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Sept. 30: Martini at Our 2017 Annual Show. Check Out Their Video!

Check out this VIDEO of "Somebody Loves Me."

Shaken or stirred, Martini has delivered top shelf, four-part, a cappella harmony at many venues around the world. These 2012 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions are long-time members of Sweet Adelines International and very active regionally and internationally. 

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2017 Sweet Adeline Region 4 Coach of the Year

Coaching is an important part of each chorus and quartet's growth and development vocally and visually. Finding the right coach is key to making a coaching session a positive, productive and long-lasting experience.

It requires a special person with a special talent to be a great coach. Just knowing the craft—which is complex—isn’t enough.

With that in mind, in April Scenic City Chorus was pleased to hear our own Master Director Jen Cooke’s name announced as the winner of the 2017 Sweet Adelines Region 4 Coach of the Year award. 

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Women of SCC: An Outstanding Engineer of the Year


Marjorie Parsons recently received the 2017 Jo Conn Guild Outstanding Engineer of the Year award, an honor presented annually to an engineer who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, public welfare, and/or humankind.

A UTC grad in electrical engineering, Margie is a senior program manager in TVA’s Transmission Planning department, leading the planning of many large transmission line and substation projects; and a NERC Planning Coordinator, working in lead roles with other utilities inside and outside TVA to ensure interconnected power system reliability. She is also Vice Chair of the IEEE, Chattanooga Section.

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Coaching with Betty Clipman

On January 20, we brought in Betty Clipman for a top-notch, skill-honing, weekend retreat to prepare for the upcoming 2017 Sweet Adelines Region 4 Competition.

Barbershop four-part a cappella harmony and performance is complex, and although it’s not necessary to be able to read music, the craft behind it requires lots of work. It is, like any art, a never-ending journey toward perfection. At competition we will be judged in four categories:  sound, expression, music and showmanship.

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Taking Our Place in the Chattanooga Arts Scene

Ray Ann Kurtz, who recently took over our PR & Marketing Chair position, has won a scholarship to The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute. The four-month program educates participants about the mission and goals of ArtsBuild and Chattanooga arts organizations. It also explores current issues facing the arts community and strengthens the talents needed to serve in that community. 

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Four-Part A Cappella Harmony, Anyone?


LADIES OF ALL AGES: You know you'd love to try it and our Monday night rehearsals are the perfect time and place to check it out!  

Come to one of our rehearsals and someone from our Membership Team will be on hand to greet you and answer questions. You are welcome to come up on the risers and vocally warm up with us. We'll give you a guest folder with our repertoire songs and you can try your voice at singing along as we practice. It's fun you don't want to miss!

We meet at Spring Creek Road Baptist Church, 1312 Spring Creek Rd., Chattanooga, 37412 at 6:30 p.m. in the large building to the right of the church.

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Tea and Compassion

What do Tea at The Terrace at Mountain Creek and the Salvation Army's Spring Fling have in common?

Scenic City small ensembles performed at both venues recently and had a great time doing it!

The Mother's Day Tea at the Terrace is a wonderful occasion for mothers, daughters and granddaughters wearing lovely hats to bond together in love and fellowship over high tea. SCC was very pleased to be part of this special family day and the tea goers enjoyed our performance. (Photo to the left.)

In a note from Allison Jackson, Life Enrichment director, "Thank you so much for bringing the ensemble to perform for all our residents and their guests. Everyone is continuing to talk about how much they loved it!"

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Region 4 Competition: We Reached Our Goal!


Scenic City Chorus is riding high in April and we're not about to be shot down in May.

Why? We went to Sweet Adelines Region 4 Competition last weekend with a specific goal in mind—scoring over 600 points—and we came home having accomplished what we set out to do! 

Reaching this goal earned Jen Cooke, our director, the title of Master Director, and every chorus member earned the level of Master Singer. Our new yellow medals mean that we placed 4th overall in the competition. But the very best part? We set a new bar for ourselves and we're very excited to work on surpassing it!

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Preparing for Regional Competition with Coaches Char Gurney & Kerry Denino

In April, Scenic City Chorus and some of our quartets are headed to Lexington, KY, to compete in the Sweet Adelines Region 4 Competition.

We’ve worked on our package—a ballad and an up-tune—for months, getting right down to the finest details of the barbershop craft. We’ve been polishing those vowels, solidifying our synch, working proper vocal production, and becoming the story we want to tell in song. We want that story to emotionally touch every person in the audience. And four certified judges in that audience—specialists in music, showmanship, expression and sound—will be evaluating us on every nuance of the craft.

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Women of SCC: Awarding-Winning Teachers

Three of our members were recently recognized for their excellence in teaching.

Babs Zielke teaches all the high school math at Bachman Academy, a small boarding/day school for students with learning disabilities. She won Bachman’s Teacher of the Year award by doing what she loves: “I love working with kids, because I love math and love seeing the light bulb light up over their heads when they suddenly ‘get it’!” She also enjoys working puzzles (especially those involving math) and cooking.