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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Weekly Update, June 11

Details on Tribute to Heroes

The event will be held at the The Hotel at Kirkwood, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids IA 52404. Dress blue HH polos, black shoes, socks and pants.

  • 6:00 p.m.: Those seated for dinner arrive, social time, silent auction
  • 6:30 p.m.: Call for chorus;
  • 7:00 p.m.: Star-Spangled Banner”
  • 7:30 p.m.: Keynote address from Dan Gable
  • 8:10 p.m.: Perform three songs from the following: “Isn’t She Lovely?, “God Bless America, America the Beautiful overlay , Armed Forces Medley

More seats at the table

Bill Moss has now reserved a second table for the dinner Thursday night and is looking for three more of us to sign up. We have 19 people signed up for dinner now. Each table costs $250 and seats 10.

We have room for one more person, so if anyone was holding back because of a lack of dinner spots, please let Bill know. He will have to pay for any unused seating. It’s a very worthwhile cause and the meals served by Kirkwood are definitely worth the $25. I’d rather not have to eat more than one of them.
Spouses and friends are welcome.

Thanks,
Bill Moss,
PS: please send any checks to me at 3919 Belden Ct NE., 52402 or  bring them to the dinner.

Riser assistance needed Thursday

Thanks go to Ray Smith for making the arrangements for renting our risers. He need our help,  two or three persons to assist with moving risers to and return from DoubleTree hotel.  Times are Friday 10 am for 60-90 minutes and Sunday 10:45 am for about the same time.  We meet Friday at the Temple and Sunday at the loading dock at Double Tree.  If you are able to help out, email Ray at rrsmith@mchsi.com.

Naturalization ceremony Friday

Aged2Perfection will perform at the Naturalization Ceremony Friday. Be at Federal Court House at 12:45. Blue polo shirts, black pants, shoes and socks.

Sectional rehearsals next 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.

Membership renewal

Thank you to Ralph Wasik fot renewing his membership in the Harmony Hawks Chorus. Ralph has been been a member and an important part of our lead section for 36 years, and has two Men of Note. He served as Marketing and PR VP in 2008.

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Weekly Update, June

Urgent! Sign-up for Tribute to Heroes

This is an all-chorus sing-out but we need you to sign up so we know who will be there and who will not. Five of the 10 seats at our table have been claimed, leaving five available. These seats are $25 /each (this is a price increase from the $20 stated on the form). If you want to claim one of these spots, please respond right away or I will have to release the table back to the organizers. Please make a check payable to the Harmony Hawks Chorus.

So far, here is who has responded that they will attend:

  • Cal Birkey
  • Bob Kerdus
  • Larry Hlavacek (1 table reservation)
  • Larry Aspleaf
  • Tom Zuber (2 table reservations)
  • Ray Smith (2 table reservations)
  • John Hayden
  • Gary Lindsay

Obviously, many have not responded. Please do so as soon as you see this by clicking on this link, or if you’d rather, emailing Gary Lindsay, glindsay711@mac.com.

Rehearsal plan, Thursday June 7

  • 6:30 – BohemianRed, review rep and plan next performance
  • 7:00 – Aged2P, review set for 6/15 Naturalization

Chorus Rehearsal 7:30 – 9:30

  • National Anthem
  • Isn’t She Lovely
    • Quartet activity with “Daddy Sang Bass” (review at home before rehearsal)
  • God Bless America
    • Tag Time
  • America the Beautiful Overlay
  • Love Letters (particularly measures 17-48)
  • Armed Forces Medley

See everyone Thursday night!

Board meets Monday night

The board will convene 7 p.m. Monday night at Gary and Linda Lindsay’s home. If you have questions or concerns, please talk to any board member.

Chorus officers needed

Bill Moss will be heading up the Nominations Committee and begin that work soon. A list of officers follows; let Bill know if you are interested.

  • President, Gary Lindsay
  • Secretary, Wendell Aldrich
  • Treasurer, Al Huneke
  • Past President: Bill Moss
  • Music & Programming VP, Tom Read
  • Membership & Chapter Development VP, Jack Ray
  • Marketing & Public Relations VP, Bob Handley
  • Music VP Greg Koenigs
  • Program VPs: Bob Kerdus and Larry Hlavacek

Dorian Choral Retreat for Adults

Do you love to sing? The Dorian Choral Retreat for adults is a new event occurring this summer from June 29 through July 1. Held on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, the weekend will be comprised of choral singing, interesting presentations, and connecting with fellow musicians. Anyone who enjoys singing in a choir is invited to participate – whether familiar with Luther or not. Visit https://tinyurl.com/choralretreat for more details and to enroll. Questions? Contact Susan Potvin, event coordinator, at 563-202-4492 or susan.potvin@luther.edu.

