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Pacific Shores
Region 12 eBlast
September 2016

Change Your Life! Come to AIM!

Registration is a bargain at the door for $30.

AIM Information:

HOW (Help Our Winners) and Other Support for Turbulence!

Circle 12 will have a table near registration with tickets and a big bag for Help Our Winners (H.O.W.) donations. Each member of Region 12 may put her name and chorus affiliation on the back of ONE ticket. If someone is unable to attend AIM she can ask a friend to complete a ticket for her.

Two tickets will be drawn and those two winners will receive an all-events ticket to convention, VIP seating for two, and the privilege of presenting roses to the winning quartet next spring at Regional competition. Winners will be announced at the end of the Pep Rally.

Many choruses are also preparing gift baskets for the Turbulence silent auction. The baskets will be at Turbulence’s fund-raising table. Please stop by and say Hi! Winners will be announced at the end of the last class on Saturday.



Planning to L.E.A.P. Out of the Box on Sunday morning at AIM with Sharon Carlson?

If you’re a Choreographer attending, please bring a description or basic layout of a performance venue and 4 song titles (real or not).  Plan to brainstorm ideas, get physical, and explore ways to implement entertaining and out of the box staging.




Friday, September 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in California Ballroom Salon 4 of the Sacramento Doubletree, you’ll have the chance to get together and work on the tag challenge that Chris Jacobs recently provided!
Don’t know what I’m talking about? Want to know more? Contact Chris at and get on the Arrangers Interest List, get the tag, and find others who are eager to learn more about barbershop arranging. It’s fun and we’d love to see you there!
Can’t make it at that time? Be sure to let Chris know you’re still interested so she can keep you on the list for future Arranger’s events!
Julie Starr
Region 12 Education Coordinator


The Hotel Restaurant has made eating at AIM easier!

The Doubletree hotel Restaurant will be providing a buffet option for the Friday and Saturday evening meals, and for Saturday lunch.  This will provide our members the option to have a meal more quickly than ordering off the menu.  The price of the lunch on Saturday will be $14.95 and includes a selection of soups, salads and sandwiches.  The restaurant will stay open until 11 pm Saturday as a courtesy to our members.
It's not WHO you know! It’s WHAT you know!

Being on the Regional management team has changed how I See Sweet Adelines.
When I first started with the Regional Management Team it was a big scary unfathomable monster! EEEKKK! I will NEVER fit in!

 Now? It's a group of lovely women working to make sure all of you have what you want and need to be better singers and to get the education you want and need to succeed in this wonderfully blingy world called Sweet Adelines International.

Why I am writing this letter today?

I am writing because I want to make sure all of us get the opportunity to experience this wonderful organization like I do. If you have enjoyed volunteering for chorus jobs, big or small, or even served on regional tasks/projects, think about applying for the Regional Management Team.  Do you have skills that could be put to good use at the regional level?  Do you like to manage projects? 

Today, Region 12 is looking for members with a desire to serve their region and work with an awesome, supportive team providing support and direction at the regional level.  We work hard for the members, but we have fun too.  

Note: Some computer skills are helpful as we rely on email for quite a bit of communications and need timely replies.  And you don't have to be an expert in any one area -- delegating is a good thing!

If you are interested in making a difference for Region 12 or just want more information, please contact one of your current RMT members!  

We are looking for applications for the following positions:
Finance, Events, Marketing, and Director coordinators
Remember, it's not WHO you know, it's WHAT you know!
Hey! Have you heard? There is a new chorus in town.

No, wait. Not a new chorus. Just renewed energy, renewed motivation, renewed excitement, renewed everything! 

