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 45 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.
Effective January 6, 2015, we will be meeting TUESDAY evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 PM
at the Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 1580 Central Avenue, Albany, NY.
Click here for a map & directions to Pine Grove UMC.
We look forward to seeing you at our new digs on our new rehearsal night!
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.
Please join us as we "strut our stuff" on Friends & Family Night
Tuesday, April 21
in preparation for our upcoming competition on May 2.
Please note, April 28 will be a closed rehearsal.
Regular rehearsals will resume May 5.
Thanks to everyone who ordered a Singing Valentine.
Here are a few of this year's surprised Val-a-Gram recipients:
Best show ever! Thanks to all our guest performers!
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.
In November we honored our veterans and military by singing at the kick-off for McDonald's
Christmas Cards for Our Troops campaign
and at the opening of the Veteran's Miracle Center
December 4 we were part of the festivities at the Victorian Street Walk in Saratoga.
We sang in support of Make-A-Wish at Crossgates Mall on Friday, December 12
December 17 was a holiday music performance at the Avila Retirement Community.
December 31 rang in the New Year with the residents of Kingsway Village.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Capitaland Chorus took to the stage for a sold-out audience
in a blockbuster show "Generations" featuring
Local high school and college a cappella groups
Voices of Gotham Barbershop Harmony Society Chorus
BLING! - Sweet Adelines' newest Queens of Harmony
Thank you to all our wonderfully talented guest performers!
Into Wishin' quartet sang our National Anthem at Albany's State of the County address.
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:
March 30, 2015
Meet the Chorus
Come to the About Us section to meet the director, and find out what we're all about!
March 2015 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Kay Weiss
It's no secret that Capitaland chorus had a successful show on 2/7/15, and a very large part of that success was due to the untiring efforts of our show chair, Kay Weiss! She was involved in so many aspects: venue, tickets, lining up great talent and an emcee, technical crew, programs, rehearsal and performance times, and the list goes on. Kay's excitement and enthusiasm for putting on a big show was infectious, with all the effort definitely worthwhile. So a BIG thank you to Kay for helping to create some great barbershop memories that were shared not only by the chorus, but by our friends and families as well!
February 2015 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Christine Hansler
One of our newest chorus members is also one of the most determined, and that is Chris Hansler! In the relatively short time since she joined Capitaland, Chris is caught up enough on rep that she could now take part in one of our sing-outs. She got a nice shout-out from lead section leader Nancy Plaat for all her hard work. Keep it up Chris, you inspire all of us to keep striving and learning in this fun but demanding hobby!
January 2015 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Nancy Plaat
With the holiday season comes review and performance of holiday rep, and Nancy definitely was a key factor in managing those elements for the chorus. Not only did Nancy direct us in our rep review and organize groups for our various and many holiday sing-outs, she performed in every one of them! Our holiday party was also a success, as Nancy arranged for singing games to be played and in general, for everyone to have fun. Kudos Nancy, and with your encouragement and smiles, you definitely put the "merry" in Christmas!
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.
What is Barbershop?
Find out about this fabulous artform and the organization of women barbershoppers on our What is Barbershop page.
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