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The Downeasters Soundings Weekly is a weekly email newsletter of the Downeasters Barbershop Harmony Chorus -Please send any Barbershopping news, Chorus news and show dates, Quartet news and appearances, Notes of Interest- including Chorus Shows and other Public Entertainment dates from around New England, requests to be removed from, or added to, the distribution list, etc. to -Deadline for submission of articles of interest to the chorus is 5:00pm Thursdays. -This, and all Soundings are available online at:

And away we go…

Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda United Methodist Church 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, Maine Monday, January 16, 2017 6:00-7:00 Early Birds Quick reminder that going forward our chapter meeting starts at 6 for those interested and able.

7:00pm – 9:30pm Chorus Rehearsal Our first coaching rehearsal with Steve Tramack had good attendance and covered a lot of ground. Video of the rehearsal will be available on Chris’s channel soon as well as transcript of the Steve’s back story for the emotions that inspired his arrangement of If I Loved You. As he noted this was the first time we had him explain what was going on in his head as he put this arrangement together and will be extremely helpful to us as we refine our performance going forward. A most critical point came in a discussion with him after rehearsal in that the end of his arrangement has the performer saying “I do love you” and that they are together at the end. This is vastly different than the story from the play (or movie) where the man and woman dance around the subject without ever saying what they really feel and go separate ways at that point in the story. I have been directing a story based on the renditions of the musical I have seen which contradicts Steve’s arrangement (which explains to me why it never quite felt right). Going forward, a base story of hope and love with end proclaiming that love will make for a much different performance. Stay tuned as we figure out to express Steve’s intentions in his arrangement. I shared Steve’s notes to the music team with everyone so that all of you can get his message directly. A large part of his (and the MLT) message is that right notes are important. Since nobody is singing wrong notes and words on purpose we have to assume that individuals need more resources to help them be successful. A major resource is your personal recording and self-evaluation. This needs to happen every week. If you do not currently have a means of doing that then invest in yourself and buy a recorder or figure out how to use the smart phone you have to do it. You can record yourself anytime during a rehearsal or sectional. We know that when the chorus was asked to do it they found it very helpful. Don’t wait to be asked…do it all the time! As far as getting to the right notes and words we will be having note and word learning sectionals for a while on If I Loved You, Tin Roof Blues and Blue Skies over the next few weeks. Most everyone has a majority of these songs learned and most everyone has some part that they consistently get wrong every week and more importantly every performance. So be ready to record yourself and most importantly listen to yourself. Be ready to learn the parts you are having trouble with. Be ready to HELP those in your section who are struggling rather than just getting frustrated that they aren’t doing it right. Let’s make 2017 a year of learning. Sing-cerely,

~Jay *********************************************************************

Music Notes‌ Videos from Monday 01-09-2017 The videos from last rehearsal are now on my YouTube channel. The link has been provided before and is also in the Soundings. The emotional plan for If I Loved You will be coming shortly. Please take to heart what Jay said earlier today - we don't move forward if we don't ALL know the notes and words, and we are all responsible for this mission. Get yourself to 100% - then help a neighbor. We can get there, together! -Chris Chris’s channel:

Steve's Coaching Notes Hi George: Hope last night was helpful, and set some groundwork for success with the chorus in 2017. In short: - In the immortal words of Matt Mercier, "Nothing beats right notes". Across the board (all three songs), there was a pretty high level of wrong notes / rhythmic issues, relative to the level of the chorus. If I were just listening to note and rhythmic accuracy, and the degree / percentage of members who were not singing within the ensemble, it's the kind of impact that is typically associated with a low- to mid-50's level chorus. The fact that you're scoring in the low- to mid-70s is a testament to all of the great things that the chorus does (exceptional lead section tone / intonation, smart singers in all sections, hard working group). For the two "older" songs we did last night (If I Loved You being the priority), I don't think the fix is telling the guys, "go home and listen to your part tapes 1,000 times"; I would suggest the following: 1. Have the guys record themselves (smartphone, etc.) at the next rehearsal they attend (or, if they're gone, have them record at home against the part-missing track). 2. Have them listen to the recording 3 times, with the sheet music in hand / part track close by, evaluate themselves. I would keep it simple: - Listen once, focusing just on notes. Have them rate themselves (1 to 5, 5 being perfect, 1 being multiple major errors) - If the guys feel like they're unable to find any issues, or they can't determine when they are singing the wrong notes, offer assistance (section leaders / music team) - Listen a second time, focusing on words and rhythms. Same rating. - Have them listen a third time, focusing on the interpretive and breathing plan in mind. - If their individual score is 4 or 5, they're probably not an issue. If their individual score is 3 or less, have them document what they plan to do to address the issues Any improvements in cleaning up the noise in the sound is going to have a demonstrable improvement on the bottom line (score, sense of effort / lack thereof, enjoyment, etc.). I would

make this a priority. In rehearsal, do a bunch of part isolation work (single part singing, others bubbling), section rehearsals, etc. Seek and destroy wrong notes. - Particularly to succeed with "Tin Roof Blues", the chorus needs to improve the sense of continuous tonal energy, rather than a sense of touch and decay of the tone. I would do lots of bubbling, partnering and isometric hand-to-hand energy through phrase endings, imaginary / real rubber bands, etc. Anything where the guys feel that continuous motor underneath the line. With a 12/8 slow burn kind of song, this approach is critical to provide a sense of destination. - For "If I Loved You", I would strongly suggest focusing (along with cleaning up note issues) on the subtext of the music. This needs to start with Jay plugging into the subtext, and understanding how the internal motivation for the line will impact his choices for each phrase. Otherwise, the music is fighting against the chorus; the guys are "surviving the chart" at a low- to mid-70's level, but not seeming to "understand" it and bring it to life. The work last night made an immediate impact. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions. Steve Visit the Members Only Section at for the Music Library and other Downeasters Resources. *********************************************************************

Downeasters Chorus Pillars of Success

Established 2013 As members of the Downeasters Chorus, the following Pillars of Success are our guiding principles.

8. HAVE FUN 1. Stand Like a Champion! 2. Bring the Whole Singer 3. The Pitchpipe is Sacred 4. Sing Tall and Forward 5. Be Artistic with Your Voice, Face and Body 6. Bring the Audience on Your Journey 7. Expect to Grow!

Rehearsal or Event Cancellation Notices 1. Watch your email and check it before leaving the house or work 2. WCSH6 will show Downeaster Chorus info on the ticker during their evening news 3. If either of those are not handy at the time you need to know, phone a friend to check.

Downeasters Mailing Lists This is a reminder that we have a number of mailing lists/discussion groups on our web site for various functional groups. They are not just for leadership sending messages to the chorus. We'd like to encourage discussion of any sort. You can see the list here, as well as view old messages and send new ones:

Active Repertoire A Cop On The Beat Anytime At All

Blue Skies God Bless America I Will Go Sailing No More I'm Gonna Live Till I Die If I Loved You Keep The Whole World Singing Longest Time Love Me O Canada Star Spangled Banner Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me / Undecided Medley Wonderful Day Medley You Don't Know Me You'll Never Walk Alone Tin Roof Blues Click here to go to the music Downeasters Practice Videos: Chris’s channel:

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~ 2017 ~ Jan. 17-22 (Tue – Sun) What: BHS 2017 Midwinter Convention - San Antonio Where: San Antonio, TX Link: San Antonio General Admission Tickets: Jan. 30 (Mon) What: Steve Tramack Coaching Session Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church, Cumberland, Maine Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm Feb. 14 (Tue) ** Downeasters Valentine Quartets Performances ** What: Delivering Singing Valentines Where: Here, There, and Elsewhere, Maine Time: Morning ‘til Evening Feb. 27 (Mon) What: Steve Tramack Coaching Session Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church, Cumberland, Maine Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm Apr. 21, 22 (Fri-Sat) What: 2017 NED Spring Regional Contest/Convention (Granite & Pine/Patriot Divisions) Where: TBA Times: Fri, 6:00pm - Sat 4:00pm

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Jul. 2-9 (Sun – Sun) What: BHS International Las vegas Where: Las Vegas, Nevada Link: Headquarters Hotel is Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas Aug. 4, 5, 6 (Fri-Sun) What: Harmony College Northeast Where: TBA Times: TBA For More Info Link: ~ 2018 ~

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ON SALE NOW! TICKETS FOR ASSOCIATION OF CHAMPIONS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS You never know what moments will become iconic at the AIC show! In 1986, the Boston Common was joined on stage by the legendary Vern Reed of The Buffalo Bills to reprise this' iconic moment from the Broadway and film versions of The Music Man, belting his signature tenor in "Sincere." YouTube Link: Don't Miss the 2017 AIC Show! (Boston Common 1982) TICKETS: AIC Show, Thursday July 6, 2017 Buy tickets now!

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From LiveWire:

In Memoriam 2016: Remembering our brothers in song...

Join us as we honor our brothers in song whose passing was shared with Harmony Hall in 2016. Our wish is to pay tribute to all our brothers in Chapter Eternal, though there may be those not yet reported to our HQ offices. If our list does not include your friend or loved one, please contact the membership records team at Featured song: "There Will Always Be a Place for You" by Bluegrass Student Union YouTube Link: Barbershop Harmony Society: In Memoriam 2016


Vocal Spectrum- Good Vibrations This week, we highlight a super fun performance from Pitch Perfected: An Evening of Vocal Harmony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, featuring a collection of stellar AIC quartets. Vocal Spectrum brought down the house with this audience favorite! We've listed all of the playlists on our YouTube page for easy reference... or you can click the link below! YouTube Link: Vocal Spectrum - Good Vibrations (Beach Boys cover) Have you signed up for LiveWire yet? Link: LiveWire to Sign up and View Back Issues Downeasters Leadership for 2017 President Mike Soper <> Primary: (207) 400-9184 Secondary: (207) 730-5624

Immediate Past President Granville Barrows <> Primary: (603) 553-3608

Secretary Arne Gronningsater <> Primary: (207) 232-3159

Treasurer Carl Cappello <> Primary: (207) 749-7769

First Vice President Rich Parsons <> Primary (207) 985-9196 Secondary (207) 400-9760

Second Vice President Chris Howard <> Primary: (201) 893-1173

Board Member at Large Marshall Wagner <> Primary: (207) 232-1543

Board Member at Large Curt Roberts <> Primary: (207) 504-7620

Director Jay Wiley <> Primary: (207) 446-2166

Board Member at Large Tim Wyant <> Primary: (540) 454-3684

Board Member Jack Baggs <> Primary: (207) 892-5192

VP - Music George Feinberg <> Primary: (207) 615-3748

VP - Mktg & PR Miles Hunt <> Primary: (207) 653-8591

Board Member Dave Marstaller <> Primary: (207) 751-1339

Librarian Dwight Pensiero <> Primary: (207) 353-3244

"Soundings" Newsletter Editor Bruce Sturgis <> Primary: (207) 520-8354

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1/13/2017 Soundings Weekly  

The weekly newsletter of the Downeasters Barbershop Harmony Society Chorus in Yarmouth/Portland, Maine USA

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