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Hey Folks

As our concert date draws near, I’ve got precious little to say except:

Organize your sheet music. You’re going to look and sound real goofy on stage if you’re fumbling for your music rather than keeping your eyes up and focused on choir direction. Real goofy.

You gotta show for tomorrow’s and the April 29th dress rehearsals in order to participate in the Sunday April 30th concert at 3pm. I don’t know about you, but I need my co-altos on top of the material so they can support me with my weak spots. We are a community after all . . . . . . .

Our volunteer ranks are growing for the concert duties list – you guys are great! Please consider donating a new or gently used item on April 29th for our gift basket raffle construction effort – and stick around after rehearsal to flex your creative muscle. Additionally, bring along some hand held snacks to share at our post-concert reception on the 30th. Any food items should be non-messy and able to stand at room temperature for a few hours without becoming toxic – food poisoning is so boring. And make them especially delicious in case there are leftovers – cause you will need to take them home with you.

Mountains are Dancing people! Be ready to move the earthy by 9:30 sharp tomorrow.

Ciao for now

Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Concert Details: Tickets, Baskets, Music List

Salutations Singers

Just a few weeks away from our 3pm Sunday April 30th concert at Christ’s Church Cathedral, and we gotta get some stuff done. Listen up:

CONCERT TICKETS

On sale now! Pay what you can, with a suggestion of $10 each, or $30 for a family of 3 or more. Available for sale at rehearsal, on-line at bruha.com, and if we don’t sell out in advance, at the door on the 30th.

CONCERT GIFT BASKETS AND POST-CONCERT RECEPTION

Got something amazing stashed in a closet at home, but you’re beginning to resent it because all you do is dust it off? Bring it along when you attend our April 29th rehearsal. Gardening stuff, giftware, kitchenware, books, stationary, etc. – gently used or new please. Additionally, if you’ve got a flair for putting gift baskets together – your assistance would be greatly appreciated!

The post-concert reception relies entirely on your largesse, with a contribution of hand-held food or drink, to be shared with your appreciative concert-goers on the 30th. And yes, your help as a galley slave would be oh, so useful.

Concert volunteer sign up sheets will be at the reception desk tomorrow gang – don’t be shy now.

TENTATIVE CONCERT MUSIC LIST

The following is the first draft of our concert music lineup. This will be subject to change however PLUEEZE put your sheet music in this order for swift access. It would also be grand if you could invest in a folder with noise-muffling plastic inserts – you would be amazed at how loud the shuffling of 80 or so sheets of paper can be.

  1. Homeward Now
  2. Merge with the River
  3. Mountains Now Are Dancing
  4. Butterfly
  5. Bella Ciao
  6. Under de Coconut tree
  7. Ye Banks and Braes
  8. Lan Hua Tsao (Orchid)
  9. (Dave Gould, 2 songs solo)
  10. Starlight Tours
  11. I’ll Fly Away
  12. Ichacho Lahko (Baba Yenza)
  13. J’Entends Le Moulin
  14. Farewell to Nova Scotia
  15. Log Drivers Walz
  16. Homeward Now (reprise)

See you all tomorrow.

Cheers

Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Getting Ready to Concertize

Greetings All

Tomorrow marks the first day of April and the end run towards the culmination of this term – our spring concert at Christ’s Church Cathedral, 3pm, Sunday April 30.

Wow. Can you feel that slight adrenaline rush of eager expectation? Speaking as the spawn of a long-line of introverts, my feelings tend to waver between terror and grim resignation when considering I might be the focus of someone’s attention. Thankfully I’ve got you great folks to drag me up there.

A cautionary note folks – participation in the concert requires attendance at the April 22nd and 29th rehearsals. In addition, you must have only missed a maximum of 5 rehearsals this term.

As announced last week, your fellow chorister Deanna King has graciously consented to oversee the workings of the concert. There are numerous details to attend to – ticketing, advertising, hospitality – and vee must have order! As Deanna comes to grips with all of this, she will need some help, and as we have all learned – many hands make light work. So feel free to offer whatever help you can in this estimable endeavor – your concert.

Spread the word to family, friends, neighbours, and other fortunate sorts about a cultural event that you, that’s right, you, have had a hand in creating. Hamilton Sings is, because you are. Pat yourself on the back, you deserve it.

Cheers

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer




Concert News

Hi Gang

Including tomorrow, we’ve got six more rehearsals until our Spring concert April 30th. In case you weren’t listening last week, our concert will be held at Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James Street North, at 3pm. Though my dog Rosie continues to be indifferent to my rendition of the alto part for Bella Ciao, my cat Biggles looks mildly amused whenever I attempt Farewell to Nova Scotia, so I think I’m making progress. Thank heavens for those web site voice files!

Sue will more than likely bring this up with you all tomorrow; however I would like to plant a seed of ambition in some keener’s head – want to be a concert manager? There are a number of things that need to be organized – tickets, promotion, hospitality, raffles, clean-up, etc. Most certainly, a number of people will volunteer for certain tasks but an organizational guru would be very useful here – just to keep things cohesive. Step up to it! You know who you are.

Though the formation of our not-for-profit corporation has seemed like the focus of our attention this term, I’m frequently reminded that the essence of our organization is a community of all sorts of people who become like-minded Saturday mornings when they gather together to sing. Our language is song, and in song, we tune up our spirits. Pure awesomeness.

Hugs

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer




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.