1) Listening/learning homework for this week:
Remember to send any part-related concerns (if you and/or your section, but especially your section aren’t getting something or have queries), to Adam by Wednesday noon for incorporation into the rehearsal.
– Messiah, And With His Stripes (p.102)
– Messiah, Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, middle section (mm.12-19)
– Hallelujah (Soulful Celebration) pp.7-8, 11-12
– Hallelujah (Cohen-Sperry) pp.7-11
– Messiah, He Trusted In God (p.115). This is another fugue, so there are themes and counter-themes that occur throughout, changing key as they go and then returning to the original key by the final section.
– Messiah, The Lord Gave The Word (p.146). In this movement, the voice parts combine into shifting pairs/duets.
– Messiah, Their Sound Is Gone Out (p.151). There are two distinct sections, mm.1-12 and then mm.13-37.
3) Anyone who would like to make a personal contribution to the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir (Hamilton) to help them continue following losing their savings to fraud, follow the link below OR you can forward contributions to Adam for sending collectively. https://www.gofundme.com/cdn-orpheus-choir-find-relief?fbclid=IwAR3qG7c4dXDNu3SE2yAE1ByJA6mjCHN5Y6AMvb7kX1B6nB8zrnRfANzTX04
FROM RAY: The Sudbury Opera Guild presents Opera Gala…with a side of Broadway! Featuring vocal talents from both professional and non professional singers all originating from Northern Ontario. Tickets available from Ray Gauthier. Saturday November 24th at 7pm; Sunday November 25th at 2:30 pm At St. Andrews place, 111 Larch St.
FROM CATHERINE: The North Bay Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association will be hosting the YOUNG ARTIST ONTARIO TOUR. This event happens every few years. We are very lucky and happy to present this year a young soprano, Juliana from Ottawa, who has won the ALL Ontario ORMTA VOICE Competition. The event will be held on Saturday October 27 2018 at Calvin Presbyterian Church. I am sure that many of the chorists will enjoy her powerful and beautiful voice.
Tickets are $10.00 and will be available in two weeks through Catherine Trenker.
FROM JIM L.: Rapport Singers Concert “Air – O2 Be Alive”, Last of the 3-part series “Life – It’s Elementary”, under the direction of Peggy Miller Sunday October 28 at 1:30 p.m. Trinity United Church (corner of McIntyre & Ferguson) Tickets: Adults $15, Students $10, under 12 Free
- All members are reminded that if you arrive before 6:30 p.m., please either stay in the lobby or go to the music room to hang out until that class is out of F210.
FROM LAURIE (community liaison):
As I have been asked to take on some of Nancy’s duties…..maybe a note asking, well in advance, if folks are interested in billeting our musicians for concert #1? If they have space, could they contact me?
Thanks. Laurie K.
1) Please note the following changes to what is in our Member Info Sheet, v1:
The retreat scheduled for September 29 is cancelled due to low engagement.
The retreat indicated on the sheet for November 25 is a misprint; it should be November 24 (Saturday) and will be a whole-day retreat. However, given the Wing Band rehearsal and concert that day, this may need to be rescheduled. Mark it in your calendars for now and stay tuned.
2) Now that we’ve got membership stabilizing and won’t be accepting new members, I anticipate starting the rehearsal promptly at 7:00 p.m. this week.
FROM WENDA (membership): Thank you to new and returning members for your registrations and payments. We are almost finished! It would be great to get the last few online registration forms completed and memberships paid this week. Reminders: Membership fee = $80 for Community members, $40 for students. Music deposit for all = $25. For those that have paid – your receipts will be ready on Wed. I will be absent this Wednesday as I have to travel to Toronto for work, but Catherine will ‘sub in’ for me. (Thank you!) She’ll have the receipts and the attendance sheets.
FROM BELLE: Please hand in any music for the synagogue gig at practice this week. Thanks.
And a community announcement from Cynthia Roveda (ORMTA): The North Bay Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association will be hosting the YOUNG ARTIST ONTARIO TOUR. This event happens every few years. We are very lucky and happy to present this year a young soprano, Juliana from Ottawa, who has won the ALL Ontario ORMTA VOICE Competition. The event will be held on Saturday October 27 2018 at Calvin Presbyterian Church. I am sure that many of the choristers will enjoy her powerful and beautiful voice. Tickets are $10.00 and will be available in two weeks through Catherine Trenker. I am hoping to see some of the Near North Voices at the concert.
FROM WENDA ( membership): Wed, Sept 19 is rehearsal three, so everyone needs to finalize their membership by submitting their registration and fees. If you have paid in person or online, your receipts will be ready this Wed. If you have not paid, it’s time to do so! All members should now be registered using the online registration form; the link is available on our secure Choristers’ Page, and you can find the password at the top of the first page of the Member Info sheet that was handed out in rehearsal. This is how we get your email for announcements etc – so this is an important step! If you haven’t completed this, it’s time to do so! Thank you.
FROM ADAM: There are now listening files (in zip file format for easier downloading) for Messiah, with actual human voices singing and with each voice part emphasized, now posted to our Choristers’ Page. Please note that word/syllable settings can vary between editions, so there may be some slight differences with our edition.
Our first retreat is presently scheduled for September 29. At our rehearsal on the 19th, I’ll be looking to pin down who is planning/not planning on attending the retreat (the idea being that it’s not an optional “frill” but that it’s an important part of our process as an advanced musical ensemble). If we don’t have critical mass, then it’s not worth proceeding because we just end up back to square one the following Wednesday. The more we can front-end-load our learning this term, the less stressed we’ll be come concert time, and the more time we can start devoting to preparing music for our second concert. So please have a look at your calendars and do some marking in pen.
FROM WENDA (Membership):
For all new members- we hope you enjoyed last week! To officially become a member, please complete the online registration and pay your membership fee ($80 for community members, $40 for students) and music deposit ($25). You can pay by e-transfer, cash or cheque. See the membership information handout for details on this, or talk to me on Wednesday if you have any questions at all. For returning members – Same goes for you – please pay your fees and complete the registration form. Come see me if you can’t remember if you ‘carried over’ your music deposit from last year or not.
FROM BELLE (Librarian):
Once dues are paid you are encouraged to take your music home. If you were sharing a music folder, there is one ready for you now.
Online Registration is active and ready for registering. Returning members are encouraged to register online prior to rehearsal. New members are asked to wait until attending a full rehearsal before registering. Follow this link:
Information for Choristers has been updated. Click here to download it:
NNV Info for Members, 2018-2019 v2
Music PDFs and Listening Files are now available on the Choristers’ Page. If people could have a listen and look/review through the Kol Nidre that would be hugely helpful. Listening files for Messiah are via 3 suggested websites that already have midi files up for each movement.
Messiah Scores: We will be using the Watkins-Shaw/Novello (orange) edition. If you have your own and would like to use it, please bring it to rehearsal.
Concert Audio and Video from our concert Northern Lights is now available. I’ve posted a link on our Choristers’ Page.
START OF SEASON CONFIRMED: The good news is that we have our rehearsal rooms for the first term, at least, minus the exam period (and I’ll be working on getting that booked too!!). So WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5 is our start date, on campus. Meet-and-greet and newbie orientation with refreshments starting at 6:00, rehearsal starts at 7:00. Members are invited to bring a nosh for the meet-and-greet.
RECRUITING: I’m asking everyone to do some recruiting, both person-to-person, sharing on Facebook, and putting up posters. Basses are particularly needed, as that’s where we’ve had the most members graduate. I will have posters available hopefully by end of day tomorrow, and I’ll leave some on the table outside the music room, along with recruiting magnets, for people to pick up and post as you are able. I’ve attached digital posters and such to this email to be shared electronically. I will create an event on our FB Page, so please share that once it’s available. Word-of-mouth and digital word-of-mouth are our best recruiting tools!
We have a Facebook Group that is a great way to communicate with people within the choir. If you are on FB, please search and join, like it and link news to your own page.
We also have a public Facebook Page where we post concert announcements and information for the community: