With extra precautions in place, last month the amazing members of Hobart Harmony got back to sizzling sausages to raise funds for the chorus! Slowly and surely finding some normality back in our chorus life :-)
After 4 months without face-to-face rehearsals, we've had two this week! The first was all about movement, with great activities from our visual leaders, a special guest dance teacher, and then social drinks! Two days later... our first singing rehearsal since March. So wonderful to see everyone :-)
What happens when you can't physically get to a chorus rehearsal? Why, go online of course! Nothing like a virtual catch up and sing with all these beautiful people! We even managed to have 49 online at once on Monday last... maybe we'll get even more next week!
Coaching with a legend of Sweet Adelines! Kim Vaughn spent the evening with us, giving us wonderful advice on pulling together our unit sound and keeping the key centre, sprinkled with lots of singing wisdom, and snippets of humour. We cannot thank her enough for her time and the tools she has given us to grow into the future!
So wonderful to have one of our regular coaches with is for four days of music - chorus coaching, voice lessons and quartet coaching! Lynda is always so much fun to work with and brings with her so much knowledge of the barbershop artform - not to mention the most incredible ears! Can't get away with anything when Lynda's listening!!
What an amazing weekend we had with our coach Traci Voss, director of the Melbourne Chorus! So much work on our contest songs, as well as lots of socialising and even an in-house show. All of our fabulous prospective members attended for at least part of the weekend too, experiencing the satisfaction of working with a coach in such a focused way. We love our "band camp" - what a fabulous kick start for the year and our lead up to competition!
What a fabulous Directors' School we had this year, with the amazing Mr Cy Wood once again sharing his knowledge of all things about authentic performance. With it being a "visual focus", each chorus in Australia was able to send TWO visual team members in addition to the Director and Assistant Director. Oh what fun we had!! And for Jenni, the first time as the Directors' Coordinator, co-convening the event. Can't wait to bring our learning back to the chorus!
Hobart Harmony were so excited to be invited to perform at the Taste of Tasmania this year, but when we were "blown of the schedule" with high winds causing the Taste to be cancelled Monday night we were very disappointed. Luckily, we were given a second chance to sing in the closing concert on Friday 3rd Jan, and it went down a treat with our audience! What a great way to start a New Year of singing!
What an amazing show we had last night! The chorus were joined by fantastic local performers who showcased a range of different song and dance styles. Thank you and congratulations to all performers - you were all brilliant! And thanks to those who joined us - a good audience is the key to a good show!
Twenty of our members attended the Sweet Adelines Australia Quartet Workshop in Hobart on Saturday 2nd November, with our fabulous Regional Education Faculty member Linda Wareham. We are SO appreciative that our region provided us with this opportunity, and are looking forward to more and more quartetting moving forward. Even those who prefer slightly more than "4" in their "quartet" found lots of things that are applicable in all our singing adventures. A big thanks to Linda - it was a wonderful weekend!
Hobart Harmony had the absolute pleasure of working with Cy Wood, who brought not only a touch of Broadway with him, but a whole lot of fun, emotion and connection with our music, helping us to find the "human" in our performance. Such a fabulous weekend, and so much that we can take forward into ALL our songs! Love you Cy!!
Making August A Cappella happen in Hobart! On Sunday 25th August, Hobart Harmony had it's first Quartet Club session. Led by Jenni, and with 26 participants, we were thrilled with the success of the day. Scratch quartets, tag quartets, "square" quartets; all focussing on our new regional song I Am Woman. Tonnes of fun in this glorious venue. The next one is scheduled for 6th October.
What a fantastic time we had at the 2019 Sweet Adelines Australia Convention here in Hobart again. We took 54 members on stage and wowed a full-house at Wrest Point with our competition set, getting our best-ever score once again! Congratulations to the organisers of this year's event - we had a wonderful time!