Weekly Update, March 18, 2019

From President Larry Hlavacek

Thank you to everyone who signed up for being a greeter at rehearsals. This week’s greeter is Al Huneke.

Aged2Perfection welcomes new citizens

Cal Birkey directs Aged2Perfection in their performance at last Friday’s New Citizen’s Ceremony at the Federal Courthouse. Singing were tenors Ray Smith and Garth Beatty, bass Gary Lindsay, lead Gary Glockoff, bass Larry Aspleaf, lead John Roltgen, and baritones Bob Handley, Al Huneke and Tom Zuber. A2P has sung at each monthly ceremony so far this year.

Thursday’s rehearsal schedule

  • 6:30 Bohemian Red
  • 7:00 Warm-up (Remember to practice warmups at )
  • 7:20 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying
    • Craft
    • Quartet activity
  • 7:40 Business & Break
  • 7:55 Run rep
    • “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
    • “With a Little Help From My Friends”
    • “Down on the Corner”
    • “Bright Was the Night”
    • “Love Letters”
    • “I Wish You Love”
    • “Daddy Sang Bass”
    • “Isn’t She Lovely”
  • 8:20 5-minute break
  • 8:25 Continue with rep
    • Aged2Perfection: “God Bless America”
    • Bohemian Red: “Hard Day’s Night”

Upcoming Events

  • March 18 – Board Meeting – Al Huneke’s home
  • April 26-28 – Spring Contest in Iowa City
  • May 2 – Cookie Festival in Iowa City

Request for help from the Old Capitol Chorus

  • Registration to sort badges and give out information
  • Security during all the contest sessions (these people man the doors)
  • Back stage during all the contest sessions
  • Serve with judges services. Much of this work is done before the convention, but to be on call for emergencies
  • Transport judges to and from the airport as well as to the contest site
  • Host for each competitor quartet and chorus

Two renewals celebrated last week

Wendell Aldrich congratulates Doug Horton on his renewal last Thursday. Doug has been a member of the chapter and BHS for four years, and been a member of County Corridor and Timeless quartets.
Also recognized for his renewal last week was Gary Glockoff. Gary has been a member of the chapter and the BHS for 37 years. He has sung lead for the Profound Sound quartet for 11 years, served as chapter president, and has two Men of Note. Thank you for all you have done for the chorus, Gary.
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Weekly Update, March 13, 2019

Be a greeter

Starting Thursday we will have a nightly greeter who will welcome people when they come to rehearsal. This person should arrive around 6:40 and have their nametag on. I have taken the first week and Al has taken the second. Please sign up to be a greeter.

We introduced two new songs last week. For this week, we will continue with the new songs and run through the entire song. Please work on them this week.

We are restructuring the rehearsal schedule. The first part of the rehearsal will involve learning of new songs and polishing the repertoire. This will be the detail work for the evening. After business and break we will run 5-6 repertoire numbers so that John can evaluate where he needs to emphasize. This segment may be directed by someone other than John so that he can listen and take notes. Let us know what you think after we implement this change.

Rehearsal plan for Thursday, March 14

  • 6:30 Aged2Perfection
  • 7:00 Warm Up 
  • 7:20 New songs and polishing 
    • Can You Feel the Love Tonight – entire song 
    • What a Day For a Daydream – entire song 
    • You Raise Me Up 
  • 7:40 Business & Break 
    • 7:55 Run repertoire 
    • Love Letters 
    • I Wish You Love 
    • Daddy Sang Bass 
    • Isn’t She Lovely 
    • Lord, Listen to Your Children 
    • Bill Grogen’s Goat
  •  8:20 5-minute break 
  • 8:25 Continue with rep including VLQs and quartets 
  • 9:00 KTWWS

Upcoming Events:

  • 3/15 New Citizen Ceremony – Federal Courthouse Arrive 12:45. Red shirt, white tie, black pants, black shoes, no vest or tux coat 
  • 3/18 Board Meeting – 7:00 at Al Huneke’s home 
  • 4/26-28 – Spring Contest in Iowa City. We have been asked if we would be able to help with the event. We may also be the mic testers. Stay tuned for more information. 
  • 5/2 – Cookie Festival in Iowa City. This is a regular chorus rehearsal night, so we would like everyone to represent the Harmony Hawks at this event.  

