Sunday, December 02, 2012

Piney Hills Harmony, Note-torious to rejoice with 'Joy to the World' concert

We will join with the Monroe men's barbershop chorus Note-torious to present a holiday gift to the area: the concert "Joy to the World! An A Cappella Christmas" at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ.

We hope you'll join us! The concert is free, and afterward there'll be a Christmas cookie fellowship. Yum!!!

Addison Culp from the White's Ferry Road congregation and the quartets Bayou Blend and Sweet Harmony will also perform. Special guests for the event will be angel Ministries executive director, Linda Tripp, along with the organization's clients and families.

The church is located at 3201 N. 7th St. in West Monroe.


Sweet Harmony will perform as part of our "Joy to the World" concert. Quartet members are, from left, Carol Ogle, Lea Rutherford, Judy Sisson and Donna Fike. They are all also members of Piney Hills Harmony.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Piney Hills Harmony's newest member: Wilma Strickland

A hearty Piney Hills Harmony welcome to our newest member, Wilma Strickland, a baritone from Monroe!

This photo shows Wilma and our director, Sheila Nugent, the night of Wilma's official "sing-in" into the chorus.

Here are Wilma and her section leader, Sallie Rose Hollis, who's "pinning" her during our traditional angel-pin ceremony as part of the sing-in. Teresa Howard is visible in the circle of members in the background.

Chorus member Nadine Havard hugs Wilma as the sing-in continues. Each member of Piney Hills Harmony usually hugs the new member during the sing-in. Sallie Rose and member Karen Downs can be seen in the background.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Piney Hills Harmony director, Sheila Nugent, to receive doctorate

Piney Hills Harmony is very proud to announce that our director, Sheila Nugent, successfully defended her dissertation Thursday and will receive her Doctorate in Education from Louisiana Tech University.

Sheila has directed our chorus for two years, leading us to receive the "Most Improved Chorus" award last March with an increase of 74 points. Her wonderful ability to teach along with her eagerness to learn make our barbershop journey a joy. Congratulations, Dr. Director!

In the photo that accompanies this post, Sheila poses with her mother, chorus member Judy Stepp, aka "Proud Mom"! :-D

Friday, June 15, 2012

June 21 rehearsal canceled; schedule resumes June 28

Because our regional Summer Music Camp is coming up, rehearsal for June 21 is canceled. If you're thinking of visiting with us, hope to see you Thursday, June 28!

We also want to thank our guests who were with us last night at our second Singers Wanted night. We enjoyed singing with you and hope that you enjoyed being with us. As Jed Clampett used to say, "Y'all come back now, ya hear???"

Sunday, June 03, 2012

The Ruston Daily Leader ran this story for us concerning "Singers Wanted." Y'all come!!!

Piney Hills Harmony earns Most Improved Status at regional contest

This is one of the stories that was published when we won Most Improved Chorus honors this spring at our regional competition in Dallas.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chorus installs new board, names Sweet Adeline of Year

Here is one of the newspaper articles that was published concerning our recent installation of the 2012-2013 Board of Directors and the naming of our local Sweet Adeline of the Year.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Directors at educational workshop; rehearsal canceled this week

Announcement:
Because our director and assistant director will be attending an educational event this week, rehearsal for Thursday, May 31, is canceled. Hope to see you during our Singers Wanted nights Thursday, June 7 and 14.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Singers Wanted campaign on the horizon for Piney Hills Harmony

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus will sponsor a Singers Wanted drive June 7 and 14 for women age 12 and up. Participants will sing and mingle with the chorus from 6-8 p.m. while the group learns several new songs.

Sweet Adelines International says any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, can find a part that fits her voice range with the help of chorus directors and leaders. Music is sung a cappella, and parts range from tenor to bass.

The chorus meets in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner. For more information call director Sheila Nugent at 237-3331 or president Carol Ogle at 665-0569. You can also visit www.pineyhillsharmony.org.

Below is our formal photo from this year's regional competition in Dallas. We earned the "Most Improved Chorus" honors, up 74 points from last year. That was one of our goals, so we are very excited.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Piney Hills Harmony issues call to singers

Do you love to sing? Has it been a long time since you did something you enjoy "just for yourself"? Would you like to be around positive, energetic ladies who share a love for singing and performing? If so, then do we have a deal for you!Come visit Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines on June 7 and/or 14, and let us introduce you to the wonderful world of barbershop music. You don’t have to read music - we’ll teach you everything you need to know! Call Carol at 665-0569 for more info.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chorus taking a 3-week 'vacation'

ANNOUNCEMENT:
We are taking a three-week break from rehearsal after all our hard work on our show and regional competition. See you in a few weeks!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Piney Hills Harmony earns Most Improved Chorus status

At our annual regional competition in Dallas last weekend, we brought our score up 74 points from 2011, earning us MOST IMPROVED CHORUS honors! We ranked 5th among the Small Choruses, and there were only a few points separating 3rd, 4th and 5th place. More info and pix to come ....

