Monday, January 26, 2015

Yes, I Skipped Rehearsal

I'm staying with my two youngest grandsons this week while their parents are both out of town on business and I'm TIRED. So yes, I skipped rehearsal. It would have meant driving half an hour into Salt Lake and then back again on very little sleep. I decided not to tempt fate and to go to sleep in a bed rather than at the wheel.

There's not much going on in the choral world this week, but I will have a post up in the next day or two about the ACDA Conference here in February. Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 22, 2015


It happened again, I got spammed today. Since 8 a.m. MST, I've received over 100 comments from "anonymous" advertising various "spy equipment" websites, LOL! Do you think anonymous knows of my affinity for spy novels?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Music for Spring

The music for spring was a big surprise tonight. It's mostly patriotic songs that we would normally do in Summer Singers, but we'll be singing for the local chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) so patriotic it is!

It's About Time

The 2010 photo was becoming dated so I took a selfie with my phone and changed the picture of me. Time just goes by so fast when you get older! I couldn't wait to turn 13 and become a teenager. Now? Umm, just ignore the birthdays please!

This time of year is a choral slump. Jubilate, like many choirs, took a long break after the holiday frenzy. Last Monday, we had a welcome back party but tonight we begin the spring season rehearsals in earnest.

If anyone in the Salt Lake area would like to join us, come and get acquainted tonight at 7:00 at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 195 S. 700 E. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It Takes a Choir

Gareth Malone, the British singing teacher who hosted BBC's "The Choir" is bringing his own brand of music-making to the United States in the form of a show called "It Takes a Choir" on the USA network.

I watched the premiere episode and set my DVR to record future ones. The first of the series was very interesting and followed along the lines of his British series, which I very much enjoyed. The biggest difference was the time taken to produce an episode. In the British series, Gareth spent nine months putting together various unlikely choirs and then taking them to competitions. The last one, Military Wives Choir, recorded a CD and became rather famous.

In the USA series, he attempts to do what he did in Britain, but in a much shorter time frame - to the detriment of the show. It is still a great program but we don't see the in-depth rehearsing and angst that we saw in the British show.

I found the series a little late so several episodes aired late last year. You can still see them all if you DVR repeats and duplicates or see them on the USA website.

Well worth your time!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

What Makes a Great Choir Member?

Jubilate-ites received an email yesterday telling us about the party on Monday night and giving us an overview of the spring season. Also in the email was a message from our choir president voicing concern about being on time for rehearsals. I think this is what she meant:

So what makes a great choir member? Is it a stellar voice or the ability to sight read on a dime? I've sung with people with wonderful voices, etc. who, sooner or later, left the choir. (Either voluntarily or otherwise). On the other hand, we have people in Jubilate with average voices who are a great asset to the choir. Here are a few things that I think make a great choir member:

1. Show up. Be there every week.
2. Show up on time. On time means being a few minutes early. Give yourself time to get settled and ready to sing. Get yourself comfortable! Get your water bottle out of your bag!
3. Be prepared. Girl Scouts have this one right. (And boys too). Make sure you have your glasses and a pencil handy. I like using a mechanical pencil. If the lead breaks just click and "voila" new lead!
4. USE your pencil. When the director gives an instruction, mark your music.
5. Don't make the same mistake twice. (This is where using your pencil comes in handy).
6. Be positive. You may not always like the music or how the director is waving his arms about but if you have a concern, take it up with the appropriate person in private. Gossip destroys.
7. Try not to socialize during rehearsal time. OMG, this is SO hard for me! Sometimes I'm not even aware that I'm talking to my neighbor but I'm trying to get better!
8. And above all:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Sweet Kids (two of them)!

This is not choral related, but I just received this picture of my youngest daughter and her best friend since junior high school. Love them both to pieces!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Trying to Get Back to Normal

I can't believe how this flu has knocked me down. I'm better but not nearly back to normal yet. But life does have to go on.

Tomorrow evening we begin Schola rehearsals again at St. Vincent's and next Monday night we're having a free-for-all (welcome back party) for Jubilate at Mt. Tabor.

I don't know if we'll have a fancy cake, but there will be chicken, wine, dessert and maybe some singing. The following week we'll begin our regular rehearsals.