0 Weekly Update, May 21

Weekly Update, May 21

Rehearsal Plans for May 24

  • 6:30   Bohemian Red VLQ rehearsal
  • 7:00   Chorus rehearsal, please be prompt. Please make sure you have worked on each of these songs BEFORE Thursday’s rehearsal:
    • God Bless America
    • Isn’t She Lovely
    • I Wish You Love
    • I Feel A Song Coming on – from start to measure 41
    • If God Didn’t Care
    • Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

Special guest Thursday

Kyle Snook of the Harmony Foundation will join us for rehearsal and make a short presentation at the business meeting. Several of us in the chorus donate to the Harmony Foundation and on the member share program, a portion of that money comes back to the chorus. Kyle will talk about what other programs this money supports. Please wear your name tags and greet Kyle personally Thursday night.

Show recap hosted at the Aldrich home

Wendell and Mary hosted the show committee at their home Saturday night for a potluck dinner meeting and show rehash. The food, fellowship and discussion was excellent, with many good points noted from moving forward. A complete financial report will be ready soon, and Wendell will have a written report to share as well.

Board meeting moved to June 4

Originally scheduled for tonight, the next board meeting will now be held June 4, and 7 p.m. at Gary & Linda Lindsay’s home. Let any board member know of things we need to add to out agenda.

0 Update: May 17 Rehearsal

Update: May 17

6:15-7:00 – Aged2Perfection VLQ rehearsal

  • VLQ Announcements:
    • Age2P’s current repertoire includes the 3 naturalization songs.
    • Age2P is always open to anyone. Please join us.
    • Bohemian Red will be auditioning for new members over the summer months. Contact Greg at gjkoenigs@gmail.com or at rehearsal to try out.

7:00-8:15 – Work on Tribute to Heroes songs. This performance is Thursday, June 14

  1. National Anthem
  2. Isn’t She Lovely
  3. God Bless America
  4. America the Beautiful Overlay
  5. Armed Forces Medley

8:15-8:30 Business and Break

8:30-9:00

Work on Contest Songs:

1) Love Letters

2) I Feel A Song Coming On

0 Modified schedule this Thursday

Weekly Update, May 7

Modified rehearsal schedule this week:

7:00 to 8:20: Regular rehearsal focusing on the Tribute to Heroes songs: (Tentative)

  • A Little Help from My Friends
  • America the Beautiful Medley
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • God Bless America
  • Patriotic Medley

8:20-8:30 Chorus provides feedback about the Spring Show and Afterglow. Come ready to share your impressions and those gathered from your family and friends.

8:30 Chorus dismissal. Music team and any board members that would like to attend will go to the library for what we are calling a “summer planning session.” We would hope to have this done by 9:15. We would like to do an overall plan for rehearsals for the rest of May and the summer months.

Tribute to Heroes

We have been honored again to provide music for this high profile event, Thursday, June 14 at the Hotel at Kirkwood. The event is the traditional kick-off event for the Freedom Festival. This will be a chorus event with all hands needed for singing, and there will be an opportunity to buy a seat at the table for the recognition dinner for those wanting to attend.

Summer events being planned

Larry, Bob and others will be planning a number of special “team building” events for the summer. Stay tuned.

Update, May 3, 2018

Update, May 3, 2018

Cookie Fest this week

In lieu of our regular rehearsal, the chorus will head to Iowa City for the annual Cookie Festival hosted by the Old Capitol Chorus. We’ll join a number of choruses from eastern Iowa at the event, set for 7 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

If you want to carpool, meet at the Scottish Rite parking lot at 6:10. Dress in blue Harmony Hawk shirt, black pants, black shoes.
If you are driving down separately the location is: Robert A Lee Community Rec Center located at 220 S. Gilbert St, Iowa City.

The chorus will be singing “Isn’t She Lovely”.

Thanks for a successful show!

Thank you to all the chorus for making the show last week a success. It will take a while to crunch all the numbers, but this much we know:

  • Our patrons said that they enjoyed the show – music, script and performers were all well-recieved
  • The chorus was able to learn some great new music and perform it well
  • The afternoon performance time allowed an earlier afterglow with increased attendance
  • The afterglow was a load of fun, especially for the 15 or so Prairie boys and their families

Some special thank yous:

  • Wendell and Al for their leadership as show chairs.
  • John and the music team for preparing the chorus.
  • Greg for preparing the set and show direction.
  • Bill Moss and all who sold ads and solicited donations. Bill again led the way in sales by  a wide margin.
  • A number of spouses and significant others who stepped up on show day to sell tickets, reserve seats, serve as ushers.
  • Lee and Val Freie for organizing and hosting the afterglow.
  • County Corridor and SwitchBack for performing at both the show and afterglow.

Young Men in Harmony set for Oct. 5

Chorus Members:  Please put Friday, October 5th on your calendars for our sponsorship of the Cedar Rapids Young Men in Harmony Festival.  It will be held at Prairie Point Middle School starting at 12:30.

