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  • Upcoming Guest Night - August 15, 2022
  •  Date Posted: Fri, May 27 2022
    Upcoming Guest Night - August 15, 2022
    Hilton Head Shore Notes Chorus is comprised of women throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties who sing four-part, a cappella harmony.  The group entertains at civic functions, parties, charitable events and holiday gatherings. Caroling at the Island’s retirement communities is particularly joyous, as the chorus can share the holiday spirit.  

    To maintain their charter as Sweet Adelines, the Shore Notes compete at a regional level in Daytona Beach, Florida, where they have won many medals over the years in the Small Chorus Division.  They are also planning a show on November 5, 2022 at Hilton Head High School’s Seahawk Cultural Center and will perform their fun repertoire as well as holiday songs.

    For anyone wishing to explore her inner diva, you are invited to Guest Night on Monday, August 15, from 7:00 to 8:30 at their rehearsal hall, Okatee Baptist Church, 5467 N. Okatie Hwy (Route 170) in Ridgeland. (Proof of COVID vaccination will be required.)

    Come meet this wonderful group of women and learn more about the art of a cappella harmony and ringing chords.
    Shore Notes singers are from all walks of life and are convinced that singing is the fountain of youth and more addictive than chocolate cake!  If you can carry a tune, you’ll fit right in.

    Get up to date details regarding our guest night on our Facebook event page:

    Call Barbara at (843) 705-6852 with questions.
  • Shore Notes Chorus Welcomes Iris Christ as Director
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Aug 29 2021

    The Hilton Head Shore Notes are happy to welcome their new director, Iris Christ.

    Iris Christ's Sweet Adeline life began in 2002 when she begged a friend to take her to a guest night for the Hilton Head Shore Notes chorus after hearing them sing at a luncheon. She remembers the audition where she was so nervous that she could barely croak out the notes and her heart was beating so hard. She's come a long way since then!

    Through the years, Iris has served on the Shore Notes Management Team as Treasurer, the music team as choreographer and as Lead section leader. She also sang tenor for two of those years when another tenor was needed. She achieved her Director Certification after completing the Director Certification Program in 2017 and became Assistant Director of the Shore Notes and eventually Associate Director. She was a dual member with Jacksonville Harmony from 2005 to 2006. In 2011-12, she was a dual member with Charleston’s Southern Harmony where she served as Emcee Chair and Program Coordinator. She joined Bridges of Harmony as a dual member in 2019 and became co-Lead Section Leader in 2020. She also served for 3 years on the Region 9 Management Team as Finance Coordinator.

    In her own words...

    "We all love to sing and most of us love to perform - the very essence of being a Sweet Adeline. As a serious student, I have taken every coaching session available to me over the years and there is still so much to learn! I love helping other singers improve by sharing what I’ve learned. Much of that has taken place in the many quartets I’ve had the pleasure of being in, singing both lead and tenor.

    I am so excited to take on the director’s duties for my home chorus! Many of my friends remain members. With their support, hard work and team effort, we will be all we can be as singers, entertainers and participants in the lowcountry music scene."

  • Raffle Winners Announced!
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Aug 20 2021
    The winners of the Hilton Head Shore Notes Raffle are:
    $100 Winners:

    Sherry Adams
    Celia Cunningham
    Bob DeJianne
    Sue Gordon
    Eric Johnson
    Coleen McBournie
    Marsha Oakes
    John Somers
    Jodi Wieczorek
    Kim Winnett
    $500 Winners:

    Millie Newman
    Sara Williams

    $1,000 Winner:

    Rosellyn Cassidy

  • All Shore Notes Rehearsals Suspended Until Further Notice; Weekly Meetings Continue with Zoom
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 7 2020
    Due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, all Shore Notes rehearsals have been suspended until further notice. We will be sure to post a notice here when rehearsals resume again. The chorus is continuing to meet once a week using Zoom as an online meeting space.
  • Shore Notes' bass earns top honors at Women’s Harmony Brigade
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Aug 6 2019
    Shore Notes' bass earns top honors at Women’s Harmony Brigade

    Betty Owen, a member of the bass section in the Hilton Head Shore Notes, sang in the winning quartet at this year’s 6th Annual Women’s Harmony Brigade, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, August 2-4, 2019. Melody Templeton, director of the Shore Notes; Sherry Adams, lead; and Sue Gordon, baritone; also participated in the event.

    The Women’s Harmony Brigade is an annual event that includes non-stop quartet singing and quartet partner switching. About 150 participants learn a common repertoire of 10 challenging songs, arranged in the barbershop style, and arrive fully prepared and ready to sing with whoever asks all weekend long. Each participant receives a "dance card" upon arrival and will, over the course of the weekend, attempt to sing with every participant in quartet formation.

    In addition to the dance cards, 38 quartets were randomly selected from the 150 participants. On Friday night, each newly-formed quartet was given two song choices from the 10 prepared songs, and one hour to rehearse their song before going on stage to compete. Sweet Adelines, Inc. Queens of Harmony quartet, Martini, judged the event. The top ten quartets went on to compete again on Saturday night, where each quartet was assigned one song or they could choose to sing the “challenge song” which was the most difficult of them all, “When I See An Elephant Fly.” Song assignments were given out at 6:00 and the show started at 7:00!

    Owen’s quartet, “Daiquiri,” sang “Let’s Live It Up” on Friday night, and “When I See An Elephant Fly,” on Saturday night’s show. Other members of Daiquiri included Janene DePalo, lead, from Chatam, NJ; Lorna Graves, baritone, from Charlotte, NC; and Rhiannon Light, tenor, from Aurora, Ohio.

    Also performing on the show were all top ten quartets, other ensembles formed at the Brigade, long-time quartets who attended the Brigade together, as well as this year’s celebrity guest quartet, SAI 2012 Queens of Harmony, Martini!

    And if that wasn’t enough to cram into one weekend, the 150 participants were divided into four VLQs (Very Large Quartets) and on Saturday afternoon, each VLQ went to perform at a different Raleigh nursing home, where they entertained the residents with all ten songs!

    To learn more about the Women’s Harmony Brigade, visit