Thursday, April 2, 2020



Looking Back on the March 31st, 2020 Chapter News
The chapter has suspended in-person meetings of the chorus, boards and committees until further notice as well as for any small group gatherings. This is in recognition of recent mandates by officials and leaders of the BHS and in cooperation with local health authorities.
Thus there was not a regular in-person meeting of the Alexandria Harmonizers on March 31st 2020.  Instead, director Joe Cerutti hosted a gathering at 7 pm via Zoom video meeting.
This week’s meeting was closer to a normal rehearsal that last week.   It included:
  • Warmup
  • Sectional on “Defying Gravity”
  • Chorus Rehearsal on “Defying Gravity”
  • Run-thru of “Forty Second Street”
  • Run-thru of “Never Fully Dressed”
  • Business Meeting
  • Electives
    • How to Learn/Work at Home – Joe
    • Enhanced learning using the Audio Stretch App – Tony
  • Afterglow (Social Time)
There were about 45-50 participants in the event which lasted until about 9:30 pm.
When the meeting began, Joe spoke to all about the work behind the scenes by he and Tony and others in providing videos and learning materials such as annotated music for “Goodbye”  and some Facebook Live videos for “42nd Street.”  He also encourage guys to get on Groupanizer to get the videos prepared by Cy Wood for learning the visuals for “42nd Street.”
Joe acknowledged that family and personal matters at home come first for all members with so many working from home - sometimes with other family members there. And with all of us trying to observe current rules about social distancing.
Leaders from our chapter meet virtually with other chapter leaders from around the BHS (such as Dallas Vocal Majority, Denver Mile High and  St. Louis Ambassadors) to compare notes as to how they are conducting meetings, how they are making plans to keep singers engaged, and how they are planning ahead for shows and other fundraising events so important to all arts groups. Joe, Tony, Randall, Terry, and Stan were in on the conversation via Zoom.
For this week’s event, Tony conducted a warm up session. Then there were the sectionals and Terry was able to send each attendee to a room for that.
During the bass sectional there was Happy Birthday shout out to Turner Arndt.  The sectionals were also a time for members to ask questions and discuss the challenges they are having with technology (and benefit from experiences of other guys). This time slot was used for “Defying Gravity.” The chorus also went thru two other songs with Joe on camera and directing.
As usual, Joe asked for feedback if this evening’s activities  was productive.
There was a brief meeting period for announcements with an update that Brian Miller is in ICU and on a ventilator. No official word yet if he is positive for coronavirus 19. Keep him in your thoughts.
Also executive director Randall Eliason was eager to share our plans for participation in the Alexandria Spring2ACTion coming up now on April 15th (this is a new date – earlier in the month – as set by the organizers of this “one organized day of giving for Alexandria not-for-profit groups.” )  It has been a huge income source for our chapter each year, so our leaders are asking our members and the Harmonizer family to step up and make it happen again.  Randall will be sending very informative emails soon as to how each guy can help raise money – even in this acknowledged difficult time period.
To stimulate participation and make it more fun, Randall announced a friendly competition between the sections of the chorus. The winning section to bring in the most donations will get a free BBQ and be served by the musical leaders in costume!!  Other members will attend but have to pay for their food!  Should be fun.
Joe agreed he’d do it and reminded guys to start telling their patrons that we are still here, arts groups like ours are important, and we have been serving the community for over 70 years.
After the meeting, there were two electives attendees could join – Joe’s with hints on how to learn your music at home and on your own; and Tony’s on enhanced learning using the Audio Stretch App.
To wrap up, Joe thanked everyone for joining, and welcomed anyone who wished to stay on for some just plain visiting and laughing together.
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 71st year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd

Friday, March 27, 2020



Looking Back on the March 24th, 2020 Chapter News
The chapter suspension of in-person meetings of the chorus, boards and committees continues until further notice as well as any small group gatherings. This is in recognition of recent mandates by officials and leaders of the BHS and in cooperation with local health authorities. 

Thus there was not a meeting of the Alexandria Harmonizers on March 24th 2020.  Instead, director Joe Cerutti hosted a Harmonizer Chat at 7 pm via Facebook Live that was purposely morphed into a Zoom video meeting  at 7:15 pm

There were about 45-50 participants in the event which lasted until about 9 pm.

Joe was eager to use this method to keep everyone  informed, to help guys be in touch with each other, to encourage and help singers continue their personal preparation on music – and even choreography.

The music team is eager to receive feedback on the videos created for the chorus and posted on Facebook Live.

Work is about to expand to include “Goodbye” from The Producers.  Associate director Tony Colosimo will be getting out the annotated copy. 

Joe reports that choreo coach Cy Wood has created a plan for “42nd Street” and there will be videos to help members prepare themselves to perform it when the Harmonizers get to reconvene as a chorus on risers.   This work will lead to a method of visual recordings of the singers’ performance.

Joe was also excited that David Wright has just sent the new contest ballad arrangement of “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma to our music team.  As soon as they have reviewed it they will contract to have the learning tracks produced,  and then post them on Groupanizer.

At this point in the evening, members asked questions or entered in the discussion. 

There were many points made about submitting recordings to appointed listeners.  A detailed chart of those matters and other music releases was previously sent to all members. It was reported that listeners have continued to refine their procedures and schedules and services
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There was a brief chapter meeting period. Executive director Randall Eliason reminded all that Spring2ACTion is coming up soon.  He wanted all members to have it on their calendar – even if we can’t meet in person since that event is our chapter’s largest income producing event of the year.

President Stan Quick encouraged all members to submit their Census form they received recently.

Then Joe and the guys tried some singing – but it didn’t work too well.  So there will be more experimentation before next week’s gathering via Zoom at 7 pm.

Chapter secretary Chris Buechler reported the follow men had renewed their membership recently:  Bob Bowman for 66 years, Terry Jordan for 56 years, Chuck Hunter for 48 years, Tom Hansen for 44 years, Andy Smith for 44 years, Bede Bender for 44 years, Will Cox for 42 years, Dean Rust for 40 years, Rick Wagner for 39 years, Bill Sowers for 38 years, Al Hanenbaum for 34 years, Jim Lucey for 31 years, Chris Huber for 28 years, Brad Jones for 28 years, Peter Frank  for 27 years, Tom Frederick for 27 years, Calvin Schnure for 25 years, Bob Rhome for 19 years, Joe Cerutti for 19 years,  Dave Branstetter for 15 years, Andrew Havens for 11 years, and Chris Odell for 11 years.

In other news, the M-AD has decided to cancel Harmony College East this year. Everyone who has registered thus far will be reimbursed in full.  According to Glenn Phillips, the district education leaders are planning a huge HCE comeback in 2021 where all members can safely gather in fellowship and song. To that end, they intend to resurrect the HCE Facebook page (which has been dormant for several years) in order to provide members, on a regular basis, with educational snippets and instructional segments to glimpse what we have planned for next year.

Harmonizers, let’s stay in touch with each other during this period of no meeting or no singing together. Before the meeting was closed, Steve White shared that from his prospective as an employee at the National Institute of Health – “this pandemic situation is gonna last a long while. Please be safe, sensible and in touch.”

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 71st year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd

Wednesday, March 18, 2020



Looking Back on the March 17th, 2020 Chapter Meeting Situation
The chapter has suspended in-person meetings of the chorus, boards and committees until further notice and discourages any small group gatherings as well. This is in recognition of recent mandates by officials and leaders of the BHS and in cooperation with local health authorities. Thus there was not a meeting of the Alexandria Harmonizers on March 17th 2020.

The music team has worked hard to provide continued materials and tools so all singers can work at home on their music and study. More new songs are being released for members via Groupanizer. Terry Reynolds, who handles the administrative issues for the music team,  sent a detailed message to all members in this regard. This includes an update on submitting recordings. Singers should be sure to read it over.

