Capitaland Chorus


CCFFmarch2016Friends and Family Night, March 2016 
 


Capitaland Chorus was chartered in October, 1977, as the Latham Circle Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, with only 20 members. Over the years, our membership has increased from a handful of local women to a diverse group of women of all ages with varying interests, backgrounds, and occupations, who live and work in several counties in and around the Capital District. Due to this expansion, the chorus changed its name to Capitaland Chorus.
 
A member of Sweet Adeline's Region 15, we compete each spring and since 2014 we performed "in our own backyard" as competition was held in Albany, New York. In 2014 we won 3rd place in the small chorus category, we won most improved chorus in 2015, and most recently, won 3rd place in the mid-size category and 4th place overall in 2016 and again in 2017. Capitaland placed in the top five in regional competition several times, capturing first place medals in 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2004.  These achievements allowed us to compete with other regional champions from all around the world at the Sweet Adelines International Competitions held in Salt Lake City in 1997, Orlando, Florida in 2000, Phoenix, Arizona in 2003 and Detroit, Michigan in 2005!
 
In the 2007 contest, Capitaland took highest honors in the AA category — medium size choruses.  This accomplishment allowed us to compete at the 2008 Harmony Classic, at the International Education Symposium, held in San Antonio, TX, where we placed fourth in the world.  
 
Education is of prime importance to Sweet Adelines and Capitaland Chorus. This goal is achieved through international-level coaches and faculty who train us in vocal production, choreography, and showmanship. Coaching sessions are a normal part of our education, and several are scheduled for 2017 and beyond. A weekend retreat for the Director and chorus members was one of the educational highlights of 2011 and again in 2016 for our members, and there will be another in the future as our busy schedule permits.
 
Throughout the year we continue to promote our craft by performing for various community events, assisting charitable groups with fundraising, performing our national anthem at the Joe Bruno stadium, singing in our Annual Show, and spreading holiday cheer via Valagrams which we offer around Valentine's Day, and Harmony-grams. We have welcomed travelers to the airport during the holiday season and perform at company parties during the year.
 

As you can see, we are a very active and involved chorus in both our community and our sponsoring organization.  Come join the fun!

 

 

Beverwyck Nov2015
A small ensemble performs for Beverwyck residents, November 2015

 

 

 

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March 2017: Retreat at the Williams Inn, Williamstown MA, with vocal coach Joe Connelly!

 

 

 
April 20, 2018

Meet the Chorus

Come to the About Us section to meet the director, and find out what we're all about!

 

March 2018 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Kathie Hedrick

Congratulations to Kathie, who we want to honor this month for all her hard work on the Wine and Dine for the Arts grant. Kathie's tireless work helped to procure this grant for us again this year, and we appreciate her efforts in reaching out to get Capitaland Chorus situated as an important piece of the arts here in our area. Kathie also serves as a musical leader, as an assistant section leader for the leads, and did I mention that she also sing in her own quartet called "Into Wishin' "? Many thanks Kathie, for all the hats that you wear in order to serve our chorus!


February 2018 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Dodie Gearing

As a dedicated member of the music team, Dodie is assistant section leader for the basses. But you can also rely on Dodie to help organize guest practices and take part in auditions, providing musical guidance whenever requested. The Membership team is extremely grateful for her willingness to share in the task of moving guests along the path to full membership. Dodie also participates in many chorus singouts which are integral to both our budget and public image, and has served on numerous committees and held a variety of offices in the chorus. Thank you Dodie, for all that you do!


January 2018 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Fran Pinto

Capitaland is proud and happy to have a dedicated member like Fran, her accomplishments are many!  Here's just a few: She chaired our big show this past November 2017, which included coordinating ad sales, organizing committees, creating & designing the show program and about a million other tasks that go with that chair's responsibility. The show's success is a testament to Fran's hard work and also to the many people who assisted her. Did I mention that Fran also blows the pitch for us in rehearsal, sings bass with her quartet "Mad Caps," and is a dual chorus member with Saratoga Soundtrack? Whew, it's hard to keep up with her, but you inspire us all to try! Many thanks Fran, for all that you do for our chorus!



Capitaland Chorus 2017 Woman of Note:

MEGAN SCOLARO

Capitaland Chorus is extremely fortunate to have such a talented musical leader such as Megan. Whether she is conducting physical or vocal warmups, her enthusiasm and support inspire us all to do our very best as singers. As baritone section leader, she handled her responsibilities in the same giving, friendly way. We can count on Megan to hear and comment on the accuracy of pitch and our singing, and we often rely on her suggestions and comments for improvement. Megan makes us all smile with her own lovely voice and her singing of instructions as she conducts warmups, we love to have her direct us! Thank you Megan, for being a solid musical pillar for our chorus, we've grown and improved with your help!

 

Join Us!

Want to sing with a bunch of fabulous women? Want to learn amazing, classic songs? Come to the Join Us section to find out how you can get involved.

 

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What is Barbershop?

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