Thursday, April 8, 2021

Looking Back on the April 6th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the April 6th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

This week’s virtual event was laced with comments, quips and jokes that artistic director Joe Cerutti was more successful in predicting March Madness winners that sports enthusiast associate director Tony Colosimo.  But Tonyaccepted the teasing well and didn’t seem to retaliate!!

 

It was a jammed packed chapter meeting with a few surprises.

 

The music team thanked all those members who took a few minutes to complete the first monthly pulse survey. The team also thanked the good number of guys who submitted the self-recording of “Chorus Line.” Late submissions will be accepted this week. Note that the next recording deadline is April 11th for “Never Fully Dressed.”

 

As part of the evolution of getting more and more of our guys singing on Jamulus, there will be another Jamulus Night on Fri. April 9th at 7:30 pm.  It will not be on Zoom but only on Jamulus.  Tony will be the leader/speaker.  There will be tag singing and encouragement on using this tool. If you need one-on-one coaching to get set up, talk to Tony in advance.  The Fri. night event will not be designed to teach or help you with major technical issues.

 

Joe announced that next week our guest speaker will be chief development officer for BHS, Jeff Fincher.  His remarks will lead into our discussion about our individual skills at “making the ask” for financial support.  The timing is important since we will be participating in our chapter’s major fundraising day – Spring2ACTion – on April 21st

 

Also next week Brandon Guyton will share his ideas on “How to be a Great Baritone.”

 

Tony conducted an all-important warm up session and asked again that guys come to the Zoom meeting having already stretched and worked to get the body ready. He was happy to report he had gotten a Covid shot today!

 

Next there were sectionals to work on “Sing” from Sesame Street. It will be a sing-along for our future shows. Singers should note that a revised annotated version of the song was released on Groupanizer a few minutes before the start of tonight’s meeting.

 

Work continued on “Sing” with a Jamulus quartet of Doug White, Tony, Paul Grimes and Steve White. Guys on Zoom were encouraged to sing along with the Jamulus quartet. Next week anyone on Jamulus will get to sing. Members of the quartet sang duets with various combinations of parts.

 

We changed to work on  the introduction to “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” in small groups. Leaders of those groups invited volunteers to sing and listeners to make comments.

 

Executive director Randall Eliason conducted this week’s business session.  He thanked Steve White for his dedication and hard work to prepare an annual fiscal report for 2020-21. 

 

As a reminder, the burial for John Adam’s wife, Jean, will be at Arlington Cemetery on April 9th at 10 am; and don’t forget to reach out to Mick and Sandy Stamps.  Cards, notes, letters are welcome since verbal visits are not possible. Their mailing address is 12305 Strong Ct., Fairfax, VA 22033. His email is mick.stamps@gmail.com.

 

News was also shared that former chapter secretary Martin Romeo died in February at age 69.  He joined the chapter in 1981 and left the chapter when his wife, Gloria,  died and he was a single father in 2011.  His career included retirement after 21 years in the Navy and then a glowing term as physics teacher for 26 years at Madison High School in Vienna.  Students honored him for his enthusiasm as a teacher and coach and positive spirit leader for their school community.

 

Randall reminded everyone that we will conduct another all-out effort to raise funds on April 21st during the spring2ACTion event.  This one day project is hosted to help local arts groups in Alexandria to raise much needed funds.  Last year we had a great success and so we will all be asked to contact people and “make the ask.”  There will be sectional competition again this year too.

 

Our special guest this week was Brian Lynch who serves as public relations manager on the marketing staff at BHS in Nashville (although he lives still in Kenosha WI). He was generous in his comments and reminders of successes of the Alexandria Chapter. He started with acknowledging early founders of the chapter such as Wilbur Sparks and Dean Snyder. His comments were aimed to help each of us to have our own special message of pride and enthusiasm as a Harmonizer. He has been a long-time cheerleader for our chapter at the Society level during his 30 years on staff.

 

One of his major points was that no chapter has shared as many leaders, teachers, communicators, administrators, or coaches for other all levels of barbershop. Another good point Brian made encouraged each of us to be comfortable saying good things about our chapter.  We might not have a fame problem but a frame problem – how do we frame our comments about chapter successes.

