She has been a member of Sweet Adelines for fifty-nine years. She earned Master Director status in 1995 and has directed the Sound of Sunshine since its charter in 1977 until her retirement in April 2017.
Nancy has sung with regional championship quartets, achieving a silver quartet medal at the international level. She is also a member of the Region 9 Education Faculty. In addition to directing our chorus, she coaches several Region 9 choruses and quartets.
Truly from a “barbershop family”, both of her parents have extensive barbershop histories and her sister, and daughter are all members of our chorus.
Debbie (Lewis) Dennis
Co-Director / Choreography
Debbie has been a Sweet Adeline since birth. Debbie is Nancy’s daughter!
Debbie has served as Sound of Sunshine’s choreographer since 1991. She earned her director’s certification in 2002. Debbie served as a member of Region 9′s Education Faculty for over ten years. She now serves on the Regional Management Team as the Member Coordinator.
Co-Director / Music
Born in Canada, my musical training started on the piano at the age of nine. High school introduced me to the clarinet and flute. I continued to play flute in the military band while studying engineering at junior college. My first stage singing experience was in a French opera comic, also at the junior college. Loved it!
At McGill University in Montreal, I studied piano and had the opportunity to start a jazz vocal group. That kept me singing!!I have been teaching piano and accompanying soloists and small ensembles since high school.
I met my husband at McGill. After graduation, we married, had three kids and, in 1998, moved to Florida.
In 2000, my husband and I decided to host concerts at our home. Those concerts were once a month and the children would be the opening act. Over the years, the once a month turned into every other week to weekly and sometime twice a week. The children opened the nights until, one by one, they left for College. You might have heard of the Timucua Arts White House. www.timucua.com. Singing has always been part of my day to day life. I think my children sang rounds and rhymes before they talked. And It was a wonderful way to end sibling arguments in the car!
I learned about Sweet Adelines Intl. at the perfect time in my life, as I was looking to join a singing ensemble. I can’t remember the name of the wonderful and enthusiastic lady at the booth but I can tell you ” I was sold”! I went to my first rehearsal at Sound of Sunshine where the same energy, love of music and others was present.