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Region 12 eBlast
March 2016

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Do You Perform?

Would you like to learn how to make your performances even better?

That's what Summer Spectacular: The Musical is all about! We're bringing in the fabulous Cindy Hansen, well-known coach to such amazing groups as Scottsdale, the Vocal Majority, San Diego Chorus, Bling! and The Musical Island Boys quartets, to name just a few. Find out more about Cindy at

You'll be assigned to one of three choruses, preparing a 2-song performance for one of three different situations: (1) a big event in your local community for which you are the entertainment, (2) a cabaret show you're putting on as a fund-raiser, or (3) a short package for the Open Division at Regional.

Everyone will learn the same two songs, Moments to Remember and The Best of Times. Then, under the skilled direction of either Angela Suraci, Patty Pennycook, or Dede Nibler, with coaching by Cindy, you'll produce a memorable performance on Sunday morning with your new best friends in the Region!

In classes and rehearsals Friday night and Saturday you'll learn choreography (led by either Pam Johnson, Julie Baxter, or Tina deLise), plan costuming, and learn about writing great scripts, MC work, parodies, use of props, marketing your performance, and staging/technical considerations.

The setting is the beautiful campus of Simpson University in Redding, California, June 9-11, 2017. Registration is open now, just $250 for a weekend of classes, 2 nights lodging, and all meals Friday night thru Sunday morning.

There will also be PVIs and quartet coaching offered by Love Notes and Regional faculty.

And Friday afternoon we'll have a special track for Directors, one for Arrangers, and one for Quartets.

Whew! Spectacular is right! Region 12 is going ALL OUT to bring you a great educational weekend. Click here to register!

Julie Starr, Regional Education Coordinator
Kathy Scheel, Summer Spectacular Program Manager
Bella 101 publishing team Kathi Bailey, Gayle Stamler, and JoAnn Lawrence
Bella Acappella publishes Bella 101, a guide for members
We all know how special it is to be part of a singing sisterhood but when we first join we may not know all the ins and outs. To make sure that every member of Bella Acappella has what she needs to fully enjoy and appreciate her experience, we created Bella 101, a loose-leaf binder developed over the course of a year and given to each Bella member to keep. Sections include “Who We Are,” (which includes Bella’s history and an overview of our membership in Sweet Adelines International); “Nuts and Bolts,” with financial and administrative information; “Being a Bella” (performance readiness, protocol, terminology and the like); and “Educational Tools” (vocal lesson plan from SAI, intervals chart, how to learn a song and more). Our Education Chair, Tanya Earle, has used the book to develop curriculum for our monthly educational session and will use it as the basis for future educational events. 
Hi Region 12 Friends,

With AIM Weekend and our annual January Crab Feed behind us, February found members of Pacific Empire Chorus kicking it into high gear for contest season. We recently returned from Walker Creek Ranch in idyllic West Marin where we spent a gorgeous and mostly SUNNY weekend getting away from it all and taking in the quiet solitude of this beautiful area. But, of course, it really wasn’t THAT quiet! When we weren’t rehearsing and listening to the pearls of wisdom spoken in animated fashion by our coach, Awesome Joe Connelly, we were talking, dancing, eating, singing tags, and revving up the karaoke machine.

We all felt it was a few days well spent. Not only did we refine and retool our contest tunes, practice and perfect our choreo, and gain a higher level of competence and confidence, but we had plenty of time to laugh, play, deepen friendships, and get home in plenty of time to catch the Oscars. Not a bad way to spend a weekend!
We hope February was a good month for you, too, and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Pacific Empire Chorus
High Desert Harmony News
The High Desert Harmony Chorus from Reno Nevada, weathered the elements, and traveled to Susanville California on the weekend of February 17-19 for a musical retreat. The purpose of the retreat was preparation for the upcoming Region 12 Competition in May.
Angela Suraci, Director of Mission Valley Chorus, was hired to coach the chorus for three coaching sessions over the week end.  It was also a time for chorus comradery and a Saturday night girl’s game night away from Reno and family commitments.
Much was accomplished and the chorus was renewed. Now the hard work begins as chorus members process all the material that was presented during the retreat and prepare for competition.

