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posted Sep 11, 2019, 1:28 AM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Sep 11, 2019, 1:38 AM ]
-  Another awesome evening of singing!    And we welcome four (4) guests who had a great time singing with us:

- Tenor:  Jess Wilberg
- Lead:  Chris Moyers
- Baritone:  Dixie Lorange
- Bass:  Betty Wagner

Eileen Kemp presented the Spirited Sister boa to Laurie Burk.  Laurie is such a strong bass and a really wonderful friend to everyone!

Build the Chorus – keep up the great work!  I've got over 20 names of ladies planning to come and sing with us - either as a full-time member or just for the Christmas Chorus!  I hope lots of you took a moment to pick up a packet from Diane Watson to go and visit retirement centers. She and Janet Owen are like the dynamo sisters, visiting several places and getting the word out about our show, as well as recruiting new singers! 

The International Competition is next week, starting with the Harmony Classic Contest on Tuesday.  It starts at 4:00 (Salem time) and Elaine Rosenberg will set up the webcast at the Elks so come and watch it together.  Talk about what you loved about every group, and don’t miss Diablo Vista Chorus, who is from our Region 12 and will be on stage at 6:30 (Salem time).  

SONGS:  We won't have time to go through these songs again until October 1st so I hope you'll carve out time to work on them at home so we can keep making progress.

  • Sister Act – This is such a beautiful song with a strong message about the power of sisterhood.  It's very important to maintain a steady tempo that is seamless and has a sense of forward motion.  Be sure you have completed your self-evaluation so you are totally confident that you're solid as a rock on this opening number for our show.
  • After I’m Gone – The changes that were described in my email from last week were reviewed, and most of you made a recording to work with so keep working on those changes and you'll have it down pat very soon!  The learning tracks are not yet updated, so as soon as possible, I'd like 4 volunteers to help update those tracks for the new people to use.  Also practice with the video that's in the Music Library folder for this song.  It's got lots of fun characterization!
  • I'll Be Seeing You - We worked on a more natural delivery of the lyrics and phrase flow, and it's getting more and more beautiful every time we sing it.  We tried singing the tag as originally written but after listening to the recording from tonight, I've decided to leave it as we've been singing it for several months.  
  • Change the World -  YES!  You're singing it with energy, rhythm, and I'm loving it!  I'm looking at possibly adding some percussion so if you're interested let me know.
  • Whether Good, Whether Bad - We tried having the leads in a wedge but we'll try it again when everyone is there so we can see if it will work.  Nice job keeping it totally in tune, ladies!  And I love the emotional storytelling you are exhibiting on this special song.
  • Star-Spangled Banner - The melody on this song bounces around between parts, so great sensitivity and awareness is needed to create a seamless delivery.  Your skills have sure grown and this song is a testament to that.

TUESDAY REHEARSALS from now until December.

  • Sept 17 -  Harmony Classic Competition webcast viewing, 4:00-8:00. 
  • Sept 24 – Open House, Christmas Chorus kickoff, 6:00-9:30
  • Oct 1 through Nov 26 – 6:00-8:00 Christmas songs; 8:00-9:30 Regular repertoire
  • Dec 3 – 6:00-9:30 – Rehearse at Dayspring Fellowship Center, Keizer


  • Saturday & Sunday, October 19-20 - Coaching with Tori Postma, Showmanship Judge. Everyone come!  We will be focusing on After I'm Gone and I'll Be Seeing You, as well as other non-holiday songs so we can improve our performance skills.  We'll work from 9:00-4:00 on Saturday, 9:00-2:00 on Sunday (with lunch breaks).
  • Saturday, Dec 7 – A’Cappella Spirit Show, 3:00-5:00, followed by Afterglow at Pietro’s Pizza Parlor
  • Dates to be determined - Your section leaders will be scheduling 1-2 section rehearsals at someone's home to focus on the Christmas songs.
  • Performances are being lined up for December and we'll provide dates as soon as they're confirmed.  We'll sing at the Oregon Gardens and the Capitol Rotunda, as well as a few retirement centers.


1ST HALF – wearing blue/black costumes (OSC members only)

  • Sister Act – in 2 long rows across the front of stage
  • After I’m Gone – on risers with full choreography
  • I’ll Be Seeing You
  • Change the World – in sections
  • Whether Good, Whether Bad – leads in a wedge in front
  • Star-Spangled Banner – a nod to Pearl Harbor Day

2nd HALF – wearing black/silver combinations (Everyone)

  • Happy Holiday – greet people, shake hands, bells ringing
  • Winter Wonderland – slide show of wintery scenes behind us
  • BankAmericard – credit cards
  • Scarlet Ribbons – in sections
  • Mary, Mary Rock – in sections, snapping fingers
  • Mary, Did You Know – with LoveNotes Quartet (finale’)

Note:  We'll definitely be singing at the afterglow, and you'll also get to hear the LoveNotes (up close and personal) as well as our own chapter quartets.