August 2019
Region 16 Pep Rally in New Orleans!
The excitement is mounting as we approach the upcoming Sweet Adelines International Convention in New Orleans, LA. For those of you who will be attending, you won't want to miss the opportunity to attend the Region 16 Pep Rally hosted by the Regional Management Team!

When: Monday, September 16  9-10 pm
Where:  Sheraton New Orleans
           500 Canal Street New Orleans, La., 70130
Room:  Napoleon D 1, 2 & 3
Join fellow members of Region 16 and your RMT in offering our support, encouragement and love to our wonderful Region 16 International Representatives. We look forward to seeing all of you, our awesome Regional cheerleaders, and want to make this the best Pep Rally ever!

In this issue
New to Region 16
North Metro
Natalie Feltrin (lead)
Past Publications
Upcoming submission deadlines:
August 30
September 29
October 30
Facebook Pages
Recently our awesome Regional Social Media Administrator, Meaghan DeClerq, featured bios of each of our RMT members on the Region 16 Facebook page. In case you missed any of them, here again for your convenience are links to those bios. (You don't need a Facebook account to view these.)

Get to know your leadership and feel free to contact them with any questions or problems.
Joan Borden, Directors' Coordinator
Leila Brown, Communications Coordinator
Sue Heighway, Team Coordinator
Sue Melvin, Education Coordinator
Colleen O'Dwyer, Finance Coordinator
Cathy Stovold, Events Coordinator
Christine Yorke, Membership Coordinator

Martha DeClerq, RMT Associate
Sue Dubois, Administrative Assistant
We are looking for an energetic, creative, positive and organized individual who is passionate about our region to join our team as our Regional Fundraising Coordinator!  
Reporting to the Regional Finance Coordinator, you would be responsible for overseeing and organizing fundraising at various regional events. Your ideas need not be limited to regional events and we are always open to suggestions for new and exciting fundraising initiatives! 
There is some compensation for the work you will do by way of registration fees and hotel accommodations at Regional events.
We are Sweet Adelines and we know our region is packed with members who fit the description above so please contact us if you would like more information or have any questions. Don't want to do this job by yourself? Well, bring a friend along with you! This is a great way to get involved at the Regional level! 
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Region 16 Team Coordinator
Regional Finance Coordinator
Is your chorus information up to date on the regional website? In the Chorus Directory?

If you've had chorus officer changes recently, and you haven't sent in the information already, please send the new info to our Communications Coordinator, Leila Brown.
Check your chorus info on the choruses info page and in the chorus directory (you need to be logged in to access the directory).
Congratulations to  Orangeville Show Chorus  on 
being awarded a $250 grant for their recent Acappellooza youth barbershop event.

Consider holding a youth event. We can help! 

Contact  Julie Sykes, Region 16 Young Women in Harmony Coordinator.


G uest faculty Kim Vaughn is a 3-time Queen of Harmony, Sound category judge, Master Director 700, Sweet Adelines Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Vocal Pedagogy expert. 

Click here  to read more information about Kim.

  • 7:00 pm - Very Large Quartet (VLQ) Contest with celebrity judges from both S.L.A.M.! (2019 regional champs) and Soundbyte (2019 silver medalists.)
  • 8:30 pm (approx.) - Round Table Topics... Like 'speed-dating' but with educational subject matter!
  • Interactive classes with Internationally-renowned Kim Vaughn! Kim will deliver subject-matter based on the Region 16 2019 judging panel comments; i.e. skills the judges indicated would be helpful for our choruses and quartets to build the best barbershop sound and performance: Artistry, musical energy, unit sound, resonance and more!
  • Learn a new song
  • Director class
  • Private quartet coaching sessions
  • Presentation about our new 2020 convention site in St. Catharines!
  • CCL session
  • DCP Testing
  • 9:00 am - 12 noon (approx.) - Quartet coaching-under-glass, back by popular demand!

Don't be shy! Get your friends together and perform in this FUN event!

