Monthly Archives: April 2015

News from Cristi for April 29

​Hello all!

Wow, can you believe the concert is this weekend?

There’s a lot to remember this week, so I will do my best to break it down. If I forget anything, let me know asap and I will update everyone.

Drumming

There are two more sessions in our drum workshop series, Thursday April 30 and Thursday May 14. If you signed up for the drum workshop, even if you can’t make it to all of the sessions, please pay the full amount ($40). The time, energy, and expertise we are borrowing from Michel is priceless.

Saturday May 2-Dress Rehearsal

  • We’ll start promptly at 10:00. Drummers, bring your drums.
  • Have your music in order
  • Wear the shoes you plan to wear on Sunday; make sure they are comfortable and supportive.
  • If you are interested in learning the dance to Amavolovolo, please contact Hanna for details.
  • Relax and have fun!

Sunday May 3-Concert Day

We need helpers (not choir members) to :

  1. take tickets at the door (two people)
  2. to man the raffle table (one person)
  3. to man the rain barrel display (one person)
  4.  to help with the 50/50 (one person)
  5. to make coffee and tea
  6. to take down/clean up after the refreshment time
  • We will be serving treats after the concert, so please bring in some sweets/baked goods if you are able.
  • Wear whatever you are comfortable in and whatever makes you feel fabulous!
  • Please arrive at 1:00 for warm up and any final preparation. Don’t forget your black folder/binder-and don’t forget your music, like I did at our last concert!
  • The concert starts at 2:00. Smile and be confident!

Saturday May 9-Rain Barrel Sale

  • We are doing well, but rain barrels are still available. Keep selling! www.rainbarrel.ca/hamiltonsings
  • We need people to volunteer as early as 8:00 and as late as 1:00 to help set up (before) and clean up (after).
  • We will be selling baked goods, perennial divisions and other seedlings. Let us know if you would like to contribute.
  • We will need people to help carry and load barrels in cars.
  • The choir will be rehearsing from 10-12, and we will be rotating volunteers during this time so we all will have a chance to sing and to help out at the sale.
  • There will also be a penny sale at HARRRP that day, so we will be able to send them customers/vice versa. I plan on doing some shopping that day as well…
  • Please bike, walk, carpool and/or park as far away from the church as you are able-parking is limited and we want people to be able to reach us and load up their barrels.

I will send more details next week about upcoming rehearsals, performances, and events in May. Let’s get through this week first; then we can all breathe a sigh of relief and tackle the next challenge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GOqFHraZmM

If you have a few minutes, please take another look at this video of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir performing “Amovolovolo.” I find this performance absolutely joyful and infectious. Take a look at the boys as they sing. They aren’t looking down, glued to their music. They aren’t standing still and stiff. They aren’t looking terrified and serious. They are relaxed, confident, and radiating joy. I dare you to look at the little boy at exactly 34 seconds into this video and not smile. This is what I want for our choir, and for our audience. For us to share our joy, passion, and love of music with them. And for the audience to respond with their own joy and love.

Have a wonderful week!

Cristi Kurtz

Membership Coordinator




News from Cristi for April 24

​Hello Singers!

Last week as I left practice I was thinking just how fortunate we are to have such an awesome group of Tenors and Basses. Listening to them sing “Bella Ciao,” I was reminded of a year ago when a small group of us sang in the Cathedral on James Street during an Art Crawl. It was a group of about 12, and Eric was the only man present. (and he did a great job!) It’s really nice to have the balance that we have now, deep voices and high voices alike. Thanks Tenors and Basses, for lending us your voices!
What are we singing in the concert?
The following is a rough draft of the selection of songs we will be singing. The order may change. Remember to get a black folder or binder, and start putting your music in order for the concert.
  1. ah halan wa sahlan” –  loosely translated as “May you arrive as part of the family, and tread an easy path (as you enter)”
  2. Viva La Musica
  3. Olde Irish Blessing
  4. Bella Ciao (tenors and basses)
  5. Boom Badiboum (sopranos and altos)
  6. Shen Khar Venakhi (small group)
  7. Amavolovolo
  8. Hallelujah
  9. Bright Morning Stars
  10. Roots (tenors and basses)
  11. River Chants (sopranos and altos)
  12. Carry On
Coffee 

Don’t forget to bring your cup or mug each week to practice so you can purchase coffee before we start and at the break. Only $1.50 and your money goes to support the choir. Thank you to Caroline, Jill and Shirley for keeping us caffeinated and for the delicious treats!

Rain Barrel Sale

Keep selling those rain barrels! There’s only a two weeks left. Keep promoting this event and let’s make it a success. http://rainbarrel.ca/hamiltonsings/

Sponsorship

If you know of any businesses that would like to sponsor Hamilton Sings, we are accepting donations! For a very reasonable amount, your business can be featured in our concert program, thanked verbally at the concert, and also promoted on our Hamilton Sings! website, Facebook, Meetup, and Twitter sites. Contact hamiltonsings@gmail.com for more information. One of our new sponsors is Healing Hammock Therapies. https://www.facebook.com/HealingHammock

Important Dates to Remember:
  • Saturday April 25 Practice-mandatory attendance for participation in concert
  • Saturday May 2 Dress Rehearsal-mandatory attendance for participation in concert
  • Sunday May 3 Concert at HARRRP
  • Saturday May 9 Rain barrel fundraiser-pick up day and practice
  • Saturday May 16-Practice
  • Thursday May 21-Building Hamilton Momentum Performance
See you tomorrow,
Cristi Kurtz
Membership Coordinator



News from Cristi for April 16

Hello fellow singers,

This week I asked my fellow alto Sylvia to share some thoughts with us. She replied:

“When Cristi asked me to write a few words expressing what Hamilton Sings! means to me, the overall sentiment came easily. Joy! It is a joy to talk and be with all of you fun and interesting choir members. A joy to raise our voices together in fabulous world songs. A joy to be directed by the lovely, talented and humorous Sue and Hannah. A joy to learn together. Thanks, everyone!

Let’s sing together a song of joy, it’s time for joy to begin.
If we open up our hearts to joy, there’s room for joy to come in…”

Thank you Sylvia! Sylvia brings me great joy each week because she has an infectious smile, and I like to make her laugh.

Coffee and Tea

Don’t forget to bring your cup or mug each week to practice so you can purchase coffee and tea before we start and at the break. Only $1.50 and your money goes to support the choir. Thank you to Caroline and Shirley for keeping us caffeinated!

Rain Barrel Sale

Keep selling those rain barrels! There’s only a few weeks left. If you haven’t done so already, please distribute some flyers in your neighbourhood. I am attaching the flyer so you can print out as many as you need. We want to make as many people aware of the sale as possible. What a nice way to get out, get some exercise, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

Sponsorship

If you know of any businesses that would like to sponsor Hamilton Sings, we are accepting donations! For a very reasonable amount, your business can be featured in our concert program, thanked verbally at the concert, and also promoted on our Hamilton Sings! website, Facebook, Meetup, and Twitter sites. Contact hamiltonsings@gmail.com for more information. Our newest sponsor is Penny Pincher Costumes, Inc. on Ottawa Street. http://www.pennypinchercostumesinc.com/

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Saturday April 18 Practice
  • Saturday April 25 Practice-mandatory attendance for participation in concert
  • Saturday May 2 Dress Rehearsal-mandatory attendance for participation in concert
  • Sunday May 3 Concert at HARRRP
  • Saturday May 9 Rain barrel fundraiser-pick up day and practice
  • Saturday May 16-Practice
  • Thursday May 21-Building Hamilton Momentum Performance-details to follow soon

Let’s keep singing and opening our hearts to joy,

Cristi Kurtz
Membership Coordinator




News from Cristi for April 1

Hey everyone, How are you?
The HARRRP benefit concert was terrific, wasn’t it? Everyone sang so well! We were given a great opportunity to give back to HARRRP, and we rose to the challenge beautifully. I am still smiling.
Do you know how much I appreciate that we are a non-audition choir? When I was in grade four, I auditioned for the elementary school choir and I was not accepted. I don’t remember the name of the choir director at Northside Elementary School in Waxahachie Texas, but I feel the sting of her rejection still. I am so glad there is a place in Hamilton where anyone who wants to sing can join in and participate in making music. We are about something more than just making music. We are about inclusion and community and the knowledge that everyone has music in them.

Practice Makes Perfect
I have been asked to share this message with you: practice your music! If everyone takes responsibility for learning and practicing his or her own music, then we won’t have to spend valuable rehearsal time running through notes or learning melodies and harmonies. Imagine Sue and Hanna’s surprise when we show up on Saturday, parts learned, confident, and ready to impress. It’s only after the basics-rhythm, melody, harmony-are learned that we can move on to the stuff that makes musical magic happen. Dynamics! Phrasing!  Expression! A little bit of practice at home makes this possible.
Drums
We have only six spaces left in our drum workshop series. The dates are confirmed: April 9, April 23, April 30, and May 14 at HARRRP in the Pottery Room from 7:00-8:30. Hanna and Sue have invited a special guest to work with us. If you have a drum, bring it. If you don’t, a drum will be provided for you. The suggested price is $10 per class, but if you cannot pay the full amount, pay what you can. I am drumming; don’t you want to drum, too? Contact Sue if you are interested.
 
The rain barrel sale date is creeping up on us! Have you ordered your rain barrel yet? Have you talked to friends and acquaintances? Have you emailed everyone on your contacts list? Have you shared the information on social media? As a very wise person once said, “Every home needs a rain barrel, and every rain barrel needs a home.” Let’s get to work.
A Special Thanks 

Thank you to Bob and Michelle for accompanying us on “Carry On,” and also to Kimme for accompanying us during last week’s rehearsal of “Old Irish Blessing.” We are lucky to have such talented musicians among us.
Important Dates to Remember:
  • Saturday April 4 Easter weekend-Practice as usual
  • Saturday April 11 Practice
  • Saturday April 18 Practice
  • Saturday April 25 Practice-mandatory attendance for participation in concert
  • Saturday May 2 Dress Rehearsal-mandatory attendance for participation in concert
  • Sunday May 3 Concert at HARRRP
  • Saturday May 9 Rain barrel fundraiser-pick up day and practice
  • Saturday May 16-Practice
  • Thursday May 21-Building Hamilton Momentum Performance-details to follow soon

Enjoy the rest of this lovely Easter Week,

Cristi Kurtz

Membership Coordinator

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