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Illuminated by a Fierce Light!

Hey Gang.  Spring has sprung and I just finished a walk through Laking Gardens. Saw a blue heron, a red-winged blackbird, a red-headed woodpecker, and almost got mugged by a flock of chickadees. Here’s the choir current events  – now illuminated by a fierce light! DRESS REHEARSAL SATURDAY APRIL 28TH at 8:45 a.m., Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James Street North (near Barton)., church parking as well as city lot parking are available on the east side of the Church on Hughson St.  Of course you’ll  have your music in a non-noisy folder and in concert order. Test-drive your shoes for
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Concert Time Draws Near

Well folks, concert time draws very near. Are you pumped yet? We’ve got a lot to do, read on: 1.      Voice files. Use ‘em. Internalize those elusive words, pitches, and beats. 2.      Music folders. Get ‘em. And put those sheets in the concert order (subject to change) as follows: Sho Sholosa 1,2,1,(fun rote exercise) Panther Minun Kultani Kaunas On Tourdion Ver Mee O The Trees of the Field Come, Love Away The Sun Comes (Morning Time) Matlakala Sumer Is Icumen In Sho Sholosa (reprise) 3.  Gift baskets. Fill ‘em. Keep in mind that an itemized list of the baskets’ contents
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Creative Alto Ideas

Hi Y’all How are the concert gift baskets going? Can’t speak for everyone but I was privy to some impressively creative ideas in the alto section last week. Just a reminder that I have been collecting wicker baskets over the past year and will bring them in for everyone’s use this Saturday. Please don’t buy any of that cheapo dollar store plastic stuff – it’ll add to the Pacific gyre dump sooner than you can say Trump’s a doofus. Please take the time to organize your sheet music in the current concert order, preferably in a black, paper-noise reducing folder.
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AGM is a cumen in!

Hello Choristers Tomorrow’s rehearsal is significant for 2 reasons; it’s one of the 4 remaining rehearsals prior to our final concert of April 29 AND is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) of 2018. A few words from the board for your consideration: The AGM will start at 10:00 a.m. sharp and hope springs eternal that we can wade through the agenda by 10:30 a.m.. Print off the AGM package sent to you on March 13th or save some trees by sharing a copy with your neighbour. Elections will be held for 2 board vacancies. Feel free to nominate yourself –
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Easter Greetings

Howdy Folks: Okay, so I slept in today… Lent is almost over after all… Calendar considerations abound… read on: Tomorrow, Saturday March 31st, rehearsal cancelled, the only creatures at HARRRP to greet you will be old church mice and dust bunnies. Happy Easter, Passover, and welcome springtime! Sunday April 1st, noon, deadline for blueberry interest, submit the google form as sent earlier this week or express your commitment with an email to info@hamiltonsings.com. $20 for a 2 Kilo bag of frozen Nova Scotian goodness, delivery on Saturday April 28th if demand warrrents April Tuesdays (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th) choral workshop
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Salut Sublime Singers All

Salut Sublime Singers All: Just like your life outside the choir, the Hamilton Sings calendar of events keeps expanding like the universe. May Stephen Hawking rest in peace: Saturday March 31st, rehearsal cancelled, prepare to eat too much while arguing politics with your annoying brother-in-law April Tuesdays (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th) choral workshop series, 7-9pm, Delta United Church, $80 or sliding scale, new songs with tips on healthy vocal function and improving music skills, sign up today! I attended the Voice 101 workshop this past Tuesday and now know why we “Ah” and “Hoo” for warmups, as well as other
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Have you been doing your homework?

Hi There: Have you guys been doing your homework? For myself, I’ve spent some time with my headphones on, deliberately daring the soprano from the Drakensberg Boys Choir to distract me from my correct alto starting note for Sho Sholosa. I’m almost at the point where hearing the higher note automatically causes the lower one to spring into my challenged little brain – is that a Pavlovian response? Where’s my reward? Not having to think so much about it and just letting the notes flow is truly satisfying. Don’t be shy about having to ask for the password to the
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Practice at Delta United on March 10

Hey Gang: We will raise our voices (in a good way) together at Delta United Church 9:45 a.m., 47 Ottawa Street South, this Saturday March 10th NOT at our usual HARRRP haunt. Give yourself extra time if you are unfamiliar with the area, building, and street-only parking opportunities. Voice 101 – what’s that instrument called you all about? led by our tireless choir leader Sue, will be held at Delta United Church, Tuesday March 20th, at 7pm. $20 or sliding scale. Spots are limited but availability still exists – sign up at the front desk or send hamiltonsings.ca an email.
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Brenda’s First Limerick

Salutations Fellow Singers:  At the risk of sounding like my grade 7 mathematics teacher – have you been doing your homework?  Log on to hamiltonsings.ca and become familiar with the Active Members Page voice files. I find if I listen with headphones and sing along while cupping my hands in front of my face, the sound I make travels back into my eardrums and when I get resonance – I’ve got it! Additionally, cupping hands in front of one’s face spares the neighbours, the house pets, and one’s beloved from this educational adventure. Repetition leads to learning they say –
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Eight More Rehearsals

Dearest Choristers Been dilly-dallying with the voice files on the hamiltonsings.ca Active Members Page yet? We have a total of 8 more rehearsals until our April 29th end of term concert. A mere 8. Gulp. Learning new languages can be a big challenge for most of us. However, it’s amazing what happens when you put in a mere 5 minutes a day into your practice rather than waiting for that one free hour on one particular day. As a budding ukelele player, I find myself continually amazed at how I can seem hopelessly incompetent at some particular maneuver over a
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