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, fondly referred to as "bisectional," started her barbershop life in 2002 as a lead, then switched to the tenor part and is currently singing tenor with the Mad Caps quartet. Marilyn is recently retired having had a long career in the scholarly publishing field, and is now a snowbird, along with her husband Mark. She's happy to have found other singers who share her sense of humor/silliness.


Fran Pinto, Formerly Stewarts' "hat lady,"  Fran recently retired and is a mother of two awesome daughters and is a proud grandmother of Emerson James and Annabella Grace.

A member of Sweet Adelines for over 30 years, and currently acting as an assistant director in Capitaland, Fran also served as a section leader, and sings bass in both Capitaland and Saratoga Soundtrack choruses! In her spare time (and nice weather), she enjoys kayaking and riding her Indian Chieftain motorcycle! 


Nancy Plaat, lead, started singing barbershop as a baritone in May 1978 as part of 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, and proud grandparents of Adelaide, Ellanora, and Seraphina. This is Nancy's 8th quartet in her barbershop singing career. She loves to perform and hopes that our "Mad Cap" style brings joy to audiences everywhere.


Niki Fillipone loves to sing, has three grown kids, and the very best of hubbies. She is also a proud "mummo" (a moniker bestowed by one of her grandchildren) to grandaughters Scarlet, Stella, and Opal Mae. She's always been a reader and enjoys working with kids of all ages, so it seems a natural fit that she worked as a K-12 Librarian in the Hoosic Valley School District for about eighteen years. She recently retired to pursue other interests, including singing!


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We'd love to perform for you!

To reach the Mad Caps, contact Marilyn at:

marilyns24@gmail.com

(518) 783-6950

 

May 22, 2019

Meet the Chorus

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

 

 

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!


March 2019 Sweet Adeline of the Month: 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!

 

February 2019 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Sherri Strichman

Audie has passed along the coveted monthly medal to Sherri, because in the short time Sherri has been with Capitaland, her sunny disposition and musical talents have been a great asset to us. She steps right in when asked to assist with physical and vocal warmups, as well as the often not-so-easy task of blowing the pitch. Sherri always has a postive and caring nature; she is certainly a valuable member of Capitaland Chorus and we thank her for contributions! Way to go Sherri!

  

Capitaland Chorus 2018 Woman of Note:

CAROL STEARNS

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!

 

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?

Find out about this fabulous artform and the organization of women barbershoppers on our What is Barbershop page.

 

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