Member Announcements

5/13/19

                  Concert Song Order:

      PART 1

Brahms Requiem

     Blessed Are They That Mourn

     How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place

Ain-a That Good News

Same Train

Deep River

Goin Home

Impossible Dream

 

                   PART 2

Alleluia

The Prayer

You'll Never Walk Along/Climb Every Mountain

What a Wonderful World

Hope Medley

Joyful  Joyful

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UPDATED 5/11/19

Here are this week's announcements:
 

1.  PERFORMANCE WEEK SCHEDULE (all in Schneider Theatre at BCA)
Monday, 5/13, 7-9pm - Tech rehearsal
Thursday, 5/16, 7-9pm - Dress rehearsal
Friday, 5/17 - Concert, call time 6:30pm
Saturday, 5/18 - Concert, call time 3pm
Please review dress code for the concert found in the members handbook

We are volunteer organization and the Chorale needs volunteers for the following:
Monday, 5/13, 1pm stage setup
Friday, 5/17, need 2 non-singers to sell raffle tickets
Saturday, 5/18, need 2 non-singers to sell raffle tickets
Saturday, 5/18, break down the stage after the concert

2.  JUNE PERFORMANCES:
Saturday, 6/8 - Concert @ BCA Open House, call time 8am, performance 9-9:30am.
Tuesday, 6/18 - Concert @ Normandale Lake Bandshell, call time 6pm, performance 7-8pm.
We plan to have a rehearsal on Monday 6/3, 7-8:30pm to practice this music.  Music will be selections from the spring of 2018 & 2019 and will be handed out on 6/3.  We have 15 singers for 6/8 & 23 for 6/18.  We need to know everyone's status for these shows so please check sign-up sheets at the next rehearsal.

3.  POSTCARDS & POSTERS.  Posters are available, please help get these spread around the area.

4.  ANNUAL MEETING:  The Annual Meeting is Monday 5/20 from 7-8pm.  Please plan to attend if at all possible. Agenda will include a review of financials and elections of board members.

Thanks, 

Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED  5/3/19

Here are this week's announcements:

1.  PRACTICE TIMES:  We will be lengthening our last rehearsals (5/6) to 7-9:30pm to allow enough time to work on songs needing extra work.

2.  JOYFUL SONG:  Many singers still using their music, so please work on memorizing.

3.  HOPE SOLOISTS: Nadia will be at practice at 6:30pm on 5/6 to work with any Hope Medley soloists wanting some extra practice.

4.  POSTCARDS & POSTERS.  Posters are available, please help get these spread around the area.  We also, would like to drop posters at area churches.  If everyone visited 1 or 2 places, this would help get the word out for the show.

5.  JOYFUL CHOREO.  A video of the choreography is available on the BC website.

6.  ROBERT ROBINSON BENEFIT CONCERT:  There is a Robert Robinson benefit concert on May 5th to help pay for costs for some recent challenges he has.  It will be a great show and a rare chance to see him for only 10 bucks.  He will sing with his band and the St. Joan’s Choir will back him up.  gf.me/u/sb6tr8  See Galen for details.

7.  BOARD MEMBERS:  Final date to be nominated to run for the 3 open board spots is 5/6.  Please reach out to any board member if you are interested.

Have a great a week!

Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED  4/30/19

Hello all!

1.  PRACTICE TIMES:  We will be lengthening our next two rehearsals (4/29 & 5/6) to 7-9:30pm to allow enough time to work on Joyful, Hope Medley and other songs needing extra work.

2.  JOYFUL SONG:  We will be working Joyful without movement so we can lock down the singing first.  Movement will be re-introduced once the music is solid.

3.  POSTCARDS & POSTERS.  Posters are available, please help get these spread around the area.

4.  JOYFUL CHOREO.  We recorded the choreography at our last rehearsal which is available on the BC website.

5.  ROBERT ROBINSON BENEFIT CONCERT:  There is a Robert Robinson benefit concert on May 5th to help pay for costs for some recent challenges he has.

       It will be a great show and a rare chance to see him for only 10 bucks.  He will sing with his band and the St. Joan’s Choir will back him up.  gf.me/u/sb6tr8  See Galen for details.

