Saturday, November 15, 2008

Piney Hills Harmony sings in Darlene Futch

Another new member has been sung into Piney Hills Harmony -- Darlene Futch of Monroe. Hugs -- and a few tears -- were in order as the chorus sang the Sweet Adelines theme song, "Harmonize the World."

Darlene is the third member from the '08 Singers Wanted vocal lessons to join the chorus. And don't touch that dial: There are more to come, I'm sure!

Darlene, we're glad to have you as a new Sister in Song!

Shown at the sing-in with Darlene (above) is assistant director and a lead section leader Teresa White, also of Monroe, who invited Darlene to visit the chorus. Shown below that, issuing hugs, are Donna Fike and Jean Dunham.

We're so proud of all our new members! :-D

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Dates to mark on your PHH calendar

Here is a calendar of upcoming events, according to lists compiled by Lisa, Carol and Sallie Rose. Let us know if anything else needs to be added, and we'll update as we go along.

Thursday, Nov. 20:

o 1st taping to qualify for ballad.

Thursday, December 4:

o Chorus Christmas Party – regular rehearsal hall (not in Monroe as previously announced)
o Nadine will be cooking for us (as Carol says, "Yum!"). We are asking each member to donate $5 toward food costs; please give to Janet as soon as you can.
o Bring an “angel”-themed gift (at a cost of about $10) for our gift-exchange game.

Saturday, Dec. 6 :
o Caroling in Monroe; everyone is invited. (See latest post above for update on this caroling info.)
o We will go to a couple of assisted living centers and the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home. Meet at the Veterans Home (on Hwy. 165 North) at 2 p.m.; we'll go to the other places from there. Afterward, onward to Fox's Pizza for dinner and then to Carol's house for dessert and more singing!
o Try to wear "Sweet Adeline" denim shirts with a green, white or red T-shirt underneath - and jeans.

Friday, Dec. 12:

o Performance at the city's Christmas lighting ceremony; 6:30 p.m.; those who are participating need to be practicing the songs that have been announced; details of meeting time and place to follow.

Thursday, Jan. 8:

o Goal -- our last taping for the contest ballad (before our guest coach arrives; see below).

Saturday, Jan. 17:

o Coaching Day with guest coach Holly Beck; 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at regular rehearsal hall
o Wear a chorus shirt and be prepared to LEARN, LEARN, LEARN!
o We’ll divide up breakfast and lunch responsibilities later.

March 26-29:
o Region 25 Chorus/Quartet Competition – Richardson, Texas
o Details later, but be prepared for a wonderful experience!
o New gals – you will be amazed!

Chris Brady joins Piney Hills Harmony

The second member of this year's Singers Wanted participants to join Piney Hills Harmony was -- ta da! -- lead Chris Brady of Homer. She and director Wanda McKaskle are shown to the left.

In the photos below:

* During the sing-in ceremony, a smiling Chris is hugged by Janet Philbrook as President Judy Sisson waits her turn.

* And, of course, everyone wants to get in on the action, as another another hug is issued by Carolyn James, with vice president and membership chair Mary Stark grinning in the background.

Congratulations, Chris -- and a hearty Piney Hills Harmony welcome!

Stay tuned ... more new member announcements to come .... :-D

Caitlyn Carpenter becomes newest Piney Hills Harmony member

As the photos in this post show, members of Piney Hills Harmony were delighted recently when a new member joined their ranks, lead Caitlyn Carpenter of Eros.

But there was one member who was even happier than the rest -- her mother, Rebecca McNeil of Winnfield, who is shown above, far right (the one with the huge smile!). Tricia Sticklen is the PHH member bestowing the hug.

The pic to the left shows Caitlyn and her mom together after the sing-in.

Vice President and membership chair Mary Stark, of Shreveport, presented Caitlyn with her goodie bag during the sing-in activities (see photo below).

Caitlyn attended the 2008 Singers Wanted free vocal lessons offered in August and September and was the first from that group to join the PHH Rookie Class of 2008-2009. She and Rebecca are one of several mother-daughter duos that have graced our chorus through the years.

Cheers all around!!!

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