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on April 13th, 2021. 

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 72nd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Looking Back on the March 30th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the March 30th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

Currently Harmonizer chapter meetings and rehearsals may be on Zoom but the Harmo gang is plenty busy.  At 7 pm, artistic director Joe Cerutti started this week’s meeting with a recap of the Jamulus night that was held on Monday, March 29th.  

 

About 20 members were on the call with associate director Tony Colosimo to learn about how to sign onto Jamulus.  The goal was to get more guys up to speed (there had been a number of guys who wanted to use it) and then do some tag singing.  As it turned out, there were so many technical questions they didn’t get to do much tag singing. Sooo – stay tuned for the next Jamulus night evening.

 

For our meeting on Tuesday, Joe alerted members that they would be getting a ‘pulse check survey’ soon so that musical leaders could get feedback from everyone as to how learning and music homework is going.  Watch for a link from music team administrator Terry Reynolds.

 

In that regard, tonight during the sectionals the attendees will be asked to discuss or share thoughts as to how to get more guys to volunteer to sing and demonstrate the plan for the songs being worked on when we have small group rehearsals. 

 

Next week, there will be discussion groups to see what ideas men have on stimulating the chapter membership to connect with possible donors (that are not members or Harmonizer fans already).  This is leading up to the annual major fundraising effort – Spring2ACTion.

 

The music team was happy to launch a new song this week – “Sing A Song” arranged for the Harmonizers by Steve Delehanty.  Joe stressed that a revised or new annotated version of this new song was released on Groupanizer a few hours before the meeting started tonight.

 

Tony worked during the warm up session to get guys involved and to get them using their vocal instrument.

 

The sectionals concentrated on “Bridge Over Troubled Water” after the discussion session mentioned above. Then everyone came back together and Joe and Tony demonstrating more spots in the same song with special emphasis on unique rhythm patterns. Joe sang bass and Tony sang lead a few times, then tenor a few times and then bari. That was followed with a Jamulus quartet showing all four parts on the song.

 

The quartet with Mike Fasano, Tony, Jacob Broude, and Turner Arndt helped introduce the new song. Joe stressed that the major emphasis for this song will be the message of the song and how it will stimulate audience participation. Those on Zoom were asked to sing on mute and Joe coached everyone.

 

Joe thanked the quartet for their work and for their preparation to bring the new number to the chorus. 

 

There has been a lot of emphasis on self-recording lately. The first song to be submitted was “Help from My Friends.” So this week we got to hear what the 31 submissions sounds like after Joel Golden put them all together in one choral mix. Great to hear the Alexandria Harmonizers singing again!!!  Everyone thanked Joel for his dedication and huge amount of extra work. 

 

Other singers are still welcome to submit for that song, and then everyone should start on recordings of “Chorus Line” by Sunday April 4th. The deadline for “Never Fully Dressed” is Sunday April 11th.  The music team again reminds members not to stress out on making their recordings – use the helps on Groupanizer.

 

Alan Wile conducted his 21st interview of Harmonizers that have filled out a form and submitted it for inclusion on Groupanizer.  This time he interviewed Harmonizer Heroine Tessa Walker who is co-section leader for our chorus leads. Tessa is chorus teacher at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, MD. (She credits Tony for helping her land the job in our area when she was singing with her quartet and teaching at our Harmonizer Youth Harmony Festival. It was her first job after college graduation from Kennesaw State in Georgia.) 

 

Tessa is a member  of Sweet Adelines International (SAI), the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and Harmony Incorporated. Most recently her quartet, HOT PURSUIT, was named the gold medal Harmony Queens in Harmony, Inc. 

 

She grew up in the Atlanta area and was introduced to barbershop harmony when she was 14.  Her whole family are into music.  She and Harmonizer John Sifuentis live in Rockville.

 

This week’s business meeting was conducted by president Stan Quick who reminded members that the burial for John Adam’s wife, Jean, will be at Arlington Cemetery on April 9th at 10 am.  Stan will relay details for all.

