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THIS WEEK (2/10 and 2/12)

posted Feb 8, 2011, 2:19 PM by OregonSpirit   [ updated Feb 8, 2011, 2:21 PM ]
Hello all - I'm writing my "THIS WEEK" a little early and I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful, restful, healthy weekend.

As we get closer to February 14th each year, the chorus focus is on one of our biggest (and most fun) fundraisers: Vale-grams.  If you're not singing in a group, please put your efforts into selling.  As Micky said, it's very easy to just email the flyer out, tell them briefly how it works, and direct them to our website for ordering.  Elaine (with help from Jill and Diane) has put all the information there, making it a simple process.  To those of you singing: Bring a DIGITAL CAMERA to capture the moment and send back to our clients!  It's great fun to continue to share the joy (and tears and giggles) with the sender & receiver after you get home.

Linda Huston has offered to provide Private Vocal Instruction (PVI) to anyone interested.  Just contact her directly to set up a time.  Sam Steed and Dawn Wright may also be available - check with them. PVIs are meant to address your own vocal strengths, and provide some suggestions on how you can improve.  The thing that often needs work is BREATHING and POSTURE, but you will also get some other pointers!  Go for it.

If you have not already read the 2011 Regional Convention BULLETIN #1, it's very important that you do so.  If you didn't get the email from Sandy Detroit with the link, just go to the Regional website (www.sairegion24.org) and go to the contest page. Bulletin #1 contains information that is relevant to each person going to Spokane (which is all of you, I assume). If you have any questions, contact Cathy Hansen or Cristina Edgar. It is your personal responsibility to keep informed as we head into this highlight of the year:  our Annual Convention & Competition!

The front row had an awesome first rehearsal on Friday!  We know you will really enjoy how they will enhance what the whole chorus is doing, and the plan adds even more to the humor and fun of the uptune.  They will be rehearsing early each week at the far end of the room, so please allow them to work with minimal distractions.

In March, we will start rehearsals at 6:30 each week, beginning with choreography.  I encourage you to practice often on your own (and with others) so that you build "muscle memory" and can sing your very best while doing the plan. It's wonderful that Crystal is loading videos each week so you can keep updated with the latest nuances of the visual plan.  Everyone (especially you snowbirds) will find this very helpful, I'm sure.

Next Saturday, FEB 12th, is our monthly Saturday Session and it looks like a busy and productive day:

9:00-12:00 - Rehearse
12:00-1:00 - OSC Website Tutorial (Elaine Rosenberg) (grab your lunches)
1:00 -2:00 - Chorus Management Team (CMT) meeting

In closing, I must say how thrilled I am with the sound each week; it just gets better & better.  It always takes us a few weeks to regain our sound after the Christmas Chorus, but this year it came back more quickly and has exceeded all expectations.  It's more consistent, you're ringing chords more often, singing with a more spacious placement which adds to the lock & ring, matching vowels, tuning better.  Your personal skills list goes on & on!  Keep up the great work! 

I would like to suggest one more thing to our list of personal goals:  GET IN SHAPE. As you know, just doing something simple can make a big difference! I'm going to walk more every day and do specific exercises to target my problem areas, so that I'm at my best when we get to Spokane (especially from the back!!!).

Have a great week - keep up the fabulous work - and I'll see you Thursday!

Love, Kathy