When:   Friday evening, October 25, 2019
Where:   Sheraton Parkway Toronto North, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Who:   Minimum 5 singers, maximum 8
Rules and registration:   Click here for easy rules and registration info
Contact:   Paula Allen for questions
Help:   Please help us get the word out by sharing the VLQ Contest Facebook event to your chorus Facebook pages; click here  for FB event
YOU CAN DO IT! We hope to see you there!
How do you describe success for your quartet? Do you ever talk about it as a foursome? When you look at this picture above, do you see the words 'medal', 'placement' or 'score'? Methinks not. Luckily there is a new heightened awareness to be genuine when we sing. That is a challenge and comes from a deeper place than learning notes. Of course, a listener may fail to be touched emotionally because of the distraction of too many wrong notes or less-than-pleasant vocal production, so you have to pay attention to those areas, too.

When I look at the seven steps in the picture, I can see how doable it would be to write a list of how to accomplish MOST of these steps. Within your quartet or with a friend or coach, you may bring different talents and experiences to get the words on paper. Identifying #1 is probably the most challenging - to be real enough and to be all on the same page about where you would like to be. There is great satisfaction and joy in working toward the same goal because you are a musician who lives to share your music.

Quartet Coordinator
Attention budding arrangers!

Region 2 SAI is holding an arranger training session on Friday, September 6, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Sarnia in Point Edward, Ontario.
Both beginners and those with some arranging experience are welcome to attend this class entitled, How to Write Juicy Intros and Tags and Introduction to the New Arranger Certification Program*, taught by Dr. Diane Clark. This class is part of the Region 2 Fall Music School.
Advance registration is required @ $15. Contact Diane with questions and/or to register by the September 1 deadline.

* Click here to learn more about the Sweet Adelines International Arranger Certification Program (ACP).

Wenger risers for sale!

The Heartland Singers are replacing their risers. 

We are selling:


- 11 of the 3 step risers

- 16 of the fourth add-on steps

- 16 supports for the backs

- 9 back rails

If you are looking for risers, please contact 
Orangeville Show Chorus
Orangeville Show  Chorus celebrated Barbershop Harmony Day at the local Farmer's Market on  July 13 singing tags and handing out promotional material to attract  new members.

Durham Shores Chorus

Circle of Harmony Chorus
Every summer, Circle of Harmony takes a break from rehearsals for a few weeks and then we welcome everyone back with a pool party that includes plenty of singing!

York Harmony Chorus
"In the summertime when the weather is hot.
You can stretch right up and touch the sky..."
And York Harmony Chorus has been sky high with community awareness and performances this summer!
We started out on June 29 by performing on the Riverwalk Commons stage at the fabulous Newmarket Farmer's Market. We literally stopped the crowd with our performance! Several women from that day have since come out to our rehearsals, and one is planning to join us.
Following this fun performance, YHC had a booth on Main Street Newmarket for the Canada Day festivities. This is a hugely successful annual event, and we drew many people in to tell them about YHC and selling some of our music-themed items. Thanks to all of those who came out on shifts throughout the day from 9-5. Another successful community awareness day that lead to several women interested in joining us!
Then, on July 27, we were back at the Farmers Market, this time with a booth. Here we gave out chorus info, and also promoted a Louisville fundraising program with "The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro" in Newmarket. Come out or order in from The Works on Wednesday, August 14! YHC will receive 15% of total sales that day. If you are in the area drop in or order in through Skip-the-Dishes or Uber Eats! If you are not in the area, we'd appreciate you telling all of your friends who are!
Lastly, here are some events coming up. Spread the news and Save the Dates!
Thurs, Aug. 22, Moonlight on Main Event, Whitchurch-Stouffville
Fri, Sept. 6, Sharon Temple Illuminations, Sharon EG
Sun, Nov. 17, East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade, EG
Sat, Nov. 30, York Harmony Chorus Annual Christmas Show, Newmarket
Sat, Dec. 14, Christmas by LampLight, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto
Bay of Quinte Chorus
T he Bay of Quinte Chorus had a wonderful year filled with songs of old, new pieces, sisterhood, laughter and fun, and sensational new members to grow our small chorus. We were also blessed by the continued undaunted support of members from Greater Kingston Chorus who are a shining example of what Sweet Adelines represents!
Some of the highlights included fun, well-organized and successful guest nights (membership drive), dedicated fundraising efforts with our cheese fundraiser being the ever popular and steady flow, and our annual shining star of all fundraisers the Spring Sing 'n Fashions show held each year in May.

We are a community-minded chorus and, along with Greater Kingston Chorus sisters, we took part in singing at the spring IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimers 2019 in Belleville, ON. It was a very warm and emotionally-rich experience as we sang to the walkers when they embarked on their journey to raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases.

