In The Community

Capitaland Chorus and its quartets have had the opportunity to be involved in community affairs and highlighted in local news in past years.


Capitaland Cares

Capitaland Chorus believes in giving back to the community. We have performed at fund raisers for Ronald McDonald House Charities, and have sung the National Anthem at many Valley Cats baseball games.


The Fall of 2014 saw members of Capitaland Chorus continuing our involvement in community affairs: 

~ A performance was held for the Blue Star Mothers luncheon in September, honoring the work this group does throughout the year on behalf of our service personnel and their families;

~ Members donated items for the Capital Region Food Pantry throughout the month of October;

~ In November, the quartet "Into Wishin'" performed the National Anthem while the US flag was raised, kicking off a local McDonald's "Cards for the Troops" campaign;  

~ Held at the end of the year, we participated again in 2014 in the Meyer & Meyer lottery calendar fundraising campaign.  Proceeds from these calendars support the fight against cancer and this year members raised over $2,000 for this important cause.


And they're off!  Members of Capitaland Chorus were honored and proud to sing "The Star Spangled Banner," kicking off the 150th year of the Saratoga Race Track season!  Click here for a link to the Times Union newspaper photos, including our performance.


In June 2013, we collected much-needed items to support the work of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society



In August 2013 we collected food items for the Capital Region Food Pantry. Here our  former Director Marianne Hunter (left) and Assistant Director Nancy Plaat (right) meet with Angie Pender Fox who appreciated our donation and will see that every item is distributed to those in need.


Our Capitaland Cares cause for September is for children's school supplies as requested by Saint Mary's Outreach Center in the downtown and North Albany areas of the City of Albany.


A team was formed to participate at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Washington October 2013.  We were honored to be able to raise donations for this important annual appeal.


"Valentines Delivered Musically"  Read this enjoyable article published in the February 15, 2013 edition of the Schenectady Gazette.  It highlights three local barbershop choruses, including Capitaland, that provide Singing Valentines in the Capital Region. Note: click the 'Continuation' link on the top of the page to finish reading the article.


Metroland article: Sing, Dance, Laugh

The August 18, 2011 issue of Metroland, a weekly newspaper highlighting arts and entertainment in the Capital District, contains an article focused on Marty Willey and Capitaland Chorus. Read about the benefits and joy that comes from singing! 




Click here to see an article and a video clip of one of Capitaland's quartets, singing here at a noontime performance in downtown Albany. 



DATE: July 23, 2008


The Capitaland Chorus, a member of Sweet Adelines International, based in Albany, NY, recently won fourth place honors for mid-size choruses in the Harmony Classic Competition held in San Antonio, Texas.  The chorus was judged on a 15 minute entertainment package, including a parody of "Zoot Suit Riot", called "Grapefruit Diet", written by Wierd Al Yankovic.

More than fifty members of the Capitaland Chorus attended the International Education Symposium, with the theme "Kickin' it up a Notch!", which offered nearly 200 classes in vocal production, performance skills, music theory, teamwork, and chorus administration, among other topics.

First place in the mid-size category was won by Metro Nashville Chorus of  Tennessee.  Other competitors included: 2nd place - City Voices Chorus, Missouri; 3rd place - Santa Monica Chorus, California; and 5th place - High Country Chorus, Colorado.  The small chorus competition was won by Stockholm City Voices Chorus, Sweden.

The Capitaland Chorus will reprise their entertainment package at Freedom Park in Scotia on Wednesday evening, Aug. 13.



DATE: May 2007


On April 29th, 2007, the Capitaland Chorus of Albany, NY, members of Sweet Adelines International, an outstanding 4-part a-cappella chorus, under the direction of Kathy Mendenhall, Master Director, competed along with 29 other choruses in their regional contest in Syracuse, N.Y. and came away as the 1st place winners of the AA mid-size choruses, and 4th place winners overall. This chorus has been together for over 25 years, starting out as the Latham Circle Chapter and later changing their name to Capitaland, to incorporate the 7 counties that are represented by its members, all women ranging from the ages of 20+ to 80+. Capitaland Chorus has won 4 Regional competitions since 1996 and has competed Internationally 4 times, the last time was in the fall of 2005 in Detroit, MI!

Capitaland Chorus is presenting a free, “A Cappella 101” course from 6-8pm on Thursdays, starting May 31. This 4-week course will introduce the fundamentals of A Cappella singing through vocal production, breathing techniques, and demonstrations by master director Kathy Mendenhall and members of Capitaland Chorus. Please contact Judy Fraser at 518-785-3567 to register.


February 23, 2019

Meet the Chorus

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January 2019 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Audie Reilly

With 30 years of experience as a Sweet Adeline, Audie Reilly is always ready to share her wealth of information with other members of the chorus. She is especially supportive of new members, providing assistance with both music and choreography (she's a member of the choreo team). A dedicated tenor, Audie also volunteers to take the recyclable bottles and cans donated from chorus members and brings them to recycling centers in order to earn additional chorus money from the returns, where every little bit counts! We all appreciate Audie's ready smile and gracious attitude, so thanks for what you do!


December 2018 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Nancy Webber

There are always so many people to thank who work behind the scenes to make a successful chorus event, and the December Member of the Month is one such chorus member. Nancy Webber wrote a lively and interesting script for our Holiday Cabaret Show. Her research into the background of the songs and the time periods really paid off, as the narration in the show was entertaining, and left the audience wanting to know more! Nancy helped out with other aspects of the show as well, but we want to especially thank her for creating that wonderful script. Kudos Nancy, great job!


November 2018 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Theresa Carreiro Moloney

Keeping the Member of the Month award in the" lead family," Nancy passed it along to Theresa Carreiro Moloney, who has been working very hard in helping out with the upcoming November chorus cabaret show. Theresa is organizing all the ads for the show, keeping track of what goes where, and what has been paid. We appreciate her willingness to take on this job, and other tasks that she has volunteered to do. I mentioned that Theresa is also a valued member of the lead section, where she'll also be a contributor to the wonderful Capitaland Chorus sound that will be evident in the show! Thanks again Theresa, for stepping up! 


Capitaland Chorus 2018 Woman of Note:


Carol has worn so many hats during her time in Capitaland Chorus that it's hard to know where to begin. She often works behind the scenes, for example, she served on the Board for many years, acted as Secretary, is an important part of the Membership Team where she acts as Membership Chair for part of the year. In addition, she is welcoming to all visitors, and most recently, arranged the installation ceremony for the 2018 Management Team. The list goes on, but we want Carol to know that she is much loved and appreciated, and congratulations on this honor!


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