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Regional singers take home honors

Published: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT
Members of Prairie Echoes Chorus won first place in small chorus and third overlall earlier this year at a competition in Michigan. Pictured are (front row, from left) Carol Cornell of Elburn, Leslie Mays-Alvarez of Shabbona, Merrideth Bridgewater of DeKalb, Jill Parnell of Sycamore and director Donna Bates of Crystal Lake; (second row) Kris Conley of Elburn, Karen Studemann of Sycamore, Jackie Balon of DeKalb, Stacy Brockman of Montgomery and Jessica Haptonstall of DeKalb; (third row) Charleen McCracken of Sterling and Lynn Fillmore and Teresa Balon, both of DeKalb; and (fourth row) Deb Walter of Dekalb, Jessica Byerhof of Malta and Sue Dirks and Cara Ebersole, both of Sterling. The chorus also performed in July at the Petunia Festival in Dixon and at the Young Women in Harmony workshop Sept. 19 in Sterling. Photo submitted by Parnell.

DeKALB – Prairie Echoes Chorus, a musical group for women and girls 14 and older, won several awards during a competition May 5 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

A group of 16 choir members performed "How's Every Little Thing in Dixie" and "Rockabye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody." They took first place in the small chorus division, and third place overall.

Prairie Echoes also performed in July at Dixon's Petunia Festival Parade, and at the Young Women in Harmony workshop Sept. 19 at Sterling High School.

Singers are from across northern Illinois, including Sterling. The chorus meets from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road. Call 815-761-5956 for more information.

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