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Weekly Notes

September 12, 2014

 

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 9/17:  Tippett #3, Haydn #6 and #7
From the ICC&CS President
It was great to see everyone on Wednesday night! A special welcome to our new members!
Please see this fact sheet listing details of our rehearsal schedule, information about the Chamber Singers, and contact information for our president, treasurer, director, and attendance officer. Also, this information sheet describes attendance requirements, concert week rehearsals, and concert dress. Please remember not to wear perfumes or other scented products to rehearsals. We are packed in pretty tight, and some people are very bothered by these products.
Since our rehearsal time is extremely valuable and we want to make the best possible use of it, announcements made at the break will be restricted to those directly pertaining to ICC. If you have music-related events you would like to publicize, send “copy and paste” ready text by Thursday at 10:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com), and she will include the announcement in the newsletter.
See you Wednesday,
Mary
Scores
We have ordered additional scores for next week.
 
Links to This Semester’s Repertoire on Web Site
Visit our web site to find links to videos of the pieces the Chorus and the Chamber Singers are rehearsing this semester:
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
September 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17
January 7
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, January 14 (Time TBA)
Friday, January 16 (Time TBA)
Concert
Saturday, January 17, 2014
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 7:30 PM
Dates to Remember
Saturday, October 18 – IGMC Fall Concert
Saturday, January 10- VOICES Concert: World Music and Gospel
Saturday, January 17- ICC&CS Concert
Need to miss a rehearsal?Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
Ithaca College 10th Annual High School Gospel Music Invitational
September 13, 2014
8:15 PM | Ford Hall
Directors: Baruch Whitehead & Janet Galván
Featuring Guest Clinician: Dr. Raymond Wise
Soloists:
Anastasia Talley, Krista McKenzie, and Derrick Fox
“Celebrating Scotland” – Cayuga Vocal Ensemble Encore Performance
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:30 pm
St. James’ Church
112 6th St., Watkins Glen, NY
A reprise of our exciting March 2014 concert, featuring music from and about Scotland by composers as well-known as Schumann and Haydn, and lesser-known (Hamish MacCunn, James MacMillan), along with folksong arrangements. With Carl Johengen, conductor. Hear Carl’s March 2014 pre-concert interview on WSKG..
Second Annual Feed My Starving Children Musical Variety Show
When: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 7 pm
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church 210 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca
Suggested Donation: $10/ individual, $20, family plus one non-perishable food item for the Tompkins County Food Distribution Network
Featuring the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble; String Ensemble, Ithaca Talent Education; Bill Cowdery, piano and comedy; ephemera, Alice Ploss, director; Randie Blooding, vocalist; Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Baruch Whitehead, director; Vitamin L, Janice Nigro, director; and much, much more . . .
The Fifth Annual Little Apple Fall Follies – LAFF, a Family Friendly Event Benefiting Area Youth Performing Groups
WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 7:00pm
WHERE: Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School
WHY: To Benefit Local Youth Arts Programs
WHO: Featuring The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers; Running to Places; “Nate the Great,” Juggler Extraordinaire; James Warren, World-renown Magician; Circus Culture; Jazz; Rock; Broadway and the incomparable Ed Clute on piano.
TICKETS:  Just $12 and available at Pastimes Antiques in the Dewitt Mall, online at http://www.savageclubofithaca.com, from any Savage or Rotary Club member, and at the door the evening of the Show.
Newsletter Items?
If you would like to include a brief item in the ICC&CS e-newsletter, send text ready to copy and paste by Thursday at 11:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com). Notices should be related to the chorus or the local music community.

