Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sheila Nugent appointed as director

Sheila Stepp Nugent has been named director of Piney Hills Harmony chorus of Sweet Adelines International.

Nugent, of Ruston, was appointed after serving four years as assistant director and nine months as interim director. She earned the status of "certified director" from the international office of Sweet Adelines in March 2010, following a rigorous course of study and examinations.

Chorus President Carol Ogle, of Monroe, said, "Sheila’s experience both as an educator and as a student serve her well to direct the chorus. She is taking advantage of every opportunity to advance in the skill of directing, and she is able to teach ladies with all levels of musical experience."

Nugent works as curriculum strategist at Simsboro High School and plans to graduate from Louisiana Tech with her doctorate in education this summer.

Concerning her appointment, Nugent said:
"As a director, I get the unbelievable opportunity to guide this group of amazing women to make beautiful music, and during that journey, I have formed friendships with women of all ages, with whom I can laugh, cry, pray and count on. I am very blessed."
Nugent said her goals include scoring well at regional competition, which is a way that choruses measure their musical aptitude annually. "But," she added, "my long-range plans focus more on performance and education. I want other people to be made aware of this fabulous art form." She plans for the chorus to do more to educate the public about barbershop and music in general, to perform more in public, and to provide more classes on barbershop or singing overall.

Nugent has been a member of Sweet Adelines for eight years. Prior leadership experience in the chorus includes serving as president of the board of directors and membership on the choreography, showmanship and script committees. Other musical experience includes singing in high school and church choirs, playing the piano and being a member of three barbershop quartets.

When comparing the music that Sweet Adelines sing to other forms of music, Nugent said:
"To me, barbershop is a richer, more emotional style of music than other music that I’ve performed, due to the fact that the singers are not relying on anything other than their own vocal ability. Just like instruments, voices and individual parts can add dimension to music that is breath-taking."
Nugent has a great affection for the Sweet Adelines organization. "One of the things that I love about Sweet Adelines International," she said, "is that through a shared love of music, women from all walks of life, from all life experiences, from all musical experiences, can come together to create incredible harmony."

If anyone is contemplating joining the chorus, Nugent said, "I would say to them, 'Come on in!' … (T)he great thing about barbershop is that you don’t have to read music or have a lot of singing experience. If you love to sing and if you have an ear for music, then that’s all you need. In return, you gain courage, strength and confidence, along with fabulous friendships. What could be better?"

Nugent invites area residents to the chorus' annual show, set for 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Dixie Center for the Performing Arts.

Titled "Rock Around the Clock," the event will spotlight Elvis tribute artist Todd C. Martin, of Monroe, as special guest performer. Music from the '50s, '60s and '70s will be featured, along with chorus comedy skits from "I Love Lucy," "Laugh In" and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For additional information call Nugent at (318) 251-4095.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

'Elvis' and Piney Hills Harmony offer a 'Big Hunk o' Love' 'One Night' in Ruston

Elvis tribute artist Todd C. Martin and Piney Hills Harmony will Follow that Dream on Jan. 21 when they unite for the chorus' annual show, "Rock Around the Clock," set for 7 p.m. at Ruston's Dixie Center for the Arts.

Both Todd and 24 of PHH's Girls, Girls, Girls will Spinout for a Harum Scarum show full of Double Trouble as they sing songs from the '50s, '60s and '70s. It's be Paradise, Ruston-style. You'll surely Love Him Tender, and he'll be Loving You, too. Yes, there'll be lots of Fun in Aca-Ruston!

You won't want to miss this Flaming Star of a show. You'll get All Shook Up, and you Can't Help Falling in Love with this Guitar Man, as well as this chorus.

Don't Be Cruel to yourself ... Don't be a Hard-Headed Woman ... and Don't have a Wooden Heart. There's be no reason to Be Lonesome that Night ... no reason to be Crying in the Chapel. There'll be a Little Less Conversation and a lot more music! Let Todd be your Teddy Bear - and the chorus, your Good Luck Charm. It's gonna be just Too Much!

Afterward, you'll have plenty of stories to share about the fact that It Happened at the Dixie Theater. (Well, just Tickle Me senseless!)

Viva Las Ruston! It's Now or Never!!!


Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for students 6-18 and seniors 60-plus, and $25 for special Silver Seating (reserved seats in the front two rows). Tickets are available at the door, the Dixie Center box office, the Avenue Books and Gifts in Ruston, White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe and Zeagler’s Music in Monroe.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

More information is by calling Chorus President Carol Ogle at (318) 348-2291.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony & Sweet Adelines Int'l want to "Teach the World to Sing"

Sweet Adelines International is having an "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" Global Open House in January, and Piney Hills Harmony would like to invite YOU to take part with us. We're planning our own local Open House, Thursday, Jan. 26, at our rehearsal space in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner.

As the video from International says, "Interested in membership? Sweet! Step on our risers and SING!" You can watch the video by clicking here.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Elvis, aka Todd C. Martin, will perform with Piney Hills Harmony on Jan. 21 in Ruston's Dixie Center for the Arts

Here is some information about our special guest performer for our "Rock Around the Clock" show, set for 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston:

Todd C. Martin is a multi-faceted entertainer who has built his reputation as one of the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the world, being ranked 3rd in the worldwide "Images of the King" Competition in Memphis, Tenn., in both 2008 and 2010. In addition to Elvis, Todd has made a name for himself by performing hits by other artists as well, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones, Al Green, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Elton John and Tim McGraw. Todd has toured all over the United States and in Europe with appearances at casinos, on cruise ships, in numerous theaters in Branson, Mo., as well as festivals and conventions. He even performed with the legendary Jordanaires in Las Vegas. Todd recently headlined the Viva Elvis Festival in Virginia Beach, Va. While in Memphis for a competition, he was chosen to appear on "Good Morning America" as part of their Elvis Week coverage.

Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors 60+ and students 6-18. Plus, if you are a true Elvis fan, you can guarantee a seat on the first two rows in our Silver Seating ... for only $25!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

PHH Christmas wreaths available this weekend during Holiday Arts Tour in downtown Ruston

While you're in Ruston admiring - and possibly buying! - some of the wonderful art that will be on display this weekend during the Holiday Arts Tour, please drop by Stitchville, 120 S. Trenton, and check out Piney Hills Harmony's lovely Christmas wreaths. They were made by one of the members who has a background as a professional florist.

Tour hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. But Stitchville opens at 10:30 on Friday, so if you hurry, you can get first choice!

Proceeds will support our annual show, set for Jan. 21 at the Dixie Center for the Arts, which, in turn, benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Elvis and Piney Hills Harmony plan big 'date' for January! (And we've invited Todd C. Martin, too!)

We're a little excited ... can you tell? Our heads are spinning! We've got a date with ELVIS (aka Todd C. Martin) for Saturday, Jan. 21. And here's the great part: You can tag along with us and "Rock Around the Clock" at our annual show in the Dixie Center for the Arts! We'll be singing tunes from the '50s, '60s and '70s - and so will Elvis! So go get that pencil right now ... and circle the date. You won't be sorry! We - and Elvis - guarantee it!

A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for students 6-18 and seniors 60-plus, and $25 for special Silver Seating (reserved seats in the front two rows). Tickets are available at the door, the Dixie Center box office, the Avenue Books and Gifts in Ruston, White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe and Zeagler’s Music in Monroe.

More details to come! Stay tuned!!! Meanwhile for more information call chorus President Carol Ogle at (318) 348-2291.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thank you to the supporters of our first Holiday Market!

A B-I-G thanks to all those who came out and supported us today at our first Holiday Market. We had good times hanging out as Singing Sisters and, hopefully, some good $ to show for it after all the dust settles. We had LOTS of pretty things for sale. If you didn't visit us, we still have some BEAUTIFUL fall wreaths and arrangements, as well as Christmas wreaths. Handmade by our own talented members. Gorgeous. Let us know if you want one. We can send you a pic, or arrange to meet with you. We also still have Avon gift and Christmas items, clothing, perfume, etc. - most of it on sale. And we've got Scentsy, too! We're busy bees and would love to share with you some of the things that make us happy and can help make your holidays bright! (Sorry ... but all the baked goods are gone ... yum .....)

Monday, November 07, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony to be part of 'We the People Honoring Those Who Serve'

Piney Hills Harmony will open the second half of a musical tribute directed by Dee Alexander from 7-9 p.m Nov. 10 at the Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 N. Vienna St., Ruston. The chorus will sing several gospel numbers. Tickets to "We the People Honoring Those Who Serve" are $5 at the Dixie Box Office, or you can call John Emory Jr. at 265-1954.

Piney Hills Harmony's Holiday Market approaching ... this weekend!