Thanks,

Amanda and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  4/19/19

Hello all. Happy (finally) spring. Here are this week's announcements:

1.  BOARD ELECTIONS:  We will have 3 board 2-year positions up for election at the 5/20 Annual meeting.  Nominations must be approved by 5/6, so if you are interested in serving on the board, please talk to Tom H or anyone on the board.

2.  IMPORTANT DATES
   

Spring Shows:
         Tech 5/13,7-9pm
         Dress 5/16,7-9pm
         Performances Fri 5/17 @ 7:30pm & Sat 5/18 @ 4pm
   

Annual Meeting:
         Monday 5/20, 7-8pm in BCA rehearsal room
   

Arts Showcase at BCA.
         Saturday 6/8 8am-12noon with a BC 30 minute performance from 9-9:30am.
   

Normandale Bandshell Arts in the Park:
         Tuesday 6/18 7-8pm
   
3.  ADVERTISING:  Brochures, sample Programs and Ad forms are available.  Please take some and help us get advertisers for the Show Program.  Deadline is 5/1.

4.  POSTCARDS & POSTERS.  Posters are available, please help get these spread around the area.  Post Cards will be available at our 4/22 practice.

5.  JOYFUL CHOREO (so far):
    - Meas. 26-33, Squat on 2, turn left on 3, hold 4. squat on 2, turn right on 3, hold 4.  Repeat through meas. 33
    - Meas. 34-43. Melt section, pulse up and down
    - Meas. 43-52, Same as Meas. 26-33
    - Meas. 53-60 (at key change), Clap on 2 & 4, hands over head
    - Meas. 61-66, Melt section, pulse up and down
    - Meas. 67 (repeats twice) - Fill Us section
          -m. 67 right arm cross chest (on beat 3)
           -m. 69 left arm cross chest (beat 3)
           -m. 71 both arms reach out to audience (beat 3)
           -m. 73 arms stay extended and hands wave inward (beat 3)
    - Meas. 75, last Fill Us, both arms cross chest (beat 3)
    - Meas. 77, rt hand to shoulder height (Light Of...), and then extend to sky with jazz hand (Day!)

Have a great week,

Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED  4/11/19

Hi all! Here are this week's announcements: 

1.  REHEARSAL:  Our next practice is 7pm on April 15th at the BCA, we have 4 more left before performance week.  Casey is out of town so Nadia will be tickling the ivories this week!
 
2.  PRACTICE NOTES:  Requiem and Acapella pieces need work.
 
3.  JOYFUL OFF-BOOK:  Need to be totally off-book by 4/15.
 
4.  JOYFUL CHOREO (so far):
    - Meas. 34-43. Melt section, Hands on thighs, pulse up and down
    - Meas. 43-52, Squat on 1, turn left on 2, hold 3,4. squat on 1, turn right on 2, hold 3,4.  Repeat through meas. 52
    - Meas. 53-60 (at key change), Clap on 2 & 4, hands over head
    - Meas. 61-66, Melt section, hands on thighs, pulse up and down
    - Meas. 67 (repeats twice) - Fill Us section
          -m. 67 right arm cross chest (on beat 3)
           -m. 69 left arm cross chest (beat 3)
           -m. 71 both arms reach out to audience (beat 3)
           -m. 73 arms stay extended and hands wave inward (beat 3)
    - Meas. 75, last Fill Us, both arms cross chest (beat 3)
    - Meas. 77, rt hand to shoulder height (Light Of...), and then extend to sky with jazz hand (Day!)

5.  ADVERTISING:  Brochures, sample Programs and Ad forms are available.  Please take some and help us get advertisers for the Show Program.  Deadline is 5/1.

6.  POSTCARDS & POSTERS are coming soon.  We need everyone's help with advertising the show and filling the house!

Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED  4/6/19

Hi all! Here are this week's announcements: 

1.  REHEARSAL:  Our next practice is 7pm on April 8th at the BCA, we have 5 more left before performance week.
 
2.  JOYFUL OFF-BOOK:  Need to memorize to Measure 75 for our next practice.  Everyone will need to be totally off-book by 4/15.
 