September 5, 2014

From the director
I am very excited about the repertoire for our January 17 concert.  We’ll be doing Haydn’s gorgeous setting of the Seven Last Words of Christ with solo quartet (Tamara Acosta, Ivy Walz, Gerald Grahame, David Neal) and orchestra.
This work has an interesting history.  In 1785 Haydn received a commission to compose a meditative instrumental piece of music for the Good Friday service in a Cádiz church.  He also made a beautiful arrangement for string quartet, Op. 51. While traveling to England in 1794, he happened to hear in the German town of Passau an oratorio by the choirmaster Joseph Frieberth based on his work.  He is supposed to have said, “The voice parts, I think, I could have made better.”  He asked Baron van Swieten (later his collaborator for the libretto of The Creation) to help him with the project.  In the process he enriched the orchestration and added an interlude for wind instruments only.  He thought very highly of the oratorio, and it was the last work he conducted in public before his death.  We will be singing it in a new translation by Gerald Wolfe.
Complementing Haydn will be Michael Tippett’s a cappella setting of five spirituals from A Child of Our Time, an oratorio written in 1941 in response to the holocaust.  The spirituals are:  ”Steal Away,” “Nobody Knows the Trouble I See,” “Go Down, Moses,” “By and By,” and “Deep River.”  The arrangements, featuring a soprano and tenor soloist (chorus members), are exciting and beautiful, and in the oratorio function like the chorales in Bach’s Passions.
After a rousing semester with Eric Whitacare’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine, the Chamber Singers will be doing another piece by Whitacre, When David Heard.  This work is not as difficult as Leonardo but is very beautiful and exquisitely poignant.  There will be an information session after the first chorus rehearsal and brief, painless, auditions after the second.
See you on September 10!
Gerald
From the President
Registration begins!
It’s time to register for the ICC&CS Fall semester! The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 10. Registration will start at 6:15. Here is the information you need to be in the right place at the right time to start the semester with us:
Our online registration form is up and ready on our web site! Please register online and reserve your music at http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/groups/icccs/join/.
You may pay online by credit card or PayPal. Due are $50, and the two scores are $19 total for both. Online registration is easy and you don’t have to pay using PayPal—you can pay with your credit card. During the online registration process, when you get to the “Choose a way to pay” page, fill in boxes with your personal information and then click on “Continue.” You will then be taken to a page where you can fill in your credit or debit card information. Online registration will close at 9 pm on Sunday, September 7.
Online registration has made the registration process much more efficient and has really helped us streamline our record-keeping. We hope that as many people as possible register online; however, if you choose not to, you can complete a paper registration form at registration before the first rehearsal on September 10 and submit it with a check. Rehearsals are held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 402 N. Aurora Street in Ithaca.
What We Will Be Singing
Here are some links to performances of the pieces we’re going to be rehearsing this semester. The music is really lovely.
The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On the Cross (German: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze)  by Joseph Haydn
Michael Tippett’s ’5 Negro Spirituals’  performed by Bath Spa University Choir at the Bath International Music Festival 2011
Scores
Clare Fewtrell, the ICC&CS librarian, has ordered 85 copies of Haydn’s Last Words of Christ and Tippett’s five spirituals. We will have scores at the first rehearsal for those who pay for them in advance online. Remaining scores will be given out on a first come, first served basis. If we run out, we’ll order more. Scores are $19 total for both.
I hope to see you on September 10! Please arrive at St. Paul’s at 6:15 to complete registration and pick up your score.
The Chorus Depends on Your Donations
Our community is most fortunate to have a professionally directed and accompanied chorus open to all who wish to sing. Members who have come to us from outside of the area often remark that they were surprised to find such a wonderful choral opportunity here in Ithaca. Our director, accompanist, rehearsal space, concert space, orchestral accompaniment, and soloists, however, come at a price. As shown in the charts below, our dues and the money earned through advertising sales and grants don’t cover the costs associated with the chorus. We depend on support from our singers and the community. Please consider adding a donation to the chorus when you register for the fall semester. Your gift is greatly appreciated and really does make a difference! Thank you.
Notes on the pie charts: As you can see, we have a budget shortfall of almost $3700. We are counting on donations to help us fill this gap. We also depend on income from fundraising (bed and breakfast, calendar sales, used CD sales), concert program ad revenue, and workshops. The success of our fundraising depends on each of our members’ taking an active role in our fundraising efforts.
Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
We are thrilled to announce that Marion will be available to offer voice training during the Fall semester.  She will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals beginning September 24th.  To keep the class size down and focused we plan to rotate by section weekly beginning with Sopranos September 24th, followed by Altos October 1st, Tenors October 8th, Basses October 15th, and so on.   We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.
Although many of us know Marion, those who do not might appreciate a bit of background:  When Marion Giambattista moved to the Cortland area she began voice lessons with Shirley Wilson, a much loved Cortland resident.  She continued studying voice with Leslie Bennett and at Ithaca College and then she earned a masters in vocal performance at Syracuse University where she studied with Helen Boatwright.  While teaching as an adjunct at Ithaca College and Cornell University, Marion gave regular voice and chamber music recitals.  She sang solo roles in oratorios with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and other area orchestras before moving to Cortland High School where taught vocal and choral music for ten years.  Presently she teaches in the SUNY Cortland Performing Arts department and Cornell University and continues to sing in several groups (including soloing for the Ithaca Community Chorus!).
Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17
January 7
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, January 14 (Time TBA)
Friday, January 16 (Time TBA)
Concert
Saturday, January 17, 2014
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 7:30 PM
Dates to Remember
Saturday, October 18 – IGMC Fall Concert
Saturday, January 10- VOICES Concert: World Music and Gospel
Saturday, January 17- ICC&CS Concert
Newsletter Items?
If you would like to include a brief item in the ICC&CS e-newsletter, send text ready to copy and paste by Thursday at 11:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com). Notices should be related to the chorus or the local music community.
Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers
P.O. Box 622
Ithaca, NY  14850

July 1, 2014

Link to:
Newsletter:
Ithaca Community Choruses Newsletter, June 2014
Come to our ICC Annual Picnic/meeting!
This Wednesday, June 18, 5:30 pm, bring family, food to share, beverage, your own place setting to the Small Pavilion at Stewart Park! Our annual meeting is required for our status as a 501.c.3 tax exempt non profit organization. We hold our official meeting from 6 to 6:05 and the rest of the time we talk, eat, and enjoy the company of singers from our own and the other choruses.
Do come! The Small Pavilion is near the children’s playgrounds, and you turn left as you enter the park. See you there, even if you arrive after the meeting!
Summer Sing has another huge number!
You can still register for Summer Sing, on Mondays from 7-9 in the cool downstairs dining room of St Paul’s Methodist Church. Katie Howell selects varied, lively songs and understands that we will be absent sometimes. More at the ICC web page; or contact Ed Olmstead, our registrar.
Our Annual Report 2013-2014
The Ithaca Community Choruses enriched both the Ithaca community and the lives of over 150 singers once again during 2013-2014. Following are reports from each chorus and project, demonstrating the range and variety of our organization. Each chorus is governed independently by a steering committee, with hours of volunteer labor and professional music leadership.  The board of the ICC, our non-profit, tax-exempt entity, reviews the progress of the choruses, organizes special projects, works on fundraising, and prepares and monitors the budget.
Most of the work of the choruses is done by volunteers, from setting up chairs for rehearsals to professional graphic design and bookkeeping services to maintaining registration, music libraries, web presence, and special events. The treasurers, secretaries, and presidents of each chorus, in addition to the board officers, support the annual activities. New members are always welcome, and there is no need to belong to the steering committee of your chorus. Board members for the 2013-2014 year were:
·         Lynda Bogel, ICC&CS delegate
·         Ken Brown, ICC Financial Officer and Voices treasurer
·         Cynthia Howell, incoming Summer Sing delegate
·         Noemi Kraut, Voices alternate delegate
·         Joyce Morgenroth, ICC&CS secretary and delegate
·         Jackie Magagnosc, ICC&CS treasurer and delegate
·         Jack Miller, ICC General Secretary & IGMC delegate
·         Susanne Morgan, ICC Chairperson & ICC&CS delegate
·         Sherrie Norman, outgoing Voices president and delegate
·         Steve Nunley, IGMC President & delegate
·         Mary Royer, ICC&CS President & delegate
·         Matthew Stedinger, Webmaster
·         Carol Whitlow, incoming Voices president and delegate
 
