|By Ellen Withers|
Top of the Rock Chorus presented their “Sing Like a Girl” concert on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theatre in Little Rock to rave reviews. The diversity of the program, as well as the spectacular award-winning quartets, was a huge hit with the standing-room only audience.
The program highlighted the talents of women of all ages, including members of Top of The Rock Chorus, Peggy Gram Scholarship recipient Megan Ahne, participants in the Young Women in Harmony summer vocal program and guest quartets TITANIUM, The Ladies and Minor League. Andrea Alford, Deputy Executive Director of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the show. Top of the Rock Chorus is directed by Master Director Kelly Causey.
Over the summer, Top of the Rock Chorus offered a program open to young women to encourage musical education in the barbershop art form. Tina Kneisler was the music director of the program. The participants, who named themselves the Pebbles, were featured during the concert. Thank you to Emily Armstrong, Gracie Armstrong, Abby Ellis, Callie Messick, Beatrice Nkunga, Clara Principe, Riley Rennels and Sofia Theodore for your participation.
Ahne is the first recipient of the Peggy Gram Scholarship, awarded each year to an individual pursuing music at the secondary level. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of the Ozarks and will pursue a graduate degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her dream is to become a professional singer.
TITANIUM is a Dallas-based quartet currently ranked sixth place in the Sweet Adelines International Quartet Competition standings and was awarded the 2018 Novice Quartet Award, given to the highest scoring quartet with at least two members competing at the international level for the first time. They will be competing at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in St. Louis in October.
The Ladies won the 2016 Sweet Adelines Rising Star Competition for young women in New Zealand and have since performed and taught all around the country at various a cappella and barbershop camps. In March, they competed in their first Region 10 quartet competition and won first place, qualifying them to compete at the International Competition in St. Louis.
Minor League won second place in the Sweet Adelines Region 25 Young Women in Harmony Quartet competition in 2018 and 2018 Region 25 Most Improved Quartet. They sing with Basically Treble Chorus in The Colony, Texas, the first Young Women in Harmony Chorus to become a chartered chapter of Sweet Adelines International.
Fifteen-year-old Top of the Rock member, Reilly Principe, was featured in an ensemble called Reilly Principe and The Pretty Girls, formed to highlight her singing talent. Also performing was Top of the Rock’s own quartets and ensembles, Vertigo, Treble in the Village, Roundelay and Heart of the Rock.
A sincere thank you goes to the “Sing Like a Girl” show committee and Show Chairperson Kathy Harkins for all of their hard work to make the evening such a great success.
LITTLE ROCK — Top of the Rock Chorus has accepted a wild card bid to the Sweet Adelines International competition in New Orleans in September 2019.
With a score of 633, Top of the Rock finished second in the Region 25 Sweet Adelines competition at Robinson Auditorium in March, behind Talk of Tulsa Show Chorus. Both choruses will be competing in New Orleans.
“It is such an honor to be invited to compete in New Orleans,” said Kelly Causey, director of Top of the Rock. “We are thrilled to represent Arkansas at what is truly an international event featuring the best 34 Sweet Adelines choruses from around the world.”
Based in Central Arkansas, Top of the Rock is a five-time regional championship chorus made up of talented women who love to sing, perform and grow as singers and musical leaders. The group, which has been performing for more than 50 years, currently has more than 50 singers of all ages.
In addition to their second-place overall finish in March, Talk of the Rock also won second in the Division AA category for mid-sized choruses and tied for Most Improved Chorus after raising their score 26 points.
“We were so proud of what we accomplished at regionals in March,” said Causey. “Our chorus garnered the best scores that Top of the Rock has ever achieved. Now, we are planning even greater things for New Orleans.”
Top of the Rock Chorus is a member of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of nearly 22,000 women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance. Sweet Adelines International choruses are divided into several geographical regions. Region 25 is comprised of 30 choruses from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
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Top of the Rock tied with Show-Me Harmony Chorus for Most Improved Chorus after both groups raised their scores by a jaw-dropping 26 points! Then, Top of the Rock took home second place in both Division AA (mid-sized choruses) and overall categories, finishing behind Talk of Tulsa Show Chorus.
Our quartets also wowed and amazed the judges. Vertigo, featuring baritone Tamara Boggs. won fifth place in the overall quartet competition. Roundelay, featuring Kathy Allison, Mary Devine, Karen Wesson and Ellen Withers, finished 13th out of all competing quartets. Finally, the lovely ladies of Treble in the Village -- Kathy Allison, Kay Crews, Sharon Gardner and Patty Van Cleave -- won the Audience Choice Award in the quartet open division category.
It was an amazing weekend!
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Arkansas Sounds concert to unite voices of women, men
Friday's Arkansas Sounds Concert Series show leaves the instruments at the door and turns up the volume on vocals as the Top of the Rock Chorus and Acapella Rising hit the stage.
The two central Arkansas-based singing groups will each take the stage for their respective sets and then join for a finale. The concert, at the Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater, is the latest in the Arkansas Sounds series, a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the library system.
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