|High Desert Harmony's festive season of singing culminated in our annual holiday show, “High Desert Holidays,” on Dec. 15, 2019 at Harrah’s Sammy’s Showroom in downtown Reno. What a fabulous venue this was, and we were thrilled to have a near-capacity crowd on hand to enjoy holiday favorites sung by HDH and several quartets, as well as a very special performance by the young ladies of Reed High School's Visions Ensemble. For the second year, HDH welcomed a Holiday Guest Chorus to join us on stage for three holiday classics. Thirty enthusiastic and talented ladies from the community rehearsed with us for six weeks prior to the show to get a taste of the fun and excitement of barbershop music. It was wonderful singing with and getting to know these lovely ladies, and we are looking forward to several of them returning in January to learn more about High Desert Harmony Chorus.|
High Desert Harmony was thrilled to perform at the Great Reno Balloon Race on Sept. 8th! We had a pre-dawn, 6:00 a.m. call to be at Rancho San Rafael Park, but thousands of people were there even earlier to watch the balloons ascend. It was truly memorable to sing the National Anthem, as well as several more songs, as the sun came up.
We also held a sing-out for the Newcomers and Neighbors of Northern Nevada luncheon on Sept. 26th at the Atlantis Hotel in Reno. We had a great time entertaining this fun and appreciative audience.
The ladies of High Desert Harmony had a great time at our annual Artown show on July 8, 2019. This year the show was held at Reno's historic First United Methodist Church in downtown Reno to an enthusiastic full house. Joining the chorus were three of our quartets: Free Range, Ransom Notes and Serafina.
|High Desert Harmony Chorus recently took part in the Sweet Adelines International Region 12 competition (which included choruses and quartets from Northern California, Northern Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawai'i) held May 2-4, 2019 at the Sparks Nugget Resort Hotel. The weekend featured fabulous singing, camaraderie and excitement, and it was great to welcome everyone to our hometown. |
High Desert Harmony is so proud of our two quartets which also competed at the event: Chordplay (left) and Free Range. And we are so excited that Free Range was awarded Fourth Place among the more than 20 quartets competing.
|High Desert Harmony celebrated the holiday season in grand style on Dec. 10, 2018 with "High Desert Holidays," at McKinley Arts & Culture Center in Reno. We were thrilled to have a sellout crowd on hand to enjoy holiday favorites sung in barbershop style, as well as the enthusiastic musical offerings of Reno High School's women's chorus and Echo Loder Elementary School's honor choir. |
High Desert Harmony was joined for three songs by our first-ever Holiday Guest Chorus -- 14 ladies from the community who rehearsed with us for five weeks prior to the show to get a taste of the fun and excitement of barbershop music. It was wonderful having these enthusiastic ladies on stage with us. In fact, several of these ladies returned for our Guest Night on Jan. 21st, interested in learning more about HDH. We are so glad to have them join us again!
HDH was honored to be invited to sing the National Anthem at the University of Nevada’s Women’s Basketball game on Jan. 12th. It was a thrill for us to be part of the excitement of collegiate basketball!
|Every July, Reno becomes Artown, and High Desert Harmony was thrilled to take part in this annual event once again. On July 30th, we presented an old-time radio show, complete with an emcee, funny commercials, call-in requests, light-up applause sign, and radio jingles. Our “Friends & Family” show was July 23rd, and both nights had big audiences and thunderous applause (thanks in part to that applause sign)! Our newest quartet, Sierra Sirens, debuted on July 30th, with Amy Fleming (tenor), Alana Ridge (lead), Jenny Carr (baritone), and Daria Tavoularis (bass). |
In addition to all the work before our Artown show, we also performed in May outside of Mountain Music Parlor during Reno’s Midtown Artwalk. The women of High Desert Harmony had a great time entertaining all who passed by.
|High Desert Harmony won the medal for Most Improved Chorus at the Region 12 competition May 4-6. Choruses from Northern California, Southern Oregon and Northern Nevada were in town for the annual convention at the Nugget Resort and Casino.|