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Chorus Celebrates 35 Years Of Harmony In Central Texas With Sept. 30 Dinner, Concert
The singers in Chisholm Trail Chorus of Sweet Adelines International are so passionate about “ringing chords” in 4-part a cappella harmony that over the past 35 years some have traveled across the globe to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall, in Russia and even on the island of Fiji. But you’ve probably seen them in local shopping centers, nursing homes and at holiday events across Central Texas.
This year, they are celebrating the chorus’ 35th anniversary on September 30 with a dinner and concert at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple. Seating is limited for the public event, which includes a catered BBQ meal by Stout Kraut Pit and a performance by the award-winning Chisholm Trail Chorus – all for $35. Tickets are available at www.chisholmtrailchorus.org and www.cacarts.org through Sept. 27. No tickets will be available at the door.
“Harmonize The World” is the theme of Sweet Adelines International, which promotes barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance for its 23,000 members in 500 choruses throughout the U.S. and the world. Chisholm Trail Chorus holds weekly rehearsals on Thursday at the Cultural Activities Center (CAC), 3011 North 3rd St. in Temple. Each rehearsal is packed with music education to hone vocal production and choreography skills, and guest coaches are hired throughout the year. Any female who can hold her own part and stay in pitch is invited to audition.
Carol Scherer of Belton is one of the founding charter members. She soon became assistant director and was hired as Director in 1997. She is also Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Belton and holds a degree in Sacred Music from Perkins Theology School at Southern Methodist University. Few of the current members are professionally trained musicians, however. They have varied backgrounds such as school bus driver, business owner, public school teacher, attorney, accountant, nurse administrator, fulltime mothers, retirees, as well as state and federal employees.
The non-profit chorus performs across Central Texas at a variety of venues, including assisted living centers, nursing homes, Temple Mall and Santa Fe Depot. The women also compete annually against Sweet Adeline choruses from throughout Texas, Louisiana and Alabama and have won numerous medals over the past 35 years. Members live in Temple, Belton, Troy, Little River, Rogers, Lometa, Kempner, Hamilton, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Georgetown and Austin.
More information is available at: www.chisholmtrailchorus.org; as well as on Facebook.
The Gala is underwritten in part by Dennis and Ann Turk of Belton and Melinda Bulls of Bulls Financial Group, Temple.
Current members are:
Temple: Sharon Chadwick, Janet Dyer, Corrie Ganger, Carol Mouché, Sharon Schroeder
Belton: Carol Scherer, Kay Atwood, Ricky Beevers, Phyllis Modisett, Sheila Donahue, Carrie Onellion
Troy: Vicki Davis
Little River: Linda Goodenough
Rogers: Nancy Godwin, Amy Larson
Copperas Cove: Wendy Tepper
Lometa: Gail Eltgroth
Kempner: Mary Streckel
Hamilton: Amanda Thompson
Harker Heights: Judy Earnest, Cindy Falls, Denise Brennan
Georgetown: Patti Ellisor, Kaye Pledge, Barbara Moore, Kathleen Todd, Melonie Mills
Austin: Kay Brock
Chisholm Trail Chorus Launches Shoe Drive
To Raise Money for Music Education
Chisholm Trail Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser on Saturday, October 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Belton Wal-Mart, 2604 Main St., to raise funds for music education. Chisholm Trail Chorus will earn funds from Funds2Orgs based on the total weight of the pairs of shoes collected.
Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes. All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. The shoes serve as a philanthropic bridge to give people a hand-up and work opportunity, rather than just a hand-out. Funds2Orgs will pay the chorus a modest amount for the shoes they collect.
Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school, according to Funds2Orgs.
"We are excited about our shoe drive," said chorus board member Shelly White. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. Or if you have leftover shoes after a garage sale, we can take them. By doing so, we raise money to purchase music and hire vocal coaches, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone.”
Chisholm Trail Chorus is a non-profit all-female group that performs across Central Texas at a variety of venues, including assisted living centers, nursing homes, Temple Mall and Santa Fe Depot. The group holds weekly rehearsals on Thursday at the Cultural Activities Center (CAC), 3011 North 3rd St. in Temple. Each rehearsal is packed with music education to hone vocal production and choreography skills, and guest coaches are hired throughout the year. More information is available at: www.chisholmtrailchorus.org; as well as on Facebook.