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  • Travel In Tunes Bi-Monthly Blogs- with Sweet Adelines International
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Aug 27 2021
    Travel In Tunes Bi-Monthly Blogs- with Sweet Adelines International

    Travel in Tune  
    Check for a new blog post bi-weekly as we travel virtually around the globe.

    Welcome to the Travel in Tune Blog! Discover Sweet Adelines Regions around the globe.
    To watch past Blogs check out Sweet Adelines International website: Travel in Tune
    Pacific Shores Region 12 will present their Travel in Tune Blog through Sweet Adelines International on September 6th, Save the date to watch.

    Sweet Adelines members can access Travel in Tune two different ways check out the Travel in Tune Login webpage for detailed instructions:

    Sweet Travels

  • Quartet Celebration! Watch it again or for the first time!
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Apr 30 2021
    Quartet Celebration! Watch it again or for the first time!
    YouTube Video URL:
  • Chapter Chats December 2020
  •  Date Posted: Sat, Dec 19 2020
    Chapter Chats December 2020
    December Issue is now available.
  • Chapter Chats November 2020
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Nov 6 2020
    Chapter Chats November 2020
    November issue is now available. 
  • Moving BBS Into The Future
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Oct 1 2020
    Moving BBS Into The Future
    Come join us on YouTube Live Stream to hear what Deke Sharon has to say about BBS / A Cappella singing into the future. 

    This is the YouTube Live Stream Link for our event:  
    we go live at 7:20 pm. 

    Due to the number of Region 12 members interested in this event and our participation limited Pro-Zoom account, we have decided to limit access to Zoom to svc members and reg12 directors. 

    Feel free to share our Live Stream Link information and website links with your chorus members, we will be monitoring the YouTube Chat for questions and comments.
    YouTube Video URL:
  • Slightly Batty Guest Night - ZOOMtastic
  •  Date Posted: Wed, Sep 30 2020
    Slightly Batty Guest Night - ZOOMtastic


    Sacramento Valley Chorus is offering a special Halloween treat that will last beyond candy treats. 
    Treat yourself to singing while Staying in Place and be ready to perform when safe from Covid-19.  
    Welcome to our Slightly Batty Guest Night - ZOOMtastic Harmony Academy,   
    Women of all ages are invited to ZOOMtastic - Harmony Academy. 

    Sing 4-Part Harmony, a cappella, Barbershop Style

    Wed, Oct 28, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    For more fun, come in costume!  (Optional, of course!)

    Visit our website:

    Guests attending two rehearsals will be eligible for a private zoom voice lesson by Master Director Dede Nibler.  

    Don't miss out on this great opportunity.  

    Judi Naill
    Sacramento Valley Chorus
  • Message regarding SAI cancellation of 2021 Spring Regional Convention
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Sep 24 2020
    Message regarding SAI cancellation of 2021 Spring Regional Convention
    To all Region 12 Heroes of Harmony
    Message from Pacific Shores Region 12

    I know that many of you have seen the email from Sweet Adelines International that the 2021 Spring Regional Conventions have been cancelled.  It was sent out via email early this morning.  While it is sad news for us all, it was not unexpected.  We should all be encouraged knowing that our organization’s leaders place the most importance on the health and safety of our members. 

    SAI has informed regional management teams that additional information sessions will be held in the coming days. Until then, we have the same information that you do from today’s email. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. 

    Our Regional Convention Committee and the RMT will be looking at the possibilities for May of 2021 but at this point we still need more time to evaluate what the possibilities are.

    Meanwhile, we have a fantastic AIM weekend starting tomorrow night (Friday, September 25th) and continuing on Saturday.  If you haven’t already registered do so today.  Your registration today will give you access to all of the sessions from September 11th & 12th and those coming up this weekend. 

    Continue to smile at everyone with your eyes and spread some cheer to those you are in contact with.  As we continue to wear masks, smiling with your eyes is the only way others know you are smiling.  What good practice for us all.   

    Stay strong my friends.  We will gather in song again.   

    Mary Mamer, 
    Events Coordinator
    Pacific Shores Region 12

    FALL AIM  - Class list and Registration

  • Fall AIM 2020 w/ Terese Antonini
  •  Date Posted: Sat, Sep 12 2020
    Fall AIM 2020 w/ Terese Antonini
    If you signed up for these classes and would like to review them links will be sent out once they are loaded to YouTube.

