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posted Feb 13, 2019, 10:26 AM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 11:24 PM ]

Lots of good stuff happened last night!  First, we welcomed in two new members:  PAM WHITE and BARB USERA!  HOORAY!  These ladies bring with them many skills and talents and we're so happy they joined OSC!   

We loved Elaine Rosenberg's reminders about "Starting Out Right" - which prompts us to choose to do our very best each and every time we are together, and reminds us of the roadblocks that can get in the way of progress.  It's a great way to start the evening on a really positive note. 

Elaine also shared some financial matters with the chorus.  The members will be making some decisions about how to spend some funds earmarked for the OSC competition weekend.  Some of the choices will be: traditional pre-contest chorus breakfast, a sit-down post-contest chorus dinner, full or partial subsidizing of either, and maybe some other options.  Watch for more information from Elaine about this.   

Lynne Rice (Advance Chair) told us about our annual overnight "retreat" on March 9-10 at the Canby Grove Conference Center.  There will be a booklet issued that has everything you need to know, so watch for that in your email soon.  The fee for the weekend is $108, but the chorus treasury will subsidize $33 of that amount, so members only need to pay $75 for overnight lodging and four meals and all that education & coaching!  WOW - what a deal! 

Karlene Hancock presented the Spirited Sister boa (writing it down since she had no voice) to Janice LaCombe.  Janice is such a tremendous supporter of OSC and does so much for our fundraising efforts, having chaired the scrip program for many years, currently the Valegrams chair, and did facilities setup for several years.  Plus she's a great baritone! 

The LoveBugs quartet sang for us!  Janet Owen, JoAnn Perry, Janice LaCombe and Libby Stokes (former member) did a great job and are going to have a blast singing Valegrams. 

I taught a tag that I wrote for our GPS (Guiding Principle Slogan):  Sisters Singing, Chords Ringing Feeds My Soul.  I'll send it to you in an email so you can learn it and we'll sing it at the beginning of each rehearsal! 

On Thursday (2/14), a couple of leads are coming to my house to work on the songs at 1:00; other leads are welcome to come, too.  And if any of you (other parts) want to come and work at 2:00, let me know and we'll continue to work as long as you would like.  I want everyone to feel really good about the songs before Saturday. 

OSC is in need of a Competition Coordinator.  The main chairs are already underway, but we still need a chairman to be the primary contact for the region.  If you are interested in helping, please let Elaine Rosenberg and Norine Ask know right away as they need to notify the region.  You could co-chair it with someone and you will get guidance all along the way.  Norine Ask sent out an email with a list of the the competition committee:

  • Competition Chair:   TBD
  • Registration:  Tammy Flora
  • Lodging:  Karen Wildman
  • Meals:  TBD
  • Transportation:  Janet Owen
  • Charms:  TBD
  • Photos:  Eileen Kemp
  • Ads:  Diane Watson
  • Cards for competitors:  Judy Gobat


