madcapsspring2015copyLeft to right: Marilyn, Nancy, Fran and Niki


Mad Caps Quartet

A hat for every song...

still looking for a song for every hat!

Marilyn Semerad  joined Capitaland Chorus/Sweet Adelines in March 2002, when Capitaland won first place medals in Region 16 contest that Spring and then went on to compete Internationally in 2003 in Phoenix, Arizona!  Fondly referred to as "bisectional," she started her barbershop life as a lead, then switched to the tenor part and is currently singing tenor with the Mad Caps quartet. Marilyn is happy to have the support of her husband Mark, and to have found other singers who share her sense of humor/silliness.

Fran Pinto is a semi-retired mother of two “awesome” daughters and loves to sing and perform. She has been a member of Sweet Adelines for over twenty years. Fran is bass section leader in the Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, acts as Engagement Coordinator, and helps with chorus publicity. In her spare time (and nice weather), she really enjoys riding her Harley motorcycle!

Nancy Plaat,  the lead of Mad Caps, started singing barbershop as a baritone in May 1978 in the Latham Circle Chorus which then became the award-winning Capitaland Chorus. She has been married to Mark since 1982 and they are the proud parents of two boys, Louis and Daniel, who are twentiesomething. This will be the 8th quartet Nancy has sung with in Region 16 during her barbershop singing career. She has the distinction of being in two Region 16 Novice Quartet championship quartets. Nancy has also been in award-winning double quartets in Region 16 as well as a finalist in “The Boyz II Men A Cappella Quest” competition sponsored by CBS's "The Early Show." She loves to perform and hopes that our "Mad Cap" style brings joy to audiences everywhere.

Niki Fillipone loves to sing, even though her kids used to tell her to be quiet when they were little. She has three great kids, all grown but a couple are still around, and the very best of hubbies. She is also a proud ya ya (Greek for grammy), to granddaughters Scarlet and Stella. She's always been a reader (would take a flashlight to bed to see her book, when small). Niki enjoys working with kids of all ages too, so it seems a natural fit to be working as a K-12 librarian in the Hoosic Valley School District. Her dad had always encouraged her to get involved with the Sweet Adelines, but with young ones and work, Niki didn't get around to it until after he was gone. She fondly remembers listening to her dad's quartet from her bedroom when they'd come over to rehearse; they sang old stuff like "Tiger Rag" and "Bust a Chord Tonite." He'd be most tickled to know that she's now quartetting and having a blast with these fun, crazy ladies. Yes, we are the Mad Caps!

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We'd love to perform for you!

To reach the Mad Caps, contact Marilyn at:

(518) 783-6950.


June 26, 2017

Meet the Chorus

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

May/June 2017 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Isabel Pickett

Videographer Extraordinaire, we'd like to thank Isie for her talents, and to acknowledge the tremendous amount of work that this job entails: bringing and setting up the camera each week to record our rehearsals; editing them into manageable bits; and then making sure there's a working link to be shared so every member has access to these fabulous learning tools! Coaching sessions or other extra rehearsals are also covered. Isie is also extremely active in singouts, is a helpful and active member of the Tenor community and handles elements of the chorus website as well.  Thanks very much, Isie, Capitaland is truly appreciative of your contributions!

April 2017 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Lin Smith

Recognized for the various ways she has contributed to Capitaland over the years, Lin is very deserving of our thanks.  Having served many years as the immediate past Treasurer, Lin kept impeccible records and performed those duties discreetly.  Lin is energetic as she lead the chorus in physical warmups, and can be relied upon to help any and all, whenever needed.  You are truly special, Lin.  Thank you! 

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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