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Pacific Shores
Region 12 eBlast
December, 2013

Exciting Coaching at AIM Weekend! 

Pinvidic_MarciaUncover the SECRETS TO A STANDING OVATION with MARCIA PINVIDIC at the January 2014 AIM in Sacramento, California. You’ll sing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” in an AIM chorus as Marcia coaches and leads you through the most important elements of a successful performance. Whether you are performing in your community, on the stage, or in the Open Division of competition, you’ll experience first-hand what it takes to truly connect with your audience. (And isn’t that what performing is all about?) 

Besides being the President-elect of our international organization, Marcia continues to be a driving force behind keeping our art form appealing to new generations while keeping our traditional barbershop roots strong. Read about her in the current Pitch Pipe and you’ll see just how committed she is to the musical viability of what we do. 

AIM of January 2014 is all about your performances in your community and on the stage. While working on “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” in a large chorus, you’ll have a chance to 1) Crack the Code to the Musical Message, 2) Discover the Power of ONE, 3) Raise Your Expression Score Ten Points, 4) Create a Stand-Out Performance, and 5) Connect with your Audience – Whoever They Are. And you’ll see for yourself, through the magic of video playback, how this AIM chorus transforms from a group singing well together to performers deserving of a standing ovation. 

While the AIM chorus works there will be PVIs, quartet coaching, and focus classes in Choosing Competition Music for Quartets, Starting and Strengthening a Quartet Program in Your Chorus, and Music Theory for Sight Reading along with our January YWIH Workshop. To top off everything on Saturday evening there will be the Sweet Expectations Contest and the QDQ Parade. Keep watching the website for more information about music and handouts. 

Join the region in Sacramento for a very exciting weekend. 

We ask that you download, print, and bring with you the sheet music. (It is June Dale’s arrangement of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”) The region must pay $1.75 each time a copy of this music is downloaded. The region has already paid for a basic number of copies, but we are counting on you who already have it not to download it, and for those of you who need to download it, to download only one copy.

Hotel Reservations The Doubletree Sacramento deadline is January 7, 2014. More rooms have been added to our room block at the Doubletree. Please make your reservations now. Please do this as soon as possible to ensure the contracted room rate of $98 per night. Parking at the Doubletree for AIM weekend is free. Pull a ticket and enter the lot and bring that ticket in with you.  At our registration table, there will be a black/grey validation box.  You will need to validate your ticket in that box each time you come and go from the hotel.


Mountain Harmony Camp a Huge Success!

Region 12 Mountain Harmony Camp hosted 72 young women singers for a joyful weekend of learning, singing and performing barbershop harmony. With 2014 Queens of Harmony, LoveNotes, serving as section leaders, teaching, encouraging, and performing abounded as the cameras and recorders rolled. 

With crowns sparkling, LoveNotes took souvenir photos with every girl (and counselor) who wanted. This amazing weekend experience was created under the expert leadership of Cyndi Sharp (Region 12 Young Women in Harmony Coordinator) and skilled clinician, Shirley Kout, Sound Judge, Director of River Lights Chorus, lifetime member of Mission Valley Chorus, 50 year member of SAI, and International Faculty Emeritus). 

Fourteen adult staff (all Region 12 Sweet Adelines and including the in-cabin counselors who not only volunteered their time but also paid their own registration fees) drove for up to five hours to Alliance Redwoods Conference Center to set up and prepare for campers to check in on Friday. They came by car with one to three campers, and a big yellow school bus with over twenty girls and their choir teacher from Oakdale High School arrived to experience the weekend of barbershop harmony together. Games and Ice-breakers involved everyone and everyone had fun. And what fun they had!! From then on it was non-stop learning songs and choreography that campers would perform for their parents on Sunday. Deciding what part to sing, learning that part with LoveNotes, learning choreography and expression … laughing and bonding. At the campfire on Saturday night, campers performed singing skits and a cappella mash-ups for each other before enjoying S’mores. They not only performed for each other but also were a supportive audience as well! 

Twenty-three girls were able to attend because of the generosity of choruses and special individuals. Fundraising activities for the camp continue all year so that scholarships can be provided to as many campers as possible for future Mountain Harmony Camps. 

Sign Ups are OPEN for entry into the Quartet/Double Quartet Parade! 
January 18th, 2014 
Don't let this opportunity slip by you... get some "floor time" in front of a supportive audience, receive feedback from experts on how to improve your performance, no entry fee! Go to the Region 12 website to download the entry forms now. Deadline is January 6th. You don't have to be registered for AIM before you send the forms but you must be registered by January 6. Questions? Email: Kathy Triolo

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ATTENTION: Management Team/Board Members, Directors, Chorus Leaders 

Save the Date! Saturday, June 21, 2014 
(Location in the Sacramento/Vacaville area.) 

Attending this seminar is KEY for all chorus leaders. It’s designed to provide participants with a vital set of tools to more effectively manage all chorus business. This series of seminars is provided by the Region 12 Education Team for all new, seasoned, and prospective leaders. (Details and specifics will be provided in future announcements.) Please plan to come, share the day and soak up the wisdom. See you there! 

- Jan Propert, Regional Administrative Program Manager

Holiday Hysteria: Sierra Gold


Christmas must be just around the corner, because Sierra Gold is in high gear preparing for our annual Christmas Show.  Our shows are always audience-pleasers, but this year’s “Holiday Hysteria” show promises to surpass them all!  Under the direction of Ron Black, Sierra Gold is growing in vocal skills and in numbers on the risers.  We’ve added a dozen members and have around 2 dozen guests singing with us for the Christmas season-hopefully a lot of them will decide to audition and continue making wonderful Barbershop harmony with us after the show.

“Holiday Hysteria” takes place on Saturday, December 14 at 2PM at Combie Bible Church, 22924 West Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley (just outside of Lake of the Pines).  We’re excited to have Region 12’s first place quartet, FlipSide, performing on the show.  Also appearing will be the Placer High School Chamber Choir.  Advance sale tickets are $15.00 for general admission, and $7.00 for youth 16 & under.  Tickets are available online or by calling Joan Frink at 530-367-3532 or any Sierra Gold member. At the door general admission will be $18.00.  A word to the wise: this could very well be a sell-out, so don’t put off getting your tickets. It’s a great way to get the holiday season off to a wonderful start.

Thanks from Rogue

Rogue wants to thank Region 12 for being so welcoming and wonderful to us these last few months. We have been overwhelmed by the love and support we have received from our new Region 12 sisters and are looking forward to many happy years together both in our quartet and chorus. Thanks for the beautiful leis we received in Hawaii - what fun it was to wear those around. Hawaii was a great experience and we are THRILLED that Region 12 has 4 new fantastic queens of harmony in LoveNotes! Susan Riemer, Martha Segura, Lisa Shortridge and Elizabeth Dyer - Rogue

Pacific Shores, Region 12
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