We shot a little video of us singing Can You Feel the Love Tonight for one of our members whose male colleague is battling ALS. Under the gentle direction of Joel Bootsma, our voices were filled with love and light and he was overjoyed to see and hear us singing especially for him. A sweet, Sweet Adelines' moment.
An exciting May highlight was the coaching session we had with the legendary June Dale! She graced us with her knowledge and friendship, and challenged us to all continually strive for excellence in barbershop harmony. It was an extraordinary evening and we look forward to our next coaching session with her!

In June our Vivacious Quartet, comprised of Colleen Stickle (Assistant Director), Nancy Hawkshaw, Margaret Smith and Sue Goacher, took part in the Region 16 Quartet Workshop at Durham College. They were privileged to have a private coaching session with Annie Foley. It was an invaluable learning experience, and great to listen to all the other sensational quartets at the event!
The end of June found us at our chorus board installation dinner. We were so pleased to have past members join us, too. It was a lovely evening and we proudly thanked the previous board for all their dedication and hard work, and warmly installed the new board, wishing them well for the work they will have ahead of them in our new year starting up again in September.

And so we find ourselves on a well-deserved summer break. But our beloved director, Joel found himself continuing on with his barbershop harmony education at the week-long 2019 Harmony University held at Belmont University in Nashville, TN in late July. Joel's dedication to Bay of Quinte Chorus, and to the craft itself, is nothing short of fabulous, and we are lucky to call him our Director!
See you in September when we reconvene! To learn more of our activities (more pictures!), visit our Facebook page.
Image City Sound Chorus
Coming out of contest, Image City Sound has spent some time at rehearsals working to energize, reignite and start to engage our singers at a whole new level. We picked four key words - Practice, Compassion, Focus and Gratitude - and discussed what each of them meant to the chorus and what they should look like to us. 
Skill Building Team: CJ, Joanne, Sally, Tammy, Carol, Gretchen, Debbie

From our key words, we came up with four activity groups and invited each member to choose a group they felt passionate about, where they can offer skills and expertise.  Our four groups are: Physical/Personal Wellness, Skill Building, Technical Support, and Engagement/Fun. 
  1. The Wellness group (aka "Life Support") implemented a monthly newsletter, to contain inspirational stories and anecdotes, humor, and visualization tips. They even introduced a contest to rename their group, since Life Support conjures up the ICU. 
  2. The Skill Building team has evaluated our contest score sheets to identify the skills we need to focus on this year and are working on resources to develop those skills. One take-away from that team will be a new interval sheet to help with how to find pitches. 
    Life Support Team:
    Suzanne, Holly, Lisa
  3. The Technology team held classes on using your smart phones as a learning tool for our songs; e.g. importing our learning tracks and being able to play them slower, faster, or even in a different key. They also will be providing tools for reading music, or specifically how to maximize the sheet music for learning; e.g. marking octaves, breath marks, vowel sounds, etc.
  4. The Engagement/Fun team has planned a fun event for each month. In May, we all wore Red, White and Blue at a rehearsal to show our patriotism for Memorial Day. In July, we had a baby picture contest trying to identify which picture belonged to which member. On August 3, they planned a chorus picnic and one of our members decided to use the occasion to get married at our chorus picnic. Why not? Her friends were already planning to attend. 

Looking forward to more fun and learning from all our groups. 

Submitted by: Ellen Rightmyer

CALLING ALL BARBERSHOPPERS, their families and friends!!

You're invited to our Annual Corn Roast (rain or shine) on Saturday August 24, along with your family, friends and supporters. The BBQ begins at 5:00 pm and the free SHOW starts at 7:00 pm.

The location is the Port Dalhousie Lions Club, 201 Main Street, St. Catharines, Ontario. It's a hop, skip and jump from beautiful Lakeside Park Beach district and the historic Carousel (rides are still a nickel!).

The menu includes hamburgers, hotdogs
and all the corn you can eat! BBQ tickets are $15 for adults and $5.00 for children age 12 & under.

Quartets and Choruses are invited to perform on the show that runs from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. 

To reserve your spot on the programme, RSVP to  niagaracornroast@gmail.comCurious to know more? Visit our Facebook page
Sweet Adelines Region 16
Leila Brown - Communications Coordinator