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Weekly Notes

December 15, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 12/17:  Haydn #5-7, Il terremoto; Tippett #3-5
Attached are the program notes for our concert pieces. Give ‘em a read!
From the ICC & CS President
Concert Tickets
At our rehearsals on December 10 and 17, our tickets coordinator Denise Coyle will be distributing concert tickets for chorus members to sell. Denise has an envelope containing four concert tickets for each chorus member to try to sell. Let Denise know if you need additional tickets. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, so concert goers save money by purchasing tickets in advance! Advance ($15) tickets are also available on our web site (www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org ). Student tickets are $5 and tickets for children 12 and under are free. Let Denise know if you need students’ or children’s tickets.
Please return ticket money and any unsold tickets to Denise at our dress rehearsals on Wednesday, January 14, or Friday, January 16. Unsold tickets and ticket money must be turned in by the end of Friday’s dress rehearsal.
Attached is an announcement about our concert and a poster pdf you can e-mail to friends and family who may be interested in attending our concert.
Posters
Thanks to Elizabeth Mount for creating this semester’s beautiful colorful posters! Please begin distributing the small handbills as soon as you have them. We should wait to post the posters, however, until 2 weeks before the concert. Please take some posters and put them up around town: at work, coffee shops, doctor’s offices, health clubs, churches and temples, the laundromat, the market, etc etc. And don’t forget to put one in your car window! And send the attached e-poster to anyone who might be interested in the concert!
Dress Rehearsal
Attendance at both dress rehearsals is mandatory for all who are singing in the concert! This is because each singer will be placed on “stage” and arranged so that everyone can see Gerald. To do this effectively, the concert manager needs to have everyone there. You do not need to wear concert dress to the dress rehearsal, but do be sure the shoes you wear to the rehearsals have the same heel height as those you intend to wear for the concert. We will be packed in tight! So please don’t wear any scented products.
Concert Dress
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!
Rehearsal Setup Help Needed
HELP needed putting up chairs! Do consider arriving at around 6:30 pm to assist Diana putting up rehearsal chairs in the Dining Room. Many thanks.
January Concert CD Orders
As always, our January concert will be recorded, with cd’s available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Haydn, you can order that one cd for $15. To order, please fill out the attached form and either hand it to Joyce Morgenroth at rehearsal with your payment (cash or checks made out to Ithaca Community Choruses) or mail the form and a check to her at 474 Snyder Hill Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. The order must be submitted by January 31.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
December 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
(Chorus call 6:15 PM, Chamber Singers 5:45 PM)
Dates to Remember
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
Cayuga Chamber Orchestra presents Messiah
with Cayuga Vocal Ensemble
Sunday, December 14, 2014 4PM
First Presebyterian Church, Ithaca
Come enjoy this timeless classic! With soloists Rebecca Leistikow, soprano; Dawn Peirce, mezzo-soprano; Carl Johengen, tenor; and Marc Webster; bass. Featuring guest conductor Miriam Burns. Tickets are $30
Lecture: Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte
Wednesday, December 17th at 10am    
Lifelong(Cayuga and Court)
Marty Ginsburg will give an in depth talk on Mozart and his librettist,Lorenzo da Ponte.The opera Don Giovanni will be discussed thoroughly as an example of their magical collaboration. Music from the opera will be played.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
is incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
Check the theater for broadcast time, most are at 1 pm
on Saturdays. (The encore performance usually takes
place the following Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.)
December 13 ~ Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Wagner
January 17 ~ The Merry Widow, Lehar
January 31 ~ Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo

December 8, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 12/10:  Haydn #1-4, Tippett #1-3
Rehearsal Setup Help Needed
HELP needed putting up chairs! Do consider arriving at around 6:30 pm to assist Diana putting up rehearsal chairs in the Dining Room. Many thanks.
January Concert CD Orders
As always, our January concert will be recorded, with cd’s available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Haydn, you can order that one cd for $15. To order, please fill out the attached form and either hand it to Joyce Morgenroth at rehearsal with your payment (cash or checks made out to Ithaca Community Choruses) or mail the form and a check to her at 474 Snyder Hill Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. The order must be submitted by January 31.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
December 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, 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
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents: A Holiday Bouquet
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4:00 pm
First Unitarian Society
306 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, NY
Holiday music on themes of flowers (especially roses), plants, and nature. Repertoire to include Samuel Barber’s “Twelfth Night,” two versions of “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” by Praetorius and Vulpius, Robert Young’s “There is no Rose of Such Virtue,” and Kenneth Leighton’s “Of a Rose is All My Song,” plus familiar carols and holiday favorites. $15 advance ticket price, $18 at the door. Students are $5 and kids 12 and under are free.
Tickets available at Hickey’s, Pastimes Antiques, and at the door. You may also purchase tickets online at: http://www.cayuga-vocal.org/tickets.shtml#dec
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
is incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
Check the theater for broadcast time, most are at 1 pm
on Saturdays. (The encore performance usually takes
place the following Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.)
December 13 ~ Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Wagner
January 17 ~ The Merry Widow, Lehar
January 31 ~ Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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. The newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings.

November 24, 2014

No rehearsal on Wednesday 11/26. Happy Thanksgiving!
From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 12/3:  Tippett – All
Holiday Choir Members Needed!
The First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (FUSIT) is looking for some additional singers to participate in their holiday services on 12/21 and Christmas Eve.  They are especially in need of basses and sopranos this year. Attached is the announcement from Jennifer Lawrence-Birnbaum, (FUSIT’s choir director) which details the music and rehearsal schedule. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer at fusitchoir@gmail.com or leave a message in the FUSIT office 273-7521.
PLEASE pass this on to any of your friends/colleagues who may be interested in participating.
January Concert CD Orders
As always, our January concert will be recorded, with cd’s available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Haydn, you can order that one cd for $15. To order, please fill out the attached form and either hand it to Joyce Morgenroth at rehearsal with your payment (cash or checks made out to Ithaca Community Choruses) or mail the form and a check to her at 474 Snyder Hill Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. The order must be submitted by January 31.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
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, 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 Community Orchestra Fall Concert: Places of Inspiration
Saturday, November 22, 2014 4:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, DeWitt Park, Ithaca
Program includes works by Jean Sibelius, George Gershwin, Mozart, and Dvorák. Reception to follow the concert. $5 suggested donation.
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents: A Holiday Bouquet
 Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4:00 pm
 First Unitarian Society
 306 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, NY
Holiday music on themes of flowers (especially roses), plants, and nature. Repertoire to include Samuel Barber’s “Twelfth Night,” two versions of “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” by Praetorius and Vulpius, Robert Young’s “There is no Rose of Such Virtue,” and Kenneth Leighton’s “Of a Rose is All My Song,” plus familiar carols and holiday favorites. $15 advance ticket price, $18 at the door. Students are $5 and kids 12 and under are free.
Tickets available at Hickey’s, Pastimes Antiques, and at the door. You may also purchase tickets online at: http://www.cayuga-vocal.org/tickets.shtml#dec
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
is incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
Check the theater for broadcast time, most are at 1 pm
on Saturdays. (The encore performance usually takes
place the following Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.)
November 22 ~ Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini
December 13 ~ Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Wagner
January 17 ~ The Merry Widow, Lehar
January 31 ~ Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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. The newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings

November 19, 2014

Reminder: Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
Today’s (November 19) voice lesson will be for the Soprano section. There is no rehearsal or lesson November 26th.  The Altos will follow December 3rd, and then the Tenors and Basses will combine for one last lesson December 10th. Marion will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals.  We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.  Walk-ins are encouraged, and if you have signed up or attended in the past but you won’t be able to attend this time please be sure to email Brian because we want to make sure we have enough attending to warrant Marion’s time.  Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).

November 16, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 11/19:  Haydn #5-7 and Il terremoto
Holiday Choir Members Needed!

The First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (FUSIT) is looking for some additional singers to participate in their holiday services on 12/21 and Christmas Eve.  They are especially in need of basses and sopranos this year. Attached is the announcement from Jennifer Lawrence-Birnbaum, (FUSIT’s choir director) which details the music and rehearsal schedule. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer at fusitchoir@gmail.com or leave a message in the FUSIT office 273-7521.

PLEASE pass this on to any of your friends/colleagues who may be interested in participating.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
November 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, 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
Christopher Morgan Loy, composer and pianist, presents: Duets
Sunday, November 16, 4:00PM
First Unitarian Church

Featuring Russell Posegate, piano; and Karen Wonder Dumont, soprano
Music includes a premiere performance of A Short Suite for Two Pianos, a new work for two pianos by Christopher Morgan Loy; and music by John Adams, Brahms, Faure, and Wolf.
Presentation on Handel and Haydn
Marty Ginsburg will give an in-depth presentation on Handel and Hayden, chiefly when each was in England.  Representative music will be played.  The talk will be at LifeLong (Court and Cayuga) on Wed, Nov. 19th, 10AM to 12 noon.
Ithaca Community Orchestra Fall Concert: Places of Inspiration
Saturday, November 22, 2014 4:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, DeWitt Park, Ithaca
Program includes works by Jean Sibelius, George Gershwin, Mozart, and Dvorák. Reception to follow the concert. $5 suggested donation.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
is incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
Check the theater for broadcast time, most are at 1 pm
on Saturdays. (The encore performance usually takes
place the following Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.)
November 22 ~ Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini
December 13 ~ Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Wagner
January 17 ~ The Merry Widow, Lehar
January 31 ~ Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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. The newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings.

