Regarding 2018 International Outgoing Package St. Louis
I cannot express in mere words how moved I was to witness North Metro's brilliant, special and creative bow-out performance in St Louis (even though I was unable to be there in person, I heard and saw EVERY moment on my big screen TV on the Webcast from my Seattle living room).
Your unique way of honoring all the competing chorus directors, singing the parody lyrics with the moving arrangement of TOUCH THE SKY was so impressive. A BUCKET OF LOVE executed with joy, love and total involvement by both you and your entire chorus to the entire audience radiated through the television screen as well. But the epitome of your performance was the solo sung with feeling and artistry by Susann McKinley (my dear friend with the gorgeous voice, in the completely darkened arena with cell phone lights ablaze) from Dear Evan Hansen of DISAPPEAR/YOU WILL BE FOUND...thrilling, amazing and awe- inspiring bringing not only a lengthy standing ovation to everyone, but tears from my eyes as well.
Your continuing dedication to your mother is so heartfelt and and constantly reflected in the reactions of your very talented chorus members and chorus friends! Erin, you exemplify an inner radiance and incomparable creativity in EVERYTHING you do and say...you are truly a Sweet Adeline to be admired forever. Even your emcee work was enthusiastic and compelling!
I guess this message from me to you has become an ODE TO ERIN, but I mean every word of it. One of the most meaningful highlights of my judging career was getting to direct North Metro Chorus at the rehearsal following the regional competition where your mother initially introduced her arrangement of ONCE UPON A TIME! (I have never awarded a higher Expression score to a contestant than I did to all of you in that chorus competition!)
Love to you, your mother and ALL of North Metro Chorus,
You guys were great! And the Evan Hanson song was spectacular!
Thanks Heather! The audience blew us away when all their phone lights were turned on when we raised our heads!!! Beautiful song.
You are all truly LIVING!! Passion and joy are oozing out of your pores. Every one of you.
You just raised the bar to another level!
I cannot believe that package that you did last night. The emotional impact was outstanding. It was perfect in every way ….
My reaction was like “a deer caught in headlights” …"Eyes Wide Open” I could not believe what I was seeing or hearing …
It was so dark in the room for “You will Be Found” … so when you just hear the sound of that pure, sweet, and innocent voice of my “Hero Suzanne” pierce through the void ,,,, it rises as a very emotional, all-encompassing experience. Then when your finger lights came up …the effect was so dramatic ... especially for me .. cause I could see through the dark and see you underneath the light … which is now making me cry …. cause I love each and every one of you. You were and are incredible! Shout outs to the Emcee's, Jenna, Choral group, Front row, and my Risers buddies for their attention to detail and perfections!
Hugs to all .. Carol Fawcett
Many kudos and much loving appreciation to you and North Metro Chorus for a beautiful, moving and thrilling bow-out performance. Your chorus, your packages and your messages so reflect who you are - which is a gift for your chorus, your audiences and our organization. Erin, you are a special gift to us and a beautiful picture of Sweet Adelines. Thank you for sharing all of that with us!
Paula Davis, Immediate Past President
There are no words to describe how you made me feel ❤ Kathy Pattersons Mother
There are no words to describe how you made me feel ❤ Mary Finley
Beautiful performance! NM you moved us all tonight. We watched your performance on a a screen at rehearsal tonight. So thankful for the Webcast.
It was amazing and very emotional!!! Ev Orth Durk
This was one of the highlights from this week. You are all so wonderful. Incredibly moving performance. ❤️❤️❤️ Denise Choyke Weinberger
What a moving performance! North Metro is an inspiration to the Sweet Adeline world! Thank You! Lauren Altiere
Regarding 50th Anniversary Celebration - September 19, 2018
What a night! North Metro celebrated 50 years with dozens of alumni joining us! What a great time. Meeting up with dear friends, laughing and of course singing together. Thank you to June Dale for being our leader, coach, arranger and inspiration for 45 years and to Erin Howden for taking us into the next phase with such creativity, brilliance and inspirational motivation! We are so lucky. Visit our Facebook page to see photos: www.facebook.com/NorthMetroChorus
We had a party and 350 people came! What fun to see all our friends.Happy 50th anniversary North Metro! Thank you Towner family and your team for all your hard work! Gloria Busch
So very happy to be a part of the special evening this week celebrating 50 wonderful years of music! This pic shows current and past members singing together. Happy Birthday North Metro Chorus!! ❤️. Linda Morrison
North Metro's 50th Anniversary Party! Amazing time with an amazing chorus, thanks June, Erin and all who make this chorus so great!!! Regan MacKenzie
What an amazing night! So enjoyed having time to visit with everyone and then we were treated to a wonderful performance by the chorus. Then we all sang a couple of songs together! Thanks to all for a wonderful time
Such a great 50th celebration last night. Great seeing old friends and even older friends (which I mean in the nicest way!). Chorus sounded and looked great! You'll be awesome in St Louis. Love you guys!
Check out our photos on facebook (just search North Metro Chorus)
Wonderful evening from start to finish! The hugs and good wishes were amazing! I was so thrilled to be on the risers again, singing my lungs out! There must have been more than 200 of us up there - what a thrill!! The Golden Horshoe gals I spoke to about the party the next day raved about it forever!
- A friend
Regarding Chorus Show
“I have to tell you how much I enjoyed your show Stand in the Light. I told both Susie and Cindy I wish you were doing that show another weekend and I would have told and brought everyone I know. I laughed, cried thoroughly enjoyed the whole show. I always enjoy watching North Metro but that was simply amazing. “
- Friend of member(s)
Can't tell you how much I THOROUGHLY enjoyed watching you both and the pure pleasure that radiates from your beautiful smiles as you sing. Your combined chorus voices sent shivers up my spine - especially HALLELUJAH ~ wow truly amazing. I'm so glad that I got to see your award winning Toy Soldier package. Totally deserved the Gold medal. Loved the Lullaby the best. The upbeat swing in your Piano package was wonderful to listen to as well.
I certainly enjoyed an entertaining evening listening to the choir. The costumes were bright and beautiful. The choreography and staging were wonderful. The people that I could see in the audience certainly were smiling - a true testimonial to a delightful performance.
- Bob A - Toronto
Beautiful beautiful singing, choreography, costumes and staging very professional, second to none. Truly a wonderful and surprising concert!
- Tamara D.
Well - that was quite the performance!!! You ladies sure do know how to put on a show!!!
Finally got to hear the much talked about over my years ~ NORTH METRO. I now know why June's chorus is much sought after and a challenge to beat during competitions. Your intense rehearsals and practice pays off. From the precision of Erin's choreographed numbers, to tone perfection ~ I was in awe.
Just wanted to send off my congratulations to you for a spectacular show. Thank you for a great afternoon.
- Kathy Cuffe
Regarding Hawaii contest
"I was in absolute awe of you, especially in the finals package which was,in a word, stunning...I cannot tell you how I just wanted to jump up on that stage with you and perform that amazing package and sing "All Rise" with you!! I'm sure you have gotten amazing feedback. Because YOU WERE amazing.You should be very proud of the wonderful gift you gave to all of us.
...just a note to say how wonderful we all thought North Metro did at International. Your chorus touched every emotion... even made the boys cry!. It was an amazing contest this year...it just gets better and better!"
Hi June and Erin, Well, you did it again! You thrilled us with a heart-warming, professional, and very memorable performance in Honolulu. I am such a big fan of your expressive, theatrical style. You inspire so many choruses in our organization, and I look forward to seeing touches of your influence every year as I judge/coach in other parts of the country.
Dear Erin and June: Your performance was steller. I LOVED it from beginning to end. All Rise...Oh my gosh I could not stop crying. I was just so proud to know you both.
I want to tell you what a wonderful show you delivered on Saturday! A completely integrated package, with precision moves that fit the music, beautifully choreographed and sung, great costumes, it is hard to imagine a more pleasant "12-15 minutes." I was enthralled. I was particularly drawn to the folksong, "I'll tell me Ma (Belfast City)," a favorite of mine since an Irish trip in 1998. It is obvious that you live what you teach!
Your set was really excellent and so authentic. The execution was excellent and the delivery original. We've heard lots of Irish sets over the years and this one was perhaps the best ever.
WOW!!! I LOVED IT. CONGRATULATIONS JUNE, and to the entire Chorus. My favourite ballad has always been Too-Ra-Loo-Ra and you did it so beautifully. Loved the green and black on stage, and the Irish dancing was fantastic. What a package!!