September 22, 2017


OUR DIRECTORS 

                              

 Sherry Sprague & Betty Jean Parham (Asst.)

 

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Sherry Sprague

 

During her twenty-seven years as a Sweet Adeline, Sherry Sprague has worn many hats - from membership chair to Director. She has also served at the regional level as historian and videographer.

 

Growing up with a mother trained in voice and a brother playing the guitar and singing, they entertained throughout the Bangor, ME area from public school choruses to church choirs. Sherry's father loved music but he “couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket". He was always, however, one of their most enthusiastic fans.

 

In 1985, Sherry was smitten by the barbershop harmony/craft when she joined the bass section of Heart of Maine chorus. As many of us know, simply singing in the chorus is not enough, and Sherry also served on the HOM board of directors for several years. Her involvement in HOM extended to a total of 6 quartets!   One of her last quartets earned Most Improved Quartet in Region 1.

 

In 1990 she entered the DCP program and became Heart of Maine chorus’ only Certified Director. In 1998 she left HOM to join Royal River chorus in Portland.  There, her musical knowledge expanded under the fantastic direction of Chris Ferguson and the coaching skills of Betty Clipman and Jim Arns. During this time, Royal River chorus won IES twice (2000 and 2002) in the AA Division. Along with those awards, they also competed as a "wildcard" chorus in Phoenix, Detroit and Nashville representing Region 1 as one of the top five highest scoring choruses in the midsize category. 

 

In 2009, Heart of Maine chorus invited her to come back as their director. There she remained for almost two years as director, a singing member of the Royal River chorus, and a member of the quartet Happenstance.

 

After retiring from her career as a cardiac bypass research analyst from Eastern Maine Medical Center, Sherry was free to pursue her dream of living in a warmer climate. At her family’s urging she packed up her life, downsized her Maine winter wardrobe, and moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina to join her brother and sister-in-law who now call NC "home." To round out the family unit Sherry says,There is one more member of my immediate family who is very special in my life, Tobi-Lyn Sprague. Tobi-Lyn is a 14 year old Schipperke (dog) who has grown up on barbershop music." Sadly, Tobi crossed the Rainbow Bridge in January '15, but Sherry has honored her memory by adopting a miniature dachshund--Josh--who is learning to enjoy music as well as being the #1 man in Sherry's life.

 

“I look forward to being Song O’ Sky’s director. It is my goal to help them build barbershop skills that will bring many rewards in the future.” Song O’ Sky chorus welcomes Sherry Sprague with her long time Sweet Adeline expertise. From NC to Maine, the harmony is the same, and we are looking forward to improving our craft even more under her capable direction.

 

 

 

Betty Jean Parham

 

 

Betty Jean grew up in Canton, NC (Haywood County) in a house filled with music. As a child, she sang with her family and learned from her father who taught shaped note singing. After graduating from high school, she received a diploma from the Sherwood Music School in Chicago. After returning to Canton, she sang in a women's gospel trio for five years, and gospel music still remains one of her favorites--"next to barbershop"-- that is. Betty Jean still lives in Canton and has two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren - all of whom share her enthusiasm for harmony "of one kind or another."

 

 

Before her retirement several years ago, Betty Jean taught piano and organ in Haywood County for 43 years, and she is still making music as the organist for West Canton Baptist Church and the pianist for Wells Funeral Home. A member of Song O' Sky since 1977 (first as bass and now as baritone), Betty Jean has worn the hats of both Director ( 1994-2008, 2012) and Assistant Director and assists in all musical activities for the chorus. She is not one to brag, but she is also a talented arranger, lyricist, and story teller--spinning many tall tales about her Haywood County neighbors that keep everyone laughing. We are so very grateful not only for her musical expertise but also for her commitment to

Song O' Sky .



 

 

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Congratulations Dot Schneider -- our SOS  Sweet Adeline of the Year-


                                                  Dot Schneider SATOY 2017.

                      Show Chair, Music Librarian, Membership "Mom to All"

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