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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