Harmony Fusion Chorus News

Harmony Fusion and 39-year Region 12 Member Sandy Sabbaugh Retiring to the Sunshine State;
The Good News: Open Rehearsals Yield Several New Members
Harmony Fusion Chorus bass and section leader Sandy Sabbaugh joyfully retired from a 30-plus year career at Clorox in December and immediately made plans to move to Florida.  Her move to a nice spacious home on the water is definitely her gain, but a great loss for HFC, and Region 12.
“I will miss her energy in the chorus, but most of all, I will miss her amazing humor,” says Harmony Fusion director Barb Vander Putten. “It's mostly her fault that we laugh so much at rehearsal!  She also happens to be a darn good bass!”
Sandy became an SAI Region 12 member in 1978 and was a charter member of Shamrock Valley Chorus based in Dublin, CA.  She also sang with Mission Valley Chorus and was a charter member of Harmony Crossroads which eventually merged with Harmony Bay Chorus to become Harmony Fusion.
“She was immediately supportive of my first year as a new director with Harmony Crossroads,” adds Barb. “Her background in, and love of barbershop inspired her section and made my job so much easier. Sandy continued to serve on my music staff through the ‘harmony fusion,’ becoming a leader with her enthusiasm to learn and her experience as a quartet singer.”
Sandy was also part of eight different quartets through the years including Real Deal which formed in 2008 with other members of HFC.  She has held every office except treasurer (a good thing she says for the sake of the chorus!) and served on numerous committees.
“Sandy has been a great leader for our chorus, frequently bringing in new guests to help grow the membership,” says Joanne Morrison, Membership Chair.  “She has worked cheerfully on the visual team even when we're not ‘getting it’. Her years of singing experience have contributed greatly to our chorus.  We will miss her terribly.”
“I don't know what I would have done without all of my Sweet Adeline friends throughout the years,” says Sandy.  “Through good times and bad they were always there for me and for that I am eternally grateful.” 
Though Sandy is moving, she will continue with HFC as an associate member until she finds a new SAI home. You just can’t keep a good bass down!
The Good News is…

A comprehensive new membership campaign, which included two special open rehearsal nights in September and January, resulted in several new members for Harmony Fusion. 
The September event was an overwhelming success with 16 guests joining the chorus on the risers.  Guests learned tags and two holiday songs with the opportunity to perform in the December show.  Since then, six new members have joined the chorus, which include two SAI sisters who transferred to the area.
“The January event, part of SAI’s Global Open House month, welcomed six guests,” says Joanne Morrison.  “So far, two of the guests have attended every rehearsal since and are very enthusiastic about singing.  We hope they will be ready to audition soon.”
The campaign goal is to increase the number of singers available for performances and competition, and especially to increase the diversity of our membership with women of all backgrounds, ages and ethnicity.
“We have a wonderful welcoming and supportive culture in our chorus made up of women who love to sing, learn and have fun, yet work hard to perfect our craft – messages we stated clearly in our publicity and marketing,” says Heidi Massie, Marketing and Communication Chair.  “And, the result? We got new talented and dedicated singers who are working hard to learn our repertoire. We set out to gain one to three new members a year and we’ve already exceeded that goal in the first six months! We all pitched in to get the word out and that team effort has paid off.”
With competition right around the corner...

what better time than now to get a full understanding of what the judges are looking for.  Fortunately, we have just the thing for you in the form of Carol Persinger’s classes at the January AIM available to everyone on YouTube.
With great knowledge and humor, Carole explains each category in detail, how the categories relate to each other and how to score well in each. The scoresheets lose their mystery as she dissects them item by item. She then shows performances that demonstrate mastery in the category. Finally, with their new understanding of the categories, participants are given the opportunity to watch videos of choruses and assign letter scores.
The 3 classes available are:
            “Singing and Dancing: Showmanship and Sound Categories”           
            “Music and Lyrics: Music and Sound Categories”
            “You Be the Judge”
Also available is Friday night’s class featuring Turbulence as Carole talks about “Elements of Clean Singing – in All Four Categories”.  Turbulence, at Carole’s request, demonstrates the wrong and the right way to do it. Watching this again on YouTube will allow you to back up to be sure you understand what is wrong.
TO REQUEST THE YOUTUBE LINKS, contact Regional Librarian Fran Laplante For a full explanation, go to the regional web page and select “Resources/Video Library”
Song of Sonoma

like so many Region 12 choruses, is beginning to emerge from the wild winter of 2017. 

We're thriving, learning lots of new music, welcoming new members, and having extraordinary coaching sessions as we prepare for sharing the competition stage with the region in May. 

Happy Spring to our sisters in song!  Our best wishes for a fabulous and successful contest season.
On February 25th Region 12

hosted their annual Quartet Education Workshop with Love Notes and Turbulence.  6 Lucky quartets registered to be part of the coaching and education, Undecided, 2 Mile Radius, Livin’ Out Loud, Vocal NV, Fourmata and Reverb, while a brand new quartet “Yet-to-be-Named” came to watch and learn.
The quartets began their day with a live performance in front of our amazing Regional faculty & judges, Jan Gervais, Dana Gervais, Shirley Kout and Sharon Carlson.  Each quartet were given “mock” score sheets after their performance, while also having the chance to discuss their performance with the Judges.  Those quartets then carried their score sheets into coaching sessions with Love Notes and Turbulence.  In addition, Love Notes educated all the attendees on what it takes to be the best quartet you can.  
Wendy Gibson/Debi Thomas planned the day with the help of Bonnie Garlow and the Region was lucky enough to have Karrie & Don Shively taking photos and Merrianne Cree helping out throughout the day.   As always, thanks to Julie Starr for all the mentoring and Region 12 for providing such an awesome opportunity.
Next year, we will have FRENZY as our faculty and the date is February 9-11, 2018.  This will be an ENTIRE WEEKEND of education and coaching and hopefully a show on Saturday night with the attendees and of course, our 2017 QUEENS OF HARMONY.  The location has yet to be determined, but get that date on your calendars now!!!!
Wendy Marie Gibson
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