Bill Stauffer, Director
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. 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. Several coaching sessions are scheduled in 2014 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, 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!
February 22, 2017
Meet the Chorus
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November/December 2016 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Angela Dourdis
Capitaland Chorus had a very successful show in November, and one of the reasons things went so well was because Angela served as the show chairperson. This is a difficult task, with so many details to coordinate, but Angela made sure things ran smoothly, and she did it with grace, patience, and charm. Thanks to the efforts of Angela and many other people who volunteered their time and took over whatever needed doing, everyone was able to relax on show night and enjoy doing what we do best: singing and performing to share the joy of barbershop harmony with our audience! Thanks Angela, for being a great show chair, lead, and part of Capitaland!
October 2016 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Cheryl Chalk
In addition to being an assistant section leader for the tenors where she provides encouragement and musical leadership, Cheryl is one of those behind-the-scenes people working on special projects. Most recently, Cheryl has worked on a special event hosted by Capitaland Chorus, where local Girl Scouts and the craft of barbershop singing come together! Participants will learn and sing with Capitaland, with a unique opportunity to earn a special badge. Thanks to Cheryl for coordinating this effort and for getting the message of harmony out to our younger women!
Capitaland Chorus 2016 Woman of Note:
We are so proud to have Diane as a member of our chorus, and to think she has only been a member for a relatively short time! Diane was voted in as a member of Capitaland in November of 2014, but has already contributed so much! Being a Sweet Adeline for many years and having sung with River Valley Chorus, Diane is now not only a valuable member of Capitaland's lead section, but this year took on the demanding role of CCL, Competition Chorus Liaison, which she combined with plenty of timely information and a positive outlook. Diane coordinated all of our communication regarding the 2016 regional competition, which also included hotel rooming/accommodations, no small feat! We want Diane to know that her organizational skills, willingness to help, and her smiling face are appreciated, and we're glad to honor you as our 2016 Woman of Note.
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