Plan ahead for BHS’s Leadership Summit

The Barbershop Harmony Society Leadership Summit is a four-day intensive workshop that brings together past, present, and future music leadership from across the world, from all levels of organization and backgrounds.

This year the Leadership Summit will focus on our strategic vision: Everyone In Harmony. As we proudly move forward toward this transformation, attendees will be challenged to identify key elements like:

  • Who are we as a chapter? Where do we stand, and why do we exist?
  • Are we impacting our community and inspiring others to sing barbershop?
  • Have we started moving towards the goal of Everyone In Harmony – outside of our normal circle of comfort? If not, how do we do that?

For complete information, go to this link.

Volunteer of the Week

Like many in the chorus, Lee Freie volunteers with more organizations than just the Harmony Hawks. Here he is manning the bike corral at the Downtown Farmer’s Market with the Linn County Trails Association.

I grabbed this quick photo of Lee Freie while he was volunteering with the Linn County Trails Association’s bike corral at the Downtown Farmer’s Market last Saturday. Like many in the chorus, Lee volunteers a lot in the community. We should celebrate that! Please send me a photo of you doing a volunteer activity and I’ll post it here.

 

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Chorus Update, May 30

Correction on this week’s starting time

Beginning Thursday and for the rest of summer, the chorus rehearsals will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 9:30. This is to accommodate John Hayden’s summer home schedule.

The VLQ rehearsals will begin at 7:00 p.m. This week, Aged3Perfection will meet and prepare for the June 15 New Citizen’s Ceremony. We encourage all members who can join A2P for that event to join us for Thursday at 7.

Photo orders

The following should plan to pick up the group photo they ordered in April. Please have a check made out to the Harmony Hawks Chorus in the amount of $15 for each photo ordered.

  • Gary Lindsay
  • Dave Bryant (3)?
  • Dean Beckman
  • Dale Norby
  • John Hayden
  • Larry Aspleaf
  • Bob Handley (2)?
  • Cliff Newman
  • Ray Smith
  • Jim Sjostrom

Attendance important this summer

Check your email for a note from director John Hayden about the importance of attendance this summer. John acknowledged that summer is a time for travel, but if you are in town, please make every effort to come to rehearsal. in addition to the points John made about improving the performance of our rep, we need to remember that summer is our best time to recruit new members. We want our guests to see our chorus at our best each rehearsal because we may only get visitors to give us one chance!

 

 

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Update May 31

Update May 31

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. Rep review: “Little Help from My Friends”
  5. Rep Review: “Lord Listen to Your Children Praying”

Signup for Tribute to Heroes dinner, performance

We want everyone to follow this link to the signup sheet, whether or not you can perform. The dress for the event will be blue Harmony Hawks polo shirts, black pant, shoes and socks.

Photo pickup

The pre-ordered group photo we had taken by Reed Photography will be available to pickup at Thursday’s rehearsal. Please bring a check payable to the Harmony Hawks for $15 for each print ordered.

Summer events announced

  • June 4, Board meeting
  • June 14, Tribute to Heroes Dinner
  • June 15, Naturalization Ceremony, Federal Courthouse (Aged2Perfection will perform)
  • June 21, Sectional rehearsal at homes TBA
  • July 5, No rehearsal
  • July 27, 4 p.m. Golf outing at Meadowview Golf Club, 1500 E Maple St, Central City
  • August 19, 4 p.m. Family Picnic and John & Jennifer Hayden’s
  • October 10, Guest Night

Harmony Foundation follow-up

Thank you for a terrific evening yesterday! I really enjoyed reading through some songs I’d never sung before!

I’m also grateful for the time you gave me to share about Harmony Foundation and to talk a bit more about the successes that our donors are making possible through our Society’s educational and outreach programs.

Here’s a video of a couple of quartets who responded to the question, “Why do I sing?

If you are receiving this email as a member of the Cedar Rapids chapter, but were not able to join us yesterday, or if you were there but didn’t have the opportunity to complete a pledge card yourself, you can join Ambassadors of Song or President’s Council by CLICKING HERE.

Thanks to those of you who signed up last night as well as those already on board – you’re doing more good than you know!

Thanks,
Kyle Snook

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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.

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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

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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.

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