Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sing for the summer with Piney Hills Harmony's Summer Singers - and get to perform at the Monroe Civic Center!



Women from North Louisiana and South Arkansas have a chance to become Summer Singers and participate in a '50s, '60s and '70s show, "Rock Around the Clock," put on by Piney Hills Harmony on Aug. 24.

The Sweet Adelines chorus, which is based in Ruston but draws members from across the region, will bring back its well-received a cappella show, first staged in 2012 at Ruston's Dixie Center for the Arts. Elvis tribute artist Todd C. Martin of Monroe will also perform at the 2013 event in Monroe's Jack Howard Theatre. It will be a benefit for Angel Ministries.

Chorus President Carol Ogle said the chorus is hoping the summer months will provide more time for women who want to pursue such a hobby but can't do so during the school year.

"Summer Singers will perform as guests during certain parts of the show," Ogle said. "It's a perfect time for women who love to sing to encounter the awe of group a cappella harmony and to perform before an audience. The risers and the lights are beckoning. And you can help raise funds for a worthy cause as well!"

No auditions are required, nor is the ability to read music. Learning aids and musical assistance will be provided. A $10 enrollment fee will be assessed for music and materials.

Women interested in becoming Summer Singers should start attending rehearsals as soon as possible with a deadline of June 13 for beginning the program. They will then work with the chorus until time for the show. Participants will learn songs such as "California Dreamin'," "When Will I Be Loved?" and "Take a Chance on Me."

Joining the chorus after being a Summer Singer is an option, but no long-term commitment is required.

Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner St. For more information call Ogle at (318) 665-0569 or visit www.pineyhillsharmony.org.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Women: Piney Hills Harmony is offering free group vocal lessons

Are you a "Gleek"? Do you love "The Sing Off"? Now is YOUR chance to shine: Start the summer off right and join us for a special program to experience the joy and fun of singing, friendship and good times.

Come share the JOY of music with us. No experience necessary. And although it's helpful, you don't even have to be able to read music. Receive group vocal lessons in a cappella-style music, and have the opportunity to learn songs right alongside the chorus.

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will offer these free group vocal lessons for women from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16 and 23, in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner St. The award-winning chorus has conducted such lessons for more than 15 years, and many participants have sung its praises.

After the lessons are completed, if you choose, you can also stay with the chorus during our upcoming Summer Singers program and show off your new-found showmanship skills in a performance Aug. 24 at the Jack Howard Theatre in Monroe.

If you love to sing, we've got the place for you. It's like "Glee" for grownups! [Although we do have a 12-year-old member as well - and another waiting in the wings. :-) ]

Real women, real harmony, real fun!  If you're interested, more information can be found at

www.pineyhillsharmony.org or by calling Director Sheila Nugent at (318) 237-3331.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Piney Hills Harmony has very successful guest night; another one planned for next week

Our Harmony Happy Hour guest night last night was GREAT!  We had seven excellent singers - in all four parts.  So glad that they visited, and now just a note to all of them:  Hope you come back next week!

To anyone else who is wanted to attend but couldn't or is just now hearing about this, we've got another Harmony Happy Hour scheduled for next week - and we'd love to see you there.  We're working on new music, so we'll all be in the same boat as we learn the notes and words.

Thanks to all the area media for helping us publicize these events.

Stay tuned because soon we'll be advertising about our upcoming Free Group Vocal lessons for women.

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