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.


June 24, 2019

Meet the Chorus

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


June 2019 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Linda Hayes

Linda continues to play a leading roles in at least two very important chorus areas: she works tirelessly to be sure we know and execute the choreography correctly, while continuing to teach us patiently and kindly. Another important area is that of costumes: Linda spends many hours researching & finding vendors that can properly outfit a chorus of ladies of various sizes and shapes; she examines materials and styles carefully; and does fittings and measurements once a costume is purchased, all in an effort to make us look our best on stage. Well Linda, we sparkle up there, and so do you! We thank you for your efforts on our behalf!

April 2019 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Joanne Bonczek

Joanne joined Capitaland after her Schenectady chorus dissolved and she immediately became a vital member of the bass section. She learns her music quickly, adds to her knowledge of "rep" songs to participate in sing outs, and is always prepared at rehearsals. For the past several years, Joanne has done a lovely job of planning and hosting chorus events such as Friend & Family nights, the annual banquet, and show and competition group events. She does everything with volunteers with no fuss or muss. She delivers and enhances all our lives. Many thanks Joanne for all your good work!


Capitaland Chorus 2019 Member of Note:


Congratulations to our 2019 Member of Note, Meredith Butler! 

The chorus as a whole has many reasons to be grateful to Meredith Butler, our business manager. She is very active in the financial well-being of the chorus, setting up thousands of dollars of singouts all over the capital district! On a more one-to-one basis, Meredith is kind and helpful to her riser mates, and also has been known to help smooth the way for newbies who can turn to Meredith for information on how our chorus works, how things are done, and preparing for competition. If all that isn't enough, she also schedules and periodically leads our participation in physical warm ups. Brava Meredith, you truly embody the essence of being a Sweet Adeline!



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