Mount Vernon News


By Mount Vernon News
January 11, 2012 11:58 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Four-part barbershop harmony — female style — filled the air of First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon on Tuesday evening. This was the opportunity for local women to come share their love of music or to receive a complimentary voice lesson.

“We wanted to give area women the chance to come out and see who we are,” said Donna Dudgeon, director of the Dogwood Blossoms Chapter of Sweet Adelines International. The local chorus hosted this open-house event to let area women learn what the chapter has to offer and as a way of looking for new talent in the Mount Vernon area.

The Dogwood Blossoms Chapter was formed in 1980. After being officially chartered in October 1981, they performed their 30th anniversary show in October 2011. “Our purpose is to promote the love of singing four-part barbershop harmony,” said chapter president Barb Bower. Membership in the chorus also provides the opportunity for friendship, joy and belonging, she said.

The Dogwood Blossoms is one of 600 chapters nationally. They were selected to be a representative for the state of Ohio in the 2005 National Festival of the States in Washington, D.C. They regularly perform at area nursing homes, churches, banquets, reunions and other meetings plus also provide entertainment at Ye Olde Mill and the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival.

Their repertoire includes old standards, pop, country, patriotic, gospel, 50s and Broadway tunes.

A membership campaign currently underway is called “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing.” Area women are invited to their rehearsals throughout the month of January which are Jan. 17, 24 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. No special music training is required, and all visiting guests will receive free vocal lessons during the rehearsals.

Attending the open houses session on Tuesday evening was Sally Olk. “I am a former member of several years ago, and I was just at a place in my life that I needed something for me,” said Olk. “I’ve been singing as long as I can remember. My goal is membership. I have friends and acquaintances here.”

“I love singing and being around people,” said Kay Sigman who came out for the open rehearsals. “I’ve never had instruction like this. It was neat. I would very much recommend this to other women.”

For more information, call Dixie Waite at 740-501-6142.

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