Member Announcements

UPDATED  11/15/19

Greetings All!

We have had 10 rehearsals with 3 more to go.  Here are notes for the week.

1.  NADIA'S NOTES:

Vocal balance in a chorus is very important.  Remember to watch dynamics in the music, and if you cannot hear the singers around you, then you are singing too loud.  It can be difficult to sing your part if someone is blasting their part into your ear.  Please be considerate.

2.  GIVE TO THE MAX

We have a goal to raise $3,000 in November and we are at a little over $2000 committed at this time, so please consider making a donation to help us meet this target.  "Give to the Max Day" is today, November 14th, so help support choral singing in Bloomington!

https://www.givemn.org/giving-events/gtmd19/prizes

3.  BCA EXPANSION:  Remember to comment on the Center for the Arts expansion.  Lots of other interests are vying for State dollars, so need to ensure our voices are heard.  See details below.  When you enter your comments and get the "Not a Robot" check, ensure that your spell checker does not change the "case" of the word you are entering.

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

The City of Bloomington is planning an expansion of the Center for the Arts!  It is proposed to be a 22,000 square foot addition which will include a 300-500 seat concert hall to accommodate large bands, orchestras, choirs and other music groups as well as rehearsal space, on-site café, support spaces and an enhanced entryway with improved accessibility.

The City has applied for $10,000,000 in state bonding to help pay for this project.  To be successful with this bonding request we need your help.  The Governor’s Office has set up the following links for people to give input on bonding projects.

https://mn.gov/mmb/budget/capital-budget/public-comment.jsp

https://twitter.com/GovTimWalz/status/1184606890812215296?s=20

As an advocate for the Bloomington Center for the Arts please show your support by giving your input.   Also, please share this request with other supporters by forwarding this e-mail and posting on social media to encourage them to weigh in.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  11/8/19

Hi BC!

We have had 9 rehearsals with 4 more to go.  Here are notes for the week.

1.  NADIA'S NOTES:  Here are notes from our Music Director.

  • I thought last week’s rehearsal went very well... a few spots here and there that we need to work on as sections and as a choir, however overall we’re a strong 90%  

2.  FUND RAISING

We have a goal to raise $3,000 in November, so please consider making a donation to help us meet this target.  Give to the Max Day is November 13th but donations made starting today increase the Chorale's chance of winning prizes.  Help support choral singing in Bloomington!

https://www.givemn.org/giving-events/gtmd19/prizes

3.  DECEMBER 1ST SHOW:  We are changing the dress code to black top and bottoms.  Here is the song list from Nadia, which has some nice variety to it and will run about 14-15 minutes in length. 

 "Hallelujah Chorus", from the Mount of Olives by - Beethoven

"Bell Carol of the Kings"

"I'll Be Home for Christmas"

"Wonderful Child"

4.  SPRING SHOW DVDs:  The City can only do hi-def DVD's, so if you requested a normal-def DVD, let us know if you are able to change this to hi-def.

5.  BCA EXPANSION:  Remember to comment on the Center for the Arts expansion.  Lots of other interests are vying for State dollars, so need to ensure our voices are heard.  See details below.

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

The City of Bloomington is planning an expansion of the Center for the Arts!  It is proposed to be a 22,000 square foot addition which will include a 300-500 seat concert hall to accommodate large bands, orchestras, choirs and other music groups as well as rehearsal space, on-site café, support spaces and an enhanced entryway with improved accessibility.

The City has applied for $10,000,000 in state bonding to help pay for this project.  To be successful with this bonding request we need your help.  The Governor’s Office has set up the following links for people to give input on bonding projects.

https://mn.gov/mmb/budget/capital-budget/public-comment.jsp

https://twitter.com/GovTimWalz/status/1184606890812215296?s=20

As an advocate for the Bloomington Center for the Arts please show your support by giving your input.   Also, please share this request with other supporters by forwarding this e-mail and posting on social media to encourage them to weigh in.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  11/1/19

Hello Bloomington Chorale!

We have had 8 rehearsals with 5 more to go.  Here are notes for the week.

1.  NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR:  The board met on Tuesday October 29th and selected Dr David D as our new Music Director!  We notified Dr D on Wednesday and he said that he is honored to be joining our fine group and to send his thanks to the board and membership.  Dave will be formally starting in January and the board will be working with Nadia & Dave to ensure a good transition.  Very exciting times for BC!!

2.  NADIA'S NOTES:  Here are notes from our Music Director.

  • We are going through the entire concert on Monday night

  • We all know where our own individual weak spots are, so please concentrate on those before Monday!

