Important Update – Competition Chorus

The boards of the Harmony Hawks and Old Capitol Chorus are proposing that their choruses make joint entries at two upcoming Central States District (CSD) chorus contests to enhance the competition experience for their members. All members are asked to complete the linked survey to indicate their interest and commitment to be part of this experience. By including your preferred email address, a copy of your responses can be sent to you.

 In order to compete in these contests as a combined chorus, competing members will temporarily join the other chorus. There will be no additional dues. In the first contest we will compete as the Harmony Hawks. In the second we will compete as The Old Capitol Chorus. At the completion of these contests you will be able to drop the additional membership.

Musical and Etiquette Expectations

Each member is expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and to notify the director of any absences prior to rehearsal <319-321-6788>(text messages preferred). The director has discretion to remove member from the competition chorus due to non-participation in rehearsals. 

Additional expectations:

·      Each member is expected to bring music to each rehearsal (even if it’s no longer used) and update it with notes.

·      All members are expected to abide by riser etiquette that is conducive to learning music.

·      Normal chapter rehearsals will follow each weekday session. 

Rehearsal locations and schedule

St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 1340 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, and Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City. Carpooling will be available for out-of-town rehearsals.

With agreement of the director and the presidents of the two choruses, rehearsal dates, times, and locations may be modified. All times are PM.

  • •Tuesday, February 27: 5:30-7:00 – Cedar Rapids – Introductory meeting
  • •Thursday, March 7: 6-7:30 – Iowa City
  • •Tuesday, March 12: 6:00-7:30 – Cedar Rapids
  • •Thursday, March 21: 6:00-7:30 – Iowa City
  • •Tuesday, March 26: 5:30-7:00 – Cedar Rapids
  • •Thursday, April 4: 6:00-7:30 – Iowa City
  • •Tuesday, April 9: 5:30-7:00 – Cedar Rapids
  • •Sunday, April 14: 4:00-6:00 – TBD
  • •Tuesday, April 16: 5:30-7:00 – Cedar Rapids

If you subscribe to the Harmony Hawks calendar, these items will appear now. Any changes of schedule will be made on the calendar.

Preparation for Tuesday: 
First note that the Competition Chorus will rehearse at 5:30 as noted above, followed by the Harmony Hawks rehearsal at 7:05. Chad greatly appreciates the work members put in before rehearsal last week. Please review “Everybody Loves Somebody” again, with special emphasis on the intro.

Schedule: (7:05 p.m.)

  • “King of the Road”
  • “Country Roads”
  • “Everybody Loves Somebody”
  • “Shenandoah”

Last Week

Congratulations for the winners of the 2023 awards presented at the last business meeting. The awardees are pictured below are Rookie of the Year Rick Smelser and “Most Growth” Caden Mauer along with Larry Hlavacek who both made the nifty awards and presented them. Chad Knipfer presented Larry Hlavacek with the Director’s Musical Appreciation Award. Our Barbershopper of the Year is Jack Ray. 

Rick Smelser (Rookie of the Year), Larry Hlavacek, and Caden Mauer (Most Growth).
Chad Knipfer awarded Larry Hlavacek with the Director’s Musical Appreciation Award.
Jack Ray (2023 Barbershopper of the Year)

February 16, 2024

Singing Valentines: 

We hope to have a full report on for Singing Valentines sales available Tuesday. Six singers from the Harmony Hawks and two from the Old Capitol Chorus made up the two quartets. Thank you to quartet members Al Huneke, Jack Ray, Larry Hlavacek, Gary Lindsay, Darrel Herschberger and Duane Scott, to Mary Huneke from her PR work, to Darrel for leading the effort and to Bob Handley for manning Valentines Central. The quartets had a great time bringing a great experience to the recipients.

Preparation for Tuesday:

  1. Review and sing through several times “Let’s Get Away from It All,” so you can sing it in rehearsal without the music.
  2. Sing once through the others on our rehearsal list below:

Tuesday’s Rehearsal Plan

  • Installation & Awards
  • Warmup
  • “Daydream”
  • “Shenandoah”
  • “Country Roads”
  • “King of the Road”
  • “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” – New Learning Tracks are available with the introduction included
  • “Let’s Get Away from It All”

Competition Chorus

The competition chorus will consist of members of the Harmony Hawks and Old Capitol Chorus who commit to attending and competing at the CSD Spring Convention, April 18-21 in Ames.

Cedar Rapids rehearsal location: St. Paul’s Methodist Church – 1340 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Iowa City rehearsal location: Robert A. Lee Rec. Center – 220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Link To Music
Note: Each member is expected to bring music to each rehearsal (even if it’s no longer used) and update it with notes.
All members are expected to abide by riser etiquette conducive to learning music and betterment of those around them.
Normal chapter rehearsals will follow each week’s session.

Proposed Rehearsal Schedule –  Some rehearsals may shift dates/times/locations due to possible coaching.

  • Sunday, February 18: 4:00-6:00PM – TBD – introductory meeting/rehearsal
  • Tuesday, February 20: 5:30-7:00PM – Cedar Rapids
  • Thursday, February 29: 6:00-7:30PM – Iowa City
  • Tuesday, March 5: 5:30-7:00PM – Cedar Rapids
  • Thursday, March 14: 6:00-7:30PM – Iowa City
  • Tuesday, March 19: 5:30-7:00PM – Cedar Rapids
  • Thursday, March 28: 6:00-7:30PM – Iowa City
  • Tuesday, April 2: 5:30-7:00PM – Cedar Rapids
  • Thursday, April 11: 6:00-7:30PM – Iowa City
  • Sunday, April 14: 4:00-6:00PM – TBD
  • Tuesday, April 16: 5:30-7:00PM – Cedar Rapids

February 11, 2024

Thanks to the 20 or so who came out today for the inaugural Soup ‘n’ Sweets event at the Northwest Recreation Center. That venue suited us very well I thought. The food was great and we had fun singing and quarteting on some Valentines songs.

Tuesday at 6:00 pm quartets will meet for some fine tuning in preparation for Wednesday’s Singing Valentines.

Speaking of that, now is the time to do your last-minute email and Facebook sharing of the event. Look for the email I sent out last week. Special thank you’s go to Darrell Herschberger for his coordination and Mary Huneke for her promotional work.

Here is Chads plan for rehearsal Tuesday:

  • Warm up – Valentine’s songs
  • I Don’t Know Why (Polecat 2 book)
  • Bright Was the Night (Polecat 2)
  • Wee Small Hours
  • Tag
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Let’s Get Away From It All