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Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda
Lunt Auditorium 74 Lunt Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105 Monday, June 18, 2018
6:00-7:00 Early Birds Going forward our chapter meeting starts at 6 for those interested and able…
6:30pm – 9:30pm Chorus Rehearsal Coaching with Diane Patterson 6:30 pm ***************************************************************
Music Notes… Rehearsal Notes 6-11-18 & Plan for Next Couple of Weeks Thank you again to those who were able to make the Sawyer Memorial concerts in Greene last Friday. I know it was a challenge for me to get there on schedule even with a half vacation and I know many traveled far to be there. I also understand the challenges of that particular concert space where we don’t have room for all the risers we need and the stage itself is difficult to work with, with a large group such as ours. Nevertheless, the audiences of both shows went home very happy as well as the manager on site who helped us. I hadn't remembered that their summer programs are FREE to the public and they only collect donations from those that attend. Their funds to operate come from grants and endowments which means the $1200 paid to us comes from their fund raising efforts. Thanks to Ted Tracy for being our contact person for that performance. Thank you to those in attendance this past Monday for your willingness to experiment with riser placement and to make some late in the game musical changes. I believe both things made for significantly improved sound and performance and we will continue with them as we go forward. For those not there the important riser change is that the sections now stand, from my right to left facing the risers, baritones, basses, leads and tenors. I know this change doesn't make everyone happy, but as I've stated there is no choice that ever will. But you all the choice to embrace the changes made for the greater good and be a team player for the sake of the music (which is what I care about the most). The musical changes are important as well and where muscle memory and autopilot performing will get individuals into trouble if you don't stay engaged. If I loved You: Behind the curtain - We will sing the two chords on "Somehow" together before the curtain opens to focus ourselves and experience the space we are about to perform in.
Facial Expression to start the song - As the curtain opens we all will greet and smile with our mouths and eyes at the audience with genuine enthusiasm. As I turn and come back to you, allow that smile and energy to stay as you imagine what it would be like to tell the person you love how you feel. A look of sweetness and loving care for this person will carry us through the introduction. Then it's a matter of thinking ahead and reacting with genuine emotions to the words and thoughts you are expressing all the way to the end. The "d" is most important in all our repetitions of "If I loved you". We are doing a much better job of making those "d"s distinct. I appreciate Miles' suggestion for another way to make that happen, but I want to caution against adding extra sounds into that phrase. The other caution is to make sure the "you" of that phrase doesn't get "pressurized" or pushed in an effort to make the "d" audible. There is a tendency for that line to sound like " if I loved YOOOOOOOOO" instead of "if I LOVED you". The word "you" is not the word to emphasize. First big emotional swing (and therefore we use volume and intensity to help portray it) at measures 27-28 "Pass me by-y" and then a musical breath as we ponder what we have just realized as we continue, to ourselves at meas 29...Soon you'd (another important "d") leave me...in a quiet but intense way the words we fear the most...being left alone. Second big emotional swing that has the change incorporated this week. Measure 47 and 48 where our heart is breaking and we have the moving "pa-assed me by-y!" NOW HAS AN IMPORTANT MUSICAL BREATH. The music cannot stop here, the breath has to be your last gasp of emotional desperation that launches into measure 49, the big "SOOON....You'D....leave.....meee-eeee (remember Steve's instructions about leaving words out in those phrases to breath and be able to fully support the END of that phrase). This is a big and important change done because it makes the phrase at measure 49 much more succesfully sung which makes it more musical which allows it to have more emotion. Everyone has to practice this before next week. Don't be the guy who forgets or goes on autopilot and blurts out "Soon before everyone else does. Stay with me, stay engaged, be present in the performance every second. I have to practice it too as it is part of my muscle memory too. This really sounded and felt good Monday night. To the point that I was overwhelmed emotionally buy the quality and the intensity of your singing...thank you! Tin Roof Blues Performance plan - More "easy" body involvement, stay cool and excited. Stay connected to the song and people around you and the audience through me. Remember to include our planned performance elements as a unit. See your section leaders or George if you are not sure what those are. Volume plan - needs to follow the text more. The words tell me exactly how each section should be sung and i am trying top lead you in a way that the music tells me. Each singer needs to become more intimate with the words he is singing and allow the emotions to guide their singing. There is so much joy and excitement to be had in this song that we are currently letting slip by. Our audience deserves more. Next week we have Diane Patterson coming to work with us again and everyone planning to be on the International stage in Orlando needs to make every effort to be at this and our next rehearsal so we can be of one mind and body with these songs. We also have another show coming up Saturday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the Windham Summerfest program. There are many people who have said they will not be there and many who have not responded which leaves everyone else in a tough situation. This concert will be outdoors (we will have indoor facilities to change and such) and there will be room for all our risers so there
won't be that problem like in Greene. Please make every effort to support the performances we have committed to this summer. We will work some of our repertoire next week and the week after as well as trying singing in different spaces and acoustical environments to prepare for Windham and Orlando. It's late and I've got to get to bed. I will send more as I think of it! Section leaders please share your thoughts and points that need attention as well with Chris and myself so we can address them over the next couple of weeks. We will NOT have rehearsal Monday, July 2 as a large number of folks will be winging their way to Florida by then, and we've worked hard to make the great music we do so a little rest before the big adventure will be good. 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!
