Weekly Update, July 31, 2018

Rehearsals resume this Thursday

Plans for rehearsal this Thursday, August 2nd:

7:00 Bohemian Red
7:30 VAMP Up – Tempo Exercise
7:45 Brain Break
7:50 If God Didn’t Care (sectional)
8:00 If God Didn’t Care (together)
8:15 Love Letters (sectional)
8:25 Happy Trails tag
8:30 Business and Break
8:40 Love Letters (together)
8:55 Lord Listen to Your Children (clarify breaks)
9:05 Isn’t She Lovely
9:20 I Feel a Song
9:30 KTWWS

Everyone in Harmony, Board discussion

At last Monday’s Board Meeting, we discussed the BHS’s Everyone in Harmony initiative. We will be gathering information on a number of items relating to membership, including which of our chapter bylaws might need to change if we started to move toward coed membership. A second step for us might be to gather information from potential members about how they would view the change, and how our sister choruses in the Sweet Adelines International view it as well.

In the meantime, we are anticipating no changes in our membership model for the immediate future.

Your help needed for the Youth in Harmony Event fundraising

Our fundraising continues for the 2018 Youth In Harmony Event. The Festival is going to cost approx. $2500 to host. We are asking you to consider talking with those businesses and individuals that you’ve sold Chapter Show Ads asking them if they would consider becoming a Sponsor of this event at $50.We also encourage you each as members of the Harmony Hawks of becoming a $50 Sponsor as well.
We are hoping that we can get 50 individuals or businesses to be a $50 Sponsor to support this
important event. The donation forms and checks made out to the Harmony Hawks Chorus should be returned to Bob Kerdus.

Sponsorship letter

Sponsorship Form

Summer events still to come

Signup here for the golf outing, Friday July 27 at Medowview Golf and Country Club in Central City. Costs will be $25 for golf, cart & meal, or $5 for just the meal. You do not need to be a good golfer to play in this four-man best shot event. For many of us, this is the only time we’ll play golf this year! Sign up here.

The Family Picnic will be Sunday, August 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jennifer and John Hayden’s home, near Van Horne. Please sign up here for that event.

Singing at the State Fair

The Iowa State Fair performance is only 12 days away, Sunday, August 12, at 1 PM at the MidAmerican Stage. Barbershoppers from around the State are invited to join in for a portion of the hour for the following three songs which can be found in the Polecat 1 and 2 books:

  • Wait till the Sun Shines Nellie
  • Caroline
  • Hello Mary Lou

If you wish to blend in, the Pride of Iowa will be wearing tan slacks and a black polo shirt, however this is optional.

Pride of Iowa needs a headcount of those planning to attend, so please contact  Lyle Schwery (lschwery@netins.net; 515-779-8904) if you’d like to join in the fun. Please RSVP  by August 5.

Healthy Men Sing

The Des Moines Chorus is also sponsoring Healthy Men Sing, at the Valley High School Performing Arts Center September 29. This event includes free voice lessons in the morning, work with clinicians Storm Front and Vintage Mix and a free show that evening.

T-shirt ideas

Teddy Williams continues to work as our remote art department and has shared these ideas for a t-shirt with us. Please give me some feedback at B&B Thursday. Untitled-1Artboard 2

Weekly Update, July 16

Rehearsals resume this Thursday

7:00 Bohemian Red
7:30 Chorus
  • Lord Listen to Your Children
  • I Feel a Song (Sectionals and tag in / out)
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • It is Well with my Soul (Sectionals and together)
  • If God DIdn’t Care (Second half of song)

Upcoming events

July 26 – No rehearsal. Plan to attend the Golf Outing on Friday instead
July 27 – Golf Outing. Central City

Everyone in Harmony: Time to decide

The Barbershop Harmony Society has been posting information for sometime now about its vision for the future, and has named this “Everyone in Harmony.” If you have not been following, it is time to catch up! For those of you who have been following, it’s time to speak up as we determine the future of the Harmony Hawks Chorus. A place to start is this video from BHS.

At our next board meeting, we will be having a discussion about how our chorus will decide how to move forward on this initiative. Will we remain as an all-male chorus? Will we actively recruit women to join us? Will we make an effort to reach out across racial and sexual orientation lines in our recruitment effort? Most important, how will we make this decision?

The first step is for all chorus members to become aware of the Everyone in Harmony initiative by reading the Harmonizer, by reading Livewire as it is delivered weekly online, or going to the BHS website. This link to Frequently Asked Questions may also be a good place to start. Please make this a priority and talk to a board member about your thoughts. I will be creating a survey soon on Google Docs to gather your thoughts individually. Look for a link to that in a Weekly Update soon.

Summer Naturalization events

Metro Mix’s Extension Chords sing July 20, August and September.
Aged2Perfection sing October and December.

