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.
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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.

 

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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

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Weekly Update, April 9

Rehearsal Plan, Thu. April 12

6:00 Bohemian Red VLQ, County Corridor, Profound Sound – practice transformations and songs

7:00 Chorus Rehearsal

Songs:

  • Love Letters
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • Isn’t She Lovely
  • Things Are Looking Up

Director’s Choice

  • I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing
  • Want to Hold Your Hand
  • I Wish You Love
  • With a Little Help
  • Armed Forces Medley
  • Patriotic Medley
  • America the Beautiful

Ad deadline past, donations still welcome

With a few ads still pending, we have just about filled the ad space for the program booklet. The donations list is not finalized yet, so you can still solicit donations or make your own. Please fill out the ad / donation contract and make check’s payable to Harmony Hawks Chorus.

CSD Conference call notes

I missed the call, but here’s what was discussed:

  • Iowa Senior Chorus idea seems to be dead for the year, but is a concept that John Marshall would like to see continue.
  • Old Capitol Chorus will again host the Cookie Festival, May 3, 7-9 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Rec. Center.
  • the Iowa Choral Directors Association will convene on Des Moines July 23-24. Ed Bittle will contact each chorus about funding an ad in the program. They are looking for photos to be part of that ad.
  • Fall Festival: Iowa presidents still looking for us to host. Our board has approved an exploratory committee to look into a venue and possible costs. Wendell, Tom Read and Gary Lindsay are on the committee. We welcome any others who’d like to join us.
  • Iowa City and Des Moines are searching for directors.
  • State Fair Barbershop Day — Apparently, no one at the Fair Board picks up the phone.
  • Next call: May 13, 3 p.m.

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

Renewals last week

We recognized two members for their renewals last week. Bob Kerdus has been a Harmony Hawks for 20 years, and a reliable tenor, singing in numerous quartets, both organized and ad hoc. He has also served as Chapter President, VP for Marketing & PR, VP Music & Performance, and VP Chapter Development/ Membership, and District Marketing VP. Bob has 12 Man of Note Awards. Gary Lindsay, has 21 years of membership and five Man of Note Awards, including (proudly) Bob.

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BoomTown, our 2018 Spring Show guest quartet

Our Inspired by artists like Michael Bublé and The Jackson Five, BoomTown puts their own spin on swing standards, pop classics, and even some country and gospel favorites. BoomTown hails from Kansas, and was the 2014 CSD Champion Quartet.

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Weekly Update, April 2, 2018

New format for the Update

We will try this new way of getting you the update each week, here through our website. I hope this eliminates the formatting issues that we’ve been encountering.

Thursday’s Rehearsal

6:00 Bohemian Red VLQ
7:00 Chorus Rehearsal

Songs:

  • I Wish You Love
  • I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing
  • Director’s Choice
    • America the Beautiful
    • Armed Forces Medley
    • Daddy Sang Bass
    • I Want to Hold Your Hand
    • Isn’t She Lovely
    • Love Letters
    • Patriotic Medley
    • Things Are Looking Up
    • With a Little Help (with solos)

Lost & Found

After last Tuesday rehearsal: Lost – Gary Lindsay’s white tie. Found – A pair of shoes, and Elvis wig, and a pair of funky sunglasses. Please claim this week.

Ad deadline this Friday, April 6

Thank you for your sales efforts, and please wrap up all your accounts by the end of this week.

Group photo order

Here is the link for ordering an 8 X 10″ print of the photo we took last week. They are $15 each, and you can bring a check (made out to Harmony Hawks Chorus) to rehearsal to give to Al Huneke, or use the Payments link on this website. A low res, watermarked copy of the photo is available on the order form. Thank you again for all of you who dressed in uniform for the photo last Tuesday. We looked great!

Time to sell tickets!

The post card mailers have gone out to your ticket contacts, so now is the time for you to reach out and call them to urge them to order their tickets. The best way to order online is to follow the link on this website. To order by phone, call ShowTix at 1-866-967-8167.

We have posters available is you have a place to post. Get them at rehearsal Thursday.

Ushers needed for the show

Mary Aldrich is coordination ushering for the HH Spring Show on April 28.  This is a matinee and will start at 3:00 pm. She needs six helpers and needs to know by Thursday so we can get your names in the Program.  Show-up time for ushers will be 2:40 pm. Please contact Mary at 362-1587 or at mnwaldrich@hotmail.com if you can help.

Renewals

Last week we celebrated the renewals of George Grovert (18 years) and John Roltgen (48 years).  Thank you to both these loyal Harmony Hawks!

George Grovert, 18 years a Harmony Hawk.

John Roltgen, 48 years a loyal Harmony Hawk.

 

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Announcing Our 2018 Spring Show

The chorus sings under the direction of John Hayden on the stage of the Concert Hall at Prairie High School.

Let America Sing Again!

The Harmony Hawks present “Make America Sing Again,” a playful poke at contemporary politics, featuring the Harmony Hawks Chorus and our chapter quartets. One show only, 3 p.m. April 28 a the Concert Hall at Prairie High School, 401 76th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids. Two guest quartets highlight this show, and both are district champions. BoomTown from eastern Kansas won the gold medal in 2014, and Cedar Rapids’ own SwitchBack won it in 2015. Also joining us on stage will be Prairie Middle’s A Few Good Men. One show only, 3 p.m. Sat. April 28 at the Concert Hall at Prairie High School, 401 76th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids. Tickets are $5 for students high school age and under, and $20 for adults. Reserved seats are available online at this link. General admission tickets will be available at the door, check or cash only.

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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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