Sweet Adelines Lake Ontario Region 16 Newsletter
January 2019
Regional Executive Committee Update

January-April 2019:  Pilot regions like Region 16 will continue with the Regional Executive Committee form of governance. (S ee Regional org chart - Please note, there are links to job descriptions and email contact information within the org chart, for your convenience.)
May 1 , 2019 and beyond:  All Sweet Adelines Regions will go back to using the  Regional Management Team  (RMT) method of governance as per the results of the recent vote (per email sent to all Sweet Adeline members on January 17 ). Over the next few months we will be working together with International for a seamless, successful transition back to RMT. Stay tuned for additional information regarding this transition.
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact one of the Regional Executive Committee:

Cathy Stovold , Administrative Director
Sue Melvin , Education Director
Sue Heighway , Membership Director

Quartet Corner

Happy New Year! We remember fondly the happy times from 2018 but of course there are some bittersweet memories, too. Our Region 16 quartet family goes through frequent changes and now we say farewell to Spritzer as their paths go in different directions. They entertained us, taught us, and inspired us to be better quartetters. They showed us the way it should be done! We look forward to supporting whatever their futures hold. THANK YOU, Spritzer!!!
January is an exciting time, especially for quartets who plan to compete. Did you know that there is an advantage to registering your quartet? Besides being eligible to compete, it also offers the opportunity of a FREE coaching session this winter/spring.

Any registered quartet (competing or not) can email their interest to me or to Sue Melvin to find out about this Regional Faculty coaching. It can be a live session or an online Facetime or SKYPE session, depending on distances involved and what technology is available to you. Please check it out!
Whatever your winter holds, keep ringing those chords and let your light shine!
Reg 16 Quartet Coordinator

In This Issue
Region 16 welcomes...
Bay of Quinte welcomes
  Leslie Ann Muloin
  Liz Roberts
  Jenny Omdal
Past Publications
Click on the link below to see past issues of the Sixteenth Notes
Submission Deadline for next Issue
February 18, 2019

Friendly reminders about your articles: 

- Keep your submissions to approximately 500 words. We all have a lot of great news to share and I encourage you to submit monthly so that articles can be kept to a reasonable length.

- Send your articles either in a Word document, or in the body of an email. Please do not send as a PDF.

Send your articles to me at  leilajbrown@gmail.com
If you have any questions, please let me know! 

Communications News

New Communications Coordinator

As of the beginning of January, after several years of handling all the communications responsibilities for the region, Sue Heighway has moved on... and up... into the Membership Director chair. Thank you, Sue, for significantly moving the communications portfolio forward! Members across the region have appreciated your hard work, innovation and commitment to excellence!
     So that puts me in the Communications Coordinator chair! I'll do my best to live up to the standard that Sue has set. If we haven't met, I'm Leila Brown. I'm currently Chapter-at-Large after retiring from the Orangeville Show Chorus after 23 years. I'm out and about, coaching and attending all the barbershop shows that I can! And now I'll also be keeping the communications flowing to the members of Region 16. I look forward to receiving your stories, articles and photos and sharing them in the 16th Notes! Next deadline - February 18.

In harmony,

Leila Brown

June 8, 2019 - Quartet Workshop  at Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario. This will be a one-day event (Saturday), jam-packed with great education and coaching. Faculty for the quartet workshop will be the talented, Mo Field !  

(Note:   We had originally planned to hold our main regional Music School at this time but ran into venue capacity issues. Thank you for understanding.)

October 25-27, 2019  Fall Music School at the Sheraton Par kway Toronto North, Richmond Hill, Ontario. Among other popular weekend activities, plan ahead to enter the Double Quartet Contest! Guest faculty will be three-time Queen and vocal pedagogist, Kim Vaughn.  

Northumberland Chorus
We had such a fabulous time at the Fall Music School in Kingston! There were lots of laughs and great learning.

Our Sweet Adeline of the Year, Sheilagh Leeds couldn't attend so Michele Leggette accepted her award in her place but we wanted everyone to know who Sheilagh is so we had a picture.
Northumberland Chorus had a busy Christmas Season. First, the Chorus was directed by Mrs. Claus at our annual Christmas Tea and Show, this year called Holly Jolly Christmas.
Nine women joined our Christmas Chorus to beautifully expand our sound in five songs.

Merwin Greer Public School choir, our guest performers, were a great addition with their sweet young voices.

We performed at Empire Crossing, a Seniors' residence in Port Hope. The audience was very responsive and we had a great time.
We sang at Wal-Mart in Cobourg where the Salvation Army had one of their kettles. That was a new experience for us and we had a lot of fun.

Our Christmas party was filled with food, fun and music. Several former members, Christmas Chorus members and guests joined us. Since it was a potluck, there was a great variety of food.
Everybody from the chorus brought in a picture of themselves as a child. We had to guess who all of them were. That was a tough job and made for a lot of laughs.

Brenda Whitehead was our MC extraordinaire! Three quartets performed a song, as well as the Board. We had people play instruments, sing solos and read poems. I think it was the greatest number of people taking part at any of our parties. It's nice to see the other talents of the people in our chorus.
Sharon Pelton & Laurie Grani
Now that the holidays are over, we will be getting down to business polishing our songs for Regional competition in April. We are so happy to announce that Sharon Pelton has agreed to be our Interim Director to see us through to Convention.
York Harmony Chorus
Let the MAGIC begin! 2019 here WE COME! 
Happy New Year to all our Region 16 Sisters in Harmony. May the magic of this upcoming year motivate you to explore new things, sing new songs, learn something new. December was a very busy month for York Harmony Chorus. The 5 weeks leading up to the holidays various members performed in 6 community events, not including our main show which was on December 1 . Our holiday show was a fantastic afternoon. There was standing room only. We shared the risers with some very talented young vocalists from the Linda Condy vocal studio. They really got into the spirit of the event. Some other events that members performed at included "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" at the Whitchurch Stouffville Museum, an accompanied performance with the Newmarket Citizen Band and sharing the joy of song while strolling through various departments at the Southlake Regional Hospital. This took an interesting turn, as YHC became the star performers in a fundraising video produced for Southlake. We also had holiday celebration performances in Sharon and Bradford. We are so fortunate to be given these opportunities throughout our community. 

If that wasn't enough, just before going on a short break, we held our annual holiday dinner at Villa Risi restaurant in Newmarket. Our bass section members were the "hosts" for the evening. There were quizzes, an octet performance and a lot of laughter. It was great fun. To "thank" the staff we sang Feliz Navidad, which they ended up posting on their website. We just like to spread the joy of song everywhere we go. That's what Sweet Adelines do. 

In most recent weeks, we have been fortunate to welcome three new members: Kim Stokes (bass), Wanda Rivet (lead) (who both hold dual memberships with Pineridge Chorus in Uxbridge) and Beth Wood. They are fantastic additions to YHC! We've some magic to do this upcoming year. Abracadabra!   

SAVE THE DATE - Back by popular demand "Death by Chocolate" Saturday, March 23

Check out our website and Facebook page. More details coming soon.

Sweet Adelines Region 16
Leila Brown - Communications Coordinator