Being the Director of Hills Are Alive! Chorus really fits the bill for Dondra. She loves music, clothes, shoes, make-up and jewelry. Just the ticket for being a member of Sweet Adelines and, especially, the Director. She has been a Sweet Adeline since 1984, when a member of the (then) Highlands Harmony Chorus invited her to a rehearsal.
Dondra loves music and performing. She began her music education at the age of six followed by 10 years of piano and organ studies. She sang in church from a young age and in high school choral groups. She sings Baritone in Entertainment Company quartet.
Dondra takes her job as Director very seriously and works diligently to ensure that each chorus member knows what is expected of her, knows her music and choreography, and has bunches of fun at the same time!!
Jane is a Bristol, VA native and began her love of music by taking piano lessons at age five . She switched to clarinet in her high school years and continued playing clarinet during her college years at Mary Washington College. A couple of years during college she played tenor sax in an All Girl Dance Band. During this time she sang in her church choir but never thought of singing in a chorus.
In 1978 a friend introduced her to Sweet Adelines and she was hooked! She became a member of the Mountain Empire Chorus where she sang lead, tenor and bass. She became Director of Mountain Empire Chorus in 1997 and continued in that role until the Mountain Empire Chorus and Highlands Harmony Chorus merged to become Hills Are Alive! Chorus. Jane is now happily on the risers, singing bass until called upon to step in as Assistant Director!
Our Sweet Adeline of the Year for 2017.
Congratulations, Susie and thank you for everything you do!