South­ern Ac­cord Cho­rus utilizes all of south­west Alta. for mem­bers: con­cert Nov. 24

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta - BY HEATHER CAMERON

South­ern Ac­cord Cho­rus will per­form a pro­gram called Heart and Soul at Col­lege Drive Com­mu­nity Church Nov. 24 cel­e­brat­ing al­most 25 years.

South­ern Ac­cord Cho­rus is women of di­verse ages and back­grounds who love the chal­lenge of singing a cap­pella in four-part har­mony, bar­ber­shop style.

“The mu­sic we sing in this highly styl­ized art form, lends it­self to a won­der­ful and var­ied reper­toire – bal­lads, show tunes, jazz, rock and roll, spir­i­tual and beau­ti­ful Christ­mas mu­sic,” ex­plained Carol Quan, a mem­ber of South­ern Ac­cord and chair­per­son of the Heart and Soul pro­gram.

South­ern Ac­cord, Quan says, has 34 mem­bers and the mem­bers are from all over South­ern Al­berta, all of them drawn to the group by their com­mon love of mak­ing beau­ti­ful mu­sic as a group of friends.

The group came to fruition af­ter a singing group in Ray­mond that was founded in the 90's folded and some of the mem­bers wanted to form a new acapella cho­rus.

“The name South­ern Ac­cord Cho­rus was cho­sen to rep­re­sent our lo­ca­tion, mu­si­cal­ity and friend­li­ness,” Quan said.

Quan says that South­ern Ac­cord's first per­for­mance was in Feb­ru­ary of 1994 at a lo­cal men’s bar­ber­shop cho­rus show.

Even­tu­ally, af­ter gain­ing enough mem­bers, South­ern Ac­cord Cho­rus ap­plied for a char­ter mem­ber­ship with Sweet Ade­lines In­ter­na­tional, an or­ga­ni­za­tion of nearly 25,000 women world­wide who sing four-part a cap­pella har­mony, bar­ber­shop style. South­ern Ac­cord fi­nally re­ceived char­ter mem­ber­ship on Jan­uary 29, 1998

“The first mu­si­cal di­rec­tor was Ruth Lind­say and now is Betty Bald­win with as­sis­tant di­rec­tors Jill McLeod and Elaine Liebelt,” Quan said.

“Over the past 20 years the group has grown and evolved into an award win­ning en­sem­ble re­ceiv­ing most im­proved, third and sec­ond place medals in the small cho­rus cat­e­gory at Western Cana­dian Sweet Ade­lines com­pe­ti­tions.”

Heart and Soul is South­ern Ac­cord's way of cel­e­brat­ing 20 years as a fe­male bar­ber­shop cho­rus and will fea­ture many con­tem­po­rary and Christ­mas songs in four part har­mony. The event will also fea­ture LCI singers di­rected by Karen Hud­son and Sass-Eh.

“The motto of the group is “alone we sing, to­gether we cre­ate har­mony”,” Quan said.

“The cho­rus and quar­tet per­form reg­u­larly through­out the com­mu­nity, of­fer­ing tal­ent for en­ter­tain­ment at events and char­i­ta­ble func­tions.”

Tick­ets for Heart and Soul are $20 for any­one over 12 and free for chil­dren 12 and un­der.

Tick­ets are avail­able at CASA or can be pur­chased from any mem­ber by email­ing: HYPERLINK "mailto:con­[email protected]­er­nac­cord.org" con­[email protected]­er­nac­cord.org.

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