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As one of NBC’s longest tenured members, Wallis is an integral member of the Bass Section, as well as coordinating the ensemble Shine and directing some of our chorus Christmas Carolling performances.
Read Wallis’ story below.
How long have you been a member of NBC and Sweet Adelines? How did you come to join?
I have been a member since approx. 1994/5 which was before the chorus was officially chartered with Sweet Adelines International. I then resigned for about a year around 2001 for a 12 month trip around Australia in a motorhome.
I saw an ad in the Manly Daily which asked “Can you sing D below Middle C?” I thought, I can do that, that sounds like my scene! So off I went to rehearsal & have been doing so ever since.
What were you doing 20 years ago when the chorus began?
Teaching Music at Narrabeen High School.
What do you most enjoy about the chorus?
Singing & harmonising in both large & small groups.
What have you done in Sweet Adelines that has taken you out of your comfort zone?
Wearing a school uniform & pretending to be a teenage schoolgirl at the approximate age of 70.
What have you done in the chorus that has surprised your family and friends?
Nothing! I had already been singing, acting & performing, since the age of 10. They just expected it.
What are you most proud of about the chorus?
Coming 3rd at convention in Canberra
How different might your life be now if you hadn’t joined the chorus?
I would be bored stiff. I enjoy the work involved in learning the songs. I love the camaraderie involved in putting the songs together & then performing them.
What’s the funniest memory of being a Sweet Adeline?
Doing a skit involving the song “I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside” with about 8 other members from a very early time in the chorus.
Who do you admire in Sweet Adelines?
Peggy Gram – an extremely talented singer, a great leader & fabulous coach/mentor.
What is your favourite song you have sung?
Go the Distance.