  • We sure hope everyone gets healthy by then!  Your voice matters, especially since the group is smaller than originally anticipated.  I want to maximize the sound, so I'll need to make a few more tweaks to the riser chart still. Toss all previous copies.  
  • Mutual trust:
    • I trust YOU to make time every day to go through the songs so you're absolutely confident and will be able to perform freely and emotionally.  Your personal work is what makes the whole thing magical and joyful!
    • I ask that you trust ME to make the final decision on whether some songs are totally performance-ready or not.  If not, I will pull them from the show set and we'll sing them at the afterglow (more informal and no pressure). We'll still have a solid 20-minute package, so no worries.  
  • What to bring:
    • Costumes (watch for an email from our Costume Co-Chairs - Linda O'Donnell/Cindy Meyers). If you have a question, send them a note or text. 
    • Water bottles - you can refill in the fountains
    • Snacks - we'll be there from 12:00-4:30 so you may get hungry; we'll have food at the afterglow.
    • Mirrors, Kleenex, Q-tips, red lipstick
    • Props:  glow sticks, gloves, pizza box, dog
  • Makeup:  If you're not sure what heavy-heavy street makeup is, basically, you'll just be applying everything a bit heavier than normal so your face is beautiful and facial expressions are very clear under the bright stage lights.  We'll have a few ladies checking your makeup and helping you look lovely.
    • Foundation:  At least 1-2 shades darker than normal.  Don't spend a lot of money on this; just get something inexpensive.  Be sure it's applied down the neck so it blends past the neckline of the tunic.  No white necks (front & back).
    • Cheeks:  Pink tones (not orange tones). Blending is key!
    • Lipstick:  True red (not peach).  Line your lips first so the lipstick will stay on throughout the day.
    • Eyeshadow:  Brown shades, applied all the way up to the eyebrow
    • Mascara:  Black (false eyelashes are optional; I'm wearing mine)
    • Eyeliner:  Black - everyone needs it, so your eyes "pop" from afar
    • Eyebrows:  Black or dark brown - ditto above
    • I'll bring the chorus makeup kit for touch-ups.
  • Schedule:  Here's the general plan but the key is to remain flexible.
    • 12:00 -12:15 - Vocal warmups
    • 12:15 - 1:00 - Review the risers/staging plan
    • 1:00 - 2:00 - Rehearse the songs
    • 2:00-2:15 - Mic testing on stage
    • 2:15 - 2:30 - Rest, set up OSC lobby display, refresh  lipstick
    • 2:30 - 3:00 - Rehearse the set again - FOCUS
    • 3:00 - Showtime.  
      • We may be able to watch from the back of the auditorium. Last I heard, they hadn't sold the number of tickets they had hoped, so there may be seats in the back where we could watch the show and give them lots of support.  
      • At intermission we will quickly go to our rehearsal room and put on fresh lipstick and take a few cues, then we'll go backstage and get on the risers, as we open the second half of the show.  Everyone is totally focused at this point - anticipation is a delicious component of performing! 
      • After we perform, we can go back into the auditorium (very quietly) to watch the rest of the show, then go to the lobby to hug and shake hands.
      • At the afterglow we'll eat, sing, and celebrate our happiness in being able to perform!

SONGS: Here are a few notes on the songs that need the most "care and feeding".

    • I'll Be Seeing You - We made good progress on it last night but there are some lingering issues that may not be resolved by showtime:
      • Unity - everyone is not singing the same interpretive plan.  There is just one version; use the lead track that Kathy Smith sang.   Internalize the ebb and flow and let yourself truly feel the beauty of the poetry.
      • Tuning - 
        • Check your intervals with a piano or the PanoTuner app.  
        • Every time your part sings the tonic note (B-flat), check to be sure it's above the note (not under) - especially basses and tenors who have that tonic note repeatedly in your part.
        • Download a pitchpipe app on your phone or computer and play a continuous B-flat while you sing.  That's "home base" and everyone can work on training your voice to stay in that key.  
      • Quick, emotion-filled, happy breaths!  This is such a lovely nostalgic message so your emotional intention will lighten it and add a totally positive feeling for the audience.
    • Fun in Just One Lifetime 
      • Blend - Voices are sticking out of the sound throughout this song.  If it continues to be an issue on Saturday, we'll just go back to everyone singing the entire song together like we've done in the past.  That's an easy fix  
      • Balance - Part of my adjustments to the riser chart will be to fix some of the balance was between the two sides (realizing that we had some voices missing last night).  
      • Choppiness - This is especially evident in Part 2.  In order to sing it with much more vowel sounds (and just the bare minimum of consonants), try this:  
        • Sing a couple of phrases on loo-loo and notice how there is no break in sound between the words, the airflow and sound continues without interruption as it's all sung on one steady column of air.  Then sing the actual words with exactly the same tone flow and connection.  
        • Put your hand on top of a table pretend you are wiping the top as you sing - notice how the phrase smooths out.  
    • After I'm Gone 
      • This is really close to being ready and I'll send you the recording I made so you can hear how it's sounding. There are still a few things to clean up and we'll have time to do that on Saturday.
      • When we incorporate the visual plan, the sound suffers and sync issues occur, so use the recording to rehearse the choreography/characterization while singing at the right speed using quick/energized breaths in the tempo of the song.  You're doing really well on the fun visual plan (and thanks, Elaine, for fixing a few problem spots for us).  Look in the mirror and see if your facial expressions and body language are "big" enough to get across the footlights.   

I know that we're going to put on a really wonderful performance - as we always do!  It's so much fun to share our music with people (and remember, every time we're in public is an opportunity for membership recruitment).


See you Saturday!