human and she often reveals mind-reading skills. She is the ‘wind beneath our wings’ in so many ways!” Janell was still something of a newbie when former International President Bev Miller met her in 1979, yet she quickly impressed Bev with her talent for rising from late-night meetings to manage the endless details of the day with a smile. “I’ve admired her ever since for her professionalism, her humor, her

incredible ability to synthesize so many details into documents that get right to the real meat of the matter. At convention, she’s always at the sound and light boards, cueing the technicians. I knew as a director and international competitor, all I had to do was nod at Janell and the show would literally go on,” Bev remembered. “Janell and I both began in Sweet Adelines 40 years ago,” said faculty member Molly Huffman. “I admire her steadiness, her kindness, her forthrightness and willingness to help in any way. She has been so encouraging and helpful, to the organization and to me personally.” Deb DeBolt, staff accounting manager, is a mere six years behind Janell in longevity. She, too, recognized early on that Janell was special. “She whistled a lot, I noticed that right away. She always had a smile. You just knew right off that she was a person you wanted to know. And she was – we’ve been friends for 34 years. She’s loyal, dedicated and a complete can-do person,” Deb said. Despite a career spanning 40 years, Janell “hasn’t changed a bit!” added former International President and IBOD member Cammi MacKinlay. “Her calm demeanor and love of the organization has imbued her with a wrinkle-free complexion and personality!” Cammi noted. Read these comments and you begin to see the pattern of personal and professional qualities that make Janell Mason such an asset to our organization. Speaking for a world of fans, IBOD member Cammi MacKinlay sums it up: “Janell is loved and admired by all who meet her. She IS Sweet Adelines!”

Corporate Secretary Janell Mason in the 1970s and in August 2016, marking 40 years on the Sweet Adelines staff.

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Sweet Adelines Ambassadors: Something to Sing About! By Thérèse Antonini

You are the most important member of Sweet Adelines International! Yes, I said YOU!

That’s the whole principle behind the Sweet Adelines Member Ambassador Handbook enclosed with this issue of The Pitch Pipe. Most members, when asked to describe their experience of joining Sweet Adelines, will include within that description a story of a friend or relative who invited them to a rehearsal or show, or will talk about someone who made them feel welcome and included when they first attended a rehearsal. Time and again, we hear about the impact of an exciting and positive first impression. We hear about the thrill of that barbershop sound and the power of the relationships that began to form right from the beginning. In the Member Ambassador Handbook, you will read about all the ways that you, as an individual member, contribute to the image we have, the members we attract and the reasons so many of us stay. It provides the foundation for the strength with which you can say, “I am Sweet Adelines,” and describes the advantages of saying it often and proudly. We know there are many women out there who have not yet discovered what membership in Sweet Adelines can mean to them. You have the opportunity to open the door for them by sharing the unique story only you can tell, and welcoming them into the organization in your own unique way. After that, they are likely to say, as so many of us have, “I have got to be a part of that!”

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The Member Ambassador Handbook is meant to provide a little information, a little inspiration, a few ideas and the encouragement to embrace this important role. Who knows how many future members’ stories will include your name when they talk about the most important first member they ever met? Read this booklet, keep it handy as you think of all the wonderful memories and experiences you can share with another who may be looking for a very special experience like you were. Thank you for helping to create the member connections that empower us and for proudly representing our organization to the world. Truly, you are Sweet Adelines!

Thérèse Antonini is a member of IBOD and the Regional Leadership Committee.


2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

INVEST IN SWEET ADELINES: YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE By Jennifer Cooke

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try to sleep in a closed room with a mosquito.” - African Proverb

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hen I first joined Sweet Adelines, I wasn’t really aware that our organization had a board or what the members of said board actually did.

references to choose the most accomplished and prepared applicants for the slate. Then, the entire organization has the opportunity to be a part of the process in making an informed decision. Prior to the election, The Pitch Pipe runs When it was time for board elections, I each candidate’s statement, outlining specific would ask those around me about the people skills, ideas, talents, priorities and on the ballot or put a check next to names long-term vision for Sweet Adelines. You will that were vaguely familiar. After all, I was find that information on pgs. 8-12 in this there to sing, right? How much did this issue. election really affect me personally? You may be where I was when I first joined As I became more involved at the – not sure of who the board is or what they administrative level, I became aware of how do. You may be very aware of all candidates much work, dedication and responsibility and board members and know exactly what goes into serving on that side of Sweet their vision is for our organization. Or, you Adelines. Countless hours are spent in may be somewhere in the middle. Regardless, research, problem-solving and dedication to realizing educational and organizational goals. here are some recommendations for becoming a more involved voter. Every year, members of our organization • Read all the information available on make the decision to submit an application to IBOD candidates. Research the IBOD run for the International Board of Directors (IBOD). The Nominating Committee reviews mission/vision and what will be expected of elected members. Consider your vision for our the applications, experience, skill sets and

SWEET ADELINES SHARE THEIR REASONS FOR VOTING

“Since we're an international organization, most of us don't have personal interaction with all of the IBOD candidates. I appreciate the information shared about each one, so we can get a feel for their experience and point of view." - Jennifer Palus, Metro Nashville Chorus

“As a ‘newbie,’ I assumed management positions were only for those with music expertise. Going to that first meeting made me realize that there is also the opportunity for me to utilize my corporate business skill sets in Sweet Adelines. I have a whole new view now and I’m excited and encouraged by it." - Janice Goldbach, Song of Atlanta Chorus

organization. Which candidates have views that most closely align with that vision? • Familiarize yourself with the board’s responsibilities and duties, so that you can vote for the members you feel will serve the organization well. • Realize that your vote makes a difference. In a large organization, it is easy to feel that your voice isn’t always heard. However, you are a contributor to your chorus voice, which, in turn, uses your voice to cast its vote. Each chorus gets an equal voice in the voting process. I’ll leave the final word to some of our members, who share their thoughts below. Remember, vote because every election matters. Vote because the choices you will make matter.

Jennifer Cooke is a member of IBOD and the Regional Leadership Committee.

“I have been a member for 52 years and have found Sweet Adelines to be efficient in business matters and concerned about our members. I think it is important that we vote on all issues and stay informed about board members and decisions made that affect the organization." - Joyce Stanbery, Scenic City Chorus

“I love that by voting for IBOD, I feel an even greater connection to the leadership of this great organization. It gives me a personal investment in the process and how Sweet Adelines operates. “ - Kitty Hays, Scenic City Chorus

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INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES THESE EIGHT CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN NOMINATED TO FILL FOUR EXPIRING TERMS ON THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS BEGINNING MAY 1, 2017, AND ENDING APRIL 30, 2020. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS SUBMITTED BY EACH NOMINEE. Ballots are due at International Headquarters by 3 p.m. Central Time, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact the Chief Operating Officer or Corporate Secretary at International Headquarters at 800.992.7464 or 918.622.1444.

WHAT SHOULD BE THE PRIORITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS? Efforts should be

SPECIALIZED TRAINING: Technical - PRINCE2 Certification (Project Management), PROSCI Change Management, Graham Business Process Review/Improvement, 6 Thinking Hats. Leadership and Cultural Training - Holding to Account, Leading from Within, Emotional Intelligence, Three Conversations of Leadership CURRENT OCCUPATION: Senior Consultant (IT Applications) LIST FIVE SIGNIFICANT LEADERSHIP ROLES YOU HAVE HELD IN Sweet Adelines International: International Board of Directors, Task Force

focused on raising the profile of Sweet Adelines, with the emphasis on the quality of education and the benefits of membership available. Finding ways to identify and tap into the talents and passions of our members will help keep those benefits relevant and vibrant.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU THINK Sweet Adelines International WILL BE LIKE 25 YEARS FROM NOW: As members of Sweet Adelines, we will

be recognized for our contributions as community leaders. Our stories will serve as the foundation for inspirational and motivational presentations, especially for the empowerment of women. Our educators will be sought after as experts to develop and support musical programs around the world.

Specialist, Regional Leadership Committee, Panel Chair, Chapter President

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO Sweet Adelines International AS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS? My experience

as a member of both musical and administrative leadership at Chapter, Regional and International levels of Sweet Adelines has given me a great insight into the challenges and opportunities facing Sweet Adelines at all of these levels, and practical experience in delivering solutions to address them.

WHAT SPECIFIC SKILLS, IDEAS, TALENTS, ETC., WOULD YOU BRING TO THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD? My professional background is in

the business world, specifically in project management, strategic planning, and business process improvement. My communication skills enable me to participate effectively in group discussions and I love to put my facilitation skills to use to help bring out the creativity and vision in others.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION? Sweet Adelines International will be instrumental in increasing the understanding and credibility of barbershop, especially through active participation with school boards, universities and the larger music community. We will be recognized as a living and inspirational example of the benefits of singing as our members continue to demonstrate their excellence in both musical and personal development.

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SPECIALIZED TRAINING: General Management, Communication, Public Relations, Facilitation, Presentation Skills, Business and Digital Media Writing, Change Management, Positive Leadership, Situational Leadership, Solution Selling, Marketing CURRENT OCCUPATION: Strategic Communication Director LIST FIVE SIGNIFICANT LEADERSHIP ROLES YOU HAVE HELD IN Sweet Adelines International: International Editorial Review Board, Team

Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Team Coordinator (Northern Beaches Chorus), Marketing Coordinator (Northern Beaches Chorus)

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO Sweet Adelines International AS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS? As a

communications director, I partner with business leaders as they transform organizations. My insights, and ability to see possibilities within challenges, enhance my various chapter and regional positions and will add value to the International Board as they shape our future. I’m also keen to contribute a Southern Hemisphere perspective.

WHAT SPECIFIC SKILLS, IDEAS, TALENTS, ETC., WOULD YOU BRING TO THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD? Working remotely in high-


INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES functioning teams is what I’m used to. I bring diverse cultural perspectives and problem-solving skills from working on global change communication campaigns. A natural networker, I enjoy connecting people with others for their mutual benefit. My pragmatic business sense is balanced with optimism, creativity and heart.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION? Sweet Adelines International education is available to women of all ages, everywhere. We invent technologies to enable this expansion, create new revenue streams and inspire the next generations of singers, arrangers and music leaders. Our art form continues to advance as new countries interpret it through arrangements of culturally relevant songs. WHAT SHOULD BE THE PRIORITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS? Identify member

lead-generation sources and understand what women seek from their singing experience to keep their needs at the center of our growth ambitions. Foster partnerships with compatible music organizations to encourage barbershop amongst women with a passion for diverse musical styles. Evangelize the art of barbershop arranging!

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU THINK Sweet Adelines International WILL BE LIKE 25 YEARS FROM NOW: We’ll be a recognized brand, attracting funding,

resources will make me a strong contributor and suitable candidate for the Board of Directors.

WHAT SPECIFIC SKILLS, IDEAS, TALENTS, ETC., WOULD YOU BRING TO THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD? I am dedicated, innovative and organized

with great facilitation skills. I am approachable, a good listener and a motivator. As a human resources professional, I have worked with teams of experts that have developed and rolled out strong employee relations programs (employment equity, diversity, peer support, etc.) that have helped me manage and keep very large teams engaged, creative and productive. I would bring all this experience to the IBOD table.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION? My vision sees our craft as a trendy and popular art form. Sweet Adelines is accessible to all and leverages our youth to bring a fresh and modern approach to our arrangements and performances. WHAT SHOULD BE THE PRIORITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS? Membership

growth and leader training! We need to invest in our leadership and provide them with appropriate musical and administrative training to enable them to do their jobs with ease and to help them attract and retain members.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU THINK Sweet Adelines International WILL BE LIKE 25 YEARS FROM NOW: In 25 years the organization will be thriving and

high-profile performances and will be a powerful industry voice. Today’s rising stars will lead a technology-enabled future that opens up greater connection between our members and delivers world-class education anywhere, anytime. We’ll thrive as a multi-generational forum for women to grow, self-express and shine.

will have spread to parts of the world yet un-barbershopped! By keeping up with ever-changing technology, we will be able to reach more women, virtually affording them the opportunity to belong, grow, participate and learn even when on the road for work or family commitments.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING: Customer Service, Human Resources, Coaching & Mentoring, Facilitation & Mediation, Leading Highly Effective Teams, Change Management

SPECIALIZED TRAINING: Worked and trained in the commercial insurance industry for 12 years, numerous continuing education classes, classes in music and education topics

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Human Resources, Payroll

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired Music Educator

LIST FIVE SIGNIFICANT LEADERSHIP ROLES YOU HAVE HELD IN Sweet

LIST FIVE SIGNIFICANT LEADERSHIP ROLES YOU HAVE HELD IN Sweet Adelines International: International President, International Board

Operations Manager

Adelines International: International Board of Directors, Executive Committee Treasurer, Regional Leadership Committee, Bylaws & Rules Specialist, Worldwide Moderator HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO Sweet Adelines International AS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS? I love what this

organization stands for and the opportunities it offers women. I am a strong and compassionate leader who believes in empowering people by helping them acquire the training and tools they require to succeed! My strong managerial skills and experience in human

of Directors, Executive Committee Secretary, Judge Specialist, Regional Leadership Committee Chair

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO Sweet Adelines International AS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS? By combining

a deep love for this organization and our members while employing a visionary and service-oriented approach to leadership. I bring both heart and mind to the governing experience with the goal of insuring our future in leadership and membership development, financial health and strong education, while

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INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES encouraging all of us to find joy in our journey together.

WHAT SPECIFIC SKILLS, IDEAS, TALENTS, ETC., WOULD YOU BRING TO THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD? Leadership, Educational and Business

Background and Skills; Broad Exposure to Membership; Experience at all levels of Sweet Adelines, both musically and administratively; Commitment to Serve; Visionary, Teaching, Long-Range Planning; Strong People Skills; Creative Thinking.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION? My vision would be to share our special kind of harmony with all women – that we will grow and strengthen membership among all ages, develop visionary leaders who creatively serve members, provide premiere educational opportunities, and be financially strong and secure for future generations while promoting and celebrating all members’ contributions at every level as we walk into our future with the unity, joy and harmony that singing together creates and multiplies. WHAT SHOULD BE THE PRIORITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS? Membership

Stability and Expansion, Development of Future Leaders – Musical and Administrative, Financial Strength with a view to our Future, Encouragement and Education of Singers at All Levels, Strategies for Broader Outreach into All Age Groups and International Areas with a view toward membership.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU THINK Sweet Adelines International WILL BE LIKE 25 YEARS FROM NOW: A vibrant, fun, highly respected and

educational hobby for all women, promoting personal growth, musical performance, entertainment, friendship and barbershop harmony! We will embrace new technologies and ideas that embrace and support membership while we stand as a strong, united voice showing the power of music, education, teamwork, commitment to excellence and much needed harmony around the world.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING: Essential Skills Assessment Certificate, Language Benchmarks Assessment Certificate CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired Educator LIST FIVE SIGNIFICANT LEADERSHIP ROLES YOU HAVE HELD IN Sweet Adelines International: International President, International Board

of Directors, Education Direction Committee, Membership Committee Chair, Nominating Committee Chair

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO Sweet Adelines International AS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS? As a 30-year

member, and Past President, I know what makes us “tick." I believe change is not only healthy – it is critical to keep us viable

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for the future. As a life-long educator, I am passionate that our continued focus on learning and growth will create an amazing future.

WHAT SPECIFIC SKILLS, IDEAS, TALENTS, ETC., WOULD YOU BRING TO THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD? I have strong administrative and

communication skills. I am positive, out-going, enthusiastic – a committed people person. I am objective, patient, unflappable, and compassionate. I am passionate about the organization and its members and “walk the talk” of being an ambassador for Sweet Adelines International.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION? We change lives! We have expanded our worldwide appeal and we embrace openness and accessibility. Every member has increased self-confidence and is changed for the better by her SA experience. Our singing talent is showcased through all technological avenues. SA is known as the go-to organization for singing, education, growth and friendship. WHAT SHOULD BE THE PRIORITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS? We need to

expand our reach and embrace accessibility so more can experience the impact this organization can have on their lives. Through leadership growth and education, we must focus on enhancing the chorus experience for all members. We must provide readily accessible one-on-one education and support for our influential Directors.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU THINK Sweet Adelines International WILL BE LIKE 25 YEARS FROM NOW: With 30,000 members, we are experiencing

steady growth annually. More women and girls are discovering how impactful SA can be, not only in personal growth but on their audiences. Their lives are being changed for the better, and they can’t resist telling others. Some choruses have waitlists for membership, and conventions are sold out!

SPECIALIZED TRAINING: Director Certification Program CURRENT OCCUPATION: Director, Finance and Administration LIST FIVE SIGNIFICANT LEADERSHIP ROLES YOU HAVE HELD IN Sweet Adelines International: Panel Secretary, Regional Finance Coordinator,

Regional Faculty, Assistant Director-Camellia City Chorus, Assistant Director-Pacific Sound Chorus

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO Sweet Adelines International AS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS? I have

been fortunate to sing in three different regions with differing challenges. I feel these experiences will help to identify and assist in multiple ways. Also, as a financial manager in a nonprofit


INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES organization, I can assist if necessary with developing best business practices.

