Friday, August 29, 2014

So Great to Sing With You!

It was wonderful to get together and sing the beautiful music Cory always selects for us.

Here are some YouTube helps for the songs in "Cartoon Christmas."
And here's an alphabetized list of our music so far (22 pieces). There will be a few more that we'll add to the list, hopefully by next week.
  • And the Angels Sang
  • Bell Carol
  • Carol of the Snow
  • Cartoon Christmas
  • Come Join the Holiday Season
  • Cradle Carols
  • Christmas Eve Carol
  • Christmas in a Minute
  • Dance With Me, Santa
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Hymn of Angels
  • I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas
  • Is There Room in Your Heart for a King?
  • Listen to the Silence of Night
  • Mary's Lament
  • O Night Divine
  • One Small Child
  • Sending You a Little Christmas
  • The Hands That First Held Mary's Child
  • What Child Is This?
  • What Is This Brightness Shining?
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  • Winter Beautiful

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A New Christmas Season!

Hi Everyone,

We're coming up on our 2014 Christmas season and Cory has been busy selecting music for us to sing. He had decided to re-visit some songs that we've tried and pulled before, so please look through your music from the past couple of Christmas seasons and pull out the following pieces:
  • The Hands That First Held Mary's Child
  • And the Angels Sang
  • Christmas in a Minute
  • Cradle Carols
Our first rehearsal for this season will be Thursday, August 28th at 8 pm. I can't wait to see you all again and sing beautiful music together!

~ Karen

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Awesome Spring Performance!

Our spring performance was a great success! We received much positive feedback from our audience.

Here are some of the pictures that we had taken before our performance. I apologize for the low resolution/blurriness.

 This first one was the best of the "serious" pictures. Everyone looks great!

I think this is my favorite because half of us are serious and half of us are goofy. It makes me laugh every time I look at it!

And this one is totally goofy, except for a few who just don't seem to know how to be goofy! This one also makes me laugh!

Monday, June 2, 2014


We were saddened last Thursday to learn of the passing of one of our sopranos, Germaine Wahl. We will miss her voice and her colorful personality. We know she is still singing with us in spirit.

The shocking news made for the most chatter-free rehearsal we have ever had.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Spring Program

Here is the list of songs, in the order we will sing them, and those who are introducing them:

  • That Old Time Need of Prayer
  • Plenty-A-Music
  • Soon I Will Be Done
  • Precious Lord, Take My Hand 
  • Heaven Bound
  • Lead Me Home
  • Elijah Rock
  • Sing and Shout Together, Children
  • Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
  • Listen to the Lambs
  • There is a Balm in Gilead
  • Until I Found the Lord
  • I'm Gonna Sing and Shout
  • Places Deeper in My Heart

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Our Ten Day Break

Hi Singers,

This is the largest gap between rehearsals that we've had for a long time. I miss you all and look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Meanwhile, here are the things that Cory has asked us to work on, which he formed from listening to snatches of the blog files from prior rehearsals:

Men-basses: You have a tendency to confuse depth with bass-drum heaviness. You cannot do that. It sounds awful. You’ve got to support your notes and get energy behind them. Without it, you’re bottoming out note-wise. Watch your pitches and listen to each other.

Tenors: You’re a Victrola. There are about four songs that have parts where you are completely lost. Places Deeper in My Heart. There’s a spot you miss every time. That Old Time Need of Prayer, there’s a spot you miss every time (basses too on that song).

Altos: you have a good blend among you. What you don’t have is support on the lower notes. It sounds blaring, like a horn. There’s no warmth or movement on the note. On the upper notes, you are a little bright.

Sopranos: Wow. Top notes: Bright, bright, bright the holly berries. Holy Mackerel. Wow. Open it up on the top notes. Watch how bright it is. When I ask you to warm it up, that doesn’t mean throw a vibrato onto it. Support the high notes. If you’re buzzing in your nose, your placement is wrong.

Seconds: Be very careful not to sacrifice tone to volume. It often is a very young sound. It’s not every time, but sometimes. Like on the song Until I Found the Lord, bottom of page 10.

As a whole, you need to sing together; listen to each other. Get your parts down. No excuse to not know your parts at this point in our season.

One compliment for you: Leslie loved your final song last Sunday, “Places Deeper in My Heart.”

Remember to practice and connect emotionally with the messages of our songs on THURSDAY night!