Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Piney Hills Harmony aids Angel Ministries Network

Linda Tripp (left), founder and director of Angel Ministries Network in Monroe, accepts a check from Piney Hills Harmony President Carol Ogle. The donation comes via a portion of the proceeds from our recent "Christmas on the Bayou" show.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Check out Piney Hills Harmony's Facebook page

We are in the midst of posting quite a few photos from our recent show, "Christmas on the Bayou," onto our Facebook page. If you haven't done so already, you might want to check it out. There are other neat links, photos and info on the page as well. AND why not give a click and become one of our fans?!? Here is the link: Piney Hills Harmony Facebook Page

Rehearsal this week ... then ...

... we take a week off for Christmas ... and then we resume our regular rehearsal schedule each Thursday ... all geared up to get ready for our regional competition. WaHoo!!!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

No rehearsal this Thursday

Hi, all,
Just a note to say there's not a "regular" rehearsal this Thursday in case you were thinking of visiting. We're having our Christmas party this week and also singing at some area rehab, nursing and assisted living facilities. We'll have a regular rehearsal next week, skip the week of Christmas and then resume our normal schedule after that.
Have a great holiday season!
- Piney Hills Harmony

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus thanks all those who came to "Christmas on the Bayou" tonight. We had a good turn-out, and we've heard good comments. Indeed, we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did! We'd actually be willing to bet that this was one of the most fun, entertaining evenings in all of Louisiana tonight ... and maybe even the South ... and maybe even the whole USA. Acoustix, you were marvelous ... especially considering that yesterday the bass in the quartet couldn't even talk. A huge thanks for answered prayers!

Have a happy holiday season, everyone!

Friday, December 03, 2010

New Piney Hills Harmony members to perform in their first show

For Piney Hills Harmony's three newest members, the chorus' upcoming Christmas show will be their first public performance. Members who were added to the chorus this fall are, from left, Amy Royal, Farmerville; Keera McNeill, Winnfield; and Suzy Henderson, Ruston.

The show is only about 24 hours away as the PHH Blogger is posting this. Getting excited!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Listen to Acoustix's 'Stars & Stripes Forever'

We've posted several links on our FB page with selections that Acoustix has done. They're all amazing (please go to the FB page "Piney Hills Harmony / Sweet Adelines International" to see them, or go to YouTube and search for "Acoustix.") Most of them have been the current group, before the bass was replaced. However, this clip of the group with the original bass is SOOOoooo AWEsome, we just had to post it.

See for yourself.

Click ... and enjoy ... and be amazed ... and be prepared for goosebumps.

Acoustix singing "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dasher named MC for 'Christmas on the Bayou'

Piney Hills Harmony announces that Gordon Dasher, of West Monroe, will be our MC for the upcoming Christmas show. Gordon is the college minister of the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ and teaches reading at Pinecrest School, both in West Monroe. A graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in English, Gordon has been active leader in the Republican Party on the state level in both Florida and Louisiana. He and his wife, Jan, have three adult children and five grandchildren, with two more on the way. Gordon is an excellent singer and is often a featured soloist with the church’s praise team.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Piney Hills Harmony joins with international champion quartet to present Christmas show

Here are some shots of Piney Hills Harmony getting ready for our "really big shew." We hope to see you Dec. 4 in West Monroe! We are singing during the first half of the show, and the world-champion, gold-medal-winning Acoustix quartet of Dallas will command the stage the second half. Their chords will lock and ring SOOOoooo much, the hair in the back of your neck will stand up. You'll remember their performance for the rest of your life ... promise! (See details about time, place, tickets, etc. in posts below.)

Interim director Sheila Stepp Nugent, of Ruston, conducts a segment of the 28 members (from left): Jerri Mahoney, Shreveport; Donna Fike, Monroe; Caroline Leung, Ruston; Keera McNeill, Winnfield; Anne Garay, Ruston; Mary Jo Brister, Quitman; Rebecca McNeill, Winnfield; and Cindy Dean, Farmerville.

From left: Chris Brady, Homer; Carol Ogle, Monroe (PHH president); Teresa Howard, Monroe; Amy Royal, Farmerville; Lisa Holmes, Sharon; Caitlyn Carpenter, Winnfield; Charles Etta Johnson, Homer; Darlene Futch, West Monroe; and Hong Cross, Ruston.

The mother-daughter team of Rebecca McNeill (first row, far right), Caitlyn Carpenter and Keera McNeill, all of Winnfield, all have spots on the front row. At age 10, Keera is the youngest ever member of our chorus! Second row, from left: Mona Garris (prospective member); Lisa Holmes, Sharon; Darlene Futch, West Monroe; Suzy Henderson, Ruston; Charles Etta Johnson, Homer; (upper rows) Chris Brady, Homer; Nadine Havard, Monroe; Amy Royal, Farmerville; Teresa Howard and Karen Downs, Monroe; Ginger Hicks, West Monroe; Hong Cross and Caroline Leung, Ruston.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Piney Hills Harmony, Acoustix to offer 'Christmas on the Bayou'

Bells -- and barbershop chords -- will be ringing Dec. 4 in West Monroe. Make plans to join the celebration: Ring in the holiday season with Piney Hills Harmony AND the international champion quartet Acoustix.

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus will present "Christmas on the Bayou" at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe. The two-hour show will include numerous songs by the Ruston-based chorus, 45 minutes of harmony from the international champs Acoustix, plus segments by three chorus quartets and an ensemble.

Interim Director Sheila Stepp Nugent, of Ruston, said, "I'm very excited that Piney Hills Harmony Chorus is once again entertaining in the Twin Cities. It's always a thrill to step onstage and give a wonderful performance, and we hope to give the performance of a lifetime when we sing at the White's Ferry Road church. Plus, our special guest performers, Acoustix, are sure to be a crowd-pleaser."

Acoustix, of Dallas, will perform approximately 45 minutes during the second half of the show. This dynamic foursome has been electrifying audiences around the world for more than 20 years. They won the 1990 International Quartet Championship of SPEBSQSA (now Barbershop Harmony Society). Since then, they have appeared on CNN, NBC's "Today Show," TNN's "The Statler Brothers Show," two PBS specials and more.

The quartet has made close to 1,000 appearances in 47 U.S. states and six provinces of Canada. Bookings outside North America have taken the quartet to Japan, Great Britain, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.

Three quartets from within Piney Hills Harmony will also be spotlighted:
• Lux – Mary Jo Brister, Quitman; Sheila Stepp, Ruston; Natalie Miller, Shreveport; and Virginia Fitzpatrick, Dallas. (Both Miller and Fitzpatrick are members of the world-champion Rich-Tone Chorus of Dallas; Fitzpatrick also won international gold with a former quartet.)
• Sweet Harmony – Donna Fike, Carol Ogle and Judy Sisson, Monroe; and Lea Rutherford, West Monroe.
• Take Four – Jean Dunham and Ginger Hicks; both of West Monroe; Teresa Howard, Monroe; and Lisa Holmes, Sharon.

The 28-member Piney Hills Harmony has presented biennial or annual shows since 1999 and won first-place honors in its region in 2004. The chorus last presented a full-scale show in Monroe in 2003 at the University of Louisiana-Monroe Biedenharn Recital Hall. This year's venue, White's Ferry Road Church of Christ, is located at 3201 N. 7th St. in West Monroe and was chosen because about one-third of the chorus's members reside in Ouachita Parish.

Ticket prices are as follows: ages 5 and under, $5; ages 6-18 and over 60, $10; all others, $12. Tickets are available from chorus members and at White's Ferry Road Church; The Avenue Books and Gifts, Ruston; Zeagler's Music, Monroe; The Guardian-Journal, Homer; and the door.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Angel Ministries of Monroe, a non-profit foundation that helps care for those unable to care for themselves and helps teach people to help themselves. Funding from the show will be directed especially toward the organization's work with hyperbaric chambers.

For more information, call (318) 348-2291. Additional information about the chorus can be found at www.pineyhillsharmony.org.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mark your calendars for Dec. 4 - for Piney Hills Harmony's 'Christmas on the Bayou' show - with Acoustix as our special guests

Please get out a pencil - no, a pen! - and circle Saturday, Dec. 4, on your calendar. That's the date for Piney Hills Harmony's annual show. This year it's titled "Christmas on the Bayou" and will be presented at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe. Our very special guests for 2010 are Acoustix, a men's international champion quartet. To learn more about them and to hear some snippets of their marvelous sound, click on this link.

Another story will follow, which will have details concerning time, ticket prices, etc. We'd love to see you in the audience!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Free vocal lessons on tap with Piney Hills Harmony, 'Hot August Nights'

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines is gearing up for "Hot August Nights" – three free group vocal lessons for women – and in the process is searching for singers seeking an opportunity to perform.

The lessons are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 5, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19 in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner. Participants will then have a chance to perform with the chorus Aug. 26 for Friends and Family Night and also to sing on the chorus's "Christmas on the Bayou" show in December. There is also the possibility of joining the chorus in the future.

Both the vocal lessons and chorus membership offer musical training by certified directors. Neither musical training nor a solo voice is required. Women of all ages are welcome.

For more information, contact Carol Ogle (318) 348-2291. Web links of interest include www.pineyhillsharmony.org.

Piney Hills Harmony wins Most Improved Chorus at 2010 regional competition

Members of Piney Hills Harmony were pleased to bring home Most Improved honors from their regional competition this spring.

PHH is part of Region 25 of Sweet Adelines International, and each year the chorus journeys to Dallas for a contest among the organization's choruses in North Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, north Texas and southwest Missouri. Groups are divided into small, mid- and large chorus sizes.

This year, Piney Hills Harmony competed in the small division and raised its score by a total of 50 points, a major accomplishment in the Sweet Adeline world. They sang "How Many Hearts Have You Broken?" and "I'm Alone Because I Love You."

PHH also proudly supported one of its quartets who participated in the weekend's quartet competition - Sweet Harmony, made up of Lea Rutherford, Donna Fike, Carol Ogle and Judy Sisson.

Winning Sweet Adeline of the Year honors during Piney Hills Harmony's chorus breakfast was Teresa Howard, who served throughout the year as an assistant director, a lead section leader and choreography chair, among other duties.

The chorus was directed by Wanda McKaskle.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Piney Hills Harmony stages Friends & Family Night 2010

Piney Hills Harmony will present a sneak peek at its regional competition package during Friends and Family Night at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15.

The event is a dress rehearsal for our upcoming performance at Region 25 competition in Dallas, where choruses and quartets from five states will participate. Monday's presentation will be the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner.

In addition to presenting the competition set – "I'm Alone Because I Love You" and "How Many Hearts Have You Broken?" -- we will sing several songs from our repertoire.

Two quartets from within the chorus will also perform Monday night, along with an associate member of PHH:

* Sweet Harmony – Lea Rutherford, of West Monroe; and Donna Fike, Carol Ogle and Judy Sisson, all of Monroe. They will participate in the Dallas contest.
* Take Four – Lisa Holmes, of Homer; Teresa Howard, of Monroe; and Jean Dunham and Ginger Hicks, of West Monroe.
* Associate member Amanda McDowell, of Farmerville.

Admission is free. A silent auction will be held in connection with the event.

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