Sweet Adelines members perform.
PLATTSBURGH — The Sweet Adelines will be causing a Singsation with a six-week open music program inviting women interested in joining the a capella group or just seeing what it’s all about to be an Adeline.
The program will begin June 5 at a regular weekly meeting at the North Country Alliance Church, 7 Northern Avenue, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Sweet Adelines will meet with the contributing singers every Wednesday through July 13 when they will perform at the Amazing Grace Vineyard & Winery in Chazy, 9839 State Route 9.
“It’s something we’ve never tried before but we’re inviting all women with the idea to get them to come and see what we do and maybe they will want to become a more regular member of our group,” said Sweet Adelines Board member, Diane Sabourin.
The 15-member group is made up of women from throughout the North Country including members from Reber, Elizabethtown, Plattsburgh, Chazy, and even across continental borders from Hemingford, Quebec.
The group sings primarily barbershop quartet music. Sabourin said she hopes the Singsation program will bring in women of all ages including younger students on summer break from school through retired women.
“Most adults might say ‘I just couldn’t do it, I don’t sing,’ but they should know you don’t have to know music you just have to love to sing and want to sing with us,” said Sabourin. “I have a background in music and I became involved through a friend. It was definitely something new and different for me and it was somewhat of a challenge because I was used to singing a different way.”
Barbershop singers and a capella music is primarily a male genre of music. Sabourin said it’s very fun for the women to get into their roles in the chorus.
“It’s very lively and sometimes I feel like I’m an actress and playing a part, we put on the flashy clothes and makeup,” said Sabourin.” I’m normally a jeans kind of girl so this has been fun.”
There are four groups the singers are divided into; the leads which are normally soprano singers, tenor singers, baritone and base singers. Sabourin said when all four sounds come together it creates a beautiful sound.
“There are a lot of goose bump moments when you not only hear the music but you feel the music,” said Sabourin.
For anyone interested in participating in the Sweet Adelines they can attend the Singsation meeting on June 5 at 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the group go to their website at champlainvalleychorus.org or call 563-6151.