REGIONAL CONVENTION CANCELLED As you all know by now, our Regional Convention has been canceled. We know that so many questions are arising out of this cancelation and we want to assure all members that we will handle all of your concerns as quickly as possible. Mary has been in contact with management at the Nugget, they are aware of our status, and as a result they have canceled all of the reservations that our members have made for competition. Also, if you made a monetary deposit for the hotel, those will be refunded. Please do not call the hotel directly, as they are busy helping us move through this initial process and it will be handled much more expeditiously if we just let it happen. Any other questions or concerns about hotel reservations can be handled in the days ahead after they have a chance to deal with these initial cancelations. Our Regional Competition Steering Committee, along with the Regional Management Team will be working on how and when any other refunds will be dealt with. As soon as we have a plan forward, we will be notifying all members, however, the soonest that this information might come out is later tomorrow. Again, please help this process move more smoothly and quickly by allowing the information to come to you. Rest assured, we all share your concerns and we will have information and solutions available to you as soon as possible. Margy Kiser, CRC on behalf of Mary Mamer, EVC
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CHAPTER CHATS & Region 12 NEWS!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
REGION 12 NEWS!
Bella Acappella Harmony
San Francisco Sound Wave
Na Leo Lani
Song of Sonoma
Sacramento Valley Chorus
Bay Area Showcase
REGION 12 NEWS!
Hello Region 12!
As your new Education Coordinator, I wanted to share the news that unfortunately, we must cancel Summer AIM at the Village Green Resort in July. With that said, never fear- we are working on new plans for a fun, and exciting alternative Summer AIM event. Here is what you can count on:
During these virtual rehearsals, we’ve not only been learning new songs and skills, but we’ve also had some wonderful guest stars this month, a privilege we would not have had if not for Zoom. We were so fortunate to have two awesome guest stars this last month.
As you can see, June will be an extremely exciting month of new music, new skills and new members!!
It is sure great to check in with you all each month and see what is happening out there in Region 12 Chorusland. PEC recently took a chorus poll and we learned the same thing from our members, over 70% felt connecting with each other was most important to us right now. We are taking the time to learn more about each other at our Zoom rehearsals through weekly “Member Spotlight” and small chat rooms with 3 to 4 members checking in on each other.
PEC started this last month with our annual Recognition Celebration that usually happens the Wednesday night after Contest. This year’s theme was Louisville, Kentucky, or as Patty would say Lua-Vul. Patty presented an exciting virtual tour of the City that showed us it’s beauty and sights. We all wore our favorite Derby Hats and made ourselves hot browns and mint juleps, sharing recipes and thoughts of what it would have been like to travel and compete in this historic city. We also take this celebration time to recognize our past and future Team members and all of those who make things happen in our chorus life. We give Longevity Awards and we honor members like Rookie of the Year, Unsung Hero and our elected Empress of the Year for 2020 Kari Francisco. This year we created a new award in memory of longtime member, Lynn Knudsen. It’s the Mariposa Award given to the one who has blossomed into a Sweet Adeline since joining PEC, the first recipient is Lara Brown.
Patty and Team Leader Melany had another surprise for us this year with 2 special guests who joined our Zoom celebration. Our coach “Awesome Joe” Connolly stopped in and sang Happy Birthday to our Asst. Director Leah and member Marbeth. Then our good friend and past member, Sasha signed on from Italy, having to get up before dawn to make the meeting. It felt so good to see these two special friends and celebrate together.
Pacific Empire recently auditioned and voted in our first SIP new member, Karen Maass, all over Zoom Meetings! Karen recently came back to Sweet Adeline’s after singing with Fog City Harmonia for the past few years. We are honored to have her barbershop lineage and baritone expertise join our virtual risers. Welcome Karen!