WHAT SPECIFIC SKILLS, IDEAS, TALENTS, ETC., WOULD YOU BRING TO THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD? I believe we need to work harder to

encourage younger women to join our organization, either through marketing outreach programs or financial incentives to allow for more participation.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION? As a nonprofit, it is imperative that we leverage that status to apply for arts grants and support. One idea would be to request support to provide equipment to regions to help facilitate regional conventions. Many organizations support arts organizations and we should tap into that philanthropy.

WHAT SHOULD BE THE PRIORITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS? Youth outreach

programs to introduce our fabulous hobby to young women all over. A lot of school systems have eliminated music programs because of budget cuts and we have thousands of ambassadors ready and I’m sure willing to provide educational guidance. An outreach program should be developed and offered to school systems within our chorus metropolitan areas.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU THINK Sweet Adelines International WILL BE LIKE 25 YEARS FROM NOW: Our organization has moved into the 21st

century in many ways, including video evaluations and Skype coaching opportunities, to bring our fabulous educators to more geographic areas. We need to develop libraries of coaching videos to allow for more opportunities to “share the wealth!” Broadcast technology is changing rapidly and we need to keep up.

WHAT SPECIFIC SKILLS, IDEAS, TALENTS, ETC., WOULD YOU BRING TO THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD? My contact with many of our

members helps me focus on the direction our members want our organization to go in the future. I am creative, passionate about singing and performing, and strongly believe that Sweet Adelines gives women a chance to grow and succeed in many different areas.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION? My vision is that we continue to honor the barbershop craft we all love, and provide a place for women to learn singing skills, performing skills and administrative skills that help them grow in their musical and personal lives. As we continue to grow and attract new members we will continue to evolve as an organization that trains women who love to sing. WHAT SHOULD BE THE PRIORITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS? Membership growth

and grassroots outreach to women of all ages who love to sing has to be our priority. The current popularity of a cappella singing gives us the perfect opportunity to take a leading role in sharing our style of music.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU THINK Sweet Adelines International WILL BE LIKE 25 YEARS FROM NOW: We will be sharing barbershop harmony

with appreciative audiences who know we exist because of the perseverance and dedication of each of our members, spreading the word in their own communities. We will no longer be the best kept musical secret!

SPECIALIZED TRAINING: Management training; Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist; physical therapy-related continuing education SPECIALIZED TRAINING: I have been trained in piano, voice, dance

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Physical Therapist

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Vocal and Visual Coach

LIST FIVE SIGNIFICANT LEADERSHIP ROLES YOU HAVE HELD IN SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL: Certified Sound Judge, International

and theatre.

LIST FIVE SIGNIFICANT LEADERSHIP ROLES YOU HAVE HELD IN Sweet Adelines International: International President, International Board

of Directors, Education Direction Committee, Judge Specialist Moderator, International Faculty

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO Sweet Adelines International AS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS? My past

leadership roles have given me the opportunity to learn about every aspect of Sweet Adelines International. I can contribute as a Board member with my knowledge of governance, long-range planning, fiduciary responsibility, and membership wants and needs to further our mission to educate women who love singing barbershop music.

Faculty, Directors’ Education Coordinators, Co-chair International Directors’ Seminar, Regional Directors’ Coordinator

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO Sweet Adelines International AS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS? Love of

the organization spurs my desire to serve. With a “get ‘er done” attitude, I look at the positives in a situation to overcome obstacles. Having been a member of four regions, as well as starting a prospective satellite chorus in Germany, I bring a diverse range of experience.

WHAT SPECIFIC SKILLS, IDEAS, TALENTS, ETC., WOULD YOU BRING TO THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD? Project management – I thrive

on taking an idea, exploring options, and developing a concept

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INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES into an efficient, effective program. In my professional work life, listening skills, observations skills, and the ability to change course when necessary are crucial to success. I have honed these skills to work effectively as a leader and team member.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION? Sweet Adelines is widely recognized as the leading educational and musical organization for women. Fiscally sound with solid financial plans for the future, we provide affordable opportunities for women to grow as leaders and performers through onsite educational events, online educational options, and live performances.

WHAT SHOULD BE THE PRIORITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS? With the ever-changing popularity of a cappella music, we need to jump on the bandwagon, expanding marketing efforts to spread the word about the opportunities offered in Sweet Adelines. Development of the Open Division and encouraging mixed ensembles allows us to sharpen our performances to appeal to a broader audience.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU THINK Sweet Adelines International WILL BE LIKE 25 YEARS FROM NOW: Sweet Adelines will be a thriving organization,

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providing an outlet for women to express themselves through music. Our focus will be on education, personal growth and development. While using technology to our greatest advantage, we will not forget the importance of interpersonal relationships, and that we harmonize together with friends.

YOUR SUPPORT OF SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL LEADERS AT EVERY LEVEL HELPS ENSURE OUR FUTURE AS A VIBRANT, WORLDWIDE ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN SINGERS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING THE MUSICAL ART FORM OF BARBERSHOP HARMONY THROUGH EDUCATION, COMPETITION AND PERFORMANCE. Remember: Ballots are due at headquarters by 3 p.m. Central Time, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Questions? Call headquarters at 800.992.7464 or 918.622.1444.

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SING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A GLOBAL OPEN HOUSE! And when you find something you love, you just have to share it, right? This January, join choruses worldwide for the sixth annual Sweet Adelines Global Open House. It’s a month-long membership drive that encourages choruses to invite women in their communities to experience first-hand the magical music created through barbershop harmony.

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Being a Sweet Adeline is truly a universal experience. Not only are we international in scope, we all love to sing. We came for the songs and fell in love with a sisterhood.

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Sweet Adelines International offers a suite of fresh resources to help make your event the most successful ever! • The new Sweet Adelines Ambassador Handbook, sent with the October Pitch Pipe, offers fast facts and easy tips on how to talk to potential new members about barbershop and our organization. • The new member brochure, available for order at www.sweetadelines.com/sales, is a colorful, compelling piece every guest can take with her. • The members-only marketing center on sweetadelines.com offers an additional arsenal of videos, sample plans and more. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel! And don’t forget – the Sweet Adds membership incentive campaign rewards you for bringing new voices into our world chorus. Earn free membership and other benefits for member recruitment. Visit Resources/Document Center in the members-only section of sweetadelines.com for details.

GLOBAL OPEN HOUSE The most important part of this global equation is you! We couldn’t do it without you, which is why so many members say, “I didn’t find Sweet Adelines, they found me!” You are the spark that strengthens your chorus, your region and the presence of Sweet Adelines International everywhere. Working in unison, our organization will grow and thrive. Thank you to those chapters who hosted September 2016 open houses, and best wishes to those hosting January 2017 events!

For additional information, email member@sweetadelines.com or call membership at 800.992.7464 or 918.622.1444.

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MEMBERPROFILE

IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S ‘THE FLYING ADELINE’! By Karen Taylor Davis, Greater Richmond Chorus, Region #14

The Flying Adeline? Is that a rare airplane from the 1940s? No, it’s Sweet Adeline Randy Sahae, a retired electrical engineer and audio visual professional from Millbrae, Calif. This story does involve an airplane: a 1985 four-seat, single engine Mooney 201. It’s co-owned and piloted by Sahae, who loves to fly and to sing with her fellow Sweet Adelines.

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andy took her first flying lesson when she was only 14. After graduating from college, she earned her private pilot’s license, eventually logging more than 800 hours of flying time throughout California, Nevada and during three trips to a major air show in Wisconsin. Her longtime dream of flying across America began to take shape when she retired last year and received an invitation to a wedding in New Jersey. “I figured in a perfect world, with perfect weather and a perfect airplane, the trip would take about 22 hours,” Randy said. “I needed to land every four hours to stretch my legs, freshen up after being in an un-air-conditioned plane and enjoy some time without the headset and the sound of air traffic control in my ears.” She also realized she could schedule those four-hour layovers in Sweet Adeline cities and visit some of her 23,000 fellow sisters who also love to sing.

“I fell in love with the idea, and that was that!” Randy said. When she posted news of her trip on the Sweet Adelines Yahoo SING List, Randy received more than 20 enthusiastic invitations to visit, including one from the Greater Richmond Chorus (GRC).

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andy planned to sing eastbound with the Topeka A Cappella Unlimited and Diamond Jubilee Choruses, land in New Jersey for the wedding and then visit GRC as her first stop westbound. However, Mother Nature, coupled with the pope’s visit to the East Coast last fall, created quite an obstacle course of bad weather and no-fly zones. So with safety as her top flight priority, Randy landed in Hanover, Va., reluctantly rented a car and drove the final 282 miles to the wedding.

Randy Sahae and her Mooney 201 land in Virginia.

