The Woodlands Show Chorus hosts global open house
Competes in first regional competition in Marchby Brenda Anderson
Jan 03, 2013
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- The Woodlands Show Chorus, at almost one year old, has already performed at several venues in The Woodlands area, and declares they are having the time of their lives on the way to their regional competition! The chorus would like to share their excitement and love of a cappella singing and invite everyone to be their guests at their Global Open House on January 28 at 6:00 p.m. at .
The chorus' very first competition will be hosted from March 22-24, 2013, at the Hilton Houston North in Greenspoint (12400 Greenspoint Dr., Houston, 77060). If the chorus wins their regional competition, they are eligible to compete in the Sweet Adelines International Competition with over 30 other regional winners in Baltimore in the fall of 2014.
Chorus Director, world-renowned Betty Clipman, is a major influence in this chorus’ amazing growth and accomplishment. Not only does the chorus receive weekly group voice lessons during every rehearsal, they also have personal lessons from their capable music staff in addition to outside resources.
Betty Clipman retired from directing over 10 years ago but through her husband, Bill's, long illness and death earlier in 2011, she began to have cravings for directing again. She wanted to remain in The Woodlands, where she believed the chorus could make a difference.
When the chorus heard that Betty had decided to direct again, they came together under the organization of Sally Ison, who has become Operations Manager. The chorus had a few casual meetings and began the tedious process of chartering for Chorus Membership in Sweet Adelines International. Most members live in The Woodlands area, but many live much further away - as far as Beaumont - but don't mind the travel for the chance to be taught and directed by the best.
"I know Bill gives me his blessing, because he knew how much I missed directing. And I love The Woodlands and want to be a large presence here performing with the chorus at community events and putting on shows," said Betty.
The chorus sings traditional barbershop music, many times with a twist, and also more modern songs, such as their rousing ABBA medley. They have developed a repertoire that includes a variety of up-tunes, ballads, as well as patriotic and holiday songs.
Betty tells the chorus that she is very excited and proud of the 60 plus ladies, who have made record-time and amazing progress in vocal skills. It seems that they are all on the same page when it comes to singing with excellence. Betty compares the chorus to the 1992 Olympic Basketball Dream Team - they are all here for each other as much as for themselves. For more information or to attend performances visit The Woodlands Show Chorus.