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posted Aug 7, 2019, 9:19 AM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Aug 7, 2019, 10:46 PM ]
  There are so many wonderful things happening at chorus - WOWZA!
  • STRAW PHONATION -  Everyone got a straw (if you missed rehearsal, go find a straw and put it in your chorus bag).  Vocalize through the straw.  Yep, it's that simple!   Start with a fairly big straw, then you can change to a smaller straw after you've gotten used to the feeling of singing through a tiny hole.  What are the benefits to straw phonation, you ask?  Well, you can Google it and see lots of very interesting and informative articles on the internet, but here are a couple that I found very useful:
    • https://www.voicescienceworks.org/straw-phonation.html
    • http://www.voiceovervoiceactor.com/raise-your-voice/2013/12/05/straw-phonation-a-great-exercise-to-strengthen-the-vocal-cords/
  • Try to do this exercise each day - each song is only 2.5 minutes long 

  • Barb Usera presented the Spirited Sister boa to Diane Watson for her kindness and help in making Barb feel so welcome at OSC.
  • Karen Wildman (Show Chair) conducted a show meeting before rehearsal.  Watch for an email from Karen with details and updates.  This show will take a lot of volunteerism so if you haven't already offered to help in some area, Karen can tell you where she needs you.
  • Denise Taylor (Team Leader) introduced Leah Law as our new Membership Coordinator.  Give Leah a huge hug for agreeing to take on this important role.  
  • Diane Watson & Janet Owen (Marketing and Communications Coordinators, respectively) presented a great new activity called "Grow that Chorus".  If you missed last night, you will be getting information from one of your team captains on how it works and what you can do to earn points, and a free dinner!   There are two teams:  
    • HI-LOS (basses & tenors):  captain/cheerleader:  Diane Watson
    • LEAD-A-TONES (leads & baritones)  - captain/cheerleader:  Hayley Bault
  • Cindy Meyers (Finance Manager) presented options on dues payments that will make your life easier.  Watch for an email from Cindy on this.
  • That's the Spirit Quartet sang for the chorus and they were great!  Tenor is Cindy Meyers, Lead is Barb Usera, Baritone is Linda O'Donnell, and Bass is Laurie Burk.  
  • There are two other quartets currently associated with Oregon Spirit (and rumor of a third one forming):
    • Party Time - Karlene Hancock and 3 non-OSC
    • Valley Girls - Judy Gobat, Denise Taylor, Diane Watson and 1 non-OSC
  • AFTER I'M GONE - Using straw phonation to maintain a steady tone with no tension. People noted that it improved their breath stamina, maintained energy (tuning), and also revealed some bad habits like not holding/stretching phrases.  I also noticed that there were no voices sticking out of the sound - the blend was awesome!
  • I'LL BE SEEING YOU - Using straw phonation, I heard the beauty and artistry emerge in this song.  
  • CHANGE THE WORLD - Continue to work with the learning tracks with a goal of being exactly in sync with your own part, as well as with all the other parts.  The more you do this, the more comfortable you will become and then can relax and just sing in the groove.  It's coming along really nicely and every week it gets better and better.  
  • WHETHER GOOD, WHETHER BAD - I just can't stop smiling when I hear you sing this special song, and it means a lot to me that many of you have in "stuck in your head" :)  Basses, I recommend that you use the PanoTuner app to be sure you are singing those B-flats in tune (or even slightly above the note), especially when they are in unison with the Leads in a few places.
  • MARY, MARY - Ya gotta love it when a song comes together on the first night we sing it!  This simple and fun holiday song will be a great addition to our Christmas repertoire.  I have uploaded a color-coded copy to the Music Library and highly recommend that you print this up as there were some places where the sheet music was incorrect, but the learning track is correct.  My copy also shows who has the melody.

  • Always bring your sheet music with you - paper copies so you can mark music as instructed.
  • We will review the 3 new songs you've learned this summer.
  • There are 3 songs that we'll perform on A'Cappella Spirit (December 7) that many of you have never sung before, so we'll start review these a little at a time.    
    • Feliz Navidad  (8-part with men)
    • Scarlet Ribbons
    • Let Freedom Ring
  • Refer to last week's Kathy's Korner for a full list of songs.
  • Check the chorus calendar to be sure you've got all the dates on your personal calendars (at home, in your purse, on you phone).  
  • August 23-25 is the annual girls' beach weekend.  There is still plenty of room at the house if you want to join in the fun, so let Eileem Kemp know (and those of us who are going need to reimburse Eileen).
  • September 24 is Sing Holiday A'Cappella, our open house/guest night to kick off Christmas Chorus.  Diane has prepared a flyer for you to share-share-share.  Spread the word about this opportunity for women to put singing back into their lives!
  • October 18-19 is a coaching weekend with Tori Postma.  We found out last night that we will NOT be able to use the Elks so watch for the new location.  You definitely don't want to miss the chance to work with this dynamic and very fun Showmanship Judge.