Every year Region 26 choruses choose one member to represent them as the "Spirit of 26." This member exemplifies what Sweet Adelines represents. She is giving, loving and truly a 'glowing light' in our world. AHC is so very honored to present Tally Rice the Spirit of 26 Award. Unfortunately due to COVID, we are unable to celebrate 'Tally' together. Tally is a very friendly, kind and caring person and we are so very fortunate to know her and have her as a riser mate. Thank you Tally for all that you do for us! We can hardly to sing together again.
Every time I try to explain what Alberta Heartland Chorus is about, I find that non-connoisseurs are confused with the term chorus. Here are a couple of explanations.
- What does chorus mean? Chorus has several meanings, which include a group of performers, which may consist of singers and dancers, and the repeated refrain of a song.
- What does choir mean? Choir has several meanings. In one sense, it means a group of singers. Choir can also refer to the section of a building where a choir performs.
September 8, 2019 - Alberta Heartland kicked off their most recent show with an exciting performance of "A Million Dreams." The audience loved it. They were ready and primed to catch the feeling with Matt Schuurman and Julian Faid from Rapid Fire Theatre, the emcees for the evening. Some improvisational theatre, some audience participation, and a lot of music kept everybody involved. Matt and Julian's brand of humor had them rolling in the aisles. The music ranged from ballads to dance tunes, all presented in the barbershop style.
There was no time to be tired. Alberta Heartland brought all their heart, all their energy and all their talent to Surrey in April 2019. Thursday was 1st Nite, an annual celebration of Region 26 and their accomplishments. Our very own Genie Klatt received her 40 year recognition certificate. Carolyne Saumer was introduced as the chorus "Spirit of 26" (or her biography, go to our About Page). Both these ladies are charter members, which means they were with us from day one, and shining examples of what Sweet Adelines is all about.
Alberta Heartland is once more preparing for the Regional Contest in Surrey B.C. It's early this year, so we are at camp He Ho Ha with our fabulous coach Queen Anne Downton, in February. This is an annual event for the chorus. For two days we are on retreat,removed from our day to day lives.
It was minus 37 on Saturday morning, but we were sparkling in the warmth of friendship and music. Led by Anne, director Lisa and the choreography team of Dineke and Tina, we made the rafters ring. After two days of intense coaching, we were able to relax on Saturday evening. Mosiac Blend quartet hosted an entertaining skit night. Games, music, food and fun kept us all laughing and singing until the wee hours.
2018 has been an exciting year for Alberta Heartland. Since our triumphant return from Convention 2018, we have had a fundraising garage sale and an awesome open house, and we received a win on the Regional Video Contest. Our Marketing Coordinator and her team have been very busy creating posters, banners, and, of course, the winning video - congratulations to them! Have a look at the Region 26 promo video:
Alberta Heartland Chorus returned from 2018 contest very pleased and proud of their accomplishments. With an improved score, and a fifth place medal we felt that we had met our goal to be the best we could be. After a year of coaching, rehearsing, and building our craft every member contributed to our success.
There were a few glitches on the weekend. A new outlet centre opening right in front of the airport may have caused a delay or two. A last minute change in hotel rooms meant our two competing quartets had to move down the street to a different hotel. And of course a strike at the Sheraton topped it all off. But all was overcome by being flexible and focussing on why we were there.
We celebrated, we laughed and we had fun presenting a musical look at the joys and tribulations of the Christmas season. Our audience roared; they clapped; they joined in to sing some old favourites.
It was open invitation to come and learn about a cappella music. In spite of the cold, and the rain, it was a fun night, full of music, friendship and socializing. Old friends, and new were welcomed with hugs and smiles. They learned a 'tag', and some new moves. They listened to the chorus working on the new repertoire and were entertained with a variety of Christmas songs. It was truly an night to remember.
Do you love to sing? Love to hear those chords ring? Come and visit Alberta Heartland Chorus on any Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Just ring the bell to be allowed in.
You will meet new friends and be introduced to the barbershop art form by an award winning chorus.