Monday, November 07, 2016

Thanks to everyone who helped make "A Cappella Fever" a success - the audience members, our featured guests, our MCs, the Dixie Center staff, the businesses who bought ads in our show program .... We're grateful to you all for supporting not only us, but also MedCamps of Louisiana, Inc.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Butter Braid Bread fundraiser a success

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Butter Braid Bread fundraiser - both the members who sold and the friends, family and acquaintances who bought!  It was a great success and goes a long way toward helping us fund new costumes.

Sing on!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Chorus conducting Butter Braid Bread fundraiser

We're selling Butter Braid Bread as a fundraiser until Sept. 22.
 Please let one of our members know if you'd like to purchase some,
or call Carol at 348-2291.
It's really tasty!  Eight flavors are available.


Chorus plans biennial show


7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5

 "A Cappella Fever" chorus show

Dixie Center for the Arts, Ruston, La.

Penny Callendar is newest member of Piney Hills Harmony

Our newest member is Penny Callendar from Farmerville.  Here are photos from her sing-in.  Several weeks after that she participated in her first performance with us - appropriately enough, in her hometown, at the Farmerville Church of Christ.

The night that she was sung into the chorus, Piney Hills Harmony president and bass section leader pinned her as other members sang "Harmonize the World."  Everyone welcomed her with open arms and hugs.

This final photo is of Penny and our other newest members (from left) Jenny McManus, Jenay Lenard and Janie Hunter.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Chorus wins growth, marketing awards

'A Cappella Mania' mapped out for region

Keera McNeill, Lisa Holmes, Sallie Rose Hollis, Rebecca McNeill

Help us sing it and ring it!

We've got six nights of "A Cappella Mania" planned, and we want YOU to attend if you're within driving distance of Ruston and you like to sing. Currently we have members from Ruston, Shreveport, Sterlington, Winnfield, Farmerville, Homer, Monroe, Rayville and other places nearby.

During the next two months, we're hosting both a membership drive and a series of free group vocal lessons. The membership drive will be June 9, 16 and 23 and the vocal lessons July 14, 21 and 28.
In the membership drive, you'll learn how to fit your voice into our four-part harmony chorus. You'll have a chance to interact with the chorus during the first part of rehearsal, from 6-8 p.m., when special activities are planned - just for you!

During the following vocal lessons, sessions will include training on many topics that affect vocal production, such as resonance, breathing, posture and much more. Because they're group lessons, there's no worry about being intimidated!

Women of all ages and all voice ranges are welcome - and you don't have to be able to read music! Please feel free to attend either or both parts of "A Cappella Mania"; you may start at any point in the series.

Sweet Adelines is the world's largest singing organization for women, and this local group is a fun, warm and welcoming circle of potential friends.

We meet in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. For more information call Carol Ogle at (318) 348-2291 or Judy Sisson at (318) 237-9203. You can also visit

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Seven dual members join Piney Hills Harmony, help win growth award

We were thrilled to have seven dual members from TexArmonix Chorus with us this year at our annual competition in Sweet Adelines' Region 10.  Thanks so much, ladies, for helping us rock the risers in Houston!  From left, they are Shelly Brown, Tish Jones-Hicks, Tracey Beckwith, Courtney Jewell, Robin Curtis, Mary Haynes and Carissa Duncan.  And they helped us win the Membership Growth Award this year!!!  More pix and info from the competition to come! 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sallie Rose Hollis named Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire

Sallie Rose Hollis, of Ruston (center), is awarded the certificate designating her
 as Piney Hills Harmony's 2015 Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire.
She also represented the chorus on the regional Wall of Fame.
Making the presentation are past chorus President Carol Ogle and Director Sheila Nugent.
Ruston resident Sallie Rose Hollis was named local Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire for 2015 by Piney Hills Harmony Chorus, in addition to being on the organization's regional Wall of Fame.

Hollis was honored in Ruston at a chorus gathering and also in Houston at regional competition and the Fall Regional Meeting.

Hollis' 29 fellow Piney Hills Harmony members voted her as the member who "embodies the true spirit of Sweet Adelines International," "is always there tirelessly working for the good of the chorus" and "really makes a difference," among other attributes. She holds the post of assistant director of showmanship and visual expression, as well as baritone section leader.

Her accomplishments posted in a display at the Fall Regional meeting included:

·       Has served long-term on both the administrative and musical sides of the chorus, including stints as president and secretary. Currently the most veteran member of the chorus, with 26 years on the risers.

·       Oversees the publicity-marketing aspect of the chorus, drawing on her 34 years of public relations work and journalism instruction.

·       "Undoubtedly born with natural talent in many different areas, she has for several years designed the chorus’ choreography for shows and competitions. Her dedication and endless hours of service on behalf of Piney Hills Harmony serve as an excellent example to the membership."

In addition to her membership in the Ruston-based Piney Hills Harmony, Hollis has held dual memberships in choruses in both California and Texas.

Hollis has sung a cappella all her life, but only learned the joys of harmony in the ninth grade while singing with her mother and sister. "I thought I had died early and already gone to heaven," she said. "I found the Sweet Adelines when a wonderful, older lady in church suggested that another woman and I try out the Ruston chapter. I attended a rehearsal and never looked back. Now, I can't imagine life without it."

In 2001 Hollis won Piney Hills Harmony's first Sweet Adeline of the Year honors.
This is a clipping from the Ruston Daily Leader.

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