AVSC A Cappella Workshop to be held at Eastside Performing Arts Center

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The Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus is thrilled to announce that the A Cappella Workshop taking place in May 2015 will be held at the Eastside High School Performing Arts Center.

With Clinician Deke Sharon, hailed by Entertainment Weekly as The father of contemporary A Cappella, heading up the weekend and songs like, Breakaway, The “Cups” Song from Pitch Perfect, Natural Woman and Sweet Dreams the event will be an awesome opportunity to embrace the art of A Cappella Singing.

As members of Sweet Adelines International, AVSC has long been associated with A Cappella music having Barbershop Harmony as it’s foundation. Two songs in the traditional art form, and trust me – it IS an ART, will be included during the performance. Lulu’s Back in Town written in 1935 by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for Broadway Gondolie was made famous by the incomparable Fats Waller. A classic arrangement by Aileen Nightingale and Nancy Bergman will be performed by the chorus while the entire ensemble (chorus members and guests) will be singing the ever popular The ChordBusters March as arranged by Joe Liles. This song embodies the joy of raising our voices in wonderful four-part harmony and “busting or ringing a chord”. That ringing chord and the joy of singing is what brings thousands of men and women world wide to participate in rehearsals on a weekly basis.

Treated to weekly group vocal lessons members and guests are educated in the barbershop art form as well as all of the nuances of public performance. The event includes such elements as staging, choreography, soloists, costuming in addition to learning the music. As daunting as this sounds, we know that anyone who has a strong desire can be a part of the chorus as some of our members come to us with no singing experience. Our ensemble chorus even includes a few brave young men who will share the stage with 50+ females. Performers range from 6th grade to … well … over 70 but if you really want to know you’ll have to ask directly. I can tell you this, she’s a charter member of this chorus and in 2015 we will be celebrating our 55th Anniversary here in the Antelope Valley.

Once the weekend arrives Deke Sharon will begin working with the performers on Saturday and wrap up the day with a Meet & Greet in a more casual setting for all participants to enjoy a well deserved relaxing evening. We expect that there will be a fair amount of Tag Singing going on too.

On Sunday there will be more coaching followed by the performers putting it all together in a performance at the same location. The public is invited to the show and to stay for a Q & A with Deke once the performance has ended. Tickets for the show will go on sale after the first of the year.

To find out more about Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus or the A Cappella Workshop give us a call at 661-878-2872.

JetHawks Baseball and Barbershop with AVSC

Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus sings at Lancaster Jethawks Baseball

The Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus is pleased to be one of the regulars with Lancaster’s own JetHawks as they Rock the Hawk again this year in search of more memorable moments in baseball.

The JetHawks have taken the championship for the first half of the season and we’ll be singing God Bless America during the 7th Inning Stretch tonight as they continue on their journey to capture the championship for the 2014-2015 baseball season.

As a chorus we enjoy being part of two wonderful American sports – Baseball and Barbershop Harmony. While most people associate the barbershop craft with either the men’s organization or simply quartets, there are hundreds of choruses through out the world of Sweet Adelines that join their voices to make sweet music each week.

Sweet Adelines began with their first meeting on a Friday the 13th…just like today. However, it was 68 years and 11 months ago on July 13, 1945 in Tulsa Oklahoma. Since that time the world of Sweet Adelines has grown to include chapters in Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Wales and most of the 50 states in the United States. With over 23,000 members, Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performances.

Our regular rehearsals provide vocal music education for guest and members alike as they join together in song. One of our most recent additions to our repertoire is the Cups song made famous by Anna Kendrick in the movie Pitch Perfect. And every year in the spring, while baseball players are beginning their training, Sweet Adelines are embracing an opportunity to show off their skills and talents among their peers during our regional convention and competition. For Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus we traditionally travel to Bakersfield the later part of March to sing with the other choruses in Sequoia Pacifica Region 11.

While baseball had it’s first official game in June of 1946 thereby being 100+ years ahead of Sweet Adelines (our first Quartet Champion  won in 1947— The Decaturettes and our first Chorus Contest wasn’t until 1973 when the Racine Chorus from Racine Wisconsin brought home the gold)  there are @240 Major and Minor League teams throughout the United States. The hot dogs, peanuts and beer along with a rousing competition between two opposing teams typically brings more observers out for a game of baseball than a Sweet Adeline Show – but we’re working on that!

