Sing Anthem at Medford Rogues Baseball Game

 Date Posted: Wed, Jun 12 2024
Sing Anthem at Medford Rogues Baseball Game
We had a blast on June 11th when Southern Oregon Sound Chorus sang the national anthem at the Medford Rogues baseball game!  Fourteen chorus members participated.  We wore bluejeans, red or dark blue tops and red, white and blue flag scarves and bows.  This was the first ‘performance’ for many of our newer members and we all had fun.  We got many positive comments from the crowd afterwards as well.  Assistant Director Kim Clark and long-time member Rose Barr were even invited to watch the game from special La-Z-Boy recliners where they got a free drink as well!  Even Rowdy, the Rogues mascot, stepped in for a photo op.  We’re set to sing at the ballpark again on June 25th and we’re all looking forward to it.

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Drawing for Rose Presenters

 Date Posted: Sun, Mar 3 2024
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Enter your name in the drawing and two people will get the honor to share in the quartet's triumph.

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Drawing closes April 1.

RMT Application 2024-2026

 Date Posted: Sun, Mar 3 2024

Fun Performance at the Moose Lodge!

 Date Posted: Sat, Feb 24 2024
Fun Performance at the Moose Lodge!
We had our first performance tonight (Feb 24th) with Bill as our Director. We were invited to sing at the Moose Lodge Sweetheart Dinner in Shady Cove. Eight of us were available to perform: Mona, Linda B., Jean, Jancy, Kim, Rose, Pam and many thanks to Summer for filling in on Tenor for us. It went very well! They gave us a lovely dinner first and then we sang 5 songs for them which were very well received. They even passed a tip jar which provided us with a surprise donation!
We'll be having our first Music Team meeting this week with Bill where we'll decide what music to work on next and brainstorm future performance ideas. With more ladies intending to join the chorus soon we're on our way!!  It's so exciting to finally see Southern Orebon Sound Chorus starting to grow again and move forward.

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 Date Posted: Wed, Jun 28 2023

Our 2nd rehearsal on June 27th had a former member, Gail Rosenberg, join us and she's going to re-join the chorus after sitting out during the pandemic.  So great to have her lovely lead voice with us once again.  We also had a guest, Marion Simas, who immediately decided to join as a member too!  Marion is another great lead voice to add to our ranks.  Here's hoping we get more returning and new singers in the next few weeks so we can move back to our regular rehearsal venue.

Kim got more practice of her directing skills as she works to complete the DCP program.  We're lucky that she is willing to be our interim director while the search continues.

We are initially meeting every other Tuesday at a member's house until our numbers increase so we'd love to see some guests join us!



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 Date Posted: Tue, Apr 25 2023
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Chapter Chats & Regional News - November 2022

 Date Posted: Tue, Dec 6 2022
Chapter Chats & Regional News - November 2022
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RMT Open Positions
Regional Convention Volunteers Needed
RMT Events Coordinator Position
Mic Testing Quartet Opportunity
Young Women in Harmony Recap

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RMT Open Positions
The Regional Management Team is continually looking for women who are interested in learning more about what goes on in support of regional activities. There are many opportunities, both large and small, and training is available at every level. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, just send an email to the Team Coordinator

The Region12 Nominating Committee is seeking women who are interested in serving our Region on the Regional Management Team for a two-year term starting May 1st each year. The eight-person Management Team is responsible for managing all the affairs of our region.

Why You Might Want to be on the Regional Management Team
  • You will have an opportunity to work with other “big picture” women who are creatively charting the immediate and long-range future for Region 12.
  • You will feel a sense of accomplishment and receive regional recognition for the work you do.
  • You will receive monetary support according to the current Allowances Table for RMT meetings and for regional events other than Regional Convention.
  • If an RMT meeting is held during Regional Convention weekend, lodging will be paid equivalent to one-half the room charge at double occupancy rate, and one per-diem will be paid.
  • You will enjoy a learning experience!

