Weekly Update, September 18, 2018

Thursday, Sep. 20 rehearsal plans

6:30 VLQ rehearsal

Anyone interested in singing at the Gospel Concert Nov. 9 with Bohemian Red is welcome. Please be at the 6:30 rehearsal this Thursday. The VLQ will be singing “Down to the River to Pray,” which Bohemian Red has sung previously. The tracks and PDF are on the website.

7:00 chorus rehearsal

Songs for the night:

  • I Believe
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • Gospel Medley
  • If God Didn’t Care
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • Patriotic Medley
  • I Feel a Song Coming On
  • Love Letters

Guest Night planned for Oct. 18

Please come to rehearsal with names and addresses of people you would like to attend to the Guest Night on October 18. We will have postcards that can be addressed and the chorus will send them out.

Make a list right now, with at least one name. Add to the list for the next couple of weeks.  Guest night will be a great opportunity to show prospective members what we can do.

Survey from our Program VP

The board would like some feedback from you about chorus involvement. Please follow this lint to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RS2KT36

CSD Contest notes:

Reply here to Fran Wilson if you’d like to be part of the CSD Senior chorus frjgwils@yahoo.com

Last chance to get discounted accommodations at the convention. The date has been  extended to get our room rates until Wednesday night 9/19 at midnight. If you have not reserved your rooms yet contact the hotel right away! Click here to make reservations.

Convention Schedule: To download a PDF of the convention schedule: 2018 CSD Convention Schedule

Young Men in Harmony

Chorus Members, please update your calendar with the revised schedule for Young Men in Harmony Festival

  • When: Friday, October 5
  • Where: Kelly Truax’s classroom, Prairie Point Middle School
  • 12:30- 4:30 Clinic with John Hayden as clinician, assisted by our guest quartet, Minor Details, and Harmony Hawk board members and section leaders.
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Pizza meal
  • 5:15-5:45 – Mini concert featuring Minor Details and the boys singing their two songs. Plus a Harmony Hawk VLQ. Other chorus members, we would like you (and spouses) at the mini-concert as our audience.

Thanks, Bob Kerdus

Upcoming Events

  • October 5: Young Men In Harmony
  • October 12-14: CSD Contest
  • October 18: Guest Night
  • October 26: New Citizen Ceremony
  • November 9: Gospel Concert
  • November 16: New Citizen Ceremony
  • November 12: Board Meeting

Membership renewal

Al Huneke, 2018 renewal

Returning last week for a brief exile to Canada (actually visiting grandkids), Al Huneke was recognized for his 13 years of membership in the chorus and the society. Al sings baritone with the chorus and in the Profound Sound quartet, and has served as Board Member at Large, and since 2015 as Treasurer.

In the photo Al is saying, “No matter how bad a day I might have had, all is forgotten when I get to rehearsal. It’s always a good time!”

 

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Weekly Update, September 10, 2018

Thursday rehearsal plans

6:30 VLQ Rehearsal

Anyone interested in singing at the Gospel Concert Nov. 9 with Bohemian Red is welcome. Please be at the 6:30 rehearsal this Thursday, September 13. The VLQ will be singing “Down to the River to Pray,” which Bohemian Red has sung previously. The tracks and PDF are on the website.

7:00 Chorus Rehearsal

Songs

  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • I Wish You Love
  • Hello, Mary Lou
  • I Believe
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children
  • Gospel Medley
  • I Feel a Song Coming On
  • Love Lettersi
  • TAG: Where is Love?

Guest Night planned for Oct. 18

Please be thinking of people to invite. This is be a great opportunity to show prospective members what we can do. This is the week following CSD Contest and three weeks before the Gospel Concert.

Senior Chorus for CSD Contest

Fran Wilson will direct the CSD Seniors chorus, mostly made up of Nebraska member, at St. Charles at the Fall Convention.Their two songs will be “Darkness on the Delta” and “Old St. Louie.”To be eligible you need to be a current member of the BHS in the CSD and at least 55 years old by January 1, 2019.

Since we’re so scattered we won’t rehearse together until at the convention. Please Fran me know if you’re interested and what part you sing and I’ll send you an mp3 and music for the songs. When Fran gets a list of singers, he will send a questionnaire about what you want to wear for the performance.

Reply to Fran Wilson (director of the Kearney 1733 Chorus), frjgwils@yahoo.com

Young Men in Harmony

Chorus Members, please update your calendar with the revised schedule for Young Men in Harmony Festival

  • When: Friday, October 5
  • Where: Kelly Truax’s classroom, Prairie Point Middle School
  • 12:30- 4:30 Clinic with John Hayden as clinician, assisted by our guest quartet, Minor Details, and Harmony Hawk board members and section leaders.
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Pizza meal
  • 5:15-5:45 – Mini concert featuring Minor Details and the boys singing their two songs. Plus a Harmony Hawk VLQ. Other chorus members, we would like you (and spouses) at the mini-concert as our audience.

Thanks, Bob Kerdus

Upcoming Events

  • October 5: Young Men In Harmony
  • October 12-14: CSD Contest
  • October 18: Guest Night
  • October 19: New Citizen Ceremony
  • November 9: Gospel Concert
  • November 16: New Citizen Ceremony
  • November 19: Board Meeting
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Weekly Update, 3 September 2018

Rehearsal plan for Thursday night

6:30 Bohemian Red VLQ

7:00 Vamp Up

7:15 Daddy Sang Bass, I Wish You Love, Harmony Medley

7:45 Isn’t She Lovely

8:00 Business & Break

8:10 Tag TBA

8:20 If God Didn’t Care, Lord, Listen to Your Children

8:40 I Feel A Song Coming On, Love Letters (contest set, off the music)

9:00 KTWWS

Youth In Harmony Event awarded grant

Thanks to the work of Al Huneke and Bob Kerdus, our October YIH event has been awarded a $1,000 grant by the Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. With other contributions from members and supporters we are within a few hundred dollars of our the money needed to put on this event. If you have a contribution to make, please do so in the next few weeks. You can turn in a check to Gary Lindsay or Bob Kerdus this Thursday.

Board members who will be helping at the event need to complete Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. This training involves watching a number of videos and answering questions about them.. Please do this soon. The training can be accessed at this link. The video training will take about an hour and has content that is very important to know.

All members should put the Friends and Family Concert that night on their calendars as the chorus will perform. The concert will be at Prairie High, Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m.  We will perform our contest set.

Member renewal

Doug Horton, lead, has been a member of the chorus for three years. His profession is dentistry and he is active in a practice along with his son. Doug enjoys singing in quartets and has sung Singing Valentines for the past two years. Thank you, Doug, for all your contributions to the chorus. Photo by John Hayden.

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Weekly Update, Aug. 20, 2018

Plans for Thursday’s rehearsal

6:30 p.m. – Bohemian Red rehearsal “Down on the Corner,” “Hello, Mary Lou”  and “Hard Days Night”

7:00 – Chorus Warmups

Rep review:

  • Down On the Corner
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • Happy Birthday
  • A Little Help from My Friends

Intro: “Things are Looking Up”

Business & Break

Tag Time: “Please Don’t Give My Daddy No More Wine”

  • Things Are Looking Up
  • Daddy Sang Bass

The remainder of the rehearsal will be on starting to develop performance packages. We intend to have chorus members act as MCs between songs. We need volunteers for the following songs:

  • “Love Letters”
  • “I Feel A Song Coming On”

Gospel Song:  “If God Didn’t Care”

KTWWS.

Together in Song Chorus

Kathy Good, widow of Dave Good, a former chorus member, has contacted us about an interesting public service opportunity, helping with new chorus. They are recruiting people living with chronic conditions, their care partners, and volunteers (willing to be companion singers or do event related tasks). A printable poster with more details is located at this link: Together in Song Volunteer Flyer-Final

Steve Nurre will conduct the chorus and Mary Nurre will be the accompanist.

Practices and the inaugural concert will be held in the Hallagan Center at Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids.

Please contact Kathy Good, Director, Family Caregivers Center, at (319) 550-2664 or email fcgc@mercycare.org to register to sing or to volunteer.

Thanks to John & Jennifer Hayden

The annual family picnic was a great success with good food and fellowship, and of course, a little singing. Thanks to John & Jennifer for hosting, to Larry Hlavacek for bringing the beverages and organizing, and to all the spouses and members who brought the great food.

