Director changes at the Seattle SeaChordsmen


Big news from the chorus... After over four years in a co-director setup, the Board of Directors has made a decision to change our structure. Moving forward, we'll operate with one director, as Elizabeth takes on solo directing responsibilities and Melanie steps away from the SeaChordsmen.

Change of any kind is hard, of course. The bonds created when folks create music together are strong, and a change like this stings. Factor in Melanie's thoughtfulness, magnetic and engaging style, and overall kindness, and you have a recipe for heartbreak. We will not be the same without her energy.

So the chorus moves forward with one director -- Elizabeth Davies. If you're reading this, it's probably not news to you that Elizabeth is the very embodiment of a capable and motivated director. It's an understatement to say that we're in good hands, and we look forward to seeing how the chorus grows under her leadership.

Melanie, thanks for bringing out the sparkles in our eyes and the genuine smiles on our faces as you've directed us. Thank you for your encouragement, kindness, and words of support. Thanks for bringing your lovely voice and your incredible talent to the SeaChordsmen. We are forever changed.

Melanie is active out and about in the barbershop world, so there'll be no shortage of opportunities to see and hear her. She directs Northwest Harmony (a Sweet Adeline chorus), who will be competing in the Region 13 Convention in a few weeks. She sings with PDX Voices, the chorus who will represent the Evergreen District at Internationals in July. (Go, PDX Voices!!). They are amazing, and if you're in Portland anytime they're having a show, you do NOT want to miss it. Finally, Melanie sings lead in the new Hot Notes quartet, and we predict that they're going big places.

Thank you, Melanie!