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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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”