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

Update, Nov. 26

2021 Officers Elected

The chorus has elected the chorus leadership for 2021. Thanks to all chorus members who vote by email, and thanks to the Nominating Committee of Gary Lindsay, Bill Moss and Ryan Ballentine for filling the slate of with willing volunteers. Wendell Aldrich has stepped down and Chapter secretary after many years of service. Thank you, Wendell. Thanks also to Scott Wilcox for stepping up the Secretary office.

  • President: Cliff Newman 
  • Past President: Larry Hlavacek
  • VP Music and Performance: Larry Hlavacek
  • VP Membership & Chapter Development: Tom Read
  • VP Marketing and PR: Gary Lindsay
  • Treasurer: Al Huneke
  • Secretary: Scott Wilcox

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.

The Harmony Hawks Chorus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is seeking a front-line director.  For 70 years we have been entertaining audiences with our unique 4-part harmony, barbershop style music.  We have a strong history of active community involvement as well as participation in the yearly Barbershop Harmony Society contests and are now looking for an energetic and enthusiastic director who can reignite and help grow our chorus once we can return to in-person rehearsals. A background in Barbershop music is preferred but not required. Our Society (see https://www.barbershop.org) is an incredible resource for learning about our craft. An excellent place to learn more as an educator is athttps://www.youtube.com/user/BarbershopHarmony38. Click on the “What Educators should Know” playlist. 

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

  • Ambassador of Harmony’s Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 5, at 7 PM CST. Let us lift your spirits for the holiday season… from the comfort and safety of your living room! The 4-time BHS International Champion chorus, the Ambassadors of Harmony, is excited to present a virtual Christmas show this year. We will share some of our holiday favorites from Christmas past… while looking forward with anticipation to Christmas present. The premiere of the event will be broadcast “live” on the Barbershop Harmony Society YouTube page, free to all with no pre-registration required. Please share this event with your family and friends and plan to join us!
  • 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 5 (Sat) | Noon Pacific/3:00pm Eastern | Croix Chordsmen WATCH
  • Dec 5 (Sat) | 3:00pm Pacific/6:00pm Eastern | Masters of Harmony | WATCH
  • Dec 5 (Sat) | 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern | Ambassadors of Harmony | WATCH
  • Dec 6 (Sun) | 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern | Beehive Statesmen | 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