Sunday, May 19, 2019

Find out why these women are so happy

With Piney Hills Harmony Chorus, find more than your voice.
Find a sisterhood that lasts a lifetime.
We will be your harmony. Your applause. Your biggest fans ....
 Come sing with us … 6 p.m. Thursdays, 212 N. Bonner, Ruston.

Judy Sisson named to regional Wall of Fame

Each year, a member from each chorus is named to the regional Wall of Fame and is honored during competition weekend.  This year, our honoree was Judy Sisson, Piney Hills Harmony president and bass section leader.  Here, she poses with the award display in Houston.

Here is what her award said:

"Judy Sisson joined Piney Hills Harmony in 1999 and has been an extremely valuable and respected member ever since. Judy is currently serving her 2nd consecutive term as president and also served consecutive terms in the mid-2000's. Other current posts include bass section leader and chair of the Bylaws and Rules Committee. She has been a member of 2 quartets – Sweet Harmony and Bella Bleu – both of which participated in regional competition and brought much pleasure to their Louisiana audiences. Her lovely, resonant, strong bass voice is the envy of many. In 2002, while PHHC was a member of Region 25, Judy was voted the chorus' Sweet Adeline of the Year.

"Judy faithfully attends regional events and frequently attends international competitions – and can't wait to get home to share the excitement and knowledge that she gained during her SAI travels.

"In addition to her musical and administrative skills, Judy is always willing to lend a helping hand or a listening ear to anyone in need. She serves as a wonderful example of a loving, compassionate individual.

"In her non-chorus life, Judy is an optician/ophthalmic technician at Haik Humble Eye Center in Monroe. In that capacity she makes annual trips to Central America with a medical mission team that provides eye care to the poor and underprivileged. She has 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 2.5 great-grandchildren."

Congratulations, Judy!  We love and appreciate you!!!

Spring 2019 Regional Sweet Adelines competition

Leading up to our 2019 competition, Lillian Brown was sung in as a dual member. Mary Helen Tschabold afixes her angel pin during the ceremony.  During the sing-in, we form a Circle of Love around the new member, hold hands and sing the meaningful "How We Sang Today."

The middle photo is our official 2019 contest photo, snapped as we were on stage, immediately after we finished our set.  We had a wonderful time in Houston during Sweet Adeline International's Region 10 competition.

In the bottom photo are two of our rookies who represented us during the Flag Ceremony.  We're so proud of them!

Piney Hills Harmony loves to sing and perform for the public

A scene from our show, "Home for Christmas," presented in Monroe's Strauss Theatre.

A sing-out during North Central Louisiana Arts Council's Holiday Art Crawl.

A Christmas performance at the Farmerville Church of Christ.

Chorus members attend regional meetings, workshops

Members of Piney Hills Harmony often travel to Houston for regional meetings and workshops, where they absorb much valuable information from internationally recognized a cappella chorus leaders.

In the top photo are members who attended the 2018 Summer Regional Meeting.  From left, they are Sheila Carothers, Sallie Rose Hollis, Carol Ogle, Mary Helen Tschabold, Rebecca McNeill, Michelle Jones, Sheila Nugent, Candice Bassett, Judy Sisson and Judy Stepp.

In the bottom photo are members who attend the 2019 Winter Regional Meeting.  From left:  Candice Bassett, Mary Helen Tschabold, Rebecca McNeill and Sallie Rose Hollis.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gracie Jones is Piney Hills Harmony's newest member

We're so glad to welcome our newest member, lead Gracie Jones, daughter of member Michelle Jones, who joined the chorus last summer.  Hooray for another mother-daughter duo in our midst!

Top: Michelle Jones pins an angel pin on daughter Gracie during her sing-in. Bottom: President Judy Sisson and Director Sheila Nugent join Gracie and her mom after the sing-in.  Understandably, everyone is all smiles!

Come "Home for Christmas" with us!

Chorus grieves over loss of member

We mourn the loss of one of our longtime members, Peggy Laws.  She left us unexpectedly after complications from routine back surgery.  Peggy, we'll always remember you and the beautiful music we made together.  This column was written by another of our members.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Piney Hills Harmony adds 2 members during last 2 weeks

Cat Stoppleworth (in layout above) and Sandy Donaldson (in layout below) were both welcomed into Piney Hills Harmony Chorus during the past two weeks.  Both are basses, and bass section leader and PHHC President Judy Sisson is beaming ... as are the rest of their new Singing Sisters!  Judy is to the far left in the posed pic above; to the far left in the posed pic below.  Both Cat and Sandy were introduced to the chorus by Kelli Ayres, who joined PHHC only last summer herself.  Kelli is pinning on Cat's angel pin during her sing-in (above) and hugging Sandy in the bottom left photo.  Director Sheila Nugent is also in both the posed photos, and other various PHHC members are shown hugging each new member and standing in the Circle of Love.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Christmas in August: Preparing for December

We're preparing for our big


Dec. 15 at the Strauss Theatre in Monroe.

Please mark it on your calendar!

And if you'd like to sing some great

holiday songs, come join us at rehearsal

every Thursday at 6 p.m.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Camp Rock to begin this week

Ladies who love to sing: Come to our Camp Rock! Bring your voice and your talent to our rehearsals and learn "Heartache Tonight" and "The Lion Sleeps tonight" – Thursdays at 6 p.m. July 12-Aug. 2, 212 N. Bonner, Ruston. Let the world hear the music of your heart! Ability to read music is not required; desire to have fun and meet new friends IS. Call (318) 348-2291 for more info or go to

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