Great rehearsal last Tuesday! I was told we had 21 people in attendance. Remember that Chad’s goal is to put over 40 on stage for the Central States District Fall Contest, so make sure you are inviting people to rehearsal. We did have one guest and Glen, a visitor from Old Capitol Chorus, at our rehearsal Tuesday.
Rehearsal Plans for Tuesday, June 15
Tag – Clouds on Fire
Isn’t She Lovely
Hallelujah (new song) The tracks and PDF are on the website.
Gospel Medley (if time permits)
IMPORTANT Off-Music Dates
We have set several dates to have us be off the music. Please work hard to meet these goals. Chad needs to get the most from us on these songs so we can be prepared to perform them.
June 29: Shenandoah, Homeward Bound;
July 13: Happy Days;
July 27: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
July 17: Joint picnic with Old Capitol Chorus, South Concession Stand Shelter in North Liberty, 4 to 8 p.m. 5 p.m. sing, Dinner following singing. Bring games to play.
At their meeting Monday night the Board made a number of significant decisions. First they accepted the resignation of Scott Wilcox as Secretary and appointed Ryan Ballentine as Secretary protem. This opens the At-large Board member position, and anyone interesting in serving on the board should contact Cliff Newman.
The board approved the following chorus events:
A joint cookout with the Old Capital Chorus, tentatively scheduled for July 17, South Concession Stand Shelter in North Liberty, 4 – 8 pm
August golf outing
Dessert fundraiser, two one-hour small audience concerts in September
Fall CSD Contest, Oct. 8 – 10 in Lawrence, KS
Gospel Concert, tentatively scheduled for November 12 or 19
The next board meeting is scheduled for July 19.
New tracks and PDFs posted
Learning tracks for both “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” and “Happy Days” are now posted on our site. Note that the off-the-music dates are posted in the schedule below, so let’s all get to work memorizing these!
Tuesday’s rehearsal plan
It Is Well With My Soul
Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
Tag: If (aka “Simply Fly Away”)
June 29: Shenandoah, Homeward Bound
July 13: Happy Days
July 27: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
Calendar events to note
July 17: TENTATIVE, Joint picnic with Old Capitol Chorus, South Concession Stand Shelter in North Liberty, 4 – 8 pm
Here is the list of songs for Tuesday’s rehearsal (in no particular order):
Brother Can You Spare a Dime
Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)
Tag – Last Night Was The End of The World
Note on “Homeward Bound”
This song is a recent addition to our repertoire, so a little background might be helpful.
Homeward Bound was originally one of the most popular and widely performed contemporary choral pieces of all time. Heartfelt and elegant in its simplicity, it’s touched thousands of musicians and their audiences with its warmth and sincerity, and has become the anthem for many soldiers returning home from foreign wars.
The composer and lyricist Marta Keen wrote: “I wrote this song for a loved one who was embarking upon a new phase of life’s journey, to express the soul’s yearning to grow and change. It was premiered by a Seattle Irish tenor, but soon after was beautifully arranged by Jay Althouse and published by Alfred Music. It has been performed by choirs of all ages throughout the English-speaking world and many Asian countries. In 2004 this song appeared in the video tribute to our American troops titled Until Then by Todd Clegg. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir recorded a spectacular arrangement by Dr. Mack Wilberg on their CD Love Is Spoken Here. I continue to be delighted at the wide range of performances and interpretations of this song, which now truly seems to have a life of its own.”
The lyrics speak of both the longing for travel and adventure and the comforts of returning home:
Bind me not to the pasture Chain me not to the plow Set me free to find my calling And I’ll return to you somehow