Sweet Adelines Lake Ontario Region 16 Newsletter
November 2018
Fall Music School 2018 Survey
There was a very high survey response rate and we thank all who replied.  

Highlights of the survey: 
  • Everyone loved Ryan and his classes
  • Second favorite was the demo group coaching
  • Overall event experience:  Over 93% of respondents rated the event Good or Excellent
  • The hotel food was rated very low and we are passing that information back to the Ambassador. 
Chapter Announcement - Scarborough Chorus
Announcement from Scarborough Chorus: After many hours of discussion and careful consideration, our members have decided that we will be relinquishing our charter and leaving Sweet Adelines  Over our 62 years we have built many memories and long-term friendships which we will continue to enjoy at other barbershop events. We anticipate that we will close the chapter some time early in the new year.

2019 Regional Convention
We know it seems like a forever away... but it will be here before we know it and we want to make sure that our members know all the details.  

We will be sending Convention communications to the entire region, so watch your emails!   

In case you missed it, click on the link below to view the first e-blast for 2019!

Region 16 2019 Convention E-blast #1 - sent November 18, 2018 

Quartet Updates
Have you had some changes with your quartet?  Are you wondering if your quartet information is correct on our regional website?  Why not take a moment to just double check your details and let Sue Heighway know if there are changes.  If your quartet information doesn't have a picture, please send her one of those too.  Click here for direct access to the Quartet section of our website. 
In This Issue
Submission Deadline for next Issue
December 15,2018

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 articles could 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 sheighwayreg16@live.ca
If you have any questions, please let me know! 

Region 16 Welcomes! 
Buffalo Gateway Welcomes:
  • Paige Espelien
Past Publications
Click on the link below to see past issues of the Sixteenth Notes
Circle of Harmony

What a fun fall it has been!
The Circle of Harmony would like to thank our Region 16 sisters for the extraordinary gifts of love that helped us on our journey to St. Louis for our first performance at International. We had the most wonderful experience that none of us shall ever forget!

Our Front Row began the last leg of the build-up to International with a wonderful coaching session at our Fall Retreat with Erin.

What a blast it was!  A keepsake photo of the Circle of Harmony minutes after our performance in St. Louis!
St. Louis Schmoozin... A very fun impromptu meeting of some of our Circle of Harmony members with Lori Lyford and Ryan Heller!

And back to reality.... What great fun 11 of us had at Fall Music School with the amazing Ryan Heller! Here we are at the banquet on Saturday Night!
And here is our very own SAOY Sheila McKenzie at the presentation of her SAOY pin at the banquet!
Save the date!
The Circle of Harmony has moved our pre-holiday show from November to Saturday, March 23, 2019. Come out and join us as we share our love of singing and ring in Spring!
Please visit us at
All the very best to our sisters in harmony in this great Region for a happy holiday! We wish you warm hearts, loving kindness and the stretched out hand of tolerance....all the shining gifts that make peace on earth!
Susan Mander
Circle of Harmony
York Harmony Chorus

Wow! What an honour and thrill to be chosen as the Region 16 "demo" chorus, to work with Ryan Heller at our music school in Kingston this year! Thank you, Ryan for being such an inspiration, and for sharing your experience in such a colourful way. We learned so much, and we're are already busy incorporating some of these vocal gems into our rehearsals.
In addition to our Saturday demo and evening performance, YHC had 2 of our very own members who conducted round table discussions on Friday evening: Meaghan DeClerq and Jennifer Febel. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us in these fun and interactive sessions


In addition to our fantastic weekend, we are continuing preparations for our Christmas show.   Winter Magic, takes place on Sat, Dec 1st2:00pm, at the Newmarket Community Centre, Doug Duncan Drive. Tickets are $20. We are nearly sold out - so get yours now!
 Contact: grant.martha601@gmail.com or call Martha @ 905-616-6436.

In closing, make sure you "Save the Date" for our annual Death by Chocolate show, coming up on Saturday, March 23rd. Details to come!

Chorus Events
Click HERE to see all upcoming events on our Regional website! 

Image City Sound presents
Holiday Cabaret
December 1,2018

York Harmony Chorus presents
Winter Magic
December 1, 2018

Greater Kingston Chorus & Limestone City Voices present
The Secret of Christmas
Sunday December 2, 2018

Contact Margaret Wheatley for tickets

Canadian Showtime presents
An Affair To Remember
Sunday December 2nd

tickets available on 

We are thrilled to announce that North Metro's A Cappella Challenge for youth is underway once again. It is time to start planning your audition submission!
Last year's event was a huge success with groups from across Ontario participating in the inaugural event. With representation from a cappella groups with as few as four members to over 30 members, incredible talent crossed the stage in an evening of fun, high quality vocals, and comradery. The winning group, JAMME, hailed from Etobicoke School of the Arts.
The purpose of the A Cappella Challenge is to promote a cappella singing in our young people and give them a forum to share their talents with one another and with a grateful audience. As they perform alongside North Metro Chorus, some of these young people will hear the a cappella sounds of Barbershop for the first time. What a wonderful way to introduce young women and young men to this fulfilling hobby of ours.
If you are part of a youth choral group, work with a youth choral group, or know of a youth choral group who might be interested in the A Cappella Challenge, please share the link to our website with them (www.youthacappellachallenge.wordpress.com ). On-line auditions are due by November 30, 2018.
Please keep an eye on the website for ticket availability in December. We would love to have you join us in the audience on February 9, 2019 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.
If you'd like further information, please feel free to contact us.
Colleen Drautz   and Karen Armstrong
Co-Chairs of the A Cappella Challenge 
Sweet Adelines Region 16
Sue Heighway - Communications Coordinator