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2022 Annual Holiday Tea

We had a Great turn out and everyone enjoyed the Tea, the Hat Parade, the Drawing and the Show!

Some Pictures from our New Management Team Installation in May 2022


Competition in Milpitas

In the Lobby at The State after they announced the Winners!

We had such a great time singing in the company of some of our Pacific Shores Region 12 - Sweet Adelines Sisters in Harmony!! Wonderful performances by all, and we can’t wait to watch the full set of performances in May!

Friends and Family Performance 4/4/22

Our Ice Cream Social Was A Huge Success. Thank you all for coming!

We look forward to doing it again next year!

*Any Covid Restrictions at time of event will apply.

We are sad to let everyone know that our dear friend and long time member of River Lights Chorus, Marge Boyd, has passed away. We will miss her lovely face, her beautiful bass voice and especially her friendship.

In case you missed it on Facebook, we have some wonderful ladies who have joined us this past year!

We are so happy to have welcomed them to River Lights Chorus!

Sammi is officially a River Lights Chorus Member! Since we are Zooming and can't be together, we did the next best thing and got her Mom, Jennifer, to present her with her certificate and name tag! Welcome, Sammi! We are so glad you are a member of our chorus! We can't wait to sing with you on the risers!


We had our Holiday Party on Zoom this year!

We gave each other virtual presents and enjoyed our time together to wrap up the year.


Say Hello to Our New Member...Samantha!

Welcome Samantha, we are so happy you have joined us!

Posted: 11/10/20

Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

We're still meeting on Zoom every Monday night at 7:00 until we can meet again on the risers. If you would like to join us email: for the meeting ID and password. We would love for you to join us!

Since we are not able to meet and sing together right now due to the Coronavirus, we are having virtual reahearsals using Zoom Video Conferencing!

We are so happy to welcome the guests who came on Monday, Feb. 10.

Give Our New Members a Great Big Warm Welcome!

So glad you are singing with us, Darcy and Megan!

Pictured (L to R) Linda, Sally, Darcy, Carol, Megan and Dixie

Our 2019 Holiday Party was a Blast!

Our 2019 Jingle Bell Tea

Mountain Harmony Camp was held the weekend of Nov. 16

We would like to welcome our guests who attended rehearsal this week! Welcome!

Darcy, Megan, Carol and Teri


Sally and Lysanda

1st Place Winner of the Harmony Classic Division A (Small Choruses) 2019

at the Sweet Adelines competition in New Orleans

Millennium Magic Chorus

For Tickets to our Fabulous Jingle Bell Tea  - Call our Team Leader, Kristy Feliciano @ 209-606-9865. 

She will hook you up!

Sally has been our Director for One Year and we're so happy!

Looking forward to another great year!

Marlene got her certificate Monday night. She's official!

Pictured L to R: Marlene, Carol and Sally

We sang the National Anthem at the Nuts game

at John Thurman Field in Modesto!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Karaoke Pool Party

We know how to party! Thank you Anita and Nathan for inviting us to party at your house! 

Pictured: Marlene Jetton (L) and Carol Wharton, Membership Coordinator (R)

Say Hello to the newest member of River Lights Chorus!

Marlene Jetton! 

We are so glad you have joined us, Marlene!

We had a great time singing The National Anthem at the Modesto Nuts Game on May 30!

Marge is officially a member again! Welcome Marge! We are all so glad you are back!

Great Potluck and Management Team Installation night with River Lights Ladies!

Thank you, Deb and Kathy for your dedicated service on the River Lights Chorus management team

and welcome to our two new members, Dee and Rita! It was very nice to have Sherry Rowe join us 

and participate in the installation of our new team members. Thank you, Sherry!

Great Trip to Reno for Region 12 Competition

On April 15, 2019 at our Friends and Family performance, All the Sweet Adelines, past and present who were

in attendance, joined us on the risers to sing How We Sang Today - Click Here to See the Video

We performed our competition set for Our Friends and Family on Monday, April 15th at 7pm.

Three quartets performed for us too! Livewire, Sneak Preview and Whatever 4. 

It was a full house and our audience was awesome. Thank you to all who attended.

We had a Great Rehearsal with our guest coach Angela Suraci!

We learned so much! Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

What a wonderful rehearsal with Donna Schanck! 

We appreciate you coming to Modesto to share your skills with us!

Your direction has encouraged and motivated us! Thank you!

Awards given out last night to the director search team! Betty, Debra and Rita. Great Results!

