Joy has been in NBC’s Lead section for 19 years, and has served as wardrobe mistress for the chorus, coordinating costumes for convention as well as our general chorus performances.

Read Joy’s Sweet Adelines story below:




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

19 years. A friend saw a flyer and we came along together.

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

I was working as a co-ordinator with the Home Care service of NSW and caring for my Mother and Father and my family.

What do you most enjoy about the chorus?

Singing, companionship, Long term friends. A good reason to keep my brain active.

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

I became the Chorus President for about 4 years not knowing anything about Sweet Adelines whatsoever. …I just winged it! Also singing in front of my peers in a small group..(Scary!)

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

Lasted for 19 years!!! Dressed in out there costumes…and travelled without family to many
distant locations, such as Seattle, Hawaii and New Zealand and throughout Australia.

What are you most proud of about the chorus?

Steady friendships throughout the years. The effort to improve by our members and the
great turn-up of members to our performances.

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

Lonely!! My brain would have gone to ‘mush’ because of inactivity!!!

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

The chorus dressing up as Schoolgirls bought back memories and lots of laughs. I feel pretty sure that most of the chorus enjoyed the experience.

Who do you admire in Sweet Adelines?

Janet Black, because she has put such a lot of effort into helping members achieve their goals. She is always available to assist anyone with music difficulties.

Also Linda Wareham who joined us as our Director in about 2004 when she was already directing another chorus….and boy have we been lucky to have her with us!! She’s just great!

What is your favourite song you have sung?

I have two – The Lion Sleeps Tonight and A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square.


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