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



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 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.


TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 pm


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


Providence area Women's Barbershop chorus

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