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Northwest Sound's performance received a rousing standing ovation from the Evergreen District contest audience and high marks from the judges, winning the contest with an 83.2 average score. As the district champion, Northwest Sound will compete at the BHS International Convention in Salt Lake City in July 2019. Congratulations as well to the Boise Chordsmen, under the direction of our own Ian Kelley, for their outstanding 2nd place performance.
Northwest Sound was featured in the July/August issue of the Harmonizer, a magazine for 25,000 participants and fans of barbershop harmony around the world. The article described innovative features of the chorus that serve as inspirational and organizational models for other barbershop choruses seeking to improve their community engagement. The chorus was one of nine choruses featured from the more than 700 choruses in the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Our busy sping began with the introduction of our new contest up-tune How Far We'll Go from the movie Moana with arrangement by Matt Astle and new lyrics by Ira Allen and Dan Keating. We got a chance to try out the new tune when NWS competed at the Division II contest then performed on the evening show as the champions.
The finale to the annual awards dinner was an induction into the NWS Hall of Fame. This year the inductee was Bobby Gray Jr., director of NWS from late 1990 to 1998, who was present to receive the honor. Bobby’s tenure with NWS was marked by numerous feats and accomplishments for the chorus. In his first year he took NWS to an Evergreen District championship while at the same time taking his prior chorus, Sun Harbor Chorus, to their district championship. The following year, NWS was 12th at International in Louisville. Under Bobby’s direction, NWS repeated as district champions in 1991, 1992 and 1994 and placed 9th twice at International in New Orleans and in Calgary. Bobby was also a significant motivating force behind the 1991 merger of NWS and the Lake Was
It was a special moment at the installation and awards dinner to have two members who helped create the chorus's character give their guidance and blessing to the new Board. Pictured, Chuck Landback and Killer Smith, two of Northwest Sound’s original Board of Directors, call up the new officers as they install the 2018 Board. The new board members are:
- President (Bill Hickman)
- Membership VP (Jim Corey)
- Music VP (Matt Picioccio)
- Marketing VP (Chris Powell)
- Communication VP (Matt Richman)
- Events & Planning VP (Sean Kelley)
- Secretary (Chuck Caplan)
- Treasurer – (Aaron Kleer)
- Board Members At Large (Dante Santos/ Lee Holmes/ Patrick Wendlick)
The chorus held its annual board installation and awards dinner last Saturday evening. It was an evening full of reflection, celebration, and more than a few tears as we reviewed 2017 and all that the chorus has done. In this, the first of several posts on the event, we celebrate the contributions of some outstanding members who were recognized. The chorus presented the following awards:
Northwest Sound will be performing at the Bellevue Festival d'Lights, Sunday November 26th at 6:30pm. We'll be in the Gathering Place at the entrance/exit of the Bellevue Botanical Gardens and will be performing selections from our standard and holiday repertoires. Come by and enjoy the amazing lights display and then cap the evening with our musical offering!
Northwest Sound holiday shows are coming soon and you can play a part in making it happen! The full-color program you receive at our shows is filled with background stories about the performers, our music-team leaders, our sing Sing SING community-service program plus ads for businesses that sponsor the chorus. You can become part of all this simply by placing an ad! When you do you’ll be joining our list of our long-time sponsors like Alaska Airlines, the Lockspot Café and Turner Piano Service. Your ad will be seen by hundreds of music fans and it will mark you and your business as being a supporter of NWS and your local a Capella performers!
There are three ways that you can place an ad in the program:
Begun in 2010, sing! Sing! SING! (SSS) is Northwest Sound’s program of providing free a capella singing training for men of the community. Participants are given free group music lessons, sheet music and training media, participation in chorus rehearsals, and an opportunity to perform with the chorus in one of its annual holiday shows. In the program, participants learn a variety of singing techniques including basics of supportive breathing, word pronunciation, vocal production, ear training, voice-matching, and finding the message in a song, skills that are developed continually by all chorus members as they progress.