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Announcements vs. Education vs. Music - A balancing act!

posted Oct 10, 2018, 1:04 PM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Oct 15, 2018, 8:32 PM ]
Each week, we have a very limited amount of time to together, and we want to spend most of that time SINGING, but there is also the need to keep people informed and educated.  So it's quite a balancing act to make sure we fit all these pieces into the evening.  Another facet at this time of year is the need to work on Christmas music while keeping the regular repertoire performance-ready and not lose the skills we've built on that material.  It's a bit different this year because we have a major coaching session coming up in November, so we've been focusing on getting the 2 contest songs ready for Sandy Marron's magic.  

I will be making some adjustments to the schedule for Tuesdays so we can fit in more SINGING - which is why we are all together, right?!  In order to achieve this, I ask the administrative teams (show, membership, etc.) to make announcements via email, with the exception of performance information which will be posted on Performance Central here on this website. I know this doesn't meet the needs of all learning styles but I think it will work through December.

Here's the plan:
  • 6:30 - Brief rhythmic & vocal warmups 
  • 6:40 - Introduce guests, critical reminders that the Christmas Chorus needs to hear (5 minute maximum)
  • 6:45 - SINGING  
  • 8:00 - Critical announcements for OSC members (5 minutes), break (5 minutes), education (10 minutes)
  • 8:20 - SINGING
  • 9:30 - Afterglow at Denny's, a good time for socializing and laughing 
Check my post Kathy's Korner for the list of songs we'll be working on each week, so you'll know which ones to work on before Tuesday nights.

We were going to do the Octet Quality Check next week (10/16) but I think it's more important to just sing and have fun.  I feel pretty confident that all of you are doing a really good job on both contest songs; they are both sound good, we're making steady progress, and we'll have a full weekend of working to move them forward with Sandy Marron.  Thanks for agreeing to work with her both days (9:00-4:00 Sat; 9:00-1:00 Sun); you will LOVE how the chorus sounds and how your voice is an important part of that sound! 

Thanks to those of you who brought your worksheets (You Are in Charge of You).  I've been reading them today and it looks like we are pretty well aligned as to understanding my expectations, and you've shared some good input on various ways those expectations can be met.  I will continue to listen to your helpful and kind suggestions, and hope these adjustments will bring more joy into our rehearsal evenings together.