Piney Hills Harmony to offer guest nights, vocal workshops 

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus, a local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is hosting guest nights mixed with sessions aimed at helping singers improve both their voices and their vocal performances.  

The chorus is welcoming singers of all skill levels to join them for two nights of settings designed to enhance their choral abilities. The sessions will be held during the chorus’s regular rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. June 15 and June 22 in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, located at 212 N. Bonner. 

Piney Hills Harmony currently draws its members from Lincoln, Caldwell, Ouachita and Union parishes. Visitors from other parishes are welcome as well.  

During the sessions, participants will receive instruction from a certified director as well as other experienced singers, with guidance on techniques and skills that are essential to becoming a successful vocalist. Sessions will cover topics such as correct breathing for singers, vocal range, harmony, tone and stage presence.  

Musical arrangements will be four-part harmony, requiring both high and low voices. The ability to read music is not required as vocal learning aids will be provided. 

“We are delighted to open our doors to singers who share our passion for song,” said Director Candice Bassett. “Our goal is to create a community of singers who are excited not only about singing, but also a cappella music, and who are dedicated to improving their skills and sharing their love of music with others. 

“We believe that almost everyone has the potential to become a good singer, and we want to help them reach their full potential. We encourage singers of all ages and backgrounds to join us and experience the joy of singing together in harmony.” 

A community performance that the visitors can participate in is also in the planning stages. 

Last year, the chorus theme was “Be Bold, Be Brave, Believe,” and Bassett said the group is excited to continue building upon its legacy of promoting harmony, music education and performance excellence. 

Piney Hills Harmony is one of approximately 500 chapters of Sweet Adelines International, which was founded in 1945 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by a small group of women who loved to sing and whose dream has spread across the globe. 

For more information about Piney Hills Harmony Chorus and its upcoming membership drive and workshop sessions, contact Sallie Rose Hollis, vice president and membership chair, at You can also visit and Piney Hills Harmony Chorus / Sweet Adelines International on Facebook.