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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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2016 #1 Small Chorus - #2 Region 11 Chorus

What a weekend! Voices United is the 2016 #1 Division A Small Chorus champion! As if that weren't enough - the icing on the cake, we're also the #2 chorus overall in Region 11! Only one chorus beat our score - the Santa Monica Chorus - and they were AWESOME!

Best of all - Michael Ogdon, our director, received the award for 2016 Novice Director.

Our wonderful After Eight quartet came in 6th place this year - in a VERY tight contest. Only six points separated #4 and #6! You know they're still #1 with us!

It was a fantastic weekend. Besides all the awards, it was great fun re-connecting with old friends and seeing/hearing all the wonderful quartets and choruses in our region. Can't wait for next year!

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Harmony Valley Celebration

Saturday found us in Merced - helping Harmony Valley Chorus celebrate their 50th anniversary! They had a fantastic show with a little bit of everything - Harmony Valley Chorus, a handbell group, After Eight, Caprice, a jazz band, Voices United Chorus, and a ukulele group! It was a blast. Congratulations to Harmony Valley for celebrating in style.

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Coaching with Shirley

What a night! Shirley Kout coached our Merced performance last night. Then she placed us and coached us for our contest songs. It was a truly awesome evening.

I could not believe how the sound changed as Shirley moved people around the risers. She started with our Leads and then added the Baris. The sound was awesome. Then she added the Tenors - glorious! When she finally added the Basses, we had a full, resonant sound - that sounded like a whole lot more people than we had on the risers!

Michael and Shirley worked so well to help get us to the next level - layering on more skills to the ones Michael already drew out of us. It is so wonderful being part of this group. I can't wait to see what the next few weeks bring.