Sea Belles awarded Karen Gordon Scholarship at Atlantic Event

Saint John, NB- June 8, 2016 – Sea Belles  A Cappella Chorus, Saint John, N.B. chapter of Harmony, Inc., international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, was recently awarded the Karen Gordon Scholarship by the ScotianAires Chapter of Harmony, Inc.

The award was presented to Sea Belles’ president Susan Ingraham by ScotianAires Scholarship Chair, Diana MacDonald, at a recent competition that took place in Sackville, New Brunswick as part of an Area 1 Convention and Contest of Harmony, Inc., which features educational sessions and various categories of competition for choruses and quartets from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

The Karen Gordon Scholarship, named for the late Karen Ruby Gordon, a young member of Halifax based ScotianAires Chapter of Harmony, Inc. who died tragically on her way to a chorus practice in 1992, is awarded annually to assist one Atlantic Chapter to help them acquire an out-of-province coach for educational purposes.

“Sea Belles chorus rehearses all year to become more masterful at the four-part harmony that characterizes the barbershop style,” says Susan Ingraham, chapter president. “This scholarship will offset the costs of a recent coaching weekend held with Theresa Weatherbee, an internationally known Presentation Judge and professional performance coach, in preparation for this recent competition. We plan to build on the success of our third place area contest showing as we prepare for our international performance, and we’re proud to represent the Saint John community among choruses from all across the United States and Canada in Providence, Rhode Island in November.” 

Sea Belles also recently received funding for another coaching weekend from Sing Canada Harmony, a registered Canadian charity that provides financial assistance for education and training in all aspects of music performance, leadership, directing, arrangement, adjudication and staging.

With approximately 55 members, Sea Belles is directed by Janet Kidd of Hampton, N.B. The chorus presented two songs at the area contest to earn its placement, I’m Afraid the Masquarade is Over and Alexander’s Ragtime Band. These selections are a small sample of the chorus’s extensive repertoire, which is ideally suited for a wide range of audiences and events. To learn more about the chorus’s upcoming performance schedule, visit www.seabelles.ca.

About Sea Belles of Harmony, Inc:

Founded in 1969 the Saint John chapter of Harmony, Inc., also known as Sea Belles A Cappella chorus, brings four-part a cappella harmony to the local community through regular performances and educational events. The chorus consists of women representing a wide range of musical backgrounds, from novice to trained professionals, and performs under the direction of Janet Kidd. Sea Belles rehearse 7:00PM on Tuesday at Portland United Church.

About Harmony, Incorporated:

Harmony, Inc. is an international, non-profit organization whose purpose is to empower all women through education, friendship and a cappella singing in the barbershop style. Since 1959, the organization has expanded from its Eastern roots to include more than 60 chapters in the United States and Canada, from California to Newfoundland, and from Manitoba to Florida. Harmony, Inc. has hosted area and international conventions for more than 50 years, gathering female singers of all musical backgrounds and experience levels to participate in a series of competitions for quartets and choruses. Participants are adjudicated by a panel of trained judges evaluating categories that encompass what songs the performers elect to sing, the skill with which they sing those songs, and how they present the songs, which can include emotionally connecting with the audience. For more information, visit HarmonyInc.org.