Anne has been a member of NBC’s baritone section for the last 8 years. For many years she has been an active part of the chorus support team, most recently taking on the position of New Members Coordinator which makes her the friendly voice at the end of an email or phone, and at your first rehearsal when you join us.

Read more about Anne below.

 

 

How long have you been a member of NBC and Sweet Adelines? How did you come to join?

I joined NBC 8 years ago, in July 2009, after seeing an article in the Manly Daily that NBC was going to sing at the Country With a Kick’s Christmas in July party at the Balgowlah RSL.  All it took was seeing how Linda worked with the group, hearing the ensemble Shine’s rendition of “Carol of the Birds” and Jo’s front row smile, that convinced me that I knew I wanted to be a part of it!

What were you doing 20 years ago when the chorus began?

In March 1997. I had just moved to the Northern Beaches from Cairns, started a new job, and got married, so you might say I had a bit on my plate at the time!

What do you most enjoy about the chorus?

I love meeting new ladies, especially as the New Members Coordinator, and assisting them to beginning their wondrous journey towards membership into the great NBC sisterhood!  Oh, and then making music with them and seeing the smiles it brings to their faces is priceless too!

What have you done in Sweet Adelines that has taken you out of your comfort zone?

I think it was in 2011 when I didn’t go to competition, that I decided to share during the final pre-comp rehearsal, the story of how I met my husband.  I wanted them to share the emotion of the experience, so they could draw on it when they sang “I Never Meant to Fall in Love” at competition.  I guess it worked since they brought home fistfuls of medals!

What have you done in the chorus that has surprised your family and friends?

Parading in a fluorescent yellow bra filled with 2 rolls of toilet paper (one on each side, of course) behind a directing Linda to get the chorus to raise their smiling eyes while singing! Needless to say, although the eyes raised, so did the giggles, and the sound quality fell! (I think this beats parading around as the “Birthday Fairy” – in crown, wings and magic wand, no?)

What are you most proud of about the chorus?

How every member is valued and has an important role, as the glue that binds us together.

How different might your life be now if you hadn’t joined the chorus?

Definitely get more sleep on Monday nights instead of having songs spinning in my head until 3am!  Also, wouldn’t have the great job I now have, thanks to a connection through a chorus sister.

What’s the funniest memory of being a Sweet Adeline?

Singing as part of the ensemble night’s group: ROTCAS – Rip Open The (shower) Curtain And Sing!  The first year we did it, Sandra Steele, Dianne Robertson, Janet Argyros and myself were NBC members in 2040-something, rehearsing as women in our 90’s.  Janet with her cane, nearly falling down the steps of the Belrose School stage and Di with her faulty hearing-aide trying to blow a pitch pipe had us in stitches!  We laughed so much, we could barely get our lines out!  Thankfully everyone in the audience was also laughing so hard they couldn’t hear how bad the singing was!  We did however get the award for the most entertaining quartet that night!!

The following year, we doubled in size and sang “Gotta Wash that SPRAY Right Outta My Hair” (spoof on Wash that Man Out, from South Pacific) in bathrobes, shower caps and slippers! Fiona Jones looked so terribly lost during the performance (‘cause she couldn’t make any rehearsals), that she became an instant hit as the “straight(wo)man”, and got coached on how to draw even more laughs the second time we sang the song!   Again, a successful night, as the most entertaining ensemble!

Who do you admire in Sweet Adelines?

Hands down, it has to be Joy Trisic!  She’s worn so many hats in NBC. You would think after she steps down from one role she’d be entitled to take a much-deserved break from the hard work, but no!  She’s volunteering for another!

What is your favourite song you have sung?

Although I love “I Never Meant to Fall in Love”, because of its association with meeting my husband, I would have to say “Anthem” is my favourite.  I get goose bumps and a lump in my throat everytime I sing it.  Much like how the character in the musical, “Chess” sings it about struggling with his decision to leave Russia, I think of all 4 of my grandparents making the decision to leave their “Motherland” of Slovakia for America in the early 1900’s, never to see it, nor family members every again.

 

 Anne as her alter-ego Barbie!

 

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