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Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda Lunt Auditorium 74 Lunt Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105 Monday, October 14, 2019 7:00pm – 9:30pm Chorus Rehearsal For Monday: We will continue with Christmas music for the first half of the rehearsal Do You Hear What I Hear (George and Bill soloists) O Come All Ye Faithful Winter Wonderland – be sure to go over the middle section “ in the meadow we can build a snowman…” How Deep is the Ocean – recording (my apologies to those trying to record this week and I cut you short) Blue Skies (Blew Sk-eyes) – cleaning up the bass and tenor melody sections (for all parts) page 3 measure 30 through the middle of page 4 measure 60. From the First Hello Nevertheless Christmas Repertoire for this season: Angels we have Heard on High Do You Hear What I Hear Go Tell it on the Mountain Hark the Herald Angels Sing – note there is a separate sheet for the repeat and ending we have added Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Jingle Bell Rock O Come All Ye Faithful Oh Holy Night Silent Night We Wish You A Merry Christmas Winter Wonderland
Music Notes… Rehearsal Recap for 10/7/19 and Plan for 10/14/19 First off, thank you for a great rehearsal this week. I appreciate your willingness to try out and apply new ideas to help everyone become better singers. The quality of the music we are able to produce together get better every week and it it’s because everyone is contributing and doing their part. We do have rehearsal next week just so you know even though it is Columbus Day and holiday for some. With our Christmas guest singer program in full swing and contest prep we need the time together to make both endeavors successful. For those attending contest, the order of appearance has been published and we are singing #11 out of 14. The time matrix hasn’t been published yet but as soon as we know our dressing room and warmup/travel/on stage time we will share that. Of course, most of us will already be there doing our assigned duties as host chapter for the contest. Our contest uniform will be black dress shoes, black socks, black tux pants, black belt, solid color dress shirt, colorful long tie and black vest. This is the same outfit as our other contest. Please make sure your uniform is clean and neat for the performance. DO NOT wear it while “on duty” at the contest venue. DO wear your short sleeve or long sleeve Downeasters shirt and khaki pants during the days you are helping as competitors will be counting on identifying us when they need help. I can hear a difference when we employ the word “blew” in place of the word “blue” in all instances. It gives a much brighter, freer sound and helps with keeping the “aye, lassie” inner placement that Debra has worked so hard to help us learn. Please continue to do that! Our Christmas Repertoire for this season will be as follows: These can all be found in the Christmas section of our members only music area. Angels we have Heard on High Do You Hear What I Hear Go Tell it on the Mountain Hark the Herald Angels Sing – note there is a separate sheet for the repeat and ending we have added Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Jingle Bell Rock O Come All Ye Faithful Oh Holy Night Silent Night We Wish You A Merry Christmas Winter Wonderland New music: We should all be off the paper if you are on the risers for Nevertheless and From the First Hello. As it was mentioned from the risers this week we have not spent rehearsal time on these pieces but there has been a schedule running for learning them with the expectation that work is done outside of rehearsal. If you are only working on music as we sing it in rehearsal we won’t get very far very fast.
From my message two weeks ago we are scheduled to start “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” which is in the music section too with sheet music and tracks next week. I would like to start with the “tag” at measure 57 through to the end. Please be familiar with that section of the music (notes, words and rhythms from the sheet and tracks) and we will read through it together with sheet music later in the rehearsal. Next week: We will continue with Christmas music for the first half of the rehearsal Do You Hear What I Hear (George and Bill soloists) O Come All Ye Faithful Winter Wonderland – be sure to go over the middle section “ in the meadow we can build a snowman…” How Deep is the Ocean – recording (my apologies to those trying to record this week and I cut you short) Blue Skies (Blew Sk-eyes) – cleaning up the bass and tenor melody sections (for all parts) page 3 measure 30 through the middle of page 4 measure 60. From the First Hello Nevertheless Some really amazing things happened towards the end of the rehearsal when more people committed to responding (not just following) my directing gestures rather than just “singing the plan”. Singing the plan is a good tool to fall back on when you are unsure or get into trouble. Responding to my directing gives us a much more engaging and exciting performance when singers trust themselves and their fellow riser mates and explore the music with me. I really appreciate it when it happens and so will our audience. There are still singers holding back for various reasons and I encourage you to give it a try. Have a great week and we’ll see you soon. Jay Visit the Members Only Section at http://downeasters.org/g/dashboard for the Music Library and other Downeasters Resources. ***************************************************************
Downeasters Mission Statement Enriching Lives Through Excellence In A Cappella Harmony 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.