General Qualifications for All Regional Management Team Positions
  • It is recommended that as a candidate for the Regional Management Team you should have some past regional service or equivalent related experience.
  • Service on a chorus management team or board of directors is recommended, but not required.
  • You need to have planning, organizing, delegating, and communications skills, and the ability to work proactively.
  • You should be a team player who has good listening skills and a positive approach to problem solving.
  • In addition, you should be a regular user of electronic mail.
This year, we are seeking candidates for Director Coordinator, Events Coordinator, Finance Coordinator, and Marketing Coordinator. You can download an application at this link. Applications are due on December 15. Feel free to reach out to me for more information about specifics of these positions at

Sandy Jones
RMT Team Coordinator
Regional Convention Volunteers Needed
The Regional Steering Committee still has a couple of positions to fill.  These are important to the functioning of the RCSC and your overall convention experience.  
  1. Quartet Stroll Coordinator: This person will contact the competing quartets and coordinate the patterns for their stroll to various chorus rooms and parties.
  2. Facility Coordinator:  This person works with the Competition Coordinator, Official Panel Liaison, Site Coordinator, and Events Coordinator to manage the ballroom during convention events.  It involves working with the ballroom lights, responding to needs of the official panel, and communicating with the Competition Coordinator to make sure all is running smoothly.
  3. Housing Coordinator:  Primarily this responsibility occurs prior to the convention. It involves communicating with the staff at the Nugget to determine the procedures for room reservations and communicating that to the chorus coordinators. 
If you are interested in any of these jobs or have questions about what is involved please let me know.  The region needs your help to make this a successful contest. Send an email to or phone me at 541-961-8805.

In Harmony, 
Mary Mamer 
Events Coordinator
Regional Events Coordinator Position
RMT Applications for Term May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2025
It is time for the Events Coordinator position to be turned over to someone new.  The person would take over officially in May of 2023 after the convention.  This is an involved position on the Regional Management Team.  This person needs to be well organized and have strong communication skills.  They will need to work well with other members of the Regional Management Team, members of the organization, and members of the community. This is a very brief description.  Training and consultation will be available to the person in this position as needed after May 1st of 2023.  Applications are available on the Regional Website at RMT Coordinators Application 2022-2024 (1007.5kb).  If interested please complete the application form and send to Kristen Skold, Regional Communications Coordinator.  If you would like to ask more questions about this position contact me at

Mic Testing Quartet Needed

Yes, the Region 12 contest is still 6 months away, but it's never too early to start planning.  The RCSC will be looking for a Mic Testing Quartet for the contest. If your quartet is thinking about competition and trying to figure out if you want to compete or not, mic testing might be an option. The mic testing quartet is not a competing quartet, although they can compete for evaluation only.  

If you think this option might work for your quartet please contact me for additional information.
Young Women in Harmony Event Recap

We invited our students and teachers back to our program by holding a YWIH Workshop on Saturday, November 5, in Sacramento. “Together In Harmony” was a smashing success. Although our group was smaller than usual, we had an amazing day together.

Our clinician, Dede Nibler, knocked it out of the park, just pouring education into those teenage brains, and they loved every minute. Her drive combined with their teen energy made the room electric. We are so grateful she’s willing to share her secondary education expertise in our program.

Rhapsody Quartet was the perfect choice for our song teachers. We sang Lean On Me, and each section learned it so quickly through time spent with Kim, Julie, Andi, and Jeanette, The quartet immediately connected with our students and taught barbershop techniques along with notes and words.
Carolyn Johnson adapted the arrangement for us quickly at no charge, providing a good musical product to work with.

Julie Baxter and Kim Machek taught a brilliant and interactive showmanship class, with the teachers in attendance learning a thing or two as well! Andi Giles, serving as co-chair, took on our group building, providing fun music and games that brought the girls together and had us making new friends quickly. Alison Miller, Region 12 Education Coordinator, and Connie Ludwig, YWIH committee member, rounded out our staff, taking on many necessary duties, running errands, providing equipment, working registration, and monitoring all our visitors.

We provided lunch and snacks, and we had as much fun as the girls did getting to know each other. We want to thank Sacramento Valley Chorus for providing our risers and generously financially sponsoring eight students. You’re the best!

