Erin Lunn's picture

It's our favorite time of year!! Christmas is coming and After Eight has gigs coming in all over the place (well, really just here in Bakersfield:)  We start with a tree lighting ceremony on Black Friday at the Town and Country Shopping Center and we expect some great news coverage as a popular local meterologist will be hosting the event and interviewing the participants, then we've got a big holiday party for a group of retired teachers and we just received two more requests from the booking website, Gig Salad.

So, what do you care, right?  Welllllll, here's why - After Eight is expecting to earn all the money we need to cover our coaching and, hopefully, our costumes for this years competition during the holiday season.  And there's really no reason Voices shouldn't be doing the same.  A Cappella music is more popular than ever and almost every company in Fresno will be having a celebration of some sort, how about you take about 15 minutes and select five companies or organizations that you are familiar with and shoot them a quick email, here's what I use for After Eight as an example, you can alter it to fit your needs or group:


Hello!  As a member of one of the largest womens' organizations in the world, Sweet Adelines International,  I am reaching out for support of our efforts to keep a cappella music alive in our community.  After Eight Quartet has a wonderful line up of holiday pieces guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of those attending events you or your organization may be planning over the next few months.  Fees for performances are very reasonable and a portion of our proceeds are donated to support the Young Women in Harmony program of Sweet Adelines International, dedicated to keeping young women participating in the American artform of barbershop singing.

We would be honored to be part of your holiday festivities, feel free to learn more about us at or give us a call at   xxx-xxx-xxxx.


In harmony,


If we get just five gigs at $100 each, the chorus will be able to offset all kinds of costs associated with competition - I'm going to sign Voices up for a free Gig Salad membership right now, keep your fingers crossed we get some leads from that!!


Happy Saturday everyone :) e