July 2019
Regional Management Team
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
Young Women in Harmony

Have you thought about running your own a cappella workshop for youth? Do you need help funding your event? Region 16 currently has funding available! To request a grant, email Julie SykesYou can also request funding from Sweet Adelines International.  Click here  to find out more.

In addition, Sweet Adelines offers complimentary sheet music for YWIH workshops and camps. Check out the list of available arrangements today (there are over 100 to choose from) and submit your application!
In this issue
New to Region 16
Greater Kingston
Gayle Pokotylo

North Metro
Sharon Popkey

The Heartland Singers
Leila Brown
Betty Anne Butcher
Anna Cerrone
Bev Edgar
Past Publications
Upcoming submission deadlines:
July 30
August 30
September 29
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  • Saturday
    • Interactive classes with internationally-renowned Kim Vaughn*
    • Learn a new song
    • Director class
    • Private quartet coaching sessions
    • CCL session, DCP Testing
    • And more!
  • Sunday - Quartet coaching-under-glass, back by popular demand!
* Kim Vaughn is one of the most well-known and instantly recognized women in the field of barbershop harmony, male or female. As Musical Director of the  San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International from 1985-2015, she led the chorus to many successes, including the International championship. The coach of multiple male and female quartet champions, Kim is also a Sound category judge as well as teaching Faculty at educational events around the world. 
Recently retired as a chorus director, Kim is now traveling the globe coaching and teaching. 

Kim's talents lay not only in her directing and teaching skills, but also in her own performance accomplishments. She has won the coveted women's International quartet Champion title three times, the first woman to ever do so. She won her first title in 1976 with High Society, again in 1988 with Savvy and most recently in 2001 with A Cappella Gold. She recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Sweet Adelines International. Kim is a vocal teacher and member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Kim holds a BA in Music Education and an MA in Vocal Pedagogy from San Diego State University.
We can't want to see YOU on the stage for this fun Very Large Quartet (VLQ) Contest on Friday night, October 25, 2019 at Fall Music School!

Prior quartet singing experience is not necessary and all you need is one (1) song (barbershop or NOT barbershop) and anywhere from 5-8 singers. Parodies and comedy are welcome, but not required. 

L et your hair down with some friends and entertain your Region 16 sisters! Click here for rules and registration info.
We hope to see you there!
Quartet Corner
Happy Summertime! 

Are you in a Region 16 quartet that has not yet taken advantage of your FREE coaching session? It  could either be live, if a Regional Faculty person lives close enough, or it could be a session via Facetime or SKYPE, depending on what technology is available to you. Once the personnel is agreed upon, together you determine a compatible afternoon or evening. It has been successful for those who have tried it.
For more information, please contact Sue Melvin or Paula Allen. Now is a great time of year when you might be learning new material and want to ingrain better habits and techniques. Help is there for the asking!
Region 16 Quartet Coordinator
Director Certification Program
Have you ever wondered if you could direct a chorus? Well, maybe you could! There is a fabulous program provided by SAI to get you started. The Director Certification program (DCP) is available to anyone who would like to learn more about  the skills and techniques of barbershop harmony as well as the leadership skills needed to do the job. 
The program is broken down into 10 units, with support materials available for each unit. After working through a unit independently, there is a test to be completed on that unit. The good news is that you can work through the units in whatever order suits you and when you are ready to take the test, you can arrange with Doris Waite, the Region 16 DCP Coordinator, to write it at a regional event. Or you can arrange to take the test at your convenience with someone that has completed the program officiating as proctor! SAI has updated the unit on Listening Skills with a number of new recordings which, as those of us who have completed the program know, is very good news!
So, if you are an aspiring director or assistant director, or if you simply would like to learn more about the art of barbershop harmony, contact Doris Waite and she will be happy to answer all your questions and get you started.
Quartet Workshop
Our Quartet Workshop at Durham College on June 8 brought together more than 60 quartet members from 15 different quartets and many different choruses! 

