June 2019
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News from International
The International Board of Directors approved a change to the contest rules for Regional Competitions: 

The minimum number of competing members on stage for the International Division will be 12 plus the director.
Annual Regional Evaluation
Each year, Sweet Adelines chapters are asked to provide information about their chorus and evaluate the activities and programs offered by their region. This is your chance to recognize strengths and identify areas for improvement. Your Regional leaders use this feedback to assess how regional education and programming meets the needs and concerns of regional membership. 

Presidents/Team Coordinators: You will have received an email from International with a link to a survey. In consultation with your Chapter Board/Team members and other musical leaders, complete ONE survey based on your perceptions of the region during fiscal year 2018-2019. 
In this issue
New to Region 16
Durham Shores welcomes:
Sara Miron
Virginia Watts
Leslie McNeil 
Pam Malinowski
Past Publications
Upcoming submission deadlines:
June 29
July 30
Facebook Pages
Please answer as many questions as possible so that you may provide valuable feedback to your region. Your Regional leaders are very interested in the comments you share, as your responses are extremely helpful in establishing priorities and planning events. Deadline to complete the survey is July 31.

Thank you for your participation! 
Sweet Adelines International
Verification of Audit
A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Choruses, your Verification of Audit (VOA) needs to be submitted to the finance department no later than July 15, 2019.

Please return completed forms to the Finance Department by e
mail, fax or mail. Instructions are included in the document. 
Click here for the VOA form.
Quartet Corner
Quartet registration/renewal time is upon us! 

Already singing in a quartet or thinking about starting one? Quartet renewals and new quartet registrations are now open! Existing quartets may renew from May 1-July 31. Remember, after July 31 your quartet registration will be cancelled, so don't delay! 
New quartets may submit registrations starting on May 1. Head to the Quartetting page on the International website for information and instructions on both! Singing in a quartet is a unique and special experience. You're gonna love it! 

Have questions? E-mail quartet@sweetadelines.com.
Barbershop Music Appeciation Day!
Make plans to celebrate!

On July 13, 1945, our founder, Edna Mae Anderson, invited some friends to her home for barbershop singing. We count that day as our organization's birthday. In 2005, on our 60th anniversary, July 13 become known as Barbershop Music Appreciation Day. Can you think of a more fun holiday to celebrate? 

Start making plans now to spread the joy of barbershop singing with your community, both in person and online! You might want to hold an informal performance in your community or for your friends. Maybe 4 you'll share a tag challenge or favorite barbershop performance via social media. Or you could bake a cake and sing happy birthday to Sweet Adelines-in four part barbershop harmony, of course! 

Whatever you do, tag #SweetAdelinesDay so we can share via the Sweet Adelines social media channels! A toolkit of marketing materials to help you promote Barbershop Music Appreciation Day is currently in the works and will be available in the Marketing Materials section of the website in mid-June. Remember to log in to the website to be able to access this content.
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.  
Upcoming Dates
June 14 - Registration deadline for A Brand New Song & Dance   (International seminar for Directors, Visual Leaders and Coaches in San Antonio, TX)

June 21New Orleans Convention pre-registration closes (after this date registrations must be picked up on-site)

Please check the Region 16 website events page for other events. If you would like to add your chorus event to the website, please email  Leila Brown with details.
Canadian Showtime Chorus
With Spring comes growth  and renewal!

dian Showtime Chorus is excited to announce the creation of two new quartets.

Introducing, No Compromise! (clockwise) Stephanie Turpin (bari), Julie Sykes (tenor), Sara Laham (lead), Erica Hills (bass).
We can't wait until you all hear their wonderfully engaging sound!

Next, we have Balancing Act (aka Counter Balance)! This very talented group consists of dedicated ladies. From left, Stacy Hugman (bari, two-time Harmony, Inc. queen, International gold medalist with North Metro 2018), Cathy Speirs (bass), Aileen Carney (lead,  Assistant Director, CSC),  Tracey Larder (tenor, Director of A Cappella Sounds Chorus SAI).
Why the dual names? Formed in 2016, Balancing Act has competed in Harmony, Inc., placing 6th and 4th at International Competitions. When they found themselves without a lead in early 2019, Aileen Carney joined the group. In addition to the existing base in Harmony Inc., they decided to take advantage of their relationship with Sweet Adelines and compete within both organizations. Since the name Balancing Act was already taken in SAI, they chose the name Counter Balance.
On May 18, these talented ladies competed in Region 1 (Springfield, MA). We are very proud to announce that Counter Balance placed 5th in the contest out of 23 competitors!