November 10, 2014

Update: Learning Your Notes
The correct link for John F’s music site is: http://johnfletchermusic.me.uk/

I think I made a mistake when I put it in the last newsletter.
You can click on “Composer and Arranger Index” or “Title Index” on the left side of the page to search for both pieces. It is super helpful! Poke around the site too, it’s interesting to see everything he has!
Update: Bass voice lesson cancelled this week
The bass lesson with Marion Giambattista will not take place this week.  Assuming interest remains strong lessons will resume November 19th for the Sopranos, then Altos, and then the tenors/basses together the week after that. The lessons have been very well received and we plan to send out a survey in the coming weeks to help determine how best to format them for the future. Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).

November 8, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 11/12:  Haydn #1-4
Learning Your Notes
Happily, I discovered a free website that can be used for BOTH of our pieces this term! The site is created and maintained by John Fletcher, out of the UK, but folks all over the world are able to use it. The website is JohnF’s Music Site.
You can click on “Composer and Arranger Index” or “Title Index” on the left side of the page to search for both pieces. It is super helpful! Poke around the site too, it’s interesting to see everything he has!
Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
The next voice lesson will be for the Bass section this coming Wednesday November 12. The Sopranos will follow November 12th, then Altos, and so on. Marion will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals.  We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.  Ed has kindly provided sign up sheets by section and you are encouraged to sign up, but don’t worry if you have yet to sign up as walk-ins (from the right section of course) are welcome and encouraged.  If you have signed up but your plans change please be sure to email Brian because we want to make sure we have enough attending to warrant Marion’s time.  Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).
Fall Workshop
It is with regret that Cindy Howell, Greg Austin, and Susanne Morgan have decided to postpone Greg’s workshop, scheduled for Nov 15, until after our January concerts. Due to uncertainty about location we had delayed publicity, and in the meantime Greg is sick which interferes with his preparation time.
This will be a good workshop and we want everyone who would enjoy it to know about it! So, please help with outreach: tell anyone to whom you might have mentioned it, and over the holidays promote it! We will have a new day and location in a couple of weeks.
Thank you very much, all, for your patience and your support!
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
November 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, 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
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
is incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
Check the theater for broadcast time, most are at 1 pm
on Saturdays. (The encore performance usually takes
place the following Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.)
November 22 ~ Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini
December 13 ~ Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Wagner
January 17 ~ The Merry Widow, Lehar
January 31 ~ Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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. The newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings.
Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers
P.O. Box 622
Ithaca, NY  14850

November 2, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 11/5:  Tippett – all
Learning Your Notes
 Happily, I discovered a free website that can be used for BOTH of our pieces this term! The site is created and maintained by John Fletcher, out of the UK, but folks all over the world are able to use it. The website is JohnF’s Music Site.
You can click on “Composer and Arranger Index” or “Title Index” on the left side of the page to search for both pieces. It is super helpful! Poke around the site too, it’s interesting to see everything he has!
Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
The next voice lesson will be for the Tenor section this coming Wednesday November 5. The Basses will follow November 12th, then Sopranos, and so on. Marion will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals.  We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.  Ed has kindly provided sign up sheets by section and you are encouraged to sign up, but don’t worry if you have yet to sign up as walk-ins (from the right section of course) are welcome and encouraged.  If you have signed up but your plans change please be sure to email Brian because we want to make sure we have enough attending to warrant Marion’s time.  Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).
Fall Workshop
It is with regret that Cindy Howell, Greg Austin, and Susanne Morgan have decided to postpone Greg’s workshop, scheduled for Nov 15, until after our January concerts. Due to uncertainty about location we had delayed publicity, and in the meantime Greg is sick which interferes with his preparation time.

This will be a good workshop and we want everyone who would enjoy it to know about it! So, please help with outreach: tell anyone to whom you might have mentioned it, and over the holidays promote it! We will have a new day and location in a couple of weeks.

Thank you very much, all, for your patience and your support!

 

Fall Rehearsal Schedule
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, 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.
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. The newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings.

October 25, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 10/29:  Haydn #6 and 7, Tippett #3,4,5
Learning Your Notes
Happily, I discovered a free website that can be used for BOTH of our pieces this term! The site is created and maintained by John Fletcher, out of the UK, but folks all over the world are able to use it. The website is JohnF’s Music Site.
You can click on “Composer and Arranger Index” or “Title Index” on the left side of the page to search for both pieces. It is super helpful! Poke around the site too, it’s interesting to see everything he has!
Advertisement Sales:  Penultimate pushy plea
Please bear down on the businesses you are selling ads to.  The deadline looms (31 OCTOBER).  Call, write, visit, sing to them, croon:  whatever it takes.  Many thanks for putting on this burst of pressure to complete the deals.  Send me any updates, questions, concerns (ldb4@cornell.edu or ads@ithacacommunitychoruses.org).  And bring any contracts and checks to me at next week’s rehearsal.  Ithaca Community Choruses thank you.  I thank you.  Lynda Bogel
Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
The next voice lesson will be for the Alto section this coming Wednesday October 29th.  The Tenors will follow November 5th, then Basses, and so on.  Marion will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals.  We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.  Ed has kindly provided sign up sheets by section and you are encouraged to sign up, but don’t worry if you have yet to sign up as walk-ins (from the right section of course) are welcome and encouraged.  If you have signed up but your plans change please be sure to email Brian because we want to make sure we have enough attending to warrant Marion’s time.  Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).
Fall Workshop

