Update for June 9

From Larry Hlavacek

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

  • Happy Days
  • Homeward Bound
  • Beautiful Savior
  • Tag – Clouds on Fire
  • Isn’t She Lovely
  • Hallelujah (new song) The tracks and PDF are on the website.
  • Shenandoah
  • 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.
  • August Golf Outing
  • September fundraiser
  • October 8-10: Fall Contest in Lawrence KS
  • November Gospel Concert, Nov. 12 or 19.

Weekly Update

Board meeting report

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

  • Warm-up
  • Beautiful Savior
  • Happy Days
  • Lullabye
  • Shenandoah
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
  • Tag: If (aka “Simply Fly Away”)

Off-the-music dates

  • 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
  • August Golf Outing (details to come)
  • September fundraiser (details to come)
  • October 8-10: Fall Contest in Lawrence KS
  • November Gospel Concert

Weekly Update

Here is the list of songs for Tuesday’s rehearsal (in no particular order):

  • Happy Days
  • Brother Can You Spare a Dime
  • Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)
  • Beautiful Savior
  • Shenandoah
  • Homeward Bound
  • 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

For the complete lyrics, click on the link below.