Weekly Update, May 12, 2019

President’s Message

Thursday Night‘s Rehearsal

We will hold our performance team meeting at 6:30. If you would like to be a part of the team, please come to the meeting. We will be discussing the potential dates and locations for our sing outs.

We will rehearse with the chorus until about 8:15. After that time, anyone who might be able to sing at the St. Patrick’s noon-time performance on June 6th is invited to stay and rehearse the songs that might be sung. If you are unable to be there, you can leave or stay and rehearse with us.

Guest Night

We will be holding a guest night on May 23. Please reach out to potential guests and invite them to the rehearsal. We will work on our Tribute to Heroes songs, plus something that the chorus may not be very familiar with, or may be new. We would love to have each person bring one guest. A flyer should be attached to this email.

Thursday Night Schedule

6:30    Performance Team meeting

7:00    Warm-ups

7:20    National Anthem, “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Armed Forces Medley”

8:15    St Patrick’s sing out VLQ songs (if you can’t sing for this, you may leave) {anyone can participate if you know at least one of these songs...}

“This Is My Country,” “Down on the Corner,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” “Hello, Mary Lou,”Tag demo ‘Run to the City of Refuge,'” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Daddy Sang Bass,””I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “God Bless America.”

9:00    KWWS

Upcoming Events

  • May 23: Guest Night
  • June 6: St Patrick’s noon-time performance. Blue shirt, black pants, black shoes
  • June 20: Tribute to Heroes performance. Red shirt, white tie, black pants, shiny shoes
  • August 2 – 4: Harmony College Midwest, Mason City
  • August 27: National Anthem at the Cedar Rapids Kernel’s game
This impromptu VLQ sang “God Bless America” for the chorus during last week’s rehearsal.
Renewal Celebration. Congratulations and thank you to Ray Smith for renewing his memberships. Ray is 13-year member of the Society and the chorus. Pictured with Ray is Wendell Aldrich, chorus secretary, who made the presentation. Ray has sung with the Tune Up quartet and for four years with Profound Sound quartet. He has also served as a board member and as House Manager for many years. Thank you Ray for all you have done for the chorus!

Guest Night flyer

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Weekly Update, May 6, 2019

President’s message:

Cookie Festival Wrap-up

Last Thursday was a fantastic night! Eighty barbershoppers, an extremely talented coach and a polished Polecat. Who could ask for more? We could. We had to have cookies. Donny Rose conducted the warm-ups, with a most-challenging drill singing an exercise with five parts, each part a half-step higher than the previous part. And who would have imagined that eighty barbershoppers could make a Polecat sound that good? It was good to hear all the quartets perform and the choruses. You represented the Harmony Hawks well, with your attendance and the performance of “Isn’t She Lovely?” Thank you again for being willing to drive to Iowa City.

Thank you to everyone who helped return the risers to Scottish Rite following the Cookie Festival. It made for a late night for some of us.

Guest Night

We will be holding a guest night on May 23. Please reach out to potential guests and invite them to the rehearsal. We will work on our Tribute to Heroes songs, plus something that the chorus may not be very familiar with, or may be new. Stay tuned for a flyer or special invitation to this event. We would love to have each person bring one guest.

Thursday Night Schedule

  • 6:30 VLQ to rehearse for June performance
  • 7:00 Warm-ups
  • 7:20 “Daddy Sang Bass” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” (off the music), “Daydream,” (off the music)
  • 7:45 Business & Break
  • 8:00 Tribute to Heroes songs:
    • National Anthem
    • “You Raise Me Up”
    • God Bless America”
    • “America the Beautiful with Overlay”
    • “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
  • 8:45 VLQ and quartets sing
  • 8:58 “Keep the Whole World Singing”

Upcoming Events

  • May 23: Guest Night
  • June 6: St Patrick’s noon-time performance
  • June 20: Tribute to Heroes performance
  • Harmony University, July 21-28, Nashville, TN
  • August 2 – 4: Harmony College Midwest, Mason City
  • August 27: National Anthem at the Cedar Rapids Kernel’s game

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Weekly Update, April 15, 2019

From President Larry Hlavacek

  • We will NOT be rehearsing on Thursday, April 18 due to a large number of members being absent for Maundy Thursday. See everyone on the 25.
  • The April 25 rehearsal will be the last rehearsal before we go to the Cookie Festival in Iowa City.We will send a schedule for the April 25 rehearsal later.
  • You can still attend the dinner with Marty Monson on Thursday, April 25. We will meet at Black Sheep Social Club at 5:00. Let me (Larry) know if you would like to attend.
  • lease work hard on the two new songs. Try to have them memorized by the rehearsal on May 9. We plan on singing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” at the Tribute to Heroes dinner in June.
  • If you have not responded yet to the survey Gary sent out regarding your ability to perform at the Tribute to Heroes dinner, please click here to respond. We need your response even if you can not make it.

Quartets active this month

Timeless quartet will be competing April 25-26 at the Central States District quartet competition in Iowa City. The quartet is competing in the Super Senior Division. Timeless consists of tenor Cal Birkey, lead Doug Horton, bass Jim Sjostrom, and baritone Cliff Newman.
Profound Sound quartet ready to roll to deliver Singing Valentines, Feb. 14, 2018. The quartet has been active this spring with their school visit to Prairie in March and entertaining at the Iowa State Square and Round Dance Convention at the Longbranch Hotel & Convention Center. Profound Sound consists of tenor Ray Smith, lead Gary Glockoff, bass Duane Scott and baritone Al Huneke.

Congratulations to the Roltgens

As we entertain at the Tribute to Heroes dinner June 20, John and Monica Roltgen will be celebrating their 6oth wedding anniversary. Congratulations!

John and Monica Roltgen at the 2018 Awards Banquet at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. The couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 20.
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