SAWC Invited to Perform at 2017 Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dear Terrie, I wanted to send you a note this morning to express my deepest appreciation to you and the Southern Arizona Women's Choir for your participation in last June's D-Day Commemoration events. I also want to thank you for the DVD of your photos and wonderful music. Your DVD reminded me of the wonderful job your group did for us and our veterans last June. It is the reason for this message this morning. You may or may not know that I serve as the selection chair for all of America's National and International Commemoration events around the world. I am currently selection music ensembles for the 2017 Pearl Harbor Commemoration in Honolulu, HI this next December. I have need of a high quality mature choir to perform the National Anthem and several other important ceremonial music for the Pearl Harbor Ceremonies. I would like to extend an invitation to you and the Southern Arizona Women's Choir for these duties. In addition we will be dedicating a brand new model of the USS Arizona at next December's events. It's only fitting that a choir from Arizona fill this important ceremonial role. I have attached a draft itinerary and official application for you to consider. The application will provide you with the travel packages available and the associated costs. Highest regards, Earl -- Earl Hurrey MGySgt USMC (ret) Military & Veterans Liaison Selection Chair

In The Footsteps of Heroes (DVD)  Join the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus on their epic journey to Normandy for the D-day wreath-laying ceremony and celebration. Produced by Robert Ashbaugh Digital Design & Imaging, Tucson, AZ. $22.50 (More details)

Guest conductor Michael Melton directs a successful 2017 Spring Concert. The program, Folksongs Across the Pond, a collection of folksongs from the British Isles and the United States, featured several arrangements by Michael Melton and Artisitic Director Terrie Ashbaugh. Joining the chorus for "Three English Folksongs" was Baritone Benjamin Hansen (Director of The Helios Ensemble). The chorus was accompanied by Dr. Meily Mendez on piano and Joanna Myhr-Arrison on flute. The concert was enjoyed by a full house at Ascension Lutheran Church. A rousing finale rendition of Rollo Dilworth's arrangement of "Take Me To The Water", accompanied by Maestro Melton on piano, brought a standing ovation.

Left: Guest Conductor, Michael Melton.


Right: Ensemble sing "The Parting Glass."

Left: Flutist Joanna Myhr-Arrison. Right: Artistic Director Terrie Ashbaugh.

Maestro Melton warming up the chorus with "Take Me To The Water."

Left: Accompanist, Dr. Meily Mendez. Right: Baritone, Bemjamin Hansen.

All photographs © Louis Prinz 2017. Used by permission.

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