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For IES this year, the song everyone will be singing is "Why We Sing." Isn't it fabulous that this will ALSO be our next new Regional song? It will be used at:
  • July 30 L.A.W. School in Eugene
  • August 19-20 Fall AIM and Pep Rally in Sacramento 
  • California L.A.W. school in October/November (date TBD)
This Saturday, July 16, Julie Starr will be leading a review session for this song at Mt. Olive Ministries (the Bay Area Showcase rehearsal site) in Milpitas, CA from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come and learn it! If you can't come in person, we'll broadcast the session over Zoom. The Zoom link has been sent out several times, but is also below for your convenience:

Topic: Teaching "Why We Sing"
Time: Jul 16, 2022 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 2234 3038
Passcode: 2034593
You can download a copy of the music and learning tracks for your voice part now - they're posted on the Regional website under Song Library. We'd love to have everyone able to sing this together at AIM! 

Questions? Contact:
Regional Education Coordinator Alison Miller ) or 
L.A.W. School Dean Angela Suraci ( ) or 
L.A.W. School professor Julie Starr ( )

Thank you!

Alison Miller
Education Coordinator 
Reminder from the Regional Financial Coordinator

As of the 2022-2023 Sweet Adeline Year, all Regional Assessments will be due by July 31, 2022 per direction of SAI in January 2022.  There will no longer be an extension to the Regional dues.

The Regional Assessment is still $50 per regular and CAL members and $15 for Youth members.  Assessment Notices will be emailed to Financial Coordinators and CAL members during the first part of May 2022.  

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Geri Miller-Riedel  
Financial Coordinator
Region 12 Pacific Shores
Regional Education Update
Happy Summer, Region 12!  We have some exciting educational events coming up- mark your calendars for the following dates:

Saturday, July 16th- Learn a new regional song! 
Location: Milpitas, CA

Saturday, July 30th- LAW School 
Location: Eugene, OR 

Friday, August 19th & Saturday, August 20th- Fall AIM 2022 
Location: Sacramento, CA 

Fall 2022- LAW School/YWIH Event 
Location: TBD 

More details to come! 

Alison Miller
Education Coordinator 
Every July, Reno turns into "Artown," with each day of the month filled with all manner of performances, from music to drama, dance to visual art. And most of them are free! 

High Desert Harmony is looking forward to being part of Artown again this year and sharing our love of barbershop music with the community with our presentation of "Harmony in the Park: A Celebration of Barbershop Music," on Sat., July 16th at Wingfield Park in Downtown Reno. We'll be joined by the men's Silver Dollar Chorus and several fantastic quartets, including the Summertimers. It will be great fun, so please join us if you're in Reno on the 16th!

We were also at Wingfield Park at the end of June for the Sierra Arts Festival, joined by the amazing Free Range quartet! It was a great warm-up to Artown!


Oregon Spirit Chorus has sure been on a “high” for the last several weeks!  We had such a great experience at our long-awaited Region 12 Competition in May, where we earned the Most Improved Chorus Award (which was our goal), and also the award for largest membership growth.  It has been such a delight to have so many new members sharing this whole experience with us for the first time. 

June was our first big show in several years - Voices in Harmony was presented along with our brothers in harmony, the Oregon SenateAires.  The auditorium was packed, and the audience was eager and very appreciative to see this live show!  All of the groups performed beautifully, and we were so honored to welcome Midtown quartet to Salem; they loved it, and we sure loved them!  We even got them to sing part of a song with us! Goosebumps!!


July is when we’ll invite guests to our Summer Singin’ program, where our Director (Kathy Scheel) and Associate Director (Nancy Kurth) will lead a group voice lesson for guests with some basic vocal skills, teach them a simple new song, and get them on the risers with the chorus to sing along with us.  And, of course, there will be refreshments!  We’ll share our experience with you in the next Chapter Chats e-blast.

Now we’re starting plans to host a local World Singing Day here in Salem on October 15.  This global event is an opportunity to celebrate with singers from all over the state through the international language of music, singing just for the pure joy of it.  We all know that singing is good for the heart and soul, and this will certainly be an uplifting and fun activity!  If you are in the area on that day, come and join in the fun.


As the summer heat returns, MVC is preparing for our summer ice cream social "It was a hot August night..." to be held on Saturday, August 6th at 7pm.  Check our website for more information.

Mission Valley recently joined the Peninsulaires on their June 4th show at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. We enjoyed singing for this most appreciative audience and for each other. It was a great show and a lot of fun singing with the guys!


Voula hosted a quartet mixer at Susan Wong’s home on Saturday, June 25th. About 14 people showed up to “play” and see how it feels to sing in smaller groups. We concentrated on two songs, How We Sang Today and Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Many thanks to Voula for organizing this fun-filled day.

