|After the last two regional competitions were cancelled because of the pandemic, singers all over the world are happy to be back on the risers again this spring as Sweet Adelines International gives the go-ahead for competitions to resume. The OK City Chorus worked hard over the last several months preparing to take the stage in the Region 25 competition in Wichita, Kansas on March 31-April 1. A new ballad was introduced while they were still meeting via ZOOM, and everyone worked hard to learn the music. When they started meeting again in person, they hit the ground running to be totally prepared to perform their package.|
This was a particularly exciting time for not only OK City Chorus but also the other choruses in the region as they were able to reunite with friends, sing together, and compete after the unfortunate break. OK City had 55 Singers on stage, 17 of whom were competing for the first time, as contestant number two of ten in the chorus competition on Saturday at the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, The competition was exciting as always, and after waiting for all choruses to sing, it was time for the awards to be announced. Choruses are classified in two divisions based on size. Awards are based on scores of choruses within each division. OK City Chorus was the champion chorus in the AA Division as well as Overall Chorus Champion. Medals were presented for each win as well as a trophy for the overall placing.
The overall championship win qualifies the chorus to compete in the International Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in the fall of 2023. The chorus will be traveling to Phoenix, Arizona in September of 2022 to compete in the Harmony Classic at SAI International Competition based on their first-place win in Division AA in 2019.
|Regional Competitions of Sweet Adelines International begin each year with the Quartet Competition. Having not held the competition for the last two years because of the pandemic, many quartets did not survive because they were not able to get together to rehearse. Some chose not to compete because of feeling ill prepared. In order to compete, the ladies must be members of Sweet Adelines International, either as part of a regional chorus or as a Chapter-at-Large member (not affiliated with a specific chorus but members in the region). This break also gave other singers an opportunity to form new quartets, and that is the case with the OK City Chorus. There were three registered quartets with members from the OK City Chorus who competed in Wichita on the weekend of March 31-April 1—Madison Avenue, Montage and Down Home. Although most of the members of the quartets have been singing together off and on over the last few years, some had new members who became a foursome in time to compete and had not performed publicly before competition. Many of them had also never competed before.|
Twelve quartets from within the regional competed in the contest on Friday afternoon before a panel of four judges, who gave them scores in four categories: Music, Sound, Expression and Visual Communication. The top five scores are awarded medals, and the top quartet earns a spot in the International Competition in 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. After the scores were tallied, the fifth place medal went to Madison Avenue, and the second place medal went to Montage. Montage was also awarded the Novice Quartet award for the highest scoring quartet with two (2) or more singers that have not competed previously on the Regional stage in a quartet contest.
These quartets did a great job of representing the chorus.
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|After being restricted in performances and gatherings for over a year due to the pandemic, the OK City Chorus is thrilled to be back together in person rehearsing and making plans for performing. The focus of the last many weeks at rehearsals has been preparing to take the stage for one of the favorite times of the year. |
The chorus will present their Christmas Show, “Reindeer Games”, on Saturday, December 11. The event will provide an evening of music, games and holiday cheer as the audience will be invited to participate in some interactive moments. The chorus will share many favorite holiday songs as well as a few new arrangements.
The show will take place at First United Methodist Church (First Church), 131 NW 4th Street, Oklahoma City. There will be a Silent Auction prior to the show; bidding will begin at 6:00 p.m. The theatre will open at 6:30 with the performance beginning at 7:00. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any OK City Chorus member or order online at REINDEER GAMES TICKETS.
In light of the pandemic and CDC guidelines that are still in effect, masks are optional. Seating is limited so order your tickets TODAY ... don't delay!!
This year we are also offering a Livestream option. Click here for more information.
|For more information, see:||https://www.okcity.org/reindeergames|
|As the holiday season gets under way, the OK City Chorus will be performing at Scissortail Park at the Loves Travel Stops Stage as part of their 'Tis the Season Holiday Concert on November 27. The free concert is sponsored by SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital, Express Employment International, OG & E, Toucan Productions, BancFirst, Omni Oklahoma City Hotel and Crow & Dunlevy. In addition to the OK City Chorus under the direction of Mary Rhea, performing groups include Canterbuy Youth Voices conducted by Susan Pendergraft, Canterbury Voices Chamber Voices conducted by Dr. Randi Von Ellefson, and Montrae Tilsdale-Johnson & The Friends Chorale. The program will begin at 6:30; OK City Chorus will be on stage at 7:00. The audience will enjoy hearing these talented local artists share holiday favorites. Hot chocolate and s’mores will be available during the evening.|
After not being able to have events like this during last year’s holidays, this will be a great way to spend a Saturday evening with your family and friends as the season begins. We look forward to seeing you there.
|For more information, see:||https://scissortailpark.org/events/tis-the-season-holiday-concert/?occurrence=2021-11-27|
|Substance Abuse Treatment Company Joins our Sponsorship|
The latest sponsor to join our team is Landmark Recovery, which is based in Oklahoma City. This drug and alcohol rehab center “provides addiction recovery to help you live beyond”.
Landmark Recovery offers the full spectrum of treatment services available for drug and alcohol dependency. These services include Residential Treatment, Medical Detoxification, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient services which vary by location. Patients will participate in a variety of treatment options and therapies. They also receive consistent follow-up support from the staff and detailed action plans to assist them in staying well for life.
You can find a comprehensive list of services offered by Landmark Recovery, insurance information and other useful information that will be helpful for anyone needing help in this area on their website.
We appreciate them for choosing to support the OK City Chorus.
|For more information, see:||https://landmarkrecovery.com/locations/oklahoma-city/|
|The OK City Chorus is a women's a cappella performing group that seeks singers of all ages and backgrounds for our semi-annual open auditions. We will be adding members for the upcoming show and competition season. |
These auditions are to be held on Thursday, October 7th and Sunday, October 10th. Click here for more information.
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|For more information, see:||https://www.okcity.org/openauditions|
|OK City Chorus is excited to be performing in public once again! We will be performing tonight (September 24) at The Bandshell at 6:30 p.m.|
COME SEE US!!!
OK City Chorus is excited to welcome our new sponsor ... Blackmon Mooring!
Trusted fire, water and reconstruction services for all sizes since 1948, Blackmon Mooring is one of our newest sponsors, signing on in July of this year. This company has been active in helping thousands of home and business owners recover from all kinds of disasters, both big and small over the last 73 years. They have been named America’s longest-standing restoration company. They report that the average tenure of employees is ten plus years, and they have performed over 287,000 jobs in the last 10 years. They are proud of the fact that they work with their customers closely to help them understand what needs to be done, what they are going to do to fix the problem and what the customer can do as well. They offer 24/7 emergency service.
If you are in need of any of these services, please visit their website, where you will find a more detailed list of specific services that they offer. Their website and contact information is listed on our website under “Our Sponsors”. We welcome Blackmon Mooring to our Sponsor Family and appreciate their support.
|For more information, see:||https://www.bmscat.com/oklahoma-city/|
|With the return and rise in COVID cases in the OK City area, the decision has been made to return to suspend in-person rehearsals and return to meeting via Zoom. This decision was not made lightly, but it is the desire of the chorus to keep all members safe during this uncertain time. A close eye is being kept on the numbers of cases and other information for the time being. Visitors are still welcome to join in the Zoom rehearsals. Interested ladies can receive more information by contacting the Membership Coordinator at email@example.com.|
The leadership is hopeful that this will not be a long-term practice, and the decision about rehearsal format is being made on a week-to-week basis.
The OK City Chorus is proud to be a Member Agency of the Allied Arts of Oklahoma City. We are pleased to join them occasionally throughout the year at their on-site campaigns at businesses throughout the metro. However, unfortunately, we were not able to sing for them this past year. Donna Smith and Nancy Nortz, members of the chorus, represented us at the 2021 Partner Agency Allocation Presentations where they were presented with our gift for last year.
|For more information, see:||alliedartsokc.com/|
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.
Click here for the rest of the story!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
To preview the card and for more information, click here ... Preview & Info.
To place your order, click here ... Order Here
|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|