Contest registration, lodging

Here is the link for you to make your hotel reservations for contest. http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/S/STLEMES-CSD-20181010/index.jhtml

In the Quick and Easy Reservation for Attendees area a button marked “Book a Room” click on this button to make your reservation. The district is no longer taking a chorus housing list so each member has to make his own reservation. If you have questions or problems send Tom Zuber an email or call him at 362-3602.

You must make your reservation by Sept 11 to get the special contest pricing.More information about the contest at https://www.singcsd.com/upcoming-convention/

Your help needed for the Youth in Harmony Event fundraising

Our fundraising continues for the 2018 Youth In Harmony Event. The Festival is going to cost approx. $2500 to host. We are asking you to consider talking with those businesses and individuals that you’ve sold Chapter Show Ads asking them if they would consider becoming a Sponsor of this event at $50.We also encourage you each as members of the Harmony Hawks of becoming a $50 Sponsor as well.
We are hoping that we can get 50 individuals or businesses to be a $50 Sponsor to support this
important event. The donation forms and checks made out to the Harmony Hawks Chorus should be returned to Bob Kerdus.

Sponsorship letter

Sponsorship Form

Healthy Men Sing

The Des Moines Chorus is sponsoring Healthy Men Sing, at the Valley High School Performing Arts Center September 29. This event includes free voice lessons in the morning, work with clinicians Storm Front and Vintage Mix and a free show that evening.

Trivia Night

Our sister chorus, Metro Mix, is running a fundraiser that looks like a lot of fun. A representative from their chorus presented information last week at break. Trivia Night is schedule for Sat. Aug. 25, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 149 Gathering Place Lane, Iowa City. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts as 6:30. We are invited to bring a team or join a table there, $10 per person.  For all the details, download the poster here:

 

 

 

Renewals

This week we honor Bill Moss whose 11 years of service with the chorus includes outstanding leadership. Bill served as Chapter President from 2013 to 2015 and as Immediate Past President since then. He also heads up our Nominations Committee. He has two Men of Note. In addition, Bill annual leads the chorus in soliciting ads & donations during our Spring Show sales campaign. Thank you, Larry!

News from the Iowa Presidents’ Conference Call

Chapter Updates/News:

Mason City – River City Chorus Fall Gospel Show is planned for Dec. 30 in Osage. They had several church sing outs this summer. They are discussing doing a major outing for the chorus, which they have been doing these every 7 years, the last was a trip to New York where they sang at Carnagie Hall. Discussions for the next outing include taking the chorus to Harmony College or holding their own Harmony College at NIACC. They have experienced an increase in membership when they have theses major outings.

Sioux City – This Monday night they will have their fund raiser for Lathem Park.  Blue Bunny donates ice cream for an ice cream social and they are joined by the Sweet Adaline chorus. Proceeds are split between the park and the Youth In Harmony program. Their annual show will be Sept 29 at Heelan High School.  Vintage Stock is the headliner and a local quartet of former Morningside students will also perform. They will do some of their rehearsals at nursing homes between Thanksgiving and Christmas with a Christmas show also planned.

Des Moines – State Fair performance, Aug 12 was well attended despite the hot weather, with an estimated 150 in attendance, 6 to 8 visiting singers from Iowa City, Springfield, MO and Hershey, PA joined in for the final portion of the show.

 

Denison – Report sent by email:

The chapter held its guest night on August 6. There were 14 guests (12 male and 2 female) in attendance.

 The schedule included everything a guest would encounter at a regular rehearsal:

  • A quick voice assessment to determine if guest would sing lead or bass for the evening.
  • Stretching exercise to focus the group.
  • Vocal warm-up segment employing barbershop craft.
  • Performance segment of three songs with guests observing chorus and providing feedback.
  • “Lily Marlene” tag with everyone learning all four parts.
  • Introduction of guests with each telling the group two things about themselves.
  • Introduction of “I Don’t Mind Being All Alone” using learning tracks and left/right brain steps.
  • Singing “I Don’t Mind Being All Alone” as a chorus so everyone could experience success.
  • Elevator Talk by a chorus member relating something that had happened in his life. 

Prior Event Planning:

  • All members were given contact information for 34 former members from the past 11 years.
  • The 13 active members were asked to submit contact information for three potential guests.
  • A letter of invitation was mailed to 30 people with 14 of them attending the guest night.

 Observations:

  • I encountered five individuals who told me they were there only to observe and not sing. I asked them to sit in the chorus to observe and all were singing within 30 minutes.
  • There was a wide range in musical backgrounds. Three had never sung while in high school, two were high school students with instrumental and vocal backgrounds, one sang in a community chorus, and a few sang in church choirs.
  • I didn’t see a single person who looked bored. Everyone participated in the two-hour session.
  • The guest night was promoted as a chance to test drive the chorus with as an invitation to return as many times as necessary to see if it was a good fit for their needs. Only one guest returned for a second visit. Unfortunately, he left for college a few days later.
  • The chapter board will be evaluating the guest night at its August meeting.
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Weekly Update, Aug. 13

Plans for Thursday’s rehearsal

  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children
  • I Feel a Song – off the music for the 8/30 rehearsal
  • Love Letters – off the music for the 8/30 rehearsal

Business & Break

  • Things Are Looking Up
  • Daddy Sang Bass

The remainder of the rehearsal will be on starting to develop performance packages. We intend to have chorus members act as MCs between songs. For this rehearsal, we will explain what is our intention and to have people begin to think about being an MC. Greg will do “Patriotic Medley” and Gary will do “God Bless America.” We would like another volunteer for “America the Beautiful.”

  • Patriotic Medley
  • God Bless America
  • America the Beautiful

There is still time to sign up for the family picnic. You can sign up Thursday night or email Larry H (larry.hlavacek@gmail.com) with the number attending.

A reminder: the 7:00 rehearsal start time will resume on 8/23.

Sign up for the Family Picnic

The Family Picnic will be this Sunday, August 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jennifer and John Hayden’s home, near Van Horne. Please sign up here for that event.

Together in Song Chorus

Kathy Good, widow of Dave Good, a former chorus member, has contacted us about an interesting public service opportunity, helping with new chorus. They are recruiting people living with chronic conditions, their care partners, and volunteers (willing to be companion singers or do event related tasks). A printable poster with more details is located at this link: Together in Song Volunteer Flyer-Final

Steve Nurre will conduct the chorus and Mary Nurre will be the accompanist.

Practices and the inaugural concert will be held in the Hallagan Center at Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids.

Please contact Kathy Good, Director, Family Caregivers Center, at (319) 550-2664 or email fcgc@mercycare.org to register to sing or to volunteer.

Contest registration, lodging

If you missed or misplaced Tom Zuber’s email about reserving lodging in St. Charles for contest, here is the info: Here is the link for you to make your hotel reservations for contest. http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/S/STLEMES-CSD-20181010/index.jhtml

In the Quick and Easy Reservation for Attendees area a button marked “Book a Room” click on this button to make your reservation. The district is no longer taking a chorus housing list so each member has to make his own reservation. If you have questions or problems send Tom an email or call him at 362-3602.

You must make your reservation by Sept 11 to get the special contest pricing.

If you would like more information about the contest Click on the following link. https://www.singcsd.com/upcoming-convention/

Your help needed for the Youth in Harmony Event fundraising

Our fundraising continues for the 2018 Youth In Harmony Event. The Festival is going to cost approx. $2500 to host. We are asking you to consider talking with those businesses and individuals that you’ve sold Chapter Show Ads asking them if they would consider becoming a Sponsor of this event at $50.We also encourage you each as members of the Harmony Hawks of becoming a $50 Sponsor as well.
We are hoping that we can get 50 individuals or businesses to be a $50 Sponsor to support this
important event. The donation forms and checks made out to the Harmony Hawks Chorus should be returned to Bob Kerdus.

Sponsorship letter

Sponsorship Form

Healthy Men Sing

The Des Moines Chorus is sponsoring Healthy Men Sing, at the Valley High School Performing Arts Center September 29. This event includes free voice lessons in the morning, work with clinicians Storm Front and Vintage Mix and a free show that evening.

