Victoria Tisch's blog
The Region 15 Management Team had planned a virtual event on Friday, August 13 featuring "My Favorite Warmups and Vocal Wellness," which was to be crowd-sourced with videos from around the region. As announced in our all-member email on August 8, there was some good news and some bad news...
The good news: Many of our choruses have been taking advantage of the warmer weather and vaccination status to meet (safely!) for singing in-person over the past couple of months, and many members have been increasing their social activities and vacation plans.
Your Regional Management Team, along with Harriette Walters, are thrilled to announce that this year we have a winning duo sharing the honor of receiving the 2021 Harriette Walters Leadership Award.
The 2021 winners are Barbara Festa & Laura Riffaud, co-directors of Island Hills Chorus.
On Friday, July 16, Region 15 held a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roundtable.
The event was co-hosted by Lori Britt-Horvath (Region 15 Team Coordinator & SAI Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council Chair) and Alexis DePersia-Norelli (Region 15 Faculty Member), and they were joined by a number of special guests: Facilitator / Faculty Mo Field (Director of Great Northern Union Chorus & Vocal Performance Coach), and Panelists Mia Andor Baz, Donnetta Hawkins, Lauren Reid, and Roberta Smith.
Since we couldn't be together in Albany this year to observe our usual regional contest weekend traditions, we gathered virtually on Facebook Live for our Region 15 2021 Longevity Award Celebration. On Friday evening, June 18, we honored and recognized individual SAI members from across the region celebrating milestone membership anniversaries this year. Congratulations to all!
And may our 2022 Longevity Awards be presented live in a ballroom in Albany!
Region 15 Quartet Workshop with LUSTRE was held on June 5 on Zoom. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend! We thank all those who made this day possible: Our Quartet Coordinator, Sharon Vitkovsky, for organizing this wonderful programming; Our Education Coordinator, Jean Schoenlank, for her Zoom hosting duties and all she does for the region; and last, but certainly not least, Kate Morrical Towne (Tenor), Lori Crouter (Lead), Lori Dreyer (Baritone), Jenny Harris (Bass) -- aka the 2018 International Quartet Champions LUSTRE -- for sharing their time, talents, and insights with us.
Not able to attend the Quartet Workshop?
Over two nights (Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24), Region 15 showcased and celebrated the talent and passion of our region's choruses and quartets, and spent a little time chatting with representatives from almost all of the ensembles! If you were not able to join us live this weekend, you can still check out all of the amazing, diverse, passionate performances from 23 quartets and 16 choruses.
On Friday, March 19, Region 15 hosted “A History of Region 15: A Discussion of the Past to the Present”
Jean Schoenlank and Melissa Prew (Region 15's Education and Membership Coordinators) took us on a journey through the decades, featuring highlights from the region's illustrious history. International Champion Choruses, Queens of Harmony, chapters past and present, and much, much more!
Jean and Melissa were joined by four very special guests:
We are now accepting nominations for the Harriette Walters Leadership Award!
See below for full details.
Please submit your nomination by no later than May 1, 2021.
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Focus. Enthusiasm. Confidence. Commitment to Excellence. Passion.
On Friday, January 22, Region 15 hosted a virtual “Director Spotlight: Meet the Directors.”
The panel included frontline directors from all nineteen Region 15 choruses (see the full list below), and Lori Britt-Horvath, Region 15 Management Team Coordinator served as the evening's moderator.