Monday, May 10, 2010

Looking Back on the May 4th Chapter Meeting

YeEd bets every guy went home Tuesday nite and was awake for an hour after such an exciting meeting and rehearsal. The session with Geri Geis on the ballad was awesome. Amazing how deep into the emotion the guys are getting.

It all started with the usual flurry of set up, meetings, getting something to eat, buying things, and getting aferShow or consignment tickets.

Carl Kauffmann is sporting a cast on his left arm. He had a head on car crash last Friday and has a broken arm. But what a trooper – up on the risers anyway and doing the moves too.

Tony Colosimo did a serious and good-for-the-singer vocal warm up and then turned it over to Director Joe. Well, Joe was full of excitement and got the troops laughing and ready to work right from the start.

He bugged them all by saying he has 55 show tickets to sell and expects every guy to sell 5!!! And to do some hosting or any of the other tasks needed. AND IF NOT – he might hurt you!! The guys all laughed but he got his point across.

First big singing period was on “Stars and Stripes” for the show in June. We used the projector again – Terry Reynolds had projector duty. He and Joe made it easier to follow on the screen too. Good. Joe is working t his song in chunks – starting from the back. Progress is underway for a tough musical piece.

Geri and Royall Geis were welcomed by Joe too. And then she worked with the front row for a period. Joe revisited some of the recent note changes. He also expressed again his thanks to Chuck Hunter for his input while here in the DC area from his work overseas.

A major thrust early in the evening was to ask for “First Note Singers” from all.

When the front row returned, Geri worked on the ballad for a good while. At the end of her time, she had Joe do one of her famous “closed eye drills” so the men could feel and experience the depth of their musical presentation. As always, it was a moving event for the singers and the audience.

For the chapter meeting time, Kostermeyer invited all the speakers to the mic. Secretary Buechler presented renewal cards to Ian Poulin for 7 years, and Don Farrell for 15 years.

Dan O’Brien welcomed former member Larry Silva and in-active member Bob Sutton. Plus we had three singing guests – two who are part of the youth chorus our chapter is fostering.

After eating all the goodies, more announcements:

We will wear the casual uniform at Atlantic Division show – get yours from Tom Kern.
Eric Wallen congratulated Noah Van Gilder for his quartet success last weekend at the Northern Division.

Ken Fess pushed ticket sales for the June show, and afterShow ticket sales. What a great name for an event – YeEd thinks it might be that the Harmonizers have created another Society first. Congrats who ever thought of it.

Terry Reynolds explained lasted details of the eval process and sought sign ups for vocal sessions.

Then it was back to singing both contest songs and songs for the June show. Everyone worked hard til past 10. Joe almost lost his voice. But everyone was pumped!

New guy Bert Phillips directed KTWWS and then it was a rush to get stuff all away.

A good crowd got to 815 too!

Until next time – editorjack!

(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week at an Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter meeting. —Ye Ed.)

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