|BLUE TREE PROJECT
On a beautiful September morning, members of Indian Blue Chorus and the Kinross Primary School community gathered together to paint a tree blue and raise awareness around mental health. It was particularly fitting that this was just a few days after ‘R U OK Day’. To celebrate our birthday, every year we select a community-based organisation to support in some way, and in 2020, we chose the Blue Tree Project, which aims to encourage people to start difficult conversations and open up if they are suffering from depression and/or anxiety.
Our own lives at Indian Blue were touched significantly by the death, in July 2020, of Nathan Smalley – son of our member Brenda, and her husband, Keith. Sadly, Nathan is not alone with nine Australians dying every day by suicide – that’s more than double the road toll. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44.
We know within our own chorus and the local community; many have been impacted by mental health challenges. We hope that by coming together with Kinross Primary School, who are taking a proactive approach to educating their students about mental wellbeing, we are, in some way, making an impact within our community.
The team who organised the event, the wine and the raffle prizes did a fantastic job, it all went so very smoothly - R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to you all
Step 1. Present the inductees with their shiny new name badges and IBC glitzies.
Step 2. Recite our Indian Blue poem to them as they put their stars into our jar of all previous and present members, filled with the sands from the Indian Ocean.
Step 3. Give them their own little jars of Indian Blue sand, along with an invoice (the best present you will ever buy yourself)!
Step 4. Sing "Lean On Me" while they ascend the risers.
Step 5. Pure joy!
Indian Blue's Installation Ceremony is an annual event to welcome our incoming Management Team members and thank the outgoing team. Officiating the event is our chorus' long term friend, Rae Knight. Our chorus candle is lit for the evening, and all incoming members of the Management Team and singing members, light their candles from the central candle to close our ceremony.
Our Sweet Adeline of the Year for 2021 was awarded to Barb Turner, Indian Blue's Membership Coordinator. Barb's commitment to the wellbeing of our chorus members during the challenges of 2020 was recognised and celebrated!
|Sadly, ANZAC Day 2021 saw Western Australia in lockdown and we were unable to sing for the RSL Joondalup's Dawn service at the Ocean Reef memorial. After we were able to come together again, a small group from the chorus placed a wreath in memory of those who helped our nation become 'one and free'!
SingWest A Cappella Fiesta
Indian Blue Chorus joined together with a cappella choruses from Western Australia to bring the SingWest A Cappella Fiesta event to the Heath Ledger Theatre! In collaboration with the four Sweet Adelines Australia Choruses in Perth - Indian Blue Chorus, A Cappella West, Perth Harmony and Voices of the Vasse - and Barbershop Harmony Australia, 225 singers crossed the stage during the day for the BHA Western Region contest and then again in the evening in the WA Harmony Showcase, watched by an almost full house!
The finale of the concert saw almost 500 in the audience join in singing I Am Australian!
Congratulations to JuMBuK quartet, who won 1st place, and Moving Parts, who was awarded 2nd place. in the Invitational contest. Indian Blue Chorus' performance saw them awarded 3rd place in the Invitational Chorus contest with an average score of 74.2!!! A great achievement for us performing our 1940s package on stage for the first time!
It truly was an amazing night, integrating the 'Festival of Kali' into our 2020 Christmas party ... starting with physical warm ups to Kali’s favourite song and then line dancing to another; Kali leading a sand ceremony to 'let go of 2020'; chorus members getting very excited in pass the parcel and musical chairs ... whilst half the chorus stopped and started singing; Kali being Santa's Elf and delivering 'pay it forward' gifts from members to members; our traditional Christmas ornament exchange; presenting Kali with a Ngulliboo(All Of Us) shawl and a tribute of words of gratitude from chorus members presented with photos of Kali throughout the year, which will be printed as a book for her. Kali has been the 'glue' that has kept us together in 2020 ... and so much more!
Kali's Gratitude Book is attached for you to learn more about our wonderful Director and her leadership in 2020.
On this very special Tuesday night, we had the joy of celebrating seven whole years since Indian Blue officially chartered! The night came with lots of laughs, singing, quizzes, storytelling, drinks, and nibbles. Our 'blue-themed' speed quiz was great fun and won by the BASSES who are all incredibly pleased with their efforts. We also had the privilege of beginning the selection process of a local community tree for the Blue Tree Project - a project that helps to break down the stigma of mental health. All members voted for their favourite tree, and helped paint a mini version of our very own Blue Tree. Our seventh birthday also marked the start of a new chorus candle - a symbol of the light and love in our chorus. We lit the new flame with the old, and can't wait to burn our very special new candle hopefully for another seven years!
What a night at rehearsal ... 78% of the chorus joined us, with 92% 'in the Room' and 8% 'on Zoom'!
Indian Blue has had its first face to face rehearsal in 15 weeks!We had so much to catch up on… we congratulated Jackie and Linda who were presented with their members’ badges today, welcomed Barb and Ella onto the Management Team after our digital AGM, heard new quartet “Moving Parts” sing for us, awarded Morag with the Star of the Month, and sung Happy Birthday to Angie and Glenys. It was a busy night!
We had an amazing amount of people turn up and many Zoomed in!
We are so grateful to be able to sing together and can’t wait to get out into the community and sing for you all again.
"WE ARE WOMEN, HEAR US ROAR!": We are Sweet Adelines Australia and in this, our 30th Anniversary Year, we celebrate Australia Day 2020 with a compilation video of our new regional song that truly captures the spirit and diversity of our choruses, our members and this great country of ours.
Every chorus in Region 34 put their own stamp on this Glenda Lloyd four-part a cappella arrangement of Helen Reddy's and Ray Burton's iconic anthem.
We are so proud of this video that tells our Sweet Adelines Australia story better than words ever could.
#IamSweetAdelines #Lifeonahighnote #SweetAdsAust #IamwomanIamSweetAdelines #katehawkinsreallyissuperw
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|Indian Blue Chorus was so excited to be on the Channel Nine Perth Morning News during the Today Show, with reporter, Adrian and cameraman, Harne! Some members travelled for up to an hour to be here for the 6.30am call-time, others delayed their work start and all who were able to be a part of it stayed on for a 'Welcome to 2020' breakfast! |
During our first live segment, our youngest member, Ella, was interviewed with her grandmother, Vicki, and the chorus sang 'So Happy Together'! In the second live cross over, Kali explains a bit about 4-part harmonies and how singers are placed in the different voice parts. Enjoy watching Adrian dance as he joins us for 'Sweet Dreams'!
|December signifies a time of festive songs, fond memories of yester-year and a time of coming together at Indian Blue Chorus (IBC) to share our festive cheer with our local community - 'The Most Wonderful Time of the Year ' indeed! |
Since IBC chartered back in 2013, the community Sing Out Day has been a day when members give back to the community by visiting local cafes, lifestyle villages, shopping centres, retirement and nursing homes in and around the City of Joondalup. Each year we visit new and old venues to bring the sounds of our four part harmony and to set the festive mood for December.
Our festive spirit really starts in a car park at 9.00am in Mullaloo as we climb on board the City of Joondaulp coaches ready for a 9.30am departure. This year we returned to our home Burns Beach and to surprise many of the patrons of the local cafe, we kept young and old entertained with our carols
At 4.30pm we finished our Community Sing out day and thanked our amazing volunteer bus drivers and their wives who give up an entire day to enable us to visit and sing at so many locations. Without you, and the support from the City of Joondalup, we would not be able to lift the spirits of many of our audience members - this is simply priceless - thank you!
|Most recently Indian Blue Chorus set off to Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) to spend the morning singing to patients, families, nurses, doctors, hospital staff and even a few children.|
Members spilt up into two groups to ensure we were able to reach as many wards as possible before joining together back in Aged Care and the Main Foyer where passers by, who once hurried past suddenly stopped, smiled and stayed present in the moment, some cried with joy at the memories of times gone by, others talked of places of birth and some simply cried out after Silent Night - "You don't know how happy you have made me! thank you!'
Now that beats dashing around the shops on a Saturday morning!
|Hard to believe that Indian Blue Chorus turned 6 years old this week! We have so much to celebrate this year from a travelling education duo, who were on the other side of the world to a Mardis Gras Birthday themed party with our Charity of Choice this year, WA's Care Bags - Because Kids In Care Matter. |
Two very important founding chorus members, Director Kali Carmia and Bass Section Leader Helen Bolton have not been with us all this year because they went missing for 17 weeks and luckily for us came back in time for our 6th Birthday!
Kali and Helen been on a musical education journey with Lions Gate Chorus based all the way over in Canada. The trip was in order to learn new skills and much more to bring back to Indian Blue Chorus as well as to compete on the Sweet Adeline International Stage for 2019 New Orleans International Competition. So they had a packed education schedule and they took on every challenge that was laid out to them.
In true Indian Blue Chorus fashion it was a night of celebration, singing, laughter, friendship, good food and plenty of Mardi Gras fancy dress! Happy Birthday Indian Blue members!
ARTspokens: Art Talk - The Story Behind the Song with Indian Blue Chorus
Come along and harmonise with the story of Indian Blue.
Indian Blue is a member of Sweet Adelines International, a singing organisation made up of 25,000 women worldwide, committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.
IBC have just concluded a wintery festive season, celebrating by singing our Christmas repertoire for all of July. The chorus, along with our special guest carol singers, performed for St Ives retirement village’s Christmas in July event, this year with a new twist. We were joined by a group of ukelele-players, adding new lyrics to some old favourites. “Summer Wonderland” and “Aussie Jingle Bells” were a hit with the residents. The month culminated in a Christmas in July party for IBC and our carol singers, where the festivities continued. We can’t wait to do it all again at ‘real’ Christmas time!
|Indian Blue Chorus members are proudly participating with singers and community members from all around Perth at this years World Singing Day Perth 2019 heald at Yagan Square.|
Come and join us! Event warm up will commence 11.30am on Saturday 19 October 2019 at Yagan Square.
Join the hundreds of community members who will gather together to unite the world in song as part of this long standing global event.
The organisers have an array of well known classic karaoke songs with the song lyrics clearly displayed on the giant digital screen for everyone to join in at Yagan Square. .
Singing is an art form that connects across all cultures and communities. There is no qualifying requirement apart from the desire to come together and sing. The repertoire is chosen in a way that will engage the diversity in our community reaching out to those in the suburbs as much as those in the inner city.
Local Event Host: Sue Ross, Director, Choirs4Kids & Vivid Voices
et’s unite the world in song at sing-alongs all over the world on Saturday, October 19, 2019. This year we'll be celebrating our 8th annual global sing-along, and volunteer hosts around the world, just like David Corder, will be hosting sing-alongs in their own communities on the same day as yours.
When you sing on World Singing Day you are being a part of something big. Our theme song carries our simple message: "I sing to you and you sing to me. We sing together till the whole world sings." It’s a simple but powerful idea and we expect lots of people to join in the fun this year.
Get your free tickets above and add the event to your calendar.
You don't need to bring your ticket with you but registering for your ticket(s) will help Sue better plan for the event.
Have fun together Perth! Let's sing together and unite the world.
-Scott Johnson, founder of World Singing Day
World Singing Day 2019
sing-along events coordinated
by the World Singing Day team
in the birthplace of WSD, Boulder, Colorado USA
Learn more at www.WorldSingingDay.org
#worldsingingday #singing #connectingcommunities #connection #family #WAtoday #thisisperth #tourismwa #thisiswa #anotherdayinwa #hello
In February 2019, Indian Blue Chorus opened its doors to 25 women who wanted to have a go at singing. Many of these women hadn’t sung in a chorus since being at school. Some proudly sang in the car where they felt no one could hear them while they enjoyed the freedom of singing.
The “Everyone Can Sing” course ran over 6 consecutive weeks. Each week the participants learnt about the fundamentals of great singing and even some music theory to help understand the arrangements they were learning.
Our women learnt three new songs, performing them in their graduation concert to family and friends and showcasing their newly learnt skills (see picture left). That's some achievement in a relatively short space of time!
Not long after the course, some of our ‘Graduates’ performed with Indian Blue Chorus at Fremantle’s Choralfest (see picture right) and Ocean Reef RSL’s ANZAC Dawn service.
A large number of women who took part of the “Everyone Can Sing” course decided they really enjoyed singing with Indian Blue, making friends and more, so they decided to audition and become chorus members.
