Do you love to sing in the shower?
Croon in the car? Are you a frustrated Diva? If so, then you need to explore the wonderful singing opportunities with the Hilton Head Shore Note. The Shore Notes is a women’s four-part a cappella chorus that has been entertaining local audiences since 1997.
Barbershop singing has been around since the 1920s. But as Sweet Adelines like to explain, “Men invented it, but women perfected it!” Okay, there are many men barbershoppers who might dispute this claim. But they don’t get to wear gorgeous costumes, glitzy jewelry, fabulous makeup and false eyelashes when they perform. Women not only sing great songs, but they get to dress to the nines!
The Shore Notes are under the direction of Faye McLanahan, a seasoned Sweet Adelines director with over 40 years of experience. She commutes from Jacksonville, Florida, every Monday for rehearsal because she derives great pleasure from the camaraderie of these wonderful women, and she has been successful in improving their sound. The Shore Notes have won medals at their last five Regional Competitions in Daytona, Florida.
One of the greatest joys of being a Shore Note is the opportunity to give back to the community.
Christmas season is a wonderful time of year for the chorus since they sing Christmas cheer to all the local retirement communities in Hilton Head and Bluffton as well as Palmetto Bluff and even Charleston. They also entertain at Christmas parties and community events, like caroling throughout Wexford Village at their Festival of Wreaths. Naturally, the Shore Notes are available for hire any time during the year since they have a diverse repertoire.
Every March the Shore Notes hold their annual show at the Hilton Head High School’s Seahawk Cultural Center and invite a top men’s or women’s quartet to be their guest performers. Their next show will be March 5, 2016, and their guests will be Speed of Sound, who finished second last year at the International Competition in Las Vegas. They are fabulous and fun, and the Shore Notes are thrilled to have them entertain at their March show.
Being a non-profit organization, the Shore Notes make an annual contribution to a local charity from their yearly March show. Some of the recipients have been The Children’s Center, Main Street Theater, Memory Matters, CODA and PEP.
By Marcia Cornell
For more information, go to their website, hiltonheadshorenotes.com, and to hire the Shore Notes or one of their quartets, contact Judy at (843) 681-3516.