In case you have not heard, the Mid Atlantic District leaders have also cancelled the Southern Division Contest and Convention originally set for June 5-6 in Baltimore.  That contest was a preliminary qualifying event for the district contest in the fall. Society contest and judging leaders are working on a plan to determine who will be eligible to sing at the fall district chorus and quartet contests in Lancaster, PA, Oct. 23-24.  Similarly, the M-AD has cancelled the International Prelims Contest and Convention that was scheduled this spring, and a plan will be developed for deciding which quartets go to the International in 2020 from our district.  

Recently president Stan Quick reminded members to register for their trip to Harmony University this summer.  In that regard, he also explained our chapter’s tradition of maintaining an Angel Fund that is available to help any members who may need financial assistance to participate in a Harmonizer activity such as attending Harmony U.  Any members interested in being an Angel, just write a check made out to Alexandria Harmonizers and give it to either Stan or Dave Welter.  Be sure to put a note of "Angel Fund" on the check.  If you'd like to use PayPal, send it to Chapter.Payments@Harmonizers.org.   Be sure to select "Friends & Family" and not "Purchase." As with checks, if you use PayPal, add a note to let us know this is for the Angel Fund.

If you so need financial assistance for an activity (such as HU), please send Stan an email , text or call him at 703-629-3835.   All requests will be strictly confidential and those who need the help should not hesitate to talk to Stan.  Over the years we have found a way to help many members go with the chorus.  This might be especially important with the shutdowns in our area from the virus. 

If you have been talking to someone about visiting the chapter, explain to them about our current status and offer to keep them posted as to when we resume our meetings.

Let’s stay in touch with each other during this period of no meeting or singing together.

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 71st year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd


Looking Back on the March 17th, 2020 Chapter Meeting Situation
The chapter has suspended in-person meetings of the chorus, boards and committees until further notice and discourages any small group gatherings as well. This is in recognition of recent mandates by officials and leaders of the BHS and in cooperation with local health authorities. Thus there was not a meeting of the Alexandria Harmonizers on March 17th 2020.

The music team has worked hard to provide continued materials and tools so all singers can work at home on their music and study. More new songs are being released for members via Groupanizer. Terry Reynolds, who handles the administrative issues for the music team,  sent a detailed message to all members in this regard. This includes an update on submitting recordings. Singers should be sure to read it over.

In case you have not heard, the Mid Atlantic District leaders have also cancelled the Southern Division Contest and Convention originally set for June 5-6 in Baltimore.  That contest was a preliminary qualifying event for the district contest in the fall. Society contest and judging leaders are working on a plan to determine who will be eligible to sing at the fall district chorus and quartet contests in Lancaster, PA, Oct. 23-24.  Similarly, the M-AD has cancelled the International Prelims Contest and Convention that was scheduled this spring, and a plan will be developed for deciding which quartets and choruses go to the International in Cleveland for 2021 from our district.  

Recently president Stan Quick reminded members to register for their trip to Harmony University this summer.  In that regard, he also explained our chapter’s tradition of maintaining an Angel Fund that is available to help any members who may need financial assistance to participate in a Harmonizer activity such as attending Harmony U.  Any members interested in being an Angel, just write a check made out to Alexandria Harmonizers and give it to either Stan or Dave Welter.  Be sure to put a note of "Angel Fund" on the check.  If you'd like to use PayPal, send it to Chapter.Payments@Harmonizers.org.   Be sure to select "Friends & Family" and not "Purchase." As with checks, if you use PayPal, add a note to let us know this is for the Angel Fund.

If you so need financial assistance for an activity (such as HU), please send Stan an email , text or call him at 703-629-3835.   All requests will be strictly confidential and those who need the help should not hesitate to talk to Stan.  Over the years we have found a way to help many members go with the chorus.  This might be especially important with the shutdowns in our area from the virus. 

If you have been talking to someone about visiting the chapter, explain to them about our current status and offer to keep them posted as to when we resume our meetings.

Let’s stay in touch with each other during this period of no meeting or singing together.

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 71st year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd