Looking Back on the June 22nd 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting
The Alexandria Harmonizers continue their in-person chorus rehearsals based on a plan from the chapters reopening committee and the music team. Invitations were extended to members to attend 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.)
A chorus of 45 started in the cafateria for a warm up session with associate director Tony Colosimo. Guys on Zoom were encouraged to join in too – their pictures from the Zoom screen were projected on the wall. Tony continued teaching the tag he started last week – “Spring Brought Me Flowers but You Brought Me Love.”
Artistic director Joe Cerutti thanked everyone for their patience and flexibility in attendance plans. He also welcomed the dozen or so other members who attended via Zoom.
Joe reminded everyone about the two events scheduled for the stage area in 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.
Joe and Tony and the section leaders worked thru the evening on our new music – some run- throughs, some work on specific spots such as for rhythm, sectionals (which made for a lot of work for the tech team who were making it possible for guys on Zoom to attend and see and hear!)
Our virtual choir project performing “Stars and Stripes Forever” with the Masters of Harmony was previewed this week. Wow – it is great! Many thanks for the extra work by Joel Golden and Mike Kelly as well as Tony and Terry Reynolds.
A very brief business meeting was held this week and AH Inc. board president Bruce Roehm announced that they are seeking ideas for community board members to nominate for their board. BHS Chapter Secretary David DesPortespresented a membership renewal card to David Welter for 45 years.
The evening ended with a Joe’s invitation to the HarmoHouse for an afterglow at 3916 N. Stevens St. in Alexandria.
Our next Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be a hybrid session beginning at 7 pm on June 29th, 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)