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February Frolic

The members of Crosstown are committed to furthering their musical skills and take part in many educational events throughout the year. The February Frolic was an exciting educational experience with the incomparable Betty Clipman!

Director Betty’s experience in Sweet Adelines International spans over 40 years and covers all aspects of the organization.  She is committed to continuous musical growth through better educational opportunities.  Her vision is to musically educate women of all ages, enabling them to experience the joy of singing four-part harmony a capella through improved vocal and performance skills.

Her proudest achievements include:

International President, Sweet Adelines International, 1991-1993

Congratulations to our 2017 Woman of Note: Jeannette Schupp

The Women of Note award is given to one member of each chorus in Region 3, chosen by chorus leadership, who rises above and beyond at the chorus level.

Crosstown Harmony’s Woman of Note is Jeanette Schupp! A woman who maintains a full time job, is a primary caregiver at home and holds many roles at Crosstown. She performs regularly in our outside performances, emcees these performances, assists with costumes, she is our treasurer and was chairperson for our fantastic fall cabaret. She became a member of Crosstown in 1982, left Crosstown in 1990 and came back to us in 2013. Since her return, she has been a huge contributor to anyone or team that needs a hand.

Coaching with the Fantastic Jim Arns

Last night, Crosstown Harmony had a fabulous coaching session with the fabulous Jim Arns. One more step on our way to Regional Competition this April!

Jim Arns has directed the Melodeers Chorus since 1988, and is one of an elite group of directors to receive the Master Director 700, created in 2009 by Sweet Adelines International to honor musical directors whose choruses score 700 points or more (out of a possible 800) in Regional Competitions.

In addition to directing the Melodeers, Jim enjoys an international reputation as a clinician, vocal coach, and music arranger. Although he serves as faculty at numerous regional and international symposia and travels extensively nearly every week of the year, he is “at home” each week to rehearse the Melodeers.

To The Max Takes Christmas by Storm

To The Max had a busy holiday season!

They had the privilege of singing at the Zilber Hospice Angel Tree Memorial Service. Since Judy was called away to nurse one of her sons back to health, they enlisted the talents of our friend, Christine Krause, to take over as their Lead-For-The-Day. They sang a couple of carols, then hummed "Silent Night" while the chaplains and other Zilber dignitaries read the names of those patients who passed away during the last year. A very moving and beautiful service. Christine enjoyed the quartet experience as well.

This Quartet Made Our Holidays SIZZLE!

Sizzle! enjoyed some fun performances this past holiday season!

First, they hit the road for Lake Geneva on Thanksgiving weekend, to perform "walk-around style" at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.  The resort was beautifully decked-out for the holidays both inside and out, with magnificent panoramic lighted scenes overlooking the landscape.  Children were lined up all afternoon for visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and several wedding parties were celebrating as well.  The quartet kept on the move for the entire afternoon, singing to guests in the foyer, lounges and dining areas.

Seasons Greetings to Clement Manor

This holiday season Crosstown Harmony Chorus brought the music of the season to communities throughout Wisconsin. We loved sharing our medley of heartwarming music to people who otherwise may not have been able to get out and experience a quality performance like this.

Clement Manor is a faith-based continuing care retirement community located in Greenfield, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their mission is to promote healthy aging of individuals on our campus and in the community, through the values of respect, collaboration, and quality service. 

Christmas Brunch at Discovery World Museum

Crosstown Harmony Chorus helped put the employees of the Snyder Pretzel Company in the holiday spirit with performances of their favorite Christmas Carols at their company Christmas party! Want Crosstown to entertain you and yours this holiday season? Contact Us today!

Sleigh Bells were ringing at St. Anthony Parish School

Crosstown Harmony Chorus brought the music, cheer and the holiday spirit to St. Anthony Parish School on Sunday, December 4th as we performed for a group of nearly 200 attendees with disabilities. The crowd really got into the show, singing and clapping along. As a performer, an enthusiastic audience really helps make us better performers and it is such an enjoyable experience. Thank you for inviting us to sing for you!

Caroling at the Burlington Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Crosstown Harmony brought lots of Christmas cheer to the Burlington Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 2nd.

This year’s parade theme was the  “Christmas Vacation"  and it was an event is full of sweets, happiness, and fantastical floats that glided through the historic downtown. Crosstown harmony got the crowd in the holiday spirit by carolling the streets before the parade to get everyone in a festive mood.