Weekly Update for Thursday, August 15

Family Picnic Fun. Sunday, Al Huneke, Gary Glockoff and Larry Hlavacek pause from their grilling for a quick photo July 28 at our annual Family Picnic, this year held at Ellis Park. Many of us chorus members, our families and a few guests had a good time sharing stories, food and some good singing. Thanks to all for the food you brought to share and for those who did extra organizing work.

This week’s rehearsal plans, Thursday, August 15

We will again be holding a combined rehearsal with Old Capital Chorus at Prairie Point, on the College Community School District campus. Be prepared to sing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. We will continue to work on “From the First Hello”, “Daydream” and “Happy Together”. In addition, there will be some time for vocal craft in warm ups, some tag time, and perhaps some breakout impromptu quartet opportunities.  We will also probably combine for some pole cat singing to help everyone get comfortable with the sound that is happening.

Please bring your Barber Pole Cat #2 books to rehearsal.

Here are directions to get to the Point Choir room

  • Prairie Point (8015 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404) is the building next to the Kirkwood Hotel/Convention Center on Kirkwood Blvd SW.  Here are directions to get to the choir room (the building doors will NOT be unlocked—singers MUST come to the door described to be able to enter!)
    • Drive around to the back of the school and park in the east lot.  The Kirkwood horse barn and Prairie Point football field are visible from this lot.
    • Enter using the door to the left of the basketball hoops (there is a door to the right, but it is not as obvious as the door on the left)
    • Kelly Truax will sit near this door to open for people.
  • Instructions for before 6:30 pm (or after 7:15 pm)
    • Park in the same lot OR park in the access driveway that is to the left of the door described above. 
    • Walk up the access driveway (as if you were going to the greenhouse.)
    • The choir room is the 3rd door—the window is very big; you’ll be able to see the group inside.  Knock on the window, and we’ll let you in!

Schedule

  • 7:00 Welcome and warmup
  • Songs: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “From the First Hello,” “Happy Together,” “Daydream,” and probably others.
  • Vocal Craft
  • Tag singing
  • 9:00 KTWWS

August 16: Naturalization Ceremony

Please click on this link to indicate whether you can attend or not

  • Where: Federal Courthouse
  • When: Arrive in time to clear security check by 12:45
  • Uniform: Black pants, shoes and socks. Red shirts, white ties (no vests or tux coats)

August 23: Golf Outing, 4:00

Please see Larry Aspleaf if you are interested in participating in the annual golf outing on August 23 at Rolling Acres Golf Course in Center Point. Tee times are at 4:00, with dinner to follow. Cost for golf, cart and food is $20. We are checking into the cost if you would be interested in eating dinner only.

October 5: Probable show at the Coggon Opera House

We intend on holding a show on October 5 at the Coggon Opera House at 7:00. Please reply to this message to confirm whether you would be able to attend. More details will be coming, once we know whether we will have enough singers. We would also like to have Profound Sound and Timeless perform. This would be somewhere around a 1 – 1 ½ hour performance where tickets would be sold, with the Coggon Opera house sending mass emails to their contacts to reach out to prospective attendees!

Tee shirts are here:

If you ordered one of the new baseball jersey style tee shirts, please plan to pick up at one of the next two Thursdays. The cost is $13 each and exact cash or a check made out to Gary Lindsay is the preferred mode of payment.

Upcoming Events

  • August 16: Naturalization Ceremony. Arrive 12:45 at Federal Courthouse, signup here.
  • August 23: Golf Outing at Rolling Acres Golf Course in Center Point, 4:00. Sing up with Larry Aspleaf.
  • August 27: National Anthem at the Cedar Rapids Kernel’s game
  • October 5: Probable show at the Coggon Opera House
  • November: Gospel Concert at New Covenant Bible Church
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Weekly Update, July 24

Our annual Family Picnic is this Sunday, July 29. All are invited! Please see the story below for details.

Family Picnic / Potluck is this Sunday, July 28 –

  • When: Sunday, July 28
  • Where: Ellis Park, Harborview Pavilion
  • Time: 4:00 – 8:00 (or so). Arrive any time
  • Social “hour” starting around 4:30
  • Dinner time: 5:30
  • Plan on singing, playing games, etc.

Children and guests are welcome.

This will be a potluck, so bring your meat, a dish to share and table service. The Harmony Hawks will provide water and pop. Alcoholic beverages are permitted, so if you want beer, wine, etc, you will need to bring your own. You should also bring chairs and games.

We will have ice in coolers as well. Grills are available. Restrooms are nearby, but not in the pavilion.

President’s Report

Enjoy your rehearsal night off, work on your music at home instead.

NO REHEARSAL THIS THURSDAY, JULY 25!

