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Harmony Classic .... wow!

posted May 19, 2014, 3:10 PM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated May 19, 2014, 3:10 PM ]
Going to Harmony Classic has been a long-time dream of mine and  I just knew in my heart that it would happen someday with Oregon Spirit Chorus.  You constantly amaze me at your positive energy and beautiful, rich, passionate singing.  You bring your heart to every performance - whether it's a local retirement center, or the Iris Festival, or the Regional Competition stage.   Now your hard work has paid off and we'll be receiving an invitation soon.  How thrilling !!!
But there is something very important that you should know and understand:    One of the rules for Division A choruses participating in Harmony Classic is that they can only take 40 singers on stage.  Having a specific number of singers is a situation I have never encountered before, so I posed the question to other Sweet Adelines who have had experiences with this dilemma.  I've received really helpful feedback from all over the country and have shared those emails with the OSC management and the Director's Team so we can start discussions on this topic that will affect each and every one of us. 
One possible scenario is that we would have a Competition Chorus (for Harmony Classic) and a regular Performing Chorus (for local performances).  And it's very likely we'd have a specific number of singers in each part for Harmony Classic (e.g., 4 tenors, 12 leads, 10 baritones, 14 basses).  Some of the requirements to participate in the Competition Chorus will include such things as attendance, musical quaifications, visual qualifications, chorus participation/involvement, and ability to be in Las Vegas for a week in October 2015.   We hope to have a detailed policy in place by early July so that all members (current and new) will have a clear understanding of what will be happening.and we will strive to avoid confusion and hurt feelings and answer all the questions that are sure to arise.
It's going to be a year of significant changes that will cause each of you to do some soul-searching to decide:
1)  Do you want to be a part of the HC Competition Chorus?
2)  Would you rather just perform locally and at regional competitions?
3)  Are you able to travel to Las Vegas and be there all week?
4)  Are you willing to rehearse regularly through the summer months, including some extra rehearsals for the competition chorus?
5)  Are you willing to work hard to pass the vocal and visual requirements?
6)  Are you willing to participate more in fundraisers - whether or not you intend to go to Las Vegas?
These are just some of the questions that will come up - and there is no right or wrong answer.  Only YOU can decide what is right for you.   This will be a topic that comes up during our dream/goal-setting with Raymond Schwarzkopf on June 19th.  
[Note:  Our original idea of having an in-house goal-setting session is being replaced by this 6/19 visit, so you no longer need to fill out the form I sent you a couple of weeks ago unless you find it personally useful.] 
I believe we all want the chorus to grow so we will have more voices on the risers, and more members to help with various chorus projects and performances.  Please continue to encourage ladies to come to the voice lessons and Girls' Night Out Open House.   If you know of someone who is planning to visit us, send me her name and email address (and anything you may know about her singing range/ability).  I hope we have a great turnout again this year!  (And remember, YOU are invited to the voice lessons, too!)
It is going to be quite a ride for all of us this year - and maybe even a bumpy one at times.   I'm going to do my very best to keep you informed all along the way and let's all try to keep it about the music and the joy of singing together in harmony.  
With love and pride -  Your musical director, Kathy