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November 2011

The Rain Drop Your place for the latest news on the Emerald City Voices Upcoming Gigs Nov 26

Spread the Cheer: A Fundraising Concert

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 3:00 pm

Dec 2

25th Annual Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition Westlake Center, Seattle 5:30-8:30 pm

Dec 3

Redmond Lights Sammamish River Trail 4:00-8:00 pm

Dec 9

A Christmas Carol (Singing in the Foyer) Historic Everett Theater 7:30 pm

Dec 10

Caroling at Molbak’s

Dec 16

A Christmas Carol (Singing in the Foyer)

Woodinville 1:00-3:00 pm

Historic Everett Theater 7:30 pm

Dec 17

Dec 18

Columbia Choirs Concert

Bellevue First Congregational Church 7:00 pm

Caroling at Molbak’s Woodinville 1:00-3:00 pm

Booking Up Fast What a whirlwind the last few months have been! Not only have we produced a CD, redesigned our website and started learning new music, but we have also filled our December concert calendar with some familiar gigs and brand new ones, too. We will, of course, be singing at some of our usual venues. We will be livening up the streets of downtown Seattle during the 25th annual Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition on December 2nd, strolling amongst the poinsettias at Molbak’s in Woodinville on December 10th and 18th, and performing as guests on the Columbia Choirs’ Christmas concert on December 17th. We have been very fortunate to also be invited to sing at many other venues this year. We will help light up Redmond as one of the choirs on the Sammamish River Trail on December 3rd, perform in the lobby before the Historic Everett Theater’s performances of A Christmas Carol on December 9th and 16th, and sing for all of the families at the December 20th performance of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker. To stay up-to-date will all of our concerts and gigs, visit our events page on our website. It will have the most current information about the time and location and a little description of each event.

Donate to Figgy Today! This year, the Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition is celebrating it’s 25th year and ECV will join in the celebration downtown on Friday, December 2nd to help raise money for the Pike Place Senior Center & Downtown Food Bank. Each year, more than 40 choirs gather around Westlake Center to sing carols and collect donations for this great cause. At the end of the night teams are chosen, by esteemed judges, to compete in the Most Creative and Best Choral categories on the Figgy Main stage. This year, we have set our fundraising goal higher than ever before and we need all of your help to accomplish it. We are trying to raise $1400! To help us reach that goal, and donate to a great cause in the process, click on this link:


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“Spread the Cheer” Concert This year, we have decided to kick-off our Christmas season by hosting an event to bring together all of our friends and family to benefit a great cause: Figgy Pudding. And it will be a great place to try out all of our new music. The event will start at 3pm with a concert of both some old favorites and music that is brand new. Along the way, we will lead sing-a-longs of some traditional carols (Joy to the World, The First Noel, etc.) We invite everyone to bring a plate of cookies to share, as we will have a social and cookie exchange after the singing. We are very excited to announce that “Wassail While You Work”, our Christmas CD, will be released and available for sale at this concert. We will also be passing around Santa hats to collect donations to go towards our Figgy donation. We have set our goal high and really hope that this will be an opportunity for those who haven’t donated, to donate, and for those that have donated, to put a couple extra bucks in the hat.


Help us raise money for the

Get your copy of our CD

Bring a plate of cookies to share!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

3:00 pm

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 3030 Bellevue Way Bellevue, WA 98004

How do you produce a CD? That is the exact thing we were asking ourselves about a year ago! We started off the journey with 8 songs that had been recorded at concerts in our 2009 and 2010 Christmas seasons. From there, we decided what other songs we wanted on the CD and set up a recording session with Marcel (the best man in the business). In early March, we spent a Saturday afternoon at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church recording three traditional carols and two of our favorite songs from the 2010 season. Once this was done, Marcel and Mark (the master of mastering) worked their magic and sent us many samples (we have all heard the tracks many times). Once the music was finalized, we started on the packaging. We had many brainstorming seasons and decided on “Wassail While You Work”. Lars took everyone’s suggestions and designed the various pieces of the packaging. After everything was ready, we sent our files off to Disc Makers and we are waiting by the doorstep, because they should be coming in the next couple days! We all learned so much from the process.

Merchandise 1 for $12 2 for $20


Christmas CD With a combination of live and recorded tracks, Wassail While You Work is the debut CD of the Emerald City Voices. Ever since forming in 2005, the group has grown into a very active a capella group, especially during the holidays. This CD is a testament to all of that growth.

These 100%, pre-shrunk cotton shirts are a great way to show your support for ECV.

Sizes: S-XXL


$10 each

On sale: November 26th 2

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Cooking with Laurie Absolute Best Apple Pie Recipe Ever Crust for two two-crust pies 8-10 medium-to-large Granny Smith Apples ¼ c. flour ¾ c. sugar Cinnamon to taste (uh...till it looks cinnamon-y? More than a tsp, maybe as much as a Tbsp.?) 2 c. apple cider -Preheat oven to 375. -In small saucepan, boil apple cider until it reduces down to 1/4 c. Cider will be syrupy. Careful. It will go from "this will never boil down" to “burned” VERY quickly! -While cider is boiling, peel and core apples and slice into 1/4" pieces. -Add flour, sugar and cinnamon to sliced apples -Add the ¼ c. reduced cider to apple mixture and stir Divide apple mixture in half. Pour each half into one pie shell. Add top crust to each pie. Poke holes in top crust to vent. (Optional: Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top of piecrust.) Cover rims of crusts with either a pie protector or aluminum foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove crust protection, reduce heat to 325 and bake an additional 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!

New Website

New Member We are happy to introduce to you all, Laura Raff, our newest alto! Laura has participated in choirs since elementary school and studied music education at Western Washington University. While attending Western, she had the privilege of singing with the concert choir and traveling to Argentina and Uruguay. She graduated in 2010, and just started her second year of teaching elementary music. Want to find out about our other members?

Another exciting accomplishment of ECV, at the moment, is the launch of our new website. In late spring, it was decided that we wanted to give our site a fresh look. This took the help of one very important person, Betsy Hall. Former ECV alto and trusty webmaster, Betsy has done a great job of turning our design into reality. The website has a new Merchandise page and new functions like an interactive event calendar and photo slideshow. After November 26th, people will even be able to purchase CDs and t-shirts through our website. We hope you all enjoy it!

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