At the end of the day, the chorus was singing strong, without music, performing with expression and choreography! They were immersed in Barbershop and during wrap up let us know what it meant to them. “I never knew about this genre before and didn’t think I could do it, but now I love it so much!”  “I wasn’t sure about coming alone, not knowing anyone, but I’m so happy I did. It was great to sing with new people/friends and discover a different sound.”  “It was so cool to sing in a group where everyone had the same idea to express. It made me feel really happy.” I loved that last comment and let her know that’s how I feel at my rehearsal every week too!

Our next event will be an all-day workshop at AIM on Saturday, January 28th. Make contact with your teens and school programs now to get it on their calendars.

I am still lounging in the blissful afterglow of our successful day. It’s always such a treat to watch the girls walk in shy and quiet, then leave standing taller with confidence and their heads full of valuable knowledge. Thank you, Region 12, for your continuing support of this valuable program. You’re helping to shape girl’s lives by providing this fun, safe space to explore, learn and experience the joy of our hobby. They are our future!

Cyndi Sharp
YWIH Manager

Sacramento Valley Chorus spent the month of October working on our upcoming Christmas Show. Join us on Saturday, December 3rd, at Orangevale Community Center, Orangevale, CA. There will be two shows - one at 1:30pm and one at 4:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite. Come see won't be disappointed!  We'll be featuring our Harmony Academy graduates - they are fabulous. The show has a cast of characters you won't want to miss!  

Oregon Spirit Chorus has been pretty active lately!  We hosted our very first World Singing Day event on October 15th and had no idea how many people would show up, so we were delighted to see about 60 people come to sing.  The setting at Riverfront Park was perfect, the weather was amazingly beautiful for mid-October, and we had such a great time we’ve decided to make this an annual event!  We taught the crowd the World Singing Day theme song for 2022 and got this video:
World Singing Day - October 18, 2022

OSC then kicked off our annual holiday chorus on October 18th. We were so happy to see lots of new friends, as well as several former members who come and sing with us each year.  We had 18 guests the first night, then a few more the following week, and at the time of this writing, three of them are enjoying it so much that they’ve already successfully auditioned for membership! 

We look forward to the fun we’ll have in December as we perform around the greater Salem area. We’ll be sharing our harmonies at the huge Holiday Market at the Fairgrounds, the Tree Lighting in Stayton, the stunning light displays at the Oregon Garden, and then cabaret show to top of the season.  WOW! 
Things are humming along for Mendo-Lake chorus this fall.  We have been enjoying getting out into our community to sing and to invite guests to visit a rehearsal.

On Saturday, October 15, we celebrated World Singing Day at our local Farmers Market, with a sing-along and performances — including the cutest ever “guest performer” who walked up from the audience with his guitar! 


On November 8, we participated in our local Senior Summit, sharing information about the health benefits of singing with a mini-performance and a sing-along so attendees can immediately experience some of those benefits. We did some recruitment as well, of course.

We’ve had 4 guests joining us during the past few weeks for our Christmas Chorus as we prepare for our holiday concert on December 13.  That’s a lot of additional voices for our tiny chorus, and we are loving it!  
Happy Holiday Season, Sisters in Harmony!! River Lights Chorus is working hard to prepare for our annual holiday tea!
There are limited seats left, but if demand is there, we may add an additional table. We can’t wait to share the holiday spirit with our community!

Coming off of a second place finish in contest this year, River Lights is an up and coming small chorus looking for a new director. We’ve been working so hard these last few years under the incredible direction of Sally Massen, and we are looking to continue in growth and ability. We are coming for that first place and are looking for the best person to take us there. If you or someone you know is interested in working with a small chorus of dedicated, talented ladies, reach out to us at

Wishing you all a bright and blessed holiday season!! last.

After almost 3 years, California HEAT is back on their risers.  While we have been singing together for a year, first with masks and then distanced, it always has been on a flat floor.  But not anymore!  We were missing a few singers Thursday night, but our riser crew set up two sets for us to use.  Big THANKS to the wonderful grandchildren of Kim O'Connell for taking on the job of our riser crew.

The sound was amazing. We'd forgotten how wonderful it is to have the chords around us! 

We are preparing music for a Christmas performance at Red Bluff's Lassen House in mid- December, and of course we are already working on our competition songs for May 2023.  Thank you, Susan Ramage and Marg Rightmier, for 'directing' us since we returned to in-person rehearsals. We are so lucky to have you.
October brings Fall, Halloween, and the time to gear up for our annual Jingle Bell Tea. We will be holding our Tea on Saturday, December 3rd in Saratoga, the way it was before the arrival of the pandemic, with hot teas, dainty sandwiches and holiday cheer! Masking and vaccination policies will be optional; however, if the situation changes, we will update our policy appropriately. Tickets are already on sale on our website!
Carol Gerwitz’ article in the September issue of the Campbell Press, about MVC singing for the San Jose Giants, will be printed in the January edition of the PitchPipe! Congratulations, Carol!
Chris Jacobs and Susan Zarchy collaborated on a wonderful new arrangement of Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah! They presented and taught their new arrangement to the chorus, and the members loved it. Chris remarked, “What a thrill to hear it come off the paper onto real voices!” Thanks, Chris and Susan, for this new addition to our holiday repertoire!

Southern Oregon Sound is having a lot of fun working with the local men’s barbershop chorus, Rogue Voices, while we continue our Director search.  We have seven holiday performances booked at local retirement communities on December 3rd and 4th and another on the evening of December 9th at the Rogue Valley Manor.  We’ve also been invited to sing again at the Holly Theater Marquee on December 16th, so we’ll have plenty of opportunities to entertain this holiday season!

Our singing skills are continuing to improve with our weekly rehearsals with the guys.  I for one am extending my range singing Lead instead of Bass!  Some of us are accepting Kathy Scheel’s generous offer to sing with Oregon Spirit with the goal of joining them at contest next year.  We’re still on the Director hunt, but realistically, we would not be ready to compete again as SOS in 2023. We’ll start joining Kathy’s rehearsals via Zoom soon and will join some in-person rehearsals in January.  It will be nice to be a Bass again (ha-ha)!

Harmony Fusion had a really successful show on Oct 29, “Back By Popular Demand”, which was our first show since 2019. Many Region 12 sisters were in the audience, for which we were very grateful and felt the love and support.  And one of our newest guest singers performed our final song that she had learned in just a few weeks! We invited all Sweet Adelines, current and former, to come up on stage to sing together “How we Sang Today,” which brought at least one of our HFC singers to tears.  

We also had coaching by Erin Howden on Halloween night, a first for HFC. She energized and challenged us to get out of our heads and be entertaining singers and take chances, and she gave us some great techniques to improve vocal unity. We were exhausted! 

Below is a photo from our show. 

Wishing all of you happy fall, y’all! Thank you so much for all your support in Phoenix at our SA International competition and especially for the really fun and loving Tunnel of Love after our performance. Seeing that crowd of friends from our Region 12 there really made us smile and feel great.
Yes, we’re definitely still high from Contest, and we wanted to share with you our special photo from the contest stage. It really was a thrill for all the contestants to perform on the International stage after two years of disappointments and cancellations.


Like many of you, there is “Life after Contest!”  We updated our plan for this fall for all the things to do between October through most of next year, starting with Guest Nights for our fun holiday sing-outs.  We have guests visiting for 3 weeks and then singing with us for our really fun SANTA’s ARRIVAL.  Santa arrives on a tugboat with Mrs. Santa, and sometimes even the Grinch is seen sneaking around the tugboat!  Children join us singing carols, and it is truly an uplifting community event.  We even had an article written about us in a local paper, the ArgusCourier, which we hope will stir more interest in visiting to sing carols with us.  We’ve also got a great group of daytime holiday singers, led by our own Sue Oaks (Thanks SUE!), that has several sing-outs planned during the holiday season.  The holiday season with PEC is ON in Petaluma!
We can’t wait to see you all again next year at Winter AIM to get those hugs we missed during the pandemic.  Also, we get to finally have our LIVE well-loved crab feed again on Saturday, February 11, 2023, so SAVE the date and come up and join us.  It’s the best crab on the west coast.  Come for delicious crab, salad, pasta and drinks - and performances!
We’re sure all of you are conducting or planning guest nights to rebuild each chorus, and we wish you success bringing new people to barbershop.  It’s so exciting to prepare for prospective members who have never heard of our organization.  Spread the word, all!
Hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving!  We are very thankful for each other and for all of you.

October was a busy, fun month for SOS. We joyfully added two new fantastic leads-Sandra Echavarria and Alicia Miller. We focused hard on our pasta feed fundraiser, held at the Windsor Grange, courtesy of Karen Giovaninni. It was a full-on collective effort, with lots of Zoom meeting planning (who knew how handy that skill would become?), and it came together beautifully. We were so excited to be back in front of a live audience for the first time officially in almost three years, resplendent in fall colors. With a gorgeous wine country autumn as a backdrop, we served a delicious pasta meal (accompanied by Sonoma County wine, of course), performed for an enthusiastic audience, and basically had a wonderful time with our sold-out event.

There were many members who were deserving of a shout-out this month, but our winners of the week included Cris Sookne, Kat Slusser, Julie Thomason, and Allison Murphy. We rounded out October with a “live” birthday cake for Master Director Sharon Carlson, followed by our first shared treats in a long while. We are actively preparing our holiday repertoire as we anticipate performances at the Luther Burbank Center Christmas tree lot, retirement homes and shopping centers. As we head toward Thanksgiving, we are very grateful for the opportunity to sing and perform together once again.

Wow!  October was jam-packed with a dozen visitors, a baby shower, and coaching with Erin Howden. To start out, we had a baby shower for Mia Wardell, the fabulous lead from Love Notes. She is due mid-November.  She won’t reveal the name, but we do know it’s a boy!  During the month, a bunch of visitors joined us during our rehearsals and a weekend of “boot camp” coaching.  With all these visitors and new members, it’s more than “new blood;” the addition of fabulous singers is like a blood transfusion!
Finally, On
October 30th, 31st, and Nov 1st, we were thrilled once again with coaching from the fabulous Erin Howden.  Sunday, October 30th was an all-day rehearsal at our regular rehearsal space, Grace Presbyterian Church in Walnut Creek.  Monday, October 31st was an afternoon visual workshop at the home of Kim Machek, where we explored the psychology of performance and strategies to improve the physicality of our visual plan.  In addition to the visual workshop on Monday, Erin also provided three PVI’s and coached a quartet. On Tuesday, Nov 1st, Erin coached our contest uptune during our regular rehearsal.   We sent her home tired!!!
This year is flying by so quickly! October saw us beginning to work on our holiday repertoire in earnest. We are preparing for a holiday show on December 10th. Here's a link to more information about that:

Throughout the month, we worked on both regular repertoire and holiday music. We were joined by Jana Gutenson for a wonderful coaching session on October 22. She gave us some great suggestions during our warmup time to help us optimize this very important part of rehearsals. We also spent focused time on our contest songs. We really appreciated all of her insights and are looking forward to continuing to improve our skills to make a better finished product.

For our last rehearsal of the month, many of our members participated in a costume parade to celebrate Halloween. There were so many wonderful costumes - everyone was so creative.

In November we started our holiday guest program, where those that participate will be able to sing two of our holiday songs with us in our December show. We have had a great turnout these last couple of weeks, and we hope they will enjoy this so much that they keep coming back!