Trivia Night

Our sister chorus, Metro Mix, is running a fundraiser that looks like a lot of fun. A representative from their chorus presented information last week at break. Trivia Night is schedule for Sat. Aug. 25, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 149 Gathering Place Lane, Iowa City. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts as 6:30. We are invited to bring a team or join a table there, $10 per person.  For all the details, download the poster here:

 

 

 

Renewals

Larry Hlavachek has two years of service with the chorus since his return to the BHS after taking time away from the hobby to raise his family. In these two years he has shared his musical talent and leadership as board member, section leader and Program Planning VP. Thank you, Larry!

 

Scott Wilcox has been BHS member and one of our chorus’s top leads for seven years. In addition to his on stage talent, Scott’s technical expertise has been valuable at show time. We’re so happy to have Scott in the chorus!

 

 

Tom Read has just marked his 45 anniversary as a Harmony Hawk and in the BHS. In addition to being a talented front row performer, Tom has served in multiple leadership roles, including Chapter Secretary, Board Member, Music & Performance VP, and now Music Librarian.

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Weekly Update, Aug.7

Plans for Thursday’s rehearsal

Plans for rehearsal this Thursday, August 9:

  • 7:00 Bohemian Red
  • 7:30 Chorus Rehearsal
  • Songs:
    • I Feel a Song – sectional (measures 41 – 73)
    • Love Letters (sectional)
    • In Dixieland Where I Was Born Tag (Cal will bring)
    • Lord Listen (sectionals)
    • Things Are Looking Up
    • God Bless America

A reminder: the 7:00 rehearsal start time will resume on 8/23.

Kerdus steps down from board

Citing his plans to spend more time in Arizona, Bob has resigned his board position and his position as Co-VP for Program. He intends to continue his work as youth outreach coordinator.  He will continue to sing with the chorus and lead the Aged2Perfection at signouts when in Cedar Rapids. Larry Hlavacek will continue as our VP for Program for the rest of the year.

Thank you, Bob for all you have done for the chorus in these leadership roles.

Together in Song Chorus

Kathy Good, widow of Dave Good, a former chorus member, has contacted us about an interesting public service opportunity, helping with new chorus. They are recruiting people living with chronic conditions, their care partners, and volunteers (willing to be companion singers or do event related tasks). A printable poster with more details is located at this link: Together in Song Volunteer Flyer-Final

Steve Nurre will conduct the chorus and Mary Nurre will be the accompanist.

Practices and the inaugural concert will be held in the Hallagan Center at Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids.

Please contact Kathy Good, Director, Family Caregivers Center, at (319) 550-2664 or email fcgc@mercycare.org to register to sing or to volunteer.

Contest lodging

If you missed or misplaced Tom Zuber’s email about reserving lodging in St. Charles for contest, here is the info: Here is the link for you to make your hotel reservations for contest. http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/S/STLEMES-CSD-20181010/index.jhtml

In the Quick and Easy Reservation for Attendees area a button marked “Book a Room” click on this button to make your reservation. The district is no longer taking a chorus housing list so each member has to make his own reservation. If you have questions or problems send Tom an email or call him at 362-3602.

You must make your reservation by Sept 11 to get the special contest pricing.

If you would like more information about the contest Click on the following link. https://www.singcsd.com/upcoming-convention/

Your help needed for the Youth in Harmony Event fundraising

Our fundraising continues for the 2018 Youth In Harmony Event. The Festival is going to cost approx. $2500 to host. We are asking you to consider talking with those businesses and individuals that you’ve sold Chapter Show Ads asking them if they would consider becoming a Sponsor of this event at $50.We also encourage you each as members of the Harmony Hawks of becoming a $50 Sponsor as well.
We are hoping that we can get 50 individuals or businesses to be a $50 Sponsor to support this
important event. The donation forms and checks made out to the Harmony Hawks Chorus should be returned to Bob Kerdus.

Sponsorship letter

Sponsorship Form

Sign up for the Family Picnic

The Family Picnic will be Sunday, August 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jennifer and John Hayden’s home, near Van Horne. Please sign up here for that event.