Active Repertoire Anytime at All Blue Skies Caroline Consider Yourself God Bless America Hello Mary Lou How Deep is the Ocean I Will Go Sailing No More I'm Gonna Live Till I Die If I Loved You Irish Blessing with the new tag It's a Most Unusual Day Keep The Whole World Singing Longest Time Love Me O Canada Star Spangled Banner The Cop On The Beat Tin Roof Blues Wonderful Day Medley New Music: Nevertheless From the First Hello Can You Feel The Love Tonight Click here to go to the music library Debra Lynn Follow-Up @ downeasters.org -> https://downeasters.org/node/3617 You can navigate to it via the members only menu: Documents->Music Team->Debra Lynn Downeasters Practice Videos: Chrisâ€™s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCGAv8zxVYf7KY9Lc-boIsQ Downeasters & Quartets Videos on YouTube: YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB2KEyK89e1G6-F0Un6EJr3NyHsMro3Lz **************************************************************
New Board of Directors for 2020 Gentlemen: It is time for us to choose a new Board of Directors to lead us for 2020. The following is the proposed slate: President Fred Moore Immediate Past President Mike Soper Secretary Arne Gronningsater Treasurer Roger Buck VP Membership Mike Record VP Music Chris Howard VP Marketing Tim Wyant Board Members at Large: Scott Kolda Bill Bedford
Rich Parsons This slate will be read again on Monday the 14th and then vote. That being said, if anyone wants to put their name in for an office, or wants to nominate someone else for an office (Only With Their Permission) you are free to do so next Monday. Respectfully submitted, Granville Barrows Nominating Committee Chairman
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~ 2019 ~ Oct. 19 (Sat) What: Brunswick Nor'easters (Brunswick, ME) Chapter Show Where: United Methodist Church, 320 Church Rd Brunswick, ME Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Oct. 25, 26, 27 (Fri-Sun) ** Downeasters Performance & Hosts ** What: 2019 NED Fall District Convention & Contests Special Guests: The Management Quartet Where: Westbrook Performing Arts Center 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, Maine 04092 Times: Tentative Schedule: Fri-1:00pm- 10:00pm Sat-8:00am- 10:00pm Sun- 9:30am-11:00am NED BOD Meet For More Info Link: https://www.nedistrict.org/2019-fall-district/
contest uniform: black dress shoes, black socks, black tux pants, black belt, solid color dress shirt, colorful long tie and black vest. Nov. 3 (Sun) What:"Concord Coachmen” (Concord, NH) Chapter Show Where: Concord City Auditorium 2 Prince Street Concord, NH Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
~ 2020 ~ Jan. 7-12 (Tue – Sun) What: 2020 BHS Midwinter Convention - Jacksonville, FL Where: Jacksonville, FL Links: https://www.barbershop.org/events/midwinter-convention Jun. 28–July 5 (Sun – Sun) What: 2020 BHS International - Las Angeles, CA Where: Las Angeles, CA Link: LA2020 PRE-SALE BEGINS!
~ 2021 ~ Jan. 20-24 (Wed – Sun) What: 2021 BHS Midwinter Convention - New York City Where: New York, NY Links: https://www.barbershop.org/events/future-conventions Jun. 27–July 4 (Sun – Sun) What: 2021 BHS International Cleveland, OH Where: Cleveland, OH Link: https://www.barbershop.org/events/future-conventions
~ 2022 ~ July 3–July 10 (Sun – Sun) What: 2022 BHS International Charlotte, NC Where: Charlotte, NC Link: https://www.barbershop.org/events/future-conventions
~ 2023 ~ July 3–July 10 (Sun – Sun) What: 2023 BHS International Louisville, KY Where: Louisville, KY Link: https://www.barbershop.org/events/future-conventions
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Arranged by Patrick McAlexander Performed live at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah during the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2019 International Convention Notes of Interest * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Please send pictures and notes of your quartetâ€™s outings, Shows that you have seen, Shows that you are looking forward to seeing, Quartet or Chorus news from around New England to: email@example.com
OCTOBER LUNCH-OLD TYMERS EIGHTEEN FOLKS TURNED OUT WEDNESDAY TO ENJOY PAT'S DELICACIES AND SWAP STORIES. THE OVER THE HILL GANG INCLUDED RAY AND SHARON HOULDEN, NANCY MANSFIELD, MARSHALL WAGNER, PETER THERRIEN, MAX BRANDT, BILL MACAULEY, LARRY NEWTH, JACK AND PRISCILLA BAGGS, MIKE SOPER, GEORGE FEINBERG, MANEN CLEMENTS, BILL AND DORIS BEDFORD, CARL CAPPELLO, WAYNE NEWLAND, AND DICK WHEELER (your reporter).
From Livewire: Featured Performance Westminster Chorus From Now On/Come Alive Medley [from The Greatest Showman] YouTube Link: Westminster Chorus - From Now On/Come Alive Medley Westminster Chorus 2019 International Chorus Champion http://westminsterchorus.org/ https://www.facebook.com/WestminsterC... From Now On/Come Alive Medley [from The Greatest Showman], arr. Aaron Dale Performed live at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah during the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2019 International Convention Have you signed up for LiveWire yet? Link: https://www.barbershop.org/docs/history-archives/livewire-archives Downeasters Leadership for 2019 President Fred Moore < firstname.lastname@example.org > Primary: (207) 409-2738 Secondary: (207) 885-5822
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