Bring your Christmas list, decorating needs, appetite and shopping enthusiasm to Parkview Baptist Church in Monroe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, for our PHH Holiday Market. We will be offering Christmas wreaths, Thanksgiving arrangements, Avon, Scentsy, signed and numbered limited-edition prints from Hooshang Studio and other items for sale, including baked goods made by chorus members. A drawing for a Singing Greeting Card is also on tap. You can cross things off your list and help us at the same time. Win-win. Proceeds from this will support our Jan. 21 annual show, which will, in turn, benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony to salute veterans Sunday, Nov. 6

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus will help commemorate Veterans' Day at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe in a program that features two local barbershop harmony groups, the Duck Commander and more.

Both patriotic and gospel music will be performed by Piney Hills Harmony and the Greater Monroe Men's Barbershop Chorus beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The church meets at 3201 N. 7th St. in West Monroe.

"Please join us in honoring the men and women who sacrificed so much to keep America free," said Carol Ogle, president of Piney Hills Harmony, a Ruston-based chorus that includes members from across North Louisiana. "All veterans, their families and friends are welcome, and a special gift will be made to all veterans who attend."

Other highlights will be when Phil Robertson, also known as the Duck Commander, presents "A Tribute to Veterans," and state Rep. Frank Hoffman speaks about "Blessings Veterans Provide."

Robertson, known for his popular line of duck calls and a show on the Outdoor Channel, said, "From the time our founding fathers envisioned liberty some 240 years ago until this very day, the spirit and resolve of the United States Armed Forces has been the teeth of that liberty. Many enemies have arisen – and will continue to arise – to take away freedom, but there must always be a force ready to defend our way of life.

"The White's Ferry Road Church will honor this current era of freedom fighters, but they are just the latest in a long line of liberty's servants. Since they won't be the last, we should never grow weary of giving honor where honor is due. God bless the veterans of the U.S. military."

A reception will follow the program. For more information call the church office at (318) 396-6000.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rehearsal canceled as 9 members travel to Int'l contest

Nine Piney Hills Harmony members will travel to Houston this week to observe the Sweet Adelines International competition. Wish us safe travels and also wish our Region 25 representatives, Top of the Rock chorus (see photo above), a "broken lash"! Click here to find out more about the international contest. Click here to learn more about Top of the Rock.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Circle - and save - the date on your calendars for the 'really big shew' - featuring Piney Hills Harmony AND Elvis!

We're busy, busy, busy making plans for our annual show, set for Jan. 21 in the Dixie Center for the Performing Arts. It's called "Rock Around the Clock," and we're not kidding. You'll be rockin' 'n' rollin' not only with US, but with ELVIS!

Yes, Elvis impersonator Todd C. Martin from Monroe will sing sets from the '50s, '60s and '70s between our sets of songs from the same decades. How cool is that? Check him out by click here and here.

Stay tuned for more details. And don't touch that dial! If you do, you'll miss scenes from "I Love Lucy," "Laugh In" and lots, lots more! Be there or be square. It's hip. It's cool. It's grooooooovy, man!

Meanwhile, we have two performances in November.

Salute to Veterans' performance
Please join us at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe for this special night and invite any veterans you may know! Several area churches, plus local and state officials will be invited to attend. During the performance, the Monroe men's "Cotton Country Chorus" will share the stage with us for a song.

Veterans' Day at the Dixie
We will also be part of the Veterans' Day program at the Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston on Nov. 10. Details to follow.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony has 3 upcoming performances

Bonnie and Clyde Trade Days Sing-Out
Piney Hills Harmony will present a program at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Bonnie and Clyde Trade Days site in Arcadia. The chorus will sing 40 minutes. Y'all come!

'Salute to Veterans' performance

Please join us at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe for this special night and invite any veterans you may know! Several area churches, plus local and state officials will be invited to attend. During the performance, the Monroe men's "Cotton Country Chorus" will share the stage with us for a song.

Veterans' Day at the Dixie
We will also be part of the Veterans' Day program at the Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston on Nov. 10. Details to follow.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony to sing in two Monroe venues Aug. 21

Piney Hills Harmony will present "Let Freedom Sing" at 6 p.m. next Sunday, Aug. 21, at Parkview Baptist Church, 1001 Forsythe Ave. in Monroe. Please join us! We will sing both gospel and patriotic songs. Prior to that, we will perform at 4:30 p.m. at McKeen Assisted Living Facility, also in Monroe.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Does singing make you happy?

Does singing - in the rain or otherwise - really make you happy?

Read this article from Discovery Fit & Health and see.