Singing at the State Fair

The Iowa State Fair performance is only days away, Sunday, August 12, at 1 PM at the MidAmerican Stage. Barbershoppers from around the State are invited to join in for a portion of the hour for the following three songs which can be found in the Polecat 1 and 2 books:

  • Wait till the Sun Shines Nellie
  • Caroline
  • Hello Mary Lou

If you wish to blend in, the Pride of Iowa will be wearing tan slacks and a black polo shirt, however this is optional.

Pride of Iowa needs a headcount of those planning to attend, so please contact  Lyle Schwery (lschwery@netins.net; 515-779-8904) if you’d like to join in the fun. Please RSVP  by August 5.

Healthy Men Sing

The Des Moines Chorus is also sponsoring Healthy Men Sing, at the Valley High School Performing Arts Center September 29. This event includes free voice lessons in the morning, work with clinicians Storm Front and Vintage Mix and a free show that evening.

Trivia Night

Our sister chorus, Metro Mix, is running a fundraiser that looks like a lot of fun. A representative from their chorus presented information last week at break. Trivia Night is schedule for Sat. Aug. 25, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 149 Gathering Place Lane, Iowa City. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts as 6:30. We are invited to bring a team or join a table there, $10 per person.  For all the details, download the poster here:

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Update, July 31, 2018

Rehearsals resume this Thursday

Plans for rehearsal this Thursday, August 2nd:

7:00 Bohemian Red
7:30 VAMP Up – Tempo Exercise
7:45 Brain Break
7:50 If God Didn’t Care (sectional)
8:00 If God Didn’t Care (together)
8:15 Love Letters (sectional)
8:25 Happy Trails tag
8:30 Business and Break
8:40 Love Letters (together)
8:55 Lord Listen to Your Children (clarify breaks)
9:05 Isn’t She Lovely
9:20 I Feel a Song
9:30 KTWWS

Everyone in Harmony, Board discussion

At last Monday’s Board Meeting, we discussed the BHS’s Everyone in Harmony initiative. We will be gathering information on a number of items relating to membership, including which of our chapter bylaws might need to change if we started to move toward coed membership. A second step for us might be to gather information from potential members about how they would view the change, and how our sister choruses in the Sweet Adelines International view it as well.

In the meantime, we are anticipating no changes in our membership model for the immediate future.

Your help needed for the Youth in Harmony Event fundraising

Our fundraising continues for the 2018 Youth In Harmony Event. The Festival is going to cost approx. $2500 to host. We are asking you to consider talking with those businesses and individuals that you’ve sold Chapter Show Ads asking them if they would consider becoming a Sponsor of this event at $50.We also encourage you each as members of the Harmony Hawks of becoming a $50 Sponsor as well.
We are hoping that we can get 50 individuals or businesses to be a $50 Sponsor to support this
important event. The donation forms and checks made out to the Harmony Hawks Chorus should be returned to Bob Kerdus.

Sponsorship letter

Sponsorship Form

Summer events still to come

Signup here for the golf outing, Friday July 27 at Medowview Golf and Country Club in Central City. Costs will be $25 for golf, cart & meal, or $5 for just the meal. You do not need to be a good golfer to play in this four-man best shot event. For many of us, this is the only time we’ll play golf this year! Sign up here.

The Family Picnic will be Sunday, August 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jennifer and John Hayden’s home, near Van Horne. Please sign up here for that event.

Singing at the State Fair

The Iowa State Fair performance is only 12 days away, Sunday, August 12, at 1 PM at the MidAmerican Stage. Barbershoppers from around the State are invited to join in for a portion of the hour for the following three songs which can be found in the Polecat 1 and 2 books:

  • Wait till the Sun Shines Nellie
  • Caroline
  • Hello Mary Lou

If you wish to blend in, the Pride of Iowa will be wearing tan slacks and a black polo shirt, however this is optional.

Pride of Iowa needs a headcount of those planning to attend, so please contact  Lyle Schwery (lschwery@netins.net; 515-779-8904) if you’d like to join in the fun. Please RSVP  by August 5.

Healthy Men Sing

The Des Moines Chorus is also sponsoring Healthy Men Sing, at the Valley High School Performing Arts Center September 29. This event includes free voice lessons in the morning, work with clinicians Storm Front and Vintage Mix and a free show that evening.

T-shirt ideas

Teddy Williams continues to work as our remote art department and has shared these ideas for a t-shirt with us. Please give me some feedback at B&B Thursday. Untitled-1Artboard 2

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Weekly Update, July 16

Rehearsals resume this Thursday

7:00 Bohemian Red
7:30 Chorus
  • Lord Listen to Your Children
  • I Feel a Song (Sectionals and tag in / out)
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • It is Well with my Soul (Sectionals and together)
  • If God DIdn’t Care (Second half of song)

Upcoming events

July 26 – No rehearsal. Plan to attend the Golf Outing on Friday instead
July 27 – Golf Outing. Central City

Everyone in Harmony: Time to decide

The Barbershop Harmony Society has been posting information for sometime now about its vision for the future, and has named this “Everyone in Harmony.” If you have not been following, it is time to catch up! For those of you who have been following, it’s time to speak up as we determine the future of the Harmony Hawks Chorus. A place to start is this video from BHS.

At our next board meeting, we will be having a discussion about how our chorus will decide how to move forward on this initiative. Will we remain as an all-male chorus? Will we actively recruit women to join us? Will we make an effort to reach out across racial and sexual orientation lines in our recruitment effort? Most important, how will we make this decision?

The first step is for all chorus members to become aware of the Everyone in Harmony initiative by reading the Harmonizer, by reading Livewire as it is delivered weekly online, or going to the BHS website. This link to Frequently Asked Questions may also be a good place to start. Please make this a priority and talk to a board member about your thoughts. I will be creating a survey soon on Google Docs to gather your thoughts individually. Look for a link to that in a Weekly Update soon.

Summer Naturalization events

Metro Mix’s Extension Chords sing July 20, August and September.
Aged2Perfection sing October and December.

Your help needed for the Youth in Harmony Event fundraising

 At our last rehearsal Dean Beckman shared with those attending that there is a  need to raise funds for the 2018 Youth In Harmony Event. The Festival is going to cost approx. $2500 to host. We are asking you to consider talking with those businesses and individuals that you’ve sold Chapter Show Ads asking them if they would consider becoming a Sponsor of this event at $50.We also encourage you each as members of the Harmony Hawks of becoming a $50 Sponsor as well.
We are hoping that we can get 50 individuals or businesses to be a $50 Sponsor to support this
important event. The donation forms and checks made out to the Harmony Hawks Chorus should be returned to Bob Kerdus.

Summer events still to come

Signup here for the golf outing, Friday July 27 at Medowview Golf and Country Club in Central City. Costs will be $25 for golf, cart & meal, or $5 for just the meal. You do not need to be a good golfer to play in this four-man best shot event. For many of us, this is the only time we’ll play golf this year! Sign up here.
The Family Picnic will be Sunday, August 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jennifer and John Hayden’s home, near Van Horne. Please sign up here for that event.

Singing at the State Fair

The Des Moines chorus is again inviting Iowa Barbershoppers to join then singing at the State Fair, Aug. 12 , 1 p.m. at the MidAmerican Stage.

Healthy Men Sing

The Des Moines Chorus is also sponsoring Healthy Men Sing, at the Valley High School Performing Arts Center September 29. This event includes free voice lessons in the morning, work with clinicians Storm Front and Vintage Mix and a free show that evening.

Recent renewals

Larry Aspleaf and Jack Ray pose for a snap at the July 12 rehearsal.

Larry Aspleaf has been a member of the BHS for 37 years and a Harmony Hawks chorus member since 1982. He has 16 Men of Note, one of the leaders in our chorus. He said the his best recruiting trick is to wear t-shirts and jackets with the chorus logo and try to engage people who comment on them in conversation ending with an invitation.

Larry has served as a board member and is currently our Chapter Historian. He sang bass in the Road Trip.

 

 

Jack Ray and Duane Scott pose for a photo at the July 12 rehearsal.

Duane Scott, bass section leader, has been a society member for nine years and a Harmony Hawk for seven years. He sings bass with Profound Sound, and has served as a board member. Duane is also our most recent newlywed!

Thank you, Duane for your service and your renewal!

 

 

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Weekly Update, July 9

Rehearsals resume this Thursday

Please review the music we’ve been rehearsing lately giving extra attention to those parts we worked on in sectionals.

Everyone in Harmony: Time to decide

The Barbershop Harmony Society has been posting information for sometime now about its vision for the future, and has named this “Everyone in Harmony.” If you have not been following, it is time to catch up! For those of you who have been following, it’s time to speak up as we determine the future of the Harmony Hawks Chorus. A place to start is this video from BHS.

At our next board meeting, we will be having a discussion about how our chorus will decide how to move forward on this initiative. Will we remain as an all-male chorus? Will we actively recruit women to join us? Will we make an effort to reach out across racial and sexual orientation lines in our recruitment effort? Most important, how will we make this decision?

The first step is for all chorus members to become aware of the Everyone in Harmony initiative by reading the Harmonizer, by reading Livewire as it is delivered weekly online, or going to the BHS website. This link to Frequently Asked Questions may also be a good place to start. Please make this a priority and talk to a board member about your thoughts. I will be creating a survey soon on Google Docs to gather your thoughts individually. Look for a link to that in a Weekly Update soon.

Summer Naturalization events

The chorus has the summer off from doing these events with Metro Mix’s  Extension Chords singing in July 20 and August.
Aged2Perfection has October and December. and Extension Chords will September’s in West Branch sing in November at the Federal Courthouse.

Hear about Youth in Harmony Event

Dean Beckman will take some time at break Thursday to discuss the Youth In Harmony event we will be sponsoring this fall. Please give him your full attention.

Summer events still to come

Signup here for the golf outing, Friday July 27 at Medowview Golf and Country Club in Central City. Costs will be $25 for golf, cart & meal, or $5 for just the meal. You do not need to be a good golfer to play in this four-man best shot event. For many of us, this is the only time we’ll play golf this year! Sign up here.
The Family Picnic will be Sunday, August 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jennifer and John Hayden’s home, near Van Horne. Please sign up here for that event.

Recent renewal

Wendell Aldrich renewal was celebrated at the June 28 Chapter Meeting.

The latest of our renewal celebrations was in honor of Wendell Aldrich, a member for 26 years. Wendell has sung with the quartet Road Trip and served the chapter in many leadership roles. including board member, President (for three years), and as Chapter Secretary, a position he continues to hold. Wendell performs at most New Citizen’s Ceremonies with Aged2Perfection and is the reigning Harmony Hawks Barbershopper of the Year. We are very fortunate to have Wendell as a member!

 

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Update for June 19

Jobs well done

Thank you to the chorus and director John Hayden for a good singout Thursday evening at the Tribute to Heroes dinner. The chorus opened the Freedom Festival Activities with the National Anthem and then entertained the crowd with three other rep songs. Carissa Johnson, organizer of the event, wrote her appreciation, “Thank you again for a wonderful performance last night! It was absolutely amazing! Gave me chills.”

Thanks also to Bill Moss for making the arrangements for those who wanted to enjoy the dinner as well as perform.

Thank you also to Aged2Perfection for again providing music for the New Citizens Ceremony last Friday, and to Bob Kerdus for directing. Members performing were Garth Beatty, Ray Smith, Cal Birkey, Tom Read, Wendell Aldrich, Scott Wilcox, Larry Aspleaf, Tom Zuber, Bill Moss, and Bob Handley.

And finally, thanks to Ray Smith for making all the arrangements and to all who helped him to rent out our risers for a recent event at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Sectional rehearsals this week, June 21, 7:30 p.m.

  • Tenors, Bob Kerdus, 6410 Wolf Creek Trail, Hiawatha
  • Basses, Duane Scott, 2611 Falbrook Drive NE
  • Baritones, Larry Hlavacek, 4105 Willowbrook Dr, Marion.
  • Leads, Doug Horton – 3527 Heatheridge Drive NE #13

We will be working on the following songs:

  • I Feel A Song Coming On
  • Love Letters
  • If God Didn’t Care
  • Lord Listen to Your children praying

President for a day

If you are planning to attend the BHS International Convention in Orlando next month, you’re invited to represent the Harmony Hawks at the Chapter President’s Reception. Please let Gary Lindsay know if you will be attending and he will get you signed up.

 

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