Weekly Update, April 8, 2019

President’s Message

Spring Contest Update

We will not be the mic testers at the Spring Convention in Iowa City. Thirteen people said they could make it but the balance was not going to work. I regrettably told them we will not be able to participate. Thank you to everyone who had committed.

If you were going to be able to attend, consider helping any way you can.
• help with registration
• house security during all the contest sessions
• back stage
• serve with Judges services
• transport Judges to and from the airport as well as to the contest site at City High
• host for each competitor quartet and chorus
Send John an email with your name, contact info and what days you want to work and what you would like to do and he will try to fit that in as best as he can. Here is John’s contact information. John Marshall, CSD Past President, Home: 319-338-3565 Cell: 319-330-5479 John@pro-technologies.net

Dinner with the CEO of Barbershop Harmony Society

April 25th – We will be meeting with Marty Monson, CEO of Barbershop Harmony Society, at the Black Sheep Social Club, 600 1st Street SE, Cedar Rapids, at 5:00. Please let me know if you will be joining us so I can make reservations for the group.

Thursday’s Rehearsal Schedule

  • 6:30 Bohemian Red; “California Dreaming,” “Rhythm of Love”
  • 7:00 Vamp Ups
  • 7:20 “Isn’t She Lovely”
  • 7:30 Sectionals: “Daydream”
  • 7:50 Business and Break
  • 8:05 Sectionals: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight “
  • 8:20 Break
  • 8:25 “Tags, / Quartets / Timeless, Profound Sound
  • 9:00  KTWWS

Upcoming Events
April 26 – 28: Spring Convention in Iowa City
May 2: Cookie Festival in Iowa City
June 20: Tribute to Heroes performance
August 27: National Anthem at the Cedar Rapids Kernel’s game

Wrapping up last week

Sean Devine, of the Harmony Foundation visited. Sean is the lead of OC Times quartet and performance category judge for the society made a great pitch for supporting the Foundation.

Sean wrote: Thank You for a great night, Harmony Hawks… So much FUN getting to sing along, and to be asked to spend some time coaching on the Performance Category – you really connected quickly to the concepts, especially with Love Letters!  Thanks to John & Larry for including me, and to the whole Chapter for making me feel so welcome.  Several of us even closed out the night catching up and singing a tag at the Starlite Room.  A wonderful night of barbershop!  

I’m also grateful for the time you gave me to continue sharing about Harmony Foundation, and to talk a bit more about the successes our donors are making possible through life-changing music programs.  A special thanks to YOU for your continued support, with 24% of your  Chapter membership already participating in our Annual Giving programs!  

I’m happy to share a special video here, I think you’ll get a kick out a couple two quartets (one college and one senior!) responding to the question, “Why do I sing?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_CLzx5IigU&t=119s

* Also, one of your members last night asked specifically for stories about scholarship recipients, I’m happy to share one of the many special testimonies we’ve heard from – please enjoy Julian’s story here: https://youtu.be/CL_ec2XQUQc

If you weren’t able to join us this week, or if you were there but didn’t have the chance to complete a pledge card yourself – you can join the Ambassadors of Song and/or President’s Council programs by CLICKING HERE – http://harmonyfoundation.planmylegacy.org/I do hope you’ll accept our invitation to take this closer look at how YOU can help preserve and encourage barbershop singing, while providing more opportunities for more people to FEEL what we FEEL!  * Please take a look at the information shared, and reply back at your convenience… I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank YOU! 

And, for those interested in finding out more about our Planned Giving program – Legacy of Harmony – that info is also available on our website: 

Sean Devine
Planned Giving Manager

We honored Duane Scott last week for renewing his membership in the chorus. Duane has been a BHS member for ten years, a Harmony Hawk for eight years, and a member of Profound Sound quartet for four years. Duane is bass section leader and he has also served the chorus as show chairman and board member. Thank you, Duane for all you do for the chorus!
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Weekly Update, April 1, 2019

from President Larry Hlavacek

Proud Image Chorus is holding their 40th Anniversary show with guest quartet Boom Town on May 4th at 2p.m.and 6 p.m. The show will be held at Central Middle School. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $8.00 for students.

Sean Devine from the Harmony Foundation will be at rehearsal this week.

Marty Monson, CEO of Barbershop Harmony Society, will be at Spring Contest. He will be attending the first part of our rehearsal. We will be going out for dinner with him, 5 p.m. at the Black Sheep Social Club, prior to our rehearsal on April 25. If you are interested in eating with Marty, please let me know so I can make sure we reserve enough space for us.

See the detailed information below on helping Iowa City with the Spring Contest. They still need many people! Monday night we were contacted by BHS about warming up the mics Saturday at the contest. I have reached back to them to get more information. I should have more to share at Thursday’s rehearsal.

Thursday’s Rehearsal Schedule

  • 7:00 Vamp Ups
  • 7:20 “Love Letters,” “Isn’t She Lovely,” “God Bless America”
  • 7:40 Business and Break
  • 7:55 “Daydream,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight “
  • 8:20 Business and Break
  • 8:25 “Down on the Corner (soloists),” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “I Believe”
  • 9:00  KTWWS

Upcoming Events

  • April 26– Spring Contest in Iowa City. (See Below)
  • May 2 – Cookie Festival in Iowa City. We will sing “Love Letters” and “Isn’t She Lovely”
  • June 20 – Tribute to Heroes performance
  • August 27 – Sing National Anthem at the Kernel’s game

Profound Sound wows Prairie Middle kids

Thank you to Profound Sound quartet for continuing our youth outreach mission with their visit last week to Prairie Middle School.

Profound Sound sings for Kelly Truax’s seventh graders at Prairie Point Middle school.
Kelly Truax’s students listen intently to Profound Sound’s performance at Prairie Point Middle School last week.
Kelly Truax’s students listen intently to Profound Sound’s performance at Prairie Point Middle School last week.

Speaking of Youth Outreach

The March issue of Sounding Board, a publication of the Iowa Choral Director’s Association ran our article on the Youth In Harmony event we help at Prairie Point Middle last October. You can look at the article here:

What you missed last week

As always, last Thursday’s rehearsal was full of fun moments. In one, director John Hayden mentioned a This America Life program about pirates, one in particular who became a pirate to avoid a nagging wife. Why John found this especially relatable was not explored. It’s a fun program and if you’d like to give it a listen, you can find it here https://www.thisamericanlife.org/616/i-am-not-a-pirate. When we discussed adding a whistling chorus to “Daydream” Gary Lindsay mentioned once whistling with professional whistler Fred Lowery at a school assembly. Lowery whistled the theme to the Andy Griffith Show and had a billboard top ten hit. If you’re curious, see the Wikipedia article here and check on YouTube for his recordings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Lowery

Repertoire update

The music team under the direction of Greg Koenigs has begun the process of paring down our repertoire with the purposes of making the songs that remain performance ready. Here is the list so far. Please send your comments to Greg at gjkoenigs@gmail.com

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Weekly Update, March 25, 2019

From President Larry Hlavacek:

I was contacted by the Society about having dinner with Marty Monson, the CEO/Executive Director of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He is attending the Spring Convention and will be attending the start of our rehearsal, and will then go to part of Iowa City’s rehearsal.

Thank you to everyone who showed up for the Cedar Rapids Kernels National Anthem audition. Sorry for the late notice.

Fundraising at Pizza Ranch is being looked into. Cliff is meeting with Pizza Range staff Monday to discuss this. We would work 4 to 5 hours clearing tables and singing songs. We would earn money on sales and tips. Look for more details.

We are forming a group to develop a show which can be performed anywhere, with minimal effort by the chorus.  The show could be performed multiple times in any number of locations. The show would consist of a mix of a Capella songs from the Harmony Hawks chorus, Aged To Perfection and Bohemian Red VLQs as well as Profound Sound and Timeless quartets. Anyone who would like to be a part of this team is invited to attend. This team will meet at 6:30 Thursday night.

Thursday’s Rehearsal Schedule

  • 6:30 Shows and Performance Team meeting
  • 7:00 Warm Up
  • 7:20 “Down on the Corner,” “Daydream,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
  • 7:45 Business and break
  • 8:00 Cookie Festival songs: “Love letters,” “Isn’t She Lovely”
  • 8:20 5-minute break
  • 8:25 Tribute to Heroes songs: “You Raise Me Up,” “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful Overlay” Quartet – need volunteers
  • 9:00 KTWWS

Upcoming Events

  • April 26 – 28: Spring Convention in Iowa City May 2: Cookie Festival in Iowa City
  • June 20: Tribute to Heroes performance

Membership renewal

Honored for his renewal at last Thursday’s rehearsal was John Roltgen. John has been a member of the Society and our chapter for 49 years! John sings bass with the chorus and bass or lead with Aged 2 Perfection. John served for several years as our social events coordinator. John, we are thankful for your faithful membership and service!
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