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Dondra Warden
It was the Summer of 2003.
Thirty miles apart the Highlands Harmony Chorus and the Mountain Empire Chorus, both members of Sweet Adelines International, were experiencing low member attendance and both Chorus Directors were feeling a bit discouraged. Highlands Harmony Director, Dondra Warden, said, “Enough is enough! I’m calling Jane!” (meaning Jane McKamey, the Mountain Empire Chorus Director)
The time was right; the two choruses wanted to renew themselves and so, over the next several months, the plan to unite was put into place. The two choruses combined talents, met for rehearsals, held strategy meetings, and attended planning sessions to handle the process of becoming one.
With eagerness to express new friendship, enthusiasm, dedication, and determination to succeed, the new chorus chose a new name, the Hills Are Alive! Chorus.
Memories of the past, though cherished, began to be replaced with new memories and goals for the future. With a renewed interest and eagerness, we officially became the Hills Are Alive! Chorus in December of 2003, and celebrated at our Charter Party in June 2004.
Our destination has been reached and we are proud to be the Hills Are Alive! Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.
Assistant Director
Jane McKamey
Sweet Adelines International
Region 14
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