Your help needed for the Youth in Harmony Event fundraising

 At our last rehearsal Dean Beckman shared with those attending that there is a  need to raise funds for the 2018 Youth In Harmony Event. The Festival is going to cost approx. $2500 to host. We are asking you to consider talking with those businesses and individuals that you’ve sold Chapter Show Ads asking them if they would consider becoming a Sponsor of this event at $50.We also encourage you each as members of the Harmony Hawks of becoming a $50 Sponsor as well.
We are hoping that we can get 50 individuals or businesses to be a $50 Sponsor to support this
important event. The donation forms and checks made out to the Harmony Hawks Chorus should be returned to Bob Kerdus.

Summer events still to come

Signup here for the golf outing, Friday July 27 at Medowview Golf and Country Club in Central City. Costs will be $25 for golf, cart & meal, or $5 for just the meal. You do not need to be a good golfer to play in this four-man best shot event. For many of us, this is the only time we’ll play golf this year! Sign up here.
The Family Picnic will be Sunday, August 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jennifer and John Hayden’s home, near Van Horne. Please sign up here for that event.

Singing at the State Fair

The Des Moines chorus is again inviting Iowa Barbershoppers to join then singing at the State Fair, Aug. 12 , 1 p.m. at the MidAmerican Stage.

Healthy Men Sing

The Des Moines Chorus is also sponsoring Healthy Men Sing, at the Valley High School Performing Arts Center September 29. This event includes free voice lessons in the morning, work with clinicians Storm Front and Vintage Mix and a free show that evening.

Recent renewals

Larry Aspleaf and Jack Ray pose for a snap at the July 12 rehearsal.

Larry Aspleaf has been a member of the BHS for 37 years and a Harmony Hawks chorus member since 1982. He has 16 Men of Note, one of the leaders in our chorus. He said the his best recruiting trick is to wear t-shirts and jackets with the chorus logo and try to engage people who comment on them in conversation ending with an invitation.

Larry has served as a board member and is currently our Chapter Historian. He sang bass in the Road Trip.

 

 

Jack Ray and Duane Scott pose for a photo at the July 12 rehearsal.

Duane Scott, bass section leader, has been a society member for nine years and a Harmony Hawk for seven years. He sings bass with Profound Sound, and has served as a board member. Duane is also our most recent newlywed!

Thank you, Duane for your service and your renewal!

 

 

Weekly Update, July 9

Rehearsals resume this Thursday

Please review the music we’ve been rehearsing lately giving extra attention to those parts we worked on in sectionals.

Everyone in Harmony: Time to decide

The Barbershop Harmony Society has been posting information for sometime now about its vision for the future, and has named this “Everyone in Harmony.” If you have not been following, it is time to catch up! For those of you who have been following, it’s time to speak up as we determine the future of the Harmony Hawks Chorus. A place to start is this video from BHS.

At our next board meeting, we will be having a discussion about how our chorus will decide how to move forward on this initiative. Will we remain as an all-male chorus? Will we actively recruit women to join us? Will we make an effort to reach out across racial and sexual orientation lines in our recruitment effort? Most important, how will we make this decision?

The first step is for all chorus members to become aware of the Everyone in Harmony initiative by reading the Harmonizer, by reading Livewire as it is delivered weekly online, or going to the BHS website. This link to Frequently Asked Questions may also be a good place to start. Please make this a priority and talk to a board member about your thoughts. I will be creating a survey soon on Google Docs to gather your thoughts individually. Look for a link to that in a Weekly Update soon.

Summer Naturalization events

The chorus has the summer off from doing these events with Metro Mix’s  Extension Chords singing in July 20 and August.
Aged2Perfection has October and December. and Extension Chords will September’s in West Branch sing in November at the Federal Courthouse.

Hear about Youth in Harmony Event

Dean Beckman will take some time at break Thursday to discuss the Youth In Harmony event we will be sponsoring this fall. Please give him your full attention.

Summer events still to come

Signup here for the golf outing, Friday July 27 at Medowview Golf and Country Club in Central City. Costs will be $25 for golf, cart & meal, or $5 for just the meal. You do not need to be a good golfer to play in this four-man best shot event. For many of us, this is the only time we’ll play golf this year! Sign up here.
The Family Picnic will be Sunday, August 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jennifer and John Hayden’s home, near Van Horne. Please sign up here for that event.

Recent renewal

Wendell Aldrich renewal was celebrated at the June 28 Chapter Meeting.

The latest of our renewal celebrations was in honor of Wendell Aldrich, a member for 26 years. Wendell has sung with the quartet Road Trip and served the chapter in many leadership roles. including board member, President (for three years), and as Chapter Secretary, a position he continues to hold. Wendell performs at most New Citizen’s Ceremonies with Aged2Perfection and is the reigning Harmony Hawks Barbershopper of the Year. We are very fortunate to have Wendell as a member!