Inland Empire Makes Their Own MusicFest

by katshaver on March 22, 2017 Comments Off on Inland Empire Makes Their Own MusicFest

March 14th was an exciting Tuesday for the Inland Empire Chorus! International Master Faculty member, Queen Kim Vaughn, came to work with us as part of Region 21’s new MusicFest program. Kim used her unparalleled teaching skills to work with us on the basics of the sound category: posture, phonation and resonation. Our members and guests were excited to hear the changes in our sound after working with Kim for the evening. Region 21 is blessed to have such amazing talent right on our doorstep. Huge thanks to Kim and to the entire Region for this great program.

Inland Empire Chorus



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Las Vegas II – Region 21 Schedule

by katshaver on October 14, 2016 Comments Off on Las Vegas II – Region 21 Schedule

International Schedule (as of 10/10/16)

Daily Schedule

Tuesday – 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Harmony Classic

5:00 p.m. – International Roll Call – Join us in the main competition venue and show your Region 21 pride
6:05 p.m. Song of the Pines, Contestant #0 (mic tester – Harmony Classic)

Wednesday – Quartet Semis – 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – Region 21 Rah Rah at Harborlites rehearsal,
MGM Grand, Room 11, 11:30 a.m. (gather at 11:15 a.m.)

2:01 p.m. – SpinOff – Contestant #21 (Region 21 wildcard)
2:23 p.m. – Cachet – Contestant #23 (Region 11 champion with Mary Ashford, Harborlites)
5:25 p.m. – Ciao Bella – Contestant #30 (Region 9 wildcard with Emo O’Brian, Harborlites)
7:47 p.m. – Uptown Suite! – Contestant #39 (Region 26 wildcard with Shayna Steeves, Scottsdale)
9:04 p.m. – C’est La Vie – Contestant #47 (Region 21 champion)

Thursday – Chorus Semis – 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

10:24 a.m. – Harborlites – Contestant #1
7:50 p.m. – Scottsdale – Swan Package
8:05 p.m. – NafMe Award for Jana Gutenson

Friday – 11:45 – 5:00 p.m. – Quartet Finals

10:45 – 11:15 – Mass Sing

Saturday – 11:45 – 6:00 p.m. – Chorus Finals

9:00 – 10:30 – Scottsdale Chorus Education Class



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Region 21 – Luck Be a Lady!

by katshaver on October 14, 2016 Comments Off on Region 21 – Luck Be a Lady!

Join Region 21 at Las Vegas II to cheer on and congratulate our choruses and quartets.

Bring your copy of “We Are Family” and we’ll sing with all of our competitors as they prepare to bring Region 21 to the Las Vegas International Stage.

Wednesday, October 19th
Harborlites rehearsal
MGM Grand, Room 114
11:30 a.m. (gather at 11:15 a.m.)

We will be singing “We Are Family” to our competitors (sheet music and learning tracks from Summer Seminar – if you’ve forgotten your password, check with your chorus president/team coordinator), so come warmed up and ready to share your harmony!


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A Most Amoosing Double Quartet

by katshaver on August 8, 2015 Comments Off on A Most Amoosing Double Quartet

If you’re going for medals, it’s always good to win two at a time – so they can clink against each other.

That’s what double quartet Pasture Prime aimed for at this year’s Summer Regional. The comedy contest offers two prizes, one judged by the standard SAI rules of sound, music, expression and showmanship; and the other is the coveted Golden Banana, a massive weighty trophy of plinths topped by a gilded banana (yes, it was once edible!), awarded for funniest performance.


Pasture Prime, 2015 Region 21 Double Quartet Contest

If you’re lucky enough to wrest the Golden Banana from our clutches (yeah, good luck with that), you’ll see that lots of winning double quartets hail from Tucson Desert Harmony. We have a tradition to uphold, we take our funny seriously. So we usually talk about next year’s contest in August, right after Summer Regional. Then we get distracted and busy and forget about it till about May, when we panic and rush to put something together.

Competing in a double quartet is a great way to introduce newer members to the art – and the heart – of what we do. There’s the singing of course – no hiding among the chorus. You have to sing out and hold your own when there are only eight of you. There’s the camaraderie: it’s especially fun to get close to people you don’t normally hang out with. And in double quartet there’s choosing a theme – this year’s cows came about after a very giggly afternoon that went from vegetables to kids’ costumes to udders. Then you have to pick music, write parodies, come up with choreo, costumes, and rehearse, rehearse, go on vacation, rehearse.

This is no director-driven endeavor. Anyone can put together a group, just go up to people and ask them, or send out a sign-up sheet. A chorus can have as many entrants as they’d like (but I must say it’s awfully difficult to rehearse if you’re in more than one double quartet). Any eight-some can compete as long as no more than 5 are in registered quartets. This year we had three registered quartet members, 2 relative newbies, two old hats and a director. The writing was done by three of us (including Fran), the costumes by 2 of us (including Fran), and the face makeup by one (Fran).

Competing in the Double Quartet contest is one of the most challenging, educational and fun things you can do in Region 21. Besides being udderly fantastic, it’s a really mooooving experience.

– Penny Starr

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Honolulu Blend on Hawaii Public Radio

by katshaver on November 28, 2014 Comments Off on Honolulu Blend on Hawaii Public Radio
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