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Mentoring a New Director with Kim Vaughn

by Tammy Meyers on January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Mentoring a New Director with Kim Vaughn

Honolulu Blend Chorus had the pleasure of experiencing our own Make Your Own Music Fest this past month when Kim Vaughn came to Hawaii to work with the chorus and our new director, Ben Leonid. This is Ben’s first time directing a SAI chorus, and we were all looking for a little support.

Kim energized both Ben and the chorus members with her fun, lively and inspiring coaching. While working with our director, she also provided much fodder for us to think about and work on. By evening’s end, chorus members shared what they had learned from Kim – how to sing with a back beat, pivoting around the part that holds a constant note on a key change, how to stay on pitch when notes repeat, remaining loose and sounding like an organ not a piano. The next day, Kim worked directly with Ben to further cement her suggestions. And, the following week, we had an amazing rehearsal with a relaxed, focused and energized new director!

In Ben’s words, “Kim Vaughn’s visit was a whirlwind of inspiration and practical help. Right from the start, Kim was excellent about pointing out areas for improvement in conducting (posture, hand placement choice, timing) and rehearsal technique (increased repetition, group management, establishing narratives for songs, taking time to analyze tough sections), as well as vocal production. In my one-on-one follow up session, we talked about challenges faced by directors that are both general and specific to barbershop and Sweet Adeline, including logistics, music selection, riser arrangement, delegation, and community involvement. Kim’s energy and drive are contagious…!”

As Eda Sakimoto-linuma, one of our members, described the visit, “I found this last session very helpful with new techniques…Region 21 is a very exciting and dynamic group of ladies. Education and the availability of excellent training have been so beneficial to our chorus. My encounters with Kim…reflect the warm support and wonderful relationships that are so special.”

While here, Kim stated, “All directors need mentors”, and we were so happy to have her!

Pam Kosansky

Honolulu Blend Chorus

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Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus Makes Their Own MusicFest

by Tammy Meyers on January 6, 2020 Comments Off on Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus Makes Their Own MusicFest

Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus had a fantastic MusicFest in October 2019 with Kathleen Hansen as our faculty! The morning session was devoted to vocal production, where we worked on the technical aspects of singing…placement of vowels, posture and body alignment, breathing and breath support, how to create overtones, etc. Although we’ve heard many of these things before, Kathleen gave all of us the opportunity to actually experience each piece of information and hear and feel the difference for ourselves.

In the afternoon, Kathleen worked with the chorus to put into practice what we learned in the morning, with reminders to each section of where they fit in the chord and how small adjustments from each member can make a huge difference. Over 30 of our members (plus a few guests) were able to attend for all or part of the day. It was fun, productive, and a great learning experience with lots of participation from everyone.

Judy Sherman

EMSC Team Co-coordinator

Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus

 

 

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Region 21 – Barbershop in the Big Easy

by Karen Laderman on September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Region 21 – Barbershop in the Big Easy

Join Region 21 in New Orleans 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 International Stage.

Wednesday, September 18th
San Diego rehearsal
Sheraton 3rd Floor, Napoleon B1/B2
6:15 p.m. (gather at 6:10 p.m.)

UPDATE

ONSTAGE TIMES (local New Orleans time):

Wednesday, September 18 Quartet Semifinals:

  • Viva! – 10:14 AM
  • C’est la vie – 1:07 PM
  • Lucille – 2:24 PM

Thursday, October 18 Chorus Semifinals:

  • San Diego – 6:55 PM
  • Scottsdale – 8:38 PM

2019 NOLA Rah Rah Info

2019 NOLA On Stage Times

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Region 21 – Gateway to Harmony

by Karen Laderman on October 9, 2018 Comments Off on Region 21 – Gateway to Harmony

Join Region 21 in St. Louis 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 International Stage.

Tuesday, October 16th
Harborlites rehearsal room
Marriott Grand Majestic, Ballroom D
8:30 p.m. (gather at 8:15 p.m.)

UPDATE

REVISED ONSTAGE TIMES (as of October 2, 2018):

Wednesday, October 17 Quartet Semifinals:

  • Viva! – 2:10 PM
  • C’est la vie – 5:22 PM
  • Uptown Suite! – 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 18 Chorus Semifinals:

  • Scottsdale – 11:13 AM
  • Harborlites – 4:50 PM

2018 St. Louis Rah Rah Flyer

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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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Region 21 High Rollin’!

by Karen Laderman on September 28, 2015 Comments Off on Region 21 High Rollin’!

Region 21 gathers to send good wishes and celebrate performances at the International Competition in Vegas

Region 21 will gather on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM in Room 311 of the MGM Grand to cheer on the Scottsdale and San Diego Choruses, which will compete in the chorus semifinals the following day.

2015 Rising Star Champion Quartet C’est La Vie and Region 21 competing quartets Delilah and Cachet able to attend the session will also be honored.

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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2015 Spring Competition Education Class – Sunday Morning Send-Off!

by Risa Page on April 26, 2015 Comments Off on 2015 Spring Competition Education Class – Sunday Morning Send-Off!

BloodyMaryMimosaA great time was had by the 100+ attendees to our Sunday morning Education Class – Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Score Sheets: What to Do with the Judges Feedback.

Our energetic co-presenters, Jana Gutenson and Kim Vaughn, provided enlightening insight on ways to interpret what Judges wrote and how to turn that into a plan of action as singers and directors return to Quartet and Chorus life. There was something for every performer who crossed the stage and every registered attendee – vocal production tips ‘n tricks, music selection review, chorus and quartet teamwork and so much more!

The overall Judges’ Observations for Choruses and Quartets have been sent via e-mail to our Regional Quartet contacts, Front Line Directors, and Team Coordinators/Presidents. Also sent were the materials to which Jana and Kim referred, SAI Performance Guidelines and Making the Leap (via Sharon Babb), along with more information on Open Division. These documents and more will soon be available on the Education downloads page or contact Risa Page, Education Coordinator at rmt_education@region21.org to receive them.

It was a relaxing way to learn with coffees, lattes, Mimosas, and customized Bloody Marys in hand and next year we are investigating adding some light snacks so plan to come!

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Risa Page2015 Spring Competition Education Class – Sunday Morning Send-Off!