    Today our classes: 

    Please see the schedule of classes below, as well as the bio for Therese Antonini:

    Saturday, September 12th- "Emotional Intelligence" (9:00-10:15 a.m.) Therese Antonini 
    The quality of relationships is core to our experience with other people. This class is designed to provide insight into the factors that help us establish and maintain strong and healthy relationships. Exercises are included to allow participants to determine their EI (emotional intelligence) strengths and areas for improvement and to explore tools for self-development.

    Saturday, September 12th"What Did You Just Say to Me? The Power of Words" (10:45-12:00 p.m.) Therese Antonini 
    This class will bust the myth of the old ‘Sticks and Stones’ rhyme, and will explore some of the neuroscience behind why words have so much power. Participants will play with words to help discover techniques to help get our true message across and achieve better outcomes from our conversations. A discussion about the role of social media in communication will be included.

    Saturday, September 12th- "Working Toward Performance During a Pandemic" (1:00-2:00 p.m.)
     Angela Suraci 
    While we won't be able to perform or rehearse, live right now that doesn't mean we won't be doing it in the future. And just because we can't perform in front of a live audience right now, doesn't mean we can't perform FOR live audiences. We're going to explore having the luxury of planning and preparing for future live performances while simultaneously preparing for virtual performances of all types.  

    Saturday, September 12th- "Music Category: It Ain't No Mystery!" (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Sharon Carlson
    Understanding and simplifying the category from the inside out. We will do a Q/A portion to answer your questions about score sheets, charts you're considering (submit ahead of time for sharing, if you wish), how to get the best score in this category, and choosing music that makes you shine.  

    This weekend's faculty: 
    Therese Antonini, President-elect on the International Board of Directors for Sweet Adelines International. There will also be classes given by our fantastic regional faculty members Sharon Carlson (Master Director, Song of Sonoma Chorus), and Angela Suraci (Master Director, Mission Valley Chorus). 

    ***PLEASE NOTE: All Fall AIM classes will be conducted in Pacific Daylight Time Zone (PDT). 

    Thérèse Antonini is a 28-year member of Sweet Adelines International (SA). Her membership has spanned five regions, eight choruses and Chapter-at-Large, and included a short stint as director for a prospective chorus. She has served in a wide variety of administrative roles, from Chorus administration to Regional Management Team (RMT) involvement to her current position as President-elect on the International Board of Directors (IBOD). She is a certified adult educator and finds working with Sweet Adeline learners especially rewarding. She makes her home in Toronto, Canada and sings with North Metro Chorus.

    There will be a registration fee of $15 for Region 12 adult members, $20 for non-Region 12 members, and $10 for youth (under 26 years of age). The registration fee will give access for both weekends of classes. Classes will be presented in a Zoom Webinar format. Attendees will receive login information upon registration. 

    REGISTER NOW!!   <-- Please do not submit more than once!
  •  Date Posted: Mon, Jun 15 2020
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    CHAPTER CHATS & Region 12 NEWS!

    Summer AIM 

    Oregon Spirit
    Pacific Empire
    Mission Valley
    Bella Acappella Harmony
    San Francisco Sound Wave
    Na Leo Lani
    Song of Sonoma
    Sacramento Valley Chorus
    Bay Area Showcase
    Harmony Fusion
    Website Update
    Chapter Happenings - Calendar
    Region 12 News - continued
       London Harmony Festival
       Harmony College Northwest
    2020-2021 RMT Contact list
    Chapter Directory

    Regional Newsletters:

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    Pacific Shores Region 12 
    Sweet Adelines International
    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:
    • There WILL be summer music education in Region 12
    • It WILL include Lea Beverley, Expression Judge
    • Everyone in Region 12 WILL be invited
    • Everyone in Region 12 WILL be able to enjoy learning from the comfort of your own home
    Stay tuned for more details to come soon!
    Alison Miller                                                  
    Education Coordinator
    Region 12
    Here we are in our third month of sheltering, still singing and learning new skills.  Like most choruses around the world, we have been blessed with having the technology to Zoom together.  We keep each other close in our hearts while remaining in our homes and social distancing!
    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.
    • 5/19 - Paula Davis shared her wonderful guidance on how to authentically express the true meaning of the song.  She took us through the multi-step process from feeling the song to conveying this to the audience.  We will continue to work on these skills right now even as we are still singing from home.
    • 5/26 - Kathleen Hansen gave us great tips on how to get the most beautiful, relaxed sound possible from our vocal instruments.  This was good for all of us, and especially important for our new prospective members.  We learned the mechanics of how our voice works and how to change it so that once we’re singing together again, we can ring those chords!!!
    We’ve got many more awesome guest stars lined up for future rehearsals.  Please feel free to join us, as these are “open” if any of you are interested.  You can contact us through our Oregon Spirit Chorus Facebook page if you would like the Zoom link.
    • 6/2     Anne Downton (Tuesday)
    • 6/8     Elizabeth Davies (Monday)
    • 6/17   Sandy Marron (Wednesday)
    • 6/23   Ryan Heller (Tuesday)
    We are not only adding to our knowledge during this time, but we are adding to our chorus.  Our Membership/Audition Teams have been conducting virtual auditions, and we are proud to say we have five new prospective members who have been joining our Zoom meetings and break-out sectionals learning songs with us. 
    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! 

    Our much-beloved member Dr. Marcia (“Marci”) McCowin passed away last month. She will be remembered for her mischievous sense of fun, her joy of singing (Tenor) and her unflagging efforts to live a rich life, despite a serious cancer diagnosis ten years ago.

    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!
    To paraphrase Stephen Sondheim, “Good times, and bum times, we’ve seen ‘em all, and we’re still here!” Like choruses across the globe, NLL has gone virtual.  In May, we held our Installation of Officers and Virtual Luau.  The magic of Zoom allowed us to include mainland guests, including Region 12 favorites, Julie Starr and Angela Suraci.  It was a poignant reunion of old friends and chorus members, reminding us of the long legacy of 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
    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’ve celebrated birthdays, held a highly competitive scavenger hunt, and enjoyed Cinco de Mayo together. We enjoyed the many gifts of our musicians, artists, crafters, poets, comedians, and much more at our Talent Show Night. And we’ve been catching up with each other through virtual chat time. We’ve also welcomed some new members to our leadership team.
    This spring, we are thrilled to honor SOS’s Sweet Adeline of the Year, Claire Urquhart. She is our assistant director, and “she has taken on the role with grace and gusto!” Claire certainly walks the talk of Song of Sonoma. A quiet leader, Claire is passionate about singing, dedicated to growth, and a responsible and supportive sister. She thoughtfully leads our warm-ups and her humor and lovely Scottish accent are especially endearing.
    We are looking forward to additional coaching opportunities in the upcoming months, and we are ever hopeful that we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary together and in-person this October. 

    SACRAMENTO VALLEY CHORUS has kept very busy this past month in a variety of different directions.  Our beloved director, Dede Nibler, has a Monday - Friday Zoom class called "Wake Up With Dede".  She gives us a 30 minute morning vocal lesson along with stretching exercises.  She encourages all of SVC to maintain a healthy voice during our physical break.    Piet Chini and Deb Gordon have a Thursday morning coffee gathering on Zoom.   They exchange recipes and keep in touch with our fellow singing sisters.  Our own Loring Church started a book of the month club.  Since we have had oodles of time to devour so much literature, a book club seemed to be a perfect fit.    Plus we have a monthly SVC Stitchers group that shares quilting, knitting, stitching, and other creative projects. All of these Zoom groups are open to members of the region. Check our web calendar for times and days and contact information.
    A week ago, we had our Installation Zoom meeting with our officiator, Barbara Vander Putten. Pattie Bauer received the Sweet Adeline of the Year Award for 2019.   Pattie has been a constant force for many years keeping all our monetary transactions running smoothly, as our Finance Coordinator, she is also a bass section leader.   
    Congratulations Pattie Bauer

    We also thanked our outgoing music and management teams and welcomed our Management and Music Teams for the term 2020-2021

    And while we have had almost 12 weeks of staying at home rehearsals, we welcomed our newest member, Michelle Cordova - Bass. 

    Being a Sweet Adeline is not only a privilege to be able to sing with a talented group of wonderful ladies, but it also helps to take care of each other both mentally and physically during this musical pause.  We care about each other and make strides to keep our finger on the wellness pulse.

    We look forward to being able to touch and hug our singing sisters soon.  Everyone stay healthy and wear your masks while you are out and about the community.

    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.  Let us know if we can make it better.

    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:
    • Bay Area Showcase
    • Bella Acappella
    • Greater Eugene
    • Harmony Fusion
    • Oregon Spirit
    • Mendo Lake
    • Mission Valley
    • Na Leo Lani
    • River Lights
    • Sacramento Valley
    • San Francisco Soundwave
    • Sea Breeze Harmony
    • Song of Sonoma

    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

    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
    NEW - Request
    Have a special visitor coming to your ZOOM rehearsal? Are your rehearsals open to all Region 12 members? Post your event information on the Regional Calendar. 

    Here is the link to the Full Region 12 Calendar - CALENDAR
    and the link for the Region 12 /SAI Calendar: EVENTS
    REGION 12 NEWS - continued!

    Question for you: Would you like to be a part of a large, 100 voice chorus of Sweet Adeline singers from Region 12 and Region 13, that will sing in London and Oxford, England next year?

    Directed by Region 12 Directors -  Dede Nibler and Kathy Scheel 
    and featuring International Quartet Champions - Lustre
    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

    RMT email:
    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  
    Mendo-Lake 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
    Submissions for the Chapter newletter CHAPTER CHATS
    is due on  the 1st of month, published around the 10th.
    Submission for the region newsletter REGION 12 NEWS
    is due on 15th,  published around the 20th. 

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  • Watch Heroes of Harmony Region 12 Celebration
  •  Date Posted: Sat, May 2 2020
    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: We hope to be able to see each other soon and to ring some chords. Please stay safe and well. 
  • Region 12 - Celebration Weekend May
  •  Date Posted: Wed, Apr 22 2020
    Region 12 - Celebration Weekend May
    Updated: 5-1-2020 with links to YouTube
    Quartet Celebration 7 pm - May 1
    Chorus Celebration 1 pm - May 2

    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.  
    I know that many of you are working on your slides shows video recordings or jumbotron ads.  You will be happy to know that we have extended the deadline to Sunday, April 26th. 
    In order to better keep track of all of your submissions and streamline the process, this team feels it will work better to send your information to a centralized email address.  From here on please send your submissions to pacificshores12@gmail.comIf you have already sent information to me, Kathy Triolo or your information has all been forwarded to that email address.
    Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, May 1st at 7 pm for the Quartet Celebration and Saturday, May 2nd at 1 pm for the Chorus Celebration.  You will receive reminder emails and a schedule of events as we get closer to our Celebration Weekend.  The email will include the links to the Region 12 YouTube channel.  Then sit back in the comfort of your living room and enjoy the show.  
    If you aren't able to see the show on those dates, the recordings will still be available on YouTube and will be posted on the Region 12 Facebook page and the Regional website.  
    Thank you all for your patience and understanding with this process.  

    In Harmony
    Mary Mamer
    Pacific Shores Region 12
    Events Coordinator
  • Regional Cancellation Update - 3-15-2020
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Mar 15 2020
    Regional Cancellation Update - 3-15-2020
    Update 3-15-2020
    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
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Mar 12 2020

    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.

    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
    Sweet Adelines Region 12

  • Winter AIM - Special Announcement
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Jan 21 2020
    Winter AIM - Special Announcement

    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.

    Weekend Song
    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:

    There are two half-hour opportunities to review this song before its use in Learn Arm Waving (LAW) School:
    • Once at 5:15 pm Saturday in the Redwood Room
    • Once at 8:30 am Sunday in the Redwood Room
    Learn Arm Waving

    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:

    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.

    Tag Singers
    Regional champs RetroActive will lead you through some of these on Friday night. Download the Regional Tag Book here:

    See you all in Sacramento!!

    Julie Starr, Regional Education Coordinator
    Alison Miller, AIM Coordinator for Education
    Mary Mamer, Regional Events Coordinator
  • Newsletters - Past Issues
  •  Date Posted: Wed, Nov 20 2019
    Newsletters - Past Issues
    Region 12 Newsletters 
    Please check out this month's issues of our newsletter:

  • Contest Candid Photos now available through Read Phtography
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Jun 21 2019
    Contest Candid Photos now available through Read Phtography
    NOW AVAILABLE - Order you pictures online!
  • Region 12 Tag Contest for August 2019 AIM
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Jun 21 2019
    Region 12 Tag Contest for August 2019 AIM
    Region 12 Tag Contest for August 2019 AIM

    Hello Region 12 Arrangers! Welcome to the second Region 12 Tag Arrangement Contest!

    Contest Description:
    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:

    Chris Jacobs
    Region 12 Arranger Training Coordinator
    Or 408-781-5113

    Blus Bayou Tag