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!!!

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