Singing Valentines delivery underway

Profound Sound quartet ready to roll to deliver Singing Valentines, Feb. 14, 2018.

A quartet from the Harmony Hawks before delivering Singing Valentines, Feb. 14, 2018. The members of the quartet are Larry Hlavacek, Lee Freie, Scott Wilcox and Steve Aldrich.

Three quartets from the chorus are having fun today delivering Singing Valentines to some lucky recipients in the area. This activity is both a service to the community and one of our major fundraisers for the year.

 

 

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Spring Show planning underway

Spring show planning is in full swing. Please save the date!

The show will again be at Prairie’s Concert Hall, Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. Our theme: “Make America Sing Again.”

New for the show:
“Isn’t She Lovely”
“I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”
“I Wish You Love”
“Daddy Sang Bass”
“Love Letters”

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Singing Valentines

Singing Valentine_BC.jpegA memory that lasts a lifetime

A quartet from the Harmony Hawks will deliver a singing Valentine, a card and a floral gift to your special someone on Valentines Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14. The cost is $45 for delivery anytime on Valentines Day, or $60 for delivery within a 20-minute window that you specify.

Order now, by submitting the secure form below or call Bob Handley at 319-329-1894 to order this special gift for a memory that lasts a lifetime.

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Seasonal sing-outs

Members of the Harmony Hawks, led by Tom Read, sing carols adding smiles to the aisles of a local HyVee in 2016. Each year the chorus sings at various sites in the community including malls, retirement homes and hospitals.

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Anthem performers

The chorus pauses for a quick photo prior to performing the National Anthem before a professional basketball exhibition gave at the Five Seasons Center, Oct. 17, 2016.

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National Anthem performers

An ensemble from the Harmony Hawks chorus pauses for a quick photo prior to performing the National Anthem for a Cedar Rapids Titans indoor football game at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena Arpil 19, 2013.

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Seasons’ Greetings from the Chorus

The chorus and our ensembles will perform several times this month. Thursday, Dec. 14 the chorus will perform in Van Horne as part of the Benton Community Christmas Show. The next day our ensemble, Aged 2 Perfection will sing at the New Citizens Ceremony 1:30 p.m. at the Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, and on Thursday Dec. 21, we will be caroling at various locations in the area.

Members of the Harmony Hawks, led by Tom Read, sing carols adding smiles to the aisles of a local HyVee in 2016. Each year the chorus sings at various sites in the community including malls, retirement homes and hospitals.

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Song Learning Method

(Easy, Accurate and Fast!)

 Balance the left and right channels of your stereo so your voice part on the learning recording is loud enough to be easily heard above the other 3 parts.

  1. Listening Step—While following your voice part notes on the sheet music (if you do not read music, follow the notes visually by contour), listen to your part without singing 2 to 4 times through depending on difficulty.  Listen extra times to places that seem tough or that do not seem to match what you see on the sheet music.

[The recording and sheet music are pre-checked and should match—if you do find an error, please notify the music committee.]

  1. Doo-doo-doo Step—Sing “doo-doo-doo” on your part 2 to 4 times through.  Learn to match the pitches and rhythms of the learning recording.  Set the recording louder than your “doo-ing” and let it lead your learning.  Again, “doo” extra times on the tough places.  If there’s a place too tough to get from the recording, see your section leader—do not “shrug-off” and rehearse mistakes.  On the final doo-ing pass, set the sheet music aside and let the recording lead your ears to the right pitches and rhythms.
  1. Muscle Memory Step—Stand and silently mime the song 2 to 4 times through with the recording.  Breathe and support as if actually singing.  Form vowels and consonants with lips and tongue as if you were singing a perfect rendition.  Silently create the physical throat and larynx formations for accurate pitches and freely produced tone as if singing a perfect unison duet with the recorded voice.  On the final muscle memory pass, set the sheet music aside and let the recording lead your ears to the right muscle memory patterns.
  1. Full Singing Step—Put it all together and fully sing with the recording.  Let the recording continue to lead your learning on the first run-through or two.  Then, on successive reps, gradually shift the channel balance on the stereo until you are tuning your voice to the other three parts quartet-style.

Material contained from “Learning A Song”
Copyright © 2002 by Jay Giallombardo
Copyright controlled by GSB Medal Music, Inc
Used by Permission   All Rights Reserved.

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2017 Tributes to Heroes dinner

The Harmony Hawks will perform for this year’s Tribute to Heroes Dinner, one of the signature events of Cedar Rapids’ Freedom festival.

The Harmony Hawks are honored to be selected again to provide musical entertainment for this year’s Tribute to Heroes Dinner, one of the signature events of Cedar Rapids’ Freedom festival. The event will be Thursday, June 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Come join us!

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2017 Spring Show

The Harmony Hawks present Phantom of the Barbershop, our 67th annual spring show, featuring the Harmony Hawks chorus, 2015 Central States District Champion Quartet Switchback, and special guests A Few Good Men from Prairie Point Middle School. One show only, Saturday April 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Concert Hall at College Community, 401 76th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids. Tickets range from $5 for students high school age and younger to $25 for premium seating. All seats reserved. Tickets available at ShowTix4U.com or by phone at 866-967-8167. Click here to buy tickets. 

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