Across the Lines - Sister Singers Network Newsletter. March 2017
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SSN Announces Co-hosts and Venue for 2018 Festival

The Sister Singers Network Steering Committee is excited to announce that the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus (GRWC) and Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus will co-host the 12th Sister Singers Network International Women’s Choral Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2018.

The festival, to be held June 27-July 1, 2018, 

will take place in downtown Grand Rapids at the Amway Grand Plaza, a world-class performance and conference venue that will accommodate up to 800 singers.“Grand Rapids has changed a great deal since we last hosted the SSN festival in 2001. We can’t wait to show off our city,” said GRWC’s Kristin Bauer, who is leading the festival team there. Read more about the 2018 Festival.

GALA 2016: A Festival to Remember

Sister Singers Network Festival Chorus at GALA. July 3, 2016.
Last July, Sister Singers Network members joined more than 6,000 delegates representing 130 GALA choruses from all over the world in Denver, Colorado for the 10th quadrennial Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) Festival. In addition to concerts by many SSN member choruses, the Festival featured a packed-room Meet-and-Greet for SSN Chorus members and friends and other activities.
The 2017 SSN annual meeting will take place July 22-23 in Grand Rapids, where we will preview our next Festival site. Watch this space for more details. We hope to see you there!  Read more about the 2016 annual meeting.
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Sister Singer Choruses March on Washington
Several SSN choruses marched in Washington, DC and other cities for the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. An estimated 4 million people marched around the world. If your chorus participated, send us pictures, stories, and/or media mentions, and we’ll publish them in the next issue of Across the Lines. Photos by Argerie Vasilakes and Sue Powell.

Spotlight on PFLAG Juneau Pride Chorus

Sister Singers Network choruses all have music in common, many share social justice themes and/or missions, and all build community in the process. We have a variety of organizational styles and legal forms.

The PFLAG Juneau Pride Chorus has a unique legal form: they are a women’s chorus sponsored by PFLAG Juneau (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians & Gays). In 2013, their relationship with the National PFLAG organization came into question, causing one of their members to write a delightfully articulate and moving letter, shared here, that brought an end to the questions. Read more about Juneau.

Southern Regional Festival Keeps Network Ringing with Hope

Womansong--Asheville, North Carolina's oldest and largest women’s community chorus--hosted “Sing My Sister Sing!”, a Sister Singers Network regional gathering in Asheville on October 7 to 9. Participating were Charlottesville Women's Choir, Common Woman Chorus from Durham, members of Fortissima, and guests from Green Grannies and Sahara Peace Chorus. Participants performed for each other, attended workshops, and got to know one another. A highlight was a mass chorus performance. Read more about Sing My Sister Sing!

Editor’s Lines

Welcome back to Across the Lines, the newsletter of Sister Singers Network. As your unofficial Sister Singers Herstorian and Newsletter editor, I am anticipating our second Grand Rapids SSN Festival with special pleasure. The first, "Northern Lights," was held in 2001 and -- like our upcoming 2018 Festival -- was a joint effort, in that year co-hosted with Sistrum, Lansing (MI) Women’s Chorus. Planners for SSN’s first co-hosted Festival dubbed themselves the Salmon Singers, in honor of the Grand River that flows through the city, and according to one planner's memory, the planning process was helped along ‘with a fish tank full’ of strong punch. As you will discover elsewhere in this newsletter, the 2018 Festival promises to be better than ever. Read more from the Editor.
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