Fall Regional Weekend - AIM (with Nikki Blackmer) & Pep Rally - Bay Area Showcase Chorus

Fri, Aug 19 2022 to Sat, Aug 20 2022

Original event on the Region12 website: https://www.sairegion12.org/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=events&id=87825

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  • Description: Fall Regional Weekend - AIM (with Nikki Blackmer) & Pep Rally
    Fall AIM 2022 and Pep Rally--   August 19th and 20th at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento, California. We are thrilled to have Nikki Blackmer joining us as our international faculty for the event. 
    Reserve your room now.   Or, call 800-686-3775 and ask for the Sweet Adelines rate.
    The deadline for reserving rooms is July 20th - one month in advance of the event. 

    Class Schedule (pdf - updated Aug 16, 2022)

    Covid Protocol (Word doc)

    Changes at Doubletree during remodel (Word doc)

    About Nikki Blackmer

    Nikki Blackmer is the Master Director of Region 13’s a cappella Joy Chorus in Kirkland, WA,  Lead and self-proclaimed Diva of Frenzy, the hilarious 2017 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions. Her barbershop success starts with her roots in classical music. After receiving her Master of Music from the University of Washington she then spent a season singing with the Portland Opera.  She moved back to Seattle in 2002.  In 2003 she was asked to help out a struggling 7-person barbershop chorus. Despite having no experience with barbershop music, her generous nature inspired her to help them until they could find a qualified person to lead them. 16 Years later, she is still their director.   Clearly, she discovered the addicting qualities of barbershop music and has never looked back.

    The skills she develops through her work as a private vocal instructor carry over into her directing and teaching. She is a highly sought-after coach, coaching choruses and quartets in North America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany.

    The perfect comedic timing you see when she performs with Frenzy hides a very active, inquiring mind. Nikki continues to expand her knowledge and expertise of barbershop, directing, and vocal pedagogy by attending a variety of educational events. While she claims not to have an arranger’s mind, the genius behind the many musical tweaks she makes for both her chorus and quartet ensures the music always highlights their skills. 

    Nikki’s enthusiasm is contagious, and her ability to teach and inspire is well known.  Barbershop takes up the majority of Nikki’s time and energies, but Broadway musicals, and being the assistant director of Seattle Women’s Chorus (the largest LGBTQ+ chorus in the world) and the director of their select subgroup, The Supertonics, occupy the important corners of her time and attention as well.

    Nikki creates communities and is never happier than when people find the joy of life while creating art.

    With a song, 

    Alison Miller
    Education Coordinator