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Pacific Shores
Region 12 eBlast
February 2017

Please click on the link below to tell us about your experience at January AIM weekend. The Regional Management Team really wants to hear from you. Help us make each AIM better than the last one!
This brings heartfelt thanks from all of us on the Regional Management Team. 
At our Adventures in Music Weekend in January, we were blessed to be entertained by the 60 young women who attended the YWIH Workshop.  In just one day, under the tutelage of our YWIH Coordinator, Cyndi Sharp and her staff, they were able to learn a song, complete with choreography, and put on a fabulous performance for all of us.  We saw what can happen with these young folks who are, of course, the FUTURE of our beloved organization.
We passed the bag, asking you to share what you had to support this incredible program and, one more time, you outdid yourselves.  In just a few minutes you shared a bit over $1,000.00.  That money has been designated to support the Mt. Harmony Camp event that will happen next fall.  In just a few short minutes your generosity provided enough to pay for about 8 full camperships.  WOW! 
So, pat yourselves on the back and be proud of the significant difference you continue to make.  Your Management Team just can't thank you enough!
Calling All Quartets!

(Especially quartets interested in competing this year or sometime in the future...)

Region 12's Quartet Workshop is now open for registration:

Deadline for registering is February 15, so please don't delay! Slots are filling up fast!

You'll get a chance to perform a 2-song set for four trained judges, then an hour of coaching with half of a very knowledgeable quartet: either Love Notes or Turbulence. Love Notes will also be conducting two wonderful classes on quartet rehearsal techniques and chord balancing. And in the evening, every quartet will have a chance to perform on our show!

All sessions are open for observation, and we all know how much we learn by watching and listening! And what better way to get to know your Region 12 quartet sisters!

Check out the registration page for all the details, and we'll see you in Davis on February 25!

Julie Starr, Regional Education Coordinator
Wendy Gibson, Regional Quartet Program Manager
Wow what a great time we had at January AIM 2017 weekend
- so many classes so little time!

The weather all week had been rainy, the kind of weather only the ducks were loving. Every time I walked past the pool the ducks were in it.  But with a weekend full of fun from morning to night there was no time for a dip in the pool. 

Carole Persinger was great (besides having a fabulous name that contains Singer in it).  She worked with Turbulence quartet Friday night.  She had them demonstrate sync errors and allowed the audience to try to guess what error they sang for us - great fun. Every class was a learning experience.  Chorus members were able to attend the “Tag, You’re it” session.  Linda Hamilton was there singing tags; she told me the secret to singing tags is to volunteer early because the tags get harder and harder later on.

Two new regional songs to sing - how exciting - and classes galore.  Linda told me "I just returned from my second AIM weekend. What impresses me most about both AIM and the Sweet Adelines is how well they "set you up" to succeed. While many other groups leave you alone to "sink or swim", Sweet Adelines provides not only encouragement, but all the tools needed for success."

Saturday night was great listening to all the Young Women in Harmony compete - so young and embracing the Sweet Adelines music. The winner of the YWIH competition received gifts presented by Love Notes Quartet.

Quartets, Double Quartets, Circle 12, Verve and Love Notes too - what a great way to spend an evening.  Our chorus was excited to have a quartet in the lineup Girl Coda commented “We were so excited to perform in the quartet parade and it was a wonderful experience. The love and support from the audience, which included family members and chorus family members, was overwhelming. We feel so lucky to be part of such a supportive and fun organization."  Molly Sopher (Tenor), Kelly Sopher (Lead), Carly Adams (Baritone), Dana Manochi (Bass).

San Francisco Sound Wave
Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus, Bend, Oregon
Bella Acappella started the new year with a financial bang, receiving a substantial payment from Harmony4Women (H4W), a community choir sponsored by Bella and three other Central Oregon organizations that provide services for women and girls. Led by director Connie Norman, H4W presents an annual concert the weekend before Thanksgiving featuring barbershop harmonies performed by Central Oregon women and girls. Many participants find their voices again (or for the first time!) and experience the joy and excitement of public performance as they return to singing after a long absence, or for the first time. Bella Acappella members serve the choir as mentors and fellow performers, and each year, get to reconnect with the numerous H4W alumni who return for their chance to shine in the spotlight.

The 2016 H4W program distributed $4,000 to each of four nonprofits that sponsor the event: Soroptimist International of Bend, the American Association of University Women, Bella Acappella, and Grandma’s House, a residential support service for young mothers and their babies. Since its inception in 2009, H4W has raised nearly $200,000 and has taught more than 650 women and girls how to sing and perform.
Come and try your luck at the 2017 Pacific Shores Region 12  
4th Annual Afterglow!

Join all your Region 12 friends Saturday night, May 6th after contest for some drinking, dancing, and most importantly, singing to celebrate all our regional winners. Sacramento Valley Chorus, your 2016 Second Place Champions and 2017 International Wild Card Competitor, will be your host chorus for this popular event! The Region 12 Afterglow will once again be held at the Poolside Terrace, located on the 5th floor of the Nugget Casino Resort from 9:00-12:00 midnight. With “Lady Luck” on your side, roll the dice and join SVC for a night of friendship and fun! 
Song of Sonoma – “On a Roll”!
What a fantastic finish to 2016 our chorus has had! Our fall show had the auditorium full at both the matinee and evening performance of “On a Roll”. It was a show full of power, confidence and anticipation. Our “Sing-Off” champion, high school student, Natalie Milan wowed us with a special performance during the matinee intermission and our Region 12 champion quartet “Turbulence” was inspirational during the evening intermission.

