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Special Meeting after Practice to Ratify Board

A special meeting is called for Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:45 at Delta United Church, 47 Ottawa St., South, Hamilton, Ontario.

This meeting will be to ratify a slate of members who have agreed to serve on the Board of Directors of Hamilton Sings! Community Choir.

Current Board Members (who are willing to continue to serve):
  • Jill Detlor, President
  • Anna Camara, Secretary
  • Tom Ciancone, Treasurer & signing officer
  • Susan Noakes, signing officer
  • General Members: Andrea Kurzfield, Bob Edmonds, Brenda Atkinson, Margaret Gauthier, Susan Yazdani
  • Ex-officio (advisory & non-voting): Sue Crowe Connolly, Hanna Bech Mathieson, Agnes Chelminska
We currently have nine voting members on the Board of Directors.  At our last meeting we discussed having a roster of twelve to allow for rotation on and off the Board, yet would allow for some continuity.  It is an exciting time of development for our choir.
If you are interested in serving, the Board currently meets from 7:00 – 8:45 on the first Monday of every month, with the exception of September and January when they meet on the second Monday, and there is no meeting in August.
Please reply to this email if you would like your name to stand on the slate of Directors.  Nominations may also be made from the floor.
On behalf of the Board,
Jill Detlor, President



Tomorrow’s practice at DELTA UNITED CHURCH, 47 Ottawa Street South

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Don’t head to HAAARP tomorrow unless you want to serenade the custodial staff, all by your lonely self. Tomorrow’s practice will instead be held at DELTA UNITED CHURCH, 47 Ottawa Street South

Got Hamilton Sings sheet music lining your sock drawer and cluttering your desk? Bring it with you to practice and give it up when you sign in. We seem to continually print more than our membership roster requires so somehow, somewhere, duplicate copies exist. Can you feel a copyright lawyer breathing down your back? An irate composer sneaking up on you? Give up the evidence and rest easy.

You will already have received notice of a choir meeting at 11:45 tomorrow in order to ratify (and elect) board members for our now official non-for-profit corporation. Please consider nominating yourself or someone you favor for a position on the board. The commitment is not onerous and it would give you an insider’s perspective on what it takes to run an organization such as ours. Like herding cats, I’m tellin’ ya.

6 more practice sessions until our April 30th spring concert folks! I’ve been singing the alto part of Bella Ciao to my dog Rosie and she isn’t impressed yet, but I’m determined to turn that around. My, those voice files on the web site sure are handy.

It’s a ‘trill’ to know you all

Cheers,

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Saturday March 18th practice at Delta United Church, 47 Ottawa Street South.

Howdy Heavenly Hummers

Thanks to everyone who managed to navigate past the Skyway bridge high winds closure and made it to the Beginners Music Skills workshop. Sue tells me that it was an enthusiastically participatory evening and suspects we have some budding conductors in our midst. We’ll keep you posted on the follow-up Intermediate Skills workshop once a date has been determined.

After practice tomorrow we are gathering for a casual social – ALL WELCOME! Feel free to bring some hand held food to share and/or beverages. As an omnivore, I’m always ready to descend on a buffet table with wild abandon however not all of us can afford to indulge our inner animal. Specifically, if you have a serious food allergy or intolerance, negotiating a public food event can be like navigating a mine field. I am aware of at least one celiac in our midst. As in gluten-allergy. Hold the toast dear.
So, if there are others among you who count wheat as the enemy, can you make yourselves known? We could put together a “gluten free” table without much difficulty.

Take note that the next Saturday March 18th practice WILL NOT BE AT HARRP. We will be gathering instead at Delta United Church, 47 Ottawa Street South.

Tell your kinfolk, neighbours, co-workers, and anybody fortunate enough to know you that our spring concert is APRIL 30th. Venue to be determined.

See y’all tomorrow.

Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Beginner’s Music Skills Workshop March 8th & Choir Social March 11th

Hey There

Thanks going out to all of you for your participation in last week’s first business meeting of Hamilton Sings, a non-profit Ontario corporation I’ll have you know. We’re dreaming big and hoping for everyone’s participation in this journey.

Lost and confused about those little marks on paper we hand out at our practice sessions? Convinced that a bar is only for lager louts and a staff is a glorified shepherd’s cane? Your liberation from such ignorance is at hand! Join us at the promised Beginner’s Music skills workshop Wednesday March 8th, 7pm-9pm, at Delta United Church, 47 Ottawa Street South, in their parlour. Pay what you can, suggested amount is $10.

Guess what? You’re throwing a choir social March 11th after practice. Hand-held food and beverages make it extra fun. You can choose to beguile your fellow songsters with your culinary expertise, or pick up a six-pack of donuts to share, or simply satiate with your satisfying conversation. Anything goes but do plan to come – always a hoot.

Spring is in the air, especially this year, so our spring concert is not that far away. Gulp.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record (remember those?), have you been listening to those handy voice files at hamiltonsings.ca? Do keep in mind that you can be absent a maximum of 5 rehearsals and must attend the last 2 rehearsals immediately prior to the concert in order to participate. We are gonna rock the house folks!

All the best.

Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Music Skills Workshop etc.

Just a quick note to let you know that a beginners Music Skills workshop is planned for Wednesday March 8th, time and place to be determined. Topics include the basics of reading a score, rhythm, and common musical definitions. Check yourself in on the sign-up sheets tomorrow. Pay what you can at whatever door it’s going to be but if you can part with $10, that would be nice.

