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Saying Farewell to one of the Best

Doris sang across the country and beyond with the Crosstown Harmony chapter of Sweet Adelines International. She remains one of the few Sweet Adelines to participate for more than 65 years, serving many stints as a chapter president or other officer. “Daaaaahhhhris,” was legendary for keeping the chorus laughing at rehearsals and on road trips to one competition or another. She loved her Crosstown Harmony sisters with her whole heart. They were all her “very best friend.”


Singing, Suds and Snacks at the Crosstown Picnic

Current and former Crosstown members gathered for a bit of outdoor frivolity at the Annual Corsstown Picnic. We love singing together for sure, but the friendships formed with these special ladies can last a lifetime. We just love these get togethers to relax, unwind and enjoy our friends. 


Vivapalooza!

This class taught us everything you needed to know about quarteting. We warmed up with Viva, practiced techniques for mastering a unit sound, focused on blend and explored goals and personalities within the quartet dynamic. It was a fun, informative day.


Coaching with the Dynamic Duo of Stage Coaches

We may not be able to be together in person, but we are still hoaning our craft everyday. This Monday Crosstown Harmony welcomed special guest coaches Karen Sweeters and her sister Gina Kaiser to share their knowledge and skills in barbershop. With over 35 years in Sweet Adelines International, Karen has gone from singing "on the risers" to directing Harmony on the Sound, 15 time North Atlantic Region 1 Champions, located in Trumball, Conneticut. She's also a Certified Judge in the Expression Category and has escalated to the top level of Sweet Adelines musicianship as a Master Director. Gina Kaiser is a Visual Specialist, Choreographer and Showmanship Judge extraordinaire. Together these two deliver outstanding guidance mixed with a great deal of fun.


It's a Crosstown Christmas

Crosstown Harmony had our first ever Virtual Holiday Party on Zoom last night. The Admin Team packed up cookies and gifts and delivered them to all members over the weekend. Then last night, after singing songs and chatting, gifts were opened, games were played, cookies were eaten! Members presented a gift to Kari in appreciation of her hard work in this Year of Covid, and the Woman of Note award was presented to Toni Mitt, our outstanding member.

Even though we couldn’t be together, we were able to see one another for the last time this year.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to one and all. We’re looking forward to “Walking in Sunshine” in the Very Happy New Year!


Virtual Coaching? You Bet!

We may not be able to be together in person, but we are still hoaning our craft everyday. Crosstown Harmony welcomed special guest coaches Karen Sweeters and her sister Gina Kaiser to share their knowledge and skills in barbershop via our weekly virtual rehearsal. With over 35 years in Sweet Adelines International, Karen has gone from singing "on the risers" to directing Harmony on the Sound, 15 time North Atlantic Region 1 Champions, located in Trumball, Conneticut. She's also a Certified Judge in the Expression Category and has escalated to the top level of Sweet Adelines musicianship as a Master Director. Gina Kaiser is a Visual Specialist, Choreographer and Showmanship Judge extraordinaire. Together these two deliver outstanding guidance mixed with a great deal of fun.


A Spooky Open House

It sure was great to welcome some new faces to our weeky rehearsals. It was an evening filled with singing, laughing and a little Halloween fun. Thank you to all the guests that attended our Open House. If you are interested in joining a rehearsal and seeing what we are all about, please contact our Membership Coordinator Libbie [email protected] for more information. 


Fundraising for a Cause

Crosstown Harmony embarked on a new fundraiser this past summer and it was a kickin success. Crosstown members collected 114 bags of shoes. That's 2,848 pairs or a total weight of 2,752 pounds! Because of systemic poverty in many developing countries around the world, working-age adults have to create their own economic opportunities.The shoes we've collected serve as a philanthropic bridge to give people a hand-up and work opportunity. Micro-entrepreneurs set up small businesses. They sell the shoes we've gathered in their communities, which creates business and commerce opportunities leading to sustainability.


Coaching Fun!

Crosstown Harmony welcomed special guest coaches Karen Sweeters and her sister Gina Kaiser to share their knowledge and skills in barbershop during our semi-annual weekend retreat. With over 35 years in Sweet Adelines International, Karen has gone from singing "on the risers" to directing Harmony on the Sound, 15 time North Atlantic Region 1 Champions, located in Trumball, Conneticut. She's also a Certified Judge in the Expression Category and has escalated to the top level of Sweet Adelines musicianship as a Master Director. Gina Kaiser is a Visual Specialist, Choreographer and Showmanship Judge extraordinaire. Together these two lead Crosstown in a weekend of learning and fun. Thank you!


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