3.  PRACTICE NOTES:  Please take a look at Requiem, especially some of the challenging sections in these two pieces.
 
4.  JOYFUL CHOREO (so far):
    - Meas. 53-60 (at key change), Clap on 2 & 4
    - Meas. 61-66, Hand on thighs and pulse up and down
    - Meas. 67 (repeats twice) - Fill Us section
          -m. 67 right arm cross chest
           -m. 69 left arm cross chest
           -m. 71 both arms reach out to audience
           -m. 73 arms stay extended and hands wave inward
    - Meas. 75, last Fill Us, both arms cross chest
    - Meas. 77, rt hand to shoulder height (Light Of...), and then extend to sky with jazz hand (Day!)

5.  ADVERTISING:  

         Brochures, sample Programs and Ad forms are available.  

         We will want everyone to help get Ads for Spring Program.  

        As you talk to people about the Chorale, this is also a good time to do some recruiting for new members.  

        We will need all Ads submitted by 5/1.

Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED  3/30/19

Here are this week's announcements:

1.  REHEARSAL:  Our next practice is 7pm at BCA, we have 6 more left before performance week.
 
2.  JOYFUL OFF-BOOK:  Need to memorize to Measure 67 for our next practice.  Everyone will need to be totally off-book by 4/15, so do not wait until the last minute on this.
 
3.  PRACTICE NOTES:  Joyful sounds a bit rough.  

                                       The Prayer has Italian pronunciation issues so look at the transliterations found on the website.  

                                       Ain't A That A Good News has tempo/rhythm issues, watch for the extra '-a' in the words.  

                                       Casey has played out each part and these are on the website so please spend time listening to your parts.
 
4.  JOYFUL CHOREO (so far):
   

- Fill Us Section, Starts at Meas. 67 (repeats twice)
          -m. 67 right arm cross chest
           -m. 69 left arm cross chest
           -m. 71 both arms reach out to audience
           -m. 73 arms stay extended and hands wave inward
    - Meas. 75, last Fill Us, both arms cross chest
    - Meas. 77, rt hand to shoulder height (Light Of...), and then extend to sky with jazz hand (Day!)

5.  ADVERTISING:  We will have Brochures, sample Programs and Ad forms available this Monday and will want everyone to help get Ads for Spring Program.  

                                 As you talk to people about the Chorale, this is also a good time to do some recruiting for new members.


Amanda and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  3/23/19

Hello all! Happy Spring! Here are this week’s announcements:
 
1.  REHEARSAL:  Our next practice is 7pm at BCA, we have 7 more left before performance week.
 
2.  PRACTICE LINKS:  Casey has played out all parts for Hope Medley, including the solos.  Please make use of the practice links since we are a bit behind on on this new piece.
 
3.  JOYFUL OFF-BOOK:  Need to memorize to Measure 61 for our next practice.  We have the choreography from Ben Ol, so will be adding a little bit each week.
 
Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED  3/16/19

Hello All! Here are this week’s announcements:
 
1.  REHEARSAL:  Our next practice is 7pm at BCA, and we are down to our last 8, so please make as many as possible to ensure that we are in good shape for the shows.
 
2.  NEW MUSIC:  Hope Medley was distributed last week and is being performed by the entire group.  

                             Ensure that you pickup this new music.  

                             Casey has played out the parts they are online now!
 
3.  JOYFUL OFF-BOOK:  Need to memorize to Measure 53 for our next practice.  

                                          Choreography from Ben Olson of the Continental Ballet is coming so need to be off book soon, so we can add movement into this fun piece!
 
4.  SUMMER PERFORMANCE:  The City of Bloomington just confirmed the Chorale to perform on Tuesday June 18th at the Normandale bandshell for Arts In The Park.  

                                                     Please put this on your calendar and plan to participate.  

                                                     This is a nice gift back to the City and good marketing for the Chorale!
 
Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED 3/2/19

Hello all! Here this week’s announcements!
 
1.  Our next rehearsal is a sectional practice on Monday 3/4 at the BCA.  

    We start all together at 7pm in our normal room for announcements & warm-ups.  

    Then the men go to the paint studio with Steve & Theresa (accompanist from Normandale Jubilee performance) and the women stay with Casey.  

    Please get there by 6:45pm so we can be ready to go right at 7pm and minimize chatter during practice.
 
2.  Audio parts for 7 songs are on our website.  These include:
       - Impossible Dream
       - Goin' Home
       - Joyful, Joyful
       - Same Train
       - Deep River
       - Never Walk Alone
       - Wonderful World
    Thanks to Casey for getting this done!
 
3.  Many new practice items on the Website for The Prayer including
     -  Additional practice links
     - PDF file with Italian transliteration (thank you Nadia!)
     - Audio pronunciation file (thanks to Jim!)
 
3.  The Joyful,Joyful "Off-book schedule" requires that everyone memorize through measure 34 for our next practice.  

     Here is the complete schedule.  

     Thanks to Jeanette for this!
           - 3/4 - Meas 34
           - 3/11 - Meas 44
           - 3/18 - Meas 53
           - 3/25 - Meas 61
           - 4/1 - Meas 67
           - 4/8 - Meas 95
           - 4/15 - Should know whole song
 
4.  Winter show DVD's are available, pickup at the table if you ordered one.  

     There has been some reported problems with the new high-def format so let the board if you are having any issues with your DVD.
 
 
Thanks,
Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED  2/22/19

Hello all! Here are this week’s announcements:
 
1.      REHEARSAL

         We have our normal practice on Monday 2/25 at the BCA rehearsal room from 7-9pm.  

         Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can start right at 7pm.  

         If you are unable to make a practice, please email Tom H or send an email through the BC website.  

         Only 12 more practices to go before performance week!
 
2.      SOCIALIZE

         Get to know your fellow singers.  

         Every week try and say hello to someone you do not know.  

         Also, please wear your name tags or use one of the sticky ones if you forgot yours.  

         Let the check-in person know if you would like a new name tag.
 
3.      PRACTICE

         Plenty of links on the website.  

         You should be going through your music during the week.  

         Casey will be playing out parts of new pieces for the website.  

         If you need a part played out, please let anyone on the board know.
 
4.      ADVERTISING

        The Advertising Committee is putting together a package to be used to solicit program ads.  

        We will need feet on the ground once the package is complete to canvas area businesses, so please consider helping out with this important revenue source for the Chorale.  

        Contact Pamela K or Katie R if you are able and willing to help.
 
Have a great weekend!
Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED  2/15/19

Hello all! happy belated Valentine’s Day! Here are this week’s announcements:
 
1.      Our next practice is on 2/18 at BCA and is a sectional rehearsal.  

        We start all together in our normal space starting at 7pm.  

        At 7:30pm, we break for 10 minutes and then start sectionals (7:40-9pm) with the men going to the upstairs paint studio with Steve/Nathan and the women staying with Casey in our normal practice room.
 
2.      The final opportunity for solo auditions is on 2/18.  

         If you are interested, please let Steve Johnston know so he can listen to you during the break.
 
3.      Please, please, please get to rehearsals 15 minutes early so we can start on time.  

         Getting there early allows you to sign-in and pickup any new music.  

         This is also a good time to do a little socializing/networking.
 
4.      The new Goin' Home arrangement handed out on 2/11 was incomplete.  

        We are working to get this corrected.
 
5.      Recruit!  We can still use a few more singers.  

        We have 50 singers so far for this session and would love to get closer to our max capacity of 66.  

        Might have to implement a "Bonus for Basses" program moving forward!
 
6.      Practice!  There are many good links on the website, with additional audio parts coming soon for the new pieces.  

         If you need a part played out, please let someone on the board know.  

         If one singer needs to hear a specific part, I am sure the you are not alone.  

        In this way we can have this part played out and put on the website for all.
 
7.      The new Advertising Committee met this week for the first time with lots of good ideas discussed so expect to hear more about this soon.  

         The board is always looking for ways that members can serve in the Chorale so if you are looking to get more involved, supporting this committee would be a great start!
 
Have a great weekend!
Amanda and The Chorale Board 

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UPDATED  2/8/19

Hello all!
 
What a crazy couple of weeks of winter weather! I hope everyone has been able to stay safe and warm. Here are the announcements for this week:
 
1.      Due to the rehearsal cancellation on 2/4, solo auditions will be held on 2/11 and 2/18.  

         If you are interested, please let Steve Johnston know so he can listen to you during the break.
 
2.      Next rehearsal is on 2/11 at BCA from 7-9pm with a short break from 8-8:10pm.  

         Please get there 15 minutes early so we can start on time.

         This is rehearsal # 6 of 18, so one third of the way to performance week.
 
3.      Section Leads have been selected and will be introduced at our next rehearsal.  

         Please take the time to get to know everyone in your section.
 
4.      Recruit.  We can still use a few more singers, especially basses.  

          It is not too late to have someone join us so work your magic on those friends that love to sing!
 
Have a great rest of your week!
 
Amanda and The Chorale Board 

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UPDATED  2/1/19

Hello all!
 
I hope you were all able to stay warm during this frigid week. Here are the announcement for this week:
 
1.       Solo auditions will be held on 2/4 and 2/11.  

          If you are interested, please let Steve Johnston know so he can listen to you during the break.

          If it is on 2/4, the women need to come up to the paint studio which is where Steve will be.
 
2.      Sectionals at BCA on 2/4.  

         Everyone starts in main rehearsal hall and then we break at 7:30 for 10 minutes and send men/Steve to paint studio with 2nd accompanist (Nathan).  

         Women will do sectionals with Casey in the normal practice room.
 
3.      Get to know one another.  

         Use your name tag from last time or make a new one from sticky name tags at the table.
 
4.      Recruit!  We can still use a few more singers, especially basses
 
5.      Practice! Links are available on the website.  

        New arrangements will have practice links in early February.

        Also, in this email you received, are links to YouTube provided by Jim H for Brahms Requiem - 1 and 4 - individual parts.

        These links have been added to  the this website's MEMBER CONCERT PRACTICE MUSIC LINKS page.  

6.      Reminder that practices are now 7-9pm, so please be on time, keep break to 10 minutes and minimize chatter/distractions during rehearsals.

        We need to be efficient to ensure we are well practiced for our show!
 
7.      We have started an advertising committee.  

         If you are interested in joining this committee, contact Pam K, Kati R or Tom H
 
8.      Still looking for someone to head up a Hospitality/team building committee.  

         If you are interested or want to know more please talk to any board member.
 
Have a great rest of your week!

Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED  1/24/19

Hello All! Here are this week’s announcements:
 
1.      Our next rehearsal is Monday January 28th at the BCA. Note that the time is changed to 7-9 pm, with a 10 min break from 8-8:10pm. Due to the shortened rehearsal time, please be ready to go at 7pm, and try to arrive 10 minutes early to get situated.
 
2.      We are at around 45 members and could still use a few more singers. Work your networks and help us find those people that love to sing!  They can come to the first two practices for no cost, so a nice "try before you buy" proposition.
 
3.      Jean F had another good source for the individual parts on this site for The Requiem:
1.      Cyberbass.com
2.      Tap on major works
3.      Then tap on Requiem
4.      Then tap on song number 1 for our first song or number 4 for the song on page 47
5.      You then move right and select the part you sing
 
4.      1/28 is the last day to sign-up for Winter show DVD's.  You can order normal or high-def versions, the cost is $10.00, and we need payment up front to order you a copy.  Once we place the order we expect them within 2 weeks.
 
5.      The board is looking to start a hospitality/team building committee.  If this is something you are interested in championing or being a part of, please talk to any board member.
 
6.      Get to know others in your sections and in the group.  It is more fun to sing with your friends versus a bunch of strangers!  If you have a name tag from last session, please wear it.  If you are new to the session there are adhesive name tags available.

Thanks,

Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED 1/18/19

Hello Chorale Members!

1.  Our next rehearsal is Monday January 21st, 7-9:30pm at the BCA.  

We are still collecting music, bow ties and scarves from the winter show if you have not already turned these in.

2.  Sectional rehearsals are scheduled for 2/4, 2/18 & 3/4, all at the BCA.  

We will all gather at our normal BCA room for warm-ups and then send the men up to the painting studio room upstairs.

3.  We are at around 40 members and would like to have a few more singers, so work your networks and help us find those people that love to sing!  

They can come to the first two practices for no cost, so a nice "try before you buy" proposition.

4.  One of our Altos made a play list of the You Tube practice links and has made this public for others to use.  

Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5TtD6N3cg9uM6ZKLzVJrbEeXjDBeY33V

5.  Winter show DVD's are now ready for us to order.  

You can order normal or high-def versions and we will have a sign-up sheet available on 1/21 & 1/28.  

Cost is $10 and we need payment up front to order you a copy.  

Once we place the order we expect them within 2 weeks.

6.  The board is looking to start a hospitality/team building committee.  

If this is something you are interested in championing or being a part of, please talk to any board member.

Tom H and the Chorale Board

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UPDATED  1/11/19

Hello All!
 
Here are this week’s announcements:
 
1.      Next rehearsal is Monday 1/14, 7pm at the Bloomington Center for the Arts.  

Please arrive at least 20 minutes early this week since we only had 38 singers last week and are expecting many more sign-ups this week.
 
2.      We had two new men and four new women singers last week, which is great to see!

The spring membership is usually a little smaller in size, so if you know of someone that loves to sing bring them along.  

Would love to get up to our maximum of 66 singers!
 
3.      Sectionals are scheduled for 2/4, 2/18 and 3/4.  Location is to be determined.  

Please try to make these rehearsals a priority.
 
4.      Many practice links are available on the BC website.  

We plan to have all songs/parts available by the beginning of February.

We will not be doing CDs this time, instead we will have Casey play/record parts that we cannot find elsewhere (i.e. Steve's arrangements).  

If you still would like a CD we can have one made for you.  Please contact Tom H.
 
5.      Winter show totals are in. We sold 695 tickets for our two shows, out of a maximum of 732 (95%).  

Great job on getting the word out about us and fill the place up!
 
6.      We want to encourage returning members to wear their name tags and to reach out to new singers.  

We will be doing name tags for new members and can do replacements for returning members if necessary.  

Let's try to get to know each other!

Have a Great Weekend!

Amanda and The Chorale Board

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UPDATED  1/5/19

Hello all!

Can you believe our break is almost over!?

I hope the holiday season and new year has been well for all of you!

We wanted to send a reminder that spring session begins THIS Monday January 7th.

Please try to arrive around 6:40pm so everyone can sign-up and we can start promptly at 7pm.

We look forward to seeing you and please bring any new people you think would like to join! 

Thanks,

Amanda and The Chorale Board

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Updated 12-20-18

Hello Chorale Members!

1.  Great job at the shows this last weekend, both performances were SOLD OUT or close to it and we had lots of great feedback.  
The board is interested in feedback from members and our audience, so if you our your friends have any comments, please email Tom H.

2.  Macalester College withdrew their request to us to sing the National Anthem on 2/4/19.  
They had a number of students request to do this game, so they felt that this was best for them.  They will keep us in mind for future singing opportunities.

3.  The spring session starts on Monday January 7th, 7pm at the BCA.  
The theme for the Spring show is "Songs of Hope and Inspiration", including excerpts from Brahams Requiem and Dvorak's New Symphony plus a mix of Spirituals and Broadway tunes.  Should be a lot of fun!  
We will be collecting music, bow ties and scarves on 1/7 if you have not already turned these in.  Remember to erase any markings in your music.

4.  We are $4000 in the hole for 2018, so any end of year giving is appreciated.  
The shortfall was due to (1) low attendance at our spring shows because BCA scheduled these performances on Mother's Day/Fishing Opener and (2) not receiving as much grant money as we typically do.  
You can donate via GiveMN or directly to the Bloomington Chorale.  
The board is making adjustments to address this shortfall and to ensure that we are back in the black in 2019.

5.  We are always looking for new members, so work your networks and help us find those people that love to sing!  
They can come to the first two practices for no cost, so a nice "try before you buy" proposition.  
Typically membership is lower for the spring session, but would like to buck this trend and have as many (or more) members for the spring!

6.  Mark Riddle sent us proofs from the Saturday photo shoot and they can be viewed at the following link. Please check this email I sent you for the link address.
The pics will start to make it into our various marketing streams.
 
Tom H.  and the Chorale Board
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