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!

 

Update for June 19

Jobs well done

Thank you to the chorus and director John Hayden for a good singout Thursday evening at the Tribute to Heroes dinner. The chorus opened the Freedom Festival Activities with the National Anthem and then entertained the crowd with three other rep songs. Carissa Johnson, organizer of the event, wrote her appreciation, “Thank you again for a wonderful performance last night! It was absolutely amazing! Gave me chills.”

Thanks also to Bill Moss for making the arrangements for those who wanted to enjoy the dinner as well as perform.

Thank you also to Aged2Perfection for again providing music for the New Citizens Ceremony last Friday, and to Bob Kerdus for directing. Members performing were Garth Beatty, Ray Smith, Cal Birkey, Tom Read, Wendell Aldrich, Scott Wilcox, Larry Aspleaf, Tom Zuber, Bill Moss, and Bob Handley.

And finally, thanks to Ray Smith for making all the arrangements and to all who helped him to rent out our risers for a recent event at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Sectional rehearsals this week, June 21, 7:30 p.m.

  • Tenors, Bob Kerdus, 6410 Wolf Creek Trail, Hiawatha
  • Basses, Duane Scott, 2611 Falbrook Drive NE
  • Baritones, Larry Hlavacek, 4105 Willowbrook Dr, Marion.
  • Leads, Doug Horton – 3527 Heatheridge Drive NE #13

We will be working on the following songs:

  • I Feel A Song Coming On
  • Love Letters
  • If God Didn’t Care
  • Lord Listen to Your children praying

President for a day

If you are planning to attend the BHS International Convention in Orlando next month, you’re invited to represent the Harmony Hawks at the Chapter President’s Reception. Please let Gary Lindsay know if you will be attending and he will get you signed up.

 

Weekly Update, June 11

Details on Tribute to Heroes

The event will be held at the The Hotel at Kirkwood, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids IA 52404. Dress blue HH polos, black shoes, socks and pants.

  • 6:00 p.m.: Those seated for dinner arrive, social time, silent auction
  • 6:30 p.m.: Call for chorus;
  • 7:00 p.m.: Star-Spangled Banner”
  • 7:30 p.m.: Keynote address from Dan Gable
  • 8:10 p.m.: Perform three songs from the following: “Isn’t She Lovely?, “God Bless America, America the Beautiful overlay , Armed Forces Medley

More seats at the table

Bill Moss has now reserved a second table for the dinner Thursday night and is looking for three more of us to sign up. We have 19 people signed up for dinner now. Each table costs $250 and seats 10.

We have room for one more person, so if anyone was holding back because of a lack of dinner spots, please let Bill know. He will have to pay for any unused seating. It’s a very worthwhile cause and the meals served by Kirkwood are definitely worth the $25. I’d rather not have to eat more than one of them.
Spouses and friends are welcome.

Thanks,
Bill Moss,
PS: please send any checks to me at 3919 Belden Ct NE., 52402 or  bring them to the dinner.

Riser assistance needed Thursday

Thanks go to Ray Smith for making the arrangements for renting our risers. He need our help,  two or three persons to assist with moving risers to and return from DoubleTree hotel.  Times are Friday 10 am for 60-90 minutes and Sunday 10:45 am for about the same time.  We meet Friday at the Temple and Sunday at the loading dock at Double Tree.  If you are able to help out, email Ray at rrsmith@mchsi.com.

Naturalization ceremony Friday

Aged2Perfection will perform at the Naturalization Ceremony Friday. Be at Federal Court House at 12:45. Blue polo shirts, black pants, shoes and socks.

Sectional rehearsals next week, June 21, 7:30 p.m.

  • Tenors, Bob Kerdus, 6410 Wolf Creek Trail, Hiawatha
  • Basses, Duane Scott, 2611 Falbrook Drive NE
  • Baritones, Larry Hlavacek, 4105 Willowbrook Dr, Marion.
  • Leads, Doug Horton – 3527 Heatheridge Drive NE #13

We will be working on the following songs:

  • I Feel A Song Coming On
  • Love Letters
  • If God Didn’t Care
  • Lord Listen to Your children praying

President for a day

If you are planning to attend the BHS International Convention in Orlando next month, you’re invited to represent the Harmony Hawks at the Chapter President’s Reception. Please let Gary Lindsay know if you will be attending and he will get you signed up.

Membership renewal

Thank you to Ralph Wasik fot renewing his membership in the Harmony Hawks Chorus. Ralph has been been a member and an important part of our lead section for 36 years, and has two Men of Note. He served as Marketing and PR VP in 2008.