JOYFUL SINGING: EASTSIDE WOMEN’S CHORUS COMBINES HARD WORK, FRIENDSHIP AND MUSIC

“I want to see mischief in your eyes,” said Peggy Gram to a room full of about 50 female barbershop singers at Lake Washington United Methodist Church on May 21. Most of the women wore nametags and black t-shirts emblazoned with the name of their group: “AJoy.” Gram was in town from Arkansas to coach the A Cappella Joy chorus, helping the group to achieve things like better annunciation, tighter timing, stronger octaves and what she called “wetter ‘d’ sounds.”


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Janet Mercer