On June 28th we celebrated chorus anniversaries with desserts and goodies, some brought to us from as far away as New York (thanks, Adele!). It’s always fun to share snacks and conversation after rehearsal.

A reminder that MVC will be singing the National Anthem at the San Jose Giants game on July 16th. Come join us and watch the game! For more information go to our website: .

Hello Sisters in Harmony!

What a wonderful beginning to the summer we have had here at River Lights. We had a ton of fun at our summer event. It’s always a blessing to sing for our community, and we really love seeing the kiddos playing games and, of course, eating ice cream! 


We were also lucky enough to have some wonderful guests attend our guest program, and we had an absolute blast with a quartet/double quartet night!

Sending love and light to all our Region 12 sisters!

June was Joyful for SOS, jam packed with singing, performing, learning and fun. We started the month with a mini-show for a really wonderful, enthusiastic audience, followed by our annual Sweet Adelines celebration. Suzan Lane, who has been extraordinary during Covid and who is always organized, positive and, well, simply amazing, was overwhelmingly voted Sweet Adeline of the Year. Other awards were handed out, including pins-45 years to Linda Gummerson, 10 years to Kris Skold, and Ellen Jakes Kelm, and five years to Celeste Gantz, Nada Hadley, Julie Thomason, Sarah Crawford and Tessa Murray.

We celebrated in the Luther Burbank Center Courtyard with local Martinelli’s sparkling cider, delicious treats and fun giftbags. It was a joyful time, full of happiness and connection, after missing this for the past two years. Christine Lush was bequeathed the ceremonial cape as our Super Sis of the month. She is one of our dedicated choreo team and is supportive of everyone around her. And we love her culinary skills!

We experienced a fantastic weekend with coach Vickie Maybury, as she enhanced our technical tools and artistic elements with character, emotion and joy. The weekend left us energized, invigorated, and excited for the future as we went home to reteach and reinforce our skills. Huge kudos to Diane Pimentel, who not only ferried Vickie from SFO, but drove the Uhaul to move risers, and Kris Skold, who drove the return trip to SFO and recorded and edited all of our sessions so that we can continue to build on our skills.  As we add new music and new tags to our repertoire, we are eagerly anticipating July, designated as our Member Multiplier Month. We can’t wait to share our music, joy and friendship!

Hello lovely Region 12 members! It is great to see your posts after contest weekend with everyone happy and getting back to singing LIVE again in every way. PEC is staying busy getting “tuned up” and is excited for competition in Phoenix in September – only 10 weeks away. Yikes, so much to do!
It’s great to see your choruses coaching again. As you read in June, we coached with the incredible Ron Black in May, and in June, we had a really fun and confidence building coaching weekend with the fabulous Queen Sandy Marron. Sandy talked about keeping the body aligned and keeping the sound open, free and energized in order to sing with constant ring. Man, did we go home happy and humming a few tunes! Next month, we will bump up our visual plans and packages with the wonderful Queen Erin Howden. We can’t wait!
Like all of you, PEC is so very proud of all of our members who hung in there through the pandemic, Zooming and singing outside sometimes in heat, sometimes cold and sometimes in the dark, all that singing in masks, and now enjoying rehearsals LIVE singing together again. Besides our own faithful, we now also have approximately 10 dual members from the Region joining us on the risers. What a blast We cannot express all of our joy that we feel to have other Region 12 members joining us on this exciting adventure. Saturday’s coaching was such a mix of fun singing and having special friends join us to learning and energizing everything up to Sandy style, as well as having Angela Suraci visit and lead some warmups. Dede Nibler was not able to join us Saturday, but she has written to Patty and the chorus, and we feel her support on our journey to Phoenix! We feel all your support from the notes we have received, and it has meant a great deal to us. We just can’t stop smiling and feel energized by our progress.

All we know is we’re happy to be joining the choruses and quartets at our first Int’l back in the saddle, and we’re going to have a “REAL GOOD TIME”! We feel ALIVE! Sending big love and thanks to ALL!


During the month of June, we collected our collective breath after winning Region 12’s chorus competition with a score of 682!  On June 7th we visited Grace Presbyterian Church in Walnut Creek as a possibility for a new rehearsal location.  We all loved it, especially Caitlin!

Caitlin traveled to St. Louis, MO, for Acapellooza, a summer barbershop camp with Debbie Cleveland, Love Notes, Instant Classic, and Masters of Harmony.  What a memorable experience for everyone involved!

With the director away, we were able to work in sections and review choreography.  How cool is that???   We worked on our new ballad, “With You,” from Pippin, and we reviewed our choreo for ‘Almost There,” as we prepare for the Pep Rally, August 20th.

A few members who weren’t able to be with us April 30th have visited us: Stephanie Canessa, Vivian Perry, and Cheryl Young.  Cyndi Sharp, a longtime member and former DVC director, has been seen gracing our risers once again!  Cyndi is a member of Region 12’s teaching and coaching faculty, Region 12 Young Women in Harmony Program Manager, and Mountain Harmony Camp Director. Yea!  She’s ready to audition!  

