The Crescent City Sound Chorus, a Sweet Adelines International chapter, has developed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. This group is dedicated to taking the necessary steps needed in becoming more accepting and inclusive of all its chorus members--potential, current, and past. As a chorus, we have always embraced anyone who walks through our doors with open arms, and want those who invest their time in us to feel welcome and accepted. Our goal is to make sure we are doing everything within our power to see that ANY person feels this way, whether in our audience, a visitor, or as a chorus member!
The Task Force developed a statement that was issued on the Crescent City Sound Chorus' social media accounts. You can read this statement here. This is our jumping off point. We know through this statement, three things have become abundantly clear: 1. We must commit long term to this work. 2. Sweet Adelines International leaders and chorus members affiliated with the organization are committed to supporting each other in this work. 3. That work starts within and must begin, in earnest, now.
DEI Task Force Members
(Co-Chairs): Anne Cafiero and Sue Englebert
Mary Beth McMurray
For more information, please see links below:
Crescent City Sound Chorus has been busy during their quarantine, welcoming their first virtual member, Mary Vetter, and a new quartet, Mosaic, that auditioned over video!
Welcome Mary and Mosaic Quartet
Crescent City Sound Chorus was asked to participate in a interview with Valery Renz. She was pleasently surprised by their candor. Once again CCSC proves to be a healty chorus, involved in community within it's members.
The Sweet Adeline International Value Proposition Task Force is working to promote best practices and ways to support small and medium-sized choruses within the organization. As part of this effort, Crescent City Sound Chorus participated in a fact-finding session with the Director of Membership, Valery Renz and Chair of the Task Force to discuss their Chorus. Recommended to the Task Force as a thriving Chorus within Region 10, Crescent City Sound's management team discussed activities and the educationally-based culture that makes the Chorus successful.
|The Woodlands Show Chorus and Crescent City Sound Chorus ZOOMED a joint rehearsal, directed by the dynamic duo, Betty Clipman and Mary Beth McMurray. Thank you all who participated. It was a great evening.|
Covid-19 has affected everything and everyone in today’s world, including the Crescent City Sound Chorus. The last time the chorus sang together was March 9, following the Friends and Family performance on March 8.
But Director Mary Beth McMurray cannot be stopped. She organized rehearsals each Monday night on ZOOM, and as usual, she had a lesson plan. She organized a social, then physical warm ups, vocal warm ups, video instructions, and section rehearsals where she put each group in its own “room." The Rah Rah’s entertained with skits or games.
“We sing together but that is so difficult because we can’t hear each other” said member Debbie Mora. “We love seeing our sister in harmony. For some of us it is the highlight of our week.”
Mary Beth’s latest innovation was a virtual chorus. The chorus was issued a challenge while learning a new song, ”Locomotion.” Each member was asked to record her part and send it to be "stacked" with the others in her section. Using an audio editing program, Mary Beth put the voices together by section, then put the four parts together.
“The Covid-19 Quarantine has severely limited our ability to sing together at the same time as a chorus. However, we have been able to make ‘lemonade out of lemons’ and use the time for personal improvement and expansion of the chorus repertoire. We are learning more about many topics regarding the voice and figuring out new technology to use to stay connected through our Zoom meetings,” she explained,
Their latest song, "It's The Music That Brings Us Together," written and arranged by Clay Hine says it all!
“The music will never stop as long as our members have faith and the will to succeed despite the quarantine.” said McMurray. “Music is such a uniting and spiritual force. “‘Locomotion' shows that CCSC chorus will continue to move forward as long as we have a voice!”
Thank you all who volunteered for this first project and thank you Mary Beth for leading our chorus into a bright future with the help of technology.
Members of the Crescent City Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines International recently installed their leadership team. They are, Donna Robinson, team leader; Sue Galliano, communications; Lynda Grass, marketing/PR; Sue Englebert, finance; Kitty Warner, events coordinator, Karla Crenshaw, membership and Mary Beth McMurray, chorus director.
Because of the coronavirus, social distancing was required. They were unable to conduct the installation and celebration at a local restaurant. The ceremony was conducted and celebrated on ZOOM.
Donna Oliver began her Sweet Adelines journey when she joined Crescent City Sound Chorus in 2007. Music has always been a significant part of her life. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in Vocal Music Education (grades K-12) and Elementary Education (academic subjects: grades 1-8).
She serves as Bass Section Director and on the directing team as one of the assistant directors of Crescent City Sound Chorus. She recently completed the Sweet Adelines International Directors Certification Program and has achieved Certified Director status. She sings bass in the chorus, as well as the small performing groups, Slap Happy and Just 4 Fun, and the newly formed Mosaic Quartet.
Outside of the chorus, Donna is actively involved in the music ministry at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kenner as pianist for one of the traditional services and as the Contemporary Music Director, where she leads the “Sounds of Praise” worship band.
She is currently in her 18th year of teaching and is the 3rd grade teacher at Ridgewood Preparatory School in Metairie, Louisiana.
She is filled with great joy to be a member of Crescent City Sound Chorus and Sweet Adelines International as it is a perfect blend of music and sisterhood. Singing along side of so many wonderful ladies who are very deserving of the Wall of Fame recognition. Donna feels very humbled and honored to be this year’s Wall of Fame recipient.
Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, 2020 Region 10 Competition in Houston is cancelled.
CCSC partnered with Slidell Camellia Quilters to raffle a beautiful hand made quilt. Lilli Arning, Finance Committee, right and Donna Robinson, Team Leader left, presented a check to Judy Theriot, CCSC member and president of Slidell Camellia Quilters.
Slidell Camellia quilters have approximately 75 members that meet once a month to share knowledge and ideas of quilting with each other. They have been together for 33 years. They do charity work for local organizations such as fire and police departments, Hospice, Heiper International to provide Christmas stockings to local soldiers in Afghanistan.
The lucky winner of the raffle was Marilyn Stewart of New Orleans.
Crescent City Sound Chorus has been asked to be the official mic testers for the Harmony Classic competition. This will take place September 17th at the Smoothie King Arena. “Our chorus was chosen based our high competition scores and consistently being one of the top 5 choruses in Regional Competitions for many years. We take this honor very seriously as we will be singing for thousands of Sweet Adelines from all over the world,” events coordinator Kitty Warner said.
Emily Lapouble, New Member Shepherdess welcomes our newest members Gabby Ethridge, Andie Porter, Kathy Cooke,Robin Stead and Hope Barnhill (missing from picture)
|Meet Crescent City Sound Chorus's Team Leaders for 2019-20.|
Mary Beth, McMurray, Director; Lynda Grass, Marketing;
Kitty Warner, Event Coordinator; Donna Robinson, Team Leader;
Janie Saslow, Communications; Beth Sacco, Past Team Leader and
Sue Englebert, Finance and Karla Crenshaw, Membership( not in picture)
Back row: Niki Mouton (lead), Jeannine Thibodaux (lead), Sheryl York (bass)
Middle row: Ann Cafiero (lead), Rebecca Emel (tenor)
Front row, left to right: Susan Domangue (baritone), Beth Sacco (bass), Debbie Mora (bass)
|A few members of Crescent City Sound Chorus recently appeared on Peggy Scott-Laborde's "Steppin' Out" program on WYES to promote our Fall show. |
Great job ladies!
From left: Jeannine Thibodaux, Lois Robert, Beth Sacco, Sue Englebert, Rebecca Emel, Carolyn Weaver, Susan Domangue, Lynda Grass, Debbie, Mora, Jayne McGee; Director: Mary Beth McMurray
View a Clip from the Progam
|CCSC's very own Fleur de Lis quartet recently appeared on WWL's morning show to promote our Fall show.|
Thank you ladies for representing us so well!
From left: Beverly Traub, tenor; Jeannine Thibodaux, lead; Sheryl York, bass; Nan Ledet, baritone
Click Here to Watch the Interview
Thanks to a generous grant from the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, made possible by their yearly Red Dress Run event, Crescent City Sound Chorus was able to host our first Young Women in Harmony Pitch Camp!
Pitch Camp was a fun, one-week workshop that introduced participants to the Sweet Adelines International program called “Young Women in Harmony." This educational program targeted young women ages 12 to 26 and offered over 16 hours of music education, culminating in a free community performance.
The program had 16 participants from all over the New Orleans area. The participants were enthusiastic and engaged in the education process. With donated facilities from Delgado and the University of New Orleans, and the NOH3 grant, Pitch Camp was able to provide an excellent, diverse educational experience.
In preparation for Pitch Camp, CCSC completed an aggressive educational outreach campaign to over 90 schools and private groups. This included personal visits to many schools and a marketing campaigns to introduce our organization to the community as well as to music educators. We offered in-class music education programs as part of the outreach. We were able to give a class at Sacred Heart Academy this Spring.
Within just 48 hours of posting the Pitch Camp performance on Facebook live, (Click Here to view it ) there were over 800 views and the post reached over 1450 people. That is a very strong start from a small group for our first time running this event!
Based on our Pitch Camp success and the enthusiasm for this music education program, we intend to pursue making Pitch Camp an annual event!
CCSC would like to thank all those involved with Pitch Camp including, parents, participants, educators, NOH3, Delgado, University of New Orleans, and of course, our Pitch Camp committee and CCSC members and staff that worked so hard to bring this educational program together!
See you next Summer!
Click Here to see photos from the event!
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|CCSC performed for the Fun Seekers Club in Harahan with Sandra LeBlanc|
After Hurricane Katrina, CCSC became homeless. Harahan Senion Citizens facility offered them a home. They rehearsed there for many months until they could return to Delgado. Thank you Harahan. !
|Sue Galliano and Mary Callias received their pins for 40 years of service and singing with Sweet Adelines. They are being congratulated by Mary Beth McMurray, director and Jane Soslow, membership chair.|