In-person Rehearsals Have Resumed!
The Making of the Best Day Video
When the OK City Chorus was forced into isolation by COVID-19, we continued to “rehearse” via Zoom. It allowed us to stay connected and soothed our need for singing to a degree, but we longed to share our music with others. Luckily, virtual choir technology allows singers to do just that. Thus began our quest to continue spreading joy through a cappella barbershop harmony during this difficult time.
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Make Every Day Your Best Day!!
OK City Chorus hopes you enjoy the finished product!
|Looking for something different to send family and friends this holiday season? How about a customized and personalized ecard? With the award-winning OK City Chorus singing in the background this cheerful holiday card is sure to be a hit with everyone!|
For a one-time fee of $25.00 this customized card is sent to your email to distribute to some or all. Order dates: December 1-20. Order your customized ecard today.
|As an Allied Arts member agency, OK City Chorus is excited to share that Allied Arts has been selected as the only Oklahoma arts nonprofit to participate in a national fundraising competition. Donations made through A Community Thrives can qualify Allied Arts for matching dollars and for the chance to win a $100,000 grant award! Donate at alliedartsokc.com by October 16th to support Allied Arts and OUR efforts to educate Oklahoma youth through the arts.|
|For more information, see:||www.facebook.com/watch/?v=399941874325491|
|The OK City Chorus is excited to host our first virtual Open House on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. We would love to welcome female singers in the Oklahoma City area to join us for a fun evening. However, since this is a virtual Open House, we would also love to welcome female singers from anywhere in the world to hop on in to our Hip Open House!!|
For more information, call 405-720-SING (7464) or email email@example.com.
OK City Chorus has been awarded a grant from Oklahoma Arts Council to fund our "Best Day" virtual chorus project!!
|Although the day looked much different this year, Allied Arts of OKC presented its member agents with grants from their highly successful annual fundraising event. The OK City Chorus is very grateful to be a member agent with Allied Arts and to be a recipient of one of these grants.|
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|For more information, see:||https://alliedartsokc.com/|
|We are celebrating 75 years of Sweet Adelines beginning on our birthday, July 13 -- Barbershop Music Appreciation Day! Unfortunately our celebration in Louisville in October was cancelled but a virtual celebration will go on from today through October 17th. We look forward to celebrating 75 years of Sweet Adelines with you! Click here to join the celebration ... HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY|
|For more information, see:||sweetadelines.com/75-Years|
|Sweet Adelines International made an official announcement today that our International Competition to be held in Louisville, KY in October has been cancelled. Although we expected to hear this news, we are still disappointed that we won't be there to celebrate SAI's 75th Anniversary and to compete in the Harmony Classic competition this year.|
However, we look forward to being back together soon to continue our preparation for the upcoming Region 25 competition in March 2021 and the 2021 International competition.
We also look forward to performing for YOU soon!
|Congratulations to Darlene Rogers, recipient of the 2020 President’s Lifetime Achievement Award! Darlene has been a Sweet Adeline for 52 years, and in that time her influence has extended to the many singers for whom she has served as coach, director, and vocal teacher. She is a member of the Sweet Adelines International Faculty, the Education Steering Committee for Regions #10 and #25, and was a member of the 1975 Region #10 Champion Quartet, Lady Luvs. She has previously served as assistant director of OK City Chorus and director of Oklahoma Jubilee Chorus and Texas Harmony Chorus. Along with Dale Syverson and Peggy Gram, Darlene produced the popular Sing, Baby, Sing series of educational materials. Her expressive style of teaching makes her a popular instructor, and we salute her dedication to barbershop singing and to the education of Sweet Adelines around the world.
|We are sending a shout out to all of the health care workers who are going above and beyond during this fight with COVID-19. The long hours that they are putting in doing their best to care for the sick while in harm's way is so much appreciated. |
We especially thank our members who are serving: Barb Underwood, Lyn Graham, Kirstan Boyd, Jenny Spinelli, Amanda Coon and Afton Gilliland.
We are pleased to announce the OK City Chorus award winners for 2019-2020!
The D.J. Hensley Award (Administrative Award) is presented to chorus members that have been expecially helpful to the Team Leader throughout. This year's award was presented by outgoing Team Leader, Sandy Peters, to two of our chorus members.
Congratulations to Donna Smith and Susan Gertson!!!
The Sweet Adeline of the Year Award/Opal Chandler Award is selected by a vote of the chorus membership. The person selected for this award is a member who always has the best interest of the chorus at heart, realizing that she is one ‘part’ of the much-larger ‘whole’. She gives her time, talents, and efforts to make herself the best member possible. She speaks positively about the chorus and happily responds to requests made of the membership. In short, she is the member you perceive as having given outstanding service to the chorus during the past year.
This year's recipient is Lyn Graham! Congratulations and thank you for all you do for the chorus.
|The OK City Chorus will be having it's first (and hopefully only!!!) virtual Installation "Banquet" tonight to install a new slate of officers. We are looking forward to an entertaining social event with our resident MC team of Lyn Graham and Barb Underwood as the leadership torch is passed from one leadership team to another. |
Team Leader ... Susan Gertson (new)
Secretary ... Linda Hammett
Finance ... Julie Robinson
Event Coordinator ... Nancy Nortz
Membership ... Sarah Montgomery (new)
Music Services ... Jenifer Allbaugh
Promotions Coordinator ... Paula Reed
Director ... Mary Rhea
|CONGRATULATIONS to four of the OK City Chorus members who were recognized with longevity awards at the virtual RAMM meeting on Saturday, March 28, 2020. We are very proud of these ladies and the many hours they have poured into this art craft and the contributions they have made to our chorus, our region and our internation organization.
