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SATURDAY, JANUARY 5th - Oregon Spirit Workshop

posted Dec 12, 2018, 1:22 AM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Dec 31, 2018, 9:46 AM ]
On Saturday, January 5th, we will be at the Elks from 9:00-300 with a 30-minute lunch break, and maybe even pizza at the end of the day.  It's going to be jam-packed day with lots of good things as we start 2019 with a bang!  Here's what to expect:
  • Work on the two songs we'll do at regional competition.  
    • After I'm Gone
    • I'll Be Seeing You
  • Review the songs we're bringing back into the repertoire for some upcoming performances. 
  • Refresh choreography on a couple of songs.
  • Presentation by the Membership Co-Chairs (Lynne Rice/Janet Owen) on new approaches to training (and keeping) prospective members.  Every chorus member will need to hear this important information because you will be key to its success.  Great new approach that will empower all members to help new guests.
  • Presentation by the Costume Co-Chairs (Linda O'Donnell/Cindy Meyers) on how we'll get the new tunics completed and embellished.  Deadlines for completion are:  tunics by the end of January; totally embellished by end of February.  
  • Presentation of OSC 2019 Budget by Elaine Rosenberg/Cindy Meyers.  Learn how our money flows in and out of our chorus treasury.
  • Fun "games" to bring out the characterization in our songs!
  • Maybe sing through the Valegrams songs with your quartets (or maybe form them for the first time.
    • Note: Singing telegrams are presented on February 14, Valentine's Day (Valegrams) and it's absolutely the most fun ever!  This is a potentially huge fundraiser for OSC.
    • You don't have to sing your regular part - it's a great opportunity to sing another part cuz the songs are super easy and short. Give it a try!  
      • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
      • I Love You Truly
      • Now I Know Why
Here are the songs we'll review on that day (bring your sheet music):
  • After I'm Gone 
  • I'll Be Seeing You 
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Sister Act
  • Fun in Just One Lifetime
  • And So it Goes
  • All the Things You Are
  • Happy Together
  • The Parting Glass
  • Happy Birthday
  • Somebody to Love (if there's time)
  • Can't Buy Me Love (if there's time)
  • Sing & Celebrate (bring back as the song to welcome new members - set aside Consider Yourself)

At our coaching weekend in November with Sandy Marron, we got some good tips and you can review those tips on the OSC YouTube channel (sent to you by Denise Taylor).  Here are some of the main things:
  • Maintain the original key by checking with the keyboard frequently.  Train yourself to stay in tune and keep a sense of the tonal center throughout all songs.
  • Sing with a metronome (uptune is 164 bpm) to and it will force you to take quick, energized breaths.  This helps the forward motion of a song and also helps it stay in tune.
  • No tension anywhere - especially in the jaw/mouth/throat.  Speak a phrase and then sing the phrase exactly that way - no need to open your mouth extra wide or drop or jaw.  This causes tension and often results in flat singing.
Work on these skills so they become habitual and you become a stronger, confident singer.  The more work you dedicate to your personal vocal and performing skills, the better the whole chorus will be.  And we all thank you for that!

  • Sheet music for all the songs listed above.
  • Recording device
  • Colored pencils / highlighters
  • Water
  • Lunch (30 minutes - with important presentations)
  • Snacks