During that show we shared, for the first time with our audiences, our competition songs that we would take to Vegas for our first International Competition. The opportunity for our 5-year-old chorus to be there was indeed, a dream come true.
Our trip to Las Vegas was full of educational opportunities, stellar performances, camaraderie and love. Unfortunately, more than half of our chorus came home with a terrible cold or flu that lasted for weeks. But, nothing will stop us from returning to the International stage. We are Song of Sonoma and we are On A Roll!

Song of Sonoma is looking forward to creating harmony with all our Region 12 sisters throughout 2017, including contest weekend and future AIM’s!

It's TEA TIME up North!
Southern Oregon Sound invites you to their “Between Your Heart & Mine" Valentine Tea on Saturday, February 11th.  Come to the Club House of Royal Mobile Estates, 1055 North 5th St in Jacksonville, Oregon. Time is 1 to 4 pm, $20.00. Of course, there will be singing!  Call Sandy at (541) 840-6224 for further info.
Northern Gateway extends an invitation to our First Annual Tea on Saturday, March 4th.  Our theme this year is the "Mad Hatter's Tea Party".  Come and Join the Fun and meet Alice and her Friends!

Oregon Days!

Oregon Days are coming to Cottage Grove, Oregon, July 22-23.  This is a combined Region 12 educational event with a mini AIM day and LAW school.  The event will be held at the Village Green Resort and Gardens in Cottage Grove, located about 30 min from the Eugene Airport and fairly centralized to all of the Oregon choruses.  While this educational program is located in Oregon, it is open to all Sweet Adeline members.  Blocks of rooms are reserved at the Village Green at discounted prices for those who plan to attend.  Mark the date on your calendar now!

Julie Starr, Regional Education Coordinator
Mary Mamer, Oregon Days Program Manager
Susan Zarchy, LAW School Program Manager
Recipe for a Fabulous Fundraiser
Crack Crab with the Ones You Love!

Dear Region 12 Friends,

Mix together an evening of awesome music, sumptuous cooking, and refreshing beverages; add in a dash of balloon pop fun and a silent auction; top it off with close to 400 friends and family in attendance and you have the best recipe ever for a fantastic and very successful fundraiser. That’s what took place from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturday, Jan 28 at our annual Crab Feed, one of PEC’s most favorite events of the year.

As they munched on a succulent meal of fresh crab, pasta, salad, French rolls, and homemade desserts, guests were treated to a night of great barbershop. Concord High School’s YWIH chorus, Ladies First started the evening with a short set and then helped out serving for the night. Many of you heard some of the amazing quartets from Ladies First singing in the Young Women in Harmony Competition just a few weeks ago, at AIM and we are very lucky that they join us every year for our Crab Feed. PEC was up next and sang two sets, serenading all with some of our favorite love songs right in time for Valentine’s Day. One of our very own quartets Vocal Venture, strolled and sang for guests throughout the evening, too. It was a special night for everyone as we cracked crab with the ones we love!
Pacific Empire Chorus
Singing in the New Year with Sac Valley!

The members of SVC have started 2017 off with a bang, beginning with AIM weekend in January at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento. Carole Persinger was terrific to watch and learn from, specifically how to sing cleanly in all four judging categories. So much great information in such a short amount of time! A big thank you to Carole for her continued educational guidance- what a valuable resource she is for the organization. We had a great turnout of members at AIM weekend, and it was so fun to watch very own double quartet Try This perform in the show Saturday night. What a fantastic job they did, we could not be more proud!

The next three months will be full of coaching, rehearsing, and prepping for regional contest in May. We will be ready to be up on that stage and perform for our Region 12 friends. In the meantime, as the saying goes, the show must go on!  
MVC Sets Sail  

by Vicky Wendell and Chris Jacobs

Twenty six chorus members from Mission Valley Chorus joined singers from Germany, Canada and several states aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas for a week in January, 2017 for the "Harmony at Sea" tour with Cindy Hansen.  Along with enjoying all the ship had to offer (an incredible ice show, great bands for dancing, pools and water slides, a hot tub that hung out over the ocean from Deck 12, fabulous views from their favorite bar, Olive or Twist, and an elegant dining experience) they practiced together for their Saturday night show.  The show featured two pickup quartets, a chorus of all the women in the "Harmony at Sea" group, a mixed group of men and women, New Life Mixed quartet from the BING organization in Germany, and Mission Valley Chorus. It was a great experience to come together and share our singing with a pretty full "lounge" of audience!
Every member who went had a different experience, and there was much sharing over dinner of each day's adventures, be they snorkeling in the warm clear waters along the reef, making chocolate from local cacao beans, Zip lining through the jungle, exploring Mayan ruins and much more... followed by laughter about misadventures in a jeep, kayak or local shop.  Two members tried scuba diving for the first time and loved it.  
The MVC members may have been lured aboard to sing, and sing they did, but the people they met and the beauty of the places they visited are what drifted through their dreams when they returned to their own beds in the San Francisco bay area, still feeling the gentle rocking of the ship as they slept, and the strains of the beautiful rendition of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" performed by member Chris Jacobs, her daughter Ellen, her sister Janette (also a member) and guest member Karen Fish.  The cruise was a "bucket list wish" come true for their oldest member, Peg Towns, of Saratoga, CA, when she got to pet a dolphin.  Needless to say, all MVC members "want to be Peg" when they are ninety, and suspect that singing barbershop is the key. 
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