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MEMBERPROFILE Rocking with Richmond

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eading home, she reconnected with GRC members and off they flew (well, drove) to sing. It was an evening that Randy raved about on her blog: “This chorus totally rocks. At 60-plus members, these gals are of one mind behind director Vera Crouse. She doesn't seem to need to explain anything. Maybe it's telepathy. She makes a gesture or says two words and everyone is instantly there.” Yet another weather delay granted Randy several additional days to sightsee and sing with the Virginia Coast Chorus. Finally, The Flying Adeline took off from Hanover and into the Wild Blue Yonder for more vocal adventures with the Metro Nashville, ArkApella and Palo Duro Metro Choruses.

Happily, all the changes allowed her one special final stop: the 2015 Sweet Adelines International Convention in Las Vegas, where she kept right on making wonderful memories. “I had the pleasure of meeting Beth Rooney from the Valley Forge Chorus who picked me up from the airport and took me to the MGM Grand,” Randy said. “She is one of the very first women Navy pilots. There are so many fabulous women in Sweet Adelines!” Randy plans to fly to Las Vegas for the 2016 convention this month, weather permitting. So watch the skies, the seat next to you at convention or, if all else fails, fly with Randy on her blog, www.fly-sing-usa.blogspot.com.

The Greater Richmond (Va.) Chorus celebrated a visit from The Flying Adeline in high style, with many donning aviator shades and scarves in her honor. (Photos courtesy of Bruce Murff and Karen Taylor Davis, Palladin Photography.)

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To order, visit www.sweetadelines.com/sales.

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E DU C A T I O N F E A T U R E

INCLUSIVE MUSIC SELECTION By Corinna Garriock

“The first step toward change is awareness.”

-NATHANIEL BRANDEN

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s singers, we communicate our values by telling musical stories that are meaningful to us. Audiences get to know us through the music we select and perform. As musical leaders, we do our best to choose music that showcases our strengths and enables our audiences to connect with us emotionally. Ideally, we also choose music that is relevant to our singers and allows them to freely explore the text of the vehicle and be emotionally vulnerable in performance. We value diversity on our risers. To foster diversity, we must be sensitive to the unique needs of our members who vary in age, religious belief, cultural and ethnic background and sexual orientation. When we choose, intentionally or unintentionally, to perform music that excludes some of our singers, we isolate those members and create a barrier to the performance freedom we seek as a team. Likewise, exclusive music can raise caution flags to potential members who might otherwise like to take part in this exciting hobby. Audiences, too, are sensitive to authenticity and vulnerability. The more inclusive your music, the greater the chance of a meaningful and memorable connection with your audience. This article shares some thoughts around inclusive music selection for your consideration. This is not an exhaustive list. It is not meant to restrict your choices, but rather to create awareness. Some of these topics are personal, emotional and difficult to address. Keep an open mind, and read on.

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e are a secular organization. Our choruses consist of women of differing faiths and beliefs, including Christian, Jewish, agnostic and atheist. If you plan to sing faith-based music, consider who will be singing the repertoire you choose. Think about whether you are imposing this repertoire on members with differing belief systems. Consider also where you will be singing those selections and whether they are of interest or appropriate to the anticipated audience. My quartet Martini recently recorded Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head. We are all of Christian background, so it’s appropriate to us. However, before we sing it in public, we ensure that it’s appropriate to our audience, as well. For instance, a member of my region approached us for a song at a holiday afterglow, so I asked her if it would be OK to sing something that was Christian in nature. She laughed and said, “Sure. I’m Jewish, but I’d love to hear it!’ I was glad I asked first. Then, with her unreserved endorsement, we sang it for her.

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ronouns can be problematic for our LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex) members. A song in third person (he, she, they) will usually work since someone else’s story is being told, not the singer’s story. In Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring, for example, the song opens with “There’s


E DU C A T I O N F E A T U R E a story told of a very gentle boy, and the girl who wore his ring.” The singer is never asked to step into the story as a character – she is a narrator. This has the potential to sit comfortably with all singers. A song in first person (I) will translate well if the gender of the second person (you) is left to the imagination, as it is in the lyric of Time After Time: “Time After Time, I tell myself that I’m so lucky to be loving you.” The singer (I) can envision a male or female “you.” It’s a friendly lyric to all sexual orientations. On the other hand, if the song is first person (I) and the romantic party is obviously male because of third person references (he), as it is in Ring A Ding Ding, this can form a stumbling block for non-heterosexual performers. “He takes your hand, this fascinating creature...” The singer is a character in the story, but the story does not fit the singer. Singers may be willing to “translate” gender in their heads, or you could consider altering the pronouns to neutralize gender (e.g., they) if possible. Be sensitive to this barrier to personal expression and talk to your members to determine the best approach for your group.

and is an essential step in song research. Nighttime In Dixieland is a good example of a Dixie song that sounds pleasant but the original lyrics use racist terminology. Does lyric alteration make it an acceptable song? These would be good things to talk about with our members. Recently, Elizabeth Davies (Region #13) wrote an insightful blog about how we work toward a more inclusive organization. Check it out: www.isingbarbershop.blogspot.com.

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he “Gone With the Wind” era of Dixie is often romanticized in songs that are well suited to arrangement in barbershop style. That era was idyllic for a privileged few but the luxurious lifestyle was made possible by the practice of slavery. Glorification of the pre-Civil War era of the United States is likely to be distasteful to any woman whose family was oppressed in that era. One of my early quartets sang No One Loves You Any Better Than Your M-A-M-M-Y. In the early 1990s, it was a popular competition choice. I assumed a mammy was a “mother.” Had I done any research, I would have known that a mammy was more commonly a slave – a black nursemaid or nanny in charge of white children. My ignorance is no excuse. We have an obligation to inform ourselves as performers when choosing music. Looking up original lyrics is pretty easy to do using the Internet

Being inclusive in music selection takes some thought. Do your research. Put yourself mentally into the shoes of women whose perspective is different than yours and think, “How would I feel if…?” We know that what we do is exciting, addictive and appeals to the inner diva in a wide variety of women. Let’s take steps to ensure we have a welcoming repertoire that reflects the values of diversity and inclusivity. Put this topic on your next music team agenda. Talk about it with your chorus members. How can we nurture diversity and engage all of our members – and future members – fully in this art form? It starts with each of us. I, for one, know I can do better.

Corinna Garriock is a member of the Sweet Adelines Education Direction Committee.

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Sweet Adelines International

VOICES RISE IN A PAN PACIFIC SING OUT

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TO SAY IT WAS AN “AHA MOMENT” IS A BIT OF AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

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weet Adelines International's first A Cappella Harmony Academy (AHA) to be held outside the United States was the centerpiece in a harmonic convergence of barbershop voices resounding throughout Auckland, New Zealand, in July. AHA, July 15-17, coupled with the popular Rising Star Competition, July 13, anchored what turned out to be a Pan Pacific sing out in the heart of Region #35. The region also hosted its Pan Pacific Youth Harmony Festival in conjunction with Rising Star, adding even more pizazz to an epic blending of barbershop voices in this spectacular international setting. AHA drew 310 registrants (some as young as 12) from 13 regions across the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia, making Auckland the center of the barbershop universe for five days. Having AHA and Rising Star as crowning events in an a cappella powerhouse week was a stellar opportunity for attendees, performers and New Zealand music fans in general, said Jocosa Bruce, Region #35 education coordinator and member of the Greater Auckland Chapter. “The sing along is very much a part of family tradition here. There’s a fervent belief that music is healthy for the soul. The schools here are very strong in barbershop programs and as a country, New Zealand is building a vibrant youth culture in this musical art form,” she explained. “So for these two internationally respected Sweet Adelines events to take place here, it brought a caliber of talent and expertise to our doorstep that many Region #34 and Region #35 members and other music lovers simply wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise,” Bruce said. Not surprisingly, the epic New Zealand event required diligent, non-stop coordination and participatory passion between Sweet Adelines staff, the International Board, Region #35 and others.

