Harmony Heritage to Host New Singers Night September 20th

 

Harmony Heritage Chorus, the Pawtucket, RI chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will host a New Singers Night on September 20th.   Female singers of all ages and musical backgrounds are encouraged to attend the event, which will take place at 7:15 PM p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place in Pawtucket, RI.

“Almost every one of our members came for the music, but each of us stayed for the camaraderie and satisfaction that comes with contributing to an organization like the Harmony Heritage chorus,” says Anne Diggle, chapter president “We welcome women who like to sing, even if it’s just in the privacy of their cars or their showers, to come learn a little about a musical organization that marries novice singers with experienced performers and has multiple generations standing shoulder-to-shoulder as they share their love for barbershop harmony.”

The Harmony Heritage chorus is an award-winning chapter of Harmony, Inc. that performs under the direction of Bob O’Connell, an accomplished director, performer and musician. “It’s important to note that barbershop harmony is often considered the ‘every man’s’ a cappella,” says O’Connell. “Members don’t need to have a lot of musical experience, formal training, or even have the ability to read music. As long as she loves to sing, we have the tools to help her find success in barbershop harmony.”

New singers attending will learn about how the different voice parts blend to make that unique barbershop sound and will have an opportunity for voice placement and singing on the risers with the chorus. Parking for this event will be in two municipal lots on Park Place, both a short walk from the church.

Harmony Heritage chorus primarily sings in the barbershop harmony style, which traces its musical roots back to the turn of the 20th century. Today, barbershop harmony singers not only celebrate the classics, but also put their own spin on contemporary songs as well.

For more information about Harmony Heritage chorus,  call Barbara-Ann MacIntosh at 401-560-0073 or Mary Levasseur at 508-930-5362.

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A Joyful Anthem at McCoy Stadium

Many thanks to all who joined us in the singing of our National Anthem at McCoy Stadium on July 27th, including former members, guests and members of Notable Blend women’s chorus in Taunton, Massachusetts.  A joyful rendering of the Star Spangled Banner was enjoyed by all!

Harmony Heritage will return to McCoy Stadium on Tuesday, August 9th.   Please join us for a patriotic sing and a great home game!

Ladies! Do you like to sing?

Do you like baseball?

Would you like to sing at a baseball game?

 Harmony Heritage Chorus

is inviting you to join us as we do just that!

Come to two of our rehearsals this summer and Sing the National Anthem with us at a Pawsox Game at McCoy Stadium!

Performance dates: Wednesday, July 27th and Tuesday, August 9th

Available rehearsal dates: Tuesdays on July 12th, July 26th, August 2nd               

Rehearsal Place: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI

Rehearsal Time for National Anthem:  7:15 – 7:45 PM

For further information, please call or email:

Barbara-Ann Mac Intosh –  401-560-0073  –  joyhi@cox.net

Mary Levasseur — 508-930-5362 – marylevasseurc21@comcast.net

 

Harmony Heritage Installs 2016-2017 Officers and Directors

On May 17th, Harmony Heritage held its annual Installation of Officers and Directors for the 2016-2017 year.  Installing officer Melanie Menzies presided over the ceremony and the swearing in, which took place at the Jamestown home of Barbara-Ann and Bill MacIntosh.

Board members are:

  • Anne Diggle, President
  • Jeanne Chapman, Vice President
  • Sharon Gunasti, Recording Secretary
  • Carol Green, Corresponding Secretary
  • Cheryl Copeland-Lewis, Treasurer
  • Mary Levasseur and Jean Wylie, Members at Large
  • Winnie Poliquin, Parliamentarian

Congratulations to all, and we thank you for assuming the mantle of leadership!  Special thanks to Melanie for conducting a beautiful and thoughtful ceremony, to Barbara-Ann and Bill for hosting, and to our Director, Bob O’Connell, for bringing so much energy and expertise to our rehearsals and performances!

To view more photos of the Installation, go to our Facebook page.

 

 

Harmony Heritage to Compete at Area 2 Contest & Convention

 

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Harmony Heritage chorus, the Southern New England chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will head to Devens, Massachussetts this week to participate in an area contest that could qualify the local singers for an international competition later this year. Area contests for choruses and quartets will be held on May 13th and 14th at the Devens Common Center.

Harmony Heritage will go head to head with nine other choruses in Harmony, Inc.’s Area 2, which spans from Northeastern US, Quebec and parts of Ontario. The competition will determine area rankings, and participants earning a score of a certain threshold are qualified to participate in the international competition of Harmony, Inc. choruses in November. Nineteen quartets will also compete for the Area 2 Championship, and qualifying quartets will go on to the International competition.

“Harmony Heritage Chorus is proud once again to be competing in our Area convention and competition in Devons Mass against other choruses from our region.,” says Anne Diggle, chapter president. “We work hard all year to hone our craft, which is accapella singing with the unique chord structure of Barbershop harmony. We look forward to qualifying for our International Competition which this year will be held in Providence in November. It will include choruses from throughout the US and Canada..”

Harmony, Inc. has hosted area and international conventions for more than 50 years, gathering female singers of all musical backgrounds and experience levels to participate in a series of competitions for quartets and choruses. Participants are adjudicated by a panel of trained judges evaluating categories that encompass what songs the performers elect to sing, the skill with which they sing those songs, and how they present the songs, which can include emotionally connecting with the audience.

With 20 members, Harmony Heritage is directed by Bob O’Connell of Pawtucket, RI.

Welcome, Kim!

Welcome Kim

Congratulations to Kim Thompson, our most recent addition to the chorus!