A group of CSC members learned the National Anthem of Norway (in Norwegian), and had the honour of singing it at the Ambassador's Ottawa residence for Norway's National Day! What a suave looking group! 

Danielle Shanefield
The Heartland Singers

It's official!  Ontario Heartland Chorus is now  The Heartland Singers !!
We have had such a busy year! Contest preparation and coaching from January to April got us ready for a very rewarding Regional contest. We are thrilled to be Region 16's Division A Champions, and to have placed 4th overall. It was exhilarating! We took five new members on stage, two of which were brand new to Sweet Adelines! It was also Hannah's solo directing debut!
Since coming back from competition we have been very busy. Contest review, our AGM and installation set up a pathway for the year ahead. With our new Management Team members installed, we awarded our Sweet Adeline of the Year to Lori Johnston! We've been given new music and on May 28, concluded our 5-week free voice lessons to our community. Starting on April 30, we welcomed more than a dozen friends from our local community to learn about their voice, Sweet Adelines, the chorus, and of course learn some songs with us. Last night we hosted a mini-concert where our community friends got to experience the stage and an audience. They performed their hearts out! It was a blast and we concluded the evening with light refreshments and treats!
In June we are back to regularly-scheduled rehearsals and a coaching session on June 18 with Diane Porsch! We decided to carry on practicing through the summer, looking for performance opportunities, learning new repertoire and improving our vocal skills. Our Director will be attending the Directors and Visual Leaders Seminar in August so there's no doubt she will have new skills and techniques to share when she returns!   

Northumberland Chorus
Jackie, Cheryl, Nancy, Heather and Laurie installed by former member Elaine
Northumberland Chorus held our  A nnual Meetin g the e nd of April. We had a pot luck with  lots of yummy food. After dinner, we installed the members of our new Management Team.  S ome of our members put together a VLQ and entertained us with a hilarious song. We all ended the evening by singing some of our favorites.

Signing her contract
We are thrilled to announce that our Interim Director, SHARON PELTON, has been hired as our permanent director and is now also a member of our Management Team. We look forward to having many years of singing and learning together.
Ready to share our music!
Northumberland Chorus was pleased to be asked to perform again this year at Colborne's Annual Apple Blossom Festival. As our new director had
Charlie Chopin (Heather), Betsy Bach (Jackie), 
Molly Mozart (Maria), 
Barbie Beethoven (Emily)
previously booked holidays during that weekend, our Assistant Director, Laurie Grani, capably stepped in to guide us through our songs.

Beethoven's Babes did a wonderful job of representing Northumberland Chorus at Komedy Kwartet hosted by Pineridge Chorus . " Kazoo Koncerto " received rave reviews from the judges and audience!
Durham Shores Chorus
A nother contest season has come and gone. We have three brand new Sweet Adelines this year and we're so grateful to have taken our two new tenors to contest with us. Welcome, Sara and Virginia (shown here).

Hopefully, Chloé our YWIH, will have the time off to join us next year. Joining us for the first time is Leslie McNeil and returning to our risers is Pam Malinowski

We have welcomed in our new board of directors and prepare for our AGM at the end of the month. Lots of planning for the 2019-2020 year which is our 25th Anniversary!  Stay tuned for information on our celebration being held on November 16th! 
Singing Harmonize the World
From left to right:
Vice President - Lesley Bonell
Treasurer - Renée Carey
President - Sue Heighway
Membership - Liana Bonell
Fundraising - Bev Nicholson
Secretary - Catherine Kalijundic  