Adding to the anticipation was the location: the surreal, breathtakingly beautiful country of New Zealand. Auckland, home to 1.5 million people, is the country’s largest city and commercial hub. One of the most geographically and environmentally unique places on earth, the country routinely appears on lists of top places on the planet to visit. What better place to act on Sweet Adelines International's mission to “harmonize the world”? Myriad time zones and thousands of ocean miles were no match for AHA planners when it came to assembling the superior caliber of international faculty and courses for which AHA is rightfully noted. Presenters Sharon Babb, Betty Clipman, Paula Davis, Marcia Pinvidic and Sandi Wright filled classrooms with attendees eager to learn from and interact face-to-face with the best teachers the women’s barbershop world has to offer. Foundational skills classes set the stage for “next step” sessions that allowed participants to explore expression, artistic sound and vocal texture. An enriching Directors’ Track rounded out AHA’s educational treasure trove. Naturally, AHA also featured Sweet Adelines reigning royalty, Speed of Sound, the 2016 International Champion Quartet. Bravo to these ladies for graciously sharing their expertise and many varied vocal performance tips – and even some tribulations – with rapt audiences. The sessions were far from “textbook,” balancing interactive high spirits with technical and performance topics. And, to encourage all attendees to experience the sheer joy of singing with sisters, AHA offered its traditional “Music in the Morning” daily group sings, as well as several lively, interactive classes open to all. As the “spark” that dares singers the world over to step up their personal and group a cappella game, AHA Auckland delivered!

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CATCH A RISING STAR

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he anticipation leading up to the 2016 Rising Star Competition was “palpable” in Auckland’s Aotea Theatre. No doubt the thrill was driven in part by New Zealand’s ardent embrace of barbershop that seemingly has “gone crazy” with the release of Deke Sharon’s movies, “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2.” This year, Rising Star welcomed Sweden and Australia as first-time competitors, in addition to quartets from the United States and New Zealand. On hand to help set the tone in the performance venue was C’est la vie, the 2015 Rising Star Champion Quartet. Greater Auckland Chorus member Susannah Lyes and Lane Ashby-King, a member of Young Men in Harmony, emceed the event. The vibrant voices of each quartet kept audiences on the edge

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of their seats as beautiful, ringing tones filled the hall. When the cheers died down, The Ladies, from Fort Worth, Texas, took home the title, singing Come Fly With Me and You Keep Me Coming Back Like A Song. Sweden’s Timbre placed second; Auckland’s ZEAL placed third; Harmonyholics, from Valencia, Calif., placed fourth; Refined, from Hastings, New Zealand, placed fifth. The Ladies include Quince Smith, tenor; Caroline Hunt, lead; Kimberly Newcombe, baritone; and Ashley Brockman, bass. Newcombe is also a member of the Rich-Tone Chorus, a five-time International Chorus Champion, and Windsor, the fourth place winner in the 2015 International Quartet competition. Both the Rich-Tone Chorus and Windsor will compete this month at the International Convention and Competition in Las Vegas. “We are so grateful to Sweet Adelines for creating such an


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amazing organization and the opportunity for young women like us to connect and feel welcome. We are insanely happy to have friends all over the world with whom we can share our love of barbershop,” said Quince Smith. To catch The Ladies – and all our beautiful Rising Stars – go to www.sweetadelines.com or visit our YouTube channel. New Zealand was the perfect home for the competition, as the region has enthusiastically supported a Young Women in Harmony program for nearly 20 years. “Hometown” favorites have captured two international Rising Star titles: Backchat, in 2002 and The Fource, in 2012. “I personally found the experience of having Rising Star in Region #35 very emotional,” said Bruce. “Right at the very first point of watching C’est la vie walk out to test the mics and

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hearing the camaraderie of cheers coming from the audience. You just could not help but get swept up in all the excitement. It was the perfect day!” She added, “I’m so proud of every quartet that got involved in this international event to support youth quartet education and talent. Being in a country where barbershop is becoming known as an art form amongst youth and for them to witness such a caliber of fine singers from America, Sweden, Australia and our own New Zealand, was a dream come true for everyone. “Thank you Sweet Adelines, for working with Joanna Lyes and myself and for having the youth of the world at the forefront of your minds through the whole journey!”

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Lights, camera, action, CONVENTION!

70th Annual Convention & Competition Oct. 17-22, 2016 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nev. 2016 marks Sweet Adelines International's 70th annual International Convention & Competition! Join us in Las Vegas as we watch women from all over the world grace the stage and barbershop battle it out for the international champion title. You’ll be impressed, wowed and inspired as you experience the world's best barbershop harmony in one of the most exciting cities in all the world!

Tune into the webcast.

Not able to make it to Las Vegas this October? You’re still in luck because the competition will be streaming live on the Sweet Adelines webcast. Visit www.sweetadswebcast.com and bring the excitement of International Competition to you!

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Las Vegas Schedule CC= Conference Center

GGA= Grand Garden Arena

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 Event

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Location

Riser Rehearsals

1:00-11:00 p.m.

MGM CC Sections 313 & 316, 319, 320

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 Event

Time

Location

Riser Rehearsals

7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

MGM CC Sections 313 & 316, 319, 320

The ABCs of Copyright

9:00 -10:00 a.m.

MGM CC Vista 208

Regional Leaders L.E.A.P. Day: Learn, Engage, Apply, Perform

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

MGM CC Section 101–106

PVI Roulette

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

MGM CC Sections 110,111,112

Registration

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Building a Unit Sound

1:30-3:00 p.m.

MGM CC Vista 209-11

Harmony Boutique

2:00-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

2:00-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Developing a Regional Arranging Program

2:30-5:00 p.m.

MGM CC Section 123

Harmony Classic Briefing

3:00-4:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio 6

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 Event

Time

Location

Riser Rehearsals

7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

MGM CC Sections 313 & 316, 319, 320

Las Vegas 2017 Early Registration

9:00-10:00 a.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Registration

9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Quartet Semifinalist Briefing

9:30-11:00 a.m.

MGM GGA

Chorus Semifinalist Briefing

10:30-11:15 a.m.

MGM GGA Studio 6

Coronet Club Front Row Rehearsals

11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

MGM CC Vista Ballroom

Tech Rehearsal

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

MGM GGA

Coronet Club Reunion/ Quartet Reception

1:30-3:00 p.m.

MGM CC Vista Ballroom

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Las Vegas Schedule CC= Conference Center

GGA= Grand Garden Arena

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 Event

Time

Location

Coronet Club Rehearsal

3:00-6:00 p.m.

MGM CC Section 114

2016 Opening Session

5:00-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA

State of the Organization

5:15-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA

Harmony Classic

6:00-10:30 p.m.

MGM GGA

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 Event

Time

Location

YWIH Coordinator Breakfast

7:00-8:30 a.m.

MGM CC Vista Ballroom 207

Lifetime Achievement Breakfast

7:30-9:00 a.m.

MGM CC Vista Ballroom 209

Riser Rehearsals

7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

MGM CC Sections 313 & 316, 319, 320

Coronet Club Rehearsal

8:30-11:00 a.m.

MGM CC Section 114

Registration

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Quartet Semifinals

10:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

MGM GGA

TOS VIP Donor Lounge

12:00-8:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio 7

Quartet Finalists Briefing

10:45-11:15 p.m.

MGM GGA

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

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Event

Time

Location

Riser Rehearsals

7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

MGM CC Sections 313 & 316, 319, 320

PIP’s Breakfast

8:00-9:30 a.m.

By Invitation Only

Registration

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Chorus Semifinals

10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m

MGM GGA

TOS VIP Donor Lounge

12:00-8:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio 7

Chorus Finalists Briefing

9:15-9:30 p.m.

MGM GGA

International President’s Reception

9:00-11:00 p.m.

By Invitation Only

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Las Vegas Schedule CC= Conference Center

GGA= Grand Garden Arena

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 Event

Time

Location

Riser Rehearsals

7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

MGM CC Sections 313 & 316, 319, 320

Coronet Club Rehearsal

8:00-11:00 a.m.

MGM GGA

World Harmony Chorus Rehearsal

8:00-9:00 a.m.

MGM CC Sections 313 & 316

Registration

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Quartet Music Education Class

9:00-10:30 a.m.

MGM CC Sections 119-120

Mass Sing

10:45-11:15 a.m.

Grassy area outside main entrance to Conference Center

TOS VIP Donor Lounge

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio 7

Quartet Finals

11:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

MGM GGA

Coronet Club Show

8:00-10:30 p.m.

MGM GGA (Ticket Required)

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 Event

Time

Location

Riser Rehearsals

7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

MGM CC Sections 313 & 316, 319, 320

World Harmony Chorus Rehearsal

8:00-9:00 a.m.

MGM CC Section 313 & 316

Registration

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Headquarters Desk

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Harmony Boutique

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

International Sales

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Foyer

Chorus Music Education Class

9:00-10:30 a.m.

MGM GGA

TOS VIP Donor Lounge

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio 7

Chorus Finals

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

MGM GGA

Light Up the Night! Closing Party

8:00-11:00 p.m.

