Harmony Fusion Chorus welcomes newcomers

Open rehearsal to give singers chance to try the experience

The award-winning Harmony Fusion Chorus is hosting a special open rehearsal night to welcome new singers from all backgrounds and cultures.

"We are looking to add to our chorus of women who love to sing and are enthusiastic about performing, competing and improving their vocal skills," said membership chairwoman Jenny Gurney. "If you have a good ear for music, we want you -- the ability to read music is not required."

Harmony Fusion Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International (SAI), is open to female singers as young as high school age. The chorus meets Monday nights from 7-10 p.m. in Hayward. Guests are always welcome, but this annual event is a special open rehearsal, from 7-9:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, at the Hill and Valley Women's Club, 1808 B St. in Hayward.

"We hope to attract singers from a variety of backgrounds, so that our chorus grows to resemble the diversity of the East Bay," Gurney said. "We are a welcoming bunch and are eager to share the close sisterhood of Harmony Fusion Chorus with our guests."

At this special interactive rehearsal, after a meet-and-greet, guests will join members on the risers to sing in the barbershop style.

"Music education in barbershop singing is the mission of Sweet Adelines," explained board president Sarah Owen, "and our director Barb Vander Putten takes that to heart.

"Not only does she encourage us to take advantage of the many learning and leadership opportunities that our chorus and SAI offer, but she is always looking for opportunities to improve her skills as well," she continued.

"Barbara is wonderful to sing for. She has high expectations for us, but she is kind and has a sense of humor that keeps it fun."

Vander Putten has directed Harmony Fusion Chorus since March 2006, leading it to win medals several times at the annual Sweet Adelines International regional contests.

For more information about Harmony Fusion Chorus, visit

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