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Last Minute Switch

What do you do when you're set up for rehearsal and someone from the church where you rehearse (the pastor) comes in at 5:30 and says - What are you doing here? It's VBS (Vacation Bible School).

If you have a wonderful chorus like mine - and an awesome director like Mike - you go to Plan B and switch your rehearsal to a completely different location. Many thanks to Cheryl (who set everything up only to have to take it down) for giving the warning and getting the word out! And to everyone who called someone, who called someone, so we could get to another location. I know some of us gave a text blast to notify others of the change so the word went out in many formats!

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Big Sing California

What is Big Sing California?

Join over 10,000 singers for the biggest choral event in California state history! We will perform choral masterworks like Morten Lauridsen's Dirait-on and Eric Whitacre's Sleep, alongside popular favorites like Lean On Me, Pentatonix's Sing, the Beatles' Hey Jude, and many, many more. Whether you sign up for a hub venue or plan to participate at home, you will be part of a group singing event unlike any other.

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Contest Videeos and Audios at Website

It took me long enough, but I finally got the audio and video files of our 2018 contest at the website. Go to WATCH and you'll find the videos for the ballad and the uptune.

If you click on Watch and Listen, you'll find links to the videos for our 2018 contest as well as other videos. On the right side of the screen, you'll see the audio links.

It was great watching and listening to the contest again - brings back good memories.

Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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New Management Team

Our 2018-19 Management Team was officially installed May 8 at a wonderful chorus dinner at Shepherd's Inn in Fresno. Now that we're official, we're ready to get down to business and plan the next year for the chorus. We have plenty of wonderful oppotunities ahead of us this year - including performances with other local groups, Big Sing California (more about that later), our own shows and competition - and so much more. It's going to be an exciting year.

Here's a picture of our new team - with our wonderful installer, Sue Damsen, - and a couple of substitutes!

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Region 11 - 2018 #1 Small Chorus!!!!

Woo Hoo! What a fantastic contest weekend. The chorus is the Region 11 2018 #1 Small Chorus - and #5 overall! Pretty good for a small chorus.

Congratulations to Reprise - Region 11 #3 Quartet! 

Congratulations to 1st timers in Avalon Quartet - Elizabeth Orr and Lisa Dela Cruz - Most Promising Bari!

Now we're back to rehearsals and looking forward to our new year and the next phase of our chorus life. It just gets better and better!

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Christmas Chorus

Christmas Chorus rehearsals start Tuesday, October 10! We already have quite a few performances lined up - and our Christmas Show on Sunday, December 3!

Join the Christmas Chorus and really enjoy the holiday season!

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Wine, Women, and SONG - coming SOON!

WOW - only seven weeks until our Wine, Women, and Song annual dinner and show! We have great dinner planned, plus our ever popular dessert auction, silent auction, boutique - and such a wonderful show - with a travel theme!

Come fly with us on Saturday, November 19 at Hope Lutheran Church. Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, show immediately after dinner. Tickets are only $25 for dinner and the show or $175 for a table for eight. What a deal!

Contact your favorite chorus member for tickets.

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Summer Cool Down

We had such wonderful guests last week! I think most of them are just waiting for the chance to make their official audition for chorus! It's so wonderful seeing their enthusiasm on the risers. They will be wonderful members - hopefully in a few weeks.

This was our last rehearsal before going dark - no rehearsals the next two weeks. We like to give members a little time in the summer to spend with their families or take vacation.

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Happy Independence Day!

What a glorious day! We had two wonderful performances during the day - one at Yosemite Gardens and one a Brookdale, both retirement homes. Both audiences joined us singing our patriotic songs. It was awesome being able to recognize the men and women who served in the armed forces. We even met two former Sweet Adelines! Our evening was spent at the Madera Municipal Golf Course - strolling around the golf course singing for the people who gathered to watch the fireworks. It really made me appreciate the fantastic people who are part of this great country.

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