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Weekly Notes

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.

October 11, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 10/15:  Haydn #3, 4, and 5.  Tippett #3 and 4
 Please insert those markings into your scores:
From the ICC&CS President
A Few Reminders from the Rehearsal Police

Please

- Don’t talk during rehearsal. If you have a question, raise your hand and ask Gerald, or wait til the break or a sectional rehearsal and ask your section leader.

- Restrict announcements during our break to those pertaining directly to the Ithaca Community Choruses (which comprise our chorus—the Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers, Voices Multicultural Chorus, and the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus [IGMC]). Submit announcements of all other music-related events (ready to copy and paste) by Thursday at 11:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com), and she will put them in the newsletter.

- Be on time to rehearsal.

- Bring covered containers of water only into the rehearsal area (where the chairs are set up) and enjoy other beverages and food over near the snack tables.

- Refrain from wearing scented products to rehearsals and performances since they are bothersome to some of our members.

- Sign in at each rehearsal and notify our attendance officer Marilyn Crooker (marilyncrooker@yahoo.com) if you’re going to be absent.

Thanks for your help in making our rehearsals as productive and enjoyable as possible!

Calendars Are Now Available!

If you haven’t already done so, please pick up the calendars you ordered next Wednesday. They are $13, so remember your check books or bring some cash. We have some extras, so if you didn’t order any or your didn’t order enough, we still havep plenty. Thanks for your great response on this–we are neck and neck with Voices!

Shared Roster in Easy-to-Print Format!
For those who would like to print the shared roster, attached is a version that will be more printer friendly. Thanks to Susanne Morgan for sending it along.
AD SALES UPDATE from Lynda Bogel
Would each of you who have volunteered (or been volunteered by me) send me an email update of your progress selling ads for the ICC program?  A quick note to ldb4@cornell.edu will let me know how we are doing with each business I’ve got you assigned to.  PLEASE.  Also any questions,  I’ll hurry to answer. (Alternate email:  ads@ithacacommunitychoruses.org)
Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
The next voice lesson will be for the Bass section this coming Wednesday October 15th.  The Sopranos will follow October 22nd, then Altos, Tenors, 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).
IGMC Names New Director!
The IGMC has announced that Zarchary James, Broadway actor and international opera singer, will be directing the IGMC beginning October 21st. Zachary (IC ’05) and his partner Tucker Davis moved to the Ithaca area this past year and are a welcome addition to our vibrant arts community.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
October 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
FOUR PILLARS OF THE HIGH RENAISSANCE
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 4:00 PM
Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd., Dewitt
$15 ($10 students and seniors)
A cappella choral works of “The Big Four” of High Renaissance music: Palestrina, Lasso, Byrd, and Victoria.  Gerald Wolfe, who is one of the ensemble’s ten singers, will also play on harpsichord Byrd’s Kinborough Good Pavan and Galliard.
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)
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 5, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 10/8:  Haydn #1,2,3 and Tippett #1,2
From the ICC&CS President
Shared Roster

Attached to this newsletter, please find our “shared roster,” which is a list of names and contact information of this semester’s chorus members who have agreed to be included in the roster. Please use the information in the roster only for purposes related to the chorus and please don’t share it with anyone outside of the chorus. Thanks to our registrar Ed Olmstead for preparing the roster.

