Looking Back on the Feb. 13th 2018 Chapter Meeting
This week’s Harmonizer gathering was another busy one with many pre-meetings for board, choreo review, Singing Valentine quartets practice, and all the tasks to set up for this huge chapter and our weekly meeting and rehearsal.
Associate director Tony Colosimo opened the nite with a tribute and thank you to Dick Hall who died during the nite on Monday. Tony invited the chapter to lift Dick in their thoughts for a moment. Dick joined the chapter in 1965, and he and his wife of nearly 64 years, Carolyn, came to chapter meetings together nearly every week for 50 years. Dick would have been 86 in April. The family will pass along info to chapter leaders about funeral arrangements.
Then it was on to work on our music and with a new coach for the chorus, Mo Field from Canada. Mo was fun and got the men involved in their music so they could perform and sing better. It was a fun session, and seemed to dove-tail with our work from last week’s coach to sing naturally.
We worked on the songs that the chorus will use at the Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus Seminar event on March 1st at National City Christian Church. This is a major appearance for the chorus.
Director Joe Cerutti invited coach Mo to work on several of those songs including the contest uptune which we will sing on that show.
Joe also announced a major new program that has been developed by the music team after they interviewed all of the men recently – an effort to provide individual help in small groups of 2-7 guys. Details and guidelines will come out soon. Men will form their own groups or wait to be assigned.
Communications chairman Steve Murane conducted the chapter meeting this week. He reminded all that next week’s meeting will be at Durant again and coach Kevin Keller will be with us. The meeting on 27 Feb. will be at Convergence.
The first chance to sing the music from “Iron and Coal” is Thurs. Feb. 15th also at Convergence.
President Shawn Tallant asked more members to offer to host the BABS chorus Kingsmen over Memorial weekend. Sign up with Gerry Fuller.
Secretary Chris Buechler presented a membership renewal card to Brian Miller for 21 years.
During the break, the quartets being assigned to deliver the Singing Valentines for the chapter were coached briefly and all were given details for their day on Feb. 14th. Coordinator Clyde Cruseberry will provide post-event details for us to share.
Membership director Dave Kohls introduced Jerry, Connor, and Gary – returning candidates for membership auditions, and Christian, a first-time guest.
In other news, the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival will be Sat. Feb. 24th at 7:30 pm at The Birchmere in Alexandria. Dave Welter reports that his 6-part a cappella group, “Top of the Seventh,” will compete. They’d like to see some fans in the audience.
In case you didn’t see it, the registration info for Harmony College East went via email to all members from the Mid Atlantic District. Be sure to take a look at it and consider attending with some chorus friends, or your quartet. It is June 14-17 at McDaniel College in Westminster MD where we have our pre-international contest retreat. You can talk with some guys in the chapter who have attended such as Alan Wile to learn more about it.
Thanks again to those men who have brought in goodies for break and for those who drop in a donation every so often. Unfortunately we won’t have refreshments when we meet at Convergence, so plan ahead.
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 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd