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San Mateo in January:
    Having fun with Region 12!

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Plan now to stay at the beautiful San Mateo Marriott
AIM Weekend: January 20 - 22
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  • 100% non-smoking hotel
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  • California Grill & Bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • The Marketplace serving Starbucks espresso
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  • Heated outdoor pool and whirlpool with sundeck
  • Complimentary full-service business center
Treat yourself to the San Francisco Peninsula's most gracious hospitality. Choose the Marriott San Mateo/San Francisco Airport Hotel.
San Mateo Marriott
1770 South Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, Ca  94402
Rooms will be $109.00
Parking fees have been waived

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Change is a-coming…
a Harmonic Progression

As most of you have heard by now, International introduced some exciting changes. Six of your eight RMT (regional management team) coordinators were able to attend all-day sessions on Monday, October 17. Attending were coordinators Kathy Hebert (membership), Leah Brooks (communications), Fran Laplante (directors’), Kevran Day (marketing), Gwen Marks (education) and Kathy Triolo (team coordinator).

As you read this and follow-up by reading the detailed info on the SAI website, feel free to ask questions, make comments, etc. We will get answers and pass on your comments/concerns. For those of you who haven’t read the changes from the Pitch Pipe, here’s what you have to look forward to:

Interesting/exciting changes to competition! There will be two Divisions for Regional Competitions, starting with the 2014 Regional, as well as changes for International Competition:
  • International Division - basically unchanged from our current competition. Numeric scores qualify a chorus for Harmony Classics or International as usual. The big change to this “track” is that regional competition and semifinals sets are increased to a maximum of 7 minutes (from 6). Phew, directors everywhere are sighing in relief.
  • Open Division – a new division, for those competitors who do not wish to qualify for Harmony Classics, or International Competition. Choruses and quartets will present a 10-minute entertainment package and receive level scores (much like “for evaluation” performances now). Competing in this division also satisfies the requirement of competing every three years. Last year’s outgoing champs may compete in this division. There will be an Audience Choice Award based on votes by audience members.
  • Participants in the two tracks will be in the same “draw” for competition day, so there will be a mix of “performances”.
  • International Competition: a) Semifinals set will be 7 minutes; b) 2014 - there will be a Celebrity Judge, who will present a Celebrity Award; c) 2015 - Semifinals will be unchanged, but finals package needs only one contest song.
Reasons for these changes

The organization feels that these changes will encourage smaller choruses and more quartets to attend regional and compete more often, improving vocal and performing skills of the overall organization, increasing attendance and offering a competition that can be marketed to the community. In addition, these changes will allow choruses to explore and perform non-barbershop music and judges will be trained to reward all aspects of a performance.


Changes are coming to the geography of many regions! Some regions are being “disbanded” and those choruses will become members of other regions. In particular, Region 24 is going away and Region 12 is expanding! We will be picking up 6 choruses from southern Oregon (1 midsize and 5 small). YAY!! This will happen in May 2013. Many of you may remember a time when that area was part of Region 12 before. Let’s make them feel that they are coming home, welcomed with open arms! :-)

Reasons for this change
  • Some regions had just over 500 members and others had over 1300, some regions had only 15 chapters while others had 34, and some competitions had only seven competitors while others had 30.
  • More members in each region helps with dues income/greater financial security and increased possibilities for funding educational events and competitions
  • Increased attendance at regional events will in turn increase marketing possibilities for events and introduce new audiences to our craft.
  • Broader range of members to enrich the organization, musically, relationally and globally.

This change is a recommendation, which all regional management teams will be voting on over the next few months. SAI is recommending consolidating four positions on the RMT to two, reducing the RMT size from eight to six members. The RMT positions that would change if this passes, would be, Education and Directors’ Coordinators and the Team and Communications Coordinators positions.

Reasons International gives for this recommendation:
  • Fewer RMT members cut down on expenses.
  • Ease in filling six positions vs. eight
  • Greater equity in job responsibility and time demands
  • Clearer job descriptions will result in less confusion over job responsibilities.
  • Potential to delegate and develop more leaders through committee assignments
  • Greater opportunity to develop more as a governing/visionary/management group, rather than attempting to do the committee work.
Your RMT will be discussing this change and submit a consensus vote in the next couple of months (one vote per region). If you have any feed back on this, feel free to pass it on to one of your RMT coordinators.

The Saturday evening event at January AIM now has a new look; it is the QDQ Parade. It will replace the Novice Quartet Parade and the Double Quartet Contest.

Now there will be ONE parade of both Novice Quartets and Double Quartets with one drawing for order of appearance. It will happen Saturday night right after the Sweet Expectations contest for our YWIH quartets.

Participants will receive written comments from Region 12’s top coaches, and they will receive performance level letters (B, C, etc.) No points will be given. The panel of coaches will not declare a winner based on performance points. Each group of four or eight singers will be expected to sing two songs in the barbershop style.

DON’T WAIT! Start now to create some fun. But there will be a contest. The AUDIENCE will choose the most entertaining ensembles for “Lettuce Entertain You” Award. You’ll want to be there to cheer on the ensembles from your chorus to help them win the entertainment prize.

Watch for the registration form and when it comes be sure to notice something else new: There will be a parade entry fee of $5 per ensemble.

Contact Shelley Culp or
Gwen Marks


Saturday, November 19th
3:00 pm
Pacific Empire Chorus presents: Seasons of Harmony. Featuring  a jazz band, Petaluma Pete, quartets. Desserts & coffee.
First Presbyterian Church of Petaluma, 939 B Street, Petaluma.

Saturday, November 19th
8:00 pm
Home for the Holidays, presented by River Lights Chorus. Featuring The Central West Ballet, Whatever 4, Golden Valley Chorus, Eight is Enough.
Gallo Center, Modesto.

Wednesday, November 26th
1:45 pm
Bay Area Showcase performs at the San Jose Harvest Festival, San Jose Convention Center.

Saturday, December 3rd
2:00 pm
River Lights presents Holiday High Tea
117 W. Orangeburg, Modesto.

Saturday, December 3rd
2:00 pm
Sierra Gold presents "A Grand Ol' Christmas"
Elks Lodge, 518 State Highway 49N, Nevada City.

Saturday, December 3rd
6:00 pm
California HEAT presents a Christmas Dinner Show.
Red Bluff High, 1260 Union Street, Red Bluff.

Saturday, December 10th
11:30 am and 3 pm
Mission Valley presents the 5th Annual Jingle Bell Tea
19655 Allendale Court, Saratoga.

Saturday, December 10th
2:00 pm
Sierra Gold presents "A Grand Ol' Christmas"
Parkside Church-Nazarene, 3885 Richardson Drive, Auburn.

Monday, December 12th
High Desert Harmony presents a Christmas Show. Classic Residences, 3201 Plumas St, Reno.

Region 12 eBlast  November 2011

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