Monday, November 27, 2006

Anyone else have photos of Jane that they'd like to share?

This is the last posting that the PHH Blogger will make tonight. If any of you other Piney Hills Harmony members have photos of Jane that you'd like to share, please send them to Sallie Rose. It could be another contest pic or some casual shots -- whatever.
One of these photos is from a party that Jane attended after she was diagnosed with ALS and was unable to actively participate in chorus activities. Everyone was overjoyed to see her that night. Here, she poses with Sallie Rose, another of the Epiphany quartet members. The other shot is of a coaching session with Annette Gary.
Jane, you'll always be in our hearts ....

More photos of Dorothy Jane Dillon - dressed in red, winning gold

Please see post below for background information. 

These are additional photos of our wonderful, wonderful Jane, whom we just lost this past weekend. These capture her at regional competitions: in 2003 (blue costume) and 2004 (red costume), when we won first place in Dallas. Yea, Jane! Front row!! We love you!!! As you can see, we sang our hearts out .....

(You can tell which one is Jane in these photos by comparing the pix in the post below, where she has on a solid white sweater.)

In loving memory of our darling Jane

A shining star from Piney Hills Harmony Chorus is now shining on a much higher plane. On Friday, Nov. 24, our much beloved Jane Dillon -- our dearest darling Jane -- lost her battle with ALS.

Jane joined the chorus in 1999 and remained an active member through regional competition 2004, when PHH struck gold. Jane's place at that time? Sporting that wonderful smile that everyone knew and loved -- right on the front row! Soon after, Jane found full-time chorus membership too hard a battle, and Piney Hills Harmony at that time granted her life-time membership.

In addition to regular chorus membership, Jane also sang lead in Epiphany quartet.

PHH was honored that the family asked us to sing the Sweet Adeline arrangement of "It Is Well With My Soul" at the services yesterday, Sunday, Nov. 26.

In this posting and in other posts to come, Piney Hills Harmony will share photos that we have of Jane, both honoring her memory and acknowledging our love. These photos are from 2002 in connection with our "Ready, Set, Grow" vocal lessons for the community.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Farmerville teen wins Rising Star Contest

Kayla Hart of Farmerville won Piney Hills Harmony’s second annual Rising Star Contest held Saturday, Nov. 11, at Ruston’s Dixie Center for the Arts.

Hart, a 15-year-old freshman at Cedar Creek School, sang a rousing rendition of "Honey Bun" from the 1950s musical "South Pacific." Interests in addition to singing are softball and cheerleading.

The competition featured nine singers from across North Louisiana. Piney Hills Harmony, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, sponsored the "American Idol"-style event, which was open to young women ages 13-18. The contest was an integral part of the chorus’s show, "Star Struck."

Shannon Stahl of Minden, who also placed in the 2005 competition, won second this year, singing "Broken Wing." She attends Cedar Creek School in Ruston.

Angela Cassels of Eros and Chandler Nelson of Minden tied for third. Cassels, who attends West Ouachita High, sang "At Last." Nelson performed "Jesus, Take the Wheel"; she attends Glenbrook School in Minden.

Hart collected $250 for her win; Stahl, $150; and third prize was $100.

Other Rising Star finalists were De'ja Buckhalter, Ruston; Chelsea Craighead, Sibley; Amber Deaton, Shreveport; Rebecca Harris, Ruston; and Shannon McCole, Shreveport.

Kayla is pictured above -- after the show in her costume, sans sailor hat, which landed in the audeince. Shannon, Angela and Chandler are pictured below.

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