Please stop by and say hello when you see the chorus singing at the game and – if you know of any females that like to sing – send ‘em our way Smile and watch the worlds largest voice lesson here.

Singing With My Friends

This is from one of our members written for a class assignment. She is such a joy to have in the chorus and we’re glad she shared this with us!

A few years ago, a friend invited me to a singing rehearsal to see if I would want to be a part of her chorus. At the time, I had no idea what door she was opening up for me. I absolutely loved this amazing magic and wanted to be a part of it. The idea that I could not sing transformed into a love of singing. I believe singing is good for your soul. Songs can take you places where you may dare not go. When you lift your voice you can be free, soaring to new heights with your imagination. You come alive. Singing can ease your mind, unwinding all the knots that the day has wound up inside you. When you are singing the world is right.

Last summer our chorus had an exciting opportunity to sing onstage with Foreigner! I had worn out my Foreigner Four cassette tape years ago, and to be onstage with them was truly thrilling for me. They needed a chorus to sing back up with them on: “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” during their concert at the Antelope Valley Fair. Of course we said “YES!” That night, we were able to watch the concert with the crowds before we were taken backstage to wait for our cue. I could see the crowd of thousands through the curtains and started to feel all tingly. I forced myself to breathe slowly, then, finally, it was time. We walked onto the stage in a predetermined pattern. The chorus started and the lead singer came and stood right next to me! Oh my goodness, Kelly Hansen was right there! This was the most exhilarating time I have ever had singing! My soul simply soared! Sadly, the song ended and we moved off the stage and back to our ordinary lives with the memory of that truly electrifying experience.

Johnny Depp said, “Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” I believe singing stimulates the brain and wakes up your senses. The sound flows from you, filling the room with emotion. You can be happy, sad, hurt, or angry, all depending on the song. Lifting my voice fills me up with peace and releases the worries of the day. I love harmonizing with my chorus. Matching my voice with the other leads, we make sure we carry the melody and listen for the lower notes of the baritones and basses. I absolutely love the tenors. What they add to our voices creates an overtone that rings with vibrant chords that come to life.

There is a movement when you open up and let your voice out, free to the heavens. You dance around and feel your senses soar and expand. No matter what is going on in your life, music and song can make it disappear for a while. Your body moves like a gentle breeze whispering through a wheat field–you sway from side to side, lift your voice and let the heaviness of the day drain away. You feel invigorated. The world is a good place to be.

We don’t always have such exciting experiences when we sing, but you can sing wherever you are, so sing loud! Sing in your shower, sing in the fields, sing in your car; sing and be happy. God gave us a voice to make a joyful noise. I love how He says noise. That means we can all sing to our hearts content and feel moved and uplifted. This is why I believe singing is good for your soul.

    ~ Karen C.

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AVSC Pleased to Present Singing Valentines

We were thrilled with the AV Press and the mention we received regarding the Singing Valentines happening next week!

With Valentine’s Day being just one week from today you still have time to get your order in :) Just follow this link to make this a most memorable Valentines Day! http://avshowcasechorus.com/singing-telegram/

AV Press promotes Singing Valentines

Weekend Warblers in the Spotlight Today

Weekend Warblers Win 1st in Double Quartet ContestIn the AV Press today
By: Liane M. Roth Valley Life Editor

The “Weekend Warblers,” a double quartet representing the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, was rewarded with the sweet sound of success at the regional seminar at the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield as the group brought home first place ribbons and a trophy.

The “Weekend Warblers,” a double quartet representing the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, was rewarded with the sweet sound of success at the regional seminar at the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield as the group brought home first place ribbons and a trophy.

Featuring Liz Antony, Dawn Baertlein, Monica Hoffman, Ann Layton, Denise O’Neill, VaJezatha Payne, Susan Sirex and Dottie Zagar, the group sang a rousing rendition of “The San Francisco Bay Blues” and received a standing ovation from the audience comprising their peers, members said, with fourteen competitive teams representing chorus groups from around Southern California and Nevada.

Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performances.

Barbershop harmony is a style of a cappella, or unaccompanied vocal music produced by four parts – lead, tenor, baritone and bass – and is traditionally performed by men.

