Women’s a cappella group takes third place Regional Competition in Springfield, MA.
Derry, NH – Members of the Rhythm of New Hampshire Show Chorus (RNH) had a solid showing at the Region One Sweet Adelines International (SAI) Competition at Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA on Saturday, April 14, 2018, placing third in the Division A, small chorus category.
The a cappella women’s barbershop chorus performed two songs for the four-member international judge’s panel; a ballad entitled At Last with words by Mack Gordon and Music by Harry Warren and arranged by Nancy Bergman and The moment I Saw Your Eyes, an up tune by Joe Liles. The group placed third in Division A (small chorus-under 31 members). Sweet Adelines choruses from across the globe range in size from 15-31 (Division A) to well over 120 members (Large Chorus) and perform their competition packages in English.
“We brought eight new members to the contest stage with us this year, equaling a third of the overall group’s size,” says Jessie Caynon, director of RNH Show Chorus. “These new women brought with them a high level of energy and enthusiasm that is infectious. After our recent performance on WGBH’s a cappella competition, Sing That Thing, which is airing now on Friday night’s at 8 p.m., we felt like the sky was the limit with larger, more energized chorus, Caynon continues. “We are learning new skills and finding exciting ways to share our love of a cappella harmonies with our audiences in a unique and authentic way.”
Photo caption: Members of Rhythm of New Hampshire Show Chorus pose outside Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA on Saturday, April 14, 2018 after performing their contest package. Back Row: Gigi Amarello, Linda Ryan, Patti (PJ) Richards, Genni Kurtzman, Diane Hunt; Row 3: Susanne Spitale, Carol Behr, Andrea Younie, Maureen Desrosiers; Pattie Goodhue, Joyce Fraitzl, Kathy Mercer; Row 2: Barbara Pappajohn, Jamie Bolduc, Mimi Mouzakis, Terin Samiagio, Gloria Chase, Linda Connelly, Linda Simard-Berlin, Susan Stewart; Front Row: Lisa Dudgon, Leighann Maher, Luiza Felix, Bethany Layne, Pat Stevens, Renee Fellows, Sandy Goodhue, and Jessie Caynon, Director. Missing from photo: Donna Bishop
“Coming off of our February competition on Sing That Thing was a huge confidence boost for our newbies and existing members alike,” says Renee Fellows, Assistant Director of RNH. “Combine that energy with the educational experiences by our amazing international vocal coach, Mo Field who shared her passion and talents with the group this season and the ‘new’ RNH had the best experience we could ask for at this year’s competition,” she continues.
“We are always looking for new members who love to sing,” says Team Coordinator, Andrea Younie. “Finding members who want to take this journey with us is always so special. This group of ladies is beyond our wildest expectations and this is only the beginning with where we can take our music and our audiences on this journey,” continues Younie.
RNH welcomes new members as young as 14 years of age every Thursday evening from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 38 West Broadway, Derry. The chorus is especially interested in auditioning women with low and mid-range voice skills, including those who have sung bass or baritone/alto in previous groups. Exciting things are happening at RNH. Women interested in trying their vocal skills with welcoming, diverse group of musicians can learn more by calling 800-696-7351 or visiting the web site at www.RNHChorus.org