Monday, December 15, 2014

Interested in singing four-part a cappella? Consider Piney Hills Harmony Chorus!

From our director, Sheila Nugent:

"Piney Hills Harmony is having our Christmas party this Thursday, and then we are off for two weeks. If you're interested in learning our competition songs and possibly going with us to competition, we will be starting the year off with a bang on January 8 at 6 PM at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. Come sing with us! And contact me if you're interested, and I'll get with you about music!"

You can find Sheila on Facebook at "Sheila Stepp Nugent."  Or you can contact our president or VP, whose info is listed in the sidebar at the right of this article.

Our chorus during the 2014 Friends and Family Night prior to regional competition.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

'An A Cappella Christmas' a success!

A huge thanks to all the folks who came out to see and hear us at our recent show, "An A Cappella Christmas."  Both shows had good attendance, and we've heard lots of good comments.  Thanks for that, too! :-)

Hats off as well to everyone who helped this come to be.  Too many to list here, but please know that if you helped us out in any way, we are most grateful.

We're almost recuperated now, and we're ready to begin our next adventures:  a Christmas party, singing carols at an assisted living center, Christmas break - and then onward toward regional competition!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

'A Cappella Christmas' predicted for North Louisiana

 The weather forecast for North Louisiana on Saturday, Dec. 6: "An A Cappella Christmas."

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines will present its annual show that day at both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Monroe's Strauss Theatre.

The show is a holiday offering featuring the Ruston-based women's chorus and the Monroe-based  Noteorious  men's chorus, along with Rhapsody and Harmonic Engineers quartets. Kelly Aaen, of Monroe, will emcee. All the groups sing four-part a cappella harmony, barbershop style.

A variety of religious and secular seasonal songs are on the agenda, ranging from "Sing We Noel" and "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" to "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and "Mary Had a Baby."

Both Piney Hills Harmony and Noteorious choruses have a long history on the area's music scene. The men's chorus was formed in the '70s and the women's in the '80s.

Both are also award-winners who gave their all-time best competitive performances in 2014. Piney Hills Harmony scored its highest ever in regional Sweet Adeline competition this spring, earning a second-place finish; it earned gold-medal status in an earlier contest. Noteorius' performance this fall placed it among the Top 10 in the five-state Southwestern District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Noteorious is also known for its Singing Valentines and Piney Hills Harmony for its free vocal lessons and annual rock 'n' roll shows.

The quartets on the show are made up of members from the choruses. Rhapsody, a women's quartet, comprises Sheila Nugent, of Ruston, and Donna Fike, Carol Ogle and Judy Sisson – all of Monroe. Members of the men's quartet, Harmonic Engineers, are Daniel Zeagler and Phillip Zeagler, of Monroe, and Grayson Zeagler and Caleb Harris, of West Monroe.

Sponsored by Vantage Health Plan, "An A Cappella Christmas" is a benefit for Angel Ministries, a non-profit organization that cares for those unable to care for themselves and also teaches them to help themselves.

Tickets are $15 and are on sale at the Strauss box office, at Angel Ministries/Care Solutions at 2nd and Pine streets in Monroe, and from individual chorus members. They will also be available at the door.

More information can be found at or on Facebook at Piney Hills Harmony Chorus / Sweet Adelines.

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