Introducing Our New Director, Sally Massen!

Sally’s passion for music has been life-long. After graduation with a Master’s Degree in music, she came to the Bay area. Shortly after, in 1972, she joined one of the highest ranked Sweet Adelines International choruses, the Mission Valley Chorus in San Jose. She was the Director of Surf City Chorus in Santa Cruz for a year and a half, and directed Harmony Bay, located in Alameda, for 6 years where she took them to 5th place at Regional Contest.

Her diverse competition experience includes 5 different quartets at the Regional level. Sally is a chorus member of Mission Valley and Bay Area Showcase choruses and With a Twist quartet and has served as Assistant Director, Music Team, Management Team, Choreographer, Section Leader, Tape Checker, and many other committees.  She also served at the Regional level as the Director Coordinator for 3 years and is currently on the Regional Faculty.

Sally retired in 2010 from Valley Transportation Authority after working there for 36 years.

Welcome to River Lights Chorus, Sally!

Travel Trophy won by River Lights Chorus!

We won the Travel Trophy when 72% of our chorus attended Adventures in Music weekend Jan 25-27 at the Double Tree in Sacramento! Pictured is Kristy (L) accepting trophy from the Region 12 Membership Coordinator Kathy Triolo.

2018 Christmas Party

Our 2018 Christmas Party was a great time to get together for food, fun and lively gift exchange!

(Pictued L to R) Judy, Kristy and Debra celebrated birthdays, too!

Sold Out Performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts!

"A Very Choral Christmas" was a great show for the community and they loved it! and so did we! We sang The Man with the Bag, Feliz Navidad, Oh Christmas Tree and Sing We Noel and the final song Together at Christmas we sang together with the Downey and Ripon High Schools. (Pictured L to R: Dee, Carol, Deb)

Our 12 Days of Christmas Tea was a success!

Everyone had a good time and we sounded good!

Looking forward to our next shows. Thurs. Dec. 6th at 6pm at the Stansislaus County Courthouse for the annual Tree Lighting Vigil to honor homicide victims, then Sat. Dec. 15th at 7:30pm at the Gallo Center for the Arts for "A Very Choral Christmas." More Info

Kareoke Swim Party at Anita's Beautiful Home

We sang, we swam, we ate and enjoyed every minute of it!

Welcome to Our New Interim Director, Sally Massen!


We are excited to welcome Sally Massen as our interim director! This wonderful lady (in the royal blue shirt) will be directing us through the end of the year. She brings a wealth of experience and skill to the job. 

Sally's energy and enthusiasm make our Monday rehearsals a joy! She will be guiding us through the holiday tea and our show at the Gallo. She has jumped right in. We are already hard at work (and play) on our holiday repertoire. 



Director Search Begins!

River Lights chorus has embarked on a search for our new director.  We are actively looking for candidates who love the four-part a cappella art form and who are dedicated to working with us in pursuit of musical excellence.

On the Red Carpet

What a great time we had at our Red Carpet celebration in Reno this May! As usual the fabulous River Lights members showed how creative we can be when it comes to dressing up.  The star studded evening was graced by the presence of Veronica Lake, two of the three musketeers with a lovely serving wench, Estelle Getty, Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner, Vanna White, Elvira, the Queen of Hearts and many more! The decorating committee helped us all feel like stars!


Farewell to Shirley Kout

Shirley Kout, our beloved director for thirteen years, has retired. Shirley guided our chorus through some thrilling accomplishments and each member of the River Lights team has grown in our musical skills under Shirley’s tutelage.
We wish her joy and harmony in this new chapter of her life.

Sold Out Performance!

A very successful concert was presented at our rehearsal hall, Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS), in Modesto. The tickets were sold out and so many attended that it was standing room only!


We presented "A Capsule of Irving Berlin," highlighting his accomplishments and career as a major contributor to the genre of American Music. Rabbi Susan Leider narrated and sang some of Berlin's well known numbers, accompanied by pianist, Dan Warschauer, as Irving Berlin. Chapter Four Quartet also sang one of Berlin's ballads.


The chorus shared the stage with our local Men's Chorus, The Golden Valley Chorus, and Velocity Quartet. A rousing finale included two 8-part songs, performed by the combined men and women's choruses.


We enjoyed a delicious supper of chili, cornbread, salad, and desserts at the afterglow, prepared by women from CBS at the afterglow. There was a sing-a-long following the supper and another performance by Velocity Quartet.

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