As Sweet Adelines, musical education is one of our primary missions. At our rehearsal this week, we welcomed Battle Creek Chorus director and Region 17's Education Coordinator, Lynne Peirce. Lynne worked with us on sound placement, enunciation, connecting with our conductor, and energy. What a great learning and bonding experience!
At rehearsal last night, Jean Smith passed the River Bend Chorus Singer of the Month award to Sherri Fox.
Jean specifically noted that when Sherri rejoined our chorus in 2019, she immediately jumped in to help out in many ways, including volunteering to be our Finance Coordinator. We all appreciate Sherri's dedication and service, as well as her strong contribution in our bass section. Congratulations, Sherri!
|On December 19, we joined South Bend/Mishawaka Valleyaires to present A Cappella Christmas, our annual holiday benefit concert. We want to express our thanks to all of our advertisers as well as those who attended the concert... this year's record proceeds of $2358.10 will truly make a difference to this wonderful local organization, and we couldn't have done it without you.|
Today, River Bend Chorus Director, Sherry Berkley, and Finance Coordinator, Sherri Fox, met to present the check to Dorota Janik, Executive Director of Reins of Life - Therapeutic horseback riding.
Several weeks ago, we were joined by The Valleyaires, as well as Santa Claus, as we resumed our annual Christmas benefit concert. It was wonderful to perform again, and we were thrilled to learn this week that we raised $2358 for Reins of Life, this year's beneficiary.
|River Bend Chorus had our first holiday performance since 2019! What fun to be back in front of a live audience, celebrating the Season in Song! As part of the History Museum’s Christmas at Copshaholm, we gave two performances of our Holiday repertoire of Christmas carols and holiday songs. We were joined by the quartet ‘Serenade’ with special selections of Home for the Holidays and Christmas Time is Here.
With a private performance and the benefits show yet to come, the joy of singing has made this years ‘count-down to Christmas’ very merry and bright!
We hope you are able to join us on the 19th to celebrate A Cappella Christmas with us!
|We are bringing back a revised version of an old tradition.|
Because of her dedication to attending our practices in spite of several months of difficulty, our first River Bend Chorus Singer of the Month is Jean Smith. Congratulations Jean - we're so glad you are part of our chorus!
|Tonight we had the exciting opportunity to welcome a new member to our baritone section! Deb Strasser, our membership coordinator, presented Carly Legg with her chorus name badge. Welcome, Carly!|
Congratulations to member Marcia Barrett on being our River Bend Sweet Adeline of the Year!
We loved singing at ArtBeat this year. There was a great crowd and the rain held off! We also had a booth where we were able to meet a lot of music lovers and we sold a lot of popcorn from Shirley's Popcorn. We can't wait for ArtBeat 2023!
|Peg Adams. one of River Bend's charter members, recently was recognized as a 50-year member of Sweet Adelines, International. Peg is a long-time assistant director of River Bend and at one time was the chorus's front-line director. She has always been an active leader in River Bend. Congratulations, Peg!|
|River Bend founding member, Sandy Pisani, achieved the mileston of 50 years as a member of Sweet Adelines International. A long-time lead singer in the chorus, Sandy also was our hair and makeup chairperson for many years, making sure we always looked beautiful whether performing for local audiences or on the regional contest stage.|
Congratulations, Sandy, on being such a dedicated member of the world-wide barbershop community!
Congratulations Kandi! Your energy and attitude and all you've done for our chorus are so appreciated. We will miss you as you move, and your new chorus will be so lucky to have you.