Membership renewals

Jim (Shooter) Sjostrom was honored for his renewal at last week’s rehearsal. Jim has 21 years of service with the chorus and has sung bass in three quartets: New A Chord, County Corridor, and Timeless, his current quartet.
Tom Read presents Jack Ray with his membership renewal at rehearsal Feb. 14. Jack has been a member of the chorus for seven years and served as Chapter Development VP the past two years. He was part of Country Corridor quartet for three years. Jack loves performing both as a chorus and quartet member.
Tom Zuber, honored for his renewal last week, has been a member of the chorus and the Society for 55 years. His seven Men of Note awards is one of most in the chorus. He has served as a Board Member at Large for two years, and as helped with chorus communications and contest coordinator for many years.
Steve Aldrich, honored last week for his renewal, has been a chorus and Society member for 12 years. He has served as uniform chairman for the past four years as well.
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Weekly Update, Feb. 18

President’s report

By Larry Hlavacek

A huge thank you goes out to the quartet members who delivered Singing Valentines Thursday. I don’t have the final count, but there were about 30 deliveries. I would also like to thank Bob Handley for coordinating the efforts during the day and to the Lindsays for opening their home and providing food for the quartets. We can accomplish GREAT THINGS when we work together! Tom Read had one delivered at our rehearsal.

Rehearsal on Valentine’s Day was very good, even though there were no tenors. John worked hard with us in sectionals on “I Wish You Love” and “Things Are Looking Up.” We also worked on “Down on the Corner,” “Love Letters,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Bright Was The Night.”

Ray, hope you are starting to feel better. We got an update from your wife when the quintet delivered the Singing Valentine to Tom Read.

Singing Valentines report

Despite the challenges of having three consecutive chorus rehearsals cancelled due to dangerous weather, our Singing Valentines promotion was quite successful. Our accounting is not yet complete, but we delivered approximately 40 Valentines within a 25-mile radius of Cedar Rapids. Each recipient received a song, a rose, a greeting card and, if requested, a digital photo of the event. New this year was an option of telephone delivery. Bob Handley coordinated this year’s program.

Timeless quartet, one of three delivering Singing Valentines last week, is composed of tenor Cal Birkey, lead Doug Horton, bass Jim Sjostrom, and baritone Cliff Newman.
Profound Sound quartet, one of three delivering Singing Valentines last week, is composed of tenor Kristin Glockoff (stepping in for injured Ray Smith), lead Gary Glockoff, bass Duane Scott, and baritone Al Huneke.
Fab 4 quartet, a novice quartet formed to deliver Singing Valentines last week, is composed of baritone Wendell Aldrich, bass Gary Lindsay, lead Jack Ray and tenor Larry Hlavacek.

Collecting Singing Valentines promotional material

Please bring in any Valentines promotional material you have to the next rehearsal so we can save it for next year. (Business card ads, posters, recipient cards, etc.)

Rehearsal plan for Thursday, Feb. 21

  • 6:30 Aged2Perfection
  • 7:00 Vamp up
  • 7:15 Polecat: Hello, Mary Lou
  • 7:20 “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “A Little Help From My Friends,” “Things Are Looking Up,” “I Wish You Love”
  • 8:00 Business and Break
  • 8:20 “Daddy Sang Bass”
  • 8:50 Perform all sings, twice if time allows
  • 9:00 KTWWS

Upcoming Events:

  • Feb. 22 – New Citizen’s Ceremony
  • Apr. 26 – Spring Contest in Iowa City
  • May 2 – Cookie Festival in Iowa City

Doug Horton nominated for volunteer award

Doug Horton has been nominated for the United Way’s Volunteer Recognition program. Let’s support him with a vote on the United Way’s website. You can vote once a day through March 8.

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