2020 is a BIG Year for many including our graduates. PEC congratulates our 8 th Grade graduate, Carly Pennycook and our High School graduate, Stephanie Beard, lead of RetroActive Quartet. Director Patty and Carly led a PEC Car Parade past Stephanie’s house for her graduation day. There were balloons, honking, cowbell ringing and handmade signs sequined for a Sweet Adeline. Members were able to gather in a winery parking lot nearby afterward and visit for the first time in 80 days. We sang a little with masks on, RetroActive sang for us and we got to visit with Stephanie and hear about her plans for college. It felt good to see each other even if parking spaces apart, it reaffirmed how much we hope for a future when we can sing together again.
Cruising through May
As far as fun goes, May was a really fun month for us here at Mission Valley Chorus. We wore the colors of the Mexican Flag for Cinco de Mayo, had our virtual Installation Pot Luck where we awarded the SAY award, chose our Woman of Note, had presentations from a cartoonist/author, Tori Postma and Jim Arns.
At our Installation Pot Luck, we said goodbye to three management team members, Dale Summer, Loie Varner and Renee Schlatter and replaced them with Sai Champion (Logistics), Kay Kundinger (Secretary), and Carol Gerwitz (Marketing/PR) wishing them the best of luck in their new jobs.
Our SAY Award was presented to the amazing Sally Masson. What can we say about Sally that isn’t wonderful! She coordinated volunteers from MVC and BASC (being a dual member) to work at Shoreline for the past three years and raised $69,000 for MVC alone. She is an assistant director for MVC and BASC, dances in the front row for both choruses, is a member of the MVC Music Team and directs River Lights Chorus in Modesto. She also sings tenor in With a Twist Quartet. She is always at events energetically willing to help however she can. She is way overdue to be the Sweet Adeline of the Year. Congratulations, Sally!!! Oh, I forgot to mention that Sally also received the SAY Award from BASC this month! I gather she probably is the only woman to have received two SAY Awards simultaneously from her dual choruses!! Whooohooo!!!
This month we gave our Woman of Note recognition to Randy Sahae for her effort and contributions to making the virtual regional competition happen. What an amazing thing to do! Congratulations, Randy!!
We had a presentation from Grant Snider, cartoonist and author, which was very entertaining and fun. We will be having more “Author Nights” in the future where the Zoom will be open to all. Laurie King, a very popular author from this area of California, will chat with us on June 26 at 7 pm. How fun will that be!! Thanks, Carol Gerwitz, for creating and enticing these talented writers to visit with us.
Tori Postma joined us for a virtual presentation. She is an experienced judge, always has great information to give us and is a friend of our chorus. Also, later in the month, Jim Arns joined us during our regular Tuesday night meeting time and discussed the ins and outs of choosing music for your chorus, form, chords that ring, voice leading, scoring at contest, among other tidbits. We love when Jim visits because it’s always a good time.
On a somber note, there was a virtual celebration of life for a Mission Valley member, Mary Lou Bales, on May 30th.
Hello from Bella! We hope all is well with everyone as we adjust to the new normal of chorus life.
In May we elected a new Vision Team and held a virtual "candlelight" induction ceremony. We also voted for our Bella award winners. Rickie received the Spirit of Bella award for going above and beyond the call of duty to promote our chorus in the community. Dessa was awarded the Top Banana trophy for outstanding accomplishment in the showmanship category. Each of these women bring much to our chorus with joy and enthusiasm. We welcomed our new Sunshine Team, Cindy VL and Shan, who will help us stay cheery as we move forward.
We continue to meet via Zoom. We begin with our meditation segment led by Lani, who does a great job of getting us centered, focused and calm. We have added an education piece led by Makaela who gave a very informative lesson on the origin of Barbershop.
Finally, members voted to accept a gracious invitation from Martha Segura and Southern Oregon Sound to sing and learn together as we enjoy each other's company... date TBD. We are so looking forward to this!
Hope you all stay healthy, positive and harmonious!
A radiologist and professor of medicine at UCSF, Marci loved being a doctor, particularly teaching young medical students. Marci’s interests included singing with the San Francisco Sound Wave Chorus (and the Trolley Girls quartet), her church, and keeping up with her family, both near and far.
