"THE SOUL FOOD OF HARMONY"
Northern Blend Chorus is proud to belong to Sweet Adelines
International, an organization with nearly 25,000 women in the United States as
well as in Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand,
Scotland, Sweden, Wales and the Netherlands. The organization, which strives to
advance the musical art form of barbershop harmony, encompasses more than 1,200
registered quartets and 600 choruses.
Our chorus was formed in 2014 and over the past seven months has grown in membership and ability. We won First Place Division A, Fourth Place Overall of 16 competing groups and Most Improved by 158 points at regional competition at The Ford Theater for Performing Arts in Dearborn, Michigan on April 25, 2015.
We are an all female singing group who is part of the Border Lakes Region 2 division of Sweet Adelines International. We practice year round on Thursday nights at the Logan Township Hall, 4507 East M-55, Prescott, MI, 48756. We perform in the community at assisted living facilities, art shows, fundraisers, and private events.
Come on out and join us. We are a fun, barbershop-style, musical group and are always looking for women of all ages
Did You Know?
Doctors believe that singing is a valuable aerobic exercise, encouraging better posture and deeper breathing. It is also thought that singing releases endorphins in the body, which relieve pain and reduce stress. Using singing as a therapy for relaxation, overcoming depression and anxiety, and end even treating clinically serious mental-health problems, is a growing movement.
Singing is the best form of illness prevention, the easiest bridge-builder between human beings and the most wonderful gift adults can give to their children. It can help generations navigate the time and space that separates the, thus weaving a bridge of love, health and joy around the world.
Come help us teach the world to sing!!!
Meet our Director: : Susan Heimburger
Heimburger’s philosophy on life is quite simple: “Life is a song. Let’s keep
the music playing!”
Heimburger has more than practiced her philosophy. She has been a Sweet Adeline for over 50 years.
“I plan to keep singing, performing, educating, arranging and promoting our wonderful craft for as long as possible,” she says. “Yes, I am addicted, but what a wonderful addiction!”
Heimburger began singing at a young age with her father and uncle, who were
charter members of the Gratiot County “Midstatesmen Barbershop Chorus.” At the
age of 12, her uncle organized a quartet of his three children and Susan. The
Derby family group known as the “Honeytones” appeared on several television
shows, including “Uncle Howdy’s” TV talent show in East Lansing.
After graduation, Susan worked for the State of Michigan in Lansing, where she joined the Lansing Chapter of Sweet Adelines. The chorus competed in Detroit and won the Small Chorus Award. Two years after graduating from high school and marrying her hometown sweetheart, Donald Heimburger, she moved back to Ithaca, where she joined the Heart of Michigan Chorus.
She sang and eventually directed the Heart of Michigan Chorus for many years. In 1971 she joined the “Royalaires,” a quartet that won third place in Region 2, which includes most of Michigan and Ontario. Susan’s quartet, “The Electric Chords,” won the 1977 and 1979 Regional Quartet Contests and performed at international conventions in London, England; Atlanta, Georgia; and Los Angeles. In 2005, her quartet, “4 Shore,” won first place at the Region 2 competition and again performed on the international stage.
Prior to directing Northern Blend chorus, she was a member of Spirit of Detroit chorus, also in Region 2 and proudly competed with them at International competition in 2011. She is currently singing with the Shoreline Sound Chorus and will join them on the international stage in the fall 2015.
She recently led the Northern Blend Chorus from Prescott to Regional Competition in the spring 2015, where the Chorus placed First in Small Chorus, Division A.
Susan and her husband have three sons — all singers with their own bands — and three daughters-in-law, and numerous grandchildren. In addition she is also a proud great-grandmother. We are truly blessed to have such a talented lady as our director.