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.

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