Weekly Update, Nov. 13, 2018

Thursday’s Schedule:

6:30 Aged2Perfection: Preparation for paid gig December 6: (A2P and anyone else who can make it.)

  • Thurs., Dec. 6
  • Long Branch Supper Club, Wagon Wheel Room
  • Arrive: 11:30
  • Clothing to be determined
  • Approx. 1/2 an hour of Christmas songs

7:00 Chorus Rehearsal

Songs for the night: (These are in your Christmas Song Book and learning tracks are  on HarmonyHawks.org.)

  • Christmas Sing Out Preparation
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • God Rest Ye Merry
  • Hark, the Herald Angels
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • O Holy Night
  • Silent Night
  • Winter Wonderland
  • America
  • This Is My Country
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

TAG: Sleepy Time Down SouthSurvey results

Thanks to those who completed Larry Hlavacek’s survey about several items. We will continue to ask for feedback in various ways to help our chorus leadership be responsive to your wishes and needs. The survey results are available here: Survey_2018_09

Plans underway for annual semi-formal recognition dinner

Bill Moss and Gary Lindsay are making arrangements for our annual recognition dinner. This annual event recognizes the chorus accomplishments of 2018, introduced the new leadership for 2018, and recognizes the outstanding contributions of members of our chorus. Stay tuned for announcements of more details.

New Citizens Ceremony Schedule for 2019

The Aged2Perfection and MetroMix Extension Chords will again supply musical entertainment and inspiration for the Naturalization Ceremonies for the Federal District Court next year. All will start at 1:30 p.m.  The February ceremony will return to the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library Feb. 22 with Aged2Perfection providing the music. MetroMix’s Extension Chords will sing at the Sept. 20 ceremony at The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. The April 17 ceremony will be at UNI’s Mauker Union, but without music. The full schedule follows.

  • Fri., Jan. 11                 Harmony Hawks
  • Fri., Feb. 22 @ the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library   Harmony Hawks
  • Fri., March. 15            Harmony Hawks
  • Wed., April 17 @ UNI (Mauker Union Ballroom)
  • Fri., May 24               Metro Mix Extension Chords
  • Fri., June 21               Metro Mix Extension Chords
  • Fri., July 19                Metro Mix Extension Chords
  • Fri., Aug. 16               Harmony Hawks
  • Fri., Sept. 20 @ Herbert Hoover Library   –   Metro Mix Extension Chords
  • Fri., Oct. 25                Metro Mix Extension Chords
  • Fri., Nov. 15               Metro Mix Extension Chords
  • Fri., Dec. 20               Harmony Hawks

BHS Announces help for quartets

BHS has recently announced a new resource for quartets to accompany the Guidebook for Performing Quartets, a sort-able Subject Matter Expert (SME) database.

Members can access this by logging into the Doc Center. This evolving database provides a comprehensive directory for quartets (or choruses) to locate marketing and technology resources, as well as contacts for additional coaching opportunities.

Plans are already in the works for 2019, which will include adding to and polishing this Subject Matter Expert database so that it will continue to be a relevant and useful tool for our registered quartets. In addition, we will be introducing new exclusive benefits that will help us enhance the value of being in a registered quartet outside of contest. We’ll keep you updated on the plans as they develop.

This project was developed by Caki Gray, Director of Membership, Danny Becker, Quartet Success Manager, and Volunteer Project Coordinator Walt Lammert. If you have any questions about this project, contact them at customerservice@barbershop.org.

 

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Weekly Update, Monday October 29

Thursday’s Schedule:

6:30 Bohemian Red

7:00 Chorus Rehearsal

Songs for the night

  • I Believe
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children
  • If God Didn’t Care
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • Patriotic Medley
  • God Bless America

TAG: Last Night Was the End of the World

Upcoming:

Thursday,  Nov. 8: Rehearsal at New Covenant Bible Church, 3090 N Center Point Rd NE

  • 6:00 Bohemian Red rehearsal
  • 6:45 Sound check for Bohemian Red
  • 7:00 Chorus rehearsal and sound check on stage

Friday, Nov. 9: Gospel Concert at New Covenant Bible Church

  • Uniform;
    • Tux, red shirt, white tie
    • Arrive 5:45pm dressed to perform
    • 5:45 warm up, location TBD
    • 6:00 rehearse on stage until 6:30
  • Probable song order:
    • Set one:
      • Lord listen
      • If God didn’t care
    • Set two:
      • Daddy sang base
      • It is well with my soul
    • Set three
      • Patriotic Medley
      • God bless America

Aged2Perfection helped celebrate new citizens

Twelve A2P singers performed at last Friday’s New Citizens Ceremony at the Federal Courthouse. Bob Kerdus did a great job directing the ensemble. Here are a couple of photos provided by Marilyn Lodge.

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Weekly Update, Oct. 22, 2018

Thursday’s Schedule:

6:30 Aged2Perfection VLQ (Naturalization Ceremony is Friday)

7:00 Chorus Rehearsal

All Gospel Concert songs, except the tag.

  • God Bless America
  • Patriotic Medley
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children (Sectional)
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children
  • If God Didn’t Care
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • It Is Well With My Soul

TAG: All Mine

Naturalization Ceremony, this Friday

Arrive in time to clear security check by 12:45. The Harmony Hawks are proud to help celebrate the Naturalization of our newest citizens by sending a group of our singers to present traditional patriotic songs. Dress: Red dress shirts, white ties, black pants, shoes, belt and socks. (Not tux pants or shoes.)

Gospel Concert Nov. 9

Next up for the chorus is the Gospel Concert. Please clear your schedule and plan to join us in presenting this signature event. Bohemian Red will also perform. Plan to be at the New Covenant Bible Church from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Look for details later on uniform. Doors will open at 6:30 for the public and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

Guest Night reflection

At the business meeting we will debrief on the last week’s guest night. Thanks to Larry, Jack and all who helped host this event.

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Weekly Update October 8, 2018

The guest quartet for last week’s Youth in Harmony Event performs for the gathering of friends and family following the half-day workshop. The quartet taught sectionals, demonstrated barbershop vocal techniques and taught tags to assist lead clinician John Hayden. About 75 boys from grade 7 -12 attended.The Harmony Hawks want to thank the Diamond V Corporate Fund and Basepoint Wealth Financial Services for their support of this event.

Schedule for Thursday, Oct. 11

6:30    Bohemian Red VLQ
7:00    Vamp Up
7:15    (run the contest numbers)

7:22    I Feel a Song

Love Letters

7:50    TAG: Cry (I’m Sorry I Made You Cry)

8:00    Elections

8:10    Business and Break

8:25    (Director’s Choice on Gospel Concert songs. First three haven’t been sung for a couple weeks)

  •             If God Didn’t Care
  •             Daddy Sang Bass
  •             Lord, Listen to Your Children
  •             Gospel Medley
  •             Patriotic Medley
  •             It Is Well With My Soul

9:00    KTWWS

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Uniform change for contest

John has given in to some persistent lobbying and has changed the uniform for those singing as Contest Mic Testers to our informal uniform: blue Harmony Hawks polo shirts and black slacks, belt, shoes and socks.

Time to pay up

If you reserved a Convention Registration for a guest, please bring payment to rehearsal this week unless you have already paid. Please have a check made out to Harmony Hawks Chorus for $60 and give it to Al Huneke.

Guest Night planned for Oct. 18

Remember to invite guests to our guest night. We will have a new song to sing and there will be tag singing opportunities. We will have cookies and refreshments after the rehearsal. Here is the plan:

  • 6:30    Bohemian Red VLQ (the following week will be Aged 2 Perfection)
  • 7:00    Welcome to guests
  • 7:03    Vamp Up
  • 7:15    Song learning method with “Tell Me Why”
  • 7:40    Chorus will sing contest numbers
  • 7:50    Introduce tag signing and teach a tag
  • 8:00    Business and Break
  • 8:10    Profound Sound
  • 8:15    Chorus: Gospel Concert songs
  • 8:30    Social ½ hour, tag singing
  • 9:00    KTWWS

Young Men in Harmony report

Friday’s Young Men in Harmony Event was very successful. Lead clinician John Hayden   lead  about 75 young men from Benton Community and Prairie in learning a tag and two new songs. The guest quartet Minor Details from Mason City was exceptional in teaching and demonstrating.

Following the clinic and a pizza supper, parents, friends and family gathered to hear the young men perform the tag and two songs. Minor Details led off the brief concert with a four-song set.