Marci lived in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset in a home often opened to her loving extended family. Her home seemed to be under constant renovation, so she was often on the move to seek out sunshine–whether that meant driving across town or outside the city limits to dine with a friend. Her naturally sunny disposition brightened chorus rehearsals and the dinners she often had with friends beforehand.
Marci will be remembered as a quiet warrior with a heart of gold, and she will be sorely missed on the San Francisco Sound Wave risers. May her memory be a blessing.
Aloha from Na Leo Lani!
At the end of February, before the shutdown, we participated in an all-day event of women’s choruses on Oahu led by UH professor, Jace Saplan (pictured with NLL director, Christine Wee.) We performed what would have been our contest package. So glad we had a chance to show it off once, anyway!
2020 marks Na Leo Lani’s 45th year. We’re taking this downtime to collect memories and photos from members, current and past, to produce a historical print-on-demand keepsake book—Memories of Na Leo Lani.
See YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdx9feUjtzI
Na Leo Lani sends the Spirit of Aloha to all of our Region 12 sisters!
Song of Sonoma Springing into Summer
Greetings from Sonoma County! As we head into warmer weather, our chorus and director are dreaming of, and even pining for, the opportunity to sing together in person once again. While we attempt to be patient, we have been doing lots of creative virtual singing and bonding activities.
Vicki Maybury, vocal coach, judge, and director of Skyline Chorus joined us for a complimentary coaching session focused on the Expression category. By the end of the session, Vickie had us all pondering the qualities of authenticity, vulnerability, and aligning all the musical elements to connect with our audience and communicate our message. Thank you to Vickie! In addition to our Zoom rehearsals and coaching, one of our generous chorus members, Suzy Martin, who happens to be a music teacher, is teaching our members a music theory course.
We also thanked our outgoing music and management teams and welcomed our Management and Music Teams for the term 2020-2021
It's amazing that another month of virtual rehearsals has gone by. Bay Area Showcase has been keeping busy at our rehearsals each week. We've had a number of guest coaches. We learned about the International Phonetic Alphabet in a three week series given by one of our former members, Daphna Rahmil. It was interesting to learn about a way to specify sounds so that the result is more consistent, no matter the primary language of the singer. We also had an enlightening class from Ryan Heller about the differences between barbershop and classical singing. As part of our homework between rehearsals, we have been studying a number of great videos from Kathleen Hansen of the San Diego chorus. Kathleen came to one of our rehearsals to work directly with us as well, so we had the opportunity to ask questions. We will continue to work with her warmup videos over the next weeks.
Our director, Julie Starr, continues to give us opportunities to improve our skills. We have weekly skill building exercises and have been working on our music, both as a whole chorus and in sections. We've even reviewed our choreo in breakout rooms! Several members are doing individual work to record refreshed versions of our learning tracks so they match changes that have been made over time. We've been learning a new tag each month as well as singing several variations of happy birthday songs.
From a non-singing perspective, we've been getting to know our members by spotlighting one each week. It's been fascinating to hear the variety of experiences and backgrounds of our sisters in song. We've set aside time each week to allow for socializing and sharing in breakout rooms. We've also taken the pulse of the attendees periodically to see how everyone is coping.
Between rehearsals, members continue to host coffee chats, tea parties, storytelling evenings, and more. On May 30th, we celebrated the birthday of long-time member Mary Lou Bales, recently deceased. Her husband and daughters provided a wonderful video and audio remembrance over Zoom. We are really trying to make good use of our time apart while understanding that virtual rehearsals may be difficult for some. We work to keep in touch with those who are missing. We all look forward to when we can be together again.
Mask makers, mask makers, making much masks…
Harmony Fusion is so proud of our four merry mask makers (all Leads!), who have been busy these past couple of months while sheltering in place. As of May, they have donated over 200 masks to non-profit organizations, hospitals, and friends in need.
Garrienne sewed for the “Auntie’s Sewing Squad” out of Los Angeles, and made over 100 masks, the first shipment of which went to Florida to the Farm Worker’s Association. She is now working on another order for the Navajo nation in Sacramento. "I feel that I need to do something to help in some small way," said Garrienne.
