|High Desert Harmony is looking for an Assistant Director to help in developing and educating women in singing four-part a cappella harmony in a supportive atmosphere for all stakeholders. Chorus leadership and general membership, including the Assistant Director. will support one another through a positive, respectful relationship in every effort to promote the musical quality of High Desert Harmony Chorus. This paid position is appointed by and reports to the Musical Director. |
|For more information, see:||https://www.highdesertharmony.net/assistantdirectorsearch|
After a very long 14 months holding weekly rehearsals on Zoom, High Desert Harmony finally held our first (mostly) all in-person rehearsal on May 24th, in accordance with CDC guidelines. It was glorious to be able to be together once again and harmonize in person!
Since then, HDH has had a very busy spring and summer. In June, we taped a virtual performance, "The Spring Will Bloom," at Reno's wonderful Rancho San Rafael Park, and the video, which included some beautiful dancing sequences, streamed on our social media platforms with an enthusiastic response from viewers. This performance was made possible in part with support from the City of Reno. You can watch at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pruIlqow6gw
HDH participated in Artown again this July, recording a virtual performance at Reno's First United Methodist Church, one of our favorite places to sing. This performance, which included the fabulous Free Range Quartet, was streamed on July 20th as part of the Church's Sweet Vibrations music series. The video is available at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=256476609224633
Our busy summer also included two sing-outs – at the Sierra Arts Festival at Reno City Plaza on June 26th and on July 10th at the Lavender Day Festival held in Rancho San Rafael Park. These performances reminded us how much fun it is to sing for a live audience!
P.S. We have welcomed nine new members so far in 2021 – these talented and enthusiastic ladies are a wonderful addition to our group!
High Desert Harmony wasn't able to rehearse or perform in person this holiday season, but we still have lots of holiday cheer we want to share with everyone -- at a distance. We were so fortunate to have a number of ladies from the community join us in our virtual Holiday Guest Chorus and perform with High Desert Harmony in three of the following songs. We hope you enjoy our holiday offerings!
♦ Carol of the Bells (Covid parody)
♦ A Children's Medley
♦ Happy Hanukkah, My Friend
♦ A Carol Medley
♦ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
♦ Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
♦ Auld Lang Syne
Singers Wanted! Please join High Desert Harmony this Holiday Season in our Virtual Holiday Guest Chorus!
Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, HDH will welcome women of all ages who want to share in the love of holiday music. More details available below. Please RSVP at HDHreno@gmail.com
Although High Desert Harmony Chorus hasn't been able to meet in person since last March, we've stayed busy with weekly rehearsals (via Zoom) and other virtual projects. Director Amy Fleming challenged chorus members to video record themselves individually singing several of our songs and then compiled them into fantastic virtual chorus videos.
► Harmonize the World
► Go the Distance
► Chordbusters March
"High Desert Holidays" went virtual in 2020 -- click here for several holiday songs performed by HDH and the lovely ladies who joined our Holiday Guest Chorus.
How are the ladies of HDH coping with the pandemic? Click below for insights into how the Chorus is staying strong and moving forward.
► HDH Goes Virtual
► Why We Love HDH
HDH members still meet every Monday evening (via Zoom) for education, singing, inspiration and socializing, and at this time we are happy to welcome guests to our rehearsals. Please contact us at HDHReno@gmail.com for more information. And please be sure to visit our Facebook page for the latest news on the Chorus.
|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.|