3.  SHOW DRESS CODE:  Dress code for the show is found in your members handbook and on our website.  if you have any questions please talk to a board member.

http://www.bloomingtonchorale.com/index.php?id=27 

4.  FUND RAISING

Give to the Max Day is November 14th but donations made starting today increase the Chorale's chance of winning prizes.  As a small non-profit, every donation helps so please do what you can support choral singing in Bloomington!

https://www.givemn.org/giving-events/gtmd19/prizes

5.  SOLOS:   Solo auditions are complete and Nadia will be reaching out to those selected.

6.  DECEMBER 1ST SHOW:  We have enough singers (31+) to be well rounded for this show so have told Redemption Church that we will be participating.  Nadia is working on the song list for the show, which will be 4 songs from our Winter concert.

7.  SPRING SHOW DVDs:  The 10/28 practice is the last opportunity to sign-up for a Spring Show DVD.  We will place the order next week.

8.  BCA EXPANSION:  Remember to comment on the Center for the Arts expansion.  Lots of other interests are vying for State dollars, so need to ensure our voices are heard.  See details below.

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

The City of Bloomington is planning an expansion of the Center for the Arts!  It is proposed to be a 22,000 square foot addition which will include a 300-500 seat concert hall to accommodate large bands, orchestras, choirs and other music groups as well as rehearsal space, on-site café, support spaces and an enhanced entryway with improved accessibility.

The City has applied for $10,000,000 in state bonding to help pay for this project.  To be successful with this bonding request we need your help.  The Governor’s Office has set up the following links for people to give input on bonding projects.

https://mn.gov/mmb/budget/capital-budget/public-comment.jsp

https://twitter.com/GovTimWalz/status/1184606890812215296?s=20

As an advocate for the Bloomington Center for the Arts please show your support by giving your input.   Also, please share this request with other supporters by forwarding this e-mail and posting on social media to encourage them to weigh in.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  10/25/19

Hi BC!

We have had 7 rehearsals with 6 more to go.  Here are notes for the week.

1.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:  We had Dr Rick L in for a guest rehearsal on 10/21, which was the last of our Music Director candidates.  If you have not handed in your review forms or ranked the candidates, please do so at the 10/28 rehearsal.  The board is meeting on Tuesday 10/29 to review the member feedback and decide on next steps.

2.  NADIA'S NOTES:  Here are notes from our Music Director.

  • DYNAMICS are SO important - these are just a few reasons...they help to bring out melodies in different sections, they help sections to emphasize texts they make music interesting to our audience...think of a monotone speaker....BORING!

  • Now, it's also important to BLEND our voices, not only on vowels, but also on dynamics. If you can't hear your neighbor, it might be that you are too loud or the dynamics are marked soft and you got carried away ...we all do.

  • Breathe deep whether it's soft or loud and the vowels should be the same formation.  This also helps to sustain the tone and not get any unwanted tremolo in our voices. a small amount of vibrato is good, tremolo (an "excessive" amount of vibrato) is not!

3.  SOLOS:   We will have one more soloist audition session on Monday 10/28 from 6:30-7pm in the Black Box dressing room.  If you are still interested in trying out for one of the solos please email Mary S to coordinate a time. (mary(at)villagecentral.net)

4.  DECEMBER 1ST SHOW:  The Chorale has been invited to perform 2-4 songs on Sunday, December 1st (sometime between 12-1pm) at Redemption Church.  There is a sign-up sheet at rehearsal and we need to know from all singers whether they plan to participate.  This is the last week to sign-up.

5.  SPRING SHOW DVDs:  The 10/28 practice is the last opportunity to sign-up for a Spring Show DVD.  We will place the order next week.

6.  CONCERT HALL:  Here is an email from Jim, who is our contact with the City.  Very exciting!!!

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

The City of Bloomington is planning an expansion of the Center for the Arts!  It is proposed to be a 22,000 square foot addition which will include a 300-500 seat concert hall to accommodate large bands, orchestras, choirs and other music groups as well as rehearsal space, on-site café, support spaces and an enhanced entryway with improved accessibility.  (See attached flier for additional information).

