Page 1

-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 soundings.ed@gmail.com. -Deadline for submission of articles of interest to the chorus is 5:00pm Thursdays. -This, and all Soundings are available online at: http://www.issuu.com/downeasters

And away we go… Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda for United Methodist Church 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, Maine Monday, October 1, 2012 7:00-7:15

Welcome/warmup

7:15-7:25

Chorus America The Beautiful I’m Gonna Live Til I Die

7:25-8:15

Chorus America The Beautiful I’m Gonna Live Til I Die How can you make them better?

8:15-8:30

Business

8:30-8:55

Competition chorus

8:55-9:05

Break

9:05-10:00

Competition chorus

*******************************************************************

Auditions for the 2013 Competition Chorus Contest Songs   We would like to begin auditions on our 2013 contest songs right after the District Convention. Christmas Concert Dates – Mark Your Calendars Monday, December 3rd-First Parish Congregational Church, Saco, Maine Monday, December 10th-Tuttle Road Methodist Church, Cumberland, Maine Monday, December 17th-The Woods at Canco. Dec. 3 (Mon) What: Christmas Concert Where: First Parish Congregational Church, Saco, Maine


Time: TBA Dec. 10 (Mon) What: Christmas Concert Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church, Cumberland, Maine Time: TBA Dec. 17 (Mon) What: Christmas Concert Where: The Woods at Canco, Portland, Maine Time: TBA

  New Music Schedule 1. I'M GONNA LIVE 'TILL I DIE start July 30- off music August 27 2. ANY TIME AT ALL start Sept. 17-off music Oct.15 3. LET THE REST OF THE WORLD GO BY start Nov.5 - off music Nov.26 or Dec.?? 4. CRAZY start Jan.7 - off music Feb. 4 Suggested schedule may be changed to fit the learning quartet schedule. Contest songs: #1 YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG #2 THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Visit the Members Only Section of www.downeasters.org for updated Presentation and Interpretation files for our Competition songs By request of the Board, the Member's Only password has been changed. Please contact Gran Barrows for the new password.

Notes of Interest ………………………………………………………… Please send pictures and notes of your quartet’s outings, Shows that you have seen, Shows that you are looking forward to seeing, Quartet or Chorus news from around New England to: soundings.ed@gmail.com Brunswick Maine Chapter Show this Saturday, September 29th The Noreasters Barbershop Chorus is proud to present their 47th annual show this Saturday, September 29th at the United Methodist Church, 320 Church Rd in Brunswick, Maine at 7 pm. In addition to the chorus, we will have Back Bay Four quartet and feature quartet Downtown Crossing! On top of all this great barbershop music, we also have some of the Brunswick High School students also singing in the show, which we are really excited about. The Noreasters are directed by Kathy Robitaille with Asst Director Ray Robitaille. Curt Roberts is emceeing for us. Tickets are $5 students $12 seniors and $15 gen adm. Afterglow to follow.


Come one and all! Kathy OLD TIMERS TO EAT AGAIN by Dick Wheeler The OVER THE HILL GANG will hold its fourth and last luncheon of the year on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:30 at Pat's Pizza in Yarmouth. Please make reservations by the 21st so that we may give them a head count. Wayne Newton Dick Wheeler

wnewland@maine.rr.com rwhe550515@aol.com

781-2597 773-1991

Hope to see a bunch of you there. Dick Oct. 23 (Tue) What: Over the Hill Gang Luncheon Where: Pat’s Pizza, Yarmouth, Maine Time: 11:30am – by 10/21 Contact: Wayne Newton wnewland@maine.rr.com Dick Wheeler rwhe550515@aol.com

781-2597 773-1991

Old Timers Night Active, inactive and former members along with family and friends are invited to a special night on October 15. This is the last rehearsal before the district competition and is a great opportunity to renew old friendships, sing a few songs, and see the Downeasters perform their contest package. Chapter quartets will also be strutting their stuff. That, combined with refreshments should make for a fun evening. So we hope to see everyone at the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church in Cumberland at 7 PM on October 15. Cy Kendrick Oct. 15 (Mon) What: Old Timers Night Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church, Cumberland, Maine Time: 7:00 pm

What a GREAT weekend we had with Raymond Schwarzkopf! Some Thoughts… Good morning, It was a thrill to be held accountable for ALL of our / my actions on the risers. I hope that with this new way of approaching each and every song, that the "Perfect" singers will now back off and pay 100% to their own voice. We are a team. {Nobody is Perfect} My self included. With that said, we do have alot of talent within our walls. We / I need to channel the respect for that talent, and hope they channel their input for the good of the chapter to each and


everyone of us. We/ I made some great moves forward. We / I still have a long way to go, but we / I proved that anything IS possible. Thank you all for a great weekend and Monday. Onward and Upward. Jack, & Fred.....You both got a major beat down, but the results were great. Hang in there. Regardless of the convention, the Downeasters have turned the page. Now we need to get out into the public's eye's. - David Cole ~

~

~

~

~

~

Jack, Thanks for the hard work you and Fred and Jay did in learning to direct us better. Talk about "leaving your egos at the door"! We all really appreciate what you're doing for our sake, and I think we'll do our best to give you as much as you're giving us. Of course I learned about telling MY story, and using body hydraulics to add visual artistry. In our quartet session, I learned about melodious singing, such as paying attention to when I should duet with the lead as we tenors are typically told to do all the time, and when I should duet with the bass (when the lead is doing his thing and the rest of us are adding embellishment). In duetting with the bass, I need to sing through him, which takes a bit more resonance etc., as well as active listening and "aforethought". I suppose I also learned that if I want the chorus to perform at an A level, I myself need to perform (and practice-!!) at an A level, regardless of whether I think the guys around me are doing so. It's easy sometimes to say "oh why do I bother?" when the chorus is having a bad night. If each of us performs to the highest common denominator rather than the lowest, we'll raise each other up. Thanks again, David Brown ~

~

~

~

~

~

I would just like to say that Ray and I heard the Downeasters sing this past weekend like we've never heard before and we thought you were doing well BEFORE his coaching of you! You guys certainly brought your A game to the risers this weekend and we're really proud of you for working so hard, standing for hours, and still a smile, great great energy and a wonderful attitude - but mostly you sang A stuff! Go Downeasters! I look forward to seeing you on stage in October - you will blow the other choruses away if you continue on this wonderful "A" journey! Kathy Robitaille ~

~

~

~

~

Individual Ownership Jack:

~


As for something that I will do to take me to a new level (both in the quartet and the chorus) is to not worry about anyone else, especially my section. This is something that I have been working on for several weeks after a session with Larry and Debbie, but it resonates even more now after the weekend with Raymond. I have come to trust my lead section and the chorus quite a bit this weekend. I love the concept of "everyone is only responsible for themselves" and if you are not committed to being an "A-Level" chorus member, please step off the riser. That doesn't mean you have to have a gold medal voice or anything of the sorts. Rather, you just need to be 100% committed to being as much of an "A-Level" performer as you are capable of. Now, obviously, my role as section leader is to inspire each lead to get the most out of themselves--not to force them to do anything, but make them WANT to do it for themselves because THAT is what "A-Level" performers do. What I found that I was doing was not allowing myself (or the leads) the opportunity to be musical, melodic or artistic b/c I was worrying too much about the guys around me... Or everyone on the risers : ) Those days are gone. I trust that you are giving everything that you possibly can to be an "A-Level" director. I trust the guys around me that they have done and are doing everything possible to make themselves an "A-Level" chorus member. Now I need to start practicing what I preach and being an "A-Level" performer ALL THE TIME. Love you man. See you in a few weeks. Miles ~

~

~

~

~

~

For me, the takeaway is to sing melodically (as a bass), just like it is a solo performance and all eyes are on me! Get into the music and perform without boundaries. -- Mike - Michael Soper ~

~

~

~

~

~

Hey, Bruce. FYI, I have personally talked with Jack today and thanked him for taking a whooping in order to make me a better singer. Jack has assured me that he is good with this and that he and we are moving forward. I am also grateful to Raymond, for allowing me to sing the Comp. ballad as it relates to me and the loss of the love of my life, rather than some contrived girl/boy puppy-love type affair that was proposed to me by others. I am now able to sing this song and others, with ownership. What a difference.! In Harmony....Marshall ~

~

~

~

~

~

I learned the following: Always wear comfortable shoes and socks, with inserts, bring your crutches just in case, and leave a phone number for a family member to be able to call in case you need rescue. Hydrate. Lubricate. Your knees or any other joints that really hurt--still. Hydrate.


When you think you know your part extremely well, spend some more time on it, while hydrating, so you will know it as well, or better, than the guy next to you. Believe in what we can do as a group. It proves itself whenever we have an out-of-towner come in to spur us on. This last one wasn't just an out-of-towner. He is a freak. Freak for improvement, love of the hobby, love of his fellow barbershopper, etc. He loves what he does even more than we love what we do. If this wasn't so, why would we need him? Can we get to the point where we don't need a Raymond? Probably most of us would say no because we enjoyed the excuse to have him here. But, if we really do well, he'll want to come back more often. Hydrate. Learn what you are supposed to learn. Not what the person standing next to you is doing. What are YOU doing? Support a great cast of leaders that this chapter has. The music team is awesome and are capable of taking us where we were already headed. We are in good hands. Thanks music team and Raymond for a tiresome, refreshing, rewarding weekend. - Larry Newth ~

~

~

~

~

~

I just got liberated from the whole inhibited program I was taught in my previous chorus. No more standing still unless I have choreographed move. No more primary focus on the notes and words. From now on it's My Song, from the floor up, within the context of the chorus and the song itself. A new world. Thank you Ray, and Thank You Downeasters Leadership. Jim Johnston ~

~

~

~

~

~

Jack, The coaching sessions last weekend was amazing. The chorus as a whole has come a very long way over the last few years, which is a credit to the music leadership team. I think it took a lot of courage to for you and Fred to put youselves under the director microscrope with Raymond. Considering the amount of work you put into what you do, it will show results. As a chorus member, I found myself working less than I normally do. On to Toronto! Scott


Dogs Rule

~

~

~

~

~

~

Thank you! Sept.  27,  2012       Dear  gentlemen:          On  behalf  of  your  music  leadership  team,  I  thank  you  for  your  excellent  effort  during  our  retreat  with   Raymond  Schwarzkopf  last  weekend.            Thank  you  for  your  willingness  to  explore  with  Raymond  how  we  all  can  improve.          It  is  our  pleasure  to  work  on  behalf  of  each  of  you.       Sincerely,       Walt  Dowling ~

~

~

~

~

~

Thanks guys for your participation in the retreat with Raymond. It is obvious that you were excited with the results and have embraced the techniques and the attitude necessary to sing at an "A" level. It's onward and upward from here with the help of our great directors and music team. I watched you performing Lost in the Stars at the rehearsal Monday and really enjoyed it. Everyone was involved, from the body movement and faces to the great sound. Anyone listening could not help but enjoy and be moved by that performance! Why not invite a friend to come see what it's all about? - Granville Barrows ~

~

~

~

~

~

Hi All, Been on the risers for 20 years or so, and last weekend brought a lot of dormant, unknown talent into being. It was exciting to see the Downeasters literally " SPRING TO LIFE" ! IT was fun-plain and simple. I'll work harder on staying "ON FOCUS" and singing MY song. Who couldn't after those sessions? - Mike Daley ~

~

~

~

~

~

Jack, What a great retreat and rehearsal with Raymond, thanks for taking on this work that will serve to improve the artistry of our performances. We worked on so much, I found that the hydraulics actually seems to leave my legs less fatigued than not moving as much. Working the breathing in with the hydraulics, it felt like I had better breath control, now to learn where all of those


breaths should come… Harmoniously, Bruce Sturgis ~

~

~

~

Northeastern District 2012 Fall District Convention & Contests October 19-20-21, 2012 Westbrook, Maine Host Chapter:

Downeasters Chorus ~ Portland, Maine Local Chairman - contact:

Marshall Wagner 207-232-1543 ~ emwagner31 @ aol . com Westbrook Performing Arts Center Westbrook Middle School 471 Stroudwater St. Westbrook, Maine 04092 For more information visit the NED website: http://www.nedistrict.org/index.cfm?page_id=80

'The Soundings' 50th Anniversary Issue. Here’s that link – Enjoy! http://www.downeasters.org/pdf/Soundings50th.pdf COACHING Schedule: June-October, 2012 Sept. 21 & 22 Friday evening & Saturday October 1 Monday Future Events: Sep. 29 (Sat) What: The Nor’Easters Annual Show Guest quartets: Back Bay Four AND Downtown Crossing Where: Methodist Church, Church Rd, Brunswick Time: 7:00pm

~

~


Oct. 15 (Mon) What: Old Timers Night Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church, Cumberland, Maine Time: 7:00 pm Oct. 19 – Oct. 21 (Fri-Sun) What: Northeast District Convention & Contests Where: Westbrook Performing Arts Center Westbrook Middle School, 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, Maine Time: Oct. 23 (Tue) What: Over the Hill Gang Luncheon Where: Pat’s Pizza, Yarmouth, Maine Time: 11:30am – by 10/21 Contact: Wayne Newton wnewland@maine.rr.com Dick Wheeler rwhe550515@aol.com

781-2597 773-1991

Nov. 10 (Sat) What: Wounded Heroes Benefit Performance Where: Winslow Homer Auditorium, Scarborough High School Time: 2:00pm Dec. 3 (Mon) What: Christmas Concert Where: First Parish Congregational Church, Saco, Maine Time: TBA Dec. 10 (Mon) What: Christmas Concert Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church, Cumberland, Maine Time: TBA Dec. 17 (Mon) What: Christmas Concert Where: The Woods at Canco, Portland, Maine Time: TBA

Downeasters Leadership for 2012 President Granville Barrows <GBisok@aol.com> Primary: (603) 553-3608 Secretary Dave Marstaller <DMars49@comcast.net> Primary: (207) 751-1339 Secondary: (207) 865-3731 VP - Music and Performance Walt Dowling <GBandWD@gwi.net> Primary: (207) 934-5857 Co-VP of Membership & Chapter Development Cy Kendrick <cykendrick@alumni.umass.edu. Primary: (207) 449-8587 Secondary: (207) 729-5201 Board Member at Large Mike Soper <gmichaelsoper@gmail.com> Primary: (508) 517-1647 Secondary: (207) 730-5624 Director Jack Baggs <JBaggs1@roadrunner.com> Primary: (207) 892-5192

Past President Bill Peterlein <BPeterlein@summitgeoeng.com> Primary: (207) 576-3313 Secondary: (207) 926-3054 Treasurer Carl Cappello <CCappello@maine.rr.com> Primary: (207) 899-2200 VP - Mktg & PR David Sweet <Sweetie@roadrunner.com> Primary: (207) 967-8553 Co-VP of Membership & Chapter Development David Brown <thirdson.david@gmail.com> Primary: (207) 650-2454 Board Member at Large Marshall Wagner <emwagner31@aol.com> Primary: (207) 232-1543 Chorus Manager Ryan Norfleet <RCFleet1@yahoo.com> Primary: (207) 253-9433 Secondary: (207) 510-1444


Webmaster Lawrence Bean <Larry@TheNexxtLevel.biz> Primary: (888) 678-9866 "Soundings" Newsletter Editor Bruce Sturgis <BStur1@gmail.com> Primary: (207) 312-3423 Secondary: (207) 784-1510

Bruce Sturgis Soundings Weekly Editor email: soundings.ed@gmail.com Downeasters Barbershop Chorus www.downeasters.org

Librarian Dwight Pensiero <DJPensiero@gmail.com> Primary: (207) 353-3244 DVP of Membership Dave Cole <DaveCdvpm12@gmail.com> Primary: (207) 671-4730 Secondary: (207) 797-9618


9/28/2012 Soundings Weekly  

The weekly newsletter of the Downeasters Barbershop Harmony Chorus

Advertisement
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you