In 2016, Connie Noble was awarded the Sweet Adelines, Golden West Region 21 Hall of Fame Award. The following is the speech given at her awards ceremony.
HALL OF FAME SPEECH 2016
And now, how LUCKY am I? I get to present the REGION 21 2016 HALL OF FAME AWARD.
And It is such my pleasure to tell this woman’s story:
These are just some words that describe our 2016 Hall of Fame Recipient.
- She joined our fabulous organization in 1968.
- Her first chorus was in region 17 … the City of Flags Chorus in Canton, OH.
- Within her first month, she was already in a quartet, and the chorus assistant director
- Of her first Sweet Adeline experiences, she says, “I learned how to sing in tune with other voices, how to direct, be a committee chairman, how to quartet, take charge, on and on. I was pretty stinkin’ jazzed at all of this. Music was in my life full time.”
- By 1971, she was Directing the chorus, had placed second at Regional in her first quartet … was just joining her second quartet.
FIRST GREAT QUARTET
- Now this new quartet had two members who had already won medals at the International Level.
- Because of this … evidently there was some rule in 1971 … they were not eligible to compete at Regional.
- So they wrote International to ask where they were supposed to compete. SAI sent this quartet directly to the International contest — Salt Lake City, 1972.
- The 4th Edition WON THAT CONTEST.
- Of quartetting, our 2016 Hall of Fame recipient says, “…it takes FOUR to be in a quartet. I owe so much to them for the opportunities.”
SECOND GREAT QUARTET
- In 1977, after many, many shows, The 4th Edition decided to retire at the London, England International convention and Contest.
- In that very same year, another international champion quartet was in the wings looking for a tenor replacement.
- I’M THINKING YOU PROBABLY KNOW WHO I AM TALKING ABOUT NOW.
- That new quartet — High Society from San Diego — our 1976 International Champs — asked tonight’s Hall of Fame recipient to be the replacement tenor, as Bette Gorton needed to leave the quartet.
SAN DIEGO / REGION 21
So what would you do? You got it … in 1977 … she packed her bags, and moved from to San Diego in November of 1977. HELLO REGION 21!!
- She became a member of the San Diego Chorus.
- A few years later San Diego lost their Director, Marvin Yerkey. This fabulous woman was named Director. A position she held a few years before handing the reins over to the (now recently-retired), Kim Vaughn.
- And doing shows with High Society … you know they averaged 20-30 weekends per year … yet managing jobs and families. Did we mention BOB? He’s the love of her life!!
BUT WAIT .. THERE’S MORE
But wait, she’s not done. During her Region 21 / San Diego years she …
- Formed two more quartets that won the international contest
- Region 21 Champion. International Champion, San Antonio in 1988.
- Region 21 Wildcard. International Champion, Portland 2001.
- Served as Assistant Chorus Director, San Diego
- Tenor Section Lead, San Diego
- Proud singing member of the San Diego Chorus. (She is now a LIFETIME MEMBER.)
- Earning the CHORUS GOLD the night after she won her Fanatix “fruit bowl” crown — in Portland 2001.
- Member of Club 21
- Frequent Webcaster … serving as our regional webcaster just yesterday
- Regional School IVI-
- Tenor Vocal Coach
- Tenor Extraordinaire.
SHE HAS HAD A PROFOUND IMPACT ON THE TENORS OF THIS REGION … AND THE
When asked about CONNIE NOBLE’S impact on them, here is what some of our top tenors said:
“The first time I ever heard, ‘Didn’t We’ … I listened to it over and over again … crying every time.”
“She holds herself to a high standard for the sake of everyone she sings with. She is detail oriented in her work and makes smart decisions for the sake of the music.”
“When I first joined San Diego Chorus, Connie Noble was the tenor section leader. I knew how supremely talented she was and was a little intimidated. There’s one thing you have to understand about Connie…she is one of the most unselfish women I know and gave everything she had (knowledge, support, guidance) to make sure that we were the best we could be. Through the years, she helped me create a solid technique through her sound advice and coaching that allowed me to win the Region 21 Quartet Championship 3 times and make into the top 10 Internationally 7 times. Without her guidance … I would have been a great soprano … but she made me a GREAT TENOR!”
It is my pleasure to present the 2016 REGION 21 HALL OF FAME award to … CONNIE NOBLE.
Tracey Tracey Sandberg
Team Coordinator, Golden West Region 21