Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines wants YOU – if you're female, age 12 or older and like to sing. And even if you don't fit that demographic, if you know someone who does, please pass the word. The Ruston-based group is conducting a Singers Wanted campaign June 7 and 14. Currently, its 26 members hail from six parishes across North Louisiana.
"These guest nights are arranged to show people that we welcome new members and offer multiple benefits for them – in both performance and musical education," chorus director Sheila Nugent said. "Women who enjoy singing – whether melody or harmony – will love performing a cappella with us."
Singers Wanted participants will interact with the chorus from 6-8 p.m. while the group adds new songs to its repertoire, including "Some Sunny Day." Nugent explained, "That way, we'll all more or less be on the same page on those pieces of music."
The international Sweet Adelines organization says that any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, can find a part that fits her voice range with the help of chorus directors and leaders. Parts range from tenor to bass.
Sweet Adelines International is a musical force in the United States and in 13 other countries. The organization is headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., where it was founded in 1945. This nonprofit music education organization is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women, encompassing more than 25,000 members, 1,200 registered quartets and 600 choruses.
Chorus President Carol Ogle said singing, performing and music education are only a portion of the benefits that members of Sweet Adelines International enjoy. "Members also experience genuine friendships, increased self-confidence, renewed vitality, and the unwavering motivation and inspiration of others that becomes invaluable," she said.
Piney Hills Harmony is an award-winning chorus, having earned both gold-medal and most-improved honors at the regional level.
The chorus meets in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner. For more information call Nugent at 237-3331 or Ogle at 665-0569. You can also visit www.pineyhillsharmony.org.