Sad News for one of our members
The chorus members wish to extend their deepest sympathy to Linda and Mike Duttweiler on the loss of their son, Christian, this past Sunday, September 28. Linda is a new member of the alto section, and also mother to Katie Duttweiler Waxman, who sang with us for several years. The obituary is online at the Ithaca Journal website if you wish more information.  Again, we extend our sincere condolences to the entire  family on this tragic and untimely loss, and hope they will find comfort from the love and support of those who surround them.  Linda hopes to be back to sing with us in the near future (reported  by Marilyn Crooker).
Learning Your Notes
Our usual websites for learning your notes do not have either of our pieces. You will find the Haydn here. You can also find complete performances on YouTube.
Ethel Vrana recommends Choraline.com for the Tippett spirituals.You’ll find MP3s, CDs and downloads (for a fee).
You can improve your vocal abilities by doing vocal warm-ups. Cyberbass has some.
If you find additional note-learning websites, do let me know. Thanks!
-Diana Nathanielsz (dnathani@twcny.rr.com)
Ad Sales
Please inform Lynda Bogel directly about which businesses you want to approach for ad sales. She can be reached via email at ldb4@cornell.edu, or just chat with her at rehearsal!
Singing Opportunity at Kendal of Ithaca
Katie Howell, the director of Summer Sing, is working with a singing group at Kendal of Ithaca that was formed some time ago but has lacked steady leadership.  She describes the group as “fun with some really interesting people.”  Some are highly experienced musicians and singers, some haven’t sung since their youth and are interested in singing again.
The challenge of working with the group is that of a small group.  Attendance goes up and down based on each person’s schedule, health, interest, etc.  Those who are there really want to sing in 4-part harmony, but often lack the people to really fill it out and will end up with one or two people on a part.  There was even a recent rehearsal lacking tenors.
Katie has asked that we reach out to the various ICC chorus members and ask if you might be interested in coming to sing with this group, turning it into an inter-generational choir.  It meets on Thursday afternoons fro 4 PM to 5 PM right at Kendal.   Katie would like to see this group take off if it can, and thinks some of the musical energy from ICC choral members would be a positive influence on the group and that if the residents heard and saw good stuff happening, those hanging back would join right in and make a real choir.
If this sounds interesting to you and you’d like to give it a try, please send Katie an email at katierohrhowell@gmail.com and she will send you a detailed description of where we meet.  There is no charge to participate – just bring your voice and enthusiasm for music!
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
October 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
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents “George & Ira, Noel & Cole”
2014 Gala Cabaret Fundraiser
Saturday, October 4 7:00 PM, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
A fun evening of fresh and funny songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Noël Coward, and other Broadway and Tin Pan Alley greats. Accompanying the singers at the piano are Richard Montgomery and Marilyn Crooker, and Carl Johengen. Doors open at 7:00 pm for desserts, wine tasting and Silent Auction.
Tickets at Hickeys Music, corner of Dey/Adams streets; Pastimes Antiques in Dewitt Mall in Ithaca; at www.Cayuga-vocal.org and at the door.
DEEPLY INTO GRATITUDE: CHANTING MEDITATION WORKSHOP
Saturday, 11 October, 2014
10:00 to 1:00 pm
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

309 Highland Road, Ithaca, NY
Suggested fee: $35 – $50 (includes refreshments)
No previous experience with meditation or special singing ability required. To Register, email: chantingmeditation@yahoo.com or (607)592-2465 (please leave voice mail)
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.

September 26, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 10/1:  Tippett #5 and Haydn #4, #5, Il terremoto
From the ICC&CS President
WELCOME RECEPTION
Please join us in a gathering to celebrate another semester and welcome our new members at 6:30 before rehearsal this Wednesday. Returning members, please bring a snack to share. New members, please come so we can get to know you. Everyone remember to wear your name tags. Hope to see you there!!!
PROBLEMS WITH CORNELL ADDRESSES
As was announced at rehearsal, Cornell University has started to block the Voices newsletter to any member using a cornell.edu e-mail address. I’m not sure whether there will be a problem with our newsletters as well, but in case there is, here are some workarounds from Ed Olmstead:
  1. Provide us with an alternate e-mail address.  If you do not have one, gmail is easy to set up and it is free.
  2. The ICC&CS newsletters are posted to our website.
    You can always go there to get the latest edition of the newsletter.
Please let Janine know if you aren’t getting your newsletter so we can determine whether or not there really is a problem. Thanks!

CALENDAR SALES! HOW MANY WILL YOU BUY OR SELL? 

This year, we have to order Ithaca waterfall calendars in advance, so we need some idea of how many we’ll be able to sell. Please give this some thought between now and Wednesday. If you didn’t do it last Wednesday, would you please  let Sheila Reakes know during break next week how many calendars you would like to buy or sell. She will have a display copy at the table in the back of the room and will have a sign-up sheet on which you can indicate how many you anticipate needing; this will help us order approximately the right number of calendars. Many thanks for your help with this important fundraiser!
IMPORTANCE OF FUNDRAISING!
I know all the hoopla about fundraising is a bit annoying…but it’s a necessary evil. As shown by the pie charts below, our dues and the grants we receive don’t cover the costs of professional direction and accompaniment during rehearsals, rental space for rehearsals and concerts, orchestras and soloists, and posters and programs. So we all need to pull together to help raise money to support the chorus. If every member takes some responsibility for this, the burden won’t be too great for anyone. So please do your share. Many thanks!
Learning Your Notes
Our usual websites for learning your notes do not have either of our pieces. You will find the Haydn here. You can also find complete performances on YouTube.
You can improve your vocal abilities by doing vocal warm-ups. Cyberbass has some.
If you find additional note-learning websites, do let me know. Thanks!
-Diana Nathanielsz (dnathani@twcny.rr.com)
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
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
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.

Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents “George & Ira, Noel & Cole” 
2014 Gala Cabaret Fundraiser
Saturday, October 4 7:00 PM, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
A fun evening of fresh and funny songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Noël Coward, and other Broadway and Tin Pan Alley greats. Accompanying the singers at the piano are Richard Montgomery and Marilyn Crooker, and Carl Johengen. Doors open at 7:00 pm for desserts, wine tasting and Silent Auction.
Tickets at Hickeys Music, corner of Dey/Adams streets; Pastimes Antiques in Dewitt Mall in Ithaca; at www.Cayuga-vocal.org and at the door.
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.

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