Saturday, May 8, 2021

Looking Back on the May 4th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

      Looking Back on the May 4th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

The Harmonizers virtual meeting this week was a busy one with lots of music work for the singers.

 

Artistic director Joe Cerutti couldn’t say enough about his pride in the chapter and its successful efforts during spring2ACTion on April 28th. He shared how happy he was that chapter members pulled together during our Covid situation. Joe invited Randal Eliason, who coordinated our campaign again this year for the event, to report on the final numbers. Our goal started out at $30,000 which had to be increased early in the day – especially after the “power hour” when we especially asked our prospects to donate. (Big thanks to Randall for his leadership.)

 

Joe thanked again those who stepped up to the plate with matching dollars such as Steve and Jerri White did with a donation of $10,000, and as chapter leaders and community board members did and created a $6,000 matching amount.  The final as of 8 pm tonight (funds are still coming in) was $48,702 – that is $31,452 in donations, $16,000 in matches, and $1250 in prizes that we won on spring2ACTion day.  This year’s total was our highest ever.

 

Joe also thanked Mick Stamps and his family for their donations in memory of Sandy. The amounts they donated as well as other amounts donated in her honor will be used to support funding an original musical work for our 75thanniversary celebration.

 

The contest between sections helped build totals. The captains were Doug White for tenors, Noah Van Gilder for leads, Frank Shipp for baritones, and Matt Doniger for basses. The basses won the contest again this year and will be given a party one of these days!

 

In his wrap up comments about our success, Joe spoke about the need for a chapter director of development ASAP.

 

Before moving on to singing, Joe asked members to consider offering to do an elective on a Tuesday night – that means to speak passionately for about 30 minutes on any topic. Let Joe know if you will do one. 

 

He reports that reference materials for guys to use when preparing a self-recording on “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” are nearly ready.  He thanked his fellow music team members for their work on this! Deadline to make that submission in May 22.

 

Finally, singers should look for the new song, “Sing,” on Groupanizer. It will become our show encore piece.

 

Associate director Tony Colosimo did a ten minute warm up session and used some of the vocal warm up suggestions from recent guest speaker, Keith Harris

 

Small groups were formed for work with music team leaders – volunteers sang and others in the group offered comments. 

 

The music team used Jamulus again this week and a quartet to demonstrate “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Doug White, Tony, Jacob Broude, and Steve White).  Joe suggests this song will be a private tribute for our major efforts to make it through this period of virtual meetings.

 

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. Matt has the details.

 

Joe paid tribute to former Harmonizer, Michael Calhoun, who died in his sleep on April 27th in FL where he resided with his wife Nancy.  Michael joined our chapter in 2000 after having been a major force in the leadership of the Westchester NY Chapter.  He also was a member of the Manhattan NY Chapter. He left our chapter after eight years having competed with our chorus and having serving in a number of leadership positions. He helped form the Harrisonburg VA Chapter where he was active after leaving our chapter.  He was inducted into DELASUSQUEHUDMAC, the district honor club, having served in a number of leadership positions in the M-AD. 

 

Membership chairman Jacob Broudy reminded attendees about the chapter social event for a Poker Night coming up on May 15th.

 

President Stan Quick thanked the large number of members who submitted a reply to the survey about Covid vaccinations. It revealed that 100% of the respondents had gotten their vaccinations.  Stan reports that we are getting close to meeting in person and that members should send a photo of their vaccination card to covidinfo@harmonizers.org. The advisory committee to recommend how and when to meet face-to-face includes Jason Lee, Randall, Steve White, Frank Shipp, Chris Huber, Bruce Roehm and Stan

 

In other news, the M-AD has announced plans for a virtual Harmony College East over Fathers’ Day weekend, June 18-19, 2021. Get info at HCE@midatlanticdistrict.com. Our own Sheryl Berlin is one of the deans for this educational program for barbershoppers and their quartets.

 

Alan Wile did another interview of a Harmonizer who has submitted a Harmonizer Hero form for inclusion on Groupanizer. This time he spoke with Rob Barnovsky.  Alan was excited to show how Rob developed a career within the realm of his hobby.  Rob likes animals and creatures of all kinds.  He likes to teach.  He loves the outdoors.  And so his career as Natural Resources Specialist is a perfect transition.

 

He grew up in Ohio and sang in school choirs all the way through college. He even appeared in some school musicals. In college he studied biology and then embarked on working in parks, nature centers and outdoor education centers.

 

Currently Rob is stationed at Riverbend Park on the Potomac in the Great Falls area.  (BTW – this has been a great season to go to that Fairfax County Park to see the huge area of VA Bluebells that grow along the bank of the river in the sandy soil there.)

 

He credits Bill Colosimo for encouraging him to sing barbershop in DC and to get into quartets.  Rob joined our chapter in 2016. Rob’s teaching skills with students has prepared him to be a key player in helping with our chapter youth harmony festivals. 

 

Before the interview ended, Rob showed us his snake, Slither, and shared with us his work at “talking with owls” in nature.  (Joe suggests that sounds like an elective sometime!!). Rob demonstrated his ability to make the necessary sounds. Alan was proud to also point out that Rob is another Harmonizer who has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on May 11th, 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, April 30, 2021

Looking Back on the April 27th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the April 27th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

This week’s chapter meeting fell on the eve of our major annual fund raising event, Spring2ACTion.   There were lots of ideas shared for making it another success and lots of jabs among the four sections about which section would win the prize this year.  Attendance on this week’s call reached over 60 also – good to see Walt Page and John Santora on the call.

 

Artistic director Joe Cerutti gave a strong nudge for all members to support Spring2ACTion and especially suggested members seek donors from outside the chapter.  Our goal is $30,000 and we will likely need to work extra hard to reach our goal.  The sectional captains will continue to push their members too. The captains are Doug White for tenors, Noah Van Gilder for leads, Frank Shipp for baritones, and Matt Doniger for basses.

 

The endorsement of the Harmonizers on YouTube from Deke Sharon was a win! Joe also created a really appealing YouTube “ask” that guys can use to reach others.  Chapter coordinator, Randall Eliason, asked every member to contact 20 other non-Harmonizers asking for support. He also thanked Mike Kelly for his help in creating the chapter’s donation page for this event.

 

We also want to have the most donors during the 3-4 pm power hour on Wed. April 28th – we can win a $500 incentive dollar amount if we win that. The more emails you use, the better. Also don’t forget that for any of your personal donations you can donate in honor or recognition for Sandy Stamps

 

Steve and Jerri White have given the Harmonizers an incredibly generous matching grant of $10,000!  That means that any donation made on either the main page or your section page will be doubled, up to the first $500.  Thank you Steve and Jerri! When that $10,000 match is used up, a second matching grant of $5,000 will kick in, made up of donations from board members and other chapter leaders. 

 

Finally there will be a social hour at 8 pm on Zoom – all donors and friends are welcome to join in the fun and watch the results as they come in. (This Zoom event is not on the usual Zoom call number.  Wednesday night’s Zoom call is at 93398328566.) Acknowledgements to donors gives them the link to the Zoom call also.

 

Joe was very pleased to announce that the chorus will be getting another new song soon – this one titled “Sing” (not “Sing a Song”) made popular by Pentatonix. 

 

The music team has implemented a monthly survey to take a regular "pulse" of how they are and are not meeting the needs of the performing chorus.  They want to make sure they hear from those members who have been inactive during COVID as well as those participating in virtual rehearsals.   If you are a member of the performing chorus, please take this short survey.   Harmonizer Monthly Pulse Survey

 

Associate director Tony Colosimo presented a warm up session for this week.  He referred to some of the useful points made by Keith Harris in last week’s warm up.  And Tony stressed good body alignment even in a seated position.

 

Work continued this week in our chapter’s experiment using Jamulus and was used on “Chorus Line Medley.”  This week Joe and Tony asked the quartet to lead the way and sing the song all the way from top to bottom.  The quartet this week was Rick Savage, tenor; Will Cox, lead; Tony, baritone, and Turner Arndt, bass. Guys with Jamulus capabilities are invited to a special 6:40 pm pre-meeting session each week to make sure all users are set up to go. Some of them are added to the quartet for these sessions. Members on Zoom were encouraged to sing along too.

 

Tony and Joe also worked with the singers on “Never Fully Dressed” with an emphasis on smoothing out the delivery of the music.  They played the combined virtual chorus recording made recently of that song (work done by Joel Golden to combine the recordings of chorus members) so members could understand Joe’s point.

 

Communications director Matt Doniger conducted this week’s business session.  President Stan Quick announced an addition to the Harmonizer family – new daughter Coralie May, born on 4/20 for parents Reed and Leigh Livergood and big sister Caitlin.

 

Stan also reported on the work being done by our chapter’s committee that is studying when and how to resume in-person meetings.  The committee includes Jason Lee as chairman, Randall Eliason, Steve White, Frank Shipp, Bruce Roehm, Chris Huber and Stan.  They met with other major chapters in BHS  and then discussed ideas for the Harmonizers.  Our committee sees good news on the horizon.  

