Update, December 29

Important survey needs your input

As our search committee interviews candidates to be our new director, they may find that a preferred candidate cannot meet with us on Thursday evening. This survey will give you a chance to let us know what other options will work best for you. Please respond to this survey by the end of the week. It is important that we hear from everyone. The survey consists of 10 questions and will take you less than three minutes. Click here to take the survey.

Happy New Year and stay safe!

Larry Hlavacek, Music VP

Year end giving, barbershop style

This has been a tough year for many non-profits. This includes the Harmony Hawks. We had zero revenue from a 2020 Spring Show (our primary fund raiser) and there is no chance we can pull together a Spring Show for 2021 (we hope to do something else later in the year). We are not in desperate financial straits yet but we have been spending the reserve funds that have been accumulated over a period of many past years. 

Since June, our expenditures have been very low, but we are pursuing a new director and hope to hire someone early next year. We will have to start paying a salary for our director and as soon as rehearsals can begin, we will have rental expense. Some expenses, such as chapter insurance, continue even when we are not meeting. 

We are more fortunate than most choruses in having a substantial reserve, but it will be gone within two years if we don’t restore the financial foundation of our chorus. You can help in several ways:

  • Become (or remain) active in helping with the chorus “off the risers.” Be involved in the various committees or the board. Serve as an officer. Help with a major activity such as the Spring Show or whatever replaces it.
  • Suggest new ideas for income for the chorus and help make them happen.
  • Donate directly to the chorus (see below for a link).
  • Donate via Amazon Smile (see below).

Dues are an important part of our chorus funds, but dues only provide a small part of the overall expense. Other sources of income are vital.

BHS International is in a similar situation. The situation with the Harmony Foundation has been problematic. Harmony Foundation split off from BHS many years ago to serve as the fund raising arm of BHS. Over the years, their charter has expanded to include many activities related to singing in general. Your established donations to Harmony Foundation are still fine and a portion can be designated to our chapter. If you wish to contribute more directly to BHS, you can do so via a link at https://www.barbershop.org/donate and then click on “Donate Now”. You can designate a portion of your contribution to go to our chapter and a portion to go to our district.

If you wish to donate directly to the chorus, you can do that in a couple of different ways. You can send a check directly to the treasurer, Al Huneke, at 1669 Timberlake Run, CR 52403.  Make the check out to Harmony Hawks. This contribution may be tax deductible. Alternatively, donate to the chorus Endow Iowa fund at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. These contributions are doled out to the chorus over a period of many years but may qualify for a 25% Iowa Tax Credit. Talk to Al for more details.  Here’s the link: https://gcrcf.iphiview.com/gcrcf/Donors/Donate/tabid/542/dispatch/contribution_id$110722_hash$fe47ad8fd406b79537932a3130f32a5eca5c736b/Default.aspx. Make sure it says you are donating to the Harmony Hawks Friends Fund.

Finally, you can donate 0.5% of your Amazon purchases by signing in to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-0943117. Since our official name is Society for Preservation & Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America ….. you won’t see the name Harmony Hawks, but it’s us. 

Call or email me if you have question

Merry Christmas to all!

Al Huneke, Chapter Treasurer

Did you catch the White Christmas video?

Old Capitol Chorus released the video that was created with chorus members singing “White Christmas.” We were invited to join in and we had four of our members participate. A thank you goes out to Gary Lindsay, Cal Birkey, Ryan Ballantine, and me, Larry Hllavacek, for recording our part and submitting it to be published.
Here is the Facebook link to Old Capitol Chorus, where you can find the recording: https://www.facebook.com/OldCapitolChorus

Update, Dec. 16

Harmony Hawks website has a new look

From Gary Lindsay, webmaster. As you have seen already, the website has a new look. This was necessary because our old theme crashed when WordPress was automatically updated earlier this week. I like this new look and hope you do, too.

Weekly preparation

From Larry Hlavacek: I hope many of you were able to participate in the Winter Wonderland recording that was being done by Old Capitol Chorus. I know I only had to record my part about 20 times before I was satisfied with my recording. Not having rehearsed in a long time led to a voice that certainly wasn’t very good. I guess I just did my best!
As we head into the holidays, I would like you to resume the weekly self rehearsals. For this week, please work on Guard Me, Oh Lord.

Board meets via Zoom Monday

The board will welcome newly elected board members Ryan Ballentine and Scott Wilcox at the last board meeting Monday, 7 p.m. via Zoom hosted by Al Huneke. Any member who would like to observe in the meeting should contact Al.

Stepping down from the board at the end of this year is Wendell Aldrich, who has served as Secretary for the past four years and for two previous terms. Wendell has also served as president for three terms and as show chairman. He has certainly earned some time away from leadership roles. Thank you, Wendell for all you have done for the chapter!

Also stepping down from the board is Cal Birkey. Cal has served the past year as Board Member at Large. Thank you, Cal for your service!

Update from the Director Search Committee:

  • We have an excellent group of people working on this: Al Huneke, Bob Kerdus, Jesse Bunge, Barb Read and myself.
  • The job is posted on our website, on Facebook, in the Harmonizer and have sent the job to the Iowa Choral Directors Association.
  • We have reached out to people who we thought would be good director candidates or who might be able to offer suggestions.
  • Two people have applied.
  • Our revised draft of the Director’s Contract will be presented to the Board Monday.
  • We will be working on the interview process and interview questions after the start of the new year.

Update, Dec. 7

Join the (virtual) chorus!

We have until Wednesday to submit our contributions to the “Winter Wonderland” virtual performance the Old Capitol Chorus is creating. Being part of this is a great way to connect to your Barbershop buddies and your fans, and it is so 2020!

Step 1 – Rehearse your part. The arrangement the OCC is using is slightly different than the one we have sung in the past. Those who sang with OCC last year will find it familiar. The score and learning tracks are in a Google Folder that you can access at this link. Download a copy of the music for your reference. One idea is to have this on your computer to follow while you listen to the learning track and follow the director .

Step 2 – Register by creating an account at Upbeat Music. It is free and you will need to use the Chrome browser (again free to download and use), and have headphones or an earpiece to listen to the learning track. Once you have Chrome installed, open a browser window, and copy and them paste in this link: https://play.upbeatmusicapp.com/perform/record?id=5DEB0D243B69718E

Step 3 -Dress in something colorful. Record your performance and perform for the camera. Once you have logged in and entered a part from the dropdown menu, you will need to give the program permission to use your computer’s microphone and camera. An image of the director will appear. Follow his direction; there will be eight beats of introduction before the learning track and direction will begin. There is no pitch given so you might play an E-flat or just practice with the learning track to have the pitch in your ear. Your computer will record your performance and afterward there is a chance to redo it as many times as you like before submitting it.

Director Search continues

Our director search committee is led by Larry Hlavacek and consists of Bob Kerdus and Al Huneke from the chorus and Jesse Bunge and Barb Read. They will be posting the following information on the Iowa Choral Directors Newsletter. It has been posted on Harmonize from CSD and on Facebook and LinkedIn. Members can help this search by sharing the Facebook post on their own news feeds. or by emailing this notice to anyone in their contacts who might be interested.

For further information, please refer to our web site at www.harmonyhawks.org/director-search/. There you will find an on-line application form and more information.

Get your barbershop fix online

  • The Masters of Harmony (9-time international chorus champions) — has created a FREE virtual Christmas show with the hope that it brings you joy and happiness and good spirits for the holiday season. The show will premiere two, new virtual chorus performances as well as a collection of audience favorites from past shows. The event will stream on December 5 at 3pm Pacific Time (7 pm CST). Click on the link below to RSVP and get your spot! www.watchbarbershop.com/moh
  • 2021 CSD Leadership Academy: The Central States District is excited to announce that the 2021 Leadership Academy will be hosted within the 2021 BHS Midwinter Convention! They have teamed up with Harmony Hall to host a dedicated space within the 2021 BHS Midwinter Convention’s virtual world specifically for the CSD Leadership Academy. With facilitators from throughout the barbershop world, we promise you’ve never been to a CSD Leadership Academy like this. For $99 barbershoppers will have access to the CSD Leadership Academy AND the entire BHS Midwinter Convention … from the comfort of your very own home. Curious how a virtual convention will work? Click this link for a video preview provided by BHS.
  • Scholarship information coming for CSD LA. The CSD will be making scholarships available to chapters to help offset the added cost. More details on this will be coming soon. We will be sending out more information in the coming weeks as we finalize the agenda and course offerings. We are very excited about this unique opportunity and cannot wait to see you there.

Upcoming Virtual Holiday shows from the BHS

These are from the Barbershop Harmony Societies listing, and some charge an admission fee. Click on the watch link to get to the complete information.

  • Dec 1 -31 (month-long) | on-demand | New Tradition Chorus | WATCH
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | Noon Pacific/3:00pm Eastern | Land O’ Lakes District | WATCH
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | 2:00pm and 7:30pm Central | Vocal Majority | WATCH
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | 6:00pm Central | Fog City Harmonia
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | 5:00 Pacific/8:00pm Eastern | SmorgasChorus | WATCH
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | 5:00 Pacific/8:00pm Eastern | HALO | WATCH
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | Harmony Delegation with Harmony Central WATCH
  • Dec 13 (Sun) | 3:00pm Central | Heralds of Harmony | WATCH
  • Dec 13 (Sun) | 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern | Westchester Chordsmen | WATCH
  • Dec 18 (Fri) | 7:00 pm Central | Vocal Revolution | WATCH
  • Dec 19 (Sat) | 7:00 pm Central | Minneapolis Commodores | WATCH
  • Dec 19 (Sat) | AIC Show | WATCH
  • Dec 19 (Sat) | 9:00pm Central | San Diego Chorus
  • Dec 20 (Sun) | 3:00pm Eastern | Vocal Confluence with Voces Solis | WATCH
  • Dec 20 (Sun) | 3:30pm Pacific/6:30pm Eastern | Alexandria Harmonizers & Northwest
  • Sound | WATCH
  • Dec 23 (Wed) | 1:00pm Central | The Collective | WATCH
  • Dec 23 (Wed) | PDX Voices
  • Dec 29 (Tue) | 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern | Music City Chorus | WATCH