Capitaland Chorus of Albany, New York is an award-winning chapter in Region 15 of Sweet Adelines International. We are an all women's barbershop chorus with approximately 40 members of all ages, with varying interests, backgrounds and occupations, and who live and work in six counties in and around the Capital District, all of whom are dedicated to the art of four-part a cappella singing. Throughout the year, the entire chorus or smaller ensembles and quartets continue to promote our craft, performing for various community events, assisting charitable groups with fundraising, performing in our chorus show, and spreading cheer through Singing Valentines and Harmony Grams for all occasions.
Capitaland Chorus currently rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 PM at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church at 916 Western Avenue (parking lot on Orlando) in Albany, NY.
Our rehearsals include warm-up and vocal production exercises, as well as instruction and practice of vocal and performance elements of our repertoire songs.
Visitors and prospective members are welcome at any time.
Please contact us for more information.
Here are some highlights of our current year (which runs from May to April):
Our year began as Capitaland Chorus placed 3rd in Region 15 Division A and 7th overall in a field of 17 choruses at our contest held on April 12, 2014. Interim Director Kay Weiss won the "novice director" award and we couldn't be more proud of her, having only 4 months to bring us to the contest stage. Thank you, Kay.
Capitaland is very pleased to have once again participated in Albany's annual Tulip Festival at the Washington Park Playhouse on Saturday, May 10. The weather cleared and we were all able to "Tiptoe through the Tulips"!
Capitaland Chorus was proud to sing the National Anthem at the Valley Cats ball game at "the Joe" on Saturday, June 14, 2014 and again on September 4!
We helped Albany celebrate the 4th of July at the Empire State Plaza.
August 27 found us singing at the Massry Center.
September 26 we sang for the residents at Atria Senior Living.
September 27 we entertained the Blue Star Mothers at the American Legion.
During October we are collecting food items for our local food pantry.
October 15 was a performance at Coburg Village.
Send a musical greeting for the holidays! Stay tuned for details on our popular “Holiday Grams”.
December 4 we will be singing at the Victorian Street Walk in Saratoga.
December 17 we will perform holiday music at the Avila Retirement Community.
December 31 will find us ringing in the New Year with the residents of Kingsway Village.
It’s never too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. Check back with us for details about how you can surprise your loved one with a Singing Valentine.
Spring will find us preparing for Contest 2015, to be held in Albany on May 1st. Plan to join us for our “Friends & Family Night” the week before contest. Drop by the Capitol Steps to hear hundreds of Sweet Adelines from around the Region filling downtown with Barbershop Harmony before the contests begin. Then watch the exciting, entertaining quartet contest on Friday and chorus contest on Saturday.
And a few highlights from prior years:
October 31, 2014
Meet the Chorus
Come to the About Us section to meet the director, and find out what we're all about!
October Sweet Adeline of the Month: Kathie Hedrick
In addition to graciously opening her home for hosting board meetings as well as our annual picnic (it was great fun, by the way!), Kathie has been awarded MEMBER OF THE MONTH for all her good work on the IMT committee, and her willingness to step in wherever she is needed. Not only is Kathie part of our wonderful lead section, she's kept busy with her quartet, Into Wishin' and did I mention she is also a Board member? Congratulations Kathie, and thank you for the many hats you wear on behalf of Capitaland Chorus!
August/Sept. Sweet Adeline of the Month: Dodie Gearing
Dodie is a hard-working and dedicated member of our chorus, recognized not only for her singing skills but for her leadership talents. In addition to being the bass section leader, Dodie has been instrumental in organizing practice sessions for our recent new guests/prospective members, making sure they all have the opportunity to learn the music accurately; she also helps in organizing auditions. We're all glad that she continues to assist in directing and guiding us to be better singers -- we appreciate all your efforts Dodie!
July Sweet Adeline of the Month: Nancy Ducatte
Citing Nancy as an encourager to her, Linda complemented Nancy for volunteering to perform at sing-outs and for her service in many capacities in the chorus. Nancy's a great bass who served on Capitaland Chorus's Board of Directors for many years; she's also in the rotation schedule for physical warm-ups during our weekly rehearsals. Congratulations, Nancy, and thank you for the support you've shown Capitaland!
Capitaland Chorus 2014 Woman of Note:
Not only does Kay do a great job of singing bass, there is no doubt that Kay's contributions to the chorus were a key to Capitaland's success and 3rd place medal in this year's regional competition. Kay's leadership and musical skills guided us through the four months previous to contest, when she stepped up and volunteered to be our Director after the loss of our previous one. Her patience, good humor, and solid faith in our ability are just some of her attributes that make us proud to have her as part of our musical family. Congratulations too Kay, on your accomplishment winning the Novice Director award and the Greenhorn award in Region 15!
Want to sing with a bunch of fabulous women? Want to learn amazing, classic songs? Come to the Join Us section to find out how you can get involved.
Come to the photo gallery to check out our most recent pictures.
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