Since the completion of the course, Indian Blue Chorus has welcomed 9 new members from the ‘Graduates’ - 35% of the chorus participants are now members! These women clearly found a love and passion for singing. Our chorus has embraced these new members with support and encouragement and look forward to journeying together!
|April 2019 saw Indian Blue acknowledge and celebrate our incoming 2019-2020 Management Team at the annual Indian Blue Chorus Installation Dinner. Rae Knight, long time supporter of the chorus and Sweet Adelines Australia, officiated at the ceremony.|
Helen Bolton, who has been Team Coordinator and has tirelessly dedicated her time for the last five years to the role, passed over the responsibility to Sonia Moyle. who was elected as Team Coordinator. Chris Jones, who has served on IBC’s Management Team for the last 5 years as the Event Coordinator, passed over the reins and a busy schedule to Liz Urquhart. Morag Nelson was re-elected as Finance Coordinator; Kath Golowacz and Jos Brash were re-elected as Visual & Performance Coordinators; Margaret Patullo returned to the Management Team as Communications Coordiator and continuing in their roles are Viv Beacher (Membership Coordinator); Lou Patchitt (PR & Marketing Coordinator); Ali Carrick (Music Services Coordinator); and our AWESOME DIRECTOR - Kali Caramia! What a great team to lead our chorus over the next year!
The Installation Dinner also saw recognition of Sweet Adeline International memberships through the years from Toni (30 years) Jos (25 years), Helen, (20 years), Brenda (10 years) and Rubella and Liz (5 years). IBC’s Director. Kali Caramia, was also recognised for all the work she has done and time dedicated to supporting Sweet Adeline Australia Regional Management Team. IBC sure do know how to celebrate!
|How quickly our year came to an end and what a perfect way to do so with a number of performances throughout the City of Joondalup. December was packed full of festive harmonies with our members getting out and about and headlining at a variety community carol events in and around the City of Joondalup and the City of Wanneroo.|
Chorus members committed to a whole day of singing at various spots across the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo as part of our annual Community Sing Out Day. This year members visited some new and familiar venues which included Burns Beach Cafe for the mid-morning patrons before heading over to Joondalup Health Campus for the mid-afternoon singing. Members ending the day our regular final destination, St Ives in Mullaloo.
The chorus went on to sing at Burns Beach's Carols by Floodlight. This was the very first community carols the Burns Beach Resident Association (BBRA) have held. The final festive performance saw the chorus returning to sing at Sorrento Quay's Carols on the Boardwalk. In between all the community-based performances a small group of singers headed over to 6PR for our fourth and final show of the year. We really have been getting out and about preforming – something many of our members really like to get involved in – and bringing some happiness in harmony to the wider community.
Indian Blue Chorus are excited for many new opportunities with the start of a New Year. The first one of course is holding a 6 week Everyone Can Sing Course which is open to our communities far and wide. This is an opportunity to give yourself the gift of voice, harmony, friendships and much more whilst learning the skills week on week. This is sure to keep us all singing during the months of February and March!
|Indian Blue Chorus were honoured to be asked to return to 6PR to showcase a few more of our singing quartet members. |
Congratulations to our members, Sonia and Ali who sang on the radio for the first time.
|For more information, see:||https://www.6pr.com.au/podcast/the-beautiful-barbershop-stylings-of-the-indian-blue-chorus/|
|Indian Blue Chorus turns 5 years old and what better way to celebrate by donating gifts of school stationary packs to Perth Mums’ School Packs Project! |
Over the last 5 years Indian Blue Chorus has selected a charity of choice through its members. Previous birthday recipients have included Pat Giles Centre and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren WA. As Indian Blue Chorus approached its 5th birthday, we wanted to focus on an organisation to encompass the needs of all school aged children. So, we contacted Fiona, from the School Packs Project, via social media to get more information.
On Tuesday 4 September, chorus members celebrated, dressed according to their ‘longevity’ in the worldwide, Sweet Adelines International organisation – some newer members donned nappies whilst there were several members who dressed as 20-30-year-olds! Indian Blue Chorus welcomed Fiona and Pam, Perth Mums who brought this project to life. The Perth Mums behind the School Packs Project are aspiring to put together 500 stationary packs for the hundreds of children in WA family refuges escaping domestic violence. Indian Blue Chorus’ 5th birthday donations kick-started the 2018 campaign, with over 10% of competed School Packs for both primary and secondary school children being gifted!
To get involved in supporting the School Packs Project members of the community can donate new stationary items during September at participating community libraries in Duncraig, Joondalup, Whitfords and Woodvale. Further details can be found on the project’s Facebook page @schoolpacksproject.
|For more information, see:||https://www.6pr.com.au/podcast/listen-to-the-magical-voices-of-indian-blue-chorus-in-the-studio-with-perth-tonight/|
Indian Blue is thrilled to announce that our director, Kali Caramia will be joined by a new Co-Director in July! We are delighted to welcome Bec Hewitt to our team and look forward to another new chapter in our fabulous journey.Bec Hewitt has been actively involved in music and performance for 20 years as a soloist, jazz band lead singer, community theatre, and choral singer. She has been involved in barbershop for 15 years during which she has participated as a chorus member, a voice teacher, a coach, a quartet singer, a director and as a Singing Judge in the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges for Barbershop Harmony Australia. Most notably, Bec was the Lead in 6 time Region 34 Champion quartet Hi-Jinx, and is the Musical Director for Vocal Evolution in Perth.
Bec is a member of the Sweet Adeline's Regional Education Faculty and the Barbershop Harmony Australia Regional Education Faculty. She is also the General Education Coordinator on the Region 34 Regional Resource Team.
In her ‘life outside of Barbershop’ she runs her own business, Just Sing! Teaching voice and performance to singers of all ages and all styles.
Bec loves working with singers and groups and helping them to find their inner voice and realise their potential.
Kali Caramia has been a member of Sweet Adelines International for over 22 years. She is a graduate of the Perth Modern Music School and a student of a number of instruments over the years, (piano, clarinet, double bass and now cello). Kali ‘found’ barbershop in 1996 and went on to complete her Directors’ Certification in 2001; has won three regional quartet championships (and two silvers) with BlackJaQ quartet, sang bass and served as section leader in Perth Harmony Chorus from 2002 – 2013 earning 5 regional gold medals and one silver and has represented Australia internationally at a chorus and/or quartet level on five occasions.
Kali has served as the Region 34 Team Coordinator (2012– 4), the Sweet Adeline International (SAI) Editorial Review Board, the Region 34 Bylaws and Standing Rules Committee, the RMT Nominating Committee and is currently serving as the Region’s Directors’ Coordinator and as a member of the Regional Education Faculty. She has also become one of the first Directors in Australia to be awarded the new Harmony 500 pin as part of the Sweet Adelines International Directors Certification Program, by Indian Blue achieving over 500 points at competition when they also won their first medal, placing 3mid-size chorus at the Australian Sweet Adelines convention at the Perth Convention Centre in May 2017 with 48 singers on stage.
Kali continues to gain knowledge by attending as many educational events as she can at both men’s and women’s regional and international events.
The next step in Kali’s journey with barbershop is joining the amazing Lions Gate Chorus in Vancouver, Canada. In September of this year she will be living in Vancouver and singing with Lions Gate under the direction of Master Director Sandy Marron and next year will live in Canada for 5 months and compete with them at the International convention in New Orleans in September 2019. The education and knowledge she will gain during this time will be a fabulous injection into Indian Blue’s knowledge base.
Indian Blue Chorus is embarking on a new journey, one of harmony, education and excitement over the months to come with this fantastic duo leading the Chorus forward.
Talk back Radio with Chris Ilsley was all about the women as Indian Blue Chorus took over Perth airwaves for 15 glorious minutes.
|For more information, see:||https://www.6pr.com.au/podcast/womens-barbershop-at-its-best-indian-blue-chorus/|
|INDIAN BLUE CHORUS has just returned from the Sweet Adelines Australia Convention held at Wrest Point Casino in Hobart, Tasmania last week. Along with around 950 female a cappella vocalists from all over Australia, Indian Blue loved returning to Hobart where they last competed in 2015, taking 32 of our almost 50 members to join in the excitement, camaraderie and education.|
Hobart was a fantastic experience for the chorus. We were armed with a brand-new song in the competition package, arranged especially for Indian Blue and never previously used in competition! This challenging song required lots of commitment, energy and excitement and to help us prepare this song for the stage, we took on the ‘Stepping it out to Hobart Challenge’ where members were encouraged to get out and walk to build stamina for this impressively fast and dynamic song.
Hobart saw a total of 23 choruses and 23 quartets compete, including the debut of Indian Blue’s quartet, ABSRACT. Whatever the purpose or the competitions’ outcome, it was electrifying in energy, emotional in terms of song delivery, entertaining in performance, and a highlight to Wrest Point Casino visitors and competitors!
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