Saturday, May 21, 2016

Looking Back on the May 17th Chapter Meeting

Everyone was excited this week to work with coach Cindy Hansen Ellis on the contest package. She did not disappoint and gave us a lot of suggestions, helped us understand the flow of the package and motivated us to excel.

She helped director Joe Cerutti with the warm up session with her remarks about our work and performance at Strathmore.  Then we worked on the uptune for the whole first half of the nite. Her work enhanced the already developed plan from our choreographer Carlos Barillo.

Executive director Terry Reynolds spoke about the Armed Forces Show this Saturday with emphasis on the method of entrance for us to Fort Meyer. The chorus call is 12:30.

Terry alerted all that volunteers are needed to take on some one-time jobs for our week in Nashville this summer.  Watch for the email – tasks like truck driver to and from Nashville, togetherness breakfast ticket sales, etc.

Chapter secretary Chris Buechler presented a membership renewal card to Kellen Hertz for eight years.

Reminders were announced for all to pay their retreat fees to Bruce Minnick and to be sure to sign up on Groupanizer.

Vocal studio sign up sheets were in the hall for those who have not done so yet. 

Membership director Rich Hewitt welcomed two applicants and a couple guests. Always great to have new singers join us on the risers.

Before break, the chapter surprised Joe and presented him a huge framed poster that was used to promote the Harvey Milk performance at Strathmore.  Thanks to Clyde Crusenberry for asking the venue staff for the one existing poster.  And to Mark Klostermeyer for his usual great job as our official framing guy.

After break and many items of business, we worked more with our coach and combined the uptune with the ballad.

In other news, several members competed in the M-AD central division contest this past weekend n Harrisburg, PA. Tom Jackson and Kellen Hertz sang with the new Dundalk Baltimore Vocal Corps 17-man ensemble directed by Rick Taylor to win the chorus contest. Mike Fasano sang with Queen Anne’s County chorus that took third.  The new Philadelphia chorus was second.

Congrats to Noah Van Gilder who had his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday in DC; and congrats to Jeremy Richardson and Andy Woo who celebrated their wedding on Saturday in Luray. It was a pleasure for many fellow Harmonizers to share in these important life-events for our brothers.

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 67th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd