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Special guests - No Strings

No Strings, our current regional quartet champion, was with us on May 17 to teach us about the special characteristics of each section in a barbershop chorus, and how we can best sing our parts. They shared their wisdom and their wit, and the evening was enjoyed by all. No Strings has a special place in Alberta Gold's heart and we were very glad to see them on Monday, and look forward to hearing them sing again in person!

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Unmuted in 2021!

What a weekend! Region 26 of Sweet Adelines International held its first ever virtual convention this past weekend. While nothing can compare to the feeling of being in person and singing on stage, this weekend sure had something for everyone and did not disappoint. Thursday evening we recognized those who contribute above and beyond around our region, Friday was quartet day, with virtual presentations by our region's quartets, and Saturday was chorus day, where choruses entertained with their virtual offerings. Alberta Gold was pleased to debut our new virtual song Dancing Queen. We hope you enjoy! Thanks to those who organized a fabulous virtual event - Region 26 is going strong!  

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More education!

Kim Vaughn joined us at rehearsal on April 12 to teach us about proper vowel matching. Kim is a Sweet Adelines rock star - Master 700 Director, International Chorus Champion director, 3-time Quartet Champion, sound judge, vocal coach, recipient of the 2014 President's Lifetime Achievement award ... the list goes on and on. Adding to those credentials, Kim is a really fun person and we enjoyed her knowledge, experience and stories! We hope to have her visit again and one day spend some time with her in person.

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Carol Poole Spirit of 26 Award

It is our pleasure to recognize Gosia Piskorowska as our 2021 Carol Poole Spirit of 26 recipient for Alberta Gold chorus.Gosia joined Alberta Gold in 2003 and has been an active singer and participant of the chorus since then. She has sat on the board of directors, is currently on the technology and communications committee and diversity and inclusion task force, and has been on many other committees. Congratulations Gosia! If you would like more information about this award, click here.

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Mo and Amelia - Beatles-a-Day

Alberta Gold was delighted to welcome Mo and Amelia, who brought their Beatles-a-Day show on the road for a recent rehearsal. Barbershoppers looking for something to do at the beginning of the pandemic, Mo and Amelia decided to do a daily Beatles show on Facebook - over one year later they are still going strong and have not yet missed a day! It was a fun evening of sing along, "bits of tid" (Beatles trivia), a quiz and a lot of laughs. They even sang a Beatles birthday wish to one of our members who was celebrating her birthday that day!  You can check them out at https://www.facebook.com/beatlesaday.

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Learning to practice at home!

Lisa Hills, from Westcoast Harmony Chorus and VITA quartet recently joined us with a presentation on practicing at home. She had lots of tips and tricks, right from motivating yourself to practice, to scheduling and making time for practice, to actual practice time and self coaching. Practicing at home is something many singers have struggled with during the pandemic, without the motivation of a weekly in-person rehearsal. Special projects make it easier, but Lisa gave us real ideas to put into practice.

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Director Wanted!

Alberta Gold Chorus is seeking a new director. After many years, Holly-Jean has decided to step back from directing onto the risers so she can sing. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who wants to help the chorus achieve its musical goals in a fun and caring environment. Do you want to lead a chorus that values music, friendship and fun? Check out the Director Search link on our main menu for more information.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

Click here for greetings from Alberta Gold Chorus! We have celebrated with our annual party, albeit on Zoom not in person. We will be having a brief break - back on January 11, 2021. Looking forward to a reset sometime in 2021 and a time when we can sing together in person again!

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Orange Shirt Day

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.

 

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Barbershop education comes in many forms!

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!

 

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