Guest faculty Mo Field provided innovative and enlightening instruction and several demonstration quartets were coached 'under glass.' Each quartet was also provided a private coaching session with a regional faculty member. The Region 16 treasury subsidized this event to help keep registration fees affordable for attendees. 

Thank you to:
  • Sue Melvin, Education Coordinator
  • Cathy Stovold, Events Coordinator
  • Paula Allen, Quartet Coordinator
  • S.L.A.M.! quartet, our Regional Champions
  • Sue Dubois, Diane Warner and Leila Brown for taking photos. Click here for a folder with many pics of the day.
Barbershop Harmony Society

Summer BARBERSHOP fix!

The Barbershop Harmony Society's annual International Convention will be livestreamed from Salt Lake City, Utah on July 2-6, 2019. Click here for information.
Sign up for the FloVoice livestream for the month of July for $29.99 US and get the entire competition livestreamed - Quartet Contests, Varsity Contest, Chorus Contest and two shows. (Book the monthly plan, then cancel your subscription  within 30 days.)
For sale!

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 
North Metro Chorus
North Metro members have been working hard to prepare for our Oct 5 show, Stand in the Light, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Theatre, 5040 Yonge Street, North York . We have two shows - 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are available through the Ticket Master website. S earch for "Stand in the Light" and choose which show time you prefer.

With the onset of warmer weather (finally), we will be taking sporadic rehearsal breaks over the summer. These days, one needs to go outside prepared with a swimsuit, umbrella, winter coat, and sunscreen. As we know in Sweet Adelines, preparation is everything!

Our chorus had a wonderful weekend working at the Rotary tent and fundraising at the Pickering Ribfest! The weather was sometimes 'iffy' but it didn't stop our intrepid members from flipping hamburgers and turning hot dogs. We have done this event for the past two years and it has been very successful.

North Metro would like to take this opportunity to wish all Region 16 members a happy and relaxing summer. We hope to see you on October 5.

Stay safe and sing well!
Canadian Showtime Chorus
Sunday Sail Away Fundraiser  

On June 9, a beautiful sunny day, the Canadian Showtime Chorus boarded the Ottawa River Queen along with special guests The Swamp Water Jazz Band.  Two cruises featured CSC performances in a "Mardi Gras" atmosphere in preparation for New Orleans.  We cruised along the Ottawa River with magnificent views of the Parliament Buildings, the Museum of History, and the Supreme Court of Canada, to name a few.  This proved to be not only enjoyable for all but a huge financial success!  Congratulations and many thanks to the organizers Christine Dunn and Liz Gibbs for a fabulous event. 
Throughout our organization's transitioning from outgoing Sandie Nason to incoming Joe Connelly, the leadership and vision of two very special team members were instrumental in guiding us.  Nancy Mantle, Team Coordinator, and Belinda (affectionately called Bill) Boekhoven, our Chorus Program Coordinator worked tirelessly at setting the governance model, budget and plans to carry us to greater heights in New Orleans and beyond!  As a result, and in a befitting manner, our members recognized the two for their efforts toward our continued growth. Way to go Bill and Nancy!
Orangeville Show Chorus
Blues & Jazz  and  Accapellooza  were a  rousing harmony sensation.
The  Accapellooza kids sang  so well, they got a standing ovation!
Our Limited Edition quartet gals took their act to Komedy Kwartet,
Their lingerie jokes in four-part style made you all laugh I bet!
With their shopping bags and hysterical props, they sang out long and loud,
And when their turn was over, they had sure made Orangeville proud!

We gave bouncing balls to our brand new Board that we installed in May,
So they will learn to play together and bounce ideas along the way.
Longevity awards were handed out for many years of singing,
Lorraine, Marg, Nancy, Kath, Deb 120 years total chords ringing!
And to founding Director Pat - she's been here now for 40 years,
We lauded and applauded and gave all these gals three Cheers!!
The chorus continues to prepare for their Midsummer Night's Dream,
In their role as 'singing fairies' it is sure to be a scream!
We are currently having a two-week break to recharge and rest and prepare,
To be ready for this performance that takes place in the open air!
We look forward to upcoming coaching and moving into our new home,
Have a safe and happy summer wherever you may roam.

