Sweet Adelines Lake Ontario Region 16 Newsletter
September 2017
Submission Deadline for October Issue : October 20, 2017
October is a busy month with  the 71st Annual Sweet Adelines International Convention & Competition and Canadian Thanksgiving so we've extended the deadline for submissions to October 20th.
Listed below are deadlines for the next few months:
November Issue
- November 15th
December Issue
- December 15th
January 2018 Issue
- January 20th

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! 


A Word From Your Regional Administrative Director
On behalf of the Regional Governance Directors and Staff, as well as all the members of Lake Ontario Region 16, we would like to extend heartfelt best wishes to our wonderful Representatives to the 71st annual International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are proud to be represented this year by an incredible 3 Choruses and 2 quartets, testimony to the enormous level of musical talent and accomplishments that  we have achieved in this region.

With  a mere 2 short weeks to go , our representatives are putting the final touches on their outstanding packages, and we want them to know that our love and support will be traveling with them as they embark on their journey to the International Stage .

It is with great pride, and gratitude, that we applaud our 2016-2017 Chorus Champion North Metro Chorus, 2016-2017 Wildcard Canadian Showtime Chorus , 2017 Harmony Classic Division AA Chorus Competitor Greater Kingston Chorus, 2017 Regional Quartet Champion Power Chords, and 2016 6th place International Quartet, Spritzer.
Additionally, for those who are unable to attend the Convention, don't miss the opportunity to watch and cheer  for our representatives via the International Webcast  that is available to  all members, and this year the Chorus Semi-Finals and Chorus Finals will be hosted by Region 16's own Diane Porsch!!
Click here for direct access to our Region 16 website where you can find all the stage times and here for direct access to the webcast information. A communication was sent to Region 16 members on September 16th with all the Vegas information you'll need.  Click here to view it again. 

Thanks Much!

June Donovan
Regional Administrative Director 

In This Issue
Regional Website Login Information
Just a reminder that our Region 16 website does not have a member specific login.  In order to get to the Regional Songs, enter the userID and Password below in the "Members Only" area.

UserID:      member16
Password: singalong
Past Publications
Click on the link below to see past issues of the Sixteenth Notes

New Members!  Wahoo!
Let us know who your new members are and they can see their name
here too! 

Did you know that this year's Fall Music School hotel rooms are LESS $ than the last 2 years?

Stay overnight so you don't miss all the fun, camaraderie, and evening activities (the best part of Music School!) Registrations must be received by Friday (9/29.)

Don't miss the Very Large Quartet Contest!  

We can't want to see YOU on the stage for this
fun activity Friday night 11/3/17 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.   Let your hair down with some friends from your chorus and entertain your Region 16 sisters!  
Click here for the link to the info to register.

Nothin' but Treble, one of Region 16's very own YWIH quartets, is counting down the days to Fall Music School.   They're looking forward to a weekend of interactive classes and coaching.
R emember, registration fees have been waived for all YWIH aged 25 and under, which makes it a perfect opportunity for young singers to develop their barbershop skills.  We hope to see you there!
Bytown Beat 
Bytown Beat Chorus, in Orleans Ontario, is proud to be celebrating 10 years as a chartered Sweet Adelines International chorus.  Our 10th birthday will be celebrated with friends, family, and, of course music, on Saturday, October 21st at MIFO, Carriere Street in Orleans.

The chorus was started in 2005 by Liz Gibbs and Pam Warkentin.  Liz now sings with Canadian Showtime and Pam, who directed the chorus until 2013, is still with us on the risers, lending her fine bass voice to our sound. The chorus is re-building after a period where our numbers declined, and we are most fortunate to have Janet Cadman directing us as we strive to improve in sound and size..  Janet's accomplishments as a sweet Adeline are impressive.  She has been a Sweet Adeline for almost 25 years, she sings with, and is a member of the directing staff of Canadian  Showtime, she is the baritone in a winning quartet, and she drives a long distance every Monday night to be there for us.  Yay Janet!

We had our first coaching session of the year recently with Sandie Nason, Master Director 700, an evening we all enjoyed.  We are all energized to work on her tips for improved singing and look forward to having her back soon.
Members have come and gone over the years but many lasting friendships have been formed, and, though small in numbers at the moment, we are a dedicated, core group who hope to have many years of fun, fellowship and singing in the 4-part barbershop harmony that we all love.

Buffalo Gateway 
Buffalo Gateway Chorus hosted the "Freedom Celebration Chorus" at our annual show, "Behind the Curtain" on September 23, 2017. This chorus consists of women who responded to our offer of attending two of four rehearsals to learn four songs, and then be included in our performance. We have had great success with our "Holiday Chorus" at Christmastime, which invites women of all ages to join us at our annual Holiday Cabaret. This led to the idea of trying it at another time of year. It is a wonderful way to give folks a feel for what it's like to be part of our membership in a no-pressure opportunity. It also has proven to be an avenue for BGC alumna to stand on the risers with us again!
This year's show provided a comedic look at the rehearsal and recruitment process of a typical Sweet Adeline chorus. Our first act concentrated on the "before" leading up to a show, with the second act being the BGC "show". We highlighted our talented quartets, one of which is the Regional Champions, Power Chords. We also welcomed guest performers, The Enchords. They are a group of sixteen singers who are the only coed group of A Capella singers at the University of Buffalo. The patriotic theme conceived by our script writers is timely and poignant, which surely pleased our audience. Along with favorite patriotic songs such as the U.S. and Canadian national anthems, and "Let Freedom Ring", there was creative tributes to those who have served our country in the military.
Along with all this preparation for the show, BGC keeps their focus on the exciting journey we will be taking to St. Louis in 2018! Our creative director, Di Porsch, keeps us on our toes and honing our skills in all of our musical endeavors.
Northumberland Chorus
Northumberland Chorus had our Summer Celebration on July 17th at a chorus member's home.  It was great catching up with some former members who took the time to join us.  We had fun with several of our new members, who had never sung in a quartet and wanted to try it out.  They were amazing.  Of course there was a great variety of food supplied by all the members

We had a presentation for our young Tenor, Phoebe, who is going off to University in Ottawa this fall.  We are so sad to see her go but wished her all the best.