We had several participants in this years Komedy Kwartet, hosted by Pineridge Chorus in Uxbridge.  Several chorus members put on their best vamp in Hard Hearted Hannah. Our mother/daughter team joined by dad/brother gave an example of mixed quartering and how families sound great together. Not to be outdone, mom/dad joined with friends in another example of mixed quartets. Lastly, the Mad Housewives of Durham Shores gave a warning to husbands not to leave their wives alone too many nights. Thank you to S.L.A.M.! for their expert judging.              
Harmony North Chorus
After our recent contest in Syracuse, where we were awarded Most-Improved Chorus, and received 3rd- place Division A medals, we had to refocus and get ready for our annual Spring Fling Fashion Show. This year was our 19th annual show, and we offered fashions from three different shops in Collingwood and area. We moved our venue from Thornbury to Collingwood this year with 
awesome results. We  had 210 people attend, and had a blast singing, modeling, serving our decadent desserts, and visiting 
with lots of old friends. Of a show of hands among the audience, more than half were first-time at tendees, a fact we attribute to hosting it in Collingwood. We were blown away with the support we received and all the positive comments.
We are now gearing up for singing the national anthem at a meeting of the Ontario Association of Engineering Technicians 
and Technologists, and then working hard to learn several new songs over the summer. We do take a 4 week break, but we'll be busy when we get back in August to get ready for our fall membership drive.
During the summer break, we do a couple of social outings, one of which will be a mini-golf tournament. We have a lot of fun forming teams, and coming up with a name and costume for our individual team. Great prizes are up for grabs!
Harmony North wishes everyone a great summer season. And we are really looking forward to going to next year's contest in St. Catharines. Yay!!!
Circle of Harmony
It's Christmas in June for the Circle of Harmony and we are keeping cool before our summer break in July learning a bunch of new Christmas songs for our show on November 16, 2019.
Judy Duffin, Gloria Kidston and Carolann Badger

Each year the Circle of Harmony recognizes those members who have perfect attendance for the entire year, awarding them the Director's Dream Award! This year we had three gals who didn't miss a minute! Way to go, ladies!

Since May 1, our new Board has been hard at work keeping Circle of Harmony in tip-top form!
From left: Heather Corke (Recording Secretary), Donna Chaput (Membership Chair), Lisa Michaels (Public Relations Chair), Christine Yorke (Finance Chair), Anna Chen, (Communications Chair), Leslie Hoyle (Vice President), and Sabine Findlay (President)  Absent: Jocelyn Ramage (Events Chair)

Each month, we honour a different chorus member who does a little something extra for our chorus. Colleen Julseth, our May winner, chose Elaine Baylock for the month of June, citing her as a kind and generous spirit who always has a beautiful smile on her face. Elaine will wear a special pin for the month and take care of the Circle of Harmony's mascot, Adeline, for the month of June. Congratulations Elaine!

Wishing all our Sisters in Harmony a lovely June!

Susan Mander
York Harmony Chorus
It's spring...and there is a lot of newness in the air. 

Spread the news all around. It's official. We have accepted our invitation to Harmony Classics Div. AA, SA International 2020. We have worked hard! We have supported each other! We have had exceptional leadership from our Master Director, Martha DeClerq, our Assistant Director, Heather Deslauriers-McCuaig, our music team and our inspiring coaches. We are honoured and excited for the upcoming challenge and opportunity. Louisville here we come!

On April 30, York Harmony Chorus  celebrated our Installation. We enjoyed an evening of reflecting on our past, the present and our future. We have come a long way since 1974 when York Highlands Chorus (our original name ) first began. In keeping with our " magical "  theme, our hosts (the right-side-of-the-riser Leads) created a "Magic Carpet Ride" evening, which fittingly helped us highlight our journey, inspiring us to focus on exciting opportunities, greater challenges and solid goals. Carol Richard and Erin McDonald were superb as our animated emcees. Great job, ladies!
Some of the highlights from the night included performances from the award-winning quartet, S.L.A.M.!, as well as two newer quartets, Sangria and On Track. These ladies are fabulously talented. We are looking forward to cheering them on in the future. It's very inspiring.
Along with acknowledging our Management Team, our longstanding members of Sweet Adelines
 International/York Harmony Chorus were presented their longevity pins. Recipients included, Anne Leitch (40 years), Pat Crawford (35 years), Marie Abel and Liz DiPasquale (30 years), Jill Gillespie (25 years) and Cheri Ingles (20 years), just to name a few. We applaud all of these fabulous ladies. They are truly committed Sweet Adelines, a superior organization providing a life-long love for sisterhood, learning,
performing and personal growth. We are so proud to have these dedicated and well-rooted ladies as part of York Harmony Chorus.

We are always up for supporting our fellow choruses and sisters in harmony. Many YHC chorus members attended the "Komedy Kwartet" evening hosted by Pineridge Chorus in Uxbridge. It was a hilarious night of entertainment! They did an amazing job. It was an enjoyable evening with great door prizes, 50/50 draws, quite an assortment of food and purely funny MC'ing by the talented Rob Snoulton.

Lastly, on June 1, members from YHC volunteered at a Colour Run for a non-profit organization called Shine Through The Rain. It was a beautiful day to be part of something very inspiring and motivating. It was a great, colourful day.

Sweet Adelines Region 16
Leila Brown - Communications Coordinator