Saturday, May 30, 2009

Say 'hello' to Piney Hills Harmony's new board

The PHH blogger has lots of updates to share, and hopefully those will be posted soon. There's our recent officer and board installation, which is highlighted here, with more details to come; there's the wedding of our assistant director, Teresa White Howard; we'll have additional shots from the vocal lessons; there are probably more regional competition pix; etc. etc. etc.

Right now, please allow us to introduce our new board members and officers for 2009-2010. We'll post two pix b/c our lovely balloons obscured some faces each time -- and we don't want anyone to be left out!

From left, our 2009-2010 board members are:

Lisa Holmes, Donna Fike (Judy Sisson standing in for her), Carol Ogle, Charles Etta Johnson, Janet Philbrook, Rebecca McNeill, Belinda Reid (Jerri Mahoney standing in) and Cynthia Clark.

Shots of the actual installation, the Rookie Skit and other aspects of our special night will follow.

'Real Women, Real Harmony, Real Fun' - Piney Hills Harmony style

Our annual vocal lessons are progressing nicely this year. So far, we've had two sessions with more than a dozen participants. Our ace photographer, Caroline Leung, has a lot of photos of the activities. We'll be posting more later, but for now, here are two shots just to give you a feel for things.

Even if you missed the first two lessons, you can catch up during the third segment, which will be Thursday, June 4, from 6-9 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner. And if you were there, would love to see you again.

Remember, there will also be a Performance Night for friends and family on June 11.

For more information call our VP and membership chair, Carol Ogle, (318) 665-0569.

Piney Hills Harmony aka Annie, the saloon girls and Buffalo Bill

Here's the formal shot of the chorus at this year's regional competition in Dallas. We sang a Western set (hard to tell, huh?) of "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" and "Heart of my Heart." As our membership chair recently said, we were just EVER so cute!

Friday, May 08, 2009

'Real Women, Real Harmony, Real Fun': Come sing with us!

Sweet Adelines International’s Piney Hills Harmony chorus is searching for women singers from across North Louisiana. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to attend the Ruston-based chorus’ four weeks of free group vocal lessons, titled "Real Women, Real Harmony, Real Fun."

Starting May 21, the sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. in conjunction with the chorus' weekly rehearsals in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner. An added bonus of the lessons will be the chance – if desired –to become a member of the chorus when the lessons are completed.

Piney Hills Harmony is one of hundreds of Sweet Adelines International choruses that make up this worldwide organization of women who sing four-part a cappella harmony. Piney Hills' 34 members come from eight North Louisiana parishes: Lincoln, Bienville, Caddo, Claiborne, Jackson, Ouachita, Union and Winn.

Musical knowledge is not necessary to participate in either the lessons or as a member of the chorus. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, can find a part that fits her voice range with the help of Sweet Adelines directors and leaders.

Piney Hills Harmony performs regularly throughout the community, entertaining at civic events and charitable functions. Chorus director Wanda McKaskle said members also experience genuine friendships, increased self-confidence, renewed vitality, and an unwavering motivation and inspiration of others that becomes invaluable.

A sampling of women who have previously participated in either the vocal lessons or Sweet Adelines itself have this to say:
• ”Singing is the best therapy for lifting spirits. The music creates a positive healing flow of energy from one person to another…Music is known to reduce stress and balance the spirit.”
• “Music is a magical porthole that allows many people to liberate their emotions, and this to me is a great thing to be a part of.”

For more information call Judy Sisson in Monroe at (318) 237-9203, Lisa Holmes in Homer at (318) 243-7098, or Rebecca McNeill in Winnfield at (318) 727-9257 or (318) 413-2501. Information is also available at or

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