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Coaching with Bonnie Fedyski

On Wednesday, May 30th we had the honor of being coached by Bonnie Fedyski!

Bonnie Fedyski joined the Choral-Aires Chorus in the early 1990's and has been co-director of the chorus since July 2012. Members of the chorus have had the privilege of representing the region in 13 international contests, placing in the top ten, ten of those 13 appearances. In 2013, the Choral-Aires Chorus earned eighth place medals in the Sweet Adelines International Competition held in Hawaii.


Crosstown Harmony brings home the medals

This weekend we converged on Appleton, WI for Region 3's Convention & Competition. A great weekend filled with music, friends and harmony. All the members of Crosstown Harmony Chorus gave it their all on the big stage and were awarded for our efforts with 2nd place in our division, and 5th place overall! Thank you to everyone who supported us. We already can't wait to compete again next year. See you in 2019.


It's Pizza Time!

Crosstown members and supporters had a great time preparing pizzas for our semi-annual Pizza Fundraiser! A Crosstown Harmony Pizza is like music for your taste buds. The crunchy, crisp crust crackles a tune, the tangy sauce sings, the toppings make a sweet melody and the cheese strings the cords together into a masterpiece of pizza!


Chorus Retreat, A Weekend of 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.


Saying I Love You Through Song

Quartets from the award-winning Crosstown Harmony Chorus serenaded sweethearts and loved ones throughout Wisconsin for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day gift!

     


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.


Crosstown Outing at the Movies

We may perform in the Babershop style, but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate other genres. Crosstown members took a field trip to the movies to see Pitch Perfect 3. We had a ball!


It's a Crosstown Christmas Party

Crosstown members new and old get together for a end of year holiday celebration. We reflected on our accomplishments, enjoyed some delicious food and drinks, played a few games, exchanged gifts, laughed and of course, we sang. This year we even held a supply drive for the Sojourner Family Peace Center. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with 40 of your closest friends!


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