MGM GGA Studio B

Coronet Clubhouse

9:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

MGM CC Vista Ballroom

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ORDER OF APPEARANCE Quartets 1. SwingLine, Wildcard 3 – Withdrawn

13. Power Chords, Region #16

25. MACC, Wildcard 7

37. VOCE, Region #1

2. ClassRing

14. CRUSH – Withdrawn

26. Live it Up!, Region #10

38. GQ, Region #19

3. Fortuity

15. Finesse

27. No Strings, Region #26

39. Uptown Suite!, Wildcard 10

4. Vocality

16. SVEA, Region #32

28. Famous Janes

40. Drive!, Region #15

5. Turbulence, Region #12

17. The MIX, Region #31

29. Sparkle!, Region #6

41. Wink, Region #13

6. Aftershock, Wildcard 6

18. Premier, Region #9

30. Ciao Bella, Wildcard 4

42. Milli Blink

7. Rio!, Region #25

19. Glamour, Region #4

31. Fascination!, Region #2

43. Hi-Jinx, Region #34

8. Tenacious, Wildcard 2

20. Glow

32. PrimeTime

44. Legacy, Region #5

9. Lustre

21. SpinOff, Wildcard 5

33. Boston Accent, Wildcard 9

45. Twist, Wildcard 8

10. HEAT

22. Neon Lights, Wildcard 1

34. Ruby Blue, Region #8

46. Windsor

11. Boss., Region #14

23. Cachet, Region #11

35. MOLTO!, Region #35

47. C'est la vie, Region #21

12. Frenzy

24. By Request, Region #3

36. Spritzer

48. Fusion, Region #17

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1. Harborlites Chorus, Region #21

18. Viva Acappella Chorus, Region #31

2. Heartbeat UK Chorus, Region #31

19. Carolina Style Chorus, Region #14

3. Song of Atlanta Chorus, Region #14

20. Liberty Oak Chorus, Region #15

4. Westcoast Harmony Chorus, Region #26

21. Greater Harrisburg Chorus, Region #19

5. City of Lakes Chorus, Region #6

22. Mountain Jubilee Chorus, Region #8

6. Pride of Portland Chorus, Region #13

23. River Blenders Chorus, Region #5

7. O.K. City Chorus, Region #25

24. Rönninge Show Chorus, Region #32

8. Valley Forge Chorus, Region #19

25. River City Sound Chorus, Region #3

9. Song of Sonoma Chorus, Region #12

26. Midwest Crossroad Chorus, Region #3

10. Christchurch City Chorus, Region #35

27. Spirit of the Gulf Chorus, Region #9

11. Melbourne Chorus, Region #34

28. Buffalo Gateway Chorus, Region #16

12. Rich-Tone Chorus, Region #25

29. Harmony Celebration Chorus, Region #15

13. Pride of Kentucky Chorus, Region #4

30. A Cappella West Chorus, Region #34

14. Skyline Chorus, Region #8

31. The Woodlands Show Chorus, Region #10

15. London Chorus, Region #2

32. Coastline Show Chorus, Region #1

16. Mission Valley Chorus, Region #12

33. Greater Cleveland Chorus, Region #17

17. Metro Nashville Chorus, Region #4

34. Verdugo Hills Chorus, Region #11

Harmony Classic A

Harmony Classic AA

1. Vocal Dimension Chorus, Region #31

1. Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus, Region #17

2. Sound Celebration Chorus, Region #5

2. Pacific Sound Chorus, Region #13

3. Vocal Motion! Chorus, Region #26

3. Great Lakes Chorus, Region #2

4. Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus, Region #9

4. Pearls Of The Sound Chorus, Region #32

5. Carpe Diem Chorus, Region #11

5. Springfield Metro Chorus, Region #25

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HAVE YOU DOWNLOADED THE SWEET ADELINES LAS VEGAS APP? Whether you are shopping in Harmony Boutique or watching the competition on the webcast, you can conveniently view competition scores, the daily schedule of events and the daily video recap through the Sweet Adelines Las Vegas App! Readily available to both Android and Apple users, this resource is FREE of charge, and will keep you connected and in sync to the harmony at International Competition. Visit your app store and search: Sweet Adelines Las Vegas

WE #CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Take a selfie with your quartet at the airport. Capture the moment your chorus arrives in Vegas. Show us your setup for your webcast viewing party. Create a post about your favorite convention memory. Tag them all with #iamsweetadelines and #Vegas2016. Then share with us on your favorite social media site: @SweetAdelinesIntl @SweetAdsIntl @SweetAdelinesIntl

WELCOME TO THE WEBCAST

Hear the roar of the crowd in the MGM Grand Arena and catch all the action, LIVE! For the 15th year in a row, the Sweet Adelines webcast is offered free of charge. The ability to continue streaming the webcast year-to-year is due to donations from viewers around the world. Please continue to support the webcast by making a donation today!

Visit www.sweetadswebcast.com to donate and to watch the competition.

WEBCAST FAQs • There is no playback feature on the webcast. All performances are LIVE! So you don’t miss your favorites, there is a time zone converter located on the “Schedule” tab at www.sweetadswebcast.com. • Be sure to keep watching after your favorite performances! Directly following each performance, all quartets and choruses have the opportunity for an interview with the webcasters. • Make sure you have the latest Flash Player installed on your computer. To update your Adobe Flash Player, visit: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. • For the best picture, use a wired internet connection. Plug a network cable into the back of your wireless hub, and then into the computer. • Coverage of The Coronet Club Show begins on Friday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. This portion of the webcast is available for $20 USD. If you have questions during the webcast, email tech support at support@sweetadswebcast.com.

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2017 WILDCARD CHORUSES 2

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Region #3

Choral-Aires Chorus Bonnie Fedyski and Amy Brinkman, directors Score: 666 • 84 on stage Songs: Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Gentry); Ain't He Sweet/Yessir, That's My Baby (Hine)

Choral-Aires Chorus

Region #4

TuneTown Show Chorus Richard Spencer, director Score: 649 • 60 on stage Songs: Oh, How I Miss You Tonight (Arns); Ring Out The Bells In Dixieland - 'Cross The Mason Dixon Line Medley (Arns)

TuneTown Show Chorus

Region #12

Sacramento Valley Chorus Lynne Erickson, director Score: 613 • 88 on stage Songs: When The Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along) (Volk); If I Give My Heart To You (Clancy)

Sacramento Valley Chorus

Region #13

a cappella joy Chorus Nikki Blackmer, director Score: 630 • 48 on stage Songs: You Don’t Know Me (Clancy & Harrington); Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (Dale)

a cappella joy Chorus

Region #15

Spirit of Syracuse Chorus Kay Crawford, director Score: 623 • 70 on stage Songs: All The Way (Gentry); All Aboard For Dixie Land (Wright)

Spirit of Syracuse Chorus

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2017 WILDCARD CHORUSES 2

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Region #16

Canadian Showtime Chorus Sandie Nason, director Score: 657 • 71 on stage Songs: If I Ruled The World (Dale); I Wanna Be Around (Giallombardo)

Canadian Showtime Chorus

Region #17

Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus David Wallace, director Score: 612 • 62 on stage Songs: Cinderella/You Were Meant For Me (Arns, Cokeroft, Craig and Wright); When I Fall In Love (Wright)

Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus

Region #25

Springfield Metro Chorus John Stockstill, director Score: 617 • 44 on stage Songs: Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring (Dale); Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You (Volk)

Springfield Metro Chorus

Region #26

Rhythm of the Rockies Chorus Mary Hager, director Score: 636 • 52 on stage Songs: Yesterday I Heard The Rain (Graham); Shanghai (Bergman)

Rhythm of the Rockies Chorus

Region #35

Wellington City Chorus Henrietta Hunkin and David Brooks, directors Score: 643 • 54 on stage Songs: Love Letters Straight From Your Heart (Arns); Smile Medley (Hine)

Wellington City Chorus

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JUDGING CATEGORY DESCRIPTION BOOK

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HARM O N Y R O U N D U P

LIVING IN A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES

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By Pam Lauffer

ou never know what the possibilities will be in life. After studying iconic philharmonic director Benjamin Zander’s work and sharing his philosophies for years in Region #25, we had a chance meeting with him last March in the hotel lobby where our regional convention afterglow was taking place. Ben is the longtime director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and now directs the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO). What a thrill it was to be able to tell him how we admired his work. And then – he asked us to sing! Ben and his wife, Roz, combined their passions and talents to create a vision to live by, melding leadership and life philosophies with music. Their first book, "The Art of Possibility,” was followed by the recent release of "Pathways to Possibility.” One of Ben's observations, after meeting 300 Sweet Adelines in Tulsa, was that both of our organizations live in a world of possibility. He was amazed when he realized how many Sweet Adeline lives he had touched through his teachings. A month later, Ben called Dale Syverson and team leader Kelli Hinton and invited The Rich-Tones to join the BPYO for a concert series at Carnegie Hall. Because they are competing in Las Vegas this year, they were unable to accept and suggested that he call Rio! He did. We accepted! Attending the BPYO rehearsals, we were infused by their energy

FLEUR DE LIS QUARTET FLIES WITH GOODY, GOODY By Jeannine Thibodaux

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leur de Lis Quartet, Region #10, “boogie woogied” audiences back to the 1940s during the Stage Door Idol contest at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans recently. Participants sang songs that were written, or popular, during the war years. Dressed in 1940s attire, Fleur de Lis advanced to the final round with a rousing rendition of Goody, Goody, arranged by Nancy Bergman. Local celebrity judges described Fleur de Lis as a “cohesive unit gushing with joy” and the “vocal version of the Blue Angels.” Needless to say, we were flying sky-high after the experience and plan to compete again. Wish us luck!

