|LANSDALE, Pennsylvania – The Liberty Belles Chorus, like many others, became a virtual chorus in March 2020, due to the restrictions put on large gatherings. While this of course has had its challenges, they have continued their weekly rehearsals (via Zoom), welcomed many guest singers over the months, and have increased their membership by 10%.|
“It’s actually easier for some people to come to a virtual rehearsal rather than walking into a room full of people and sing,” says Nancy Weisbein, President and Membership Chair for The Liberty Belles. Speaking from her own personal experience, Weisbein went on to explain “As an introvert … it was very hard for me to walk in the door to start my journey with the Belles. Somehow, everyone helped me feel comfortable and confident that I belonged there. I’m glad I was able to do an in person rehearsal, but virtual probably makes a lot of people feel empowered to step into the Belles family.”
During a year where people have spent a great deal of time in isolation, it has motivated them to seek out online groups where they can connect with people who have shared interests and goals. In addition to connection on a virtual level, many choruses have also found that it is important to remain “in touch” with their members on a personal level. Some choruses, such as The Liberty Belles, stay connected by adding social time to their rehearsals, or by contacting individual members via phone or handwritten letters.
To read more of this story, please see the attached press release.
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|Our Very Own Mary Ellen Spruell recently received top honors as|
"Resident of the Year" at Brittany Pointe Estates in Lansdale, PA.
CONGRATULATIONS Mary Ellen! Way to go!
The Liberty Belles are proud to present to you our first (not the last!) chorus video.
Please enjoy this message of Love, Fun and Friendship!
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(pictured above are Christine Dunigan of The Liberty Belles Chorus, and Kate Rymarowicz of Laurel House, outside of Laurel House's main office in Norristown)
|On December 10, 2019, our members Diana, Christine and Meg dropped off 100 donated holiday gift bags from our Chorus to Laurel House for their holiday party! Laurel House is a domestic violence agency serving individuals, families and communities throughout Montgomery County, PA, being dedicated to the vision of ending domestic violence in each life, home and community.|
The Belles are so blessed to be able to support this amazing organization. Some items donated in the gift bags included pads and pens, facemasks, bath supplies, and candies!
Next week we will be performing for their residents and clients at their holiday party!
Our annual pancake breakfast fund raiser at Applebee's was once again, a huge success with a lot of family fun, cameraderie, good eats and of course, some great singing!
We couldn't have done it without you so THANK YOU for attending and we hope to see you again next year!
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|On May 4th, in Liverpool NY, at the 2019 Area 3 Contest and Convention, The Liberty Belles received their absolute best scores ever for a 2 song performance at a Harmony Incorporated contest event.
"It was an exciting and electrifying experience" says Anne Bureau, founder and Musical Director of the Liberty Belles Chorus of Lansdale. "Not only did we receive the Most Improved Ranking Trophy, we were awarded the 3rd place ribbons, trailing the second place chorus by ONE point!"
The Liberty Belles' next step is to particpate in the 2019 International Contest and Convention in Sandusky Ohio on November 8th! Stay tuned!
|Thank you to all who contributed to the success of our wonderful Spring Show - That Radio Show from the 1959!|
Both Friday night and Saturday Matinee shows were well attended in our new venue, Souderton Mennonite Church. The atmosphere in the sanctuary was warm, with great accoustics, comfy bench seating and plenty of stage space for our Liberty Belles and North Pennsmen ensembles.
Our wonderful support auxiliary, the Pennettes, did a great job in the front of the house with their usual friedly greetings and homemade breads for everyone to purchase. There were plenty of Door prizes and much to look through about our rich ensembles' history, all on display in the front lobby.
The Liberty Belles will now be preparing for our Area 3 contest in Liverpool, NY, on May 3-4. Please keep following our progress and join us at one of our Monday rehearsals!
|The Liberty Belles collected all these goodies for Laurel House this month plus we gave them $300.00 in gift cards and cash. To say Samantha Koellhoffer, their Volunteer Coordinator was thrilled, was an understatement! Watch this report and you'll know why you need to support this great community support system.|
|For more information, see:||laurel-house.org/|