Dede has been an educator most of her life. She was a music teacher and andministrator for the Fresno Unified School District for 30 years. She is on the faculty of Sweet Adelines International, as well as Region 12, traveling to teach workshops and coach a cappella choruses worldwide. She is currently the Master Director of the 100+ member Sacramento Valley Chorus.
We appreciate the energy, professionalism, and knowledge she brings to our camp workshops. Our campers are so fortunate to receive her high level education.
Love Notes has been singing together as a quartet since they were 11 and 12 years old. They quickly rose through the Sweet Adeline competition ranks, participating in the Young Women in Harmony program until in 2009 they became Regional Champrions for Region 12. They then began competing at the International level.
Love Notes has also consistently competed in the larger a cappella community. They won 1st place and Best Original Arrangment at the 2009 Regional Harmony Sweepstakes. Then they went on to the Nationals where they placed 2nd and Audience Favorite. They had a good run on America's Got Talent TV show, making it through three rounds.
In 2013 they saw their dreams realized when they were crowned the 2014 Queens of Harmony for Sweet Adelines International. They continue to be active in Region 12 and International events, teaching, traveling for workshops, and performing. They have produced several recordings as well.
They share their top level skills with our campers, through performance, directing section work, and getting up close and personal in classes.
Gayle has been dancing and performing in the entertainment industry since childhood. She has been a singing and designing choreography for Sweet Adelines Choruses for just as long. She opened her own studio, Tap Explosion, in San Jose 20 years ago, and still continues teaching dance and vocal skills there today. Gayle has had the honor of working with tap greats including Gregory Hines, Mark Mendonca and Sam Weber.
Gayle's easy stlye of instruction, infused with energy, quickly makes every camper comfortable with group choreography. Her classes on Visual Performance open new opportunities for creativity in every girl.
Cyndi has been our camp director since its inception, growing the program from a start up idea into an annual event. She is the Young Women in Harmony Program manager for Region 12, responsible for workshops and events for youth as well as school programs support. She is on the Regional Faculty, teaching classes, vocal instruction, and directing skills. Cyndi is a Certified Director with Sweet Adelines Int'l and directed Diablo Vista Chorus for ten years. She's recently retired from Mt. Diablo Unified School District as an Educational Interpreter for the Deaf that put her working in the classroom for 30 years.
Cyndi brings a passion for musical education for our youth that is infectious. She creates a camp environment that supports creativity, while insisting on the highest level of vocal education and performance skills.