Weekly Update, Jan. 27, 2019

Just chillin’. Our warmup runs went so well that Age2Perfection had time to relax before the start of our performance at last Saturday’s New Citizens Ceremony at the Norther District Courthouse. Twenty-seven new citizens from 20 different countries tool the oath of citizenship. Pictured here are Ray Smith, Lee Freie, Tom Read, Gary Glockoff, Cal Birkey, Dale Norby , Harlan Stientjes, Bob Handley, Al Huneke, Wendell Aldrich and John Roltgen. Gary Lindsay, not pictured, also sang.

Rehearsal plan for Thursday, Jan. 31

A very warm thank you to the 12 brave souls who showed up for the Naturalization Ceremony Friday, since it wasn’t warm for you. Gary Lindsay posted a video on his Facebook page of everyone waiting to sing.

Here is the plan for Thursday’s rehearsal

  • 6:30 Valentines Day quartets rehearse
  • 7:00 Vamp ups
  • 7:15 Polecat
  • 7:20 Sectionals, “I Wish You Love,” measures 1-48.
  • 7:30 Chorus run through
  • 7:40 Sectionals, “Things Are Looking Up,” measures 1-57
  • 7:50 Chorus run through
  • Business and Break, Singing Valentines sales info
  • 8:20 Valentines Day Quartets rehearse for 30 min.; Chorus, “Down on the Corner,” “Love Letters,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Bright Was the Night”
  • 8:50 Valentines Day quartets perform
  • 9:00 KTWWS

Upcoming Events

February 14 – Singing Valentines & Rehearsal
February 22 – New Citizen Ceremony

Help sell Singing Valentines

If you are on Facebook or your spouse is, share our Facebook event on your timeline.

Go through your address book and send emails to those who might possibly be looking for a Valentines gift idea. Copy and paste this: Hey, I’m wondering if you’ve thought about sending ____ a Singing Valentine. People love getting these. Here is a link to the order form. Remember to fill in the blank in the above with the name of your friend’s sweetheart. Send only individual emails.

Carry the Singing Valentine business card ad with you to give out when you meet people in social situations. This might also prompt a discussion of your hobby. Be ready for that.

When you are out and about, scout for locations we can place our flyer and cards, and report back to Bob Handley about that.

Weekly Update, Jan. 21, 2019

Thursday’s Rehearsal Plan

  • 6:30 Aged2Perfection (preparing for Friday’s New Citizen Ceremony)
  • 7:00 Chorus Rehearsal
    • VAMP Ups
    • Hello Mary Lou
    • Honey Little “Lize Medley
  • 7:25 Sectionals – “I Wish You Love” measures 1-48
  • 7:35 Run through
  • 7:40 Sectionals – “Things Are Looking Up” measures 1-57
  • 7:50 Run through
  • 8:00 Business, KTWHS
  • 8:20 Valentine quartets rehearse
  • 8:50 All Valentines Day Quartets perform
  • 9:00 Ajourn

New Sweetheart tag

Here is a good copy of our new tag for “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”

Upcoming Events:
January 25 – New Citizen Ceremony
12:45 – Black pants, red shirt, white tie, black shoes, no jacket
Federal Courthouse
February 14 – Singing Valentines & Rehearsal
February 22 – New Citizen Ceremony

Promote Singing Valentines now!

Here are some ideas:

  • If you are on Facebook or your spouse is, share our Facebook event on your timeline
  • Go through your address book and send emails to those who might possibly be looking for a Valentines gift idea. Copy and paste this: Hey, I’m wondering if you’ve thought about sending ____ a Singing Valentine. People love getting these. Here is a link to the order form. Remember to fill in the blank in the above with the name of your friend’s sweetheart. Send only individual emails.
  • Carry the Singing Valentine business card ad with you to give out when you meet people in social situations. This might also prompt a discussion of your hobby. Be ready for that.
  • When you are out and about, scout for locations we can place our flyer and cards, and report back to Bob Handley about that.

Recent renewals

Tom Read congratulating Cal Birkey on his membership renewal at the January 10 chapter meeting. Cal has been a member of the chorus for seven years and has served as marketing assistant maintaining our mailing list. He has been a member of two quartets, County Corridor and Timeless.
Tom Read congratulates Cliff Newman for his membership renewal at the Jan. 10 chapter meeting. Cliff has been a member of the chorus for just one year, but is a 33-year member of the Central States District and a 34-year member of BHS. Cliff loves quarteting and is currently singing with Timeless, his fourth quartet over the years.

Weekly Update, Jan. 14, 2019

Customers can order Singing Valentines at this link.

Schedule for Thursday

  • 6:30 Singing Valentine Quartets. Time for all valentine quartets to come and work on your songs.
  • 7:00 Chorus Rehearsal
  • 7:15 Rep Work
    • I Feel A Song Coming On
    • I Believe
    • Isn’t She Lovely
    • I Wish You Lov

8:00 Business Meeting & Break

  • 8:20 Rep Work
    • Things Are Looking Up
    • Bright Was The Night
  • 8:50 Performance
  • 9:00 KTWWS

Note from the president

Next week we will schedule also the 6:30 – 7:00 rehearsal time for the quartets who will be delivering Singing Valentines. There will be more of these scheduled prior to February 14. We are looking for one more quartet to sing. If you are willing to sing in a quartet, please let Greg know.
For the last couple weeks, I have noticed that not all attending chorus members are at rehearsal at 7:00. People have been trickling in until about 7:15. Warm-up time is important for preparing to sing and for learning to be a better singer. You might even learn something about another chorus member! I realize that there are reasons why you may not always be there at 7 but please make an effort to be ready to get on the risers at 7. If you are purposefully arriving late to skip the warm-ups, please let me know the reason so we can look at making changes to the warm-up routine.

Invitation from the River City Chorus

Welcome from the River City Chorus in Mason City. As president of the chorus I would like to announce that our chorus will be sponsoring a Harmony College Midwest on August 2th,3th,4th . The event will be held at NIACC community college in Mason City. Our guest quartet and coaches will be Instant Classic along with other professional coaches. So if your chorus ,quartets or individuals are looking for a chorus retreat,a coaching session before contest or just to improve your singing. Consider this college for yourselves!
The event will include an afterglow before the college, yes I know we are starting with the best part ,on Friday night. Breakfast on Saturday followed by coaching sessions , a noon meal and more sessions in the afternoon. Then a show Saturday evening starring Instant Classic. Sunday morning will include a breakfast and a group sing church service where each chorus or individual who have pre registered will receive four newly arranged gospel songs by River City Chorus director Jayson Ryner to keep and take home to their home choruses. Therewill also be an opportunity to participate in just the Saturday event if a chorus, quartet or individual are interested.
The housing will be at the new air conditioned dormitory at NIACC and will be included in the registration fee. The pre registration fee will be $125 per person which will include everything listed above . If you can’t make the whole weekend, join us Saturday for a day of coaching , noon meal and Saturdays show for $80. So please consider joining us at our first Harmony College Midwest to improve and enjoy singing with other barbershop singers in the area. We would like to have the preregistration done by March 9th. A flier will be sent to each chapter with a registration and additional info. For more information contact myself at tpoppens1@gmail.com or Stan Zinnel at (641)380-0406. Thank you.

Tony Poppens, President River City Chorus

Upcoming Events

  • January 17 – Rehearsal
  • January 21 – Board meeting at the Hlavacek home starting at 7:00
  • January 24 – Rehearsal
  • January 25 – Naturalization Ceremony
  • February 14 – Singing Valentines
  • February 22 – Naturalization Ceremony