Speaking for myself, I could use a refresher. Though schooled by nuns who regarded music as necessary as food and having endured 4 years of piano lessons (I vastly preferred goofing off with my buddies), considerable dust has settled on my youthful training and I look forward to this remedial opportunity. It’s fun to look stoopid with your friends. Don’t be shy now.

Bella Ciao music tracks are now on the website. hamiltonsings.ca password is sings2016

Reminder that Caroline, goddess of caffeine, will have some fresh java awaiting you tomorrow. $2/cup or simply $10 for the term. Please bring your own non-spill container for that, and all, beverages.

And, if your find yourself troubled by extra funds crowding your change purse, liberate yourself by burdening Tom, our tireless Treasurer, with a contribution to the choir. anything you care to give will be gratefully received and also goes towards subsidizing those who truly cannot manage it.
Give it up for a great cause – you and your choir!

You guys rock.

Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer




‘Tis the Season Kenilworth, December 17, 2016

We have an invitation to lead the caroling at “Tis the season, Kenilworth”, a community event outside along Kenilworth Street with hot chocolate, Santa, a passport to businesses and events at the Library.

Date: Saturday evening December 17, 2016

Location: 208 Kenilworth in the lot next to the Taste of the Caribbean restaurant.

Schedule: Arrive for 5:40 pm to sing 15 minutes or so before and after the 6 pm wreath lighting.

Program: Song list improvised from our concert selection and the songbooks, with an unknown number of attendees joining in. This is the first time for this event.

Park at the Centre Mall and walk south 3.5 blocks or use side streets.

If we bring extra songbooks, we can decide to share them if it feels like they will be returned, or we can sing the carols suggested by the audience and known by all.




St. Elizabeth’s Villa, Wednesday, Dec. 21st

Thank you for volunteering to sing at St. Elizabeth’s Villa on Wednesday, Dec. 21st.

The Villa is the apartment building in the midst of St. Elizabeth’s Village. Address is 391 Rymal Road, West, Hamilton, ON L9B 1V2.

The entrance to the Village is actually just south of Rymal, and left (east) off of Garth. Proceed through the gateway towards the back of the driveway – you’ll see the apartment building and turn to the left to get to the parking lot.

Google maps https://goo.gl/maps/5uRzVmCZzME2

Please arrive by 6:00 p.m. to warm up; we’ll sing at 6:30.

We’ll be singing in the Auditorium, which is on the main floor.

We’ll do the same songs, in the same order as we did for our mini-concert.




Extendicare, Wednesday, Dec. 14th

Hi folks,

Thank you for volunteering to sing at Extendicare next Wednesday, Dec. 14th.  The address is 90 Chedmac Drive, Hamilton, ON L9C 7W1
Please arrive by 6:00 p.m. to warm up; we’ll sing at 6:30.
We’ll do the same songs, in the same order as we did for our mini-concert.
If you have offered OR need a ride, please let me know that it’s okay to share your emails with each other to connect for your ride.
Thanks again,
Sue



Hamilton Sings Update – Nov. 25

Greetings Fellow Performers

Please be advised that tomorrow after practice you are all invited to an informal social in the downstairs lounge, Bring hand-held snacks to share, a beverage, and a winning smile for that interesting looking fellow choir member you haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet. Be bold. Be brave. Be fun!

Next Saturday Dec 3rd we mark the conclusion of our fall term with a Mini-concert, bake/craft sale, and Xmas singalong. Invite your family, friends, heck, even your enemies will be won over by the quality of your choir work and baking efforts. Make sure you price your goods and don’t hesitate to contribute other items for sale if baking isn’t your forte.

Also, you java hounds, make sure you bring your own fix as Caroline will be unable to make coffee for us tomorrow.

Cheers,

Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Hamilton Sings Update – Nov. 11

Greetings Fellow Serenaders
As I sit here yawning over my morning coffee, I can’t help but think of the better coffee our java mistress Caroline thoughtfully provides every Saturday. We’re talking Fair Trade Rwandan from the local Vintages Coffee Cafe – $1.50 a cup or $10 a term. Sleep no more.
Caroline also has a green thumb and asks that you email her at carof@gmail.com if you are interested in joining her gardening group.
The blueberries are coming! This Saturday is your last chance to order a (or several) 2 kg bags of sublime, wild, Nova Scotian, frozen berries – a deal at $20/bag. Think muffins, smoothies, cobblers – the list goes on. Bring your cash or cheque and sign up tomorrow. Delivery date is Saturday November 19th at noon.
Tentative date to remember: Saturday November 26th, Choir Social at noon after practice. Think pot luck except the company and food will be better .Bring a snack to share and meet that person who’s voice you’ve heard but haven’t met yet. Speaking as an alto, I’ve often found that tenors have interesting ideas – but you judge for yourself. What fun!
Dec 3 Mini-concert, Bake/Craft Sale and Sing Along. Bring your priced baked goods, crafted works, and dare to re-gift that item sitting in your closet. We’ll warm up our vocal instruments at 10 a.m., concert at 10:30 a.m.,sale commences at 11:00 a.m, and we’ll wander around with our invited friends and family, carol books in hand, and sing to and with everyone.
Get your groove on by checking out the Drakensberg Boy’s Choir rendition of Amavolovolo on the Hamilton Sings web site private member’s page. Password is sings2016.
Cheers
Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer