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Women singers! Check out Harmony Fusion Chorus

Potential a cappella members are invited to join in rehearsal

Calling all Tri-Valley women who like to join with others to sing a cappella.

Harmony Fusion Chorus, a women's barbershop show chorus, will host a special open rehearsal night to welcome new singers, from 7-9:30 p.m. on June 24 at the Hill and Valley Women's Club in Hayward.

"We're looking for women who love to sing and are interested in performing, competing and improving their vocal skills," membership chairwoman Jenny Gurney said. "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, is open to female singers as young as high school age. It meets from 7-10 p.m. Monday nights. Guests are always welcome, but the June 24 session is set aside as a special open rehearsal.

"Many of our members also sing in choruses at their place of worship or at other organizations in their communities, while others sang in a high school or college chorus," Gurney said. "We welcome all singers with choral experience to the guest night to find out if HFC is a good fit for them. We are eager to share the 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 experience the joy of "ringing chords" together.

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

"We perform at events throughout the East Bay as well as competing annually in our SAI region which includes Hawaii, Northern California, Southern Oregon and Nevada," she continued

"In addition to the joy of singing in our sisterhood, members learn proper vocal technique for ensemble singing from our director and coaches."

Membership includes access to weekend workshops in vocal techniques, singing in a quartet, learning to direct, and aspects of performing.

Vander Putten has directed Harmony Fusion Chorus since March 2006, and under her direction the chorus has won medals at the annual Sweet Adelines International regional contests. Harmony Fusion has also been recognized for its high member retention rate.

"We are extremely proud of the award," Gurney said. "We are the first and only chorus to receive the award three times We believe it's our welcoming and supportive culture, and of course, our fabulous director Barb."

The Hill and Valley Women's Club is located at 1808 B St. in Hayward. For more information about the open rehearsal night, contact Gurney at 200-1191. General information about the Harmony Fusion Chorus is at www.isingharmony.com.

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