“Smart & Speedy Sight Singing: Understanding What You Already Know.” A Workshop for Choral and Congregational Singers.
Open to All! Benefits the 4 projects of the Ithaca Community Choruses
Saturday, November 15, Location to be Announced
9:30 Registration and coffee; 10-12:30 workshop
Come for a lively morning of singing and learning with Gregory Austin!
  • How can I read those hymns, or new chorus pieces, faster?
  • What happens when a key changes?  Why do I care?
  • How can I catch the rhythm easier?
Greg is a Freeville native who returns to the Ithaca area with master’s degrees in vocal performance and choral conducting. The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers have welcomed him as a vibrant new member of the bass section. Here is more about Greg: http://www.gregoryaustinmusic.com/
Registration is $20 and will be online soon. Want to help that day? Contact Cindy Howell at cmchowell@yahoo.com or Susanne Morgan at morgan@ithaca.edu.
Now is the time to mark your calendar and invite your friends!
ICC Bylaws Project
The Ithaca Community Choruses, our umbrella organization, has been operating for many years with bylaws that applied to the Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, the original chorus.  There is a thorough “reorganization agreement” that describes the current structure.
We need to integrate the elements of that document with the bylaws. Peter and Ann Martin have offered to help us with that task. Peter is a law professor and Ann is an organizational consultant and neither of them is a bylaws expert but they are confident that a small group of engaged singers can devote a bit of time over a few weeks and accomplish it.
How about you? Do you have experience with bylaws of a volunteer-based nonprofit like ours? Would you like to be part of that working group? No long chorus experience is necessary: Peter and Ann are relative newcomers to Summer Sing and ICC&CS. In fact, no chorus membership is necessary! Invite your supportive partner or friend to help with this!
Let’s talk! Write me and we will explore how you might be involved. I’m currently chair of our board. Susanne Morgan at morgan@ithaca.edu
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
October 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, November 15- Fall Workshop
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.
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. The newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings.

October 18, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 10/22:  Tippett #3,4,5 and Haydn #5
Shared Roster in Easy-to-Print Format!
If anyone had trouble printing either of the shared rosters we sent out, try the attached one! Thanks to Annie Wall for providing it.
Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
The next voice lesson will be for the Soprano section this coming Wednesday October 22nd.  The Altos will follow October 29th, then Tenors, Basses, and so on.  Marion will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals.  We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.  Ed has kindly provided sign up sheets by section and you are encouraged to sign up, but don’t worry if you have yet to sign up as walk-ins (from the right section of course) are welcome and encouraged.  If you have signed up but your plans change please be sure to email Brian because we want to make sure we have enough attending to warrant Marion’s time.
Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
October 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
IGMC CONCERT
Saturday October 18, 2014
8:00 PM, First Baptist Church
Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus will perform their Fall Concert at 8:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, located in Ithaca’s historic Dewitt Park at 309 North Cayuga Street.  Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased by searching “Ithaca Events” at www.eventbrite.com or from individual chorus members.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.
“Shackleton’s Antarctic Dream: 
A Saga of Extraordinary Leadership and Survival”
A one-act, one-person play by Louise Adie
Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014
7:30 pm
Trumansburg Elementary School Auditorium
$5.00 admission at the door
A fund-raiser for the Encore Players Community Theatre
(Special note to Chorus members: Louise was inspired to proceed with her
idea to write this one-person play after hearing this Community Chorus sing
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony last spring)
Bluebeard’s Castle at CSMA
IGMC’s new Director Zachary James will be performing in Opera Ithaca’s first production ‘Bluebeards Castle’, at the third floor theatre of CSMA on October 18th and 19th (8pm).  For more info on the show please visit www.operaithaca.org.
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. The newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings.

ICC&CS Events

Sat., 01/17/2015
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ICC & CS
ICC&CS winter concert
St. Paul's Methodist Church
402 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

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Wed., 01/28/2015
6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
ICC & CS
ICC&CS spring registration
St. Paul's Methodist Church
402 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

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Sat., 04/25/2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ICC & CS
ICC&CS spring concert
St. Paul's Methodist Church
402 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

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