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and passion. We saw the joy and couldn't help but recognize the same qualities that make us so passionate about the art form that we love. Our two musical cultures could not be more different, and yet the similarities were profound. During the concert series, Rio! greeted patrons with song as they entered Carnegie Hall each evening. It was fun to see the reactions of the concert goers, as we were definitely not what this symphony audience was expecting! We were photographed, videoed and questioned; it was our pleasure to introduce classical musical lovers to the art form of four-part a cappella harmony. We had a ball! It was such an honor to represent Sweet Adelines in this unique way. Thank you Benjamin Zander, for being a truly gracious and generous host. We hope this is just the beginning of a timeless relationship.


HARM O N Y R O U N D U P

ITALY MEETS BARBERSHOP – NOI SIAMO SWEET ADELINES! By Julie Sinkoff

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he Jersey Sound Chorus, Region #19, from Cinnaminson, N.J., had the extraordinary opportunity to perform in Italy at the Assisi Performing Arts Festival last July. This annual event features vocal and instrumental musicians from all over the world. And busting barbershop chords was totally new to Assisi! Master Director, Stephanie Brictson, chose spirituals, barbershop standards and classic Americana pieces for three performances by our 34-member chorus. Our first concert overlooked Assisi’s main piazza. To draw in a crowd, members sat in large windows and sang to people in the street. By the concert’s end, there wasn’t an empty seat left! Our second concert was in a garden outside the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. As the sun set, our voices rang through the

courtyard, attracting many people. We also were honored to sing during Sunday mass at the Basilica of St. Francis. It was a reverent experience to hear our voices in this sacred space. We also took day trips to Perugia, Orvieto, Siena and Lake Trasimeno, and you can bet we sang everywhere we went! Crowds gathered to watch us, as most spectators had never heard barbershop harmony. In Rome, we sang at the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum, and as we sang The Lords's Prayer (arr. by Jim Clancy) in St. Peter's Square, the bells rang in key with our voices. Jersey Sound is so grateful for this opportunity. To see and “hear” more, visit us at www.facebook.com/JerseySoundChorus.

BUILDING BRIDGES

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By Rebecca Heller

or those of us in regions outside North America, our Sweet Adelines sisters can seem very far away sometimes. Yet music can really help bridge those boundaries, as we, two Region #31 Scottish chapters, learned on a recent visit to fellow Sweet Adelines in Sweden. Our group, representing Forth Valley Chorus, Edinburgh, and Hillfoot Harmony, Dollar, christened it the Nordic Light Trip, after Region #32’s beautiful name. Women from the RÖnninge Show Chorus and Stockholm City Voices were incredibly welcoming and opened their hearts, homes and rehearsals. We’re looking forward to Las Vegas, knowing we will see so many new friends. We encourage you to look around your region and beyond – is there another chorus you could learn from? Maybe they have great choreo routines or a new style. Maybe you’re a big chorus and would like to learn from the precision achieved by a small one. Or maybe you are a small group and want to feel what it’s like to be one of 100 women on the risers. We have so much to teach each other and there is such joy in sharing experiences. Even across oceans, #wearesweetadelines.

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2016–2017 REGION Leslie MacDonald, Communications Coordinator

#1

Eileen Gioe, Directors’ Coordinator Heidi Zacchera, Education Coordinator Patti Lavernoich, Events Coordinator Rebecca King, Finance Coordinator Debra Richard, Membership Coordinator Patricia Marais, Marketing Coordinator Wendy Davies, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Martha Delargey, Communications Coordinator

#2

Jeanne Lundberg, Directors’ Coordinator Nancy Liedel, Education Coordinator Anne Norman, Events Coordinator Judith Sirut, Finance Coordinator Melissa Wright, Membership Coordinator Lisa Gilkey, Marketing Coordinator Mary Patrick, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Mary Ann Neuman, Communications Coordinator

#3

Nancie Kiddoo, Directors’ Coordinator Angie Williams, Education Coordinator Kate Steimel, Events Coordinator Molly Heimerdinger, Finance Coordinator Julie Quesenberry, Membership Coordinator Laurel Meyer, Marketing Coordinator Jacalyn Compton, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Bethany Daley, Communications Coordinator

#4

Kim Wonders, Directors’ Coordinator Natalie Allen, Education Coordinator Jamie Kamin, Events Coordinator Beverly Miller, Finance Coordinator Lynn Hartmuth, Membership Coordinator Sue Pelley, Marketing Coordinator Bev Miller, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Janet Clark, Communications Coordinator

#5

Charyl Barr, Directors’ Coordinator Annette Wallace, Education Coordinator Bettye Hubbard, Events Coordinator Karen Matthews, Events Coordinator Pat Kies, Finance Coordinator Donna Turk, Membership Coordinator Linda Gross, Marketing Coordinator Judy Kaeser, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Linda Rubis, Communications Coordinator

#6

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Sheila Koplitz, Directors’ Coordinator Heather Johnston, Education Coordinator Joan Grootwassink, Events Coordinator Cynthia McLane, Finance Coordinator Bettina Schramm, Membership Coordinator Ruby Ericson, Marketing Coordinator Rosemary Komadowski, Regional Team Coordinator

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REGIONAL MANAGEMENT TEAM MEMBERS REGION Heather Reimnitz, Communications Coordinator

#8

Judy Vidal, Directors’ Coordinator Marilyn Cox, Education Coordinator Sue McCormick, Events Coordinator Brenda Hershiser, Finance Coordinator Pati Bouman, Membership Coordinator Jamie Ryan, Marketing Coordinator Jill Harward, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Anne Bell, Communications Coordinator

#9

Francine Russ, Directors’ Coordinator Barbara Mauldin, Education Coordinator Iris Christ, Finance Coordinator Debbie Dennis, Membership Coordinator Irene Zimmer, Marketing Coordinator Lisa Deprez, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Petra Chini, Communications Coordinator

#10

Mary Beth McMurray, Directors’ Coordinator Denise Fly, Education Coordinator Marilyn Turner, Events Coordinator Cheryl Pyle, Finance Coordinator Kaye Pledge, Membership Coordinator Elizabeth McCurdy, Marketing Coordinator Gail Eltgroth, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Jolene Forzetting, Communications Coordinator

#11

Kim Patrick-Miernicki, Directors’ Coordinator Debbie Curtis, Education Coordinator Patricia Vincent, Events Coordinator Laura La Borde, Finance Coordinator Lou Burgess-Schroff, Membership Coordinator Lillian Zellmer, Marketing Coordinator Shawnna Allen, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION LaDonna Hulcy, Communications Coordinator

#12

Barbara Vander Putten, Directors’ Coordinator Julie Starr, Education Coordinator Bonnie Garlow, Events Coordinator Patricia Hitch, Finance Coordinator Laura Pennington, Membership Coordinator Kevran Day, Marketing Coordinator Sherry Rowe, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Diane Lee, Communications Coordinator

#13

Sandra Cahill, Directors’ Coordinator Debra Aungst, Education Coordinator Judy Galloway, Events Coordinator Daniela Stiles, Finance Coordinator Sharon Stockstad, Membership Coordinator Jordan Sahlin, Marketing Coordinator Nancy Kurth, Regional Team Coordinator Emily Christman, Communications Coordinator


2016–2017 REGION Sherry Sprague, Directors’ Coordinator

#14

Nancy Field, Education Coordinator Beverly Coe-Cotton, Events Coordinator Deborah Lawrence, Finance Coordinator Jan Goldbach, Membership Coordinator Sharon LeDuc, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Jennifer Hunter, Communications Coordinator

#15

Kathleen Britt, Directors’ Coordinator Harriette Walters, Education Coordinator Harriett Kimball, Events Coordinator Mary Connelly, Finance Coordinator Beth Fulton, Membership Coordinator Tricia Zichello, Marketing Coordinator Barbara Wright, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Susan Heighway, Communications Coordinator

#16

Sonne Durphy, Directors’ Coordinator Sue Melvin, Education Coordinator Cathy Stovold, Events Coordinator April Jackson, Finance Coordinator Andrea Thorne-Percy, Membership Coordinator Susan Gentile, Marketing Coordinator June Donovan, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Sue Moore, Communications Coordinator

