Member Announcements

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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