 

He also updated us on the health crisis with Mick and Sandy Stamps.  Mick will not be attending the meetings for a while as Sandy will be going into Hospice as she continues her battle with oral cancer. Cards, notes, letters are welcome since verbal visits are not possible. Their mailing address is 12305 Strong Ct., Fairfax, VA 22033. His email is mick.stamps@gmail.com.

 

Our president also relayed word that a chapter committee is studying how to re-open person-to-person meetings. All of us are eager to be there when it happens. The committee includes Jason Lee, Steve White, Randall Eliason, Bruce Roehm, Frank Shipp, Chris Huber, and Stan Quick. 

 

The final topic for this week’s meeting was “How To Be a Great Lead” with Heather Havens as speaker. She is married to Harmonizer bass, Andrew Havens.  She is lead in a mixed quartet with Andrew and Tony and Elizabeth Colosimo – BETTER TOGETHER. And she is lead in CLASS RING that won the gold medal for SAI in 2019!

 

Heather grew up in barbershop and is a 20-year-member of SAI. Some high points of her talk include: team work makes the dream work – it’s an important lesson for lead singers; good singing is good singing regardless of the part you sing; know your voice; listen louder than you sing; trust is important in a quartet; and be a story teller.  

 

She and her quartet are often asked to teach at youth festivals.  

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on April 6th, 2021. 

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 72nd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Looking Back on the March 23rd 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the March 23rd 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

At 7 pm, artistic director Joe Cerutti started the Harmonizer meeting with hearty welcomes to guests and guys on the call we haven’t see in a while such as Greg Tepe from Amsterdam, Bob Thames from FL, Rick TaylorJon Frank,Bruce Sherk from Ottawa, Canada, and Julian Le Flore

 

Later in the meeting Joe shared he had good news and bad news.  The good news was that the music team has auditioned and welcomed two guests for membership – Josh Myers who is friends with Devin Gerzof and Duncan Peacock and sang with them in Georgetown Chimes; and Vinny Capaccio who is a friend of Scott Beach and sings in a. quartet with him.

 

The bad news was word that Jon Frank will be moving to Seattle for a work promotion and will leave already on March 27th.  As is our tradition, we sang “There Will Always Be a Place on the Risers for You” and guys wished his best wishes via the chat feature of our Zoom meeting. 

 

Other new info from Joe included an announcement about a Jamulus night on March 29th at 7:30 pm starting on Zoom.  Then about 8 pm those on the call will move to Jamulus and do some tag singing.  Joe shared that a lot of members have asked to be connected via Jamulus so the music team is organizing this for everyone.

 

Also Joe shared that he was happy that 29 men had submitted self-recordings of “Help from My Friends” as part of the new self-recording program being instituted in the chapter. Other singers are still welcome to submit for that song, and then everyone is welcome to start on recordings of “Chorus Line.”  The music team again reminds members not to stress out on making their recordings – use the helps on Groupanizer.

 

Members can also find a new song for the chapter on our Groupanizer site – “Sing” from Sesame Street and The Carpenters. It was arranged by Steve Delehanty and the learning tracks created by Tony DeRosa.

 

Associate director Tony Colosimo did a brief warm up session this week to help singers get their voices ready to sing.

 

Joe worked with a quartet on Jamulus for “Oh What a Beautiful Morning.”  This week’s quartet was Doug White, Tony, Jacob Broude, and Steve White, but all other members were encouraged to sing on Zoom. Joe coached the quartet with the understanding that chorus members would take note and apply his coaching to their work. 

 

Next there was work with singers on special rhythm spots in  “Something’s Coming” followed by work with Tony andJoe on “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

 

Small groups were formed to work on “Oh What a Beautiful Morning.” Music team hosts for each of those groups called for volunteers to sing a part of the song and invited others in the group to offer positive comments on specific points like intonation, words, facials.

 

This week we had discussion groups based on length of chapter membership so they could offer ideas and suggestions and thoughts about celebrating the chapter’s 75th anniversary in 2023.  It’s past time to get started on the planning, so chapter leaders used this session to gather member input.  Each age group was asked to select someone to record ideas shared and then that person was to submit them to Joe and Terry Reynolds. After the session, each group shared one idea from their group – there were some terrific ideas for the planning team. 

