Welcoming the two newest members to O-Town Sound Chorus is Director Kay Webb, center, with Connie Harr of Seminole, left, and Alicia Page of Tuckahoe.
SEMINOLE – How far would you travel to sing with an award-winning chorus?
It appears that distance and traffic is no problem for a Seminole woman who is one of two new members of the O-Town Sound Chorus in Orlando.
Connie Harr of Seminole thinks nothing of traveling the two hours necessary to get to practice. She joins Alicia Page of Tuckahoe, Fla., near Inglis, who drives about 90 minutes to practice sessions.
Harr, a Sweet Adeline member for over 26 years, moved to Florida two years ago after retiring from AT&T in the Chicago area, where she belonged to the “Choral-Aires” chorus near the suburb of Elmhurst.
Harr competed with that chorus in Houston, Texas, last October when it captured a 10th place finish in the Sweet Adelines International competition. She flew twice a month to practice with the chorus over the past two years so she could attend the competition and then focused on joining a Florida Sweet Adelines chapter.
“I visited several Sweet Adelines choruses in the Florida area and liked O-Town Sound the best,” said Harr. “I don’t mind the drive to be able to do something I really like.”
Harr leaves her home as early as 2:30 p.m. on Mondays to make the drive to OTS rehearsals in Orlando, stopping along the way to eat dinner. She is usually the first person to arrive at practices, beating out local members who live 10 minutes away.
O-Town Sound is a newly formed chapter of Sweet Adelines International, having only received their charter last October after passing a stringent list of criteria. The group consists of women from 13 counties from coast to coast including: Ocoee, Orlando, Dunnellon, Gotha, Apopka, Melbourne, Kissimmee, Sanford, Oviedo The Villages, Davenport, Crystal River, New Smyrna Beach, Leesburg, Winter Garden, Groveland, Lake Mary, Oak Hill, and Tavares.
For further information, visit www.otschorus.com or call Gloria Muratore at 352-753-1253.