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Entertaining the W.O.W. group

The Milwaukee W.O.W Club (Widowers of War) was founded in 1972 to offer friendship to those who have lost a spouse. Their families paid the ultimate price for our freedom and Crosstown Harmony Chorus is honored to have been invited back to perform for them. Even one of our own members is a member of the group! 

If you are interested in joining W.O.W. please visit their website for more information. http://milwwowclub.info/


Aurora Grafton Bariatric Holiday Party

Crosstown Harmony Chorus was excited to bring our musical talents to the Aurora Grafton clinic for their Bariatric Holiday Party on December 7th. A unique healing environment in the heart of Grafton. As the only ‘green’ medical center in Wisconsin, this facility was designed with your health and the environment in mind. You’ll find an extraordinary team of doctors, nurses and caregivers, along with exceptional amenities at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. To learn more about Aurora Grafton visit their website here.


Caroling at the Burlington Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Crosstown Harmony brought lots of Christmas cheer to the Burlington Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, December 1st.

This year’s parade theme was a “Who-Ville Christmas in Burlington."  The event was full of sweets, happiness, and fantastical floats that glided through the historic downtown, and Crosstown Harmony was there carolling the streets before the parade to get everyone in a festive mood.


Thank you to everyone who attended "Let Freedom Sing"

WOW what a turn out! Thank you to everyone who came out to see our musical tribute to the armed forces, and to everyone involved in putting the show together. Crosstown Harmony Chorus and member quartets hope you enjoyed your afternoon of music, won a few Raffle baskets, and partook in some delicious desserts and beverages. Most of all, thank you to all our service members who attended and to all those that serve this great country. We owe you are freedoms and appreciate your sacrifices.


Coaching With Bonnie Fedyski

On Monday, October 16th 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.


Slinging Pizza for Crosstown

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!

As a non-profit, we rely on the generosity of individuals like you to support our ongoing efforts to bring harmony and the barbershop art form to others. You can support our mission of musical excellence and education by participating in any one of our fundraisers throughout the year. Click here for more information https://crosstownharmony.org/node/494


Dinner Time at Children's Hospital

It's Dinner on the House, provided by Remax, for the families at Children's Hospital and Crosstown Harmony was invited to perform at this monthly event. Afterall, what is dinner without a little music.


Musical Mayhem

The members of Crosstown are committed to furthering their musical skills and take part in many educational events throughout the year. Musical Mayhem 2017 was a great learning experience with special guest Darlene Rogers!

Darlene Rogers is the Director of Texas Harmony Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is an acclaimed music educator and vocal coach. She has been teaching and coaching proper vocal production skills to choruses and quartets in the barbershop idiom for more than three decades.


Chorus Retreat, an Amazing Learning Opportunity

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.

Thanks to the fabulous sister coaching team, we sang better, learned loads and laughed a whole lot!! There's no place like Crosstown Harmony!!


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