Betty Coben's blog

In May 2020, Liberty Oak Chorus celebrated our director, Katie Blackwood’s, 15th anniversary directing the chorus with a video tribute from our members. LOC had been a small chorus when Katie took the reins as our director in 2005.  That first year, Katie worked on vocal skills with the chorus and at our regional competition in 2006, we went up 127 points, the largest jump of any chorus in Sweet Adelines at the time. 

With Katie’s talent and leadership, LOC continued to grow and improve. In 2010, LOC made its first appearance on the Sweet Adelines International Competition stage as a wild card in Seattle.

We are mourning the loss of Carlyn Bellis Barr who passed away Tuesday night. She loved Sweet Adeline’s and sang with several choruses in her lifetime. Carlyn currently served as Costume committee co-chair and was a member of the Bass section at Liberty Oak Chorus. Her smile was infectious. It will not be the same without her voice on our risers.

IT’S NO WONDER WHY NANCY HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY NOMINATED BY OUR MEMBERS AS THIS YEAR’S MEMBER OF NOTE!

NANCY HAS BEEN A SWEET ADELINE AND MEMBER OF LIBERTY OAK CHORUS FOR 13 YEARS.  SHE STARTED AS A LEAD AND WITHIN THE PAST FEW YEARS, SWITCHED TO BASS!   DURING HER TIME WITH LOC, SHE HAS BEEN A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE MODEL FOR ALL OF US, DEVOTING HER TIME WITHOUT HESITATION, SERVING AS AN LOC BOARD MEMBER IN NUMEROUS CAPACITIES, DONATING HER CRAFTING SKILLS AND TIME FOR VARIOUS FUNDRAISERS.  SHE ALSO WORKS TIRELESSLY ON OUR REGIONAL MANAGEMENT TEAM, STRINGING HUNDREDS OF MEDALS FOR YEARLY CONTESTS AND HANDING OUT AWARDS!   ALL THIS DONE AND ALWAYS WITH A SMILE!!

Alexa auditioned for and subsequently attended Howell’s High School Fine Performing Arts Center as an acting major, Westminster Choir College’s Solo Vocal Artist program, Rutgers Musical Theatre Academy, Papermill Playhouse’s Summer Conservatoy and even the prestigious Juilliard Pre-College Vocal Program.  

Performing has given Alexa her purpose and philosophy in life. She states, “Performing for me isn’t about being a star or getting rich.  It’s a way to show the most vulnerable parts of yourself to an audience that tries to hide those same parts of themselves everyday.”

She will be pursuing a degree in Performance and Music Education at Ithaca College this fall.

We congratulate this very talented young woman.