The museum has often had musical groups and instrumental soloists as part of our many and varied programs. The local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, Voices in Harmony, has often been a part of this musical heritage. This chorus has smaller groups that have performed for us on several occasions. One of these quartets, Harmony 4 Fun, most recently sang for our Christmas open house last December. Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide group of women who come together to enjoy singing four-part harmony in the barbershop style. This international organization has chapters all over the world. Voices in Harmony has a growing membership of more than 60 women from Washtenaw and surrounding counties and they meet weekly in Ypsilanti. The group shown performed in period costume for the Docent Appreciation Lunch several years ago. Perfect for the audience at the museum was the historical theme of World War I music. This smaller group performed in authentic period costume. They most recently sang for the 2009 Docent luncheon featuring the history of barbershop music in America. The second group shown by the Christmas tree is the Harmony 4 Fun quartet. This Sweet Adelines International group of 4 local women last sang at our December 2009 open house. From the left: Nancy Kingsbury, tenor; Terry Mull, lead; Jill Burton, bass and Shirley Southgate, baritone. The Ypsilanti Museum is always ready to showcase fine local talent in its ongoing quest to encourage the development of the unique creativity found in our community. This museum has found a rich source of musical excellence. (Bob Southgate is a member of the YHS Board of Trustees and also serves on the YHS Museum Advisory Board.) Photo Captions: Photo 1: The Sweet Adelines “Voices in Harmony” group that performed at the YHS Docent Appreciation Lunch.
Photo 2: The Sweet Adelines “Harmony 4 Fun” quartet that sang at the YHS 2009 December Open House.