Member Announcements

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

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UPDATED  8/29/19

Here are announcements for the week.

1.  RETURNING MEMBERS:  Please reply to this email if you plan to return for the Fall/Winter session.  We would like to have all returning member sign-up forms completed before the first practice on 9/9, and Nadia would like to know who she has for returning singers.

2.  RECRUITMENT:  Please help out with recruitment by displaying the attached poster in areas that you frequent or handing out our brochure (also 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.  A good opportunity to introduce new singers to the group and to get your voice back in tune!

4.  FALL SESSION:  Our Fall session starts on Monday September 9th, 7-9pm.  The three new songs arrived today and have been sent to Casey for parts play out.

5.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:  The Search Committee/Board has down selected to three Music Director finalists.  These three outstanding candidates will each be doing a 30 minute guest rehearsal to see firsthand how they work with the chorale and how the members respond to them.  The schedule is as follows:

  • September 23rd, Dr Dave D.
  • October 7th, Mr. Rick P.
  • October 21st, Dr Rick L.

6.  BCA NEWS:  See the attached City communication about the proposed expansion of the BCA.  The BFAC has coordinated the purchase of new pianos for the BCA for us to use and we are working with the City to buy/store the extra set risers that we rent every show.  A very exciting time to be in the Arts in Bloomington!!

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  8/22/19

Hello Singers!

Here are announcements for the week.

1.  RECRUITMENT:  Please help out with recruitment by displaying the attached poster in areas that you frequent or handing out our brochure (also attached).  We need everyone to help us "Fill the Risers!" for out next season.

2.  UKULELE JAM/SING-ALONG:  The next Uke Jam/Sing-along is Saturday September 7th, from 7-9pm in the BCA's rehearsal hall.  Last time we had a couple show up who come to all of our shows.  We set them up with a Uke/chord changer and music and they stayed the whole 2.5 hours and had a blast!

3.  FALL SESSION:  Our Fall session starts on Monday September 9th, 7-9pm.  Three new pieces have been ordered and we are putting together music packages for everyone.  Casey is playing out parts for us which will be put on-line like last year, so we will be ready to go on September 9th!

4.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:  The Search Committee met with the board on 8/20 and the list of five candidates was down-selected to three.  We are currently scheduling the three finalists into guest rehearsals slots in September/October and will be announcing the schedule next week.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  8/15/19

Hello Singers!

Here are announcements for the week.

1.  RECRUITMENT:  We have started passing out our recruiting posters for singers to display around town.  The poster was attached in this email and we are asking for members to post in the areas that they frequent (work, church, community centers, stores).  Also, attached was our brochure, which is another great recruiting tool.  If everyone can do a little recruiting I am sure that we can "Fill the Risers!".

2.  UKULELE JAM/SING-ALONG:  The next Uke Jam/Sing-along is Saturday August 17rd, from 7-9pm in the BCA's rehearsal hall.  These sessions will continue in the fall on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.  Come on out and join the fun!

3.  FALL SESSION:  Our Fall session starts on Monday September 9th, 7-9pm.  Check out the BC website for the complete fall schedule and details about our Winter show.  Nadia has done a great job this summer preparing for the session, and with our new very talented accompanist Elise, we are on target to "Hit the Ground Singing" on the 9th!!

4.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:  The Search Committee will be meeting with the board on 8/20, to review their down-select choices.  Expect more details in the coming weeks!

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  8/10/19

Hello Singers!

Here are announcements for the week.

1.  NEW ACCOMPANIST:  The Board would like to announce our new accompanist Elise Bombaro.  Elise was the accompanist for the Women of Note chorus for the last 3 years and brings amazing talent and a wonderful personality to the position.  We are thrilled to have Elise joining us!

2.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:  The Search Committee (SC) interviewed five strong candidates on 8/5 & 8/6.  The interviews were like masters classes in choral conducting with lots of wonderful and interesting answers to our questions.  The SC will be recommending their top three candidates before the next board meeting in 8/20.  We are very excited about the amazing candidates and they all stated that they are very interested in becoming our next Music Director and that choral conducting is their passion!  WOW!!

