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  • Shore Notes retreat weekend held in Beaufort
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Mar 28 2023
    Shore Notes retreat weekend held in Beaufort
    Members of the Hilton Head Shore Notes attended a weekend retreat in Beaufort, SC, on March 24 - 26, where they spent many hours on the risers rehearsing the two songs that they will perform at the Region 9 Competition in Daytona Beach, later in the Spring. They were coached by Kim Higdon, director of Bridges of Harmony Chorus in Jacksonville, FL, and lead by Iris Christ, director of the Shore Notes. In addition to honing their skills on the competition songs, they also enjoyed dinner together at one of Beaufort's many downtown restaurants, and on Saturday evening, divided up into "family teams" and competed with each other in a hilarious game of Family Feud, complete with family talent and lots of laughter! 

    If you would like more information about the Hilton Head Shore Notes, please call 843-705-6852 or email
  • Fall Show, "A Wonderful Time of the Year" is set for November 5th
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Sep 22 2022
    Fall Show, "A Wonderful Time of the Year" is set for November 5th
    The Hilton Head Shore Notes chorus is delighted to announce that they will be presenting their show, “A Wonderful Time of the Year,” on Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 at Hilton Head High School’s Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Road. Since this is their first show in almost three years, they are very excited about being back on stage!  The show will be comprised of popular repertoire songs in the first half of the show and holiday songs in the second half.  Since the chorus annually sings holiday songs at all the Lowcountry’s retirement homes, they decided  it would be fun to usher in the season and give their audience an early taste of holiday cheer.  SongBird quartet will also be performing on the show.

    The show will be directed by Iris Christ, who has been the chorus’s director for the past year.  A certified director and Shore Notes member since 2002, Iris is full of energy and enthusiasm.  The chorus had a recent guest night and was thrilled to have five new prospective members.  The chorus is also gearing up for performing at Veterans’ Day and holiday events and next year’s Regional competition in Daytona.


  • 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.
  • 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

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