 

Communications chairman Matt Doniger conducted a brief business meeting for this week.  Executive director Randall Eliason recognized Steve White for his terrific work on our chapter’s annual report.  Stay tuned for release of the report for all.

 

Our elective tonight was presented by Joe and Tony – Chorus Directing 101.  It was well received and a high percentage of men stayed on the call until the end.  Joe showed in his home the number of bookshelves he has filled with text books, manuals and information about directing.  They shared many details and concepts, techniques and aspects of a director’s job.  For many of us it was an eye-opening session.

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on March 30th, 2021. 

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 72nd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Looking Back on the March 16th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the March 16th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

This week’s virtual meeting started off with informal discussion about the cancellation of the International convention in Cleveland in July, 2021.

 

At 7 pm, artistic director Joe Cerutti started the meeting and was eager thank all those members who submitted their recordings of “Help from My Friends” by the deadline this past Sunday.  The music committee is willing to except more recordings but would like them before Mar. 21st. These recordings were the first step in a Harmonizer goal to create a tradition of self-recordings for all songs.  Joe stressed again that this is a new custom for us – not like the old days when recordings were used to qualify a singer for the contest!

 

Joe also reminded the chorus that the next song to submit is “Chorus Line” and that will be followed by self-recording  of “Never Fully Dressed.” Links needed to do these are on Groupanizer – a director to watch, tracks to listen to, and instructions on how to submit.

 

Everyone can help create this new culture for the chapter.

 

Joe reports that chapter leaders will take the suggestion of members and create a Google Doc to announce the links and plans for the weekly Zoom meetings.  Music team administrator Terry Reynolds will continue to send out the weekly email too.

 

Associate director Tony Colosimo did warm ups again this week and had rigged sound absorbent materials as his “background.” 

 

Joe worked with a quartet on Jamulus for “Oh What a Beautiful Morning.”  This week’s quartet was Rick Savage, Mike Edison, Jacob Broude, and Steve Murane, but all other members were encouraged to sing on Zoom. Joecoached the quartet with the understanding that chorus members would take note and apply his coaching to their work. 

 

Next there were sectionals on that same song, and then the Jamulus quartet demonstrated work for “Something’s Coming.” 

 

Small groups were formed to work on “Bridge Over Trouble Water.” Music team hosts for each of those groups called for volunteers to sing a part of the song and invited others in the group to offer positive comments on specific points like intonation, words, facials.

 

Alan Wile conducted another interview of a member who has submitted his Harmonizer Hero bio for inclusion on Groupanizer.  This was the 20th interview and helped us meet and learn more about Turner Arndt who joined the chapter about four years ago.  He was raised in Fairfax County and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.  He went on to college at the University of Alabama earning his BS and MS degrees there in civil engineering.

 

His music background started as an alto sax player in high school and in the university’s famous marching band.  Often the bandsmen were asked to sing their parts while practicing their marching routines, and some friends in the band heard Turner sing and suggested he should come with them to sing with the Crimson Pride barbershop chorus of the Tuscaloosa Chapter. 

 

After he finished college, he returned to NoVA for his job at the same place where he had done internships – an engineering firm for mechanical, electrical and plumbing.  He knew of our chorus (having had Joe as a chorus coach in AL), joined our chapter, and earned his spot on our risers right away.

 

Turner lived with his parents until recently when he bought his condo. He keeps busy with lots of outdoor activities.  He is a frequent hiker in the mountains to our west.  He rowed in school and now volunteers as coach for the crew team at TJ. He likes exploring and traveling and is quickly building up his record of visiting all states.  His next destination is Alaska. And he likes to cook and especially likes to bake bread. (We have seen him in the kitchen on early Zoom sessions!)

 

Turner has earned an Eagle Scout status and is one of the new younger leaders in the chapter.

 

Communications chairman Matt Doniger conducted a brief business meeting for this week. 

Membership chairman Jacob Broude announced plans to resume social events for the Harmonizers including a beer tasting event via Zoom with Kellen Hertz.