3.  RECRUITMENT:  We are starting our new member recruitment advertising for the fall.  We are creating a recruitment poster that we plan to post around the area and will want members to help get these posted.  Also, we are doing advertising through newspapers, the BC Website, the City of Bloomington, Facebook, etc.  Help us get the word out about our fantastic group so we can Fill the Risers!

4.  UKULELE JAM/SING-ALONG:  The next Uke Jam/Sing-along is Saturday August 17rd, from 7-9pm in the BCA's rehearsal hall.  These have been so popular that we will be continuing them into the fall, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, with the City doing additional marketing for us.  We have found several attendees that are interested in joining BC, so it has been a good tool for recruiting, in addition to being a lot of fun!

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  8/3/19

Hi Everyone,

Here are announcements for the week.

1.  ACCOMPANIST SEARCH:  We had eight people apply for the accompanist position and had five pianists come in for auditions on 7/29.  Right after the auditions we down-selected to the top three. Over the last few days we did follow-up with each of the three and made an offer to our top pick, and they said yes!  We will be announcing their name in the next week after we have finalized the contract with them.

2.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:  The Search Committee (SC) has received eight impressive applications for the Music Director position.  Phone interviews are complete and we have down-selected to the top five, who will be coming in for in-person interviews on August 5th & 6th.  The final three candidates will be called in to guest rehearse in the September/October time frame with a final selection in November.

3.  UKULELE JAM/SING-ALONG:  The next Uke Jam/Sing-along is Saturday August 3rd, from 7-9pm in the BCA's rehearsal hall.

4.  FALL/WINTER SESSION:  Here is the theme/teaser for the Winter show and we plan to start rehearsals on Monday 9/9.

Home For The Holidays

Singing holiday music to warm your heart and brighten your season!

Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Hallelujah Chorus and more!

5.  RECRUITMENT:  As we approach the fall/winter, we ask members to keep their eyes (and ears!) open for new recruits.  Almost every week we get another request  through our website on how to join.  We would love to fill the ranks for the next session!

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  7/25/19

Hi BC!

I hope that you are enjoying your summer and getting out and soaking up all that heat!!  Here are announcements for the week.

1.  ACCOMPANIST SEARCH:  We currently have seven people that applied for the accompanist position and are inviting four in for auditions.  The auditions are Monday July 29th in the BCA Paint Studio starting at 7pm and run for 20 minutes each.  Part of the audition is to accompany a group of singers with Nadia conducting and so we are looking for few more members to help out with this.  We will be doing You'll Never Walk Alone for this part of the audition and can use another bass and some altos.  Please let Tom H or anyone on the board know if you are able to help out.  We would like singers there by 6:45pm so we are ready to go right at 7pm.

2.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH UPDATE:  The Search Committee (SC) has received seven impressive applications for the Music Director position.  Phone interview are on-going with the SC performing in-person interviews the week of August 5th.  The final 3 applicants will be called in to guest rehearse in the September/October time frame with a final selection in November.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  7/18/19

Hi Everyone!

Here are announcements for the week.

1.  UKULELE JAM/SING-ALONG:  The next Uke Jam/Sing-along is Saturday July 20th, from 7-9pm in the BCA's rehearsal hall.  We had 12 people at the last session so a little less than last time, but still a lot of fun!

2.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH UPDATE:  The Search Committee (SC) is receiving some amazing applications and has been performing phone interviews with the candidates.  The SC will performing face to face interviews the week of August 5th and then the final 3 applicants will be called in to guest rehearse in September/October time frame with a final selection in November.

3.  FALL/WINTER SESSION:  The show marketing is being finalized and we will be sharing details with members soon.  We plan to start rehearsals on Monday 9/9.

4.  RECRUITMENT:  As we approach the fall/winter, we ask members to keep their eyes (and ears!) open for new recruits.  Almost every week we get another request  through our website on how to join.  We would love to fill the ranks for the next session!

5.  ACCOMPANIST:  Casey has decided to not renew as the accompanist for BC for 2019/2020 due to a very busy schedule and increasing demand.  Casey has been with BC for 4 years and we are so thankful for his years of service, amazing skills and professionalism.  The accompanist job description has been posted on various job sights.  We currently have 5 applicants and will be doing interviews in the coming weeks.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  7/4/19

Hi Everyone, Happy 4th of July!

Here are announcements for the week.

1.  INTERIM MUSIC DIRECTOR:  Nadia J has been selected as Interim Music Director for The Chorale.  Nadia brings tremendous experience and amazing skill to the group and the Board is thrilled to be working with her.  The Board is meeting with our new Interim Director on Monday July 8th to finalize details for the Fall session.  Please offer Nadia your congratulations & support, and to also thank Nadia for serving in this fashion!

2.  UKULELE JAM/SING-ALONG:  The next Uke Jam/Sing-along is Saturday July 6th, from 7-9pm in the BCA's paint studio.  We have received several recent emails from people wanting to participate so we are expecting a few new faces on top of the 16 musicians that came last time.  Come join this group of like-minded individuals that love to make music together, it is a lot of fun!

3.  MUSIC RETURNS:  We are filing music from the June shows and notice that we are missing 10 music packages.  If you can, please return your June music to The Chorale office in the BCA, or contact one of the Board members for pickup.

4.  MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH UPDATE:  The Music Director Search Committee(SC) has been selected & approved by the Board and consists of the following members:  Pamela K, Judy T, Jim H, Donna M & Tom H.  Applications are starting to come in (application deadline is 7/21) and we plan to be doing interviews in the August time frame.  Thanks to the SC for serving in this important role.  We also are forming an Advisory Committee to help guide the search process and expect to announce more about this next week.

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  6/29/19

Hi Everyone, 

Here are announcements for the week.  We have updated the email list to include members from both the 2018 Winter & 2019 Spring sessions.

1.  Reminder that we are accepting applications for our new Music Director until 7/21 with interviews occurring in August/September.  The Search Committee will be announced next week.

2.  The 6/22 Ukulele Jam/Sing-along had 16 people participate.  About half were BC members and the other half musicians/singers who found us on the City FB page.  The next session is on Saturday July 6th, 7-9pm.  Come join the fun!

3.  Spring show broadcast:  Here is the remaining spring program broadcast schedule

Bloomington Chorale: Songs of Hope and Inspiration

  • 6/27 at 9:30 PM
  • 6/28 at 3:30 am, 9:30 am, 3:30 pm
  • BTV 14/859 HD
  • Blm.mn/BTV

Thanks,

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  6/22/19

Hi BC members,

Here are notes for the week.

1.  Spring show broadcast:  Here is the spring program broadcast schedule
Bloomington Chorale: Songs of Hope and Inspiration

  • 6/25 at 10:00 PM
  • 6/26 at 4:00 AM, 10:00 AM,  4:00 PM
  • 6/27 at 9:30 PM
  • 6/28 at 3:30 am, 9:30 am, 3:30 pm
  • BTV 14/859 HD
  • Blm.mn/BTV

2.  Arts in the Park show (6/18):  We had beautiful weather and the show went very well with 25 singers and a 60+ audience count.  Audience and member feedback was that we sounded great!  Thanks to Nadia and Casey for leading us in this show.  This is out last show for the summer but see #3 below as to how to stay involved over the next few months.

3.  Summer Singing:  The next Ukulele Jam/sing-along is Saturday June 22nd, from 7-9pm in the BCA rehearsal room.  We will be working on harmonies for In My Room, I'll Fly Away & Down to the River.  No worries if you don't know these harmonies (yet) as we just sing melody for lots of other songs.  Come keep the pipes in tune, learn to play the Uke and have some fun!  The remaining sessions are 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, & 8/17.


4.  Music Director Search:  The job was posted today and we will be accepting applications until 7/21.  Please forward the the Music Director Job Description to anyone that might want to apply.

Thanks, 

Tom, and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  6/14/19

Hi BC Members,
 
Great job at the BCA Arts Open House show on June 8th.  The feedback was that the group sounded great and the audiences really responded to the liveliness of the performance.  We had 5 people express interest in joining the Chorale, handed out 25 Ads for 6/18 show & 50 BC brochures, and had 100’s of people pass by our table on their way to the Farmer’s Market.  Special thanks to Casey for leading the effort and to Jen and Kati for manning our table all morning to “talk up” the Chorale.

Here are notes for the week.
 
1.    Reminder about the Arts in the Park show at the Normandale Bandshell on Tuesday June 18th with Nadia conducting and Casey accompanying us.  The show goes from 7-8pm with a singer "call time" of 6pm.  The dress code is khaki bottom with a red, white or blue polo shirt top.  We have the following 24 singers confirmed for this show, so please let us know of any adjustments.
·         S1:  Nicolle B, Susan H, Donna M, Kati R, Mary S, Rebecca W
·         S2:  Haven D, Shauna D, Michelle G, Nadia J, Jen J
·         A1/A2:  Lisa B, Jean F, Judy T/Molly C, Kat J
·         T1/T2:  Tomm J, Paul K, Galen P/Tom A, Scott H
·         B1/B2: Jim B, Tom H/Luke I
Here is the run-order:  Star Spangled, Same Train, The Prayer, Ain’t A-That Good News, You’ll Never Walk Alone, What a Wonderful World, Joyful Joyful, Take Me Out to the Ballgame (melody only), God Bless the USA, You’re a Grand Old Flag, Impossible Dream, Lean on Me, God Bless America
 
2.    SUMMER SINGING:  The next Ukulele Jam/Sing-a-long is on Saturday June 22, 7-9pm in the BCA Rehearsal Hall.  The BCA is doing some advertising for us on this and we have 9 people saying that they plan to attend on 6/22, so getting some momentum on this.  Here is the BCA FB post going up next Wednesday.
 
Come sing and/or play ukulele with the Bloomington Chorale!
 
The Bloomington Chorale is doings Ukulele Jam/Sing-a-along sessions this summer as a way to keep their voices in tune, get to meet new people and have a little fun.  The “Jams” are twice a month throughout the summer, occurring on Saturday nights from 7-9pm in the Bloomington Center for the Arts (BCA) rehearsal hall.  We typically play out of the Jumpin Jims Daily Ukulele books, so if you have one of these bring it along, but we are trying to do some songs that have harmony parts, too.  The sessions are 6/1, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3 & 8/17.  If you don’t play Ukulele, we have extra “Ukes” and can get you playing quickly, or you can just come and sing-a-long.   Any questions, please contact us at bloomingtonchoralemn@gmail.com

 

3.  2019/2020 PLANNING:  The Board has made an offer for the Iterim Music Director position and is finalizing the Search Process for a permanent Music Director.  Expect to hear more about this in the coming weeks.  The board entered its new term on 6/1 and welcomed Jim H and Donna M to the new term and said goodbye to Jen J and Amanda L.  We encourage everyone to get to know all the members of the Board and to express thanks to departing board members.  Here is your new board and roles assigned at the 6/11 board meeting.
·         Tom H – President
·         Donna M – Vice President
·         Mary S – Treasurer
·         Scott H – Secretary
·         Kati R – Member-At-Large
·         Jim H – Member-At-Large
 
Tom and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  6/5/19

Hi Everyone,

Sum-mer-time... and the liv-in' is easy...  Hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather, it finally feels like summer is here to stay!

Here are notes for the week.  Note: New call time for 6/8 is 8:15am

2.  NORMANDALE ARTS IN THE PARK SHOW:  This show is on Tuesday June 18th at the Normandale Bandshell from 7-8pm with Nadia conducting, Casey on piano, and 24 singers signed up.  The show will have a baseball theme, so invite your friends as we sing songs for our favorite baseball teams!  Call for this show is 6pm and the song list is:
Star Spangled
Same Train
The Prayer
Ain’t A-That Good News
You’ll Never Walk Alone
What a Wonderful World
Joyful Joyful
Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Melody only)
God Bless the USA
You’re a Grand Old Flag
Impossible Dream
Lean on Me
God Bless America 

3.  BCA ARTS OPEN HOUSE SHOW:  This show is on Saturday June 8th with Casey leading this show & 16 singers signed up so far.  The chorale will perform in the BCA lobby from 9-9:30am and we need all singers there at 8:15am (rehearsal room) so we can do warm-ups and a quick review of the songs.  The entire Arts Open House goes from 8am-1pm and BC will have a table/poster there to talk to people and hand out brochures, so if anyone can help out with this, it would be appreciated.  The song list will be a subset of the 6/18 run order.

4.  Uke Jam/sing-a-longs:  We had 5 singers at the 6/1 Uke Jam and all attendees thought it was great.  We had to move the next one to Saturday 6/22, but we are still at 7-9pm in the BCA rehearsal room.  Come join the fun!!

5.  NEXT BOARD MEETING:  Our next board meeting is Tuesday June 11th, where we will be saying goodbye to outgoing board members Amanda L and Jen J, and welcoming back Donna M and installing new board member Jim H.  We would like to thank Amanda and Jen for their years of service to the Chorale as they take a break from board duties.

Tom and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED 5/31/19

 Hi Everyone,

Good job on the Spring shows and getting people to come.  We had almost 400 audience members (55% of capacity), so much better than last spring.

Here are notes for the week.

1.  REHEARSAL FOR JUNE SHOWS:  We will have a rehearsal in the BCA rehearsal room on Monday June 3rd from 7-8:30pm for the June shows.  Nadia will lead this rehearsal with Casey doing accompaniment.   This practice will cover all songs for both the 6/8 and 6/18 performances.  Music will be distributed at the practice.

2.  NORMANDALE ARTS IN THE PARK SHOW:  This show is on Tuesday June 18th at the Normandale Bandshell from 7-8pm with Nadia conducting, Casey on piano, and 24 singers signed up.  Call for this show is 6pm and the tentative song list is Same Train, Impossible Dream, Wonderful World, Never Walk Alone, God Bless the USA, Yankee Doodle/Over There.

3.  BCA ARTS OPEN HOUSE SHOW:  This show is on Saturday June 8th with Casey leading this show & 16 singers signed up so far.  The chorale will perform in the BCA lobby from 9-9:30am and we need all singers there at 8am (rehearsal room) so we can do warm-ups and a quick review of the songs.  The entire Arts Open House goes from 8am-1pm and BC will have a table/poster there to talk to people and hand out brochures, so if anyone can help out with this, it would be appreciated.  The song list will be a subset of the 6/18 run order.. 

4.  SUMMER SINGING:  Several BC singers have been getting together regularly to play Ukulele/guitar & sing, including Pamela K(S), Vicki (former BC alto) Tom A (T) and Tom H (B).  For the summer this group will be meeting in the BCA rehearsal room on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 7-9pm as a singing opportunity for members as well as a recruiting tool for the Chorale.  If you would like to join the fun, just come on down. or bring someone new that might like to join BC.  We will have extra Ukuleles available and can show you how to play or you can just sing along.  We do a wide range of songs from traditional, folk, spirituals, Broadway,  jazz and pop.  The first date is Saturday June 1st, 7-9pm.

5.  2019/2020 PLANNING:  The board continues to work on plans for 2019/2020 and will be appointing an Interim Director as they search for a permanent replacement.  We do wish to thank Steve Johnston for his years of service and commitment to the Chorale, and hope to do something special at a future date  to recognize Steve for all his fine work.

Tom and the Chorale Board

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