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 [email protected]

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!