Hope you all are having a great November!
Sat, Nov 19 2:00pm RLC Holiday Tea Grace Lutheran Church Spirit Center
Sat, Dec 3   MVC - Jingle Bell Tea Saratoga Community Center, Saratoga CA
Sat, Dec 3  1:30pm SVC - Annual Holiday Show 1:30pm Orangevale Community Center
Sat, Dec 3  4:00pm SVC - Annual Holiday Show 4:00pm Orangevale Community Center
Sun, Dec 4  2:00pm Oregon Coast Holiday Show Carols Cookies and Cocoa Newport Senior Center
Mon, Dec 5  5:00pm BASC-Mt. View Tree Lighting Ceremony Mountain View
Fri, Dec 9  7:00pm OCC performs at Yachats Ladies Club Holiday Open House Yachats Oregon
Sat, Dec 10 2:00pm Cascade Chorus Holiday Show Eugene, OR
Sat, Dec 10 3:00pm BASC Holiday Show - Holiday Greetings! Mt. Olive Ministries
Tue, Dec 13 7:30pm SOS = Holiday free mini-show Santa Rosa, CA
Sat, Jan 7   MVC with Lynne Smith coaching OBI Studio
Fri, Jan 20 
to Sun, Jan 22 
  SVC Coaching with Jim Arns Sacramento
Fri, Jan 27
to Sun, Jan 29
  Winter Regional Weekend - AIM (Adventures in Music) with Ryan Heller DoubleTree Hotel, 2001 Point W Way, Sacramento, CA 95815
Thu, Feb 2 7:30pm BASC - Judy Pozsgay Coaching Mt. Olive Ministries
Mon, Feb 6  7pm Harmony Fusion with Angela Suraci Hill & Valley Club, Hayward
Fri, Feb 10 
to Sat, Feb 11
9:00am DVC-Ryan Heller Coaching Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Rd., Walnut Creek
Fri, Feb 10
to Sun, Feb 12
7:30pm Nikki Blackmer coaching with MVC OBI Studios
Fri, Feb 17
to Sat, Feb 18
7:00pm Chorus Retreat w/Judy Pozsgay Eugene Faith Center
Sun, Feb 19 12:00pm Oregon Coast Chorus Coaching with Barb Vander Putten American Legion, Newport Oregon
Sun, Feb 26 10:00am SVC - Erin Howden Coaching Sacramento, CA
Mon, Feb 27 6:30pm SVC - Erin Howden Coaching Sacramento, CA
Fri, Mar 3
to Sat, Mar 4
7:00pm Chorus Coaching w/Nikki Blackmer Eugene Faith Center
Sat, Mar 4 5:00pm MVC - Crab Feed!!! Orchard City Banquet Hall - Campbell
Thu, Mar 9 6:30pm Oregon Coast Chorus Virtual Coaching with Lynne Smith Virtual coaching
Fri, Mar 10
to Sat, Mar 11
  SOS - coaching with Ryan Heller Santa Rosa, CA
Sun, Mar 19   BASC - Quartet Coaching with Kim Vaughn TBD
Fri, Mar 31
to Sun, Apr 2
  SVC Retreat Coaching- Vickie Maybury Sacramento, CA
Click on the pictures below to view individual chapters on Facebook. If you have not already liked their page do so now. Next month we will see the next three chapters. 

Facebook is an excellent way to reach out to your audience. Be sure to post weekly. It can be a recap of your latest rehearsal, the announcement of an upcoming event or share a related musical meme.

Pacific Shores Region 12 has two Facebook pages:
  • Pacific Shores Region 12 - Sweet Adelines  - This Facebook is used to promote the region's activity and news. Currently  994 Likes, 1114 Following
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2022-2023 REGIONAL MANAGEMENT TEAMKristen Skold - Communications
Angela Suraci - Directors
Alison Miller - Education
Mary Mamer - Events
Geri Miller-Reidel - Finance
Kevran Day - Marketing
Lynda CasillasMembership
Sandy Jones - Team Coordinator

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The SA community events calendar ( is now your go-to source to find out where and when SA events are happening in your community, and to publicize your chorus’s upcoming event. Go to this page and click “Add Event” to add any chorus event you may have!
London Harmony Festival 2023
After many adjustments and uncertainties, it is with great joy that I share the good news that the London Harmony Festival tour is a GO!  We currently have 26 singers from Region 12 going (plus a few friends from Regions 11 and 13), and we’d love to have more of you join in the fun.  I am very honored to be the director of this chorus. We’ll have our next Zoom rehearsal on Friday, January 13th.  If you’re interested in joining, send me a note at

The price has been lowered, the itinerary is being updated, and the fee includes so much – the tour, guides, several meals, and opportunities to perform in historic venues.  The tour locations include London, Oxford, and the Cotswolds!  And once you are there, you can take advantage of already being on that side of the pond by adding to your adventure by going to France (info about that is on the Harmony Travel website) or to Scotland and Ireland (individuals make their own arrangements for this).

