|Philadelphia’s Own Liberty Belles A Capella Chorus Hits High Note & Wins First Place|
The Liberty Belles Chorus Finish First in Harmony, Incorporated’s Area 3 Contest and Will Compete in International Contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan in November.
|Our first annual show was held on September 10th, 2022 and was a huge success. With a little over 200 tickets sold, our audience enjoyed a musical journey provided by the Liberty Belles, various smaller ensembles and quartets, and guest performer The North Pennsmen Chorus.|
Stay tuned for details on how to purchase your tickets to our second annual show on September 9th, 2023!
|Last Saturday April 30th, 2022, in their first contest in over two years, The Liberty Belles Chorus placed third out of 8 chourses, at their AREA contest and convention held in Liverpool, NY. Songs performed were You Belong To Me and Bridge Over Troubled Water and the overall score they received was 73.1.|
"Our singers were super ready for the stage. Preparation is everything - it builds confidence and helps deliver a solid performance!" says Anne Bureau, Musical Director.
For the Liberty Belles, work has already begun to prepare for their Live Show on September 10th and their participation on the International Contest stage on November 2-6 in Verona. They will also be performing at several venues throughout the summer including a repeat performance of The Star Spangled Banner at a Reading Phillies game August 6th.
|Women’s Chorus Presents Laurel House with Special Gift for New Shelter|
LANSDALE, Pennsylvania – The Liberty Belles Chorus of Lansdale PA donated $1050 in gift cards to Laurel House, in celebration of the anticipated opening of Laurel House’s new Safe Haven Center. The chorus presented the donation as a special house-warming gift – the gift cards were part of an art project that was created by Liberty Belles chorus member Jordie Compton of Shooting Starr Studio.
Laurel House provides shelter and support to women and children who have been impacted by domestic violence. Their new center, which opens later this Fall in Lansdale, will be closer to public transportation, job training opportunities, and other community resources. According to their website, “this new, secure, and easily accessible facility will house our emergency shelter, which is the only one in the county, as well as some of our supportive services for domestic violence victims and their children.”
The Liberty Belles Chorus is a chapter of Harmony Inc., a non-profit international organization whose mission is to “Empower all women through education, friendship, and singing.” As such, they have made it their mission to contribute to local charities like Laurel House. The whole of their donation is comprised of money given by the individual chorus members. The donation, which was presented to Laurel House on Friday September 17th, includes 36 gift cards, which will be distributed to the families of Laurel House.
To learn more about Laurel House’s new Safe Haven Center, or for information on how to make a donation, visit laurel-house.org/capital-campaign/.
|Join the North Pennsmen and the Liberty Belles on YouTube for our FREE a cappella show premiering June 10th at 7 PM. “Songs and Smiles from Across the Miles” will take you on a tour from shore to shore and back in time. Let’s go without a care to wherever the music takes us, whether it’s New York or Texas, or even a bygone era.|
The music is upbeat and the chords really ring, so save the date to see us sing. Just subscribe to the North Pennsmen YouTube channel for notifications. We’ll remind you 30 minutes before we raise the panel. Also, please say you’re "Going" on Facebook and "like" us there. If you know others who might like us, feel free to share!
|For more information, see:||www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSPZDBzlKPo|
|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/|