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.

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