Regarding The chorus in general
I was looking for a new musical avenue in my life, when an unexpected door opened up. I was sitting at work one day when 4 women came into the lobby of the Credit Union I worked at. They were all dressed in black pants, black shirts and pink sparkly vests. I was like what is happening here. The must have asked to speak to the manager because I saw him leave his office. There was some conversation and then all of a sudden they started singing.
I was floored, they were amazing. I came down from where my desk was to get a closer listen. My manager gave me a look like I had orchestrated this whole thing. I told him later that I had no idea who those women were.
They were a Valentine Quartet from Sacramento Valley Chorus. They had just received a check in their quartet name Chord on Blue. They wanted to prove that they indeed were a quartet.
I talked to them about who was singing what part. They let me know that the parts for barbershop were different from a normal choir. It was then that one of my tellers ratted me out and told them that I could sing. They provided me the info for the next rehearsal, which thankfully was the next day. I went to the rehearsal and never looked back. I was even able to compete that year and received my first 2nd place Regional medal.
I love Sacramento Valley Chorus. I have so many amazing memories, stories relationships because of this amazing group of ladies. SVC has performed at Carnegie Hall and has been a competitor in the 2015 & 2017 International competitions. We are off again to our 3rd international in 2019. What a ride.
I'm grateful everyday that I get to sing & perform with these ladies in an attempt to better ourselves and harmonize the world.
However, the chapter ran into some hard times and decided to dissolve their charter in late 1999. I was still working at the time and decided to take a hiatus of almost years because my mother became ill.
I was fortunate to attend a Sacramento Valley Chorus show at the Crest Theater in 2001 and decided it was time to return to the risers. I joined them in 2002. When my mother became even more ill in 2003, I decided to retire from my regular job of teaching and work for my school district part-time. I became the administrator of the Gifted & Talented Program for the district. My mother passed away in the Fall of 2003 and I became more interested in the administrative side of the chorus. I became chorus VP and when the current Pres. became our Interim Director, I took over as the President. It was at that time that we decided to change our Governance to a Management Team model and I led the chorus through that transition for the next 3 years. Since then, I've been Communication Coordinator, Baritone Section Leader, and am now the Marketing Coord.
I have been in a competitive quartet since 2005 and enjoy that very much. Currently, I'm also singing with the daytime chorus, the Extension Chords and a new version of my longtime quartet, Vibrance.. I'm learning so much and appreciate my past Directors Patty Easley & Lynne Erickson. Our current Director Dede is leading us into rarified territory and I'm happy to be a part of that endeavor!
I was a member with another chorus at the time and Judi Naill invited me to come to their show in Orangevale. I was so impressed by the beautiful sound of this much larger chorus as well as the kind of music they featured. The songs were not stereotypical barbershop music but a nice blend of pop, jazz and traditional. The joy in the music was evident in all the shiny faces as well. The following week I visited the chorus's rehearsal and three weeks later I passed my audition song. I haven't regretted the commitment of time and money since.