We look forward to coaching with Erin Howden, July 17th at our rehearsal hall.

June was certainly busting out all over for Bay Area Showcase Chorus. As mentioned last time, we started June with a performance at the Sunnyvale Art and Wine festival.  Throughout the month, we continued our guest program, teaching barbershop skills and general vocal training. This guest program culminated in a show at our rehearsal venue that included performances by  BASC, the men's chorus Peninsulaires, and the quartet Shout, Sister, Shout! Five of our guest attendees participated in the show as well. It was so wonderful to perform in front of an audience of over 80 people! BASC also performed an 8-part arrangement of Lida Rose/Will I Ever Tell You together with the Peninsulaires.

We also had a reporter from the Tri City Voice newspaper come to visit one of our rehearsals this month, and we were featured in an article. We finished the month with a goal setting discussion to help us chart our future. It was a great June!

Sat, Jul 16 12:00pm Review Session - New Regional Song Milpitas. CA
Sat, Jul 16 6:00pm MVC National Anthem @ San Jose Giants Excite Ballpark, San Jose
Sat, Jul 16 6:30pm Harmony in the Park -- A Celebration of Barbershop Music Reno, NV
Sun, Jul 17 5:00 PM RMT meeting Zoom
Wed, Jul 20
to Sun, Jul 24
  International Education Symposium San Antonio, Texas
Sat, Jul 30   Summer Regional Education Event - LAW School (Eugene, OR) Eugene, OR
Mon, Aug 1 7am Harmony Fusion with Dede Nibler Hill & Valley Club, Hayward
Sat, Aug 6 7:00pm MVC presents - Hot Summer Night! Saratoga Community Center
Fri, Aug 19
to Sat, Aug 20
  Fall Regional Weekend - AIM (with Nikki Blackmer) & Pep Rally Sacramento, CA
Sat, Aug 27 9:00am MVC Deke Sharon coaching OBI Studio
Tue, Sep 13
to Sat, Sep 17
  74th Annual International Convention and Competition Phoenix, AZ
Sat, Sep 24 9am Harmony Fusion with Jan Gervais/Julie Harrelson Our Savior Lutheran Ministries

Click on the pictures below to view individual chapters on Facebook. If you have not already liked their page do so now. Next month we will see the next three chapters. 

Facebook is an excellent way to reach out to your audience. Be sure to post weekly. It can be a recap of your latest rehearsal, the announcement of an upcoming event or share a related musical meme.

Pacific Shores Region 12 has two Facebook pages:
  • Pacific Shores Region 12 - Sweet Adelines  - This Facebook is used to promote the region's activity and news. Currently  994 Likes, 1114 Following
  • Pacific Shores Region 12 - Chats - This Facebook page can be used by the chapters to post events and news. Visit the page and join the group and invite your Region 12 Friends. Currently 176 Members - Please help us grow our Chats Group. Invite your friends. 

Kristen Skold - Communications
Angela Suraci - Directors
Alison Miller - Education
Mary Mamer - Events
Geri Miller-Reidel - Finance
Kevran Day - Marketing

Lynda CasillasMembership
Sandy Jones - Team Coordinator

RMT email:

The SA community events calendar ( is now your go-to source to find out where and when SA events are happening in your community, and to publicize your chorus’s upcoming event. Go to this page and click “Add Event” to add any chorus event you may have!
Join Region 12's own directors - 
Dede Nibler and Kathy Scheel as co-directors on a trip of a lifetime to London. for more information.

Hello, everyone!   
Harmony Travel (Patsy Meiser) has invited me to direct a chorus representing Region 12 at the London Sing in Harmony Festival 2023 just a year from now!  I’m really excited about this opportunity to combine two things I love – singing and travel – as we go on this thrilling adventure.  I’ve heard from about 30 singers from all over Oregon, Washington, and California so far, and I would love to have many more of you come along!  For lots more information, go to the Harmony Travel website: .  Go ahead and get registered so you’ll be in the database and will receive regular updates; this really helps the planners at Harmony Travel know how to plan for hotel rooms, buses, meals, tour stops, etc.  Additional information about the deposit, cancellation policy, and travel insurance is also shown on their website. 
When you are registered, be sure to send a note to me at so I can put you on my email list for updates about songs and rehearsals.  We’ll start off with a few Zoom rehearsals, and then we will have 3 in-person rehearsals here in beautiful Salem, Oregon.  One of the best parts of going on a trip like this is meeting new friends that you’ll share the experience with and cherish for a lifetime.
I sure look forward to hearing from lots of you soon – our first Zoom session is scheduled for Friday, August 12.
In love and harmony, Kathy Scheel
Master Director, Oregon Spirit Chorus
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