In harmony,
Anne Richardson
Pineridge Chorus
On May 27, Pineridge Chorus was very proud to host the annual  Komedy Kwartet Contest in Uxbridge. The sandwiches were prepared, desserts were made, raffle baskets and 50/50 draws were set to go!!

Our flyers went out, chorus team leaders and directors were notified of our event, and it paid off. We had 11 competing quartets, VLQs, large groups and mixed quartets perform for us! Yes, we were so thrilled to have so many entertaining performances. Thank you to all of you that participated. We loved you all!

Thank you to our MC extraordinaire, Rob Snoulton. You kept the evening going with your very entertaining stories and jokes, and kept the program flowing along nicely.  We appreciate that you gave up an evening from your busy schedule. Thanks again!

Also, thank you to S.L.A.M.! quartet, our distinguished judges! We also appreciate the time and expertise in judging a very difficult "contest" amongst the many contestants! Thank you also for entertaining us with a few of your songs.  

Thank you to everyone that travelled  to Uxbridge that evening. We were over the moon that our hall was filled and acknowledge that some of you travelled an hour or more to get there. We hope that you had as much fun as we did that evening.

Remember to mark your calendars for next year, Tuesday June 2, 2020 when York Harmony Chorus will be hosting. More details will follow. This event has been going strong for over 30 years. Let's keep it going by supporting in song and/or attendance.

If your chorus has volunteered to host in 2021 or later, please contact Maria Godfrey or Linda Morrison. Thank you.

The Heartland Singers
As May and June have passed, The  Heartland  Singers have been working hard and having lots of fun! Our five-week free vocal
lessons came to a successful end, recruiting two brand new  Sweet Adelines and two new-to-us Sweet Adelines! On May 28, after four weeks of learning  the basics of singing (posture, breathing, phonation, r esonation and articulation), learning a three-part partner song and Dancing Queen, the 12 community guests joined us in a concert for friends and family. Our concert also featured a chorus quartet and a local men's quartet, The After Party. It was a wonderful evening and benefitted the Autism Dog program, raising more than $200. 

On June 18, we had a very successful coaching evening with none other than the amazing Diane Porsch! We have been learning a new contest ballad and she really brought it to life while teaching higher-level vocal skills and section unity! We are looking forward to having her back in the fall!

A s mentioned above, we welcomed two new-to-us  Sweet Adelines. One is the very t alented, long-time singer, Leila Brown. You will know Leila from past quartets like  C-Cruise , 2003 Region 16 Champions, and Running with Scissors , 2013 Wildcard quartet. She was a 23-year member and Assistant Director of Orangeville Show Chorus , and has completed the Directors' Certification Program.  The Heartland Singers are welcoming her as our  Assistant Director and can't wait to learn from her vast knowledge and skill!
As we round the corner into summer vacation, we are happy to announce that we are going to continue rehearsing! We will be improving our vocal skills with PVIs, learning new music (including one being directed by Leila), brushing up older repertoire, and of course having a summer party (other than our regular Tuesday night soirees).
Greater Kingston Chorus
This just in from GKC!  

Breaking News. It's official! After following a Director search protocol, auditioning applicants, and voting, GKC is thrilled to announce that the successful candidate(s) are none other than our current interim Co-Directors, Sue Marriott and Andria Coward. CONGRATULATIONS Ladies!! We also wish the other candidate well in his musical future.
Now that our early April contest seems a distant memory, our spring tasks have involved busying ourselves with the beginning of a new fiscal year and installing a new slate of officers on our management team and committees. They ably perform the many tasks that keep our chorus running smoothly! T.L. Margaret Wheatley has, after several years, passed the torch (and her 'Boss' hat!) to Suzanne Thorson as our new Team Leader. A big thank you to Margaret and all the outgoing and new incoming members of the team!