Youth from both Prairie Point and Benton Community will be involved—-plus we will be inviting other area schools.
The afternoon clinic will be conducted by John Hayden.  The participants will be learning two songs (they will get their music earlier to be working on it).  We will also have a guest quartet to act as the “demo” quartet during the clinic.
We will be doing a pizza dinner for everyone at 5:00.
At 7:00 we will be doing a “Friends and Family” concert featuring the Harmony Hawks, our festival participants performing their two songs and a set by our guest quartet.
There will be plenty of volunteer opportunities for you as chorus members at this event.
Please watch for more details to follow over the next few months.

Photo prints are ordered

The 8″ X 10″ color prints of the formal group photo have been ordered and will be available for pickup at the May 24 rehearsal. Please pay by check made out to the Harmony Hawks Chorus, $15 for each print ordered. Questions? Call Gary at 319-721-0781.

Weekly Update, April23

Show Week!

Months of planning, learning music, selling ads and tickets, and rehearsals culminate this week with our annual spring show.

Special performance Thursday at Solon

The chorus will perform many of our show songs in a special concert this Thursday at Solon High School. We will be joined on stage by some of the Solon groups led by Joel Foreman. This will be a great opportunity to team up with Solon and see their new performing arts center. The school is located at  600 W 5th St., Solon.

Uniform for the night is the blue short-sleeved Harmony Hawks shirt, black pants, black shoes, socks and belts.

Schedule for the night

  • 7:00  Arrive, warm up..
  • 7:30  Start Show
  • Harmony Hawks
    • 1. I’d Like to teach the world to sing
    • 2. Help from My Friends
    • 3.  I wanna Hold Your Hand
  • Bohemian Red: Rhythm of Love
  • County Corridor: Blue Suede Shoes
  • Harmony Hawks
    • Isn’t she lovely
    •  4-part harmony demonstration using  “Let me Call you Sweetheart”
    •  Patriotic Medley
  • Solon  Men’s Chorus: three songs
  • Harmony Hawks rejoin them on stage and teach/ Learn some tags
  • Harmony Hawks will stay on stage with Solon boys and we will teach them the America the Beautiful OVERLAY, then add Greg’s solo in there.

Schedule for show day, April 28

  • 8:30a        Stage setup
  • 10:00        Tech rehearsal
  • 11:00        Run through        *Full chorus and chorus quartets/VLQ
  • 12:30p      Lunch (on your own)
  • 2:00          Warmups        *Full chorus and chorus quartets/VLQ
  • 2:30          House opens
  • 3:00          Show
  • 5:00          Show over, strike- Disassemble stage & risers
  • 6:00          Out of the Concert Hall- To VFW for afterglow

Afterglow plans set

The afterglow is shaping up to be quite the party with over 100 making reservations to attend. Performers will be free but have been asked to signup so we can have plenty of food available. Lee Freie has done a great job organizing the event. Thank you, Lee!

Youth in Harmony Event planned for Oct. 5

Please put Friday, October 5 on your calendars for our sponsorship of the Cedar Rapids Young Men in Harmony Festival.  It will be held at Prairie Point Middle School starting at 12:30.Youth from both Prairie Point and Benton Community will be involved, and we will be inviting other area schools.

The afternoon clinic will be conducted by John Hayden. The participants will be learning two songs (they will get their music earlier to be working on it).  We will also have a guest quartet to act as the “demo” quartet during the clinic.

We will be doing a pizza dinner for everyone at 5:00.

At 7:00 we will be doing a “Friends and Family” concert featuring the Harmony Hawks, our festival participants performing their two songs and a set by our guest quartet.

There will be plenty of volunteer opportunities for you as chorus members at this event, so please watch for more details to follow over the next few months.

Bob Kerdus
Youth in Harmony Coordinator

Renewals celebrated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These three chorus members were recognized for April 12 for renewing their memberships. Gary Glockhoff has been a member for 36 years and has two Men of Note awards. Lee Freie has been a member for 17 years. Sean Smith has been a member for 14 years and has three Men of Note awards. Thank you Gary, Lee and Sean for your continued loyalty to the Harmony Hawks.

 

Weekly Update, April 16

Thursday’s Rehearsal, Thursday April 19

This is the final Thursday rehearsal before the Spring Show. The evening will be Director’s Choice all night. Below are the songs in the order of performance.

1) I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing
2) I Wanna Hold Your Hand
3) Love Letters
4) Daddy Sang Bass
5) I Wish You Love
6) Isn’t She Lovely
7) Help From My Friends
8) Things are Looking Up
9) Patriotic Medley
10) Armed Forces Medley
11) America the Beautiful Overlay

Solon High School Pre-Show information

When: Thursday, April 26
Arrive 7:00 p.m.
Sing around 7:30 p.m.
Where: Solon High School
600 5th St, Solon, IA 52333, USA

Uniform: Wear your blue short-sleeved Harmony Hawks shirt, black pants, black shoes (not patent)

Chapter quartets and/or Bohemian Red may perform a song

If time permits, we will rehearse after the pre-show concert.

Cookie Festival

The annual  Cookie Festival hosted by the Old Capitol Chorus is scheduled for 7-9 p.m., Thursday, May 3 at the Robert Lee Community Center in Iowa City. Let’s all plan to meet at the SRT at 6:10 p.m. and car pool down. Meet