Each year, one member of the chorus is chosen by a vote of the members of the chorus as the person who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of the organization. Lerae Olesen has been awarded SALLY award for 2021! Lerae always has a positive attitude and is a shining light in the chorus. In addition to taking on the duties of secretary for the chorus board of directors, Lerae is our pitch pipe blower and she was our Zoom music leader throughout the pandemic. Congratulations Lerae!
Woman of Note
Sound Cascade’s Woman of Note for 2021 is Mary Ann Hofer. Mary Ann Hofer has been a faithful and inspiring chorus member prior to the charter of Sound Cascade Chorus (Sioux Falls Chorus). The chorus was chartered 47 years ago. She was invited to chorus by a friend and became enamored with the harmony, camaraderie and performance Sound Cascade offered. Mary Ann is a Lifetime Sweet Adeline member. A highlight for her was being part of the chorus when they won 3rd and 4th place in Region VI Competitions. One of the biggest challenges and occasional lowlight was the mastery of the makeup required for competition. Mary Ann has served as President, Vice- President, section leader and as a highly skilled fundraiser. Performances were enhanced by her ability to perform solo or in quartets, octets, and full chorus. The Sally Award recognized her unique contributions to Sound Cascade. Her primary vocal contribution was lead voice, but she has sung tenor as well. Her musical talents have also been showcased as a marimba player. Playing the prelude prior to shows or accompanying the occasional song such as “Blue Hawaii” added a unique flavor to the shows. The Sound Cascade Chorus is proud to recognize Mary Ann Hofer as the 2021 Woman of Note.