Have you ever wanted to sing on stage, but chose to sing in the shower or in your car, instead? Now is the time to develop your singing and your stage presence in a unique opportunity called Harmony4Women. On September 18 women and teen girls from all over Central Oregon are invited to attend a Singer Sign-up party, to be held at the Southeast Bend home of Linda and Tom Gardner, 22055 Rickard Road, Bend.
The event will run from 5:30-7:30pm and potential singers will be treated to an explanation of the program and a sampling of four-part harmony, acappella music. Refreshments will be provided, and carpooling is encouraged. A singer fee will help defray music licensing, printing and practice CD’s. The chorus will perform November 22 at the Tower Theatre.
In its fifth year, Harmony4Women’s goal is to educate, nurture, support and inspire women and audiences in Central Oregon while uniting women from all our communities and culminating in a crowd pleasing fundraising concert. With grantors and sponsors helping with expenses, the concert ticket sales and donations benefit the partner organizations, all involved in helping women and girls through education, training and inspiration. The 4 in the middle of Harmony4Women refers to the 4-part harmony sung by the group, as well as the 4 partner women’s groups it benefits, Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus Grandma’s House of Central Oregon, Soroptimist International of Bend and the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Bend Branch.
Harmony4Women is an eight-week education in music and acappella styling, directed by long-time, amazingly talented acappella musical director, Connie Norman. The singers learn so much, and are able to perform amazingly well after only 10 rehearsals. Said one singer, “I truly did love the H4W experience! Connie, you were an amazing director! While singing with other choruses, the director seemed like a remote figure, more like a human metronome than someone to really focus on! YOU, on the other hand, made it difficult to not watch you! This was difficult before I learned my lyrics and notes, but was truly amazing in November — I never took my eyes off you, and was rewarded for that by being totally “with” you!” — Pris B.
Central Oregon Women and girls 11-90 yrs. should plan to join these four dynamic groups in an amazing, unique singing experience and in supporting our less fortunate sisters. More information on the program, the singer party itself, the partners and sponsorship opportunities can be found at Harmony4Women.com, on Facebook, on the partners’ websites, by emailing Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-385-0356.