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Pacific Shores Region 12
February, 2013

AIM Weekend was a huge success!                              

Training bras and Menopause

San Mateo’s Marriott ballroom was packed as four novice quartets and eight double quartets took part in the QDQ Parade on the Saturday night of January’s Adventures In Music. Our Regional Quartet Champions, PDQ, ran the pattern, and MC Barb Vander Putten kept the audience entertained with serious, but usually futile, attempts to have lost-and-found articles claimed. 

As entertaining as MC Barb was, the focus of the evening was the performances by the ensembles. After much practice, costuming, coaching, and the big performance all the ensembles received comments from a panel very well qualified to assess performances and provide helpful comments: Sharon Carlson (Music), Jan Gervais (Expression), Becki Hine (Showmanship), and Julie Starr (Sound). The immediate reward at stake was the Light Up the Night Award which is awarded to the ensemble voted "most entertaining" by randomly chosen secret voters in the audience. This year the LUNA was won by "Training Bras and Menopause," a double quartet from Diablo Vista Chorus. 


The evening was filled with entertainment, highlighted by LoveNotes. but the earlier day and previous evening was filled with education and camaraderie. There was tag-singing and classes focused on improving performances (individual as well as ensemble) along with classes in which we learned to better understand this "hobby" of ours. Some were large-group classes with Becki Hine, our guest faculty and Showmanship Judge, and some were classes of one – PVI's (personal vocal instruction) with our talented regional faculty, and some were middle-sized classes. The most difficult thing to do was to decide which class to attend. But it wasn’t all classes and QDQ Parade at the January AIM. There was a smooth weekend registration and answers to every question at Mission Valley’s host chorus registration table, there was the MV performance after lunch (thank you, MVC), the traveling trophy award (congratulations, California HEAT), a performance by the Young Women in Harmony who were having their workshop during the weekend, plenty of Sweet Adeline bling shopping, and lots of opportunity to hang out with friends. 

Watch the website and plan register to attend the next AIM weekend. This coming September will be our last AIM weekend at the San Mateo Marriott (we’re moving to the DoubleTree in Sacramento beginning January 2014). Come and enjoy the September AIM as we send our International competitors off to Hawaii. 

(photos courtesy of Karrie Colette)

Registration starts March 1st

summerspectacular 4This May, Region 12 will grow to twenty-four choruses and reach from mid-California to northern Nevada to just south of Portland, Oregon. We will be celebrating our coming together in spectacular fashion. In a university environment there will be classes for super chorus members, directors, arrangers, quartets and musical and visual leaders. Our focus is to provide the members of the NEW REGION 12 an educational event to learn together and build a sense of community and camaraderie and become aware of the educational events and programs for our NEW region. 

Classes are offered in a wide array of barbershop craft and technique topics. Students may customize their educational experience to their specific areas of desired development. Whether you want to focus on vocal technique, barbershop craft, movement and choreography, leadership and development, music theory or a little of everything, you can pick and choose the classes that best fit your needs from our virtual buffet of selections. Even a 30 minute Private Vocal Instruction session is available.

Everyone will sing in a spectacular chorus with coaching by Karen Breidert and Judy Pozsgay to polish your spectacular music and enjoy special musical happenings throughout the weekend. It all begins with the keynote address by Karen Breidert on Friday night and ends with performances on Sunday morning.

Early-bird registration for this incredible opportunity will begin on March 1st on our regional website!

Members (and male directors): $225 
Host Chorus Commuter: $150 

After MAY 15, 2013: 
Members (and male directors): $275
Non-members $325
Host Chorus Commuter: $225

Learn Arm Waving!

hands This all-day workshop provides LAW students an extended period of time to discover and practice new arm-waving skills. During the day, each level meets with its own professor for classes, and students also have a chance to direct a live chorus made up of the rest of the LAW students. The feedback from the professor lets the student director learn from their experience. In order to have a chorus to direct, everyone learns a song selected by the  professors. It's important that everyone is "off the paper" so students have  responsive group to direct. People who would like to come and just observe and sing are more than welcome.

Sheet music and learning CDs will be available from your chorus LAW representative prior to the Workshop.

Register online today at

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Send Your Love

2013logo It's a Festive way to "Send Your Love" to all the great people at Regional Convention.

It’s a wonderfully warm way to say "Thanks" to your quartets, coaches' directors, families. It's simple: Just place your AD in the Regional Convention Program or splash it big on the JumboTron for all to see.

Just download the Flyer & Order Form, fill it out and send it in. Then have your creative folks go wild, or just send in an existing business card or promotional flyer of your own.

The deadline is March 15th so hurry; workers are standing by to process your orders!

For questions, please contact:
Sandy Van Mell

Upcoming shows

April 13th - Golden Chordsmen Spring Show, Burlingame - featuring Region 12's champion quartet, PDQ. For more info, email

Mark your calendar now for June 1! Come to Reno to spend the day with your 2013 Queens of Harmony, Touche'! Touche' will be offering a master class in the afternoon and headlining the Silver Dollar Chorus show in the evening. For more information on the show call 775-971-9873 or check the website

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