Northumberland Chorus was asked to sing O Canada at the opening ceremonies of the U1Boys National Championship Fast Pitch Tournament in Cobourg.  Many of our members happily turned out for this great performance opportunity.  
After a short summer break we jumped right into our A-cappella Mini Series for three weeks, in which we welcomed interested women to join us for a half rehearsal and learn some songs with us.  This gave them an opportunity to see what it was like to sing a-cappella music and perhaps some of them will decide that they want to join our chorus on a permanent basis.

We are so happy to welcome three new members to our chorus since April.  They are Thalia, Kristy and Emily.  These women bring a lot of enthusiasm and vitality to our chorus.
York Harmony Chorus

Well it's September...and wow, YHC has been busy since our last report! We have had a number of first time celebrations.
Back in June, we held our first Yuk Yuk's Comedy Night. For our first run at it, overall we were very pleased with the evening. There was certainly a lot of laughter and the DJ, got the crowd up dancing. A good time was had by all those who attended. In August, thanks to our wonderful Lead Team extraordinaire Gail Tingle, the leads section group we had held our annual summer soiree. Cheryl Yaciuk, YHC's Manager was the gracious host. The planning committee had fun putting together the themed party "Life's A Beach". Members got into the full spirit, despite that our summer wasn't necessarily beach weather.
On Sunday August 27th, YHC performed some of our most favourite songs at the Newmarket Music Festival. It was a spectacular day and how great it was to share our craft at such a fantastic community event.

Most recently, on September 12th, we held our Membership Open House. We had 25 ladies in attendance.  As per usual our very welcoming group had them up on the riser, going through some great tags, vocal warm-ups, which then followed by us performing our contest songs. It was a great success. Cheers to our Membership Lead, Anne Gauvreau and the entire committee who helped make it such a positive evening.  
In the coming weeks, on September 30th, YHC will be doing another community event performance at the beautiful and historic Sharon Temple as part of their Culture Day and Farm to Fork celebrations. We are always excited when we can embrace these opportunities, sharing our joy and a-cappella talents "one song at a time". If you're in the neighbourhood, come on by. It's always a treat to see our fellow Sweet Adeline's in the audience.

Around the Region... 
Region 16 Events Calendar
Be sure to check out the events calendar on the Region 16 Website to find out what is going on in our region, and to see chorus shows / events all in one place.
Click here for direct access!  You can view either in list or calendar format.
If you have an event planned, please send the details using the link through the website, or directly to Sue Heighway - sheighwayreg16@live.ca so it can also be included in a future issue of our newsletter

Bay of Quinte Chorus

  • Seeking an enthusiastic positive leader, experienced in working with vocal music groups, to direct a dynamic, motivated chorus.
  • Inviting applicants with developed musical skills and prior training in directing
  • Beneficial but not required:  experience with a cappella or barbershop singing; dramatic training
We are a Belleville, Ontario chorus (established in 1975) of about 15 - 20 motivated, skilled women who love to sing.  Our Director of 5 months, although incredibly experienced and talented, has accepted a full time teaching position in Oakville and will not be able to direct us after the end of 2017.  We are hoping to find a dedicated new Director willing to expand our musical repertoire and enhance our performance level.

Responsibilities will include the following:
  • Plan and direct weekly Monday night rehearsals
  • Liaise with music team to select music for the chorus
  • Assist with auditioning of new members
  • Lead chorus in local performances and regional competition
  • Works with administration team to achieve chorus goals
Please forward resume and short cover letter to dlehtila@gmail.com  (Dale Lehtila, V.P.)   Applications will be accepted up to Nov. 1/17
The Bay of Quinte Chorus is a registered charitable organization.
Visit our chorus WEBSITE or find us on Facebook.
These gently used costumes would be suitable for western themed show
  37 LL Bean shirts, pink and white check s izes XL to XS
- Qty 42 white Stetsons
- Some accessories available (boot covers, belts, scarfs)
Cost for shirt and hat = $22
Cost negotiable for entire collection
Shipping to be arranged
Contact Doreen 1-613-837-2462

On the evening of Friday, February 16th, 2018, North Metro Chorus will host its first A Cappella Challenge for Youth under 30. It will be open to coed. youth choral groups, not soloists or groups who are already fully members of Sweet Adelines. We are inviting you to save the date to join us. The A Cappella Challenge will take place at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts.

This initiative is part of our outreach to inspire youth in the craft of a cappella music and expose the local music education community to our chorus and our amazing organization. For those of you who watch The Sing Off, the Voice, America's Got Talent, or more local events such as Show Choir Canada, it is clear that our youth possess phenomenal talent. This is another avenue for them to share that talent and develop a relationship with our organization.

Sweet Adelines Region 16
Sue Heighway - Communications Coordinator