Friday, June 18, 2021

Looking Back on the June 15th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

      Looking Back on the June 15th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 

On Tuesday June 15th, the Alexandria Harmonizers had a second in-person chorus rehearsal. The music team extended an invite to members to attend this week in order to keep the number of singers controlled based on those who had posted their availability on Groupanizer.  Everyone had to be vaccinated and first-time-back guys had to turn in a signed Covid-19 agreement and waiver form to the chapter  The technical crew worked hard to manage Zoom connection for those who weren’t present. (That meant moving cameras and microphones two or three times during the evening.) 

 

At the start of the meeting there was a lot of talking among the guys catching up, seeing old friends they hadn’t seen in a while as folks arrived in the lobby.

 

A chorus of 45 started in the cafateria for a warm up session with associate director Tony Colosimo. He spent some time to remind the Harmonizers about good breath taking practices. Guys on Zoom were encouraged to join in too – their pictures from the Zoom screen were projected on the wall.

 

Artistic director Joe Cerutti thanked everyone for their patience and flexibility in attendance plans and he welcomed a crew of new Harmonizers – Yohan Roh, Josh Myers, Matt Riedl and Michael Berkson.  This was the very first time some of them have been to a rehearsal in person. He also welcomed guest Evan Keely, a friend of Rob Barnovsky, who attended via Zoom. 

 

Our virtual choir project performing “Stars and Stripes Forever” with the Masters of Harmony is moving along thanks to extra work by Joel Golden and Mike KellyJoe promises we will get to hear it next week.

 

Mark your calendars for two outdoor events coming up in August. The chapter has reserved the outdoor stage at Fort Ward Park for a rehearsal on Tues. Aug. 10th and then for a mini performance for friends and family on Tues. Aug. 24th. This event may include some food and fellowship.  Fort Ward is at 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria VA 22304.

 

At this point everyone moved up to the auditorium for a 30-minute block of time to work on “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin” with others participating through Zoom meeting. Tony directed and Joe coached. 

 

Then we all moved back to the cafeteria and Joe worked on “Never Fully Dressed” and “Help from My Friends.”

 

Finally back to the auditorium for assembly in the seats.  Communications chairman Matt Doniger was emcee for the business session.  Membership chairman Jacob Broude offered to get name tags for anyone who needs one.  Let him know ASAP. Also let Jacob know if you are willing to stop at a Metro Station or Bus Stop on Tuesday night to bring a member the rest of the way to Scottish Rite Temple (SRT). And also alert Jacob if you have a friend or acquaintance that is interested in being a new member.

 

 

The following mem were presented renewal membership cards at the June 8th meeting by secretary David DesPortesJerry Jayjohn – 3 years; Ryan Mextorf – 3 years; Gary Cregan – 4 years; Matt Doniger – 9 years; Rob Barnovsky– 10 years; Noah Van Gilder – 13 years; Jason Lee – 19 years; Joe Cerutti – 20 years; Bob Rhome – 20 years;Bruce Roehm – 20 years; Chris Huber – 29 years; Mark Klostermeyer – 40 years; Don Harrington – 41 years; Dean Rust – 41 years; Steve White – 44 years; and Chuck Hunter – 49 years! 

 

Alan Wile did his 26th interview of a Harmonizer Hero who completed the form for submission on Groupanizer.  This week he spoke with Chris Huber.

 

Chris is another Eagle Scout in the chapter.  He grew up in DE and was active in sports, singing, and learned to play a four-string banjo. He enrolled in college in PA to play basketball, but the coach told Chris he would have to decide if he wanted to play ball or continue singing in the concert choir.  He chose singing!  Good thing for us and for him – he met his wife Judy in the choir!

 

He had a 21-year work career in Navy supply operations.

