Another wonderful Spirit happening on May 26th! We wore our red, white, and blue in recognition and honor of Memorial Day. We had visits by a few of our members' doggies and a birdie too. Lots of our snowbird members joined us from their homes up north. We welcomed our newest member, Peggy, as she passed her virtual audition. On to business - Jan took us through the Expression category with video examples of choruses and the opportunity to discuss their grades. Lori Lyford popped in to say hello and share her emotions about being a Sweet Adeline sister. The special treat of the night was the presentation that DeeDee put together that contained hope-filled messages from our Spirit sisters. Led by our loving co-directors Karen & DeeDee...WE WILL ALWAYS BE SPIRIT STRONG!
Spirit of the Gulf has transitioned beautifully to this current, temporary, way of life! Our smart and innovative co-directors Karen & DeeDee have not missed a beat. They have created inspiring videos, coordinated Zoom rehearsals, introduced new music, provided ongoing education and most of all continue to lead us with joy and love while we are apart. Our Music Team and Management Team are keeping us all up to date with our music and administrative plans. We are constantly honing our skills and preparing for the moment when we'll all be together. We look forward to singing with each other again, in person, and joyfully bringing our harmony to our community. Let's keep in touch!
Due to the Coronavirus situation, Spirit of the Gulf's regularly scheduled rehearsals at Church of the Cross have been canceled until further notice. We are SPIRIT STRONG and we'll get through this. Please stay well.
Join us for an exciting afternoon of music! Spirit of the Gulf presents our annual spring show on Saturday March 7th, 2020 at First Christian Church, 2061 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Show begins at 2:00pm. Tickets are only $25 for adults and $10 for all students grades 12 and under. We're thrilled to be sharing the stage with our featured quartet Duly Noted (Sweet Adelines Rising Star Champions) and our special guests TAG (The A Cappella Group) from Cypress Lake High School. For tickets and information, please call Spirit at 844-704-SING. See you there!
Spirit of the Gulf wishes everyone a healthy, prosperous, and joyful 2020!
Our dynamic co-directors Karen & DeeDee have exciting plans for a full year of rehearsals, new music, performances, and preparation for our return to the International stage in Louisville KY this October!
In January, we’ll be kicking off the new year with our longtime coach Betty Clipman coming to us on January 14th (and again on March 24th). And, Spirit is thrilled to be adding Michael Gellert to our coaching staff for a weekend in February (14th & 15th) and then again with Becky Ballagh for our September retreat (11th- 13th).
We love our journey as we aspire to “change lives through music”.
Spirit of the Gulf is proud to announce that we are the current chorus champs for Region 9! Under the co-direction of Karen Breidert and DeeDee Kastler we brought home the blue ribbon; winning the chorus competition in Daytona Beach in April 2019. There is excitement in the air as we prepare for our appearance at the Sweet Adelines International competition in Louisville KY in October 2020!
We are modifying our rehearsal days this summer. Please check out our calendar under the Events tab.
2019 has started with a bang . . . and a surprising twist! Mike Slamka announced his retirement, and helped us welcome back Karen Breidert, who will co-direct the chorus with DeeDee Kastler. We are so thankful to Mike for a wonderful six years under his direction, and are glad to know that, while he will not be with us on a weekly basis, he will remain in the Spirit family as our coach. We look forward to a bright future under this team!