The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers (ICC&CS) is the original chorus of the three choruses that comprise the Ithaca Community Choruses. With many other arts and cultural organizations in Ithaca, the Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers grew from the hard work of eager volunteers and talented professionals. Now it includes many long-term members, as well as newer members, who are often students or their spouses or folks who are new to the area. In both cases, the chorus provides a ready set of music-loving friends to introduce the newcomers to the many wonderful musical offerings here in Ithaca and its surrounding towns The ICC is a non-audition chorus.  Chamber Singers, a smaller and auditioned group of singers within ICC, presents shorter pieces as part of the larger concerts.
For their fall concert, which was performed in memory of long-time member Maggie Goldsmith, director Gerald Wolfe selected Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. The chorus performed the work as scored with the unique accompaniment of two pianos and harmonium (reed organ).  The mass recalls the composer’s beautiful lyrical operatic style, incorporating as well magnificent baroque style fugues whose dramatic endings harken back to opera overture style. At the April concert, ICC performed Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony.  The composer selected the text of the symphony from several poems in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass to illustrate both the natural majesty and splendor of the sea itself and the sea as metaphoric setting for the soul of man’s voyage into eternity.
In the fall, Chamber Singers sang Two Motets, by Johannes Brahms, and in the spring, Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine.
VOICES Multicultural Chorus has a tradition of expressing their love of the rich heritage of world music through major concerts and musical community outreach; thus began their second decade with creativity and innovative musical work.  Baruch Whitehead began his eleventh season as Artistic Director, Lorrene Adams began her third year as Associate Director and Josh Condon continued as Piano Accompanist. It was a bittersweet year with him, as this was his fourth and last year since he graduated in May, 2014. VOICES singers have all loved his vitality and genius. Several new members joined the group to sing. Their nine-member Steering committee welcomed a few new members, meeting four or five times a semester to review budget, concerts, singing venues and other administrative issues. Susan Crowell designed beautiful posters for concerts and recruitment cards each semester.
VOICES ushered in the season of joy with a winter concert, “A Feast of Carols,”
In fulfillment of their mission to provide community outreach they offered two performances at First Unitarian Church, given in gratitude for the use of their annex for VOICES rehearsals. Outreach activities also included a Kendal concert and a fundraiser for Lansing High School chorus, in a joint concert with Lorrene Adams’ students.   VOICES sponsored Josh Condon’s senior project, “A Tale as Old as Time: A Disney Concert,” at Ithaca College on February 16, 2014. This was a very inspirational and exciting event for all ages.
VOICES’ spring concert, “A Mother’s Love,” featured an original oratorio, Moses from the Qur’an, written and composed by VOICES member Sora Jederan Shpack. As the first oratorio ever composed based on stories from the Qur’an, Moses from the Qur’an endeavors to raise understanding, present common themes, and foster greater love among Muslims, Jews, Christians, and other religions and cultures.
This year the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus and director Thom Baker had their largest audience-to-date for their Fall 2013 concert!  The chorus made three appearances at Kendal: two performances and one very special appearance to sing at a wedding. Their second wedding appearance of the season was at the First Baptist Church. Porchfest in September and the Ithaca Festival on May 31 fleshed out their outside performances for the 2013-14 season.  The spring 2014 concert included yet another musical challenge: an Islamic Chant.  Their director, Thom Baker, completed his Masters in choral conducting and will be off to the U. of Illinois to pursue his doctorate.
The IGMC also sang at the memorial service for Maggie Goldsmith, a wonderful spirit, who was a volunteer for their concerts from their first performance five years ago.  We all miss her.  Maggie sang with both Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, and regularly served VOICES as stage manager for concerts. She was a steadfast supporter of IGMC. The VOICES fall concert was dedicated to her.
Singers in all three Ithaca Community Choruses contributed to the Gibbons Scholarship, a vocal scholarship established in 2001 by the Ithaca Community Choruses to honor the choruses’ founding director, Paul Gibbons, and to provide a promising high school voice student with the means for musical training. This valuable scholarship is administered by the Community School of Music and Arts.
The 2013 Summer Sing, an informal eight-week chorus singing wonderfully varied short pieces, which is directed by Katie Howell, with returning piano accompanist Lisa Winans, had over seventy members, meeting at St. Paul’s Methodist church and performing a small end-of-season concert for family and friends.
The Community Sings workshop series presented a workshop led by Deborah Rifkin, Associate Professor, School of Music, Ithaca College, on Saturday, April 12. “Singing Games for Health, Harmony, and Happiness” was open to the entire community as a fundraiser for the Ithaca Community Choruses. The varied crowd enjoyed singing, learning about improvisation, and laughter.
Funding the Ithaca Community Choruses relies on volunteers, professionals, and donors, large and small. None of the choruses generates with dues enough funds to produce the concerts we all enjoy. Fundraising efforts include the sale of ads in the program shell into which is inserted the specific program for each concert. Ads are seen, then, by six very different audiences. Additional projects include calendar sales, workshops, Summer Sing, and ad hoc events organized by an individual or chorus.  In addition, the broad list of people who have expressed an interest in one or more of the choruses are solicited for donations annually, and individuals are encouraged to donate when paying their dues. Some donations are designated in memory of a member who has passed away. Finally, the Ithaca Community Choruses have been fortunate to receive grants from a number of local and national foundations and endowments.
A summary of the year-end finances suggest that, for a variety of reasons, the income of ICC was almost $4500 more than budgeted, providing an unexpected boost to all three choruses. Though ad sales were well under budget, and despite particular challenges in each chorus, all ended the year in the black. The choruses do have modest funds in savings, but all proceed with conservative budgets and active fundraising.
Gratefully,
Susanne Morgan, chair and Lynda Bogel, incoming chair, Ithaca Community Choruses
Ithaca Community Choruses, Inc. P.O. Box 622 Ithaca NY 14851

April 26, 2014

Concert attire
Women: long-sleeved, plain, black top with a long, black skirt, mid-calf skirt with opaque black stockings, or full-length dress slacks; black shoes.
Men: long-sleeved, plain, black dress shirt or turtleneck; black dress pants; black socks; black shoes. Please, no jackets or ties.
And please remember NOT to wear perfume or other scented products!
Tickets
Please turn in your unsold tickets and money to Vivian Goldsmith before the end of tonight’s rehearsal.
Post Concert Party
Thanks to Annie Wall for offering to host the post concert party. Everyone is invited, including orchestra and soloists. The parties are always wonderful, so please do come and join the fun. We’ll pass out directions to Annie’s house tonight or at rehearsal on Saturday. Chorus members, please bring a beverage and/or snack to share. (The food at these things is always GREAT!)
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
Friday, April 25 (6:45 PM, chamber singers at 6PM)
Dates to Remember
Saturday, April 26, 2014: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 11, 2014: VOICES Spring Concert:  Singing “Moses from the Qur’an” by local composer Sora Jederan Shpack.
Community Events
NYS BAROQUE DUO:  Sunday, April 27, 4 PM, at Grace Episcopal Church, Church and Davis Sts., Elmira
The Music at Grace Series at Grace Episcopal Church will present Laura Heimes, soprano, and Deborah Fox, lutes, in “Love’s Unending Spell,” featuring English and Italian songs, and lute solos by Dowland, Purcell, Lawes, Strozzi, and others.  The performance is free and open to the public.  Detailed directions may be obtained from the parish website: www.grace-elmira.org or by calling the parish office at 607-732-0545.
Cornell Chamber Singers Concert
Friday, May 2, 8 pm.
First Unitarian Church of Ithaca (corner of Buffalo and Aurora Streets).
Free admission.
The Cornell Chamber singers, conducted by John Rowehl and including  ICC members Clare Fewtrell and Alan Giambattista, present a concert of Palestrina and Arvo Pärt. Featured works include Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli and Pärt’s Magnificat, Cantate Domino canticum novum, Da pacem Domine, and The Beatitudes.
Cornell Gamelan Ensemble Concert
Saturday, May 3, 3:00 PM
Barnes Hall Auditorium, Cornell Campus
Franziska Dellinger (soprano) would like to invite you all to the concert of traditional Indonesian music performed by the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble on May 3rd, 3 pm at Barnes Hall Auditorium. This time you can enjoy not only the sounds of this Indonesian orchestra itself, but also their two highly appraised guest singers, Peni Candra Rini from Java, Indonesia and Jessika Kenney, from Seattle, USA. Admission to the concert is free and it’s a family-friendly event. Please get in touch with Franziska if you have questions.
SCHOLA CANTORUM OF SYRACUSE:   AVE REGINA CAELORUM
Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, a twelve voice (including Gerald Wolfe) early music vocal ensemble directed by Barry Torres, will present varied Renaissance choral settings of this medieval Marian antiphon, including DuFay’s great last mass, Missa Ave Regina Caelorum,  on Saturday, May 3, 7:30 PM, at Grace Episcopal and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 13 Court Street, Cortland.  For more information, call (607) 753-3073 during business hours or visit the web site: ScholaCantorumofSyracuse.org
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents Spring Writes: Poetry and Song

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 4:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca
315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY

Inspired by the success of our 2013 concert in conjunction with the “Spring Writes” Festival, we will revisit the theme of American choral music based on American poetry. This year’s installment will feature music by living composers whose settings include poets such as Sara Teasdale, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, e.e.cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others. Joining the Ensemble will be poet and local radio host Tish Pearlman, who will read from her poetry. Local student poets from Ithaca High School will also read from their work. With Carl Johengen, conductor.
Newsletter Items?
If you would like to include a brief item in the ICC&CS e-newsletter, send text ready to copy and paste by Thursday at 10:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com). The e-newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings. Notices should be related to the chorus or the local music community.

April 23, 2014

Standing/Sitting for A Sea Symphony
Everyone please make note of the following information. Sorry for the late notice.
Sit after p. 46 (Chamber Singer sopranos and altos remain standing)
Chamber Singer men stand p. 49 at Poco meno mosso
Chorus stands p. 53 [K]
Sit p. 56 m. 1
Stand after p. 56
Sopranos and Altos sit p. 85 m. 1(Tenors and Basses remain standing)
Chamber Singer sopranos and altos stand p. 87 Poco animando
 
Chorus Sopranos and Altos stand p. 89 Tempo I
All sit p. 94 bottom score
Stand p. 102 m. 2 beat 3
Extra:  Tenors and Sopranos connect “over” to “with” pp. 81, 82

April 21, 2014

From the ICC&CS President
Tickets! Sell, sell, sell!
Sell as many tickets as you can! It would be great to have a full house!
Please give ticket money and any unsold tickets to Vivian Goldsmith at rehearsal on Friday.
Please Help Publicize the Concert!
Please post the posters around town—at the grocery store, bank, health club, doctor’s office, coffee shop, community center, etc., and anywhere there is a bulletin board. Also, tape a couple to the windows of your car! Attached is an electronic version for easy emailing. Our Facebook event is up as well, please go to our public page and ‘Like’ us, and share the event.
Here is our Press Release- cut and paste ready for you to send along to all of your friends!
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony – April 26th 2014
The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, with full orchestra and soloists, Tamara Acosta, soprano, and Timothy LeFebvre, baritone.  The Chamber Singers will perform Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine.
The concert will take place on Saturday, April 26th, 2014, at 8:00 pm, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 402 North Aurora St, Ithaca.
Tickets are available in advance from chorus members and online at ithacacommunitychoruses.org, or at the door.  Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; Students: $5; Children under 12: Free
The chorus is supported in part by: The Community Foundation of Tompkins County, The Strebel Fund, and the Community Arts Partnership.
Post Concert Party
Thanks to Annie Wall for offering to host the post concert party. Everyone is invited, including orchestra and soloists. The parties are always wonderful, so please do come and join the fun. We’ll pass out directions to Annie’s house at rehearsal on Saturday. Party goers, please bring a beverage and/or snack to share. (The food at these things is always GREAT!)
Concert CD Orders
This semester you can order a CD of A Sea Symphony for $15 or, for $3 more, also get a cd of Leonardo Dreams of a Flying Machine. You have until May 9 to put in your order. Please use attached form and give or send your order to Joyce Morgenroth with a check made out to Ithaca Community Choruses.
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 PM
Friday, April 25, 6:45 PM
Chamber Singers: 6 PM each night
Saturday Concert
Call time: 6:45 PM
Chamber Singers: 6 PM
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Dates to Remember
Saturday, April 26, 2014: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 11, 2014: VOICES Spring Concert:  Singing “Moses from the Qur’an” by local composer Sora Jederan Shpack.
Community Events
NYS BAROQUE DUO:  Sunday, April 27, 4 PM, at Grace Episcopal Church, Church and Davis Sts., Elmira
The Music at Grace Series at Grace Episcopal Church will present Laura Heimes, soprano, and Deborah Fox, lutes, in “Love’s Unending Spell,” featuring English and Italian songs, and lute solos by Dowland, Purcell, Lawes, Strozzi, and others.  The performance is free and open to the public.  Detailed directions may be obtained from the parish website: www.grace-elmira.org or by calling the parish office at 607-732-0545.
SCHOLA CANTORUM OF SYRACUSE:   AVE REGINA CAELORUM
Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, a twelve voice (including Gerald Wolfe) early music vocal ensemble directed by Barry Torres, will present varied Renaissance choral settings of this medieval Marian antiphon, including DuFay’s great last mass, Missa Ave Regina Caelorum, on Saturday, May 3, 7:30 PM, at Grace Episcopal and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 13 Court Street, Cortland.  For more information, call (607) 753-3073 during business hours or visit the web site: ScholaCantorumofSyracuse.org
Ithaca Community Orchestra Concert
Saturday, May 3, 4:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Ithaca, Dewitt Park
The Ithaca Community Orchestra, with Music Director Dr. James Mick and assistant conductor Travis Carpenter, will present an afternoon of music on Saturday, May 3, at the First Baptist Church in Dewitt Park at 4 PM.  The concert will feature the music of Georges Bizet, Camille Saint-Saëns, Hector Berlioz, and Gabriel Fauré.  The ICO will also perform the premiere of a concertino for electric bass and string orchestra by Ithaca musician Josh Oxford, with Sam Shuhan as the featured soloist.  Guest artist Erik Kibelsbeck, music director at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, will join the orchestra on the pipe organ for the Finale from Symphony No. 3 by Saint-Saëns.  The public is invited to attend a reception held immediately after the concert.  There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents Spring Writes: Poetry and Song

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 4:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca
315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY

Inspired by the success of our 2013 concert in conjunction with the “Spring Writes” Festival, we will revisit the theme of American choral music based on American poetry. This year’s installment will feature music by living composers whose settings include poets such as Sara Teasdale, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, e.e.cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others. Joining the Ensemble will be poet and local radio host Tish Pearlman, who will read from her poetry. Local student poets from Ithaca High School will also read from their work. With Carl Johengen, conductor.
Newsletter Items?
If you would like to include a brief item in the ICC&CS e-newsletter, send text ready to copy and paste by Thursday at 10:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com). The e-newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings. Notices should be related to the chorus or the local music community.

April 13, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 4/16:  All
From the ICC&CS President
Additional Sectional Rehearsal for Second Sopranos Wednesday at 6:15
Second sopranos will have a sectional rehearsal this Wednesday before rehearsal at6:15 in the Dining Room (our usual practice space). Thanks to Siu-ling for helping us with this.
Tickets Are Now Available
Please pick up your ticket envelopes this Wednesday and sell, sell, sell! Thanks to Vivian Goldsmith for managing tickets for us.
Please Help Publicize the Concert!
Posters and handbills are now available—please pick some up at rehearsal on Wednesday. Thanks to Elizabeth Mount for creating our beautiful poster. Please post the posters around town—at the grocery store, bank, health club, doctor’s office, coffee shop, community center, etc., and anywhere there is a bulletin board. Also, tape a couple to the windows of your car! Attached is an electronic version for easy emailing. Our Facebook event is up as well, please go to our public page and ‘Like’ us, and share the event. (https://www.facebook.com/IthacaCommunityChoruses)
Here is our Press Release- cut and paste ready for you to send along to all of your friends!
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony – April 26th 2014
The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, with full orchestra and soloists, Tamara Acosta, soprano, and Timothy LeFebvre, baritone.  The Chamber Singers will perform Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine.
The concert will take place on Saturday, April 26th, 2014, at 8:00 pm, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 402 North Aurora St, Ithaca.
Tickets are available in advance from chorus members and online atithacacommunitychoruses.org, or at the door.  Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; Students: $5; Children under 12: Free
The chorus is supported in part by: The Community Foundation of Tompkins County, The Strebel Fund, and the Community Arts Partnership.
CommunitySings Workshop to Benefit the Ithaca Community Choruses

Singing Games for Health, Harmony, and Happiness

Featuring
Deborah Rifkin,
Associate Professor, Ithaca College School of Music
_________________________
Saturday April 12, 2014
St. John’s Church Parish Hall
210 N. Cayuga St. Ithaca NY 14850
9:30 am for treats and registration
10:00-12:30 for workshop
In this interactive workshop, we will sing and play games that help build an understanding of harmony and how musical parts fit together. The games are designed to promote musicianship skills and well-being, while being very fun to play! Being able to read music will be helpful, but not mandatory. We are eager to include those involved in the spiritual, healing, and improvisation singing groups in our community! $20 Registration benefits the 4 projects of the Ithaca Community Choruses.

Spring Rehearsal Schedule
April 16
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, April 23 (Time TBA)
Friday, April 25 (Time TBA)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Dates to Remember
Saturday, April 12, 2014: CommunitySings Workshop
Saturday, April 26, 2014: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 11, 2014: VOICES Spring Concert:  Singing “Moses from the Qur’an” by local composer Sora Jederan Shpack.
Community Events
NYS BAROQUE DUO:  Sunday, April 27, 4 PM, at Grace Episcopal Church, Church and Davis Sts., Elmira
The Music at Grace Series at Grace Episcopal Church will present Laura Heimes, soprano, and Deborah Fox, lutes, in “Love’s Unending Spell,” featuring English and Italian songs, and lute solos by Dowland, Purcell, Lawes, Strozzi, and others.  The performance is free and open to the public.  Detailed directions may be obtained from the parish website: www.grace-elmira.org or by calling the parish office at 607-732-0545.
SCHOLA CANTORUM OF SYRACUSE:   AVE REGINA CAELORUM
Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, a twelve voice (including Gerald Wolfe) early music vocal ensemble directed by Barry Torres, will present varied Renaissance choral settings of this medieval Marian antiphon, including DuFay’s great last mass, Missa Ave Regina Caelorum,  on Saturday, May 3, 7:30 PM, at Grace Episcopal and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 13 Court Street, Cortland.  For more information, call (607) 753-3073 during business hours or visit the web site: ScholaCantorumofSyracuse.org
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents Spring Writes: Poetry and Song

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 4:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca
315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY

Inspired by the success of our 2013 concert in conjunction with the “Spring Writes” Festival, we will revisit the theme of American choral music based on American poetry. This year’s installment will feature music by living composers whose settings include poets such as Sara Teasdale, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, e.e.cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others. Joining the Ensemble will be poet and local radio host Tish Pearlman, who will read from her poetry. Local student poets from Ithaca High School will also read from their work. With Carl Johengen, conductor.
Newsletter Items?
If you would like to include a brief item in the ICC&CS e-newsletter, send text ready to copy and paste by Thursday at 10:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com). The e-newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings. Notices should be related to the chorus or the local music community.

April 7, 2014

SPECIAL REHEARSAL:
Saturday, April 5 at Kendal

Because bad weather kept many people away from one rehearsal and cancelled a second, and because of the length and difficulty of the work, we have scheduled an extra rehearsal. Please come if you can!

HOMEWORK FOR 4/5: Parts III and IV

HOMEWORK FOR 4/9: All

CommunitySings Workshop to Benefit the Ithaca Community Choruses

Singing Games for Health, Harmony, and Happiness

Featuring
Deborah Rifkin,
Associate Professor, Ithaca College School of Music

_________________________

Saturday April 12, 2014
St. John’s Church Parish Hall
210 N. Cayuga St. Ithaca NY 14850
9:30 am for treats and registration
10:00-12:30 for workshop

In this interactive workshop, we will sing and play games that help build an understanding of harmony and how musical parts fit together. The games are designed to promote musicianship skills and well-being, while being very fun to play! Being able to read music will be helpful, but not mandatory. We are eager to include those involved in the spiritual, healing, and improvisation singing groups in our community! $20 Registration benefits the 4 projects of the Ithaca Community Choruses.

Spring Rehearsal Schedule
April 5 (at Kendal), 9, 16

Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, April 23 (Time TBA)
Friday, April 25 (Time TBA)
Need to miss a rehearsal?

Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.

Dates to Remember
Saturday, April 12, 2014: CommunitySings Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 2014: ICC&CS Spring Concert

Sunday, May 11, 2014: VOICES Spring Concert: Singing “Moses from the Qur’an” by local composer Sora Jederan Shpack.

Community Events

MUSIC AT GRACE: Edgewood Piano Trio
Sunday, April 6, 4 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, Church and Davis Sts., Elmira. Works by Beethoven, Foote and Martinu.

Admission is free, and detailed directions may be obtained from the parish website: www.grace-elmira.org or by calling the parish office at 607-732-0545.

Savoyard Mikado Casting Call
The Savoyards will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24 and 25, at Cornell’s Schwartz Center and tentatively on Sunday, June 29 afternoon, in Montour Falls’ Old Havana Courthouse theatre. Roles for all voice parts, both leads and chorus. Auditions will be held in early April. Score available online at http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/mikado/html/index.html . If interested, or for more information, contact Karen Dumont at cdumont@twcny.rr.com.

Newsletter Items?
If you would like to include a brief item in the ICC&CS e-newsletter, send text ready to copy and paste by Thursday at 10:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com). The e-newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings. Notices should be related to the chorus or the local music community.

April 3, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 4/2:  PART I
SPECIAL REHEARSAL:
Saturday, April 5 at Kendal
both from 10 AM – 12 noon
Because bad weather kept many people away from one rehearsal and cancelled a second, and because of the length and difficulty of the work,  we have scheduled an extra rehearsal.  Please come if you can!
Rehearsal CDs still available!
You may still order at Rehearsal or by email to Diana at dnathani@twcny.rr.com with your voice part. The charge is $5 due when you receive your CD.
CommunitySings Workshop to Benefit the Ithaca Community Choruses

Singing Games for Health, Harmony, and Happiness

Featuring
Deborah Rifkin,
Associate Professor, Ithaca College School of Music
_________________________
Saturday April 12, 2014
St. John’s Church Parish Hall
210 N. Cayuga St. Ithaca NY 14850
9:30 am for treats and registration
10:00-12:30 for workshop
In this interactive workshop, we will sing and play games that help build an understanding of harmony and how musical parts fit together. The games are designed to promote musicianship skills and well-being, while being very fun to play! Being able to read music will be helpful, but not mandatory. We are eager to include those involved in the spiritual, healing, and improvisation singing groups in our community! $20 Registration benefits the 4 projects of the Ithaca Community Choruses.

Spring Rehearsal Schedule
April 2, 5 (additonal rehearsal), 9, 16
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, April 23 (Time TBA)
Friday, April 25 (Time TBA)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Dates to Remember
Saturday, April 26, 2014: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 11, 2014: VOICES Spring Concert:  Singing “Moses from the Qur’an” by local composer Sora Jederan Shpack.
Community Events
MUSIC AT GRACE:  Edgewood Piano Trio
 Sunday, April 6, 4 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, Church and Davis Sts., Elmira. Works by Beethoven, Foote and Martinu.
Admission is free, and detailed directions may be obtained from the parish website: www.grace-elmira.org or by calling the parish office at 607-732-0545.
Savoyard Mikado Casting Call
The Savoyards will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24 and 25, at Cornell’s Schwartz Center and tentatively on Sunday, June 29 afternoon, in Montour Falls’ Old Havana Courthouse theatre. Roles for all voice parts, both leads and chorus. Auditions will be held in early April. Score available online at http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/mikado/html/index.html . If interested, or for more information, contact Karen Dumont at cdumont@twcny.rr.com.
Newsletter Items?
If you would like to include a brief item in the ICC&CS e-newsletter, send text ready to copy and paste by Thursday at 10:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com). The e-newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings. Notices should be related to the chorus or the local music community.

February 21, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 2/19:  Part I
From the ICC&CS President

BRIEF SURVEY
Please help us with a very brief (5 easy questions) to help us make sure the ICC&CS is the best it can be. You can find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GX86H8F. Many thanks for your help with this.
GIBBONS SCHOLARSHIP
The Gibbons Scholarship was established in 2001 by the Ithaca Community Choruses to honor the choruses’ founding director, Paul Gibbons, and to provide a promising high school voice student with the means for musical training. This Scholarship Fund is available to high school students for private instruction in voice or for participation in the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) Ithaca Children’s Choir. We will be collecting donations for the scholarship at rehearsals on February 19 and 26. Please look for the donation jar on the sign-in table and chip in if you can.
Cyberbass on the Web OR Order $5 Rehearsal CD
A year ago we asked Chorus members about their preferred methods for rehearsing notes at home. Our poll results pointed to the purchased rehearsal CD.
At <www.cyberbass.org> or <www.Choralia.net> you may access voice-specific rehearsal material. Each is free.
For versatility and ease you may prefer to order your rehearsal CD. (The Chorus purchases the master, which allows us to make as many CD copies as we wish.)
You may order at Rehearsal or by email to Diana at dnathani@twcny.rr.com with your voice part. The charge is $5 due when you receive your CD.
You Tube Video of A Sea Symphony
In case it’s helpful to anyone, there’s a great YouTube video of the BBC Prom’s Sea Symphony (8 choirs!). Some of the lyrics are shown, so one can sing along. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp4G5vtdSWc. Many thanks to Martha McNeill (alto) for letting us know about this!
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
February 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16
Required dress rehearsals
*Wednesday, April 23 (Time TBA)
*Friday, April 25 (Time TBA)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Dates to Remember
Saturday, March 15, 2014: IGMC Spring Concert
Saturday, April 26, 2014: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 11, 2014: VOICES Spring Concert:  Singing “Moses from the Qur’an” by local composer Sora Jederan Shpack.
Newsletter Items?
If you would like to include a brief item in the ICC&CS e-newsletter, send text ready to copy and paste by Thursday at 10:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com). The e-newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings. Notices should be related to the chorus or the local music community.

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