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Thank you for attending our annual show!

Thank you to everyone who came out to see Crosstown's fall show, "A Year in the Life". There was song, laughter, raffles and fun had by all. The house was packed and the atmosphere was exciting. Thank you to our director, all our guest quartets and everyone who contributed to making the show a success. Check out our calendar of events and visit us at one of our many holiday performances.



Coaching Fun!

Crosstown Harmony once again 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.

Elm Grove's Hidden Musical Gem

Crosstown Harmony Chorus was featured in the latest issue of Elm Grove Living magazine! Elm Grove is the village in which we attend rehearsals. The article was written by our own Christine Krause. Great job, Christine!

Entertaining the residents of Ovation Chai Point Senior Living

We just love to sing out in the community. Ovation Chai Point Senior Living invited Crosstown to put on a special performance for its residents. It was an hour of harmonies, smiles and sing-a-longs. It was a great show!

Ovation Chai Point offers gracious living for independent and assisted living residents in an elegant high-rise building overlooking Lake Michigan, at the center of Milwaukee’s cultural heartbeat. Visit their website to learn more

Singing Bartenders for a Day

Crosstown Harmony Chorus members and friends once again served up drinks at the Ozaukee County Fair July 31 through August 4. Since 1859, the Ozaukee County Fair has been offering residents and visitors great traditional fair entertainment such as live music, truck & tractor pulls, a full midway, fireworks, demolition derbies, horse shows, contests, 4-H and livestock exhibitions & judging, kids entertainment and more! We hope to see you there next year!

An Evening with Master Director Jim Arns

On Monday, July 15th we had the honor of learning from Master Director 700 Jim Arns!

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.

Double the Coaches, Double the FUN!

Crosstown Harmony Chorus was excited to invite the ChoralAires co-directors, Bonnie Fedyski and Amy Brinkman to rehearsal this past Thursday for a special coaching session. These two sisters have sung together since childhood and bring more than 50 years of experience to their leadership roles. Musical excellence and boundless energy make rehearsals, competitions, and performances an exhilarating experience.  Amy and Bonnie bring out the best in every individual and challenge everyone to contribute personally and musically to the synergy of a chorus.