Sue Peckham is a Leavenworth resident who sings bass with the Flints Hills Harmony Chorus chapter of the Sweet Adelines, a women's barbershop chorus based in Wamego, Kan. The chorus will be performing at a show scheduled for 2 p.m. July 28 at the Lansing High School auditorium. Tickets are available at the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St. in Leavenworth, Jones Chiropractic, 413 Cherokee St., The Corner Pharmacy, 429 Delaware St. and at the door for $15 per person
1. How did you get started with singing?
Sixty years ago, when I grew up in Kansas City, my mother wanted to sing. We went for one summer
and then she went to work and I went to high school and it didn't happen. I lived north of Manhattan, in Frankfurt, Kan., and this chorus was in Wamego. I found out about it and I said 'I want to sing,' and I've been singing ever since.
2. How long have you been singing with the Flint Hills Harmony Chorus?
I've been with them about 17 years. And the chorus started in 1981 and it's comprised of a bunch of ladies from Wamego, but now the ladies come from 13 different communities. We've got ladies in there from Junction City all the way to Kansas City. There's 38, right at the moment. We are what is called a mid-size chorus.
3. The chorus has been successful over the years in competition, winning the regional competition and participating in international contests in 2010 and 2012. Is that correct?
We have finished first or second many times. In 2009 and 2011 we won the region, which entitled us to go to the international competition. There were over 30 choruses at each competition
4.The chorus will be performing a concert at 2 p.m. July 28 at the Lansing High School Auditorium. What can people expect to see?
We do an upbeat version of the Lord's Prayer, we do an upbeat version of “Go Tell it on the Mountain.” We do a lot of Beatles songs. We do some ballads. Songs that people recognize. We do current popular songs. It's a good mix. You'll be entertained.
5. What has kept you in the chorus for all these years?
You know you have these days that are like blech? You walk in that door and all that baggage stays out the door. You stand there on stage and you sing your heart out for three hours, and when you go back all that baggage has gone away. It's my joy. When my husband passed away, their support was just awesome. They are family, even as we have grown, we are family.