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And away we go…
Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda
Lunt Auditorium 74 Lunt Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105 Monday, May 21, 2018
6:00-7:00 Early Birds Going forward our chapter meeting starts at 6 for those interested and able…
7:00pm – 9:30pm Chorus Rehearsal Next weeks songs: If I Loved You Tin Roof Blues Repertoire: Wonderful Day Medley Longest Time I'm Gonna Live Till I Die Love Me Jay The current song list: O Canada Star Spangled Banner Wonderful Day Medley Consider Yourself Longest time Love Me If I Loved You Cop on The Beat I will Go Sailing no More I'm Gonna Live 'Till I Die Tin Roof Blues Blue Skies God Bless America ***************************************************************
Music Notes… Rehearsal Notes 5-14-18 & Plan for 5-21-18
Congratulations on carrying over so many good things from our time with Steve two weeks ago. I know the riser placement is still a work in progress and George and I appreciate your cooperation and patience. There will be an arrangement for Orlando for members attending that event (which is why those not attending are standing in the fifth row in the back) and there will performance arrangements that incorporate the members who will be here for all of our local performances and relocate those who are with us only for Orlando. Please be patient and we will find a home for all of you! I feel that standing in sections is a good change for us at this time and gives support to our newer members and allows us to concentrate more easily on unit sound for each section and unit sound for the whole chorus. One of the elements that we need to understand is the Downeasters chorus dialect. It is unique to the Downeasters and unique to barbershop harmony singing. As we pointed out with the basses in their melody solo in If I Loved You, The chorus dialect demands that personal preferences and nonbarbershop styles of singing (hard consonants, over articulation of the mouth, emphasizing each word sound separately, etc..) have to be given up by the individual for the sake of the group. They are all perfectly appropriate for other types of small and large group choral singing and solo singing but they create too much noise and distraction when applied to barbershop. Even the "old school" barbershop ideas of big mouth shapes and holding the body in "the forward press" are no longer appropriate for what we are doing. So I ask you all again, to be willing to give up your personal preferences and old training and align yourself with the current school of proper barbershop singing and performing that your music leadership team, myself and ALL of our coaches are bringing to the chorus. Things will move much quicker when we all agree to do that. The many performances we have lined up for this year, starting with our first two shows on the same day, June 8 in Greene, Maine are all chances for us to bring everything we've been learning about ourselves and our hobby to a new set of eyes and ears. The way each of you came alive when your fellow riser mates were standing in front of you was wonderful. It was so much more involved and entertaining for your audience and allowed all of you that let it happen to go beyond technique to a level of performance a that we are striving for. We still have some holdouts when it comes to story telling and I have to believe that it because those people have not experienced what they need to experience for them to understand how critical it is that everyone participate. The song lists for the upcoming shows will require that we use almost our entire repertoire to fulfill the time commitments we have made. The current song list that I am working with for these shows is as follows: Most, but not all songs will be used depending on the event. O Canada Star Spangled Banner Wonderful Day Medley Consider Yourself Longest time Love Me If I Loved You Cop on The Beat I will Go Sailing no More I'm Gonna Live 'Till I Die Tin Roof Blues Blue Skies God Bless America New members are encouraged to perform as many of these songs with us as they can and those who still have not performed a majority of them will need to talk with your section leader to asses whether you are ready or not. I want to include as many people as we can for each performance but I don't want to put any members on stage who is knowingly unprepared or not ready to contribute in a positive way. It is your responsibility to make that decision and work with your section leader. There is no shame in not singing until you are comfortable.