At our Installation Ceremony we also recognized several members with longevity pins for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years, and one founding member, Faye Dennison, for 60 years!! Faye will have her pin presented at our June BBQ/pool party at Lindy Zywot's lovely home, b efore we break for the month of July. On the same evening we welcomed newest member Gayle Pokotylo to GKC, and topped off the evening with our popular and oh- so-yummy 'build your own Sundae' fundraiser, proceeds of which were donated to this year's Relay For Life team for the Canadian Cancer Society. Sweet!! Nine chorus members participated in this annual event that has touched so many of our lives, both personally and on a wider global scale, and the weather cooperated to make it a really lovely June evening! We were joined by a few more chorus members, who walked a few laps with us, and we were even invited to sing two songs on stage for the crowd.

Recently we also had the very great pleasure of hosting and sharing an evening with several members of the Kingston Military Wives Choir, in which we got to know each other a little, traded warm-ups and then performed for one another. It was so interesting to see the similarities in their rehearsal styles and see the instant bond and sisterhood that they achieve from singing together. They too have a regional connection and repertoire through their postings all across Canada. We all enjoyed ourselves and have vowed to do it again. Who knows, maybe we'll even do a show together!

In the meantime, we look forward to the month of July for some eagerly-anticipated  R & R!
Barrie Soundwaves Chorus
"The dragonfly totem carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal , the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light." Elena Harris, SpriritAnimal.

The Barrie Soundwaves had no idea the impact that incorporating the beautiful dragonfly into our branding and culture would have on our chorus but we are embracing every change and growth with open wings. This month we officially announce yet another change. A change that we believe will bring us a great future. We would like to proudly announce that our new musical director is Jan-Ake Westin. Jan-Ake has an extensive musical background and has been heavily entrenched in the world of barbershop for over 40 years. He has an incredible charisma about him and his infectious positive attitude is sure to help the Barrie Soundwaves reap the rewards on the contest stage and in our ongoing performances.

Jan-Ake would like to share the following about this new journey "I am truly honoured and humbled to have been selected as the Barrie Soundwaves new Chorus Director! I am so excited to work with this talented group of women to pursue their vision of musical excellence and entertaining performances. I am thrilled to work side by side with Gayle Haley as Assistant Director, with her extensive musical and Sweet Adelines experience. Along with our energetic new Team Leader, Tamar Spina, I am confident that together we will forge a bright new future."

We are looking forward to an exciting year, kicking off September with a membership drive and a Friends and Family performance, and are already preparing Christmas performances (don't worry - we are not summoning the snow just yet!!) Amidst all this wonderful growth, we are also getting prepared for the regional contest in 2020. There is no mistaking it - the Barrie Soundwaves is revving up to embrace all the new opportunities ahead of us. We would like to thank the regional management team and especially Sue Heighway for paying us a visit and helping us navigate the waters of change. These women truly lend meaning to the lyrics of the infamous lyrics of Carol King's "You've got a friend." None of us are without friends when you are part of Sweet Adelines. Being a Sweet Ad is being part of a family.

Durham Shores Chorus
What do you do when your rehearsal hall is unavailable? You get your webpage photo upgraded, of course. Absolutely fun and fantastic. Stephanie Jukes of Jukes Photography made us all look amazing. Check us out on our Facebook page. 

We ended the month with our year-end party at Lesley Bonell's home. We enjoyed the culinary efforts of our members and ate so much that our bellies popped. Speaking of bellies popping, one of our lovely tenors, Sara, is expecting her first baby and our newest voice in July. A midwife herself, she is shown here with our other chorus midwife, Lesley who will be at Sara and her husband's side throughout the delivery. Exciting times indeed!
As is our custom at our year-end party, our Sweet Adeline of the Year was announced. DIANE WARNER was recognized for her dedication to the chorus and always going the extra mile to ensure that nothing is ever missed. Whether it directing, organizing, transporting or singing, Diane is someone that can be counted on! Congratulations Diane! 
Chorus Events
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