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Summary - Jan 9, 2018 and LOOK-AHEAD

posted Jan 10, 2018, 10:23 AM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 3:33 PM ]
WOW! What a wonderful turnout of first-time guests last night!  We had eight (8) new people on the risers with us!  There's more information about them under the tab - Management Team / CMT Information Station - so go there for a picture, names, parts!

The February 2nd performance is just 3-1/2 week away (what?!), so we'll be focusing on  those songs in the coming rehearsals. We have 25 singers planning to perform and I trust you will work hard to bring them back up to a high quality level (including the choreography). The songs are:
  1. Happy Together
  2. All the Things You Are
  3. Can't Buy Me Love
  4. Sweet Dreams
  5. All the Way
  6. And So it Goes
  7. Peace on Earth
  8. Who's Sorry Now
  9. (possibly Somebody to Love.....)
We were missing 9 of our ladies last night, so be sure and let them know they were missed and hope they'll be back soon.  Every voice makes such a huge impact on the overall sound of the chorus!   Heidi, Toni, Smitty, Christine, Darlene, Linda, KarenW plus JudyD who has gone south for a few weeks - we missed you!

As you work through the music, please try very hard to remember:
  • Every breath should be resonant - think of the "inside smile" or the "pre-yawn" space and keep that space open as you sing each phrase.  It will sound very different from what you are accustomed to hearing inside your head, but trust that it will be resonant and rich and ringing!
  • Every phrase should be lifted and energized, propelling you into the next phrase with passion and emotion.  I loved the comment that Sasanna made last night that "energized consonants mean energized vowels"!  YES!
  • Maximize target vowels and sing with a connection from vowel-to-vowel in order to avoid choppiness.
  • Watch yourself in the mirror and see if you are actually changing expressions and body language.  You may think you're doing something but it may not be showing on the outside:)

We've got TORI POSTMA coming to work with us on Saturday and Sunday, January 20-21, and we'll be focusing on the songs we're preparing for Regional Competition:  Who's Sorry Now and All the Things You Are.  We may also sing through All the Way (in case she wants to hear an alternative ballad).  KNOW THESE SONGS inside and out - including choreography!  Tori will be stopping and starting in various places in the songs and you'll need to know your part well enough to be able to handle that.  As a Showmanship Judge with ears, she will be working on the SOUND as she trains us on SHOWMANSHIP skills. 

I just learned (last night) that the Elks has booked another party into our normal rehearsal space on Saturday afternoon (a paying customer) so we'll need to make a quick switch into the Nest (the big room where the basses normally rehearse) at about 3:00.  We're paying Tori lots of $$ to come and work with us, so I want to maximize our time with her.  

I truly expect EVERYONE to be at these important coaching sessions, where we'll all learn some valuable skills together that will help us continue our journey to higher levels of singing and performing.  And you will absolutely adore Tori; she's so hilarious and creative and just a total joy to be around and you definitely don't want to miss out on this opportunity - it's  nearly impossible to catch-up if you miss it!  I really appreciate your making adjustments in order to be there!  Here's the general schedule:

Saturday (Jan 20)
8:30 - Setup, visit, etc.
9:00 - Rhythmic warmups, vocal warmups
9:30 - Coaching
12:00 - Lunch  
1:00 - Coaching
3:00 - Break, move into the Nest
3:30 - Coaching
5:30 -- Dinner  (let Judy Gobat know if you'd like to go somewhere like a pizza parlor together - social time!)
(total coaching time:  6.5 hours)

Sunday (Jan 21)
8:30 - Setup, visit, etc.
9:00 - Rhythmic warmups, vocal warmups
9:30 - Coaching
12:00 - Lunch
12:30 - Coaching
3:00 - Wrap-up
3:30 - Tori to PDX for 5:30 flight
(total coaching time:  5.5 hours)

HEY!  Don't forget to sign up for one of the few remaining 30-minute voice lessons with Tim Marron on February 17-18 when Sandy Marron is here coaching us.  This is an excellent way for you to learn about YOUR voice and how you can gain more control and confidence!  Go for it (soon) - and let me know.

This is a really exciting time for OSC - wonderful coaches coming in to teach us and help us grow as singers and performers, terrific new guests planning to join our chorus family, values and commitment statements that are coming from your hearts, and a feeling of renewed energy towards making our chorus better, stronger, and happier.  

Love to each and every one of you!


PS:  Be sure to check our website calendar for all the coaching dates so you can make arrangements to be there! Woot!