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Active Repertoire A Cop On The Beat Blue Skies Consider Yourself 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 Tin Roof Blues
Hello Mary Lou Caroline Click here to go to the music library New Song -> It's a Most Unusual Day Downeasters Practice Videos: Chris’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCGAv8zxVYf7KY9Lc-boIsQ **************************************************************
Contest Package Thanks to all who juggled their schedules to be at the performances at the Sawyer Center. Just a gentle reminder that we need to do the things Diane Patterson taught us to do. For example, in Tin Roof Blues, we need to remember the move on “stomp your feet” , the mini crouch on the echo “play those blues” , and the rise we all do on the ensuing bass swipe. Can we all agree to be at 100% on these for Monday? We need ownership this from EVERYBODY- no exceptions. If we all commit to this, along with fbi, we can be great! Fred
NO MEETING JULY 2nd Awesome singing Monday night. Kudos to all! I’ve heard from a number of guys who won’t be here on July 2nd, so we will NOT have a chapter meeting/rehearsal that night. Our last rehearsal prior to Orlando will be on June 25th, which will be capped by a send off party. I am looking for a few volunteers to bring soft drinks, paper cups/plates, and snacks. Meanwhile, in preparation for working with Diane this coming Monday, if I could add to Jay’s comments, please: Bring recorders In If I Loved You, practice the emotional plan and the new breath after “pass me by”. In Tin Roof Blues, master the two moves Diane gave us as well as FBI; leads practice the notes where you need to back off (the bright LIGHTS, Band in Town, Stomp your feet, People sing) Fred
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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 Jun. 27 (Wed) What: Olde Tymers Luncheon Where: Pat’s Pizza in Yarmouth Time: 11:30 am Please contact us no later than two days before. Wayne Newton email@example.com Dick Wheeler firstname.lastname@example.org
Jul. 2–8 (Mon – 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. 3, 4, 5 (Fri-Sun) What: 2018 Harmony College Northeast Where: Worcester State University 486 Chandler Street • Worcester, MA 01602 Times: Fri, Aug 3, 2018 2:00pm - Sun, Aug 5, 2018 12:00pm For More Info Link: https://www.nedistrict.org/hcne/ Aug. 17, 18, 19 (Fri-Sun) What: 2018 Alton Bay Barbershop Harmony Jamboree Where: Alton, NH Times: Fri, Aug 17, 2018 12:00pm - Sun, Aug 19, 2018 1:00pm For More Info Link: https://www.nedistrict.org/alton
Aug. 19 (Sun) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: Ocean Park Performance on Temple Ave, OOB Where: The Temple, Ocean Park, 50 Temple Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME Times: 7:30pm - 9:30pm Link: http://www.oceanpark.org/programs/culture/music_fest.html Aug. 22 (Wed) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: The Pier at OOB Performance Where: The Pier, East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Sep. 10 (Mon) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: Sable Lodge Community Performance Where: Sable Lodge Community, 74 Running Hill Rd, South Portland, ME 04106 Times: 7:00pm - 9:30pm 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. 22 (Sat) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: Wings For Wishes Performance Where: Old Orchard Beach - East Grand side Beach (to the left of the pier) East Grand Avenue Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 Times: 3:00pm (Call Time: 1:30 pm) Link: https://wings4wishes.org Sep. 26 (Wed) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: Cumberland Fair Performance Where: Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland , ME 04021 Times: 3:00pm - 5:00pm Sep. 29 (Sat) What: Kennebec Valley Chordsmen Annual Show Feature Quartet: Odds and Ends Quartet Where: Ayotte Theater, Thomas College, River Road, Waterville Time: 2:00pm Website Link: http://kennebecvalleychordsmen.com/ Oct. 6 (Sat) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: Cape Porpoise Performance Where: Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport 3 Langsford Rd Church on the Cape Kennebunkport, ME 04046 Times: 7:00pm (Call Time: 5:30 pm) Oct. 20 (Sat) What: Norâ€™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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