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.

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