 

Jacob also offered to get new name tags for anyone who needs one – planning ahead for our regathering!! Contact him by Fri. March 19th if you have lost yours during this Covid era, or have changed parts, or are new to the chapter.

 

Executive director Randall Eliason announced that the 2021 Spring2ACTION will be April 28th.  This is a one-day-of-giving-support for nonprofit arts groups in Alexandria.  Randall alerts us that there will be sectional competition again this year. This is one of our chapter’s largest income sources.

 

Then Joe reported outtakes from the 95 personal 30-minute interviews he conducted with all members – singers and non-active singers.  He was most eager to share that of the 95 (that includes the many men who can’t make the Zoom meetings for whatever reason), only one man is planning to move on to some other singing. Joe also interviewed the community board members on the AH Inc. board.

 

He thanked Terry for his faithful support for every interview and also Joe thanked the section leaders who joined interviews of men in their section.

 

The results of the interviews provided many suggestions for the music team and for the chapter leaders.  Already some changes have been implemented based on input from chapter members.  Work is underway already on how to restart chorus operations when possible. We are seeing some changes in the format of the Zoom calls already. 

 

As Joe presented major points he collected, he stressed that many of the ideas would need a committee or team to implement. Guys were encouraged to step up and offer to help if they are interested in any of them.  One major change is the plan to add a Director of Community Engagement to our Ops team. 

 

Finally, one major note from the process reports that some men find the weekly Zoom an important key to their social and person pleasures.  And that means they appreciate all the guys getting on the calls and participating.  Joe too shared that he was proud to have done the interviews and that he felt he was better able to provide leadership having talked and visited with each man.

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on March 23rd , 2021. 

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 72nd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Looking Back on the March 9th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the March 9th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

This week’s virtual meeting started off with lots of visiting and we got to meet James Colosimo brand new son of Tony and Elizabeth Colosimo born on Thursday, March 4th. Congrats to their family.

 

Artistic director Joe Cerutti was eager to report exciting news for our chapter.  Five BHS chapters will be working together in collaboration to produce a virtual choir of “Stars and Stripes Forever” that will be made available for July 4th uses in media.  Our chorus will join singers from the Ambassadors of Harmony, Masters of Harmony, Vocal Majority, and Westminster choruses for this project.

 

The promised feedback from Joe’s interviews with 94 of our members will be moved to the March 16th meeting.

 

Joe reported again that materials are now on Groupanizer to help our chapter singers submit recordings for “Help from My Friends” including a directing track, music track, and actual directions. 

 

Associate director Tony did warm ups again but this week he was holding baby James while speaking and singing the exercises.  When Tony took James to bed, Joe had everyone sing the melody for “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” and he spoke about the importance of everyone using these warm up sessions to get their vocal muscles in shape for chorus singing when we get to do it.

 

Joe had a quartet on Jamulus work on that song too.  This week’s quartet was Devin Gerzof, Tony, Jacob Broude, andTurner Arndt, but all other members were encouraged to sing on Zoom. Joe coached the quartet with the understanding that chorus members would take note and apply his coaching to their work. 

 

Next there were sectionals on that same song, and then the Jamulus quartet demonstrated work for “Something’s Coming.” 

 

Small groups were formed to work on “Bridge Over Trouble Water.”

 

This week’s discussion breakouts were on topics related to Julian LaFlore’s presentation on “Engaging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Youth.”  Members could choose the following breakouts – repertoire selection; how we engage guests at rehearsals (in non-Covid times); how we engage potential members (audiences, friends, co-workers); or how we prioritize engaging our community.  After we regathered, each breakout recorder gave a quick summary of comments offered.  (President Stan Quick has invited all members who want to offer additional thoughts to submit them to him, Joe or Terry Reynolds.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications chairman Matt Doniger conducted a brief business meeting for this week. 

 

Membership chairman Jacob Broude announced plans to resume social events for the Harmonizers.  He asked members to respond to his email about a beer tasting event with Kellen Hertz.

 

Jacob also offered to get new name tags for anyone who needs one – planning ahead for our regathering!! Contact him if you have lost yours during this Covid era, or have changed parts, or are new to the chapter.

 

Then Joe welcomed our presenter for this week’s special topic – How to Be a Great Tenor. The speaker was Tim Waurick, tenor of             SPECTRUM and CEO of Tim’s Tracks.   

 

(Future speakers will include lead Heather Havens and baritone Brandon Guyton.)

 

Tim’s presentation reported the many qualities of a tenor voice for our kind of music – a special need for singing above the melody sung by the leads.  He shared lots of examples and invited our members to suggest great tenors they recall.  (The list included a number of guys from the Harmonizer ranks including Rick Taylor, John Adams, John Casey, Harold Nantz, and Rick Savage.)

 

Tim suggested that the best tenors enhance the lead; that they are skilled at working thru their range break; that they know how to balance chords, and that they add personality to the music.

 

Joe and the members thanked Tim for sharing time with us again.

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on March 16th, 2021. 

 

In other news, president Stan Quick has announced that the interment for John Adams’ wife, Jean, will be at Arlington National Cemetery at 10 am,Friday, April 9th

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 72nd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Looking Back on the March 2nd 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the March 2nd 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

This week’s virtual meeting started off with lots of visiting among the large number of members who get on the call early each week. We also learned that Tony and Elizabeth Colosimo were on baby watch for a new arrival tonight.

 

Artistic director Joe Cerutti briefed the attendees on the plans for tonight and the weeks ahead with a series of “How to Be a Great _____” bass, lead, bari, tenor.  We start with bass presenter Dan Wessler tonight.  Then in the coming weeks Tim Waurick will speak for tenors, Brandon Guyton for baritones, and Heather Havens for leads.

 

There was some talk about Jamulus work and that Joe has a complete set up now at his home thanks to help from Tony.  The consensus seems to be that we will keep going on efforts to expand the number of men on that system. 

 

On March 9thJoe plans to report on the feedback he gathered from interviewing 94 of our members in recent weeks. 

 

Joe was also eager to share that the often-mentioned new materials to support individual recordings and submissions is ready.  The conducting video, section-leader-recorded tracks, and suggestions on how to submit are provided via Groupanizer.  Joe thanked Joel Golden and the section leaders for their efforts on this new plan. 

 

Communications chairman Matt Doniger conducted a brief business meeting for this week. Bruce Roehm, president of AH Inc, reported that their board has elected Noah Van Gilder as a new chorus member on the board. 

 

Membership chairman Jacob Broude announced plans to resume social events for the Harmonizers.  An email will go to all members inviting their participation for an April event.

 

Then Joe welcomed our presenter for this week’s special topic – How to Be a Great Bass. The speaker was Dan Wessler, bass of AFTER HOURS who won the quartet gold in 2018. We scheduled his talk early in our meeting night so he could go join a call with the New Tradition chorus which he directs.

 

He proposed a bass philosophy that basses are like Spiderman – with great power comes great responsibility.  He suggested there were four components of a good bass singers effort (and he played examples of some of each and invited our guys to guess who it was in the Chat) (Chuck Hunter seemed to know them all!)

 

His four components were (1) a constant foundation of sound, closely aligned with (2) consistency throughout their range, (3) singing melodically, and (4) singing with buoyancy.

 

There were questions from the Harmonizer guys and good discussions with Dan.  Everyone agreed it was a great presentation.

 

After Dan left, Tony did a warm up session for the members on the call. After the warm up there were sectionals to return to working on “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin.” 

 

That was followed by more work using Jamulus while singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”  This week’s Jamulus quartet was SILVER ALERT who had continued working extra time on this new song.  Thanks to Rick Savage, Mike Edison, Will Cox and Steve Murane

 

Next Joe worked with all the singers next on “Something’s Coming,” and then the chorus went into small groups to work on the same song.  Volunteers would sing a section of the song as requested by the monitor for the small group.  The other guys in the group would offer suggestions or comments.

 

We ended this week’s meeting with another Harmonizer Hero interview – the 19th one conducted by Alan Wile. His interviewee was Randy Lazear who is a 45-year Society member and a 45-year Harmonizer.  He is among the ranks of those members who have earned all four of the gold chorus contest medals.

 

He grew up in the Chicago area and was involved in music in school. After college at DePauw University he went on to get a dental degree at Northwestern University in Chicago.  He was destined to follow in the footsteps of his father and eventually launched his own dental practice in Springfield, VA.  He is retired from his practice that is now headed by his son.  

 

When Randy got to Springfield, he joined the church choir where he met Joe Craig and Brain Rodda, two Harmonizers who made sure Randy found our chapter.  Randy has been a quartet tenor all those years with a long stint of singing with the 4 MAN VOCAL BAND.  (The current version still practices and sings gigs – Randy on tenor, Bob Bates as lead, Larry Walker as bari, and Dave Cureton as bass.)

 

Randy shared some fun stories about quartets he was in that won the chapter Put Together Quartet Contest.

 

Although he is retired, Randy keeps busy and he and his wife Vickie travel in his airplane and enjoy their cottage. 

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on March 9th, 2021. 

 

Last week, YeEd forgot to report on the visit of former quartet bass, Chip Guffey, who was on the call and stayed til the afterglow ended.  He was bass in HIJINX who were 1999 Mid Atlantic District champs.

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 72nd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Looking Back on the Feb. 23rd 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the Feb. 23rd 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

This week’s virtual meeting started off with lots of good comments about last week’s installation and awards event. If anyone missed it, the video of Tony DeRosa’s keynote remarks are available and worth taking a few minutes. 

 

Artistic director Joe Cerutti launched the activities for this night and proudly reported the news that he has completed 94 personal one-on-one interviews with Harmonizers as well as community board members for AH Inc. Joe thanked Terry Reynolds for his major effort to make the interview process run smoothly and easily for the members. Joepromises a summary report of his interview notes during our March 9th meeting.  Again he shared that to-a-man all the guys are planning to regroup when the Covid situation clears up and we can do something in person.  

 

Joe did share that he wanted to clarify to all members that they should not feel guilty about or under an obligation to attend the Zoom meetings.  He understands that for many, the Tues. night Zoom is just one more period of screen time for many; but for others, the Tues. night gathering is a gift of fellowship and comfort when we see each other and can talk and share. And so your attendance is a gift to a fellow Harmonizer!

 

Next, associate director Tony Colosimo conducted the warm up session to get the body and the voice ready for the night.  

 

That was followed by more work using Jamulus while singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”  This week’s Jamulus quartet was SILVER ALERT who had worked extra time on this new song so that its introduction to the chorus was solid.  Thanks to Rick Savage, Mike Edison, Will Cox and Steve Murane. The quartet did a great job and members  on the call gave them a thumbs up of appreciation.

 

Joe stepped up to lead the work on “Never Fully Dressed” with the chorus.  He figures this song is pretty well learned and guys have it under their belt.  He confirmed his opinion when he asked guys to go onto chat and post a number from 1-10 if they have it learned (not memorized).  The results were about all 9.  Same number for “have it memorized.”  And then averages of about 8 for “know the dynamic plan” and for “have the chorus breath plan and a personal breath plan under my belt.”

 

He worked next on “Something’s Coming” in a similar fashion first, and then the chorus went into small groups to work on the same song.  Volunteers would sing a section of the song as requested by the monitor for the small group.  The other guys in the group would offer suggestions or comments.

 

This week there was not a special discussion topic but the chorus was invited to form into small groups based on an age range.  The guys over 70 (about ten of them) talked mostly about the challenges of getting their Covid vaccinations.

 

Guess speaker this week was Julian LaFlore, lead singer in the QUINN TONES.   He presented a report on “Engaging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Youth in a Predominately White Hobby.” One of his major points was that singing groups should consider their music carefully when choosing material for their repertoire. They should consider “what is the song about,” “when was the song written,” “what does it celebrate,” and “what event(s) led to this song being created?” After his presentation, the mics were opened for a general discussion of the topic with lots of comments and questions from the chorus members.  Julian is a music education major at Towson University.  

 

In other news, the chapter has received word from Bob Wachter’s daughter that there will be a memorial service for Bob at Arlington Cemetery on July 21st at 12:45 pm at the Old Post Chapel.  More details to come, so mark your calendar. 

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on March 2nd , 2021. 

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 72nd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)