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posted Jul 17, 2019, 9:59 AM by Kathy Scheel

As we move swiftly through our beautiful Oregon summer, my thoughts are turning to musical preparations for the exciting show we're planning for December 7th.  Here is a list of the songs we'll be performing so you'll know which ones to review as you continue your personal journey on the Road To Excellence (RTE).

- Happy Holiday
- Mary, Did You Know
- BankAmericard
- Winter Wonderland
- Scarlet Ribbons
- Mary, Mary

- Let Freedom Ring
- Change the World
- Sister Act
- Star-Spangled Banner
- and MAYBE Whether Good, Whether Bad

In addition to these songs, remember that we will be coached by Tori Postma on October 19-20, and we'll have her work on the contest songs, too (After I'm Gone, I'll Be Seeing You).


MEMBERSHIP GROWTH:  Open House/Free Voice Lesson/Christmas Chorus Kickoff/A'Cappella 101/Barbershopalooza thing on Tuesday, September 24th.  So if you know any ladies who you think would like to sing with OSC, invite them (but they certainly don't have to wait until then to visit)!  The current plan for that evening is:

6:00 - 7:00 - Free group voice lesson
7:00 - 7:30 - Refreshments, socializing, get acquainted
7:30 - 8:30 - Review Christmas songs, talk about the show, auditions to perform on show, other performances, etc.
8:30 - 9:30 - Work on contest songs (in preparation for Tori's coaching)

GREAT JOB!   I want to say THANK YOU to all of you who've been working on your music in between trips to the beach, playing with the grandkids, family reunions, wine tasting, and all the other fun activities of summer.  I'm really impressed with the progress on both of the new songs (Change the World, and Whether Good, Whether Bad) and I'm confident that you'll all be off the sheet music by July 30th.  We had a really good small group (octet) rehearsal at JoAnn's home on Monday (thanks to JoAnn, Janet, Diane, Linda, Leah, Elaine, and Cindy) and we have one more small group rehearsal scheduled for Thursday, July 25th at Denise's home in Silverton.  That would be a great opportunity to come and solidify the songs.  Your self-evaluatons (part of RTE) are a great way to check your personal progress before then (this is part of OSC's ongoing quality control program).  Sing along with the other part-dominant tracks to check yourself, and then make a recording and send it to your section leader for loving and constructive review.  

BACK TO NORMAL   On July 30th, we're back to normal weekly rehearsals from 7:00-9:30.  We may have a few early rehearsals with the Christmas Chorus but I'll let you know about that in a few weeks.  It'll sorta depend on the musical progress of this year's "crop".   

FRIENDS   I know that all of you have developed close friendships with each other - that's such a beautiful result of harmonizing in a chorus together!   Did you know that there are several members come to the Elks early to visit and catch up since our rehearsal time is so valuable.  And almost every week, there is an ever-changing group of ladies who go to Denny's to unwind at the "afterglow".  These are awesome times for the special bonding that is one of the most important parts of chorus life!  

I've missed the sound of all of you singing together and can't wait until July 30th!   WOOPEEE!