Why Support Us
The Sooner Sensations Show Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International (SAI) which is a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. This independent, nonprofit music education association is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women.
Founded Friday, July 13, 1945 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, SAI has survived financially on membership dues, enrollment in educational opportunities, donations, and through performance. As the Sooner Sensations Show Chorus celebrates 20+ years of harmony and friendship, we also fall within these same standards. Due to the current economy, we try to keep our membership dues and ticket prices to a minimum in order to maximize our exposure and assistance to the community. We also offer advertising on our website and in our show programs for supporter and sponsor donations. These fees go toward international dues, rehearsal hall rental, arrangers' fees for music, copies of music, etc.
Because SAI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, all donations are tax deductible as allowed by tax codes.
The Sooner Sensations Show Chorus has close ties to the Moore, OK community and the surrounding area. We have a desire to help young women singers find their place and voice in the world and regularly work with young women in our community and in local school vocal music departments to encourage and build up the students and the music programs. In the recent past, we’ve performed on a Moore Central choir show for them to sell tickets as a fundraiser, offered free show tickets to all mid high, Jr. high, and high school choir members, invited a Jr. high girls choir to perform on our annual show, and welcomed several young women into our group and happily watched them develop their skills and seen their confidence grow by leaps and bounds.
The Sooner Sensations Show Chorus is so much more to the community and its members than just another non-profit. We’re a family… with members who range from age 12 to 87, and come from all over Oklahoma and parts of Texas, we’ve seen members come and go over the years but have been with them and supported some of them through the darkest days of their lives (deaths, illnesses, natural disaster, accidents, divorces, etc.). Many women find this a safe place for them to rebuild their confidence and regain their faith in life. We are a God-centered chorus and try to uplift each other on a regular basis.
Thanks for what you've already given
We are earnestly thankful and appreciative for all donations of equipment and funds to purchase some very helpful items, but we are still looking for the following items. Those of you who were able to help are very important to us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
With your gracious donations, we've been able to purchase new risers to replace our old ones that are almost 25 years old. We've been able to purchase some fabulous media equipment that helps so much in our teaching (projector, document camera, etc.) We are currently looking for a laptop PC to store all of our music, learning tracks, and other chorus documentation needed to keep us running smoothly!
IMPORTANT UPDATE - November 2013
SOUND SYSTEM/PORTABLE PA: Unfortunately, as of November 2013, our storage locker was broken into and some audio equipment was stolen. Most of what we had in storage was not of high value with the exception of these items that were donated (speakers, etc.). Since we didn't have many high value items and our budget is limited, we did not have renters insurance. In that respect, we will be needing to replace our sound equipment! We are looking for donation(s) of multitrack sound board, speakers, cables, mics, etc. Many of our performance venues do not have audio equipment so when we do performances we have to speak very loudly when making introductions, etc. Having a great portable unit would be a HUGE help!
Through study, we’ve found that there are THREE types of learning styles: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic (or hands on). With members from such varied ages, regions, and backgrounds, they all respond differently to these learning styles.
To continue doing these things for the community and to keep up the quality of learning opportunities that we’d like to be able to offer our members, we need assistance from you. We have put together a “Wish List” for you to consider. This gives you an idea of the items we are seeking for continued growth in this high tech age. Items range in price from just over $100 to around $13,000. See this list below and please consider helping to make a difference for these members. If you find you cannot donate funds for an item in full, please know that we will take anything that you can offer towards these items. If you wish to donate to any of these items on our “Wish List” please contact us by email at [email protected] or by giving us a call at 405-806-0826.
We have been fortunate enough to receive various media devices but we still need a laptop that will allow us to do our webcast's of rehearsals, play various media files for examples and education, as well as for storing important chorus documents.
Sing & See Vocal Training Software:
This product will be a helpful tool for individual singers to learn tuning skills as well as helping with member voices who may be in a stage of healing. This organization offers opportunity to share in the singing for an entire lifetime and as we go through changes and mature, our voices go through changes and sometimes require some therapeutic assistance. It helps singers who have vibrato to be able to visually focus on keeping it steady, etc. This software package is a perfect tool for members and guests to learn more about their own voice and allow voice instruction to help them improve. This tool helps Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic by giving them a visual graph display of their voice so that they can see, hear, and feel where the pitches should be. Through their own vocal machinations, they can see what the voice is doing.
Check out Sing & See website for Vocal Training Software information (this package costs approximately $99 for the Professional Version which gives us all the options they provide).
Here is an optional studio quality microphone that is compatible with all of the equipment listed above including a standard PC to work with this software. (this item costs approximately $100).
Again, we thank so very much for your appreciation and support!