|Grand Rapids Chorus Singing at Meijer Gardens June 20, 2023|
By Janet Mason
The Grand Rapids Chorus of Sweet Adelines is thrilled to announce that we will be singing at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park’s Tuesday Evening Music Club concert series this summer. Our performance begins at 7pm on June 20 at Meijer Gardens beautiful 1,900-seat outdoor amphitheater.
The highly entertaining women’s chorus will sing many fan favorites from contemporary pop and show tunes to jazz and even gospel. All songs are sung a cappella (no instruments) in 4-part harmony, with ringing chords that are unique to barbershop style of music.
The beautiful harmony of the Grand Rapids Chorus, terraced lawn seating, great views of the gardens and sculpture, and wonderful acoustics create an intimate concert setting for people of all ages. The performance is free to Members and Non-Members may see the concert and tour the gardens for the price of daily admission.
For more information on admission, height of lawn chairs, concessions etc., click here!
The Joy of Singing and Puzzling
by Janet Mason
Wendy Meyers is a Bass for the Grand Rapids Chorus of Sweet Adelines. Besides singing, she enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles. She and her husband, Jeff, are puzzlers. They have done countless puzzles over the past 40 years. The couple just got done with a puzzle that any Sweet Adeline would enjoy. It’s a jigsaw puzzle of Edna Mae Anderson. If you know your Sweet Adelines history, then you know Edna founded our organization back in 1945 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jeff’s brother, Dan, found the jigsaw puzzle in a Virginia thrift shop for $4. It was unopened, so it was in perfect condition. “I do the easy stuff and Jeff does the hard parts,” said Wendy. The couple did many puzzles during the Covid pandemic. Now they are both working again, so they don’t have a lot of time to put the pieces together. Wendy says, “it was easier than I thought, it only took us three evenings.”
There are 500 pieces in the Edna Mae Anderson jigsaw puzzle. If you look closely at the pieces, you will notice photographs of choruses, quartets, and chorus logos with names, such as Harmony River, Sound of Sunshine, and Mountain Jubilee, which are still ringing chords today. Wendy guesses Sweet Adelines International sponsored the puzzle to honor its founder and choruses. These puzzlers are glad that this special puzzlefound its way in the Meyers household.
|Grand Rapids - We had a wonderful day of singing and recruiting new singers at the West Michigan Women’s Expo at DeVos Place on March 18. The lake-effect snow didn’t stop the shows! We performed five times throughout the day, which gave us a chance to interact with a lot music lovers.|
|GRSA’s first 2023 performance will be at the West Michigan Women’s Expo at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids on March 18. Actually, we will have five performances that day on the half-hour beginning at 10:30am and the last performance at 2:30pm. We will sing some of favorite songs. We hope you will come and join us.|
Singers Wanted – Singers Came
By Janet Mason
Grand Rapids, MI – February 6, 2023. Our last Guest Night was more than three years ago. The Grand Rapids Chorus of Sweet Adelines didn’t feel comfortable opening up its rehearsals, while Covid-19 was circulating through our community. We decided early 2023 would be the right time for a Singers Wanted Guest Night. We promoted the event on Facebook, with some beautiful messages, and our members reached out to their family and friends. As February 6th approached we wondered – would anyone show up?
We were delighted when 19 women and girls joined us on the risers. It was a multi-generational turnout, according to Membership Co-chair Sue Kuzee. “It was nice to see two high school girls come with their grandmother, the college age babysitter for one of our members, and the middle schooler who came to support her Mom,” said Kuzee.
We look forward to them joining us on the risers as they move through our audition process.
|The Grand Rapids Chorus Sweet Adelines is inviting potential new members to a Guest Night on Monday February 6, 2023. Guest Registration will begin at 6:30, and the nights activities will begin at 7 p.m. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|For more information, see:||https://www.grsa.net/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=events&id=172832|
|The Grand Rapids Chorus had a memorable evening singing at Christmas Cabaret at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in West Michigan on December 1. We sang our favorite Christmas and Chanukah songs and were joined by several of our quartets, including Java Jive/Fanfare, Joy Ride, and our newest quartet West Blend. Sashay, a quartet from Traverse City, also added their beautiful voices to our performance. |
We sang in the new Garden Pavilion surrounded by the marble faces of Utopia by Spanish Artist Jaume Plensa. Meijer Gardens transforms into a magical place for the holiday season with thousands of lights adorning Christmas trees and intriguing culture displays. It was an honor to help kick-off the holiday season in such a special way.
|November 19, 2022 - These 40 brave souls didn’t let 17-23 inches of lake-effect snow get in the way of an all-day coaching session. Some of our singers came from as far away as Gaylord and Traverse City in northern Lower Michigan. What dedication! It was amazing what we accomplished in one-day with coaches Steve and Renee Tramack. We look forward to working with them again in January and beyond. Education is a priority for the Grand Rapids Chorus Sweet Adelines.|
We also got to hear our newest quartet sing. They WOWED us! Meet West Blend - Judy Westers (Bari), Sonja Acosta (Lead). Colleen Pierson (Tenor) and Leah Williams (Bass).
The chorus likes to have fun. We were entertained when four of our fellow singers played a game called Shake-it-Off. The game involved a tissue box and a bunch of small balls. The goal - be the first one to shake all the balls onto the floor. What a hoot!
Grand Rapids Chorus is part of Sweet Adelines International. We invite you to visit our rehearsals on Mondays at 7pm. Click here for more informatioin.
|The Grand Rapids Chorus of Sweet Adelines is excited to ring in the holiday season at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s Christmas Cabaret. This is Meijer Gardens signature fundraiser, and we will kickoff the evening with holiday songs. The December 1st evening is filled with strolling through the illuminated Christmas trees, cultural displays, and enjoying the beloved Railway Garden. The rest of the evening features dinner and entertainment by Brian Vander Ark. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at MeijerGardens.org/cabaret. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season.|
|If you like Classic Cars and music - check out this event that took place in Grand Rapids, MI in the summer of 2022. Thanks to WKTV for inviting the chorus to be a part of this event!|
|For more information, see:||https://wktv.viebit.com/player.php?hash=idebzgGcvDsT|
|Yes, it's only September, but the Grand Rapids Chorus-Sweet Adelines is busy brushing up on, and yes, even learning new Christmas and other Holiday songs. The attached picture is a small group of the chorus that "popped-up" here and there last Christmas season! Keep a look-0ut for the same thing to happen this year!|
|The chorus is looking forward to this fun event on Saturday August 27, 2022!|
|For more information, see:||https://www.wktvjournal.org/grand-rapids-sweet-adelines-joins-the-dreamwheel-production/?fbclid=IwAR3S0CzmVLJx4TSRpgBRvSw4_39Ox_YLCAZh5snMZ5MVQowCjWpGvE1ct-g|
|Another wonderful interview about the Lowell Showboat performance on June 30, 2022 at 7pm and information about the chorus in general! Thanks to Janet, Kim and Denise for there part in the interview with Shelley Irwin at WGVU!|
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|For more information, see:||https://www.wgvunews.org/the-wgvu-morning-show/2022-06-30/grand-rapids-chorus-of-sweet-adelines|
|Exciting and Informative interview (June 25, 2022) with Andy Rent from 100.5 the River, regarding the Grand Rapids Sweet Adelines and the Performance at the Lowell Showboat Concert on June 30, 2022. |
Click on the arrow for the downloaded interview below!
|The Grand Rapids Sweet Adelines and Great Lake Men's Barbershop Chorus will share the stage at the Lowell Showboate in Lowell, MI on Thursday June 30, 2022, 7 - 9 p.m. Come join in the fun!|
|Grand Rapids Sweet Adelines - Pearl Harbor 8th Commemeration. Members of the chorus experienced this historical event and shared songs to honor those who have served our country!|
|For more information, see:||https://www.fox17online.com/news/local-news/grand-rapids/grand-rapids-ensemble-one-of-10-selected-to-perform-during-pearl-harbor-80th-commemoration|
|Please enjoy this TV-8 News item regarding the Grand Rapids Chapter of Sweet Adelines performing at Pearl Harbor!|
|For more information, see:||https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/local-choir-to-perform-at-pearl-harbor/|
|The Grand Rapids Chapter of Sweet Adelines is performing at the 80Th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor! See the article produced by WKTV!|
|For more information, see:||https://www.wktvjournal.org/tag/sweet-adelines/|
|For more information, see:||https://www.wktvjournal.org/kentwood-resident-honored-with-sweet-adeline-of-the-year-award/|
|Grand Rapids Sweet Adelines is working hard to prepared for the trip to Hawaii in December of 2021. The trip is moving forward even though there are some Covid-19 travel restrictions in place. 40 members are looking forward to representing Sweet Adelines and the State of Michigan in the wonderful event. |
Thank you to all of our friends, family and community members that have supported us in the venture!
|It was such an honor for the Grand Rapids Sweet Adelines to pay tribute to two of our local favorites from TV8! Bill Steffen and Ellen Bacca!|
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|For more information, see:||https://www.wzzm13.com/article/news/local/michigan-life/grand-rapids-sweet-adelines-invited-to-perform-at-80th-anniversary-pearl-harbor-concert/69-29194e45-b0f1-47b3-872f-7c3400693fe7|