Members who have joined us for the trip to Orlando will not be expected to learn the entire repertoire (unless they decide to stay on with the chorus after that event which we hope they will). But with that said, our upcoming rehearsals will have to include time for the rest our repertoire to give us a chance to reset old habits and apply 100% our new skills and abilities across the repertoire. I know I had a lot more music planned for this past week that we did not get to and I apologize for that. What we did do in it's place was very important and even further enlightening when we took the time to sing one row at a time with the other three sound off as well as bringing each row out front to experience the rest of the chorus. We are trying to build the strength and self-awareness of each individual singer so that when we come together there is more unity within the chorus. So, for the next few weeks (yes, we really only have a few more weeks before our concert season begins, including Orlando) we will spend time with the contest songs in the first half of rehearsal and repertoire in the second half. I will be asking Chris and the chorus captain that evening to help me stay on track. Your preparation before rehearsal and 100% focus and cooperation during rehearsal will make that happen. Focus is still an issue during rehearsal as well as buying into what we are doing together at any given moment. It is disappointing to hear individuals grumbling about this or that or how they don't like the way something is done. It is impossible to make everyone in this chorus happy at the same time but everyone has the ability to be positive and supportive regardless of their personal opinion all the time. If you don't like the way something is handled then make sure you aren't the reason it's being done. It's a choice you make every Monday. Negative choices take away and positive choices build. We are in contact with Dianne Patterson and Steve and Renee Tramack to line up a few more coaching sessions but schedules for all of them are tight so stay tuned for those dates. We will have rehearsal Memorial Day evening 5-28-18 and that may be the date that Steve is available so please make yourself available to participate. For next week: If I Loved You - we are finally starting to hear the "d" at the end of "loved" when we sing "loved you" (which we do an insane number of times). Basses still need to clean up notes and move beyond technique when singing their melody section with love and care. More unity of feeling and message. Tenors and Leads need to make sure that there isn't a hard "press" on the voice and to let the notes soar instead of constrain. I really like what you are doing with the story telling elements of the song. I ask they you continue to expand the number of places that you allow that to happen...leave no stone unturned, no emotion untouched. Baritones - as I said during the duet with the tenors I was very impressed with the way you handled the high sections of the song that we worked on. We have a very diverse group of voices in this section and it will take all of you giving up some of your personal ideas to form a unit idea of singing and performing. Keep up the good work. Tin Roof Blues - Yes! We are starting to come to an agreement on how this song should feel and look and sound. Again, full body involvement does not mean flopping around for the sake of moving but making every movement count. Make every movement, no matter how subtle or big enhance the musical performance 100% of the time. Emotion-motion-sound. We are still fighting each other in places and I'm not sure why. I am going to encourage you to trust me and go with me instead of walking your own path on this one. Again ,giving up some of your individual preferences for the sake of unity of the group. There has to be be way more joy and fun all the time...especially when you aren't singing! The musical breaths have to be part of the performance otherwise the music dies at each one. Repertoire: Wonderful day Medley Longest Time I'm Gonna Live Till I Die Love Me
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.
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. You can see the list here, as well as view old messages and send new ones: https://downeasters.org/g/group/mail-lists
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 Wonderful Day Medley You'll Never Walk Alone Tin Roof Blues
Consider Yourself Hello Mary Lou Caroline Click here to go to the music library New Song -> It's a Most Unusual Day
Downeasters Practice Videos: Chrisâ€™s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCGAv8zxVYf7KY9Lc-boIsQ **************************************************************
Upcoming Vocal Revolution Show Vocal Revolution is presenting their Annual Show, entitled "Then and Now." Vocal Revolution, New Englandâ€™s award-winning a cappella chorus, celebrates this annual rite of spring with their new director, Joey Constantine. The chorus will present its familiar sounds of tight ringing harmonies and Joey Constantine's inspirations of infusing contemporary music with the ringing barbershop style. The broad appeal of the barbershop a cappella style is also represented by guest performers Women of Note (Hudson, MA), the regional gem of Harmony, Incorporated, and the award-winning Greenlight Quartet. Saturday, June 9th, at 2:00 p.m. Cary Hall in Lexington 1605 Massachusetts Ave. Lexington, Massachusetts 02420 *Jun. 9 (Sat) What: Vocal Revolution Annual Show: Then and Now With: Women of Note & Greenlight Quartet Where: Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, Mass. 02420 Time: 2:00pm Show Info: https://vr2018.brownpapertickets.com Chorus Link: http://vocalrevolution.org
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Jun. 8 (Fri) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: 2 Performances at Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Foundation Where: 371 Sawyer Road, Greene, Maine 04236 Times: 2:00pm, & 7:00pm Link: http://www.sawyer-foundation.com *Jun. 9 (Sat) What: Vocal Revolution Annual Show: Then and Now With: Women of Note & Greenlight Quartet Where: Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, Mass. 02420 Time: 2:00pm Show Info: https://vr2018.brownpapertickets.com Chorus Link: http://vocalrevolution.org Jun. 18 (Mon) What: Coaching With The Tramacks Where: Lunt Auditorium Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm Jun. 23 (Sat)
** Downeasters Performance **
What: Windham Summerfest Performance Where: Windham High School, 404 Gray Road, Windham, ME 04062 Times: 2:00pm Link: http://www.windhamsummerfest.com
Jul. 2â€“8 (Mon â€“ Sun) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: 2018 BHS International - Orlando, FL Where: Orlando, Florida -All main events will be at the Orange County Convention Center (Orlando, FL). -Headquarters Hotel: Hyatt Regency Orlando Schedule of Events: Link: http://www.barbershop.org/orlando/schedule/ Tue 7/3: Quarter Finals Session 1, Quarter Finals Session 2 Wed 7/4: Quarter Finals Session 3, Next Generation Varsity Quartets & Choruses Thu 7/5: Quartet SemiFinals, AIC Show -> Requires separate ticket Fri 7/6: Chorus Session 1, Chorus Session 2 Sat 7/7: World Harmony Showcase ->Separate ticket, Saturday Night Spectacular, Quartet Finals Links: barbershop.org convention infolink: http://www.barbershop.org/orlando/ Barbershop Orlando Planning link: http://barbershop18.orlandomeetinginfo.com Jul. 18 (Wed) What: Yarmouth Clam Festival Booth Setup Where: Yarmouth, Maine Times: TBA (9:00am -> Until Done) Jul. 20, 21, 22 (Fri-Sun) What: Working in the Downeasters Booth Where: Yarmouth Clam Festival Times: Fri: 10:00am - 10:00pm Sat: 10:00am - 10:00pm Sun: 10:00am - 6:00pm Booth Takedown: Sunday 6:00pm -> Until Done Aug. 17, 18, 19 (Fri-Sun) What: 2018 Alton Bay Barbershop Harmony Jamboree Where: Alton, NH Times: Fri, Aug 17, 2017 12:00pm - Sun, Aug 19, 2017 1:00pm For More Info Link: https://www.nedistrict.org/alton Sep. 14, 15, 16 (Fri-Sun) What: 2018 New England Harmony Brigade Special Quest Quartet: 2008 International Gold Medal Quartet Champions, OC Times Where: Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough, Mass. Times: TBA For More Info Link: http://www.nehb.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewEnglandHarmonyBrigade Sep. 29 (Sat) What: Kennebec Valley Chordsmen Annual Show Feature Quartet: Odds and Ends Quartet Where: Ayotte Theater, Thomas College, River Road, Waterville Times: 2:00pm Website Link: http://kennebecvalleychordsmen.com/
Oct. 20 (Sat) What: Nor’easters Annual Concert Feature Quartet: Odds and Ends Quartet Where: United Methodist Church, 320 Church Rd in Brunswick Time: 2:00pm Website Link: http://www.noreasterschorus.org/
~ 2019 ~ Jan. 22-27 (Tue – Sun) What: 2019 BHS Midwinter Convention - Nashville, TN Where: Grand Ole Opry Link: https://www.opry.com Link: http://www.barbershop.org/opry-to-host-2019-midwinter/ Jun. 30–July 7 (Sun – Sun) What: 2019 BHS International - Salt Lake City, UT Where: Salt Lake City, Utah Link: http://www.barbershop.org/all-conventions/
~ 2020 ~ Jun. 28–July 5 (Sun – Sun) What: 2020 BHS International - Las Angeles, CA Where: Las Angeles, CA Link: http://www.barbershop.org/all-conventions/
~ 2021 ~ 2021 BHS International Cleveland, OH Link: https://youtu.be/aD0O12WB6YQ
~ 2022 ~ 2022 BHS International Charlotte, NC Link: https://youtu.be/xlizQI3fUkM
~ 2023 ~ 2023 BHS International Louisville, KY Link: https://youtu.be/WwyRadUYy-A
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Any Quartets Have Any Shows Coming Up? Let Some Of Your Biggest Fans Know! Orlando Information:
Pitch Perfected: AIC Show 2018 One of the best shows of the year, featuring two all-time favorites - current International champion Main Street and 25th anniversary champion Gas House Gang. Also honored will be the Western Continentals (1968) and Four Harmonizers (1943), our 50th and 75th anniversary champions. Plus, the mighty AIC chorus under the direction of Tony DeRosa, a stellar lineup of your favorite gold medalists, and a night of unforgettable performances! Join us on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m in the Linda Chapin Theater. YouTube Link: The 2018 AIC Show in Orlando... what could be more magical? BHS Link: http://www.barbershop.org/orlando/shows/aic/ Pitch Perfected: 2018 Association of International Champions Show Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT) Orlando, FL TICKETS: http://www.barbershop.org/orlando/sho...
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Multi-Grammy vocal quartet THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society Celebrating a career of more than four decades, multiple Grammy awards, and a reputation for stylistic exploration and innovation, legendary vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer has been awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society. The award will be made in New York City on June 20 at a concert commemorating the group’s 45th anniversary. … barbershop.org Link: http://www.barbershop.org/manhattan-transfer-honorary-members-ofbarbershop-society/ YouTube Link: The Manhattan Transfer - Java Jive
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