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!
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 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.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016
TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
LOCATION: SEEKONK PUBLIC LIBRARY, 410 NEWMAN AVENUE, SEEKONK, MA