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Piney Hills Harmony Friends & Family Night is Monday, March 12


Thanks to the staff of the Ruston Daily Leader for running this story - and also to The (Monroe) News-Star for running something earlier on our upcoming Friends and Family Night. If you click on the photo, you'll be able to read the article. Hope to see you there! Wish us many broken lashes as we go to compete in Dallas!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Come sing with us - any Thursday at 6 p.m.!

Sweet Adelines International conducted an "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" Global Open House in January, and Piney Hills Harmony took part. Now, we're still issuing the invitation for you to visit us any Thursday at 6 p.m. during one of our rehearsals 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!" For more information, use the "Contact Us" link on our Piney Hills Harmony Web page at www.pineyhillsharmony.org or call Carol at 348-2291.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Piney Hills Harmony schedules Open House as part of global initiative

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus is inviting area women to its rehearsal Thursday, Jan. 26, as part of a Global Open House.

Designed to better acquaint people with what Sweet Adelines has to offer in regard to membership, the Open House is scheduled during the chorus' regular rehearsal at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston.

All over the globe this month, Sweet Adelines International choruses are joining together in this "Teach the World to Sing" event. Sweet Adelines boasts approximately 25,000 members in more than 500 choruses in 12 countries.

Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to experience the exhilaration of performing and creating four-part harmony. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, can find a part that fits her voice range with the help of the chorus’ musical leaders. The music includes special arrangements of today’s ballads and upbeat songs, popular show tunes and even jazz. Members say that singing the satisfying sounds of barbershop harmony provides a rich, rewarding experience. Members of Sweet Adelines International share fun social activities, an enlarged circle of friends and exciting performance opportunities.


More information is available at www.pineyhillsharmony.org or by calling chorus President Carol Ogle at (318) 348-2291.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Piney Hills Harmony, 'Elvis' to perform together; chorus schedules Open House

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines is looking both backward and forward this month.

The a cappella singing group will pay tribute to music of the '50s, '60s and '70s during its annual show Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts when its members share the stage with Elvis tribute artist Todd C. Martin, of Monroe. Then next week, chorus members will glance toward the future as they invite area women to their rehearsal as part of a Global Open House.

Saturday's show, "Rock Around the Clock," will begin at 7 p.m. and will be a "real production," chorus President Carol Ogle said.

Chorus music will range from "Sh-Boom" and "At the Hop" of the '50s, to "One Fine Day" and "Aquarius" of the '60s, to "Lean on Me" and "Love Will Keep Us Together" of the '70s – plus much more. Martin's selections will run the gamut from "Hound Dog" to "Suspicious Minds."

"Whether you were a cool cat, a flower child, or a disco queen or king," Ogle said, "you'll be transported back in time by these songs. Some folks in our target audience may be too young to have been there, but who doesn’t love rock 'n' roll?"

Kelly Aaen, of Monroe, will be master of ceremonies and will add her acting talents to the mix, Ogle said. Aaen teaches at Ouachita Christian School and has experience in drama and public speaking, including performances in several Strauss Theatre productions.

"We've got really nice stage sets that we'll use in our comedy skits, which are designed to complement our musical numbers," Ogle said. "Some of the most cherished TV characters from those decades will 'magically' show up – like Lucy and Ethel from 'I Love Lucy,' a host of characters from 'Laugh In' and even Edith Bunker from 'All in the Family.' Audience members of all ages are sure to have a rocking good time as we take a fun trip down memory lane."

Martin agreed with Ogle's assessment. "I'm looking forward to a different kind of arrangement than we've ever done," he said. "I like the way the chorus has designed the whole show. The three decades of music will appeal to a huge array of people. It's not just Elvis or Patsy Cline or the Beatles; it's a great combination. It's truly a variety show."

Martin ranked third in the worldwide "Images of the King" competition in Memphis, Tenn., in both 2008 and 2010. Other honors include first place at the 2011 Immokalee Seminole Casino "King of the World Elvisfest" contest in South Florida and first place at the Branson, Mo., Elvis Explosion.

Appropriately, a portion of proceeds from the show will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tenn., where The King lived for so many years.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for students 6-18 and seniors 60-plus, and $25 for special Silver Seating (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.

PHH TO TAKE PART IN
GLOBAL OPEN HOUSE;
YOU'RE INVITED


Piney Hills Harmony's Open House, designed to better acquaint area residents with what Sweet Adelines has to offer in regard to membership, is scheduled during the chorus' regular rehearsal at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. All over the globe this month, Sweet Adelines International choruses are joining together in this "Teach the World to Sing" event.

Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to experience the exhilaration of performing and singing four-part harmony, Ogle said. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, can find a part that fits her voice range with the help of the chorus’ musical leaders, she said.

More information is available by calling Ogle at (318) 348-2291.

CAPTION: Piney Hills Harmony Chorus members Sallie Rose Hollis (left) and Carol Ogle practice delivering lines from the "Laugh In" joke wall that will be part of the Sweet Adelines' annual show Saturday. The duo, along with other members, will be dressed in period attire for the performance.

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