Sweet Adelines Lake Ontario Region 16 Newsletter
December 2016
International Board of Directors

So proud of Region 16 for having had 100% participation in the recent Sweet Adelines International Board of Directors election! The RMT thanks all chapter Management Teams/BODs for their efforts to ensure their chapters voted.

The following candidates will be serving along with the continuing members of the Board:

  • Paula Davis, Song of Seattle Chorus, Region 13 - serving a three-year elected term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2020
  • Cammi MacKinlay, Lions Gate Chorus, Region 26 - ...serving a three-year elected term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2020
  • RenĂ©e Porzel, Melodeers Chorus, Region 3 - serving a three-year elected term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2020
  • Mary Rhea, O.K. City Chorus, Region 25 - serving a three-year elected term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2020
  • Sharon Cartwright, Northern Beaches Chorus, Region 34 - serving a one-year appointed term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018
  • Jeanne d'Arc (JD) Crowe, Canadian Showtime Chorus, Region 16 - serving a one-year appointed term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018

In This Issue
Past Publications
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New Members!  Wahoo!
York Harmony Welcomes
  • Tracey Elliot
  • Tracey Cooper
  • Jayden Barton
  • Patti Downey-Harrison
  • Daniela Agosta
  • Katrina Trautrim
  • Helen Flannery
Barrie Huronia Welcomes
  • Quita Holm
  • Kari Bacon
Let us know who your new members are and they can see their name
here too!

Quartet Corner
So who doesn't like Christmas presents?
I have one for all of you right here all wrapped up in red letters. It is a FREE APP called Functional Ear Trainer. Because of my Round Table discussion at the Fall Music School last month, I heard over and over that singers want to be smarter about knowing what the dots on the music are, or want to be more aware of where they are in the chord or where a note is in relation to the key of the song. This app addresses the last point - it helps your ear determine where a note is in relation to the scale. Singers in quartets and choruses owe it to themselves and their singing mates to be more responsible for musical growth. Every singer has to start somewhere so why not make the challenge a game? This app helps you identify a note in relation to DOH (also called the tonic or the key you are singing in). At the beginning of each turn, 4 chords are played (I, IV, V, I) so you get a sense of the key. You can sing "We'll all have tea" from the nursery rhyme "Polly Put the Kettle On" so then you can relate to the test note, which follows. It does help to sing the note as you decide what it might be. There is more explanation as you go along so I leave it with you to try it out. This app is certainly not the only one for ear training but it may be right for you. It gets more challenging as you go to higher levels. Other programs can help you name the notes and so many other aspects of reading music... there is so much to learn in only one lifetime...
Chances are you are very busy for all of December. Remind yourself that YOU, luckily, are in charge of your growth. Make time for the things you enjoy, which only you get to choose. Most of us got into this art form because of the music and stayed because of the music AND the people, right? So capitalize on both this season. Make memories with both that you can treasure always.
Wishing you all the best now and in 2017,
Paula Allen
Region 16 Quartet Coordinator

Limestone City Voices
The chorus had a busy month working on contest material and Christmas songs.   We welcomed our newest member, Jackie Riel, and enjoyed sharing our music with visiting prospective members.
Mo Field, coach extraordinaire, joined us for an evening plus a full day rehearsal.  What an experience!  We're now remembering, assimilating, and still smiling!  Our fabulous directors, Kristin and Vanessa, hosted the 'after coaching' pot luck with lots of laughter, singing, and typical LCV high spirits.
Judi Kleffman, our beloved and dedicated treasurer, has been awarded our 'Sweet Adeline of the Year'.   Congratulations Judi!
As the holiday season approaches, we are looking forward to participating in the Christmas show at CFB Kingston, the children's party at Our Lady of Fatima church, and our own retirement home sing-outs.
Limestone City Voices chorus wishes everyone a safe and joyful holiday season.
York Harmony

'Tis the season and ladies it's been great so far!
Since our last submission it seems like we have been busy hosting and participating in many celebratory events.
Membership Update -
We did a very successful drive on Sept 20th. We were delighted to have 13 new chorus prospects. Great news with a few that were completely new to SAI. As we went through our process were successful in obtaining 7 amazing ladies. Two with YWIH sweet to see the younger ladies joining an amazing genre. We are very pleased to welcome, Leads: Tracey Elliot, Tracey Cooper, Jayden Barton (YWIH) and Patti Downey-Harrison, 1 new bass: Daniela Agosta (YWIH); and a new tenor: Katrina Trautrim. In addition, 1 new bari: Helen Flannery first came out in August to start the process. Congrats ladies!
Having said goodbye to 2 member this past year, we continue to maintain our positive energy and a steady-moving-forward attitude, as we grow our sisterhood in harmony to reach new heights this coming year.

Halloween rehearsal dress up evening. We had villains, vixens, celebrities and a few very funny clowns. All members were in the spirit and great fun was had by all!

Coaching - The lovely and talented Erin Howden made us work hard on November 1st. Our newbies were amazing and jumped right in without hesitation.

At Fall Music School,  we had 11 members attend. They all returned rejuvenated and keen to share new breathing and warm up exercises,  membership drive ideas and other tools to add to our "in harmony"  resource kit. "Hats off!"  to one of the best ones yet!  We all had a fun and educational weekend.

  'Tis the Season: It's Showtime
Our concert organizers Marla Rodgers and Brenda Noble did a fantastic job taking the lead ensuring we were all set to go. Soooo many ladies jumped in and we pulled off a sell out performance.  Our frozen themed snowflakes and accenting decorations were staged throughout the front foyer and sanctuary the Victory Baptist Church. Our crafty ladies Patti and Rhonda's gift tables were full and looking stunning. With the efforts of many and the incredible generosity from our local businesses and supporters we had a record 23 raffle baskets to give away and 1 amazing door prize.
Our refreshment crew were busy at work organizing home baked cookies and refreshments for our guests to enjoy. The clock struck 1:30, the door opened and the guests began to arrive. By 2:00 pm , we had a full house of over 300 guests.
Along with our special guests, S.L.A.M and Whisky River our guests were very impressed by our show. The spirit of the season was in the air, harmonic a capella singing filled the room. With Martha's consistent and motivating direction, we delivered a fantastic performance. The was when all our newest members joined YHC on stage to perform our final song, Feliz Navidad. We were over 53 voice in harmony, sharing our gift of song. And we received a standing ovation!
After we cleared away the decorations and packaged up the very little cookies and treats that were left, were we all feeling a little tired, but very blessed that our show was a great success. We knew everyone was leaving with the feeling of joy and celebration for this enchanted season. The support received from the YHC family and friends was tremendous.  We can't say thank you enough to all those who were instrumental in making our concert such a great success. In giving back, a portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to Belinda's Place, a crisis and transitional shelter for women and children in need.
YHC Celebrates Together at RedCrest Golf and Country
Following tradition, instead of having our regular rehearsal on December 3rd, we hosted an  evening to celebrate our friendships, achievements, and to share in some holiday cheer. It was a great evening full of fun interactive team building games, skits, a delicious dinner and of course some impromptu singing. Our MC's Marion Campbell and Mary Jo Lemme were a great team, making it a memorable event for all.  
Sing OUTS:
Dec 10th - Our Music team performed at the Whitchurch Stouffville Museum in celebration of their community festivities.
Dec 12th - Approx. 9 our of ladies brought some Christmas spirit to Southlake Regional Hospital. Singing through different departments and one could feel the joy spilled over to those struggling with various health issues at this time of year. YHC was well received by all those who heard the harmonies throughout the hospital. 
Dec 17th - Approx. 40 YHC member will be attending the Black Creek Pioneer Village "Christmas by Lamplight" event. The sound in the old church on site is special, along with the laminating candlelight makes it very special.
Dec 19th - The YHC music team and some other members performed and did an interview on the local Rogers Cable TV station. Once again sharing our genre to viewer and our great community.
So, we have had a full fall and early winter filled with great momentum. We are excited for the year ahead. Bring on 2017! May the force be with us all.
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Sue Heighway - Communications Coordinator