Looking Back on the Oct. 2nd Chapter Meeting
Lots of guys had to decide if they would miss the Nationals playoff game tonite. Plus most of us were still catching up after the SLD trip. And our director and associate director are in Germany this week!
But the crowd was good for work with section leaders on holiday music. After Jason Lee did the warm up session, assistant directors Chuck Hunter and Terry Reynolds directed songs when all sections came together after meeting with their section leaders in various parts of the meeting place (Brian Ammerman, tenors; Reed Livergood, leads; Jason Lee, baritones; Mike Kelly, basses). The work was on “Mary Did You Know,” “Jingle Bells/Sleigh Ride,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Gloria.” One song was worked on at a time.
Terry also made general remarks about “things” the chorus needed to know for the evening and weeks ahead. First he offered the floor to president Shawn Tallant who acknowledged the terrific work done by Craig Kujawa to help us all enjoy the SLD trip and to represent the Harmonizers in first-class style. Shawn also read some great messages received from folks in SLD including Rob Hopkins, who arranged our gold medal song “I’ll Be Seeing You.” (We sang the song to Rob on Sat. nite up there at the afterglow.)
Steve Szyszka was recognized for his detailed work in updating the learning tracks for the holiday music. Librarian Bob Mattes brought a good supply of updated guest books with all the holiday music included.
Terry also showed us the promotional flyer from Strathmore that has our holiday show for them prominently included. (That show is Nov. 30th.)
This week was our annual chapter meeting and election. Great to see Terry Jordan in the house for this meeting, and Liz Birnbaum, immediate past president of our AH, Inc. board. Shawn conducted the chapter election for our BHS chapter officers and board for 2020:President – Stan Quick
Immediate Past President – Shawn Tallant (not subject to election)
Secretary – Christopher Buechler
Treasurer – Alan Herman
Member At Large – Clyde Crusenberry
Member At Large – Frank Shipp
Member At Large – Ben Watsky
The 2019 nominating committee included Terry Reynolds, chair; Gary Cregan; Steve Murane; Bob Rhome; and Steve White.
Next, chapter executive director Randall Eliason presented the approved budget for 2020 with complete audio visuals for all to see. Our financial status seems to be improving thanks to the work of our chapter leaders. Members asked several good questions or made suggestions. Our budget is about $275,000 for a year – not including pass-through amounts. Randall also reported that the board has changed our fiscal year to Sept.1-Aug. 31 (after approval from the International BHS board).
Communication director Steve Murane conducted the rest of the chapter business. He made quick reference to the upcoming events for the chorus. Del Ray “Arts on the Avenue,” Oct. 5, 1-2 pm with a 12 noon call time, travel uniform, at Mt. Vernon Rec Center on Commonwealth Ave.; and the Manassas Chorale, Oct. 12th at Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, 20110, call time 5 pm, blue uniform.
Terry called out the names of singers assigned to these two gigs based on earlier availability responses.
All Harmonizers are welcome to attend the Men’s Choral Fellowship with Alfred Street Baptist Men’s Choir. It will be Wed., Oct. 16th at their church, travel uniform. Chapter leaders ask that if a member can’t do both the regular Tuesday nite and a Wednesday nite in the week, please choose to attend this event. It is truly an event to meet other male singers in our community. We have invited the Washington Men’s Camerata to attend.
He reminded everyone that the fall M-AD contest is Oct. 5-6 in Reading, PA. We will have seven quartets in the contest (note the Friday nite first round of quartets starts at 4:57 pm) and the chapter recognized them as president Shawn presented financial gifts to each quartet. The quartets and their members are:
Singing First (Senior)
SILVER ALERT with Rick Savage, Mike Edison, Will Cox, Steve Murane
MISS OTIS REGRETS with Mario Sengco, Jordan Haedtler, Chris Leyen, Ken Rub
VOICES IN MY HEAD with Cavan Potee, Tim Buell, Joe Chjilcoat, Alex Burval
TAYLOR MADE with Rick Taylor, Tom Halley, Douglas Beach, Steve Kirsch
BREAKFAST BLEND with Mike Geipel, Scott Beach, Jery Candrilli, Vinny Capaccio
Singing twelfth (Senior)
QUIRKS OF ART with Bob Wilson, Roger Tarpey, Harman Jones, Mike Wallen
Singing fourteenth (Senior)
PURSUASION with Broh Brohawn, Jon Cluries, Bob Keys, Mike Kelly
Shawn also announced the recent death of former member Sunny Shook, 83, who was a strong lead in our chapter and sang in the two gold medals chorus appearances in 1995 and 1998.
Ben Watsky welcomed new members Alex and Callan back on the risers after work travel; and welcomed singing guests this week JoYo, Duncan and Devin. He also recognized Sandy McKenzie who was at chapter meeting with Kevin even tho it was their 36th wedding anniversary. The chorus sang for them.
After a break, we continued the work on the holiday songs as sections.
Until next time – editorjack!