Why you ask? Diablo Vista Chorus has lots of new members and we have a new director! Wait. She is not so new to us anymore but she might as well be with all the energy this chorus has now because of her. Caitlin Castelino.  She is a certified director and a little dynamo. Caitlin is upbeat and light, serious and genuine, lots of fun and she gives it all to her chorus. Oh and she just happens to be a Queen of Harmony. You might have heard of her quartet, LoveNotes.
Diablo Vista has had an amazing year so far. We went to our first regional contest with Caitlin with the goal of winning most improved, and we did it! We were flying high when we heard that we improved by 88 points!
We sang the national anthem at the Oakland A's game, which Diablo Vista has done for the past several years. We went to the game on August 23, and had a blast singing and celebrating with family and friends. It's a strange feeling when you step out on the field and hear the loud delay in the sound but it was a great experience and the chorus handled it like pros! We are looking forward to next time.
We have had some incredible coaching this year, starting off with a session at AIM weekend with Dale Syverson (who we will be bringing back this coming February for our retreat). We also had the opportunity to coach with Ryan Heller who is full of energy and worked wonderfully with us.

We are looking forward to working with Dana Gervais to up our showmanship for our 60th anniversary show on November 12. And speaking of our 60th anniversary show, YOU are invited! We are going to have 3 of our top 5 regional quartets performing: LiveWire, Verve, and Turbulence. We have a new double quartet that will perform and Tap Explosion will be our featured entertainment. Oh and, last but not least, there is a fun quartet that will be the emcee for the evening. You may have heard of them: Lipschtick. With Lipscthick there, you know it will be fun and unpredictable. So put November 12 at Diablo Valley College on your calendar. This is one you won’t want to miss!
The 2016 International YWIH Festival is happening in Las Vegas, just before International competition week starts. Know any young singers who’d like this FREE opportunity?
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday, October 15, 2016

5:30 - 8:00 PM, Tuesday, October 19, 2016
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
This free of charge festival is open to female singers ages 25 and younger; Sweet Adelines membership is not required to attend or participate. The YWIH festival is an opportunity to meet other singers your age, all with one thing in common: MUSIC!

For more information, or to register, go to
Oregon Days!
Region 12 wants to be sure we serve your education needs, and we know that many of the events located in the population centers of Sacramento and the Bay Area are a hardship for you to attend. So we have a short poll of upcoming education events in 2017 that we’d really like to get your input on.
The following link will take you to a Doodle poll where you can indicate “Yes,” “No,” or “(Yes)” for “(Maybe)”. Having as much input from you as possible will REALLY help us make decisions that both meet your needs and don’t put the Region in the red because of low attendance.
Here’s what the poll looks like, when you click the link (click “Show all options” if all the columns don’t appear):
Please enter your name and click either the top YES, the bottom NO, or the middle (YES) if you think you might but are not totally sure yet, for each event in 2017.
Note that there are three possible dates for the Area School + LAW School “Oregon Days” next summer. Please answer for each of these dates.
It’s possible that some of the registration dollar amounts MAY change slightly, depending on facility and faculty costs, but we’re giving you our best guess at this time.
Thank you for your help!

Julie Starr, Region 12 Education Coordinator
Na Leo Lani chapter of Sweet Adelines will be serenading attendees at the annual Hawaii Woman Expo at Neal S. Blaisdell Center September 9-11 with special renditions of Hawaiian music as well as barbershop favorites.
 Following this week-end's melodic sounds, Na Leo Lani will host another Guest Night on Tuesday, Sept 13 for prospective members.

Submitted by Wally Wake, secretary

Dear Region 12 Friends,
We are having such a wonderful summer practicing and performing and are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Recently, we were invited to sing with a men’s barbershop chorus, The Napa Valley Harmonizers, directed by our very own fearless leader, Patty Pennycook. We were thrilled to be able to join them for their annual August concert and dinner, Beans, Brats, Barbeque.  PEC and the Harmonizers each sang separate sets then came together for a heartwarming rendition of Lida Rose in 8 part harmony! It was such fun singing with the guys and we can’t wait for another opportunity to join them again.  
Thank you, Patty, for organizing such a wonderful event.

We just finished a weekend of coaching with Awesome Joe Connelly, always a treat for us. His boundless energy and knowledge got us enthused and prepared even more for the year ahead. We look forward to performing for and visiting with all of you at the upcoming AIM Pep Rally.  And best wishes to Song of Sonoma, Mission Valley Chorus, and Turbulence.  We hope you continue to have a fantastic summer preparing and perfecting your performance packages.

We’ll be rooting for you!
Pacific Empire Chorus
San Francisco Sound Wave Chorus members have been flying high this summer, especially one member in particular.  One of our chorus members recently decided to fly her plane north and visit some choruses.  Randy Sahae contacted choruses in Oregon and asked if she could visit their rehearsal.  She was welcomed, so she planned a quick trip, traveling Monday to Greater Eugene Chorus, Tuesday to Harmony of the Gorge and Wednesday to Pride of Portland, then returning home in time for our Thursday night rehearsal.  

First stop was at Greater Eugene Chorus with Director Lauren Kahn, who totally inspires her chorus to maintain pitch, tempo and accurate intervals.  Harmony of the Gorge

Hood River was the next stop, with Director Judy Beckman, rehearsing for an upcoming show with a brand new local men’s barbershop chorus.  They planned to sing the duet from Music Man, and Randy really enjoyed listening to the combination of men’s and women’s harmony. 

Last was a stop at Pride of Portland, with Master Director Ryan Heller, one of the premier choruses in the SAI organization.  Randy, singing a little with this amazing chorus on some difficult music, noticed everyone was totally involved in the performance.  It is fun to see such an impressive chorus in action.  Thank you to all choruses that welcomed Randy and made her feel at home.

Also on our “to do” list for this summer:  our director, Diane Myrick, was asked to have the chorus perform at an upcoming wedding for one of our chorus members, Susan Butner.  The challenge was to sing not just our barbershop repertoire, but also one song honoring the groom’s Pakistani heritage, while keeping it secret from the groom.   
Diane Myrick and her music team managed to have the chorus ready to perform at the wedding in just over a month.  Randy Sahae took point on music selection, arrangement, and translation, working with the bride, Randy’s husband Yati Sahae and chorus member Philomena de Andrade on the translation.  The surprise performance of ‘Main Tenu Samjhawam Ki’ was a total success. Wedding guests recognized the song within the first few notes and started cheering.  Our director was so impressed by the sound and arrangement of this beautiful song we have hopes of adding it to the chorus repertoire.   
Mountain Harmony Camp 2016 is shaping up to be another amazing experience for girls 13-25 years old in our Region.  It will be November 18th-20th.  Last year, I attended as a volunteer counselor for the first time.  In one short weekend, I got to know the 9 girls in my cabin as well as a dozen more and share with them why I love singing barbershop music.  We had so much fun singing along to Pentatonix in the mornings and doing silly physical warm ups about "Go you chicken fat, go!"  Would you love to share music with young singers?  Have you thought about being a counselor?  We need quite a few volunteers to be cabin counselors.  The more volunteers’ counselors we have, the more young singers we can take into the camp!
This year's cost per singer is $125.  Many students need help to fund their camp experience.  Please consider donating to the scholarship fund to help the singers attend.  At the Fall AIM, we will be taking donations of any amount during the last class.  When you hear they are "Passing the Hat", please dump out that heavy change purse, deposit your most crinkled bill, or write a clean, crisp check to help support this YWIH program!  You can also donate on the website listed below.
The 2016 Mountain Harmony Camp Website is up and running at where youth can register on-line, counselors can apply, donations can be made, and all the little details can be found!  
Thank you for your support!!!
     Kimberley Shanker 
     Member of BASC and Harborlites
     Heritage High School Choir Teacher
High Desert Harmony Chorus Sings National Anthem for Hot August Nights Events
High Desert Harmony Chorus was honored to be asked to sing the National Anthem on August 3, & August 5th for Hot August Nights.  

A small group from the chorus started the festivities both evenings at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno which featured many events including the Cruise of Champions, live music, good food and lots of shopping!  The Chorus performed for hundreds of classic car lovers who came to see some of the most beautifully restored classic cars in the United States.
Hot August Nights is the largest celebration of cars and music of the 50s, 60s, & 70s, in the western U.S.  As its website says, Hot August Nights continues to “Celebrate America’s Love Affair with Cars and Rock & Roll!”
The event celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and welcomed over 5,800 cars, 1976 and older. Classic cars enthusiasts come to Hot August Nights from all over the United States and world each year to join in the fun.
River Lights Chorus: 

Would you love to dress in 1920's period costume
(silly question for all our SAI sisters!)? 
Would you love to be served an elegant High Tea? 
If you answered yes! to these questions, we are sure that you would love to attend River Lights Chorus' Downton Abbey themed high tea. 
It will be held Saturday November 19, 2016 from 2-4 pm at
Grace Spirit Center, 617 West Orangeburg Avenue in Modesto. 
This event is sure to sell out quickly, so don't delay making your reservations (required). Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under.
For more information, call Callie
707-290-7037 or email her at
Sand, Surf and Harmony

Smiles and laughter rang out throughout the beach house as the Oregon Spirit Chorus had their summer retreat at Lincoln City on the beautiful Oregon Coast.
The retreat was held near Siletz Bay, where the annual Taft Beach Sand Castle contest was being held. Members were delighted and awed with the many creative entries:  mermaids, caterpillars, dogs and of course castles with moats and fierce crocodiles.  A bonus was the 60’s music playing from the dock high above the beach. 
The evening was more walks on the beach and gazing at the magnificent sunsets. Back at the house we played games, shared stories and howled with laughter and delight. In the wee small hours of the morning, we fell asleep blanketed with feelings that we were bonded even closer as sisters in harmony!
Diane Watson
YouTube videos of the last two AIM meetings will be available only until October 1st when they must be taken down per our agreement with the faculty.  Classes you may request are:
Dale Syverson
            Breath Art
            All About Resonance
            Create Fantasy Chorus
            Better Warmups
Lori Lyford
            Power of Word Sounds
            Air is More Than Fuel
            Sing It Mean It
I’ve been told that watching the videos even after being in attendance brought some aha moments. These are good reminders and won’t be available to us in this format again. 
Unfortunately, we will not have copies of the classes from the upcoming AIM, so take advantage of this opportunity now.
There’s Still Time!!!
The Silent Auction is back, and The Young Singers Foundation (YSF) Silent Auction is now accepting donations from individuals, quartets and choruses.  If you are one of the creative artistic members in Region 12, please consider donating one or more of your creations to the Silent Auction---or if you know one of those talented people in your community contact them to see if they will support our efforts to raise funds for the Foundation with a donation to the Silent Auction.  Oh! By the way---YOU could donate something such as travel vouchers, a vacation rental for a weekend or week or gift cards from corporations such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Best Buy, etc.  The sky’s the limit!

Hey choruses we need your help too. Imagine what kind of donation a whole chorus could give.  I’ve seen the beautiful baskets that Region 12 choruses have created to help our quartets and choruses fund their trip to the International stage.

The only requirements are: 
Retail value of at least $25
Must be new unless they are antique in nature
Items of lesser value (gift cards, etc.) can be grouped together to meet the minimum value.

Our goal this year is to raise $20,000 at the Silent Auction this year.  The money will be used to enrich the lives of young women by promoting educational and performance opportunities for vocal music within the barbershop style.

Please help us to bring music into the lives of our girls and young women, consider a donation to the Silent Auction or a cash donation to the Young Singers Foundation.

If you have any questions or want additional information please contact me. 

I am Donna Prochazka, Region 12 Liaison to the YSF and member of the Silent Auction team.  Phone:  831-713-6066 email:
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