Weekly Update, Thursday Nov. 21

Gospel Concert Report

What a great Gospel Concert. I had several people speak with me after the performance and said that this was the best concert we had done. The variety of performers was also praised. Thank you to everyone who organized this event and to each and every performer. The preliminary financial results are also good. Nearly $6,000 was raised, which will allow His Hands to receive a check for over $4,000. The final amounts are still to be determined.

 No Rehearsal November 28

There will be no rehearsal November 28, so you can celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.

 December 5 Rehearsal

We will hold a joint rehearsal with Old Capital Chorus at Shueyville United Methodist Church (1195 Steeple Ln NE, Swisher, IA 52338). It is about 1mile east of I-380 at Exit 10. 

Thursday Night

  • 7:00       Welcome and Warmup
  • 7:20       Patriotic Medley sectional – work on entrances and wrong notes
  • 7:45       Run Patriotic Medley
  • 7:50       Business and Break
  • 8:05       Christmas songs – Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock, 
  • 9:00       KTWWS

 Upcoming Events

  • December 5: (change in plans) Joint rehearsal with Old Capital Chorus at Shueyville United Methodist Church
  • December 12: Possible Christmas caroling
  • December 15: Christmas at Cedar (Cedar Memorial), 2:00
  • December 18: Concert with Iowa City Old Capitol Chorus
  • December 19: Possible Christmas caroling
  • December 25: No rehearsal
  • January 1: No rehearsal
  • May 9, 2020: Spring Show

Weekly Update, August 26, 2019

Tomorrow night: National Anthem at the Kernals

Tuesday, August 27: National Anthem at the Kernels, 5:45

  • Arrive: No later than 5:45
  • Where: Will-call ticket window (950 Rockford Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404)
  • Attire: (change from last week) – Khaki shorts, new jersey shirt. Tom Read also says no weird shoes!
  • Tickets: Everyone who signed up will get a ticket. If you requested an additional ticket, you will get that also.
  • Game Time: 6:35
  • If you arrive late: still go to the will-call window and tell them you are a member of the Harmony Hawks, singing the National Anthem, and they will get you to the correct location.

Thursday, August 29: Details for Dave Scott “Sing Along/Performance”

The following information is from Bob Kerdus: Sing for Dave Scott at Hallmar:

  • Where and When: Mercy Hospital—enter through the east door into the lobby. We will gather in the lobby. Dave’s wife, Linda, will be waiting for us.  Please arrive in the lobby no later than 6:10.
  • What to wear: Whatever you are planning on wearing to rehearsal later in the evening.
  • What will we sing?: Since this is more of a “sing along” for Dave (there will be other people there since we will be in their dining room), we will plan on doing mainly Polecats that Dave knows, like: My Wild Irish Rose, Down Our Way, Honey Little Eyes, Heart of my Heart, Sweet and Lovely. Possibly “God Bless America” and close with “Irish Blessing”.
  • Thanks again for doing this. Linda is very excited that we are doing this and says it will mean so much to Dave.
  • Contact Bob Kerdus with any questions: 319-350-7344

Rehearsal schedule, Aug. 29

Thursday Rehearsal Songs:

  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • It is well with my Soul
  • The Old Account Was Settle
  • If God Didn’t Care
  • Patriotic Medley
  • God Bless America
  • Guard Me Oh Lord
  • Beautiful Savior
  • I Wish You Love

Everyone in Harmony discussion

Please watch the 9 minute video in this link prior to Thursday’s discussion: https://youtu.be/jjA67McYUQw

We are going to begin discussing the position that the Harmony Hawks are going to take in regards to Everyone in Harmony.

Feedback from the August 8 and 15 rehearsals

We would like to get your thoughts about the last two rehearsals with Old Capital Chorus. Please talk with one of the board members or music team members and tell them how you felt. We would like the positive and negative comments. Thank you to everyone who came to the rehearsals. There were about 40 people in attendance.

Chorus Leadership

Have you ever thought about being on the Harmony Hawks Board, or becoming a music leader? How about helping at events? We are looking for people who are interested in taking a leadership role in the chorus. If you have interest in a Board position, please talk with Cliff Newman. If you have other interests, please talk with Larry Hlavacek. We look forward to increasing your involvement!

Upcoming Events

  • August 27: National Anthem at the Cedar Rapids Kernel’s game
  • August 29: Sing-along with Dave Scott at Mercy Medical Center
  • October 11-13: Central States District Contest, Lawrence KS
  • November 15: Gospel Concert at New Covenant Bible Church, 7:00

Weekly Update, July 24

Our annual Family Picnic is this Sunday, July 29. All are invited! Please see the story below for details.

Family Picnic / Potluck is this Sunday, July 28 –

  • When: Sunday, July 28
  • Where: Ellis Park, Harborview Pavilion
  • Time: 4:00 – 8:00 (or so). Arrive any time
  • Social “hour” starting around 4:30
  • Dinner time: 5:30
  • Plan on singing, playing games, etc.

Children and guests are welcome.

This will be a potluck, so bring your meat, a dish to share and table service. The Harmony Hawks will provide water and pop. Alcoholic beverages are permitted, so if you want beer, wine, etc, you will need to bring your own. You should also bring chairs and games.

We will have ice in coolers as well. Grills are available. Restrooms are nearby, but not in the pavilion.

President’s Report

Enjoy your rehearsal night off, work on your music at home instead.


Thursday, August 1

Normal rehearsal night. We will work on “Get Happy” and Daydream, along with other HH songs. If we have learning tracks we will have sectionals on “The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago”.

Thursday, August 8 and August 15

We will be holding combined rehearsals with Old Capital Chorus at Prairie Point, on the College Community School District campus. Everyone will be learning “From the First Hello” as a common song. Then…Iowa City would learn “Daydream”, (that we know) and we will learn “Get Happy” (That OCC knows).   In addition, there will be some time for vocal craft in warm ups, some tag time, and perhaps some breakout impromptu quartet opportunities.  We will also probably combine for some pole cat singing to help everyone get comfortable with the sound that is happening.

Here are directions to get to the Point Choir room (6:30 – 7:15)

  • Prairie Point is the building next to the Kirkwood Hotel/Convention Center on Kirkwood Blvd SW.  Here are directions to get to the choir room (the building doors will NOT be unlocked—singers MUST come to the door described to be able to enter!)
    • Drive around to the back of the school and park in the east lot.  The Kirkwood horse barn and Prairie Point football field are visible from this lot.
    • Enter using the door to the left of the basketball hoops (there is a door to the right, but it is not as obvious as the door on the left)
    • Kelly Truax will sit near this door to open for people.
  • Instructions for before 6:30 pm (or after 7:15 pm)
    • Park in the same lot OR park in the access driveway that is to the left of the door described above. 
    • Walk up the access driveway (as if you were going to the greenhouse.)
    • The choir room is the 3rd door—the window is very big; you’ll be able to see the group inside.  Knock on the window, and we’ll let you in!

New t-shirts order form

Gary Lindsay has submitted the order for the new tee shirts and they will be available for pickup at rehearsals starting August 15. After getting a final price quote, they will cost $13, not the $12 previously quoted. Please have cash or a check made out to Gary Lindsay for &13 times the number of shirts you ordered.

If you’d like to order additional shirts for a chorus supporter or family member you can still do so using the form below.