Thursday, August 1

Normal rehearsal night. We will work on “Get Happy” and Daydream, along with other HH songs. If we have learning tracks we will have sectionals on “The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago”.

Thursday, August 8 and August 15

We will be holding combined rehearsals with Old Capital Chorus at Prairie Point, on the College Community School District campus. Everyone will be learning “From the First Hello” as a common song. Then…Iowa City would learn “Daydream”, (that we know) and we will learn “Get Happy” (That OCC knows).   In addition, there will be some time for vocal craft in warm ups, some tag time, and perhaps some breakout impromptu quartet opportunities.  We will also probably combine for some pole cat singing to help everyone get comfortable with the sound that is happening.

Here are directions to get to the Point Choir room (6:30 – 7:15)

  • Prairie Point is the building next to the Kirkwood Hotel/Convention Center on Kirkwood Blvd SW.  Here are directions to get to the choir room (the building doors will NOT be unlocked—singers MUST come to the door described to be able to enter!)
    • Drive around to the back of the school and park in the east lot.  The Kirkwood horse barn and Prairie Point football field are visible from this lot.
    • Enter using the door to the left of the basketball hoops (there is a door to the right, but it is not as obvious as the door on the left)
    • Kelly Truax will sit near this door to open for people.
  • Instructions for before 6:30 pm (or after 7:15 pm)
    • Park in the same lot OR park in the access driveway that is to the left of the door described above. 
    • Walk up the access driveway (as if you were going to the greenhouse.)
    • The choir room is the 3rd door—the window is very big; you’ll be able to see the group inside.  Knock on the window, and we’ll let you in!

New t-shirts order form

Gary Lindsay has submitted the order for the new tee shirts and they will be available for pickup at rehearsals starting August 15. After getting a final price quote, they will cost $13, not the $12 previously quoted. Please have cash or a check made out to Gary Lindsay for &13 times the number of shirts you ordered.

If you’d like to order additional shirts for a chorus supporter or family member you can still do so using the form below.

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Weekly Update, July 16, 2019

Nightly discussions

I would like to thank everyone who has been participating in the week discussion topics. We have now completed four questions and I am working on the strategic plan document, which includes recaps from each of the questions.

Discussion topic this week: What can we do to make rehearsals more appealing to everyone?

Last week’s rehearsal

Our special guest last week, David Rivas of California, directs the chorus in “Keep the Whole World Singing.” David, who was in town visiting family, is a Gold Medalist, who sang lead for Masters of Harmony of Los Angeles, the 2017 International Championship Chorus . David shared some insights into the dedication needed to sing with a championship chorus. In addition to commuting for several hours each week to the 2-1/2 hour rehearsals, chorus members needed to memorize each song and qualify by singing them perfectly for a section leader before being allowed onto the risers. This was David’s second visit to the Harmony Hawks, the previous one was three years ago.

Family Picnic / Potluck

  • When: Sunday, July 28
  • Where: Ellis Park, Harbor View Pavilion
  • Time: 4:00 – 8:00 (or so)

Children and guests are welcome.

This will be a potluck, so bring your meat, a dish to share and table service. The Harmony Hawks will provide water and pop. Alcoholic beverages are permitted, so if you want beer, wine, etc, you will need to bring your own. You should also bring chairs and games.

We will have ice in coolers as well. Grills are available. Restrooms are nearby, but not in the pavilion.

Thursday Night Schedule

  • 6:30 Performance Team
  • 7:00 Warm-up and Welcome
  • 7:20 Gospel Concert Work: “Daddy Sang Bass,””If God Didn’t Care,” “Lord Listen to Your Children,” “It Is Well With My Soul,” “Patriotic Medley”
  • 7:50 Business and Break
  • 8:05 Repertoire Work: “Isn’t She Lovely,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “I Feel a Song Coming On,” “Down on the Corner,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Daydream,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “God Bless America,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful Overlay,” “Armed Forces Medley,” “Harmony Medley”
  • 8:25 Tag
  • 8:30 Continue rep work
  • 9:00 KTWWS
  • 9:02 Discussion topic

Upcoming Events

  • July 22: Board Meeting
  • July 28: Family Picnic
  • August 23: Golf Outing, 4:00
  • August 27: National Anthem at the Cedar Rapids Kernel’s game

Membership renewal:

Receiving his membership renewal last week was Larry Aspleaf. Larry has been a faithful fixture in our bass section and the BHS for 38 years. He has been a member of two quartets, Tune Up and Cut-Time. Larry currently serves as our Chapter Historian and has served as show chairman and as board member for three terms. Most impressively, Larry has 16 Men of Note Awards!

New t-shirts order form

Those present last week ordered our new t-shirts. If you were not present and wish to order, please complete the following form. Members are encouraged to order and wear the shirts to help promote the chorus, and we may wear them at the ball park for our National Anthem signing.

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