The City has applied for $10,000,000 in state bonding to help pay for this project.  To be successful with this bonding request we need your help.  The Governor’s Office has set up the following links for people to give input on bonding projects.

https://mn.gov/mmb/budget/capital-budget/public-comment.jsp

https://twitter.com/GovTimWalz/status/1184606890812215296?s=20

As an advocate for the Bloomington Center for the Arts please show your support by giving your input.   Also, please share this request with other supporters by forwarding this e-mail and posting on social media to encourage them to weigh in.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  10/18/19

Hi All,

We have had 6 rehearsals with 7 more to go.  Here are notes for the week.

1.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:  We have Dr Rick L coming in for a guest rehearsal on 10/21, the last of three very fine candidates for Music Director.  We will want all review forms handed in on Monday night and we would like everyone to put a ranking number on the upper left hand corner of each review form to indicate your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for our new Music Director.

2.  NADIA'S NOTES:  Here are notes from our Music Director.

  • It would be good if by our November 11th rehearsal, we were at 99% with notes and rhythm patterns.

  • If you feel your section is struggling on a song or two or three, let me know and we'll set up a Saturday morning sectional for just that section. I want you to be comfortable with the music.

3.  SOLOS:   The final set of solo auditions is on Monday 10/21, from 6-7pm in the Black Box Dressing room.  There is 1 spot open, so if you are interested in trying out for solos but did not put their names on the sign up sheets, please email Mary to coordinate a time. (mary(at)villagecentral.net)

4.  DECEMBER 1ST SHOW:  The Chorale has been invited to perform 2-4 songs on Sunday, December 1st (sometime between 12-1pm) at Redemption Church.  There is a sign-up sheet at rehearsal and we need to know from all singers whether they plan to participate.

5.  REHEARSALS:  If you are going to miss rehearsal, please send an email to info(at)bloomingtonchorale.com

6.  FINANCES/DONATIONS:  As a small non-profit the Chorale is always looking for donations to help bridge the gap between income and expenses.  Many companies do an employee donation match, which is a great way to increase the impact of you giving.

7.  SERVICE:   The Chorale is always looking for volunteers to help with tasks.  Current task(s):

  • Soliciting sponsorships from companies
  • Help with Social Media.  We currently have FaceBook setup, interested in adding Twitter and/or Instagram
  • If you have a skill you think would be helpful please mention it to a board member

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  10/11/19

Hello BC!

We have had 5 rehearsals with 8 more to go.  Here are notes for the week.

1.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:  Thank you for your attention to Rick last week, he emailed that he really enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to audition to be our Director.  Please hold on to your review forms until our last candidate is done on 10/21, at which point the board will collect all reviews.  These reviews will be important as the board makes it decision in November.

2.  NADIA'S NOTES:  Here are notes from our Music Director.

  • Sectional this week...Please keep on studying the Women's piece "Where Were You Born, O Holy Child", and the Men's piece, "Jingle All the Way"

  • First off, thank you very much for studying the music, whether on your own or on our website...it is showing!   We are not quite half-way, but we need to get beyond the correct pitches and rhythms patterns to the:

          phrasing, dynamics, blending of voices, vowels, musical markings such as legato, staccato, accents, etc. who has the melody?

          Where am I breathing, where should I be breathing, is that correct?   Etc

  • When you are listening to the music (unless you're in the car ) please have the music open and look at it...have a pencil handy to mark something that you might  have missed before.

  • Soloist Auditions, are this Monday the 14th and the following Monday the 21st starting at 6:00 pm. If you have the slightest inkling that you would really like to try out for a singing solo or a speaking solo (" 'Twas the night Before Christmas"), please do. Think of not only your vocal range, but the style of piece as well. Sometimes we really like a solo, but it isn't always the best solo for our own voice....food for thought.

3.  REHEARSALS:  If you are going to miss rehearsal, please send an email to info(at)bloomingtonchorale.com

4.  FINANCES/DONATIONS:  As a small non-profit the Chorale is always looking for donations to help bridge the gap between income and expenses.  Many companies do an employee donation match, which is a great way to increase the impact of you giving.

5.  SOLOS:  If members are interested in trying out for solos but did not put their names on the sign up sheets, please email Mary to coordinate a time. (mary(at)villagecentral.net)

6.  SERVICE:   The Chorale is always looking for volunteers to help with tasks.  Current task(s):

  • Soliciting sponsorships from companies
  • Help with Social Media.  We currently have FaceBook setup, interested in adding Twitter and/or Instagram.
  • If you have a skill you think would be helpful please mention it to a board member

7.  DECEMBER 1ST SHOW:  The Chorale has been invited to perform on Sunday, December 1st (sometime between 12-1pm) at Redemption Church.  Before we commit to the show, we need to find out how many members are available and willing to perform a few numbers from our December concert.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  10/4/19

Hi Everyone!