Thanks to Bob Kerdus and Dean Beckman for their organization, John and Kelly Truax for encouraging and enabling their students’ attendance and to Prairie Point Middle School for hosting. Thank you also the the Harmony Hawks board of directors for their support of the program and for being there to help run the event and to lend their voices in support of the young singers.

Thanks also go to our financial sponsors. This support enabled all the young singers to attend without charge. Those sponsors include: several members of the Harmony Hawks Chorus,   Basepoint Financial, and especial Diamond V Corporate Fund who provided a significant grant.

Survey from our Program VP

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

Upcoming Events

  • 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
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Weekly Update – October 2, 2018

Schedule for Thu. Oct. 4

Please review the songs at home, with the music, to fine tune any rough spots.

6:30 Bohemian Red VLQ – Down to the River to Pray
7:00 Rehearsal

Songs for the night
  • Gospel Medley
  • I Believe
  • America the Beautiful
  • National Anthem
  • Patriotic Medley
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • I Feel a Song Coming On
  • Love Letters
    • TAG: Happy Trails to You

Survey from our Program VP

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

Guest Night planned for Oct. 18

Remember to invite guests to our rehearsal. We will have a new song to sing and there will be tag singing opportunities. We will have cookies and refreshments after the rehearsal.

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
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Weekly Update – September 24, 2018

Rehearsal Plan for Thursday

6:30 Bohemian Red – Down to the River to Pray
7:00 Chorus Rehearsal

  • Songs:
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • Patriot Medley
  • If God Didn’t Care
  • Lord, Listed to Your Children
  • Gospel Medley
  • I Believe
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • I Feel a Song Coming On
  • Love Letters
  • TAG: Sleepy Time Down South

Urgent action needed

Review your list of ticket contacts so we can mail invitations late next week for the Gospel Concert. Look over your list and email Cal Birkey with updates. cal.birkey@gmail.com

Young Men In Harmony is October 5

We will not be performing as part of the event, but we would like people to come watch the young men perform. Here is the entire schedule:

  • 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. Chorus members, we would like you (and spouses) at the mini-concert as our audience.

Central State District Contest

  • October 12-13. St Charles Mo.
  • Venue: St. Charles Convention Center
  • Headquarters Hotel: Embassy Suites

Download a copy of the schedule here: Schedule
We will perform somewhere between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

New Citizen Ceremony is October 26

This is a date change from previous announcements.

Guest night is October 18

Please contact guests and invite them to the rehearsal. If you need us to send invitations, please get us the addresses Thursday night.

Gospel Concert is Friday,  November 9

The New Covenant Bible Church will again host the Best of Cedar Rapids, Gospel Concert. The chorus will perform and anchor the concert, so all hands on deck for this performance!

Plan now to attend the Northern Pines Harmony Brigade

What is a Harmony Brigade?

Here is the explanation:”A Harmony Brigade rally is an invitational weekend for good quartet-level singers who are vocally capable, committed to learning challenging arrangements, and who are prepared to enjoy success in rally activities. The charts are of championship caliber, somewhat challenging, and would be beyond the ability of less experienced men. It is not a chorus-oriented event. About four months before a Brigade rally, registered participants receive music and a part dominant learning CD for the songs to be used in the rally. Quartets are formed by random draw at the rally and each member is obligated to “hold” their own part without further rehearsal.”

The Northern Pines Harmony Brigade’s eXtreme Quartetting weekend will be held February 22 to 24, 2019! Registration for 2019’s brigade is open! For information and registration go to www.nphb.org.

From Milestones: Dave and Karen Bryant’s 60th Anniversary

Dave & Karen are celebrating their 60th Anniversary

This Gazette notice appeared in Sunday’s Milestones. Chorus members are invited to help Karen & Dave celebrate by sending a card to them at 4018 Lakeview Dr. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Membership Renewal

One of the most experienced quartet men in our chapter, Greg Koenigs has been a BHS member for 25 years and a Harmony Hawk for 23 years. Greg has been a member of five registered quartets, most recently Boulevard. Greg’s leadership in our chorus has been very valuable, and he has served as an at large board member and for the past three years as Music & Performance VP. Greg has two Men of Note.

 

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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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