Weekly Update – September 24, 2018

Rehearsal Plan for Thursday

6:30 Bohemian Red – Down to the River to Pray
7:00 Chorus Rehearsal

  • Songs:
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • Patriot Medley
  • If God Didn’t Care
  • Lord, Listed to Your Children
  • Gospel Medley
  • I Believe
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • I Feel a Song Coming On
  • Love Letters
  • TAG: Sleepy Time Down South

Urgent action needed

Review your list of ticket contacts so we can mail invitations late next week for the Gospel Concert. Look over your list and email Cal Birkey with updates. cal.birkey@gmail.com

Young Men In Harmony is October 5

We will not be performing as part of the event, but we would like people to come watch the young men perform. Here is the entire schedule:

  • When: Friday, October 5
  • Where: Kelly Truax’s classroom, Prairie Point Middle School
  • 12:30- 4:30 Clinic with John Hayden as clinician, assisted by our guest quartet, Minor Details, and Harmony Hawk board members and section leaders.
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Pizza meal
  • 5:15-5:45 – Mini concert featuring Minor Details and the boys singing their two songs. Chorus members, we would like you (and spouses) at the mini-concert as our audience.

Central State District Contest

  • October 12-13. St Charles Mo.
  • Venue: St. Charles Convention Center
  • Headquarters Hotel: Embassy Suites

Download a copy of the schedule here: Schedule
We will perform somewhere between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

New Citizen Ceremony is October 26

This is a date change from previous announcements.

Guest night is October 18

Please contact guests and invite them to the rehearsal. If you need us to send invitations, please get us the addresses Thursday night.

Gospel Concert is Friday,  November 9

The New Covenant Bible Church will again host the Best of Cedar Rapids, Gospel Concert. The chorus will perform and anchor the concert, so all hands on deck for this performance!

Plan now to attend the Northern Pines Harmony Brigade

What is a Harmony Brigade?

Here is the explanation:”A Harmony Brigade rally is an invitational weekend for good quartet-level singers who are vocally capable, committed to learning challenging arrangements, and who are prepared to enjoy success in rally activities. The charts are of championship caliber, somewhat challenging, and would be beyond the ability of less experienced men. It is not a chorus-oriented event. About four months before a Brigade rally, registered participants receive music and a part dominant learning CD for the songs to be used in the rally. Quartets are formed by random draw at the rally and each member is obligated to “hold” their own part without further rehearsal.”

The Northern Pines Harmony Brigade’s eXtreme Quartetting weekend will be held February 22 to 24, 2019! Registration for 2019’s brigade is open! For information and registration go to www.nphb.org.

From Milestones: Dave and Karen Bryant’s 60th Anniversary

Dave & Karen are celebrating their 60th Anniversary

This Gazette notice appeared in Sunday’s Milestones. Chorus members are invited to help Karen & Dave celebrate by sending a card to them at 4018 Lakeview Dr. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Membership Renewal

One of the most experienced quartet men in our chapter, Greg Koenigs has been a BHS member for 25 years and a Harmony Hawk for 23 years. Greg has been a member of five registered quartets, most recently Boulevard. Greg’s leadership in our chorus has been very valuable, and he has served as an at large board member and for the past three years as Music & Performance VP. Greg has two Men of Note.

 

Weekly Update, September 18, 2018

Thursday, Sep. 20 rehearsal plans

6:30 VLQ rehearsal

Anyone interested in singing at the Gospel Concert Nov. 9 with Bohemian Red is welcome. Please be at the 6:30 rehearsal this Thursday. The VLQ will be singing “Down to the River to Pray,” which Bohemian Red has sung previously. The tracks and PDF are on the website.

7:00 chorus rehearsal

Songs for the night:

  • I Believe
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • Gospel Medley
  • If God Didn’t Care
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • Patriotic Medley
  • I Feel a Song Coming On
  • Love Letters

Guest Night planned for Oct. 18

Please come to rehearsal with names and addresses of people you would like to attend to the Guest Night on October 18. We will have postcards that can be addressed and the chorus will send them out.

Make a list right now, with at least one name. Add to the list for the next couple of weeks.  Guest night will be a great opportunity to show prospective members what we can do.

Survey from our Program VP

The board would like some feedback from you about chorus involvement. Please follow this lint to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RS2KT36

CSD Contest notes:

Reply here to Fran Wilson if you’d like to be part of the CSD Senior chorus frjgwils@yahoo.com

Last chance to get discounted accommodations at the convention. The date has been  extended to get our room rates until Wednesday night 9/19 at midnight. If you have not reserved your rooms yet contact the hotel right away! Click here to make reservations.

Convention Schedule: To download a PDF of the convention schedule: 2018 CSD Convention Schedule

Young Men in Harmony

Chorus Members, please update your calendar with the revised schedule for Young Men in Harmony Festival

  • When: Friday, October 5
  • Where: Kelly Truax’s classroom, Prairie Point Middle School
  • 12:30- 4:30 Clinic with John Hayden as clinician, assisted by our guest quartet, Minor Details, and Harmony Hawk board members and section leaders.
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Pizza meal
  • 5:15-5:45 – Mini concert featuring Minor Details and the boys singing their two songs. Plus a Harmony Hawk VLQ. Other chorus members, we would like you (and spouses) at the mini-concert as our audience.

Thanks, Bob Kerdus

Upcoming Events

  • October 5: Young Men In Harmony
  • October 12-14: CSD Contest
  • October 18: Guest Night
  • October 26: New Citizen Ceremony
  • November 9: Gospel Concert
  • November 16: New Citizen Ceremony
  • November 12: Board Meeting

Membership renewal

Al Huneke, 2018 renewal

Returning last week for a brief exile to Canada (actually visiting grandkids), Al Huneke was recognized for his 13 years of membership in the chorus and the society. Al sings baritone with the chorus and in the Profound Sound quartet, and has served as Board Member at Large, and since 2015 as Treasurer.

In the photo Al is saying, “No matter how bad a day I might have had, all is forgotten when I get to rehearsal. It’s always a good time!”

 

Weekly Update, September 10, 2018

Thursday rehearsal plans

6:30 VLQ Rehearsal

Anyone interested in singing at the Gospel Concert Nov. 9 with Bohemian Red is welcome. Please be at the 6:30 rehearsal this Thursday, September 13. The VLQ will be singing “Down to the River to Pray,” which Bohemian Red has sung previously. The tracks and PDF are on the website.

7:00 Chorus Rehearsal

Songs

  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • I Wish You Love
  • Hello, Mary Lou
  • I Believe
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children
  • Gospel Medley
  • I Feel a Song Coming On
  • Love Lettersi
  • TAG: Where is Love?

Guest Night planned for Oct. 18

Please be thinking of people to invite. This is be a great opportunity to show prospective members what we can do. This is the week following CSD Contest and three weeks before the Gospel Concert.

Senior Chorus for CSD Contest

Fran Wilson will direct the CSD Seniors chorus, mostly made up of Nebraska member, at St. Charles at the Fall Convention.Their two songs will be “Darkness on the Delta” and “Old St. Louie.”To be eligible you need to be a current member of the BHS in the CSD and at least 55 years old by January 1, 2019.

Since we’re so scattered we won’t rehearse together until at the convention. Please Fran me know if you’re interested and what part you sing and I’ll send you an mp3 and music for the songs. When Fran gets a list of singers, he will send a questionnaire about what you want to wear for the performance.

Reply to Fran Wilson (director of the Kearney 1733 Chorus), frjgwils@yahoo.com

Young Men in Harmony

Chorus Members, please update your calendar with the revised schedule for Young Men in Harmony Festival

  • When: Friday, October 5
  • Where: Kelly Truax’s classroom, Prairie Point Middle School
  • 12:30- 4:30 Clinic with John Hayden as clinician, assisted by our guest quartet, Minor Details, and Harmony Hawk board members and section leaders.
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Pizza meal
  • 5:15-5:45 – Mini concert featuring Minor Details and the boys singing their two songs. Plus a Harmony Hawk VLQ. Other chorus members, we would like you (and spouses) at the mini-concert as our audience.

Thanks, Bob Kerdus

Upcoming Events

  • October 5: Young Men In Harmony
  • October 12-14: CSD Contest
  • October 18: Guest Night
  • October 19: New Citizen Ceremony
  • November 9: Gospel Concert
  • November 16: New Citizen Ceremony
  • November 19: Board Meeting