#17

Julie Zehnder, Directors’ Coordinator JoAnn Wilson, Education Coordinator Cathy Dunlap, Events Coordinator Sharon Coe, Finance Coordinator Carolyn Macomber, Membership Coordinator Ruth Bates, Marketing Coordinator Deborah Ferenc, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Pat Edelmann, Directors’ Coordinator

#19

Donna Halley, Education Coordinator Liz Danielski, Events Coordinator Judith Hall, Finance Coordinator Michele Woodward, Membership Coordinator Diane Bartel, Marketing Coordinator Sarah Nainan-Newhard, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Karen Laderman, Communications Coordinator

#21

Ethel Lowther, Directors’ Coordinator Bonnie McKibben, Education Coordinator Della Davis, Events Coordinator Mary Chilton, Finance Coordinator Adelina Dudda, Membership Coordinator Kat Shaver, Marketing Coordinator Tracey Sandberg, Regional Team Coordinator Brandy Darrow, Communications Coordinator Kelly Causey, Directors’ Coordinator

REGIONAL MANAGEMENT TEAM MEMBERS REGION Brandy Darrow, Communications Coordinator

#25

Melynnie Williams, Education Coordinator Judy Winters, Events Coordinator Courtney Robinson, Finance Coordinator Tamra Webber, Membership Coordinator Sharon Hightower, Marketing Coordinator Sharon Hammer, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Beverly Hunter, Communications Coordinator

#26

Joey Minshall, Directors’ Coordinator Lisa Hunszinger, Education Coordinator Catherine Martin, Events Coordinator Susan Dumas, Finance Coordinator Donna Dunning, Membership Coordinator Yvonne Meyer, Marketing Coordinator Vicky Smith, Regional Team Coordinator

REGION Hilary Pinnock, Communications Coordinator

#31 REGION

#32

REGION

#34

REGION

#35

Sophie Radcliffe, Directors’ Coordinator Alyson Chaney, Education Coordinator Sue Finnigan, Events Coordinator Dorothy Main, Finance Coordinator Moreida Lord, Membership Coordinator Sara Wilcox, Marketing Coordinator

Yvonne Brinck, Communications Coordinator Annika Christensen, Directors’ Coordinator Mariann Eriksson, Education Coordinator Kerstin Brindbergs, Events Coordinator Anna-Lena Nordin, Finance Coordinator Anette Johnsson, Membership Coordinator Heli Hemgård , Marketing Coordinator Carina Kandell, Regional Team Coordinator Debbie Scott, Communications Coordinator Lindsey Dyer, Directors’ Coordinator Traci Voss, Education Coordinator Kate Hawkins, Events Coordinator Annet Wezenbeek, Finance Coordinator Valerie Norris, Membership Coordinator Anna-Marie Shew, Marketing Coordinator Sharon Cartwright, Regional Team Coordinator Katrina Te Punga, Communications Coordinator Joanna Lyes, Directors’ Coordinator Jocosa Bruce, Education Coordinator Hilary Clifton, Events Coordinator Stella Nicholson, Finance Coordinator Julie Scoggins, Membership Coordinator Moira Haddrell, Marketing Coordinator Patricia Veen, Regional Team Coordinator

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M E MB E R P O E M

Still Barbershoppin’ After All These Years

When Spirit of the Gulf, Region #9, named Mickey Mears member of the month, and asked her to share her story, Mears broke out in verse. “It’s a passion of mine to write parodies and record life experiences and somehow, it usually becomes poetry,” she explained. Here, Mears expresses sentiments that will sound familiar to many Sweet Adelines.

Born to “Shop” By Mickey Mears

Our growing up was musical, we sang, we danced, we played, Piano, horn and then the drum – what an awesome noise we made. My Mom, the great encourager, assigned me to "the beat,” She called this trio Sanjomar, the sounds we made were sweet. We added vocals to the notes, she wrote them in our key, And on the yearly talent show, we soon sang, "Tweedly Dee.” We never played Carnegie Hall or visited Ted Mack, But as for guts and girlish pride, there never was a lack. We'd harmonize in kitchens, we'd mimic songs we heard. One thing was true, we never knew a seventh from a third. And after graduation, we laughed and hugged and cried, But though we all went different ways, the music never died. When I was twenty-something, I thought my life was set, I had a husband and a home, two kids, a dog and YET.... When HE brought home his first quartet, the joy of lock and ring Was something I just had to try, rememb'ring I could sing! I visited a local group of ladies' four-part singing, I feel it still, the virgin thrill of fifths and sevenths ringing! They had me cooked, my heart was hooked, I made a silent vow To spread the joy of barbershop to others, then and now. With correspondent sister spunk I begged my kin to seek A chapter of Sweet Adelines, and go there every week. At first they both resisted, their "mother-voice" called louder, But when they found the joyful sound I couldn't have been prouder. My niece and several nephews too, and soon my dear old Dad, All learned that four-part harmony was pleasure to be had. My teaching friends, my sporty pals, the gal who did my hair, My "shopping spree" went on and on, I found them everywhere. From state to state, I could not wait to meet my next quartet. Along the way I gathered gold, how lucky could I get? To blend with friends, to bust a tag, or even learn another, It's been a hoot, a barrel shoot, a hobby like no other. The years have flown, this heart I own has strong harmonic strings, So still my SPIRIT feels the joy this tuneful hobby brings. I'll lift that fifth, I'll match that vowel, I'll keep the chords a-poppin', Cause round the bend with some new friend, I'll still be barbershoppin'!

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L isten U p - The Millstone River Elementary Teacher Quartet (L to R): Michelle Pellecchia, Nancy Halter, Mickey Mears, Bonnie Luning.


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2016 World Harmony Chorus Director Master Director Lea Baker

2016 Ann Gooch Award Winner Master Director Carole Macintyre

Region 34’s Champion Quartet 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016

2015 Regional Champion Chorus Master Director Jo Oosterhoff & Master Director Lindsey Dyer

’ How could Region 34 be any prouder of you? You've shone for us, amazed us, dazzled us, and now you’re in Las Vegas ready to give your all yet again – you truly are the gifts that keep on giving! As you take the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage in October, remember that for every second of that special time, the love, pride and best wishes of an entire nation will be right there with you.

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We receive many submissions each year, and since we publish quarterly, publication space is limited. Due to production time, article content is determined three months or more in advance. If an article is not published immediately, 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 Pitch Pipe. Articles may be edited for length, style and grammar. Notification will be sent if your article is published, and you may request up to five additional copies free of charge.

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regional level in 2014, members have been exploring new and exciting from competitors, the Judge Specialists and the Education Direction Committee have developed a new policy to allow members to fulfill their desire to compete in more than one quartet. The policy states that: “A member may now compete in up to two different quartets during the same regional contest, as long as they are in different competition divisions (e.g., one quartet in the International Division and one in the the second quartet in the same regional contest.”


Accolades

—as of Aug. 1, 2016

DIRECTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM Advanced to Certified Director

Elizabeth Green

Platinum Show Chapter, Region #9

Susan Clark

Scenic City Chapter, Region #4

Advanced to Master Glenda Lloyd

Brindabella Chapter, Region #34

INTERNATIONAL JUDGING PROGRAM Advanced to Certified Lynnell Diamond

Expression, Chapter-at-Large, Region #8

Awarded Emerita Status Marsha Fulton

White Sails A Cappella, Region #26

IN MEMORY Alvinia Axford,

— May 31 - July 31, 2016

Kansas City Chorus, Region #5

Carolyn Barter,

Valley Shore Acappella Chorus, Region #1

Sharon Beyer,

Westwind Harmony Chorus, Region #21

Kim Beranek,

Five Valley Chorus, Region #13

Mavis Buroker,

Five Valley Chorus, Region #13

Delores Colthorp,

Heart of Michigan Chorus, Region #2

Joan Cooney,

Arbutus Sounds Chorus, Region #26

Sandra Detroit,

Pride of Portland Chorus, Region #13

Janet Goodman, Greater Auckland Chorus, Region #35

Claudette Lupo,

Crescent City Sound Chorus, Region #10

Kaye Jensen,

Melodeers Chorus, Region #3

Marilyn Keown,

Verdugo Hills Chorus, Region #11

Carol Klassen,

Westcoast Harmony Chorus, Region #26

Tammy Kleiber, Image City Sound Chorus, Region #16

Karen Moore,

Chapter-At-Large, Region #9

Fran Pickett,

Chapter-At-Large, Region #1

Cynthia Tucker,

Somerset Hills Chorus, Region #31

Rebecca Tucker,

Wichita Chorus, Region #25

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