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posted Mar 11, 2019, 9:06 AM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 9:12 AM ]
I am still on a "high" from the advancements we made on both of our contest songs this weekend!  How about you?  Are you still singing those songs in your head, doing the visual plan, remembering the improvements/adjustments to the interpretive plans?  Me, too!!   I love that you care so deeply about your musical progress and I hope you will carve out time every day for some focused work on these songs, as well as the other songs in our repertoire (since we have some performances coming up).

Now seems to be a good time to look ahead to the things that are on OSC's calendar - for skill-building, performing, and continuing education, so be sure to mark them on your personal calendars as important times for YOU:

  • APRIL 6-7 --->     COACHING
    • Elks Lodge -  Saturday, 9:00-4:00;  Sunday, 9:00-2:00
    • We'll focus on the two contest songs, but also will spend some time on the other songs in our repertoire for the two performances coming up (see below).
    • Hopefully, we can time our break to watch Eileen perform with Columbia River Chorus in the Region 13 chorus competition (via the "live" webcast).
    • Final costume check on Sunday, so everyone must bring your tunics, black leggings, shoes 'n socks, earrings, and appropriate (supportive) undergarments.

    • Annual pre-contest send-off show for families & friends.  If you can help organize this, let Elaine Rosenberg know.
    • We hope to have a couple of quartets also perform.
    • OSC will sing (must be memorized and performance-ready to perform):
      • Happy Together (with choreography)
      • Sweet Dreams (with lighted gloves and glow sticks)
      • Somebody to Love (with sections rockin' out)
      • And So it Goes 
      • Can't Buy Me Love
      • All the Things You Are
      • Fun in Just One Lifetime
      • The Parting Glass
      • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (some choreography)
      • I'll Be Seeing You
      • After I'm Gone

    • Our fabulous OSC Convention Team is getting us all organized and ready!  Be sure to read and respond to any emails regarding this important milestone in our chorus life.  Deadlines are looming and strictly observed.
    • If you are not going this year, you can still watch the quartet and chorus competition on the "live" webcast.

  • MAY 18 --->     PERFORMANCE
    • Willamette GirlChoir's Pops Concert.  OSC will do a 15-minute set:
      • Happy Together (originally sung by The Turtles)
      • Sweet Dreams (originally sung by The Eurhythmics)
      • Somebody to Love (originally sung by Queen)
      • And So it Goes (originally sung by Billy Joel)
      • Can't Buy Me Love (originally sung by The Beatles)
      • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (originally sung by Cindy Lauper)
    • PLUS two songs with the Willamette GirlChoir:
      • Fun In Just One Lifetime
      • Harmonize the World / We're The Future, the Hope of the World

    • Celebration of accomplishments for the past year, as well as plans for the year ahead.
    • Awards presented:  Spirit Award, Attendance Award, Management Team Award, and Director's Award.
    • Former members will be invited.
    • Watch for details and voting coming soon.

    • University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
    • Top-level instructors and quartets from both the women's (Sweet Adelines International) and men's (Barbershop Harmony Society) organizations. 
    • Frenzy Quartet (2017 women's International Champions - Queens of Harmony)
    • Signature Quartet (2018 men's 2nd Place International Medalists)
    • Classes for every topic of interest - vocal skills, marketing for membership, leadership, chorus financial planning, quartet and chorus coaching, using social media, musical computer programs, and so much more!  
    • Registration opens in mid-March.  I'll let you know (since I'm the HCNW Marketing Coordinator).
    • More information on the HCNW website: www.harmonycollege.org 

  • JUNE 25 and JULY 2 --->    SECTIONALS  
    • Change the World - a popular Eric Clapton song that will be fabulous.  I've loaded the learning tracks and will be giving you the sheet music very soon.
    • Whether Good, Whether Bad - my original song written in 1976 and recently arranged for me by Lauren Kahn, director of Greater Eugene Chorus.

    • Cottage Grove, OR - just an hour away!
    • Presented by our very own Region 12 and they are bringing in International Faculty just for us!  
    • Paula Davis - Immediate Past International President, Expression Judge, Director of Song of Seattle Chorus, and excellent educator. 
    • You will love the way this workshop makes you think of different ways to help our chorus - whether it's personal vocal skills, lighting a fire under us for active membership growth, leading a section rehearsal, or helping other directors learn better arm waving skills (as part of the LAW school chorus).  If you've attended this in the past (previously called "Oregon Days or Area Schools), write a comment in the bottom of this article.
    • We'll also have our own strong Region 12 Faculty (including yours truly) to give classes for various interest groups.
    • Plan to attend - let's try to get ALL of us from Oregon Spirit there this year!

Plus other cool stuff happening this summer ..... annual summer beach trip, new Christmas song, membership growth campaign, membership retention activities, possible girls' youth harmony day camp, and more!  

This chorus
is so awesome, and
each individual singer
is a blessing!

Hug your OSC sisters frequently!

Visualize yourself doing a perfect performance.

Say 3 good things about yourself - go!