Kim came to us on New Singer Night in February and has been rehearsing with us in the Lead Section every Tuesday since. Now living in Providence, Kim followed her IT job from Connecticut to Rhode Island  four and a half years ago.  Early this year she was remembering how much she enjoyed her brief time with Silk ‘n Sounds in New Haven, and she went online to look for a chorus in this area.

It is our good fortune that she found us, and we are very pleased that she will be joining us at AC&C in May. Welcome, Kim!

HARMONY WORKSHOP ON MARCH 30TH

ROOTS OF HARMONY: A TEACH-IN AND SING OUT

Harmony Heritage Chorus, the Pawtucket, RI chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will lead a harmony performance and workshop.   This participatory event will show how the four different voice parts – tenor, lead, baritone, and bass – work together, while showcasing the wide range of musical possibilities contained in this timeless style of a cappella singing. Female members of the audience will be invited to try out the parts and to sing with us. Both audience and participants alike will share the joy that we experience in the unadorned and seamless blending of voices and the magic that occurs when those voices “lock and ring”.

This program is free and open to the public through a sponsorship from the Friends of the Seekonk Public Library. For more information: www.seekonkpl.org or contact: library@seekonkpl.org.

DATE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016

TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

LOCATION: SEEKONK PUBLIC LIBRARY, 410 NEWMAN AVENUE, SEEKONK, MA

Welcome, Patti!

We are most pleased to welcome Patti Brennan as the newest and most enthusiastic member of Harmony Heritage. Patti came to us in January after her husband Mike joined the Narragansett Bay Chorus.  After being blown away by the barbershop sound, she promptly went out in search of a chorus of her own. “Why should he have all the fun?”, she said.

Patti first embraced the chorus repertoire as a Bari, and is now training as a tenor. Either way, we are delighted to have her aboard!

Patti gets pinned
President Anne Diggle officially welcomes Patti as a member of Harmony Inc.

What a Great Area 2 Convention!

Did you think a moment (or longer) of what you took away…friendships renewed and more time for exchange of ideas, for sure.

As those of us on canes were first to leave for the stage, someone said, “our Cane Chorus” and, with a ready quip, Carol Green said, “Arcane Chorus.”  If you notice how Rhode Islanders pronounce the word “Our” as “R”, you’d understand her double entendre.  Yes, we are older, but hope also better.

Harmony Heritage Director Bob'Oconnell and President Gayle Jordan accept the Betty Costellow Small Chorus Award
Harmony Heritage Director Bob’Oconnell and President Gayle Jordan accept the Betty Costellow Small Chorus Award

Can you teach an old dog..?  At Craft class I learned at least 2 new things worth considering.  Steve Tramack said he put out blank sheets of paper to be taken by members  Write one item that they liked about what the director was doing; write one item that you thought would improve the rehearsal.  No one was to sign her name.  I thought it was a good idea so that everyone would give input, not just those who easily expressed their opinions or those in leadership positions.  Everyone’s opinion  is important.

In Sandi Wright’s class – Putting the Motion in Emotion – I enjoyed listening again to how hand gestures and facial compliments could add to the meaning of the lyrics; and watching the film of famous singers such as Bette Middler.  At the Saturday night quartet performance, I enjoyed watching the Queen ‘THING’ performing expressively with her hand the crown on her wrist!

Harmony Heritage had so many members and friends working to make this Convention memorable.  Kudos to our first time HH singer and Old-Time TV decorator Cheryl Copeland-Lewis and to the excellent first time Director for the whole Area 2 audience, Bob O’Connell.  Could you tell enjoyed his job immensely? “What a Dream Can Do”!

We have been singing at Senior Citizens residences in May and June, and will be singing at the Pawsox games twice during the summer.

We were pleased to receive the Betty Costellow small chorus award for most improved singers, but if you have any suggestions to help us recruit new members, please let us know!

Dorothy Hannaford

 

Harmony Heritage Installs 2014-15 Directors

“This candle shines with the Light of Harmony. Although it is burning with the Light of our Membership, the Light of our Leadership and the Light of our Music, it shines apart.  For true Harmony belongs to no one, but to everyone. It shines as a beacon, perpetually, for those who would lift their voices above mere song in the true spirit and light of Harmony, Incorporated.”

 

On May 14th, Harmony Heritage installed new Directors for the 2014-15 season.

Harmony from our hearts, as well as voices;
Affection for each other, oft expressed;
Radiant with our love of barbershop;
Mindful of our principles and ideals;
Outstretched hands to every race and creed;
Neatness in our dress and in our thinking;
Young in heart, for singing keeps us young;
Inspired with our desire to grow and flourish;
Nourished by devotion to our music;
Constructive in our work for Harmony, Incorporated

 

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We thank outgoing Directors Anne Diggle and Barbara Gruber for their service over the past year.  We also thank Diane Coates of New England Voices in Harmony for being our installing officer.

New Officers and Directors are:

  • President: Gayle Jordan
  • Vice President/Membership: Linda Noble
  • Treasurer: Josie LaFrance
  • Corresponding Secretary: Marj Andrew
  • Recording Secretary: Carol Green
  • Parliamentarian: Winnie Poliquin
  • Directors at Large: Joan Cooper and Jeanne Chapman

 

Quartet-A-Palooza!

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March 26, 2013 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pawtucket, RI

What a blast!  Creativity reigned as we flexed our vocal muscles and put ourselves out there, many of us for the first time.  Can’t wait for the next one on Septemer 17th!  Many thanks to our judges, Downtown Crossing, and to Mike Streeter for the great photos!

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