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GEM CITY WALKS ON THE WILD SIDE

On Tuesday, September 20, an exaltation of Gems gathered in a nearby Centerville park and reveled beneath a perfect blue sky as they executed their own version of the Wild Card Walk to benefit the fabulous Tenaciousen route to Las Vegas in October.  Gems welcomed the opportunity to test their stamina and display their keen sense of fashion for rigorous outdoor occasions.   Everyone had a chance to enjoy the camaraderie and the healthy exercise for a worthy cause.

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Busy Year at Capital City Chorus! — Capital City Chorus

In the spring, we travelled to Lexington, KY, for regional competition, excited and thrilled to perform for the judges and our regional friends, and very eager to debut a brand new package of songs, sparkling new costumes, and our awesome new director! We had a great time all weekend long, and especially on stage! Our […]

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Summer with Columbus Chorus! —

Celebrating song and harmony in our new summer outfits! Singing at senior centers, garden venues, summer festivals and the statehouse! Teddy Paul, the “2016 Sweet Adeline of the Year”. She is our chorus jeweler and valued chorus member since 1987. Teddy sings tenor in chorus and the “Women at Play” quartet. She has a great […]

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Audience Choice Award and Installation —

The Columbus Chorus was awarded the Audience Choice Award for performance in the Open Division of the Region Four competition in Lexington, Ky. April 9, 2016. Music selections included “Skye Boat Song” (from Outlander), “You Are My Sunshine” and “Almost Like Being in Love” (from Brigadoon). The Scottish themed program was highlighted with tartan costumes. […]

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Marching to Regional

SVC has had a busy winter, preparing for Regional Contest, holding our annual Pizza Sale, welcoming new members, and learning fun new music! We’ve been blessed with a mild winter, only missing two rehearsals this year (compared to what seemed like a million-and-a-half last winter!) and we are hoping that all our hard work is keeping things in Central Ohio heated up. We seem to be holding winter at bay! Fingers crossed!

Did you know that there is a new Girl Scout Badge that you can help a local Troop earn? The Young Women in Harmony badge is a new Girl Scout program and we have helped our first Troop earn it! The girls from Troop 2260 from Westerville, Ohio (including Mia, daughter of SVC member Carolyn Konicki) came to our rehearsal. They had an education session with Amy Laycock, Dominique Parsons and Tenacious Quartet and learned about Barbershop Harmony, which included learning a tag! After their class, they sang a song of their own for us as well as the tag they learned, and then we sang for them. They also helped out with our physical warm-ups before rehearsal started, leading us in a little “Whip and Nae Nae” action!  Everyone had a ton of fun and they earned the adorable YWIH Badge! We are hoping to help out more Girl Scouts with this project, and you should too! Check out the info on the Sweet Adelines webpage for details on what they need for the badge. It’s a fantastic outreach opportunity and a great way to spread the love of Barbershop Harmony!

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In addition to having fun with the kids, we are also working hard preparing for Regional Contest in April. We’ve had coaching sessions with our amazing coaches, Betty Clipman and Joe Connelly and now, we are heading into our pre-contest retreat with Betty. We’ve learned a super-fun new song and some adorable choreography to go along with it.  We look forward to premiering it for you at Regional in April!

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We’d like to wish everyone the best of luck as we all prepare for contest! We can’t wait to see everyone in Lexington in April. We’ll be there cheering for you…Ring those chords!

The Road to Lexington

Each week at CSC rehearsal we’ve been tracking our progress, mile by mile, on the way to April’s contest.  Here are a few of the fun stops we’ve made along the way!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we travel together on the road to Lexington.

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Ohio Music Educator’s Annual Professional Development Conference 2016

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We had great success at our booth at the Ohio Music Educators annual professional development conference.  Participation in this event was spearheaded by our chorus, and joined by supporters from Voice of America Chorus, Southern Gateway Chorus (men’s group), and the Greater Cincinnati Harmony Festival for Teens (a summer barbershop camp that we sponsor).  There were around 3000 educators and performers at the event, and we met more than 200 of them!  CSC Director Lynn Hartmuth developed a simple “Barbershop Harmony Quiz” that we used as an icebreaker with people as they strolled through the exhibit hall near our booth.  Sadly, only a handful of respondents got all the answers right, but it made for a great conversation starter about barbershop.

YWIH Festival

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CSC collaborated with Gem City Chorus and hosted the delightfully successful Second Annual YWIH Festival one-day workshop on February 6th.  It took place at Princeton High School, a local Cincinnati school that has recently built an incredible performance facility.  They even have make-up rooms with lights and mirrors! The ladies all felt like stars!

Jennifer Cooke (Director of Scenic City Chorus) served as clinician, and Spot On! Quartet (2013 Harmony Queens of Harmony Inc. and 2nd Place SAI Region #4 Quartet Medalists) served as the teaching quartet.  Tammye and Troy Kaper, along with Jen Davis, taught choreography moves.  The event was coordinated by our own Liz Sabo Johnson, and (as always) in everything she does, she excelled.

Best of all was the performance for friends and family at the end of the event.  CSC, Spot On!, and the YWIH Festival Chorus performed to a very appreciative audience.  The YWIH Festival Chorus sang Sing and Celebrate and Firework.  The combined choruses and quartet then finished with Happy/All About that Bass.  (Click the links to watch our videos from the day.)  What fun for everyone who was in attendance!

CSC Retreat

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We happily welcomed Molly Huffman, as well as Tammye and Troy Kaper, for our annual chorus pre-contest retreat.  It was a fantastic weekend of coaching, choreography, and, of course, wonderful food!  Last year’s retreat was marked by several feet of snow, so when we had warm weather this year, well, we couldn’t help but make a few “sun angels” to celebrate!

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What a difference a year makes!

TuneTown enters blogosphere!

We sing. We dance. And, now we blog. What a way to begin the New Year!

At rehearsals, new gals have been braving the cold to come to the Guest Nights we’re holding every Monday in January. OK, so our low of 17 degrees the other night might not impress a lot of our sisters to the North, but it’s hard on us warmer climate flowers.

Change has been in the air for awhile. The accomplished Rick Spencer, a barbershop judge and arranger, has joined us as our interim director. Our former director Dusty Schleier decided this winter that he will be directing one chorus for the time being – the men’s Music City Chorus. Among Rick’s many barbershop activities, he is a member of that chorus, too.

In our community outreach, we have branched out to bring in school supplies for kids living in poverty. With all that our members who are public school teachers do, including helping clothe homeless students, we wanted to show our support and have donated thousands of items, from pencils, markers and paper to coats and gloves.

That’s about it… Oh yeah, the next thing on our schedule is a coaching session with the fabulous Kim Vaughn! We can’t wait!

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