Celebrating 60 years with Sweet Adelines is:
Celebrating 25 years with Sweet Adelines are:
|Well, it wasn't quite the same as being together but it was soooooo good to see each other and learn together! Nothing's gonna stop OK City!!!|
|In response to the social distancing recommendations, OK City Chorus will be participating in a virtual rehearsal on Tuesday, March 17th. There will be no rehearsal at St. Luke's United Methodist Church building this week. Please check back here each week for updates for the week's rehearsal venue.|
Stay safe, healthy and take necessary precautions.
Sweet Adelines International made a difficult decision today. They have decided to cancel all traditional Regional competitions for 2020. While we are sad to share that the contest has been cancelled, we are proud of our organization for recognizing the impact we can have in helping to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Stay tuned for more information on alternate contest plans as they become available.
|We are proud that some of our OK City Chorus members were able to partner with OETA in their fundraising effort on Sunday, March 9. We love to be part of the community and add value wherever we are.|
Thank you to those that participated for representing us so magnificently!
|A small group of the OK City Chorus was proud and honored to go PINK for Breast Cancer as they sang the National Anthem at the Women's OU basketball game on Sunday, January 20. |
Several of our members are breast cancer survivors with the most recent being our fearless director, Mary Rhea.
|OK City Chorus spent the day Saturday honing our vocal skills with the amazing Dale Syverson under the direction of our amazing leader, Mary Rhea! We learned a lot and look forward to implementing our new skills at our rehearsal on Tuesday night so that we can WOW our audience on the Regional stage in Wichita, KS next month!|
|OK City Chorus will be Contestant Number 12 at our Region 25 competition on March 28 in Wichita, KS!! We are excited about this draw and looking forward to "having a little fun" entertaining our region and judges!|
We also have some amazing quartets representing us on March 27.
Full list of competitors is available on the Sweet Adelines website.
|OK City Chorus is excited to spend a full day with the amazing Dale Syverson on Satuday, February 8th. Dale is helping us hone our vocal skills in preparation for our upcoming Regional Contest in March and our Hamony Classic competition in October. This preparation also helps us be better performers when we entertain for events in and around Oklahoma City throughout the year.|
(Group photo from last coaching session)
OK City Chorus was well represented at Region 25's 2020 Quartet Retreat in Tulsa, OK this weekend. We had a total of 27 members present. One of our members, Donna Smith, and our director, Mary Rhea were part of the coaching faculty. We had ten chorus members in four of the quartets that were coached.and we had five members participate in the Harmony Roulette. Eleven members participated as observers. Several members were involved in the planning and preparation along with others from the region.
One of the highlights of the weekend were the general classes taught by Lindsay Chartier-Holdeman and Kim Vaughn. A great time was had by all and we are already looking forward to the next Regional event.
|OK City Chorus welcomed FOUR guests last night at our first rehearsal of 2020! We learned a new intro for our new uptune that we will be singing in Wichita, KS at our Region 25 Contest in March. We will be concentrating on refining this new uptune and our ballad over the next 12 weeks.|
|Reduced pricing available beginning December 16th! Don't delay ... last day to order is December 23, 2019!|
OK City chorus is pleased to offer online personalized Christmas Cards with a photo option. These cards will feature a festive song with beautiful graphics along with your personalized message and your photo. Your friends and family will be delighted with this special greeting!!
First personalized card now $10; each additional email address is $5.
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|For more information, see:||www.okcity.org/online-Christmas-card|
|OK City Chorus will be spreading holiday cheer on the Love's Travel Stop Stage in the beautiful Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City on Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m. |
You might even catch some of us strolling about singing on Saturday, December 14 around 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.! 'Tis the season!!!
Come one! Come all!
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Tinsel, Tunes and Trivia
|For more information, see:||okcity.org/TinselTunesTrivia|
|The OK City Chorus is excited to be performing at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7th at the Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK) and again at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8th. We hope to see you there.|
|For more information, see:||www.facebook.com/events/686047258574642/|
|The OK City Chorus was excited to host it's first annual Harmony Bazaar in downtown Edmond, Oklahoma. We had vendors with a wide variety of goods and services from all over the state. Stay tuned for details of our second annual Harmony Bazaar and make your plans to support us and our friends!|
|We were so excited to get to sing at the opening of Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City last weekend. The beautification of our city is something we are very excited about and we loved getting to be a part of it. Temperatures were hot, so we had a great time cooling off after a sunny afternoon sing!|
|OK City Chorus is pleased to announce their big win at the 2019 Regional Chorus competition in Little Rock, Arkansas!|
The chorus placed 2nd in the contest's International division, placing us in the running for a wildcard bid to Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally, OK City Chorus is the 1st place AA chorus in the competition. We are so excited for the opportunity to represent our region in this role!
|OK City’s own Marie Dallam hit the National scene on Christmas Eve when the world discovered her festive jingle bell skills! The Facebook video has gone viral and OK City is so glad to see that the public appreciates Marie as much as we do!|
|For more information, see:||https://www.wfla.com/national/chorus-sleigh-bell-ringer-slays-holiday-concert/1673856840|