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Our Directors

Meet our directors!

 

Darlene Filla returned to the frontline director slot in February 2011. She was co-founder of the chorus when they chartered in 1974. As director of the chorus for more than 25 years, Darlene introduced Sweet Adelines to Walla Walla through performances in the community, and annual shows in Cordiner Hall. In addition to headlining male quartets, she included other local performers in show productions, creating a “family” of supporters for the chorus.

In addition to singing for nearly 20 years as the bass in Doubletake, Darlene has coached other quartets and small choruses . Her expertise, gained through her own experience as both student and teacher, is readily shared with others.

Because of her administrative and musical involvement with both regional and international activity, much of Darlene’s focus is bringing new women into the organization as well as caring for those who stand on the risers week after week! Her personal belief is that every woman deserves a place in which she is nurtured and encouraged to be all she can be. On-going education and life-long friendships are a promise to the singers under her direction. Her energy and creativity spur her on to the “next “ show or the “next contest” or the “next “ membership campaign. She never misses an opportunity to ask “do you LOVE TO SING?”

 

 
 

 

Vanessa Leamy grew up with the great privilege of living in a home where music was loved and appreciated in many forms. She began her singing career at a very young age with her sisters with performances including solo events, school, community choir, and in church. She has passionately continued to learn new genres of music and improve her vocal skills including the Barbershop style. She has been a member of Sweet Adelines International since 2009, is currently co-director of Blue Mountain Chorus, and joined BLUEPRINT quartet as the Tenor in 2016. Vanessa is a nurse and works on staff at Walla Walla Veterans Hospital.