Our newest Lead, Tracey Torola, made 35 masks for the employees at a retirement center she used to manage in Kansas, while Vera Kirichenko made 80 masks that went to the hospital where she used to work. Finally, LeeAnne Boles Sadilek made masks for the staff at the Peninsula Humane Society where she volunteers.
Meanwhile, like all other choruses, we’ve been Zooming every Monday night to keep our voices in shape, working contest songs and choreo, and learning new songs. We even had our annual installation dinner and year-end recognitions online as we donned silly hats. In the coming weeks, our creative-thinking director Barb, will begin offering music education meetings via Zoom on a separate weeknight.
This Mini Chapter Chat is an opportunity to update the regional membership on some special new things on the website.
A big thank you to Georgia Sutherland, who is the regional historian, she just finished posting all the Quartet and Chorus Competitors photos from 1990 through to 2019. Now Georgia has taken on the project of uploading the "scrapbooks" to the website. The first one is titled Lighthouse Emblem.
The photos and scrapbook links can be found under ABOUT in the content margin at the top of the website. Take a look at all the pictures - you will need to be logged in as a member to see all that is available.
The Region 12 Chapter Leadership Directory is almost complete. This directory focuses on each chapter's leadership team and lists out contact information. This Directory can be found on the top comment box of the Membership List in the member-only section. - Region 12 -Chapter Leadership 2020-2021 Directory. So far the following chapters have submitted their leadership rosters:
This directory feeds directly into Committee & Teams then is broken down into positions and mailing lists, so it is very important that we have this information as soon as possible. For instructions and a look at the directory Region 12 -Chapter Leadership 2020-2021 Directory
*Please note updating your officers to Sweet Adelines International does not update our Pacific Shores Region 12 website or visa versa.
Great news all the Chapter Membership Rosters are now available in the Member Only section on the Member List webpage.
Who is your Chapter Representative? If you are a non-HarmonySite webserver user, your Chapter Representative (s) have the ability to update your membership roster and calendar events on the Region 12 website. If you have questions or need assistance contact email@example.com
We are working hard to make sure you have what you need on the website. Let us know if there is something you would like to see. Contact Piet, Debi or Kevran through firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the link to the Full Region 12 Calendar - CALENDAR
and the link for the Region 12 /SAI Calendar: EVENTS
EVENTS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PLEASE STAY SAFE AND TAKE CARE
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE TIME WHEN
WE CAN MEET AND SING TOGETHER AGAIN!
REGION 12 NEWS - continued!
LONDON "SING IN HARMONY" FESTIVAL 2021 - July 17-23
Directed by Region 12 Directors - Dede Nibler and Kathy Scheel
and featuring International Quartet Champions - Lustre
REGIONAL CONTACT LISTS
2020-2021 REGIONAL MANAGEMENT TEAMPiet Chini - Communications
Kathy Scheel - Directors
Alison Miller - Education
Mary Mamer - Events
Geri Miller-Reidel - Finance
Kevran Day - Marketing
Lynda Casillas - Membership
Birgit Andersen - Team Coordinator
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Pacific Shores Region 12 Chapters
Link to Region 12 Chorus Webpage
Take a look - Awesome map of our region - Links to Chapter websites
Bay Area Showcase Chorus
Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus
California HEAT Chorus
Diablo Vista Chorus
Greater Eugene Chorus
Harmony Fusion Chorus
High Desert Harmony Chorus
Mission Valley Chorus
Na Leo Lani Chorus
Northern Gateway Chorus
Oregon Coast Chorus
Oregon Spirit Chorus
Pacific Empire Chorus
River Lights Chorus
Sacramento Valley Chorus
San Francisco Sound Wave Chorus
Sea Breeze Harmony Chorus
Sierra Gold Chorus
Song of Sonoma Chorus
Sounds of the Valley Chorus
Southern Oregon Sound Chorus
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May 12, 2020 - Pacific Shores Region 12 Chapter Chats and Region 12 News!
Petra "Piet" Chini
Communications Coordinator Region 12
Pacific Shores Region 12 would like to thank everyone who participated in the production of Heroes of Harmony Celebrations of our regional quartets and choruses.
If you would like to watch again or for the first time here are the YouTube links:
Quartet Celebration 7 pm - May 1 https://youtu.be/
Chorus Celebration 1 pm - May 2 https://youtu.be/
Greetings to every Region 12 member. We are getting close to our celebration weekend and I wanted to update you all on the plans we are working on. First of all, I want to thank Randy Sahae, Kevran Day, Kathy Triolo and Piet Chini for being part of a team that is putting this celebration together. We have some fantastic plans in the making.
Hello to all Region 12 members. I hope that everyone is taking care of themselves now and over the next couple of weeks.
I know you are all anxious to know what will happen next. So am I along with the rest of the RCSC and the RMT members. All we know right now is that there will be a video contest and it will be optional. Beyond that we don't have any details. Hopefully, that will be coming soon. I am sure that the judge specialist and the IBOD are working hard at figuring out the details. They have an enormous task ahead of them. Once we know what the details are we can start to plan what we need to do to help all of the choruses and quartets make the best of this situation. Members of the RCSC and the RMT are committed to getting the information to all members as soon as possible.
Members of the RCSC had a conference call yesterday to look at what has been done so far and what we still need to do. All of our contracts have been cancelled for the 2020 convention. These business put themselves out there to help provide the best they can for our convention. From the people who put up the stage and sound system and the drapes around the stage to the photographer, videographer and webcast people and of course the Nugget, everyone has been understanding and helpful. We truly are fortunate as I know other regions are still struggling to get out of their contracts.
One thing that became evident is that Pattie Hitch our Convention Finance Coordinator has not received any orders for All Events Badges as yet. If you have sent it, Pattie will be returning it to you when it arives. If you have not please hold on to it. It will be easier for everyone if those funds are held for now.
I know that I have sent a lot of emails lately and as this situation unfolds I expect those emails will be less and less. I keep seeing the phrase on Facebook. Just seems fitting.
"Keep Calm and Sing On"
Mary Mamer, Events Coordinator
Sweet Adelines Region 12
The following email was sent to the membership on 3-12-2020 at 12:47 pm. Regarding the cancellation of our Regional Convention by SAI. More information will be sent out to the membership as it becomes available.
I am sending this on behalf of Mary Mamer, our Regional Events Coordinator, as she is currently traveling.
Sweet Adelines Region 12
AIM WEEKEND IS HERE!
Please download and print out your copy of the weekend's schedule. There have been changes from even a week ago! A LIMITED NUMBER of these schedules will be available on site.
We will print a LIMITED NUMBER of handouts for each class that is providing handouts. Please be sure to check the schedule to find, download, print and bring the handouts you're interested in.
Remember to bring, already learned, your music for the weekend: Sing Me That Song Again.
You need to be logged in as a Member to access this page: https://www.sairegion12.
There are two half-hour opportunities to review this song before its use in Learn Arm Waving (LAW) School:
And speaking of LAW school, come and try it, even if you can't stay for the whole day - we need singers and we need people to try out directing!
Saturday Morning Coffee and Tea!
New this year, thanks to the wonderful work of our Events Coordinator, Mary Mamer: No need to stand in line on Saturday morning to get your coffee in the lobby. We will serve coffee and tea at the back of the Grand Ballroom!
Whether you're in a quartet or just trying to find one, there's something this weekend for all of you. Check the "Audience" column and look for the 4 singers, to find the classes that are specifically targeting quartets.
And remember to be there to support the novice quartets and double quartets on Saturday night. This year we have a YWIH Quartet Contest, too!
YWIH Workshop Day
Have you encouraged the young women in your life to sign up for the Saturday YWIH workshop day? They'll need to send in some paperwork in advance - check this info page: https://www.sairegion12.
Lots on the menu for arrangers and wanna-bes, this weekend! Check the "Audience" column for classes geared to your interests.
Chorus and Regional Leaders
Please come and share your thoughts on the kinds of leadership training we need, either at the chorus level and/or the regional level, with Regional Education Coordinator Julie Starr on Saturday at 10:45.
Regional champs RetroActive will lead you through some of these on Friday night. Download the Regional Tag Book here: https://www.sairegion12.
See you all in Sacramento!!
Julie Starr, Regional Education Coordinator
Alison Miller, AIM Coordinator for Education
Mary Mamer, Regional Events Coordinator
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SWEET ADELINES - REGION 12 - 2019
Region 12 Tag Contest for August 2019 AIM
Hello Region 12 Arrangers! Welcome to the second Region 12 Tag Arrangement Contest!
Write a Tag for the song “Blue Bayou”. The Tag will be taught to the Region 12 attendees of AIM August 16-18, 2019
Participant must be a member in good standing of Pacific Shores Region 12 SAI. Open to all -- Novice arrangers are encouraged to participate!
How to Enter:
Write a Tag of 8 or more bars using the melody found at the end of the song “Blue Bayou”.
Tags will be judged based on the creativity and originality of the arrangement, and showing basic knowledge and appropriate use of Barbershop Chords. The arrangement should support the lyric and the mood of the song.
You may submit one or more tags.
All Tag Arrangements should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. PST on August 2, 2019 to:
Chris Jacobs, Region 12 Arranger Training Coordinator
Or 10454 Plum Tree Lane, Cupertino, CA 95014
Submission should include Arranger’s name, email and/or phone number, and Chorus or Region affiliation (if applicable).
If at all possible, arrangements should be submitted in Finale, Finale PrintMusic or Finale Notepad (free) format. Hardcopy, handwritten, or other format copy will also be accepted, but I claim no responsibility for any resulting transcription errors that might develop during transmission to the judges!
Each Arranger, by submitting a Tag for the contest, represents and warrants that they are the exclusive creator of the submission and that it is solely their own work. Entries become the joint property of the Arranger and of Region 12. Contest entries will not be returned, and may be used at the discretion of the Education Committee without additional compensation.
Judging and Announcement of Winner:
All arrangements will be submitted to the judging panel with identifying information removed. The judging panel will include:
Julie Starr- Region 12 Education Coordinator; Director, Bay Area Showcase Chorus
Dede Nibler- Director, Sacramento Valley Chorus;
Lauren Kahn- Director, Greater Eugene Chorus
The Winner will be notified on or about August 12.
The winning Arranger and Tag will be presented on Saturday August 17 and introduced to the Region at AIM. In addition, the winning tag will be introduced to Friday night classes, and copies will be made available to members of the Region throughout the week-end.
On Friday night, August 16, 2019 at AIM, all participants are invited to attend the Arranger class with Dede Nibler to discuss the submissions and techniques for making stronger arrangements.
Any questions may be directed to:
Region 12 Arranger Training Coordinator
Blus Bayou Tag
REGIONAL CONVENTION CANCELLED
As you all know by now, our Regional Convention has been canceled. We know that so many questions are arising out of this cancelation and we want to assure all members that we will handle all of your concerns as quickly as possible.
Mary has been in contact with management at the Nugget, they are aware of our status, and as a result they have canceled all of the reservations that our members have made for competition. Also, if you made a monetary deposit for the hotel, those will be refunded. Please do not call the hotel directly, as they are busy helping us move through this initial process and it will be handled much more expeditiously if we just let it happen. Any other questions or concerns about hotel reservations can be handled in the days ahead after they have a chance to deal with these initial cancelations.
Our Regional Competition Steering Committee, along with the Regional Management Team will be working on how and when any other refunds will be dealt with. As soon as we have a plan forward, we will be notifying all members, however, the soonest that this information might come out is later tomorrow. Again, please help this process move more smoothly and quickly by allowing the information to come to you.
Rest assured, we all share your concerns and we will have information and solutions available to you as soon as possible.
Margy Kiser, CRC on behalf of Mary Mamer, EVC