After winning the regional competition in Syracuse, New York, on April 28, Canadian Showtime Chorus members and Registrar’s Office staff Louise Eldred and Cathy Duncan will travel to Hawaii in November 2013 for the international competition!
Algonquin graduate Wendy Hall (pictured below, top row, second from left) and former Registrar’s Office staff members Lorna Hyland and Suzanne Linttell are also members of the chorus.
Louise is a longtime member of the Canadian Showtime Chorus, having joined in 1983 after seeing a recruiting advertisement at Merivale Mall. “After one rehearsal I was hooked,” says Louise. “The fun, joy of singing was wonderful.” Louise has always sung in various choirs, “but never competitively and never with the dancing, choreography, stage makeup, costuming, and shows that we do now.”
Founded in 1982, Canadian Showtime Chorus is a 100 member competitive singing group for women, specializing in a capella four-part harmony. It is a charter member of Sweet Adelines International and ranks in the top 20 of over 600 choruses worldwide. “We compete each spring against over 30 choruses in our region which includes New York State and Ontario,” explains Louise. “The winners of each region compete at an international competition. As we won our regional competition this year, we compete next November in Hawaii.”
Canadian Showtime Chorus has now qualified five times for the international competition. They have competed twice in Nashville, Tennessee, once in Indianapolis, Indiana, and also in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last May they were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Although their director has already presented them with a very busy schedule to prepare for the competition, Louise says, “we are embracing it and honoured to be part of it. Some of us are already planning our Hawaii sightseeing when we will not be rehearsing.”
Congratulations and good luck!