We have had 4 rehearsals with 9 more to go.  Here are notes for the week.

1.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:  We will have Rick P. rehearsing the group from 8:10-8:40pm on 10/7.  We are asking for members to review each candidate and to hold review forms until our last candidate is done on 10/21, at which point the board will collect all reviews.  We very much value membership input!

2.  NADIA'S NOTES:  Here are notes from our Music Director.

  • Remember to pick up an evaluation sheet for Rick P. (as they sign in) with the correct conductor’s name on it so they are ready to go.
  • Study the Rutter/Handel pieces this week so they can look up, watch the conductor and be able to give a good objective opinion.
  • I plan to work a lot on the Beethoven with the accompaniment again, as it’s coming along but not as confident as I would like
  • I want to hear how the “Where were You Born” and “Jingle all the Way” pieces are coming with just the accompaniment, then we can find out where the rough spots are.
  • Continue speaking the French, as it will get comfortable, but not without going over it on our own.

3.  RECRUITMENT:   We are still looking for a few more singers.  We had a new tenor and a returning bass in practice last week, so numbers continue to grow.

4.  SOLO AUDITIONS:  If you are interested in auditioning for a solo, Nadia will be holding auditions on Monday October 14th, from 6-7pm in the Black Box dressing room upstairs.  Please let her know if you will be trying out.  Here is the list of solos

2019  CHRISTMAS  CONCERT  SOLOS

Title                                                                    Page       Measures

“Sim Shalom”                                                   3             12-28, medium register

                                                                            5             33-end, higher register

                                                                                             (full voice, interpretive)                                   

“Il Est Ne”                                                          10           125-156, medium register (in French)

“Wonderful Child”                                              4             20-end, medium through high register needed

                                                                                               “Gospel style-heavier voice”

“ ‘Twas the Night before Christmas”

                                                                                11            105-141,  II Tenor or Baritone register

                                                                                18            (spoken – Soprano/Alto)

                                                                                19            178-190,  Alto register

                                                                                21            194-201, Soprano and Alto

                                                                                23            211-222, Tenor

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  9/26/19

Hi Everyone!

We have had 3 rehearsals with 10 more to go, so we are on our way!  Here are notes for the week.

1.  SECTIONALS:  We are doing sectionals this Monday (9/30) from 7-9pm.  Everyone is to gather in the Rehearsal Hall (RH) for warm-ups at 7pm and then the men go upstairs to the paint studio with Nadia, and the women stay with Elise in the RH.

2.  PRACTICE PARTS:  Casey finished parts for the Women's piece (Where Were You Born).  Also, one of our board members found a pronunciation video for Il Est Ne.  Links to both of these are found on our website under Member Practice Links.  Hopefully everyone find these helpful for their practice away from rehearsals. ;^)

3.  RECRUITMENT:   We are still looking for a few more singers.  We have a new T1, B1 and a returning B2 starting on Monday.  We could use another tenor (or two!) and some more women voices, so work those networks and let's Fill the Risers!  Current singer estimate is 55, and we can support up to 66.

4.  NEW PIANOS:  The Bloomington Fine Arts Council (BFAC) bought 3 new pianos for use at the BCA and have asked us to take good care of them.  See their guidance below.

  • Please always cover the piano when you are done using it.
  • Please always cover the piano before you move it to another space or room to avoid any damage as it goes through doorways. 
  • Avoid putting drinks, food, water bottles on the piano.
  • Do not wipe the piano or the keys with a wet cloth.

5.  SOLO AUDITIONS:  If you are interested in auditioning for a solo, Nadia will be holding auditions on Monday October 14th, from 6-7pm in the Black Box green room upstairs.  Please let her know if you will be trying out.

6.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:  We had Dr Donelson rehearse the group on 9/23.  We are asking for members to review each candidate and to hold all review forms until our last candidate is done on 10/21, at which point the board will collect all reviews.  We very much value membership input on this to ensure we find the perfect fit for our new Director!

7.  SERVICE:  There are many ways to help out the Chorale.  We have one seat open on the board, so if you are interested in serving in this way, please talk to any board member.  if serving on the board is not an option for you, then there are other service opportunities such as advertising, outreach & fund raising, etc.  Many exciting things are happening in the Art in Bloomington, so get involved and help us move forward the Chorale Arts!

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  9/20/19

Hi Everyone!

Here are announcements for the week.

1.  SEPT 23RD PRACTICE:  We are down to three finalists for our new Music Director, and we will have our first candidate, Dr David D, guest rehearse at the 9/23 practice from 8:10-8:40pm.  Dave will be rehearsing Handel's Hallelujah Chorus and Shepherd's Pipe Carol so please look these over so everyone can be watching Dr Dave while he conducts.  The 9/23 session will be extended by 30 minutes, to 7-9:30pm.

2.  IL EST NE:  Here are the notes from Nadia on Il Est Ne.

Page Number

4 through 5       French

6 through 7       English

8 through 9       MEN continue with English

                         WOMEN start French at ms. 102 

10 through 11   Solo (in French) TOP NOTE - Treble Clef

                         Choir sings on    oo

                         Soprano - middle note - Treble Clef

                         Alto - bottom note - Treble Clef

                        Men - Bass Clef

12 through 13 - English

14 to the end -  French

3.  RECRUITMENT:  Current estimates put us at about 55 singers for the Winter session, so continue to recruit singers where you can.  We would like to get close to our maximum capacity of 66 singers.  Recruiting material is attached and is also available at rehearsals (posters and brochures)

4.  PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE:  Please take some time each week to go through your music.  Remember about all the tools that are available on the BC website.

5.  UKULELE JAM/SING-ALONG:  The next Uke Jam/Sing-along is Saturday September 21st, from 7-9pm in the BCA's rehearsal hall.  Tom A will be leading the session this week.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  9/13/19

Hi New and Returning Bloomington Chorale Members!

Here are announcements for the week.

1.  WELCOME BACK:  We had 12 new singers at our first rehearsal, so please take the time to meet others.  We are a community that loves to sing and it is much more fun to sing with people you know!  Also, please try to minimize unnecessary talking, and remember to periodically show appreciation to Nadia and Elise as they share their wonderful gifts with us!

2.  RECRUITMENT:  Current estimates put us at about 50 singers for the Winter session, so continue to recruit singers where you can.  We would like to get close to our maximum capacity of 66 singers.  Recruiting material is attached and is also available at rehearsals (posters and brochures)

3.  PRACTICE PARTS:  Casey has finished parts for all but the Women's piece (this should be done soon) and these are available on our website under the Members Section.  There are also links to Handel and Beethoven practice parts.  Please try and make use of these tools as much as possible.

4.  UKULELE JAM/SING-ALONG:  The next Uke Jam/Sing-along is Saturday September 21st, from 7-9pm in the BCA's rehearsal hall.  These are a lot of fun and another opportunity to get the pipes in tune!

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  9/6/19

Hi Chorale Members!

Here are announcements for the week.

1.  FALL SESSION:  Our Fall session starts on Monday September 9th, 7-9pm in the BCA Rehearsal Hall.  Please arrive by 6:30pm so we can get everyone signed in and can start rehearsal promptly at 7pm.  Casey has finished playing out parts and we will be posting links to these on our website.  If you have not already done so, please reply to this email if you plan to return for the Fall/Winter session.  If you have any music left over from last year, please bring this to the first rehearsal.  Also, we are asking all previous members to reach out to any new singers to make them feel welcome.  First night can be a little overwhelming!

2.  RECRUITMENT:  Current estimates put us at 45 singers for the Winter session, so continue to recruit singers where you can.  We would like to get close to our maximum capacity of 66 singers.  Recruiting material is attached.

3.  UKULELE JAM/SING-ALONG:  The next Uke Jam/Sing-along is Saturday September 7th, from 7-9pm in the BCA's rehearsal hall.  We had 11 Uke'ers/singers last time, so still lots of interest in these sessions.  Last night I was talking to the BCA lobby person and she just bought a used Uke and will be coming this Saturday!

4.  DIRECTOR RESIGNATION UPDATE:

Over the summer we received several responses/questions from Chorale members regarding Steve resignation.

We understand that members would like to know more about the circumstances around Steve's departure.  Steve did not provide any reason or explanation for leaving in his letter of resignation, therefore the Board had nothing more that we could share with the membership. Since the Board was Steve's employer, with the privacy expected in such a relationship, it would be inappropriate for the Board to make known details regarding Steve's employment.

It is common when someone resigns to make it effective immediately, and the Board decided that this was the appropriate thing to do in this case.  We know several members have asked for Steve's address to send him a card or a note and so we can provide this information if you would like.

All of us on the Board appreciate Steve contributions to the Bloomington Chorale over the years and we sincerely wish him the very best in the future.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board