And when you're finished, give us a call or attend one of our rehearsals! :-D

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Date announced for Piney Hills Harmony's annual show

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus puts on a show each fall or winter. Our next annual show is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston. It will feature LOTS of fun songs from the '50s, '60s and '70s ... and ELVIS will be in the building! Please save the date, and mark your calendar! Details to follow. (Note: This is a date change from what was originally announced.)

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's still summer, and we're still singing!

Love to sing???

If you love to sing and want to create unbelievable harmony, then come join us!

We have just completed our first Summer Singers Guest Nights and anticipate that several of our Summer Singers will soon be full-fledged members of Piney Hills Harmony.

If you'd like to join the fun, it's not too late. We're currently on a "high," having just returned from Summer Music Camp in Denton, Texas - and we'd love to share that excitement with you.

Our rehearsals start at 6 p.m. each Thursday in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner.

Musical knowledge not a necessity ... all you need is a good ear and a desire to create great music.

For more information, email Sheila at or call Sheila at 318.237.3331 or Carol at 318.348.2291. You can also visit our Web site at to find a map to the rehearsal hall and other great info.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Chorus goes to Summer Music Camp; rehearsal canceled

Because many Piney Hills Harmony members will attend Summer Music Camp in Denton, Texas, this week, our rehearsal is canceled. This is an annual event that is eagerly anticipated each year.

If you're thinking about visiting one of our rehearsals, we would love to see you on Thursday, June 30, at our regularly scheduled rehearsal at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Guests at 2nd night of Piney Hills Harmony's Summer Singers program

We had eight guests for the second session of our 2011 Summer Singers program. Several are veteran Sweet Adelines - some are current members from another chorus; some, chapter-at-large members; and some, former members. Plus, some of the visitors are totally new to the world of barbershop. A really good mixture! Hope to see them all return for our third and final night tomorrow.

If you're reading this and wondering whether you can attend if you missed the first two nights, the answer is a resounding "yes!" Hope to see all these attendees - and more! - back tomorrow. Details about time and place are in a post below; please scroll down.

Happy Harmony!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sweet Harmony sings at Senior Prom for Seniors

Sweet Harmony, a quartet associated with Piney Hills Harmony Chorus and Sweet Adelines International, provided entertainment during the sixth annual Senior Prom for Seniors, held at the Ouachita Council on Aging. Angel Ministries sponsored the "Memories"-themed event. Ministry director Linda Condrey Tripp (center) poses with quartet members (from left) Carol Ogle, Judy Sisson, Lea Rutherford and Donna Fike. All are Monroe residents, except Rutherford who is from West Monroe. For more information about the chorus or quartet, including booking a performance or joining, contact Ogle at 348-2291.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony continues Summer Singers ... and invites YOU!!!

As we recently posted on our Facebook page: We had a great first night of Summer Singers last Thursday and enjoyed our guests so much. We hope to see them - and more - back next week. If you missed the first night and would still like to attend, no problem. We'd love to see you at either of the upcoming sessions!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Do you love to sing? If so, good news: Piney Hills Harmony's Summer Singers time is almost here!

If you're reading this and you are an area resident thinking about possibly joining us for our new Summer Singers program, we hope that you decide in the affirmative!

The area media have run several stories about this new and exciting program that we're offering. Here's another piece that ran under the "Art Talk" column in the Ruston Daily Leader. Click here to see it.

Remember: If you love to sing ... we do, too! Because of that, we can have great fun together! Join us on June 2, June 9 and June 16 from 6-8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony members interviewed on KEDM about Summer Singers program

Two member of Piney Hills Harmony were interviewed on the radio show "Lagniappe" this morning on station KEDM, 90.3, out of Monroe. Click here for a link if you would like to listen to their discussion of our upcoming Summer Singers program.

Lagniappe is hosted by Bob Lenox, KEDM's news and public affairs director. It offers interviews with area residents about people, events and issues of the region.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony installs 2011-2012 board; Hollis gets 125% award

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines has installed board members for 2011-2012.

From left, above, officers will be Carol Ogle, Monroe, president; Jerri Mahoney, Shreveport, vice president; Chris Brady, Homer, secretary; and Rebecca McNeill, Winnfield, treasurer. Sallie Rose Hollis, Ruston (center), conducted the ceremony built around a Cinco de Mayo theme and presented each board member with a maraca. Other board members are Jean Dunham, West Monroe; Donna Fike, Monroe; Cindy Dean, Farmerville; and Teresa Howard, Monroe.