 

His first barbershop singing was in the Fairfax VA Chapter, and then after seeing a Harmonizer show, he transferred. A highlight of his Harmonizer years was the connection he made with Peggy Harris and the plan to sing for her in Les Ventes, France, after we sang at Normandy.  Actually it was a highlight for every Harmonizer that was there.

 

Chris like rock music and has formed a rock band, RIPTIDE, who often play at chapter events.  He is also an avid gardener. 

 

The evening ended with a run through of “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin” and singing of “Keep the Whole World Singing.”

 

Out next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be a hybrid session beginning at 7 pm on June 22nd, 2021 at SRT following guidelines prescribed by the chapter leadership and per invitation.

 

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)

 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Looking Back on the June 8th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

      Looking Back on the June 8th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 

On Tuesday June 8th, the Alexandria Harmonizers had their first large group in-person rehearsal since the pandemic started. The music team extended an invite to members to attend this week in order to keep the number of singers controlled. Everyone had to be vaccinated. The technical crew worked hard to manage Zoom connection for those who weren’t present. 

 

At the start of the meeting there was a lot of talking among the guys catching up, seeing old friends we hadn’t seen in a while.  The chorus was split into two smaller groups known as green and red chorus. Each chorus did a warm up with associate director Tony Colosimo, while director Joe Cerutti was going over announcements with the other chorus in a separate room.

 

Joe shared the details about attendees for next week including reminders about keeping the chapter informed of any changes in your intentions to attend.  He  reminded folks to sign a Covid waiver form.

 

He explained the plans for submitting recordings for our virtual choir project performing “Stars and Stripes Forever.”  

 

After warmup,  the two groups merged together to go through “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin” with others participating through Zoom meeting. After some instruction and several run throughs the chorus split back to their respective rooms, the chorus reviewed “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” splitting the half hour with Joe and Tony working on different aspects of the song.

 

The guys came back together for their final 30 minutes of rehearsal and for our secretary, David DesPortes, to hand out renewal cards from the last several months. After all membership cards were handed out, we did a run through of “Sing.” 

 

We checked in with the guys from Zoom (whose faces were projected on the wall in the hall), to see how it sounded, with resounding thumbs up. We wrapped the evening up singing “Keep the Whole World Singing.” 

 

(Thanks to Jerry Jayjohn for taking the notes for the meeting while YeEd was on vacation in Illinois.)

 

YeEd asked for reactions from guys who attended this week and here is the reply from Frank Shipp:

 

“Joni Mitchell wrote, “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.” I never realized how dearly I felt about our chapter, and BHS, until the pandemic took it away. Zoom technology, and our amazing tech team and leadership, kept me sane, at least, until we returned to in-person singing. June 1st brought a few of us in for a “trial run”, and a dozen voices sounded like 25 as the harmony in the rooms filled my heart with joy. Then, June 8th, even more of us greeted each other with a genuine affection not felt in in nearly 15 months. The sound we generated near the end of the evening with “Bridge Over Troubled Water” seemed to emanate from the room into the night sky, and out to the whole world, completing the bridge over the troubled waters of the pandemic that we had created by staying together as best we could. A warmth descended upon our group, and filled the room, exceeded only by the love I felt when we finally sang “Keep The Whole World Singing.” We will always build our own bridges. We will always keep our world singing. And all is right with the world. Finally.”

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be at 7 pm on June 15th, 2021 at SRT following guidelines prescribed by the chapter leadership and per invitation.

 

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, June 10, 2021

Looking Back on the June 1st 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

      Looking Back on the June 1st 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

This week was the start of meeting again person-to-person!!   The actual plan for this week was mostly via Zoom, but associate director Tony Colosimo with technical help from Terry Reynolds, Mike Kelly and Dennis Ritchey and eight other singers were at Scottish Rite Temple (SRT) at 1430 Braddock Rd. in Alexandria. It was our first hybrid meeting and was a beta test.

 

As promised, there was Zoom access for the rest of the chapter. Artistic Director Joe Cerutti coordinated the music team work for the singers on this week’s Zoom call.  Members who want to join the upcoming meetings must indicate via Groupanizer that they “will attend” on upcoming Tuesdays and then the music team will invite up to 45 singers to attend. Again everyone must be vaccinated.

 

Joe was happy to report that the chapter is moving forward with the virtual choir project with the Masters of Harmony to sing “Stars and Stripes Forever” for media distribution for July 4th.   The music for that song has been reactivated on Groupanizer and now includes a reference track for this project. Audio self-recordings and visual self-recordings are due in early June – watch for more accurate details. Also the chapter will hold two sessions at SRT for singers to come and record their submissions.

 

For singers who need to catch up and prepare to sing again,  Joe suggests the primary songs for June will be “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “Never Fully Dressed.”  Reference videos of “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin” are now on Groupanizer. With them in place, singers should submit a recording of that song by Sun. June 6th.  

 

Joe also spoke about where we left off as a chorus on Feb. 25th, 2020 and he played a recording of the guys who had been declared “riser ready” for “Never Fully Dressed.” The music program will return to some of the aspects of that time period such as small group singing and emphasis on personal responsibility to be prepared.

 

Joe took a few minutes to share another new song that we will learn – “Fix You” as sung and arranged by Chris Lewis from Fog City Singers.

 

At this point we went to live feed from SRT with Tony and the singers there to do a significant warm up session.  It was our first chance to hear and taste barbershop chords. For this part, they had made a move to the basement of SRT and worked thru the challenges of such a technical move.  It worked pretty well for the first time.

 

Alan Wile conducted his 25th interview of a Harmonizer who had submitted his Harmo Hero form for posting on Groupanizer. This time the guest was Drew Fuller.  He is a 30-year BHS member with about 20 years as a Harmonizer.  He grew up in Louisiana and sang in church before college where he changed from math major to music major! He did graduate work in music ed too and taught in Arkansas.  During that time he decided to change careers and joined the Army.  

 

His 20-year military career took him all over the world as an attaché and most of his assignments allowed him to bring his growing family. During some of those assignments he found other singers at this post and using a basic book about barbershop quartets, found his love for the style.

 

He finally found the Society in the DC area and sang for 10 years with Fairfax before joining our chapter. He was active in lots of quartets over the years.  He eventually assumed directorship of the Mt. Vernon Chapter Harmony Heritage Singers which his directs today. 

 

Then it was back to SRT with Tony and the crew to work on “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with Tony coaching his singers and those men at home singing along on Zoom. 

 

One of the guys at SRT this week was Jack Cameron who is moving to SC, so we sang him our traditional farewell song after Joe and Tony thanked him for his contributions to the chapter as musical leader.

 

Communications chairman Matt Doniger conducted this week’s business session. Joe announced the burial for Bob Wachter will be July 21st at Arlington Cemetery at 12:45 pm .  Watch for details about singing at the ceremony.

 

President Stan Quick asked guys to take note of his recent email about nominations for M-AD Hall of Honor. 

 

Secretary David DesPortes reports that we have received renewal notices of 56 men that have paid dues to renew.  He will distribute them ASAP.

 

This week’s meeting ended with a very interesting visit with Stan Quick speaking about “The U.S. Census.” The 2020 census yielded 321 million persons in the US population. The Census is an outgrowth from the US Constitution and sets levels for representation in Congress and for distribution levels of federal monies. 

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be at 7 pm on June 8th, 2021 at SRT following guidelines prescribed by the chapter leadership and per invitation.

 

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, May 27, 2021

Looking Back on the May 25th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

      Looking Back on the May 25th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

This week we verbally celebrated the realization that this week’s Zoom session will be one of the last fully virtual meetings for the Harmonizers!

 

We also celebrated the life of an important Harmonizer, Jed Casey, who died on Monday after suffering a heart attack last Friday according to Harmonizer Phil Ashford: "Sorry to report the passing of my father-in-law Jed Casey.  He turned 95 in February and was living in Mechanicsburg PA with his wife Jane at a retirement home.  He was a good man , a great father-in-law, a terrific motivator, and a beloved family man.  We lost a great one."

 

Jed was an important figure in barbershopping in the DC area and for our chapter.  He was a noted director for the Fairfax Chorus for years and took them to International contests several times. When he retired from Fairfax he joined our chapter in 1980. He had joined the Society in 1956.  He was fun, and funny.  A leader and talented. He was a stage presence judge and coached our chorus several years.

 

He and his wife Jane (she too was a leader in SAI in this area) were a strong team and their children followed in the barbershop hobby too and made their mark as well.  Daughter Janet married Harmonizer Phil Ashford and was a well-known director of the Pride of Baltimore SAI Chorus before she passed.  Daughter Judy married former Harmonizer Harold Nantz who was an early tenor in Vaudeville. They live now in Florida.

 

Son John sang with the Harmonizers for years, was a popular tenor for quartets including COPYRIGHT86, and VAUDEVILLE when they earned their second place medal.  He also sang in BINGO BROTHERS. John and his wife live in PA near where Jane.

 

Jed was often a leader for Mid Atlantic District, and served a term as president of DELA, the 

M-AD honor chapter. Artistic director Joe Cerutti led the tributes to Jed's family and friends who have lost this barbershop giant.

 

Joe next announced the good news that several Harmonizers will be on the faculty for the virtual BHS Harmony University this summer (July 17-August 7) –  co-section lead leader Tessa Walker, associate director Tony Colosimo,assistant director Terry Reynolds, along with Joe.  Congrats to them and thanks for representing our chapter. Members who are interested in attending should go to the BHS website.

 

After 14 or more months of Zoom meetings, the chapter is getting closer to meeting in person at Scottish Rite Temple (SRT) at 1430 Braddock Rd. in Alexandria. Our chapter advisory committee continues to work on the plans to meet soon.  June 8th will be the first big week.  On June 1st, the meeting will be mostly still via Zoom with a small crew of singers with Tony at SRT.  Recently Tony along with Mike Kelly, Dennis Ritchey, Jason Lee and Terry Reynoldsspent an evening at SRT to see how they can manage the technology needs to provide Zoom support for guys who won’t be at the meeting in person (as promised by the advisory committee). 

 

These standards are in place as of this writing:

1.     All in-person attendees must be vaccinated.

2.     Proof of vaccination must be submitted to covidinfo@harmonizers.org.  A roster will be maintained showing the results of these submissions.

3.     Masks will be optional.

4.     The number of attendees is still to be determined.

5.     Each man will sign some kind of a waiver regarding his knowledge of the risks.

6.     These criteria may be changed in the future by the committee and the board.

7.     Members are asked to indicate their availability to attend on Tuesday nights via Groupanizer.

 

There will continue to be Zoom access for the meetings. It was also noted that there is no pressure that someone MUST attend in person under these criteria. Questions for the music team can go to Joe, Tony and Terry.  Admin questions can go to Stan.

 

For singers who need to catch up, Joe suggests the primary songs for June will be “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “Never Fully Dressed.”  Reference videos of “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin” are now on Groupanizer. With them in place, singers should submit a recording of that song by Sun. June 6th.  He reminded guys that it need not be absolutely perfect this week. Clearly many of us need to work on regaining our singing voice in preparation of the first in-person meetings. 

 

In that regard, Tony conducted a special session this week suggesting how singers can work to get their voice back in shape. He actually expanded his usual advice from his weekly warm up sessions.  His presentation was recorded and Joe suggests guys who missed it (or those who wanted to concentrate on it more) could review it on Groupanizer! A couple of Tony’s points were that the body is the instrument.  Drink tons of water – not just coffee or tea. Get sleep and rest. Get into a routine of singing. 

 

Section leaders this week were working on “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and each sectional had a guest from another part so there was duetting. 

 

The music team used Jamulus again this week and a quartet to demonstrate “Never Fully Dressed” (Rick Savage, Tony, Josh Myers, and Steve Murane).  All those on Jamulus were asked to sing as well as those on Zoom. Joecoached all singers.

 

There were small group singing sessions this week too – each with a music team leader.  Volunteers sang “Sing” and others in the group offered advice and suggestions.

 

President Stan Quick conducted this week’s business session. Chapter secretary David DesPortes reports the following men have recently renewed their membership: Andrew Havens, Mike Wallen, Bill Colosimo, Duncan Woodbury, Al Herman, Craig Odell, and Darryl Flinn.

 

It was good to have Ben Roberts on the Zoom call this week.

 

This week’s meeting ended with a very interesting visit with Chuck Hunter sharing “My Posting as US Consul General in Istanbul.”  Chuck officially retired in November but he shares that this posting was likely the highlight of his career. He served there from 2013-2016. Istanbul is the social and economic capital of that country.  Chuck was basically the top American representative in that region. 

 

He shared great photos of his residence, of the VIP folks he hosted or met with from around the world, of friends from the chapter who visited him, of the quartet he formed there, and of the beautiful view from his home there.  It was a terrific look inside another part of the world with Chuck at the center; and it helped us understand better what he had been up to the several times he had to leave the chapter for a new posting. 

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on June 1st, 2021 with some men at SRT! 

 

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)

 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Looking Back on the May 18th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

      Looking Back on the May 18th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

As all of us know, the day after the chapter announced plans and details about meeting again in person in June, federal changes were announced that will alter our plans. (Artistic director Joe Cerutti was still excited about the prospect – “we’re getting close!” he chanted when this week’s Zoom called started.

 

The chapter’s advisory committee immediately reconvened to recommend how and when to meet face-to-face with the new guidelines from CDC.  The hard working committee is chaired by Jason Lee, with Randall Eliason, Steve White, Frank Shipp, Chris Huber, Bruce Roehm and Stan Quick. (Interesting to learn that last week’s announcements were reviewed by lots of other BHS chapters and even the BHS board.)

 

President Stan Quick suggests the following rules or guidelines will be in effect – as of this point:

 

1.     All in-person attendees must be vaccinated.

2.     Proof of vaccination must be submitted to covidinfo@harmonizers.org.  A roster will be maintained showing the results of these submissions.

3.     Masks will be optional.

4.     Hand sanitizers will be readily available.

5.     The number of attendees is still to be determined.

6.     Each man will sign some kind of a waiver regarding his knowledge of the risks.

7.     These criteria may be changed in the future by the committee and the board.

 

There will continue to be Zoom access for the meetings.

 

A small group from the music team and committee will make a dry run at Scottish Rite Temple  (SRT) on Wed. night, May 20th to see how things will work.  

 

The goal is to start implementing this plan for meetings in June.  It was also noted that there is no pressure that someone MUST attend in person under these criteria. Questions for the music team can go to Joe, Tony and Terry.  Admin questions can go to Stan.

 

At this point, Harmonizers should get their shots, submit a copy of their vaccination record to covidinfo@harmonizers.org, and await instructions about the start of the June sessions. Soon members will be asked to indicated a response on Groupanizer about which Tuesdays they are available to attend meetings at SRT.

 

Joe was set up again to be on the call from the new Harmo House – his home where folks can meet and gather and celebrate and sing.  He and Terry Reynolds have purchased the home of Lew Klinge.

 

Other news from Joe include word about a possible collaboration with Masters of Harmony and Westminster for a July 4th special.  Music team admin manager, Terry, posted a survey on the Zoom call so they could collect interest/willingness of members to work on it.

 

Joe was also pleased to report that reference videos of “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin” are now on Groupanizer. With them in place, singers should submit a recording of that song by Sun. June 6th.  He reminded guys that it need not be absolutely perfect – just submit something.

 

He announced there will be presentations by members at two upcoming Zoom meetings.  Anyone who can chat for 30 minutes about any topic which they are passionate about should volunteer to Joe or Terry

 

Associate director Tony Colosimo did a warm up session for the singers on the call this week. Clearly many of us need to work on regaining our singing voice in preparation of the first in-person meetings.

 

The music team used Jamulus again this week and a quartet to demonstrate “Sing” (Mike Fasano, Tony, Jacob Broude, and Turner Arndt).  All those on Jamulus were asked to sing as well as those on Zoom. Joe coached all singers.

 

A new feature started last week is “coaching under glass” when Tony coaches a singer who has previously volunteered to sing.  This week’s volunteer was Bob Rhome who did a great job. 

 

SILVER ALERT (Rick Savage, Mike Edison, Will Cox, Steve Murane) provided a treat for the chapter tonight.  They gathered at the home of their bass – their first in-person meeting since March 15th, 2020!  They shared that this rehearsal was an emotional reunion of these barbershop quartet singers. 

 

Alan Wile conducted his 24th interview of a Harmonizer Hero from those members who have submitted a report to be posted on Groupanizer.  This week’s interviewee was Frank Fedarko, who has been a Harmonizer for 12 years. He was raised in PA and after college at Slippery Rock State University, he transitioned into a career in the Air Force. His many assignments took him around the work including Language School and finally into the Washington military scene.

 

Luckily a co-worker, the ever welcoming Jere Richardson, persisted and got Frank to come visit the Fairfax Chapter.  His first quartet, DOWTOWN with Drew Fuller, Mike Stoll, and Pat Varre, had a surprise experience of singing for The Smashing Pumpkins at the 930 Club in DC. Frank came to the Harmonizers and has been a frequently soloist for shows. 

 

Communications director Matt Doniger conducted this week’s business session.  President Stan announced a volunteer opportunity to sing in a quartet to honor Rose Hoffman for her 100th birthday.  She and her family have been long-time fans of the chapter. Contact Stan if you can help onJune 26th in Owings, MD. 

 

Membership chairman Jacob Broude  shared this brief report on the chapter social event held last weekend. “We had a hearty five folks show up for a night of fake gambling over Zoom. Randall, Terry, Joe, Kellen and Jacob were there. Randall was the first to bow out, battling with Kellen for first loser, but sat along while enjoying some beverages before stepping away. Kellen folded next, followed by TerryJoe, who joined late, and was multi-tasking by playing a card game in person with his family in person, slowly took an insurmountable lead, before winning a hand after putting enough in the pot that Jacob went all-in. Overall a fun chance to just chill on a Saturday night. – Jacob

 

It was also announced that former member, Bill Curtis, has died.  He and his wife Mary moved to Colorado Springs when he retired from the Air Force.  He was a barbershopper in CO too and had expanded his interest in painting with an emphasis on nature and wildlife. 

 

This week’s meeting ended with a discussion about which of the songs we have worked on recently were the favorite of singers and which one was the most difficult.  Interesting that the same songs were high on both lists. The music team also collected input from the breakouts as to suggestions for chapter members who will need to start submitting recordings as we begin to gather as a group.

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on May 25th, 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)

 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Looking Back on the May 11th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

      Looking Back on the May 11th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

The administrative and musical leadership of the Alexandria Chapter announced the criteria leading up to our return to face-to-face meetings in the coming months!!  In summary, our board of directors approved a recommendation from the chapter’s advisory committee for returning to in-person meetings tonight.  Then the music team will work to make things work within the framework of those requirements.

 

The advisory committee to recommend how and when to meet face-to-face was chaired by Jason Lee, and includedRandall Eliason, Steve White, Frank Shipp, Chris Huber, Bruce Roehm and Stan Quick.  Their recommendations were based on CDC guidelines and statistical trends in infections and vaccinations in our area.  They also talked with other major barbershop choruses in BHS to compare planning and progress. Plus they conducted a survey of our members that revealed that 100% of the respondents had gotten their vaccinations.  They also concluded that there was a reluctance of vaccinated members to meet with non-vaccinated persons.

 

They recommended and the board approved the following ground rules:

 

1.     All attendees must be vaccinated.

2.     Proof of vaccination must be submitted to covidinfo@harmonizers.org.  A roster will be maintained showing the results of these submissions.

3.     All attendees will be masked – the chapter will purchase some to issue at the first rehearsal.

4.     Attendees will be six feet apart.

5.     There shall not be more than 20 people in the room.

6.     Hand sanitizers will be readily available.

7.     The 20 attendees will sing in a room for 30 minutes, and then move to another room so the air can be refreshed in the emptied room.  (Leaders have identified four rooms at Scottish Rite Temple for our use when we go there.)

8.     No guests will be allowed.

9.     Each man will sign some kind of a waiver regarding his knowledge of the risks.

10.  These criteria may be changed in the future by the committee and the board.

 

There will continue to be Zoom access for the meetings.

 

The music team will adjust their plans, instructions and methods to fit within these criteria.  There will be some adjusting and trials by the music team to see how things can work and a dry run will be conducted at SRT soon.  

 

The goal is to start implementing this plan for meetings in June.  It was also noted that there is no pressure that someone MUST attend under these criteria. Questions for the music team can go to Joe, Tony and Terry.  Admin questions can go to Stan.

 

At this point, Harmonizers should get their shots, submit a copy as outlined and await instructions about the start of the June sessions.

Artistic director Joe Cerutti announced the prospect of a new Harmo House – his home where folks can meet and gather and celebrate and sing.  He and Terry Reynolds have purchased the home of Lew Klinge who has moved to Ames, IA, to be closer to family.

 

Before moving on to singing, Joe welcomed Jorge Acevedo from El Paso on the Zoom call, and welcomed back to Jeff Burkey who we have not seen for a while.  Joe also announced that Kellen Hertz’s grandmother passed recently.

 

Associate director Tony Colosimo did a warm up session for the good number of singers on the call this week.

 

The music team used Jamulus again this week and a quartet to demonstrate “Something’s Comin” (Devin Gerzof, Tony, Jacob Broude, and Steve White).  All those on Jamulus were asked to sing as well as those on Zoom. 

 

Next the music team worked via Zoom with all singers on the new song, “Sing,” which should be a fun number for our audiences. When we adjourned to sectional breakouts, they worked on the same song.  Some shared a piece of the Pentatonix version of this new song.

 

A new feature this week was “coaching under glass” when Tony coached a singer who had previously volunteered to sing “Chorus Line Medley” and be coached for all to see and hear. This week the volunteer was Steve Murane

 

Communications director Matt Doniger conducted this week’s business session.  Purchases of reusable shopping bags at the Bailey’s Crossroads Giant earn cash rewards for our chapter. Terry has the details. Secretary Dave DesPortesreports that we are now starting to receive membership renewals from BHS staff and Dave will share them with us as they come in.

 

Membership chairman Jacob Broudy reminded attendees about the chapter social event for a Poker Night coming up on May 15th. He also is seeking ideas from members as to other ideas they might have to bring members together.

 

This week we were lucky to have a member, Michael Fasano, do an elective presentation (all members are welcome to step up and do a presentation of about 30 minutes about ANYTHING that the member is passionate about.  Tell Joe orTerry if you’d do on).

 

Mike’s topic was “Collecting Anything Beatles Related.” The bulk of his time was sharing collections of records. He taught us what to look for in old LPs and shared his joy in things he has in his own collection.  He had taken the time to photograph things for us to see on Zoom, and he concluded by sharing other Beatles memorabilia and collectibles he has acquired. 

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on May 18th, 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)