Louise Percy's blog
At our rehearsal on Monday we wore Orange shirts to honour survivors of residential schools, the ones who didn't survive, and remind ourselves that Every Child Matters. To find out more about Orange Shirt Day, which is September 30, go to http://www.orangeshirtday.org.
Alberta Gold was thrilled to welcome Karri Quan on August 31 to start our chorus discussion regarding Diversity and Inclusion. Sweet Adelines International has embarked on a global journey to make this an organization that celebrates our differences, and makes all members feel welcomed, creating a culture of belonging so that all members can raise their voices in song together. Karri brought her expertise and facilitated a discussion about inclusion, raising awareness within our own chorus and setting us on a path to take our warm and welcoming chorus even further down the path of belonging! We can't wait to continue our journey!
On June 22, 2020, Albert Gold installed our Board of Directors. It was a little different than our usual June party and installation, but was a meaningful affirmation of the dedication and effort these women make on behalf of our chorus. They represent the administrative aspects of chorus life - everything from finances to membership - and are to be commended for their efforts! Welcome to our 2020/21 Board of Directors!
Starting on Monday, April 6, 2020, Alberta Gold will move to online rehearsals. The leads and basses had a taste of what that feels like last night and it worked out just fine. Thanks to all the choruses, especially Lions Gate, who are pioneering the way for the rest of us - we are learning from you! We are looking forward to being "together" and perhaps even some singing!
Due to the COVID-19 virus, Alberta Gold has cancelled rehearsals until further notice. We will miss our annual St. Patrick's Day party, and will miss singing with our friends, but our foremost concern is for the health and safety of our members, families and those in our communities. This site will be updated when rehearsals are reinstated.
One of the advantages of being a member of Alberta Gold (or any other Sweet Adelines chorus) is the superb educational opportunities offered. Last weekend, at our annual retreat weekend, Alberta Gold had the pleasure of being coached by the incomparable Corinna Garriock. Corinna is a talented singer, arranger, judge, and a member of the 2012 Queens of Harmony, Martini. She worked with us on our competition songs (for May 2020), helping us to shape the sound and put together a solid interpretive plan. While she was doing that, she was teaching us the importance of basic things like proper singing posture, vocal quality for different parts, and how to make ourselves better singers individiually and as a unit.
Barbershop singing is alive and well in Calgary! Alberta Gold was thrilled to share the stage with barbershoppers from all over Calgary on June 19, 2019 at the annual Calgary Multi-Chorus night, hosted this year by Western Hospitality Singers. Each year choruses and quartets gather together for a social evening, with drinks, food and entertainment. Ambrosia quartet performed a hilarous parody, and we were treated to many other great performances, some funny, some very moving. Rhythm of the Rockies blew the roof off with the debut of their International Contest package and were rewarded with a standing ovation from their barbership peers. Calgary is the place for four-part harmony, barbershop style!