The Sweet Adelines represent the new face of barbershop as they present the familiar style of music through animated performances and creative, often colorful, costumes. They are all women and they have put a glamorous stamp on the genre as they sing in sweet, enthralling tones.

Each of the four parts has its own role. Generally, the lead sings the melody, the tenor harmonizes above the melody, the bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone covers the same range as the lead, sometimes singing below and sometimes above.

Catch the harmonizing gals as they perform during “A Magical BLVD Christmas” in front of the Western Hotel/Museum on Lancaster Boulevard between 5 and 9 p.m. Friday.

Celebrate the best Christmas has to offer as AVSC presents “Christmas Memories” with guest performances by Antelope Valley Learning Academy Children’s Choir and featured guests “Makin’ Mischief” on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Two shows are available at 2 and 5 p.m. at Arbor Court Theater, 858 West Jackman St., Lancaster.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

AV Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at United Desert Charities, Angel Hall, 2101 East Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale.

For details, visit avshowcasechorus.com.


Celebrate Christmas Memories with AVSC

AVSC Presents Christmas Memories

You are invited to come celebrate the best that Christmas has to offer with Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus. December 15 the chorus will host two performances at the Arbor Court Theater – home of It’s Only Tuesday Productions. The 1st show starts at 2 pm and the second at 5 pm.

Guests will include the children’s choir from Antelope Valley Learning Academy and everyone’s favorite Makin’ Mischief. Get your tickets at the door or call 661-726-9355.

Celebrate Christmas Memories with AVSC

Performing for “Celebrate America”

The AV Press once again gave the chorus a mention as they reminded the community about the activities coming up during Celebrate America taking place tomorrow on Lancaster Blvd.

We are grateful to the press and those promoting the event to be included in the articles. Read the latest one here…

Fireworks to end patriotic day

LANCASTER – After a tribute to Antelope Valley residents who served in the military, car and motorcycle shows and nostalgic music, downtown’s fourth annual Celebrate America festival on Lancaster Boulevard will culminate with a fireworks show.

The festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The 10-minute fireworks show begins at 8:40 p.m. and will fire more than 400 shells, 200 of them as the grand finale.

“What better way to end a night of nostalgia, reminiscing and Americana than a stellar fireworks show?” Mayor R. Rex Parris said in the city’s announcement.

The fireworks show will originate at American Heroes Park just north of Lancaster Boulevard. Spectators will not be allowed in the park for safety reasons.

The best viewing will be from Lancaster Boulevard, said Brian Whalen, the city’s operations manager and event coordinator.

The annual tribute to America will include three stages of entertainment, including tributes to Frank Sinatra and Elvis. The Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus will perform at the Western Hotel Museum stage.

The Lancaster Performing Arts Center which will feature artists performing American tunes and a 1950s “Copacabana”-style night club starring jazz drummer Tony Capko and his group.

Other offerings include a children’s train ride, a mechanical bull ride benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project and a beer garden sponsored by Schooners, Harley- Davidson and Budweiser.

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History will showcase a “Women in Service and War” exhibit and a “Future in Space” exhibit.

Opening ceremonies will take place at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of the U.S. flag by Sheriff’s Explorers and a performance of the National Anthem and “God Bless America” by the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus.

A “Hometown Heroes” presentation honoring Antelope Valley veterans will take place at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

AVSC in AV Press Today with Lancaster’s Celebrate America

America honoree of street festival

By: Craig Currier

LANCASTER – It has become a signature event for the city’s remade downtown area, and now in its fourth year, organizers say they will combine the best of past years with new elements in hopes of making “Celebrate America” even more popular.

Centered around the downtown stretch of Lancaster Boulevard, the event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 to celebrate American tradition with special recognition of veterans and military personnel.

“It’s about honoring our troops,” City Manager Mark Bozigian said. “Our freedom is about those who have gone before us. It’s about celebrating what America means to you, and it means different things to different people.”

The event is returning to mid-September after occurring in October last year, when it was moved to accommodate an earlier than usual “Streets of Lancaster” annual go-kart competition. The go-kart competition will be Sept. 27 through 29 this year.

City officials said remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is always a component of “Celebrate America,” which is the reason they chose September for the event.

Music and entertainment are key to any such party, and city Parks Operations Manager Brian Whalen said there will be plenty at the event.

“It’s an opportunity for us as a city to give our community a chance to come and show their pride in our nation,” Whalen said.

The evening begins with an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m., followed by a performance of the National Anthem and “God Bless America” by the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus.

The celebration concludes with a fireworks display.

In between, a variety of performances and exhibits will entertain along Lancaster Boulevard.

Elvis and Frank Sinatra tributes will be featured on the outdoor BeX Stage at the corner of Ehrlich (Elm) Avenue.

After the opening, the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus moves down to the east end of Lancaster Boulevard to perform at the Western Hotel Museum.

Outside the Lancaster Performing Arts Center will be a 1950s “Copa Cabana”-style nightclub featuring drummer Tony Capko’s jazz group.

For children there will be a train to ride, an orbitron and a climbing wall.

Those willing to try the mechanical bull ride will help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which benefits injured service members.

For adults, a beer garden will also be set up along Lancaster Boulevard, along with a classic car and motorcycle show.

At the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, a “Women in Service and War” exhibit will be on display.

Real-life tributes to Neil Armstrong, the Korean War Memorial, the Statue of Liberty and the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima are also planned along the street.

“This is a fun event and, in a lot of ways, our favorite event of the year,” Bozigian said.



AVSC In The News – Singing With FOREIGNER

Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus sings with FOREIGNERArticle from AV Press August 19, 2013

Chorus knows what love is  By: Craig Currier

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus barely had two months to prepare for what had to be the group’s biggest and most prominent performance ever.

Fortunately, they had just four lines to sing.

When Foreigner started into its famous chart-topping ballad “I Want to Know What Love Is” Saturday night at the 75th annual Antelope Valley Fair, 22 chorus members lined up just offstage awaiting their cue.

Just before the song’s familiar refrain, the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus walked on stage and joined Foreigner in front of about 11,000 cheering concertgoers.

“It was, oh my gosh,” group member Kira Wagner said. “It was the biggest audience we’d ever performed for.

“It was phenomenal to actually be on stage with them and see them up close.”

Throughout its summer tour, Foreigner has recruited local choirs from its various stops to help them sing “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

In most cases, though, the local groups are booked many months in advance.

For the Antelope Valley Fair concert, some confusion turned into an opportunistic moment for the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus.

Wagner said she received a mass email one Friday evening in June from a band promoter who was searching for a choir in the Lancaster area to perform with Foreigner.

“I’m going, ‘Yeah right, this has got to be some kind of joke,'” she said.

Wagner was told the group’s initial attempt to find a local choir never went public and the band was making a second effort to do so as the concert date neared.

Within a few hours Wagner responded with a resounding yes, solidifying the big moment for a long-standing yet relatively unknown Antelope Valley choir.

“We had people coming up to us afterward going, ‘I didn’t know there was a chorus in Palmdale,'” Wagner said. “That to me was really one of the biggest things, getting the name out there for any nonprofit is the hardest thing.”

The Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus is an all-female group that was formed in 1960 as a chartered member of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide educational organization with more than 25,000 members.

The group was originally known as the Antelope Valley Chapter, then changed its name to Harmony Showcase in the 1990s before switching it to the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus in 2011.

Days before Wagner received the email about Foreigner’s concert, the group had secured Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer to be featured at a local masters singers workshop next spring.

“We decided that the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus has been here for over 50 years and the majority of the population here has no clue who we are,” Wagner said. “So we are going to do something different and I knew that there was going to be a decent price tag with it.”

When Foreigner confirmed it would perform with the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus, the band also offered a donation to the nonprofit group.

“It was cosmic,” Wagner said.

After accepting the invitation, choir members practiced singing the song’s chorus at the start of their regular meetings.

On Saturday night, 22 of the group’s 32 members arrived at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds for the performance.

They started gathering around 4:30 p.m. They helped distribute information about Foreigner’s involvement with the GRAMMY Foundation, which raises money to promote music and arts education.

When the concert started, the chorus group members moved inside to watch the show. When Foreigner launched into its hit “Juke Box Hero,” the members moved to an area behind the stage preparing for their moment.

“When you’re on stage you’re looking right in their eyes and it was incredible,” Wagner said.


P.S. Here’s one of the video’s from the evenings excitement: