Singing Valentines

candyhearts-280Give your sweetheart a unique gift — a song in 4-part a cappella harmony, sung by members of the Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus by telephone.

New Date: Thursday, February 14, 11-3pm.

We will sing “It Had to Be You” or “All That I Ask is Love”

Songs are $10 each. You can place an order through a chorus member or mail it in using our order form:

Order Form

Updated on February 5.

Singing Christmas Cards

The Chorus is singing Christmas Cards again this year!

[photo of a Christmas penguin quartet!]

What are Singing Christmas Cards? Members of the Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus sing ‘live’ to your friends and family over the telephone in 4-part barbershop harmony. This year, we are doing this on a Saturday afternoon — December 8th — from 2-4pm.

You can choose between 3 songs: Christmas Chopsticks, Jingle Bell Rock or CHRISTmas and they cost $10 per song. Proceeds benefit the chorus. Perfect for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list! The deadline for ordering is December 2nd.

Printable Order Form

Pittsburgh Day of Giving on Wed. October 3

Visit pittsburghgives.org on October 3, 2012The Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus is participating again this year in the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving.

Details:
Donate to the chorus using http://www.pittsburghgives.org anytime on October 3, 2012 and the chorus will receive a pro-rated amount from the match pool. The match pool for 2012 is $750,000 for Allegheny Co. organizations. Donations are accepted using Master Card or Visa only. The minimum gift per organization is $25.  The maximum gift that an individual can give per organization that will be matched is $10,000. Each organization will receive a check including the match and minus the 2.9% credit card fee.

Our friends and family were very generous with us last year and helped defray the costs of our coaching and costumes. Please pass the word again this year and consider making a donation!

Show Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

We are gearing up for our annual show next month and happy to announce that tickets will go on sale TOMORROW!

Road Trip USA: A Celebration of American Music and Dance will feature the chorus singing and performing music from across the United States. You will hear old favorites and some unexpected barbershop arrangements of new songs by our talented director, David Wallace.

Joining us on our Road Trip this year will be Dynasty Quartet — an award-winning quartet from our region and Studio4 Quartet from the Steel City Harmonizers. You will also be entertained by the Steel Town Stompers — a Lindy Hop dance troupe from the Pittsburgh area.

If you would like to be the first to know about our upcoming events, be sure to sign up for our next email newsletter using the form on this page.

We hope to see you at the show!

Kilarney and the First Performance

Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

 

We arrived in Kilarney at our hotel and checked in around 5:00. The bus left for the performance at 5:30, we arrived downtown at 5:45, and we were on stage to perform st six o’clock, promptly. As Michelle put it, we had enough time at the hotel to scrub the moss off of our teeth! Keep in mind that it was Sunday night, and we had been traveling for approximately 30 hours straight at this point.

 

Pulling into the parking lot, our bus went to drop us off at the front desk for the quick check-in, scrub down, and outfit change. A person in a car decided that they didn’t feel like waiting for the bus to make the incredibly tight turn into the parking lot, and they nudged the front of their car directly into the side of the bus. It was one of those incredibly unintelligent and completely avoidable accidents that always seem to happen when you’re in a rush. Considering that the entire bus watched as the driver pushed their car forwards into the side of the 2-mph moving bus, they didn’t receive much sympathy.

 

Downtown Kilarney, at the festival, was amazing. There were hundreds of people, with street performers, face painting and arts and crafts for the kids, and all kinds of little booths and sales at the stores. We warmed up on the bus, kind of… As director, I was kind of counting on the adrenaline and the lack of time to think about the performance to carry us through…

 

You know how sometimes, when you don’t get the chance to think and to worry about a performance, the performance winds up rocking? That’s what it was like last night. The crowd was wonderful and was into everything that we sang – most of them stayed for a large chunk of the performance. The ladies were excited and energetic about the whole thing, and it came through in the music. The quartets did a great job.

 

After the show, we only had a few minutes to wander around, so I bought a small ice cream cone in a store advertising fresh made ice cream. Considering the number of cows that we saw during the day, I figured that there was a good chance of that! It was really quite good. I watched a street ventriloquist do his act right outside, and I saw a couple of kids get their faces painted like Spider-man.

 

Dinner was back at the hotel, and it was marvelous. Local beef and potatoes, a melon salad with strawberry compote, and little pastry puffs with fresh whipped cream… plus, the scenery was not to be believed. Our tour guide saved a prime seat overlooking the golf course,  lake, mountains, and sunset for Donna, Amy, Katie, and me. Granted, it could have been the fact that this was the first real meal we had had in 36 hours after travel food, and it could have been the extreme exhaustion and performance adrenaline speaking, or it could have been the Guiness and a half that I had drank, but it was a truly amazing meal. (Side note: Guiness absolutely tastes different in Ireland than it does in the States. Wow. I am definitely not a beer drinker, but… wow.) (Side note #2: not a fan of the drink loosely called “coffee” out here. I might have to start drinking the tea.)

 

I am told that some people went out after that. Personally, I went back and went to bed. Tomorrow is a day spent touring followed by an evening performance downtown in Kilarney.

Just Announced: Region 17 Contest Order of Apperance

The Chorus and Quartet order of appearance list was announced at Sweet Adelines today. Our chorus is contestant #6 (of 13 competing choruses).

We have 3 quartets competing with Region 17 this year (out of 16):

Order of appearance
#1 Dynasty
#10 Steel City Sirens
#16 Just 4 Chix

It’s Contest Season

The chorus is getting ready for our Regional Competition this year — 8 weeks away! We’re putting the finishing touches on our choreography, music, costumes and getting ready for a great chorus retreat later this month. Our website has links posted in the sidebar for tickets and other details if you would like to see us live.