Also at the banquet Hollis received the chorus's first 125 percent award, designed to honor members who completed a list of activities above and beyond normal chorus pursuits. The "125 percent" designation stems from the chorus being located in Sweet Adelines International's Region 25.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony to offer its first Summer Singers program

Do you love "Glee"? Or "The Sing Off"? Have you ever wanted to try a cappella harmony? If so, Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines invites you to its Summer Singers program.

For the first time, the chorus is inviting area women to join the chorus for three rehearsals and to share the love of singing, harmonizing and performing.

Women ages 12 and up are encouraged to attend on June 2, 9 and 16 from 6-8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner.

"If you enjoy singing you'll love performing a cappella, four-part harmony with the Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of North Louisiana," said chorus director Sheila Nugent, of Ruston.

During the three-week session, participants will learn several songs right along with members of the chorus. Planned selections are "At the Hop, "Lollipop" and "We Are Family."

"If you can't read music or have no prior formal singing experience," Nugent said, "no problem. Come with a song in your heart and a desire to learn. You'll get a chance to radiate your passion for singing and become a part of something extraordinary."

Piney Hills Harmony is part of Sweet Adelines International, a respected worldwide association of women singers. Through the international and regional organizations, each chorus provides access to leading experts in the areas of vocal production, choreography, arranging, directing and more.

PHH President Carol Ogle, of Monroe, said, "Teams of international educators have created effective educational programs designed to help every woman achieve musical success. Through such endeavors as Summer Singers, you can fulfill Sweet Adelines' current motto and vision: Real women, real harmony, real fun."

After completing a similar Summer Singers program at another chorus, one participant wrote:

"What a great opportunity to sing with a group whose members are dedicated about their singing and yet have a lot of fun at the same time. I will tell you the first time I went to rehearsal everyone who came in the door had a big smile on her face. By the second week I realized that all the smiling was from genuine love for music and camaraderie. I went home after rehearsals with a renewed energy … Thank you for the wonderful and very fulfilling opportunity to sing with your group."

For more information call Nugent at 237-3331 or Ogle at 348-2291. You can also visit our Web site at
Top photo: Piney Hills Harmony's formal shot at 2011 Region 25 Competition in Dallas.
Bottom photo: Sweet Harmony quartet, composed of Piney Hills Harmony members Carol Ogle, Lea Rutherford, Judy Sisson and Donna Fike.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Article in American Profile magazine spotlights Sweet Adelines

The group Luminous, of St Louis, is among more than 1,200 quartets and 600 choruses carrying on the 60-plus-years tradition of Sweet Adelines.
A good glimpse into the international organization is provided in a recent feature in American Profile magazine.  Click here to see the article.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mahoney named Piney Hills Harmony Sweet Adeline of the Year; chorus donates to Tokyo

This article from the Ruston Daily Leader, which spotlights our 2011 Sweet Adeline of the Year, Jerri Mahoney, was printed in May 2011. Click on it for a larger, more readable image.

The photo below shows all the previous Piney Hills Harmony Sweet Adelines of the Year, who were also honored at our 2011-2012 Installation and Appreciation Banquet. From left, they are Teresa Howard, Judy Sisson, Sallie Rose Hollis, Jerry Mahoney (current SA of Yr), Donna Fike, Carol Ogle, Lisa Holmes and Sheila Nugent. Jean Dunham looks on from the risers.

Chorus schedules 2 sing-outs in Homer

Hope lots of our fans and friends will be able to attend two upcoming sing-outs scheduled in Homer:

Ford Museum
519 S. Main St.
Sunday, May 22
2-3:30 p.m

Homer Courthouse steps
Saturday, May 28
Between 11:30 a.m. and noon

Both locations are on the town square.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony undertakes Avon fundraiser

We are having an Avon fundraiser through one of our chorus members. If you would like to support us in this endeavor, please contact a chorus member personally by Tuesday, April 12, or order online at Sallie Rose Hollis' online store ( by Monday, April 11.

Thank you for considering this. If you decide to order, we thank you profusely. If not, we understand.

If you order online, you may choose one of two options:
1) Direct Delivery - You pay by credit card, and Avon sends your items straight to you; free shipping is available with a $30 order.
or 2) Representative Delivery - You DON'T pay online, but someone from the chorus brings the products to you and you pay her. This, of course, applies to people who live close to a chorus member.

Again, thank you!!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A 6th-place ranking and now a little rest ....

Piney Hills Harmony ranked 6th out of 14 small choruses who sang in the Region 25 annual competition last weekend.

Here's a shot of us at Friends and Family Night in our final pose, a few days before we left for Dallas. F&FN was the first time we wore our sparkly new costumes!

Tonight (Thursday, March 31) we're taking the night off. As Sheila, our director, said in her Facebook post: "No rehearsal tonight. We ladies are taking a much needed break!!! But PHHC will be back in action next Thursday, 6 PM!!! Come sing with us!!! We'll be getting started on new music for our fall show!! PHHC RAWKS!!!!"

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

2011 Friends & Family Night set for Monday, March 21

Our annual Friends and Family Night is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, at our regular rehearsal venue - the fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner. We'd love to see you there!

The event is a dress rehearsal and preview for the chorus's upcoming performance at Sweet Adelines International's Region 25 competition in Richardson, Texas, where choruses and quartets from five states will participate.

"We've been working very hard for the past few months to get ready for our yearly regional competition," Interim Director Sheila Stepp Nugent said. "We look forward to this special night so we can show all of our loved ones what we've been working on for so long. It's also a wonderful opportunity to fine-tune our performance package so that we're prepared for the stage experience."

In addition to presenting the competition set – "Sweet Adeline" and "How Many Hearts Have You Broken?" -- chorus members will sing several songs from their repertoire. Two quartets from within the chorus will also perform during Friends and Family Night:
* Sweet Harmony – Lea Rutherford, of West Monroe; and Donna Fike, Carol Ogle and Judy Sisson, all of Monroe.
* Take Four – Lisa Holmes, of Sharon; Teresa Howard, of Monroe; and Jean Dunham and Ginger Hicks, of West Monroe.

Piney Hills Harmony includes members from Caddo, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita, Union and Winn parishes. Admission to the Ruston performance is free. Refreshments will be served.

The photo above was taken during our recent coaching session with Kelly Causey, co-director of Top of the Rock Chorus in Little Rock, and Jeff Veteto, director of Ozark Showcase in Springfield, Mo.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony sells tie-dye T-shirts for 'Barbershtock'

Are you feelin' groovy? If so - especially if you're a Sweet Adeline from Region 25 - why not check out our tie-dye T-shirts in Piney Hills Harmony's Web store? We're selling them in connection with our upcoming competition weekend, when we'll be celebrating "Barbershtock: Three Days of Peace, Love and Harmony!" in Dallas. We can ship them to you ahead of time so you'll be all prepared! We'll also have them at our Harmony Bazaar booth at contest.

Click on the link above or go to

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony's new Web site goes 'live'

Piney Hills Harmony is proud to announce that its newly designed Web page,, site has gone "live" and is now available for the public to see.

We'd love for you to visit it. All you have to do is click here.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Piney Hills Harmony sings at area retirement homes

Piney Hills Harmony visited Ruston retirement homes and assisted living facilities during the Christmas holidays to share their love of singing. Among the residents who enjoyed the musical treat was Jane Sherrard (above), who lives at The Arbor and Terrace. With her are chorus members Lisa Holmes, of Sharon (center), and Donna Fike, of Monroe.

Our interim director, Sheila Stepp Nugent, directs an ensemble from Piney Hills Harmony as we sing during the 2010 Christmas performance at The Arbor and Terrace in Ruston. We also sang at the Ruston Nursing & Rehab Center (formerly Longleaf Nursing Home).

Facebook page has been updated with lots of show pix

Just a note to let you know that our Facebook page has been updated with LOTS of photos from our annual show that we presented in December, "Christmas on the Bayou." Take a look by clicking here.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of overview shots that can get you in the barbershop mood. The top one shows what the chorus looked like as we sang during the first half of the show; the bottom one shows Acoustix as they performed during the second half. On Facebook we have many more photos of not only the chorus and our WONderful guest quartet, but also shots of individual members as well as pix of our three chorus quartets and special Christmas show ensemble.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fun, interesting, fact-filled video explains Sweet Adelines International

If you're reading this and wondering whether Sweet Adelines - and Piney Hills Harmony - might be for you, here's a great video to check out:

Sweet Adelines International YouTube video.

If this speaks (or sings!) to you, please come visit us on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner in Ruston. Or consult the contact info provided in the blurb in the right-hand column on this blog. We would love to see (and hear!) you.

We're a friendly, fun-loving group of women of all ages - from 10 to, uh, well, several decades above that. We love to sing, harmonize and perform and always welcome new voices to our midst. We are a sisterhood waiting to happen to you!

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