Weekly Update, May 19, 2019

Please join us for a great night of singing this Thursday, May 23 7–9 p.m. at our regular rehearsal location, the Scottish Rite Temple, 616 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. You’ll have a great time!

Guest Night!

This week is guest night. Please follow up with the people you invited to see if they need a ride to the rehearsal or if they have any questions. You will see the schedule for the night below. Here are the people who volunteered to bring things for the night.

  •  Cookies or bars (2 dozen per person): Bob Handley, Jack, Bill, Larry A
  • Water: Larry Hlavacek
  • Gallon jug of lemonade: Scott Wilcox

Thursday Night’s Schedule

  • 6:30     Aged2Perfection – St. Patrick’s Church songs
  • 7:00     Welcome guests and physical warm-ups
  • 7:05     Hayden for vocal warm-ups
  • 7:15     Members introduce their guests
  • 7:20    A little more warm-up
  • 7:25     Learn a new song along with guests, “Who Will Buy”
  • 7:40     Teach a tag
  • 7:50     Business & short break, break out the cookies
  • 8:00     Video of a top quartet and a top chorus, relax and talk with guests
  • 8:20     Review the following: “Daydream,” National Anthem, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” “Armed Forces Medley”
  • 9:00 KTWWS

Weekly Discussions

Beginning on May 30, President Larry Hlavacek will conduct a short 15-minute discussion with chorus members following rehearsal. The intention is to develop a strategic plan for the chorus spelling out who we are, what we do, how we do it, and more. He will send the discussion topic out with this weekly update so you can come with your thoughts, and also have slips of paper available if you don’t want to talk but do want to provide your comments in writing.

The first question will be: What can be done to retain current members?

Upcoming Events

  • June 6: St Patrick’s noon-time performance. Blue shirt, black pants, black shoes
  • June 20: Tribute to Heroes performance. Red shirt, white tie, black pants, shiny shoes
  • July 28: Family Picnic
  • August 2 – 4: Harmony College Midwest, Mason City
  • August 27: National Anthem at the Cedar Rapids Kernel’s game

St. Patrick’s Church singout

Date: June 6. Performance time is about 12:15. Arrive 11:30. Blue shirt, black pants, black shoes. Below is a sample script and a list of the songs for the sing-out.

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Weekly Update, May 12, 2019

President’s Message

Thursday Night‘s Rehearsal

We will hold our performance team meeting at 6:30. If you would like to be a part of the team, please come to the meeting. We will be discussing the potential dates and locations for our sing outs.

We will rehearse with the chorus until about 8:15. After that time, anyone who might be able to sing at the St. Patrick’s noon-time performance on June 6th is invited to stay and rehearse the songs that might be sung. If you are unable to be there, you can leave or stay and rehearse with us.

Guest Night

We will be holding a guest night on May 23. Please reach out to potential guests and invite them to the rehearsal. We will work on our Tribute to Heroes songs, plus something that the chorus may not be very familiar with, or may be new. We would love to have each person bring one guest. A flyer should be attached to this email.

Thursday Night Schedule

6:30    Performance Team meeting

7:00    Warm-ups

7:20    National Anthem, “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Armed Forces Medley”

8:15    St Patrick’s sing out VLQ songs (if you can’t sing for this, you may leave) {anyone can participate if you know at least one of these songs...}

“This Is My Country,” “Down on the Corner,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” “Hello, Mary Lou,”Tag demo ‘Run to the City of Refuge,'” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Daddy Sang Bass,””I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “God Bless America.”

9:00    KWWS

Upcoming Events

  • May 23: Guest Night
  • June 6: St Patrick’s noon-time performance. Blue shirt, black pants, black shoes
  • June 20: Tribute to Heroes performance. Red shirt, white tie, black pants, shiny shoes
  • August 2 – 4: Harmony College Midwest, Mason City
  • August 27: National Anthem at the Cedar Rapids Kernel’s game
This impromptu VLQ sang “God Bless America” for the chorus during last week’s rehearsal.
Renewal Celebration. Congratulations and thank you to Ray Smith for renewing his memberships. Ray is 13-year member of the Society and the chorus. Pictured with Ray is Wendell Aldrich, chorus secretary, who made the presentation. Ray has sung with the Tune Up quartet and for four years with Profound Sound quartet. He has also served as a board member and as House Manager for many years. Thank you Ray for all you have done for the chorus!

Guest Night flyer

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Weekly Update, May 6, 2019

President’s message:

Cookie Festival Wrap-up

Last Thursday was a fantastic night! Eighty barbershoppers, an extremely talented coach and a polished Polecat. Who could ask for more? We could. We had to have cookies. Donny Rose conducted the warm-ups, with a most-challenging drill singing an exercise with five parts, each part a half-step higher than the previous part. And who would have imagined that eighty barbershoppers could make a Polecat sound that good? It was good to hear all the quartets perform and the choruses. You represented the Harmony Hawks well, with your attendance and the performance of “Isn’t She Lovely?” Thank you again for being willing to drive to Iowa City.

Thank you to everyone who helped return the risers to Scottish Rite following the Cookie Festival. It made for a late night for some of us.

Guest Night

We will be holding a guest night on May 23. Please reach out to potential guests and invite them to the rehearsal. We will work on our Tribute to Heroes songs, plus something that the chorus may not be very familiar with, or may be new. Stay tuned for a flyer or special invitation to this event. We would love to have each person bring one guest.

Thursday Night Schedule

  • 6:30 VLQ to rehearse for June performance
  • 7:00 Warm-ups
  • 7:20 “Daddy Sang Bass” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” (off the music), “Daydream,” (off the music)
  • 7:45 Business & Break
  • 8:00 Tribute to Heroes songs:
    • National Anthem
    • “You Raise Me Up”
    • God Bless America”
    • “America the Beautiful with Overlay”
    • “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
  • 8:45 VLQ and quartets sing
  • 8:58 “Keep the Whole World Singing”

Upcoming Events

  • May 23: Guest Night
  • June 6: St Patrick’s noon-time performance
  • June 20: Tribute to Heroes performance
  • Harmony University, July 21-28, Nashville, TN
  • August 2 – 4: Harmony College Midwest, Mason City
  • August 27: National Anthem at the Cedar Rapids Kernel’s game

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