 

In other news, Tony served on the team for a virtual Harmony College in the Rocky Mountain District of BHS last weekend.  He was joined by some of our coaches like Kevin Keller, Sean Devine and Steve Tramack

 

Membership chairman Jacob Broude reports that new names tags ordered for new members have arrived and he will mail them to those folks.

 

The sectionals this week worked on “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin” and this time a singer from another part joined the sectional for duetting. Kevin McKenzie sang with the tenors; Tuner sang with the leads; Tony sang with the baritones; and Frank Fedarko sang with the basses. The music team announced that a revised annotated version of that song was released just hours before the meeting started.

 

Following the sectional singing, the captains for Spring2ACTion used a few minutes to encourage their guys to promote the fund raiser. 

 

Wrap up for this week was an elective presented by Phil Ashford – “Living Large in a Tiny House.” Phil and his wifeKaren now live in FL with their new home.  There was a lot of interest in this special topic.  Phil says the houses may be small but they are also expensive.  He shared how he developed their home and how they managed to relocate to a tiny house community in FL. He shared the technology that was used to build the home that is 374 sq. feet; 8/5 ft. wide; 13.5 ft. tall; 26 ft. long.  Phil’s house is unique in that it opens out a few feet on each of the long sides.  The Ashfords are also spokes persons for the new trend of tiny homes.

 

Joe concluded that other members are welcomed to do an elective for 30 or so minutes in the weeks ahead. Let Joe or Terry know you can step up and do one – cooking ideas, gardening suggestions, your favorite vacation, game night with friends, coping with downsizing, favorite tags and who you sang them with. 

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on May 4th, 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, April 22, 2021

Looking Back on the April 20th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the April 20th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

For this week’s chapter meeting, the Harmonizers welcomed two special guests and continued solid work on their music and the use of Jamulus.

 

Artistic director Joe Cerutti gave a strong nudge for all members to support Spring2ACTion and especially suggested they seek donors from outside the chapter.  Our goal is $30,000 and we will likely need to work extra hard to reach our goal.  The sectional captains will continue to push their members too. The captains are Doug White for tenors, Noah Van Gilder for leads, Frank Shipp for baritones, and Matt Doniger for basses.

 

We also want to have the most donors during the 3-4 pm power hour on Wed. April 28th – we can win a $500 incentive dollar amount if we win that. The more emails you use, the better. Also don’t forget that for any of your personal donations you can donate in honor or recognition for Sandy Stamps

 

Matching grants: Steve and Jerri White have given the Harmonizers an incredibly generous matching grant of $10,000!  That means that any donation made on either the main page or your section page will be doubled, up to the first $500.  Thank you Steve and Jerri! When that $10,000 match is used up, a second matching grant of $5,000 will kick in, made up of donations from board members and other chapter leaders. Mentioning the matching grants is a great way to encourage donations – people like to think of their money going twice as far.  

 

Finally there will be a social hour at 8 pm on Zoom – all donors and friends are welcome to join in the fun and watch the results as they come in. Watch for details.

 

Joe was very pleased that 22 members submitted self-recordings for “Never Fully Dressed,” “Chorus Line,” and “Help from My Friends.” He actually posted their names and a thank you on the screen. Any others who want to add their recording may do so. Thanks too for the work by the section leaders to prepare the reference tracks. 

 

Terry Reynolds, who manages music team administration, played a virtual chorus of “Never Fully Dressed.” Note that the music team will now use the virtual recordings for those three songs during future Zoom meetings. Thanks also to Joel Golden for his work on this project.

 

Joe invites any chorus member to attend a Jamulus session at 6:40 pm on Tuesday nights.  Respond to associate director Tony Colosimo to get on that part of the call.

 

Our first special guest was Keith Harris who works as a professional singer in the NYC area and is chorus director the Westchester County, NY, Chorus. He provided our warm up session this week and offered several great warm up ideas that guys say are helpful.  Keith shared that he thinks if you have not been using your vocal instrument for four days, you need to make the effort to awaken your voice using some of the techniques he demonstrated.

 

Then it was time to do some singing.  Small groups were assembled by Terry.  New this week was an opportunity for a member to sing any 35-seconds out of any song he wanted. The plan is for singers to give their best not their all when they volunteer. The format continued with one guy in the group singing and the others offering feedback.  Each of the small groups had a monitor from the music team.

 

The sectionals this week worked on the new song we are learning – “Sing.”  But during the sectional break out, the sectional captains for spring2ACTion were free to offer strategies. 

 

The music team used Jamulus again this week and the quartet to demonstrate “Help from MY Friends” was Mike Fasano, Tony, Jacob Broude, and Steve White

 

Communications director Matt Doniger conducted this week’s business session.  Jack Pitzer reported news he’d gotten from Terry Jordan that long-distance member, Darryl Flinn, fell recently and broke his right femur. He was in therapy at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, OH. He is 94. Darryl is a chapter member and was one of our special coaches during the gold medal era. He coined the phrase “Breathless Moments.”  He served as Society president and a period as CEO for the Society. Our thoughts go out to Darryl and his wife Meredith

 

Purchases of shopping bags at the Bailey’s Crossroads Giant earn cash rewards for our chapter. Matt Doniger has the details.

 

Membership chairman Jacob Broudy reminded attendees about the chapter social event for a Poker Night coming up.  And he welcomed guest Bob Courtney, a member of the Santa Fe, NM, Harmonizers.  Bob was visiting his daughter in Alexandria and made the effort to find us on Zoom.

 

Our second special guest was Jeff Fincher, BHS chief development officer. He shared his musical background and spoke about the strengths of the Alexandria Chapter that will help them raise funds.  He encouraged members to use their passion in addressing their efforts “to make the ask” and raise monies for the chapter.

 

He suggested that the person who is asked to make a donation will want to know four things: (1) Why should I invest?, (2) What will my donation dollars be sued for?, (3) Why should I give now?, (3) Why did you ask me?. These thoughts can help all of us prepare to reach out to contacts to donate for Spring2ACTion. Jeff answered a number of questions from chapter members before Joe declared it was time to start the afterglow

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on April 27th, 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, April 15, 2021

Looking Back on the April 13th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the April 13th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

This week’s attendance was nearly 100 with many members and former members and many spouses or partners of members – all present to pay tribute to Sandy StampsSandy was loved by all the members and she shared love and was interested in the lives of every member too. Many shared that she welcomed them to the chapter.  Her fellow officers of the chapter’s auxiliary shared how dedicated she was to their group, how she was tireless in providing support of the chapter, and how she provided solid leadership for years.

 

Sandy died on Saturday. She had been in Hospice care for a short time.  Her husband and our Harmonizer brother, Mick, was on the call too and told us all, “She was more of a Harmonizer than I am!” He announced that there would be a remembrance service later in the year and he thanked the chapter members and families for their support during the tough past couple years.

 

Artistic director Joe Cerutti wrote this tribute to Sandy that summarized the thoughts of us all:

 

“My heart is heavy as we say goodbye to another giant in the Harmonizer family, the amazing Sandy StampsSandyserved as president of our auxiliary support group called the Harmonettes and later the Friends of Harmony for seven terms. She was our longtime manager of White House ornament sales, the perennial manager of front-of-house for Harmonizer shows and was always the first person to share a huge smile and hug after every Harmonizer performance (and a quiet joke if the performance didn't go as expected). 

 

It's often said after someone's passing how hard they fought their illness, but I've honestly not known anyone fight through something so incredibly difficult with such overwhelming tenacity and positivity. Sandy ALWAYS had a smile on her face. Even during the pandemic, we found ways to visit Sandy and sing for her. Still, she smiled, danced and sang along from a safe distance, making us feel better during a time when we were trying to make her feel better! Sandy was unique in that she could hang with just about any audience, she knew how to react to every situation, and always did it with her unique sense of humor and overwhelming positivity.

 

Sandy will be deeply missed, but her legacy is a light that will continue to shine brightly with the Alexandria Harmonizers for a very long time.”

 

Chapter president Stan Quick is accepting comments or notes for Mick and will compile all tributes to give to him.

 

The weekly chapter meeting moved on to announcements and details about all the musical aspects of the chapter. Joewas very pleased that a good number of members have submitted self-recordings for “Never Fully Dressed” and for “Chorus Line.” We all got a chance to listen to a virtual choir version of the 24 guys who sent in “Chorus Line.”  Joeexpressed his gratitude to Joel Golden who did the technical work to create the chorus sound.  Also there were kudos to Terry Reynolds and the section leaders for their work in helping provide the things guys needed in order to submit their recordings. (The virtual choir rendition is in Groupanizer.)

 

Plans for this week and next have been adjusted so we could honor Sandy this week.  Members should always check the weekly email message from the music team. 

 

Associate director Tony Colosimo ended this week’s warm up session with a tag sing of “Lili Marlene.” 

 

The experiment to have everyone who has gotten connected with Jamulus continued tonight. The Jamulus quartet for this week were Devin Gerzof, tenor; Will Cox, lead; Tony Colosimo, bari; and Steve Murane, bass. Joe coached all singers with particular emphasis about rhythm in “Something’s Coming,” and thanked the 19 men who have made the effort and spent the money to get the necessary equipment.

 

Alan Wile conducted the 22nd interview of a Harmonizer Hero who has submitted his form for inclusion on Groupanizer.  This week he interviewed Kellen Hertz, a 12-year member, tenor singer, quartet guy, member of TBD the a capella group in the chapter,  and vocalist with RIPTIDE, a rock band that includes other guys from the chapter.

 

Kellen started singing as a young lad and often was heard singing when he was with his family shopping, at church, on vacation. He moved quickly into chorus or school musical groups in elementary, middle and high school at Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, VA. 

 

His college time started at William and Mary where he started work in chemistry.  During time off from school, he found work at Target where he continued to work when he went back to school.  He earned an Associate of Sciences degree from NOVA Community College and subsequently earned a Bachelor’s in Biology with minors in chemistry and astronomy from the University of Virginia. 

 

After graduation he became a pharmacy team leader at Target then when CVS bought Target’s Healthcare Division, he became a lead pharmacy technician for CVS.  Just last month he took a position at INOVA’s new specialty pharmacy at the Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax.  

 

Kellen says his parents took him to hear the chorus when he was little, then one December he found himself at Inova Hospital for our holiday sing.  But it was later when  Harmonizer Kyle Blomgren, who was singing in a community college choir with Kellen,  pushed and pushed until Kellen didn’t have another excuse why he couldn’t come to a Tuesday meeting. Kellen was hooked that first night. He recalls the fun he had at the chapter afterglow at Southside.

 

Kellen was a member of our CAPITAL FORCE youth chorus and competed with them at Midwinter.  This led to his first quartet, MONORAIL FOUR, who won the Southern Division and went on to take 10th place at the M-AD contest in the fall. 

 

Last weekend, Kellen was guest host on a chapter Zoom session to learn and discuss craft beers which is his hobby these days. It was well attended and was fun for all.  The event was organized by membership director Jacob Broude.  A menu of beers to be discussed was announced in advance and those who wanted to taste as well as discuss were able to get them for themselves from Aslin Brewery in Alexandria on Pickett. Ten members and a couple partners were on the call. Kellen was very knowledgeable about the craft beer process, varieties of tastes and flavors, and helped all those on Zoom experience a fun time.

 

This was the second of the social sessions organized for Harmonizers.  A third session will be held for poker players – watch for info from chapter leaders.

 

Communications director Matt Doniger conducted this week’s business session.  Randall Eliason reported that the push has started to get major donations for our chapter during the City of Alexandria’s spring2ACTion on April 28th. In fact he sent the first email blast to all members after the meeting. Note that early donors will have their contributions matched! Our chapter’s goal for the one-day event is to raise $30,000. 

 

There will be competition again this year between the four chorus sections. Sectional team leaders will be Doug Whitefor tenors, Noah Van Gilder for leads, Frank Shipp for baritones, and Matt Doniger for basses. 

 

Our Harmonizer “power hour” when we want the most donors (there are prizes for the group who has the most) will be 3-4 pm on 4/28. Also on that day there will be a Zoom happy hour and it will be open to friends and family and donors.

 

In other chapter news, several Harmonizers, partners and friends attended the burial for John Adam’s wife, Jean, at Arlington Cemetery on April 9th.

 

Ken Ives has sent  a reminder to members about using scrip to help the chapter raise money. For complete instructions on how to use scrip, go to Groupanizer Documents folder.

 

Our guest speaker this week was Brandon Guyton who has coached our chorus a few times.  He earned gold medals as a baritone for FOUR VOICES and CROSSROADS. He spoke on “How to be a GREAT baritone.”

 

He began his comments with the assurance that the presence of expansion in the hallmark of our style – providing an effect that is greater than the sum of the individual voices.

 

Then Brandon offered Five Pillars of the Baritone Dogma.

 

First, be the most consistently resonant and overtone/ring producing voice in the ensemble.

 

Second, know they voice – boundaries, lift,, vibrato. Must learn to make the voice pliable. 

 

Third, know thy lead and bass voices – so you can adjust.

 

Fourth, know they math – fifth, third, louder, etc.

 

Fifth, sing actively not passionately. Make the music, not sing the music.

 

He made it all make sense and we all had fun with him.

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on April 20th, 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, 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)