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posted Sep 4, 2019, 12:54 AM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Sep 4, 2019, 8:47 AM ]
WOW - Another "small but mighty" group tonight!   Just 16 fabulous singers on the risers, and you sang beautifully and remained focused throughout the evening.  We sure hope we'll have everyone back next week cuz we miss those ladies and their voices!   We were so happy to see Jess Wilberg back with us tonight - she passed her audition and will become a member of OSC very soon!  We also had a visit from Sharon Dodge, who is eager to start singing in the Christmas Chorus.

RHYTHMIC FUNElaine Rosenberg led us in a fun new line dance to get our bodies moving, our blood flowing, and having a blast learning some new moves together.  

  • Straw Phonation: Do this every day!  It makes such a huge difference in your individual sound, and results in a better blend for the overall chorus sound.
  • Flexibility:  Sing this quickly:  Beetle-itl-itl-itl, Beetle-itl-itl-itl, Beetle-itl-itl-ill, Bee quickly on a 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2, 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2, 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1, up 1/2 step, repeat.  
  • Wee-Wee exercise for unity:  Active listening, instant tuning, instant vowel matching.  
  • Quick Breaths: On one note, sing quickly 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8, then go up 1/2 step and skip the number 2 (do it twice), then skip the number 3 (do it twice), etc.
GROW THIS CHORUS:  Leah Law presented the results of the contest between the Hi-Los and the Lead-A-Tones to actively seek new members for OSC.  You are all doing such a great job (and who doesn't love a friendly competition, right?), but let's see if there's more that we can do to share news about the chorus.  Be like Diane Watson & Janet Owen and go out there with a chorus friend and tell women about us. Share the excitement and anticipation of singing in a big chorus this season!  Take a few moments to send some emails with personal invitations to some ladies in your church, your heath club, your nail salon, your beauty parlor, or wherever you think women will congregate. Let's set a goal of at least 50 singers in the Christmas Chorus this year!   The kickoff is just 20 days away from now so it's a perfect time to take action!  Yes, it takes some effort on your part, but the results will be so thrilling!  It's really easy way to spread the news on Facebook, Meetup, and Nextdoor.com.  Refresh all three at least once a week, and send invitations through Facebook to every woman you know.  We can do this, ladies!  


  • Sister Act:  ENERGY-ENERGY-ENERGY will keep the tempo steady, and create a feeling of forward motion.  When asked what feelings you want the audience to experience when we perform this song, here's what you said:  LOVE, UNITY, RESPECT, SISTERHOOD, EMPOWERMENT, SUPPORT, GOT YOUR BACK, FAMILY.  
  • Mary, Mary Rock:  Evaluations went really well, but if you were absent tonight, send your recording to your section leaeder for review.  
  • Whether Good, Whether Bad:  We had a good chat about the meaning of this special song, why I wrote it, and how to keep the message upbeat and energized.  We did a general evaluation on accuracy and there are just a few places that need some attention.  Harmony parts need to hold phrases longer so the leads can take a quick breath and do all those pickups, and leads need to be more assertive in keeping the forward motion.    
  • Star-Spangled Banner:  This will come back together pretty quickly, so spend a bit of time on it at home.
  • After I'm Gone:  We worked on several changes to this song tonight and I'll be sending you some marked-up music for it very soon.  Practice the choreography/characterization along with the video that's in the Music Library, so we can get it back to contest level singing.  You did a really good job on the musical changes tonight, which tells me they are good changes because you picked them up so quickly.  

AFTERGLOW was a blast - hope more of you can join us next week for a glass of wine and lots of laughs.  It's a terrific way to unwind after rehearsal.

  • Homework:
    • I'll Be Seeing You - Sing it as you watch the slide show that's in the Music Library.  Do this frequently so you will have a mental picture as you tell the musical story with a unified vision.
    • After I'm Gone - Work on the choreography/characterization so it's automatic when Tori Postma comes to coach us in October.  As noted above, there will be a few musical changes but they will not affect the visual plan.  Sing in front of the mirror to ensure that your face and body are highly involved in bringing the character to life.
    • Sister Act -  Work on maintaining tempo and energy and selling the story with the key words noted above. Use a metronome at 74 bpm.  It may seem fast at first, but it will train you to keep that forward motion.  Pay attention to the breath plan (like Speed of Sound quartet) and know the song so well that you are able to sing it with absolute certainty.  
    • Ongoing - Self-evaluations on all the songs we're performing on December 7th.  
    • Straw phonation - every day
    • Invite women to come and sing with us and send me the names.
  • Sept 10 
    • After I'm Gone - Incorporate the changes we reviewed tonight.  Work on the visual plan.
    • Whether Good, Whether Bad - Add more depth and dynamics.
    • Change the World - add some preliminary visual plans.
    • Sister Act - Review progress.
  • Sept 17
    • 4:00 - Harmony Classic viewing party  (see Diablo Vista from Region 12!).  Elaine Rosenberg is going to set up the projector and get it going.  It would be very helpful if she knew whether you can be there (or not), so watch for an email from me and response right away.  
      • Sweet Adelines has a youtube channel.  Mark this link as a "Favorite" so you can revisit it as you watch the world's best barbershop choruses and quartets at contests from past years.  These are examples of what you'll see on the webcast. 
      • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP9Xg3XQQ0Ajhr306aNzRPg?view_as=subscriber 
    • 8:00 - Review Christmas songs in preparation for Open House
  • Sept 24
    • Open House!  Arrive early to help with setup, participate in the group voice lesson - it really helps guests feel more comfortable when there are more singers, and there are some good reminders for you, too.
    • Remember to ask your guests to arrive earlier to get signed in. 
    • Be personally responsible for helping to stay on this schedule:
      • 5:30 - 6:00 - Help with setup, chairs, refreshments, folders, etc.
      • 6:00-7:00 - Group voice lesson
      • 7:00-7:15 - Visit, move towards risers
      • 7:15-7:30 - Rhythmic warmups and vocal skill-building
      • 7:30-7:40 - Introduce guests, get photo, tell about Christmas Chorus
      • 7:40-8:30 - Sing through all the Christmas songs - 1 time each
      • 8:30-9:00 - Refreshments
      • 9:00-9:15 - OSC sing for guests
      • 9:15-9:25 - Chorus Sisters chat with guests (join in a conversation if you don't have a guest assigned)
      • 9:30-   Afterglow
  • Subsequent Tuesdays through December 3
    • 6:00-7:45 - Christmas Chorus 
    • 7:45-8:00 - Shuffle (quickly please!)
    • 8:00-9:30 - Regular Repertoire

See last week's Kathy's Korner for list of songs for the December 7th show.