Looking Back on the July 23rd Chapter Meeting
This week we sang a lot of repertoire songs for the up-coming show; and chapter admin and music-and-performance leaders launched a huge amount of plans and exciting events for the chapter in the next 24 months.
We actually had to meet at First Baptist Church since there was a major conflict at Durant. (Also we all have noted the many fences and changes around Durant as they redo the adjoining school facility and take away parking spaces!) We used one third of their social hall.
The front row guys came early at 6 and worked in the room while we set up risers in order to revamp and simplify the “Anything Goes” visuals for normal package shows in the months ahead. They also are now gonna carry the visuals for “Jersey Boys” so the chorus can just sing the heck out of.
At break, our a cappella group, TBD, rehearsed in the lobby as they will be on the Carlyle Park show this week with the chorus.
Associate director Tony Colosimo did the warm ups and when he turned the chorus over to director Joe Cerutti, we went right to work on our newest song, “Glenn Miller Medley,” which we will sing in Normandy. Then Joe asked the assistant directors, Mike Kelly, Will Cox and Terry Reynolds, to direct the songs for the show.
Operations vp Bob Rhome conducted the chapter meeting portion of the evening. President Alan Wile reported on the progress of John Hohl in FL. He is actually home now recovering and accepting correspondence. Alan also reported that Burt Stueve had an operation in recent days for his leg circulation problems. And Alan received a call from John Adams, former tenor section leader and quartet singer with Alexandria. John lives and sings in NC now and reports that his wife Jean is now in a care facility. John sent kudos for the chapter’s contest set which he watched on the Web.
Alan gave a plug for the Germantown, MD, chapter show coming up and welcomed their director Kris Zinkievich.
Greg Tepe, our show producer, outlined details for the show July 25th at Carlyle Park in Alexandria. Uniform is black “camp” Harmo shirt with blue jeans, black shoes and belt. No t-shirt showing. With medal.
Speaking of medals – bring them next week to have them engraved. It costs just $8. You will turn them in with your name to Bruce Lauther.
And speaking of next week – we will be back at Durant for Summer Camp – a fun nite of singing, games, good refreshments, shows, and chatter to fill a nite when many of our musical leaders will be at Harmony University in St. Joe MO.
Membership vp Mark Klostermeyer, with emcee help from Ken White, introduced a long line of guests – some first timers, several returnees including Tom Kraus and his family. Tom was on the front row singing along and is one of the bass singers in TBD.
Mark also gave a plug for guys to post the recently released Auditions Nite poster everywhere – not just on Facebook. Take some copies to the doctor office, or leave them on the desk by the concierge in your office building, or where ever people slow down enough to see it.
After a break, the leaders gave a well organized visual and verbal report of plans for the chapter thru 2014. (For those who missed, be on the lookout for an email relaying the report for your study.)
The first big point is the strong possibility of our singing at Ocean City this fall, as well as hosting that convention for the M-AD events teams. Everyone should have gotten a groupanizer email for an RSVP. Joe wants as close to 100 singers as possible. Mark your calendar to attend.
We got a sneak preview of the theme for the holiday shows scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7 at First Baptist. Songs to learn are in the email message.
We learned that plans are set to host an a cappella competition March 22, 2014 at Lincoln Theater. You can help the organizers find contestant groups. AND truly VIP judges.
The chapter goal is to host another youth harmony camp in April of 2014.
The trip to Normandy is June 3-10. Many new developments and details were announced so watch for that email message too. But key among those new details are (1) a plan to sing at Notre Dame and (2) a plan to sing at the Cathedral in Cologne. Already 112 singers have signed up and more are coming (special forces singers will be joining us - they must audition and become Harmonizers to do so). The email will also give a rundown on the songs to learn. Tim Waurick will sing with us on one special number. There will be a total of 245 travelers.
Another huge new event is a joint show with the Ambassadors in Harmony June 21, 2014 – likely at National Theater in DC. Guest quartets will be CROSSROADS and VOCAL SPECTRUM. The Harmonizers are preparing to host the AOH member in their homes as we have done in past shows with Dallas and Cincinnati.
And finally, November 3 we expect to host a huge show in the days prior to the Sweet Adelines International convention that will be in Baltimore. This show will be much like our show we did prior to the Philadelphia BHS convention.
To wrap up the evening, Tony presented exciting details with input from Joe about a new Master Singer Program being launched by the chapter. Complete details also coming to all members. It basically is a self-initiated individual singer improvement program to help the chorus achieve mastery. It is a very thorough educational program we will be using over the next year or so.
In other news, the chapter is proud of DA CAPO quartet who opened for The Manhattan Transfer Saturday in Newport News, VA. Congrats. We will all wanna hear stories about it.
Additional inputs about the Toronto convention operation in July: First off, YeEd forgot to mention that Tango the Harmo Dog also attended most rehearsals (Tango helps Brian Miller’s wife.) Carl Kauffman gave YeEd the names of the many men who helped haul risers in Canada – Bair, Griesenmer, Ashford, Clark, Rust, Hunter, Powell, Tallant, Sherick, Ammerman, Hubbard, Quick, J Fuller, Eliason, Branstatter and Hook. Also Phil Ashford helped drive the Harmo truck back to VA.
Several members sang with other barbershoppers at the funeral service for Billy Ball last week – Bill Colosimo, Bob Wells, Randall Eliason, Jack Pitzer, Alan Wile, Mike Everard, Terry Jordan and Bob Wachter.
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 during the 65th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd.)