Friday, August 6, 2021

Looking Back on the Aug. 3rd 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

      Looking Back on the Aug. 3rd 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting


(A thank you to Jerry Jayjohn for taking notes for this report of the Aug. 3rd meeting. – YeEd)


The rehearsal started in the auditorium, with baritone section leader, Jason Lee, leading the warm up session. His focus was to get the chorus to always be in motion.  

After warmup a good friend of the chapter and former community board member of our AH Inc. corporation, Paul Dolinky was introduced.  He represents the DC Scottish Rite Temple and reports they have refurbished their performance space in DC.  Our chapter has accepted his invitation to be one of the first performance groups in their refurbed space. We will do a holiday show on December 5th.  He has been a long-time supporter of the Harmonizers.

After that introduction, associate director Tony Colosimo continued with rehearsal starting with the beautiful ballad “Remember Me.” Then he moved on with “You’re Never Fully Dressed” with choreo review. 

After that the singers moved to the cafeteria and continued working on “Sing a Song,” and “Little Help from My Friends” – also with a choreo review. Many thanks to Turner Arndt who demonstrated during the choreo reviews.  The members appreciated his help!

We then sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and finished up formal rehearsal with “Impossible Dream.”  

After rehearsal, operations team leader Gary Cregan asked for helpers to load risers onto the Harmo truck since we will be at Ft Ward Park next week, and also asked volunteers to be there early next week to help set up the risers. 

A head count was taken for pizza at the chapter’s new afterglow location, the Harmo House at 3916 N. Stevens St. in Alexandria; then we ended rehearsal with “Keep the Whole World Singing.”

There are some inputs needed from chapter members for the fall show. Members will be invited to suggest VIP officials who might speak; to suggest names of first responders or groups of them we should honor (and invite to the show); and finally to organize a singing ensemble for the show to do a song that fits into the show theme – can be a quartet, or octet or mixed gender group or family group (there will be the need to apply and audition or such). Membership director Jacob Broude especially asks members to report names of anyone in the Harmonizer family who may have died during the Covid pandemic. Send those names and information to Jacob at


Mark calendars for 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.  


Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be at 7 pm on August  10th, 2021 on the stage in Fort Ward Park at 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria VA 22304. 


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 73rd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)