Summer of 2023 will be Harmony Travel’s 25th anniversary of planning these singing tours in different countries around the world, and it will be the last time Patsy Meiser will be offering the international destinations, so it’s sure to be very special.

You can write directly to Patsy Meiser at  Go to the Harmony Travel website for lots more information:
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August 2021 Chapter Chats and Region 12 News

 Date Posted: Wed, Sep 8 2021
August 2021 Chapter Chats and Region 12 News
Pacific Shores Region 12 -  CHAPTER CHATS

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

June 2021 Chapter Chats

 Date Posted: Thu, Jun 17 2021
June 2021 Chapter Chats
Pacific Shores Region 12 -  CHAPTER CHATS

Chapter Chats - Supplement - May 2021

 Date Posted: Sat, May 8 2021
Chapter Chats - Supplement - May 2021
Chapter Chats May 2021 - 2 of 2: Pacific Shores Region 12 -  CHAPTER CHATS

Chapter Chats May 2021

 Date Posted: Thu, May 6 2021
Chapter Chats May 2021
May Issue of Chapter Chats part 1 of 2:  Pacific Shores Region 12 -  CHAPTER CHATS

Chorus Celebration 2021

 Date Posted: Fri, Apr 30 2021
Chorus Celebration 2021
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Chapter Chats April 2021

 Date Posted: Mon, Apr 5 2021
Chapter Chats April 2021
April Issue of Chapter Chats:  Pacific Shores Region 12 -  CHAPTER CHATS

Chapter Chats March 2021

 Date Posted: Sun, Mar 7 2021
Chapter Chats March 2021
March 2021 Issue: Pacific Shores Region 12 -  CHAPTER CHATS

Region 12 News! Special Edition February 2021

 Date Posted: Sat, Feb 13 2021
Region 12 News! Special Edition February 2021
Special Edition Region 12 New! 

Chapter Chats February 2021

 Date Posted: Sat, Feb 6 2021
Chapter Chats February 2021
The latest edition of Chapter Chats - Region 12 Chapter Chats February 2021

Chapter Chats & Region 12 News! January 2021

 Date Posted: Thu, Jan 7 2021
Chapter Chats & Region 12 News! January 2021
The latest edition is now available: 01/06/2021 - Pacific Shores Region 12 -  CHAPTER CHATS

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. 

Chapter Chat/Region 12 News! October

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!

Chapter Chat/Region 12 News! September

 Date Posted: Sat, Sep 5 2020
Chapter Chat/Region 12 News! September
Read the September editions: 

August Chapter Chats Part 1 and 2

 Date Posted: Fri, Aug 14 2020
August Chapter Chats Part 1 and 2
We have two editions of Chapter Chats and Region 12 News!
Take a look: #PacificShoresRegion 12

Summer AIM August 1, 2020 - YouTube LINKS

 Date Posted: Sat, Jul 25 2020
 Summer AIM August 1, 2020 - YouTube LINKS
Summer AIM 2020  - TOMORROW August 1 @ 10 AM

Summer AIM Schedule: Easy access - click on the link:  SAI Region 12 YouTube Channel - be sure to subscribe to be notified when we LIVE STREAM
For class descriptions and Bio:  Region 12 = Summer AIM w/ Lea Beverley
If you have questions or need help contact Piet Chini:
Lea Beverley - Expression Judge

Chapter Chats & Region 12 News! July 2020

 Date Posted: Mon, Jul 13 2020
Chapter Chats & Region 12 News! July 2020
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 Date Posted: Mon, Jun 15 2020
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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
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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

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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  
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
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Chapter Chats - Region 12 News!

 Date Posted: Tue, May 12 2020
Chapter Chats - Region 12 News!
The latest edition of the regional newsletter is now available.

May 12, 2020 - Pacific Shores Region 12 Chapter Chats and Region 12 News!


Petra "Piet" Chini
Communications Coordinator Region 12


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