Magic City Show “Canada: One People, One Voice”

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Magic City Chorus’ Saskatoon Show is coming up November 4th 2017 and we have a special treat for you! The show will have a Canadian Focus, amazing story line with a full cast and special guest artist!

Experience the tale of two sisters who discover a life time of Canadian treasures while going through their grandparent’s old trunk. The show will feature music from your favorite Canadian artists, like Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot, all remastered in 4-part a cappella for your enjoyment.

Magic City Chorus, directed by Cheryl Pearce, is a women’s 4-part a cappella show chorus affiliated with Sweet Adelines International. This chorus brings together women from across Saskatchewan with a large repertoire of classic barbershop style songs, folk music, and modern popular music. Magic City chorus is the school of choice for women who love to sing and perform. As a member of the audience, you will feel their passion shining through!
Our show will also include a guest performance from Joseph Naytowhow, a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller, and voice, stage and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. As a child, Joseph was influenced by his grandfather’s traditional and ceremonial chants as well as the sounds of the fiddle and guitar. Today he is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs.

Tickets are now available at McNally’s Book Stores, online “See Us”, and from our chorus members.

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Region 26 Competition in Surrey BC

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Region 26 Convention and Competition is approaching and we are so excited! Are you coming? It will be a jam-packed weekend and here are some of the highlights:

 

As the only all-Canadian Western region we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday at the 1st Night – Thursday April 27 (#canada150).

There will be an extra special meet and greet with our 2016 International Quartet Champions “Frenzy” on Friday April 28 in the Guildford Ballroom – Sheraton Guildford Hotel

There will be an amazing talent on stage throughout the weekend, and then a Parade of Champions April 29

If you are not able to make it in person, no problem! We are also providing first-ever Region 26 Webcast covering Quartet, Chorus and Parade of Champions. What a lineup of hosts and only one fee for access to the entire weekend!

Best to get all your details directly from the source http://www.region26.ca and Webcast region26webcast.com
See you there!

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Learn to sing in perfect harmony

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Learn to sing with Sweet Adalines and continue learning as long as you wish!

Magic City Chorus has a strong educational mission and Sweet Adalines international makes sure that women have opportunities to progress the spirit and sound of womens barbershop wether it be as a chorus or quartet.

In a recent interview our director Cheryl Pearce said “Our main focus is education, so it’s like coming to a singing lesson every week”. She also explained how she learned to be a director after she became a member and is continuing to learn through experience, coaching and workshops.

Magic City chorus has many reasons to celebrate tonight, as the first night of Region 26 contest is being held in our beautiful city. But one major achievement is for our very own Nancy Kanuka to be acknowledged for her recent completion of her Directors Certification.

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When looking at the DCP (Director Certification Program) website it lists proficiency in the following skills:

Musical/Technical Management/Communication
Conducting Organizational Knowledge & Director
Analytical Listening Teaching
Judging Categories & Competition Management
Vocal Production Communication
Music Theory
Rehearsal Planning & Implementation

Online classes, exams, practice, coaching, the process of becoming a certified director takes guts, determination, and a serious dedication. When you talk to Nancy she says she is lucky to have an opportunity to practice her directing by leading vocal warm ups at Magic City practices but I think we all feel lucky. Nancy’s fun loving personality and attention to detail really motivated us to enjoy every moment.

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Tonight Nancy will have an opportunity to lead the region in the exciting song “Fame” keeping up a good pace and driving tempo will be no problem for Nancy as her engery is endless!

Congratulations Nancy! You are an inspiration to us all.

 

 

Countdown to Contest!

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By Alanna King

In 2015 we got the news that Region 26 would be holding the regional convention in our home town Saskatoon Saskatchewan. What a amazing honor! Not only can we invite our family and friends to watch us compete, the best aspect of a home town advantage. But also the trip to the west coast each year can be exhausting and expensive. Plus we would get to show off our beautiful city to all the Sweet Adelines in Western Canada! The reaction from our chorus members was ELECTRIC!

Shortly after we found out the contest would be in Saskatoon, our Captain Norma Wallace called out to chorus members to join the steering committee. I had never attended a contest before but I knew one thing for sure, I knew how hyped the already committee members were and the excitement was contagious so I signed on without a blink! I wanted this contest to be the best contest anyone had ever seen! and well.. the first one I had seen!

It didn’t take long until a Drop Box titled “Convention Steering Committee” was created and the first meeting was held on April 15 2015 at Norma’s House. One year before we would host. So many questions, so much potential, so much excitement! I knew it was going to be a rewarding and fun experience working with such a talented and enthusiastic team. All the positions on the team started to fill up and Norma’s kitchen table wasn’t big enough to host such a mighty team. Luckily for us Alice was able to secure us a meeting place at the Radisson Hotel downtown.

Working with representatives from all over the region was a real treat. Having Cathy Martin and Yvonne Meyer join us over Skype and Denise Lindenbach commute from Regina SK made me realize what a huge network of super stars I had stumbled into. All these women took dedication and commitment to a whole new level and it was very inspiring.

This weekend, after I have my chance to shine on stage, I plan on taking a moment to remember all the hard work and dedication these and many other Sweet Adelines put into making our organization the best organization around. Three Cheers for those who make the sky the limit!

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Chairperson – Norma Wallace, Convention Coordinator – Diane Ellis, Official Panel Liaison – Yvette Jaspar, Finance – Denise Lindenbach, Theatre – Karen Kirkland, Hotel – Alice Mulrain, Hotel Afterglow – Fran Gordon and Lydia Howell, Awards/Photography – Tracy Bitternose, Program – Yvonne Meyer, Public Relations – Dianne Martin, Registration – Nancy Kanuka, Risers – Agnes Ross, Secretary/Bulletins – Shelley Stevens, Show of Champions – Val Sheppard, Single Tickets – Adele Kerr, Transportation – Alanna King, RMT – Cathy Martin

Magic City has got what it takes!

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What does it take? To compete in a regional chorus competition? Each year chorus’ all over the Sweet Adeline’s world prepare for their regional competitions with dreams of making it to the international stage. It’s more than just getting on to a stage and singing a song. It’s about the entire package! Dedication, Team Work, Building Skills, and Practice with Purpose to Perfect your Contest Package!

This is a special year for Magic City Chorus as the Regional Contest will be held right here at home in Saskatoon. A large Region like Maple Leaf 26 is spread across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan and is often hosted as far west as you can get. This year will be great for the fans as they are welcome to take in the quartet, chorus and Show of Champions at the TCU Place in the heart of downtown.

We were fortunate enough to preform at the Ensemble fundraiser for Dress for Success this year! The charity helps women with applying for jobs and supplies women with professional clothing to get on their feet. We were so inspired by the name of the charity we built our own “Dress for Success” tradition. Each week leading up to contest we would all dress in the same colour, this will help us look and feel united the weeks leading up to a very special moment in time. The time we take the contest stage.

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Diane Porsch Weekend

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Diane Porsch, from Buffalo, New York, is the Master Director of the Buffalo Gateway Show Chorus.  Diane spends most of her time focused on barbershop harmony as a Chorus Director, Coach, and Music Seminar Facilitator.  Diane is a Certified International Faculty Member and a Certified International Showmanship Judge.

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Magic City Chorus is thrilled to have coach extraordinaire Diane Porsch join us for another coaching weekend!  Our fabulous director Cheryl Pearce and the awesome Magic City Chorus will be learning, laughing, singing, dancing and loving the barbershop art form and our time together.  We are looking forward to Diane’s experience, wisdom, teaching ability and humour.

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Sweet Adelines International is a highly respected organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance.