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posted May 11, 2014, 8:13 AM by Kathy Scheel
If you've been reading your emails, you know that Oregon Spirit's score of 584 is in the #2 slot worldwide.   At this moment (Mother's Day), there are 3 more regions remaining to compete, but even if all 3 of those regions have a Division A chorus that score highers than us (not likely), we would still  be in the top 5.   So ....(drum roll).....we are going to get an invitation to perform in HARMONY CLASSIC  in Las Vegas, October 2015.

This has been a personal dream of mine for many, many years; ever since SAI first introduced the concept of having this wonderful platform where small and mid-sized choruses can share their music at the international convention.  I am beyond proud that it has finally happened with OREGON SPIRIT CHORUS!

Now comes the fun of creating and polishing a really great performance package - something that shows our energy and silliness and thinking outa the box.  We'll have a brainstorming session in June so I'm sharing some videos to get your creative minds going.   These are links to videos of Division A Harmony Classic Champions from the past few competitions - some are links to a youtube video; others are links to the page on the SAI website where the videos are found:

Hawaii 2013 - PEARLS OF THE SOUND:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtJ18OdusAw#t=228

Denver 2012 - CAROLINA HARMONY:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj2b_b7xoSE

Houston 2011 - ALBA SHOW CHORUS:   http://www.sweetadelineintl.org/index.cfm?id=354

Seattle 2010:  QUEEN CITY SOUND:   http://www.sweetadelineintl.org/index.cfm?id=355

As we start into our new journey together, it's important that we all know the rules of the game we're about to play.   I recommend that each of you download and read the free Competition Handbook that contains lots of information about Harmony Classic.  If you have additional questions, we can talk about them together.   

We will do some dream-setting in June and I'm working on having an outside person facilitate it.  Bring your personal and chorus goals and come prepared!   We've already shown Region 12 that we are great ;now we get to show the rest of the Sweet Adelines world who we are.  Hey, even if we come in 5th place in Las Vegas, we're still 5th in the world!  (Yeah-yeah...I know we'll need to come up with some fabulous fundraisers and revisit our budget, but for now, let's just enjoy this very special moment of accomplishment!)

Can you even believe this actually happened - woo-HOO!!!   I momentarily thought I could wait until Thursday to say something but I think you know that's impossible for me - this is just too big to keep to myself!   I'm just shaking with excitement!   I wish I could hug every one of you right now!  YOU are the ones who performed and earned this honored reward!  YOU are the ones who worked hard.  YOU are the ones who sang with all your hearts!

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone!!!

Love - Kathy