Please welcome O-Town Sound's newest Lead - Nancy Olson! She comes to us from many places - including Okinawa and France - being the mom in an Air Force family for 21 years! Decided to land in Florida to be near one of her daughters. She joined St. Louis Harmony when she had returned to teaching - was like many of us - had been in high school chorus, college chorus, church choir. Went to International with them but then left in 2013 to help start Gateway Spolight ChorUS under the direction of Dixie Dahlke. She retired from teaching 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th grades - she says her favorite age to work with was the 5th graders! We welcome Nancy to our risers!!
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Please meet Ellie Hess - she is a new to barbershop but sang with the volunteer chorus at her temple in New York. She also sang in the chorus in some theatrical musicals! Regan Johnson comes from Water Wonderand Chorus in Okemos, MI where she has been a member for 24 years. She will be a dual member of OTS and Water Wonderland. She has experience as a section leader, choreo, costumes and has been an assistant director. She belongs to about six dineout clubs because she gave up cooking when she retired from 32 years with the government. Pictured here from l to r: Ellie, Kay Webb, OTS Director, Regan, and Doris Birkinbine, OTS Membership Team Leader.
Meet Amanda Childs, our newest member! She is a lead and comes to us from Women of Note chorus. She has been a SA for 8 years and was also in Carolina Harmony and Golden Triad Choruses - Golden Triad was under the direction of our own Marcia O'Neil at that time!! Amanda was also the bari in One Step at a Time quartet, placing 4th place in 2016 and 4th place in 2017. What a wonderful history already!! Amanda also enjoys singing in church choirs. She learned about OTS online!
Meet O-Town Sound's newest members - from l to r: Doris Birkinbine, Membership Team Leader, Joy Pautler (bass), Tricia Zichello (bass), Ali Pauluhn (tenor) and Kay Webb, our Director.
Joy is a former Sweet Adeline having directed 5 choruses - in Illinois, Ohio, Georgia and Missouri. She served as Director of Musical Activities (DMA) in 3 regions over the course of her SA career. She has also been in numerous quartets!
Tricia Zichello comes to us from Heart of New Jersey chorus in Region 15. She was also the bass in "Shore to Please" quartet for 4 years. Tricia also served as Marketing Coordinator for Region 15!
Another new member for OTS!!! Welcome, Sue Pope! She has been in numerous choruses and quartets and will be a wonderful addition to our Bass section!!!
Meet Vicki Bensburg, the newest member of O-Town Sound!!! Vicki has been around barbershop for a very long time because her husband is barbershopper! We are so glad she has decided to make it her hobby, too!! Pictured here l to r: Carole Coyne, Vicki's mentor, Vicki, Kay (our fabulous director) and Doris Birkinbine (Membership Team Leader extraordinaire!!). Welcome, Vicki! We know your awesome sense of humor will also be a great asset to OTS!
Barbara comes to us from Harmony, Inc. where she sang with the Barre Tones in Area 2 and Sisters of Sound in Area 6. She has been quartets for over 10 years and held many administrative positions during her tenure with Harmony, Inc. Barbara is a lead! Welcome, Barbara - we are SO glad to have you in O-Town Sound!
O-Town Sound just returned from a fabulous weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida at the Atlantic Gulf Region 9 convention/competition.
The chorus scored 615 out of a possible 800 points to claim the 1st place medal in their Division AA and 2nd place overall!
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELCMqdzwnw8
Here's our Sweet Adeline of the Quarter! Sue Reardon - thanks for your help on the Valentine dinner/dance and for arranging the Crazy Quartet contest at our retreat!!
Members of the UCP Bailes PTA joined us so we could present a check from the proceeds of our Valentine Dinner/Dance - Kids at Heart! Pictured holding the check are Katie Coleman, Yadira Cruz, Heidi Hudakoz (all moms of students at UCP Bailes) and Tricia Torrance, 1st grade teacher at UCP Bailes and member of OTS. We hope this helps all the teachers meet the goals for their students!
O-Town Sound Featured Events
Every Monday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
(visitors are welcome anytime after 6:00)
Pine Ridge Church
3900 South Hiawassee Road