Our Management Team

     Island Hills Chorus thrives because of the energy and style of our directors and the women who have stepped up to lead. Come share the camaraderie and fulfillment of leading Island Hills Chorus to greater heights. Meet our team. 


Directors - Barbara Festa and Laura Riffaud

     In 1978 Barbara joined Island Hills. By October of that year, she was on her way to LA and her first SAI competition where she became part of IHC’s iconic win! That same year, Laura was singing baritone with the Junior Jills, a high school quartet named after the Island Jills, an IHC member quartet. It’s possible that both Barbara and Laura were at a rehearsal in the Sweet Hollow Hall together, they just didn’t know each other yet.
Fast forward to 1994 when Laura joined Island Hills. Barbara was her baritone section leader. They hit it off, and it was not long before Laura switched to tenor so they could sing together and compete in a quartet. They performed in Rhythm & Rhyme, winning the Novice Quartet contest, and later in Savoir Faire, placing fourth at the regional contest. They graced the contest stage together nine times.
Over the past 26 years, Barbara and Laura have been the closest of friends, supporting each other in every way. They find their greatest joy in collaborating and have entertained audiences in our shows as a duo, (oh, their rendition of “Sisters”!) and most recently with their quartet, It’s All Relative!


Team Coordinators -  Julie DeBragga & Pat Field     

     Island Hills Chorus' Team Coordinators Julie and Pat are General Managers of the Team, responsible for short- and long-term planning for the chorus. They act as  facilitators, communicating with the Management and Music Teams, chorus members, Sweet Adeline International and Regional offices, and participates in educational seminars, courses, and Webinars that will help Island Hills Chorus grow.  Bottom Line: The TC does whatever is necessary to help us all move forward with harmony and enthusiasm, performing with excitement every step of the way!


Communications Coordinator - Margaret Savarese

     Communications is 'Information Central' for Island Hills Chorus! She is responsible for ensuring that the chorus members are provided with any and all information necessary in order to perform to their personal best!  Our Communications Coordinator is responsible for Team minutes, SAI and Regional correspondence, membership mail and Internet information, as well as input for Region 15 newsletter, Taglines. Communications keeps us on target and focused!


Finance Coordinator -  Debbie Rode

     Helping the chorus to stay financially healthy is the job of the Finance Coordinator.  Debbie strives to ensure that Island Hills has the necessary funds to keep the chorus rolling. Their financial diligence is what allows us to pay for rent, risers, coaches, directors, our website, and our annual show venues. Finance is responsible for dues, payment of bills, and the all-important fundraising!


Membership Coordinator - Marianne Fulfaro

Island Hills' Membership Coordinator is the front line for the chorus' membership development.  Membership is involved  in outreach, new member registration and orientation, member retention, and just simply keeping everyone informed and active in the chorus organization.  Membership for Island Hills is a key role: in the past two years we have welcomed 15 new members to our ranks, which means 15 people learning names, learning music, learning songs, and learning about Island Hills! 


Events Coordinator - Diane Cloud

The Events Coordinator makes sure that Island Hills has a home - summer, winter, spring, and fall - and that we are out there singing, singing, singing!  She is constantly hard at work - so many questions: are the risers up, do we have microphones, is the performance advertised, do we need posters, will everyone arrive on time and in the right costume! - these are just a few of things our Events Guru is concerned with! Events makes it all happen!


Performance Coordinator 

Our Performance Coordinator is the go-to person for anything performance or competition related.  She is Island Hills' show coordinator, ensuring that our annual fundraiser extravaganza happens on-stage and on-time! She is responsible for keeping the chorus informed on vocal performance qualifications, for the visual product that we offer, including costumes and choreography, and she is the person who gets us to the stage at Region 15 Competition all in one piece!


Chapter Activities Coordinator

Chapter Activities Coordinator is the person who organizes and plans the yearly inter-chapter events, social activities, and yearly retreats that our chorus members look forward to!  She is responsible for events that help Island Hills members, as well as those of other choruses who visit, to get to know one another socially as well as musically - all an important part of chorus bonding!









November 30, 2022

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