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Fun things ahead!!

posted Jul 27, 2011, 5:37 PM by Kathy Scheel
Well, you KNOW how I am when I return from a fantastic educational event presented by Sweet Adelines!  They always invigorate me and help me get focused on things that are important to help my chorus grow and learn - and they give me new tools to try as a director.  You'll find that REACH will give you a renewed energy with new information and things that will help you become better singers & performers - it's great to be a life-long learner!
I've got lots of notes from the seminar and I'll be sharing them with you over the coming weeks / months.  Watch this Kathy's Korner for more tidbits from the seminar - starting with this: 
REGIONAL BOUNDARIES TO CHANGE in 2013, with first contest in the newly formed regions 2014. The final regional boundary changes will be announced to the Regional Management Teams while they are in Houston this fall.  It's possible (likely) that most of Region 24 will just join with Region 13 (north of us) and will compete on the same weekend in Spokane - in separate contests.  This would share the costs of the facility and the judges.  This has not been confirmed yet but I talked with a very reputable source (on the committee that researched it) who couldn't divulge anything firm, but very strongly hinted that this would happen by saying, "Well, you guys DO use the same venue every year...."   If this happens, we will get to meet new people, hear new choruses and quartets, and save money because it will likely result in a lower registration cost (since we would be sharing facility expenses with Region 13).  We'll see what happens and should know something definite after Houston International Convention.
2012 WORLD CHOIR GAMES !!!   Every two years, the World Choir Games is held usually in Europe or Asia - and it's coming to the United States for the first time in 2012.  It's enormous ---- over 200,000 spectators, 70 countries, 460 choral groups ---- including 23 musical genres such as gospel, hip hop, pop, show choirs, country, and now - for the first time - barbershop!!   Two of our Sweet Adelines judges will partricipate (Marcia Pinvidic and Dale Syverson) and it's a huge step for barbershop worldwide.  It will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 4-14 in two sessions; barbershop will be in the second session because the men's barbershop society has their annual international competition on the first week of July and the organizers allowed this in order for the guys to participate.  All contestants will sing a 4-package set (contest suitable) and the groups can include NON-members of Sweet Adelines.  Think about that --- groups could ask our friends/relatives to come and sing with them for this one-time opportunity.  I have not yet heard if this event is televised like the Olympics, but it's nearly as big.  Go to http://www.interkultur.com/competitions-festivals/world-choir-games/cincinnati-2012/ for more information on this exciting global musical event!