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Fundraising Success

The success of many artistic endeavors often depends on the generosity of its supporters. We host numerous fundraisers each year to reach our goals. Two such fundraisers include selling Pizzas and Nuts. Saturday Crosstown members came together to assemble these goodies. It was a day filled with music, laughter and fun. Thank you to everyone who purcahsed and participated!

The halls were ringing at Village at Manor Park

Crosstown Harmony Chorus was delighted to entertain the residents of Village at Manor Park on Tuesday evening. The audience really loved our holiday selections and we loved sharing the joy with them. VMP Healthcare & Community Living has a long history of providing quality of life to a diverse community of people at various stages. Interested in the services they provide? Visit their website

A weekend in Harmony!

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 led a great weekend filled with learning and fun!

Crosstown Harmony Chorus celebrates its 65th Year!

Crosstown Harmony Chorus formed 65 years ago and shows no signs of slowing down. We've laughed, loved and made beautiful music. This chorus is more than a group of singers, it's a group of extraordinary, hard working women committed to musical excellence through education, performance and competition in the Barbershop style. But perhaps most importantly, we're a group of friends, a sisterhood bound by music. Here's to 65 more!

"Come Go With Me" was a Huge Hit!

(pictured above: for our final number we invited all our fellow Sweet Adelines in the audience on stage to perform "How We Sang Today" with us. Once a Sweet Adeline, always a Sweet Adeline!)

What a show! We are thrilled that everyone enjoyed our fall cabaret "Come Go With Me", featuring the silky jazz tones of our Special Guest Star - Heart to Heart

The audience sang, laughed, won fantastic raffle prizes, but most of all had a great time. Thank you to all who attended, we look forward to seeing you at the next show!

Honoring our Veterans

Crosstown Harmony Chorus performed on Saturday, September 3rd at the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial in Germantown. We were honored to be invited to share this beautiful tribute and to welcome home our heroes. We, non-military, are reminded That Freedom is not free, it comes at a price. And that price is written on this Wall.

Made possible by the Germantown American Legion Post 1, The Vietnam Moving Wall™ (TMW) was on display at Kennedy Middle School athletic field September 1-5. The Moving Wall™ is a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for 30-plus years. There are 58,307 names on this wall. 14 of those names are from Washington County.

Directors Seminar 2016

Sweet Adelines International is always offering continued education so the members of Crosstown Harmony were happy to send our director to the 2016 Directors Seminar. It was an exciting and intensive two-day educational event for frontline directors. On Friday, the curriculum featured a full day of rotating level workshops, in which each faculty member each taught one topic, rotating through each chorus level during the day. That meant all levels received equal time with each of the amazing faculty! On the second full day of open sessions, guest faculty Dr. Jim Henry, along with a roster of world-class Sweet Adelines teaching faculty, shared their knowledge and expertise on topics ranging from conducting to kinesthetics, to expressive singing and effective interpretive plans.

Serving Up Harmony at the Ozaukee County Fair

The chorus that plays together, stays together. For our 2nd year, members of Crosstown Harmony worked the tents at the Ozaukee County Fair doling out drinks to thirsty patrons. We had an awesome time serving, conversing, singing and dancing along to the fun music of the fairs entertainers. Pictured above is the "Bari-Only Bar" manned by Pam Laufenberg, Mary Campbell and Janet McGinty. Great job ladies!

Bringing Music to the Residents of Arbor House

Crosstown Harmony put on a great Birthday show for the residents of Arbor House. The residence and staff were all tapping their toes to the sweet sounds of Barbershop. Arbor House is a dedicated program within The Arboretum in Menomoee Falls designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Under the professional eye of a registered nurse, specially trained and compassionate caregivers address the unique needs of individuals at varying stages of memory loss with a customized care plan. Monthly fees include personal care services, weekly housekeeping and laundry, and three meals a day. We can't wait to be inviting back next year!

Music, Worship and Ice Cream!

Crosstown Harmony enjoyed entertaining the attendees of the 66th Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod on Sunday, July 10th at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. We be-bopped and cut-a-rug for the attendees during their ice cream social following the convention. Nothing goes better with ice cream than Barbershop Music! Thank you for having us!