Monday, February 23, 2015

ACDA Conference in Salt Lake City This Week

So, the ACDA 2015 Conference is in Salt Lake City this week, beginning on Wednesday the 25th through Saturday 28th. For those of you who haven't seen my previous posts you can read them herehere, and here.

One of the most fun and rewarding aspects of the Conference is the opportunity to hears top-notch choirs performing almost non-stop in several different locations. There will be childrens' choirs, high school and college choirs, university choirs, and professional choirs performing.

The Salt Lake Tabernacle and the Salt Lake Assembly Hall are two of the performance venues and they are both located on the famous Temple Square and are directly across the quad from each other. Sometimes, if the weather is warm enough (and it has been), you can sit on the lawn or on benches and hear various choirs singing and rehearsing. So, if you don't have a ticket to a particular concert, you might get lucky and be able to hear from outside.

The other big venue is located across the street from Temple Square and it's new Mormon Conference Center. It's much bigger and grander and I've never been able to hear anything from outside, LOL!

There will also be organ recitals each day at about 12:00 noon, featuring the organs in the Tabernacle and the Conference Center.

This is all in addition to what will be happening at the Salt Palace which is the principal venue for the symposiums and choral reading sessions, etc. Click here to find out what's happening and when.

Hope you have fun!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tired and Sick or Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

I'm still so dang tired. There's been a lot going on lately with my oldest daughter having surgery and being out of the state for work and it isn't going to change soon. She leaves again the first week of March and I'll be staying with my grandsons once more. Then, as soon as she gets back, my middle daughter will be here from Maryland and we're doing a road trip to Vegas to look at houses.

Right after that, Jubilate will be doing our performance for the DAR chapter here in Salt Lake City and then our Easter concerts.

I'm also trying to lose a few pounds and have been using my Jawbone UP24 along with my recumbent bike and MFP (myfitnesspaldotcom). I've lost almost 20 lbs. so that could account for some of the lack of energy I suppose. I've upped my vitamins and minerals and added extra iron and vitamin D. Maybe I just need more sleep?

One of my Jubilate friends and I went to lunch yesterday and had a lot of fun yarn shopping after. (She's a knitter, too). Spent WAY too much money on gorgeous string!

I've promised another post on the ACDA Conference and it will be up by Sunday. I want to have enough energy to hang around downtown and hear all the wonderful groups that will be here to perform!

Friday, February 13, 2015


Where did that expression come from? My mom used to say she was "dog-tired" at the end of the week.

I'm pretty "dog-tired" myself this week. My eldest daughter has been in a lot of pain and we've had some stress around doc appointments, etc. She was finally diagnosed and had her gall bladder removed today. She feels SO much better!

ACDA Conference 2015 is coming up sooner than I can believe and I owe you guys another post or two about Salt Lake City and what to see and do. I promise those are coming this weekend.

According to Wikipedia, dog-tired means " to be physically exhausted. It derives from an old tale of Alfred the Great who used to send his sons out with his extensive kennels of hunting dogs. Whichever of his sons, be it Athelbrod or Edwin, were able to catch more of the hounds would gain their father's right hand side at the dinner table that evening. These chases would leave them 'dog-tired' yet merry at their victory."

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mountain West Chorale

I just updated my "Choirs in the Valley" page and added the Mountain West Chorale.

This choir is led by Richard Pearce who is related to Mark Pearce who taught my son and now my grandson at Hunter High School!  Disney had it right, it's a small world.

The Mountain West Chorale is a 45 member SATB choir that was formed over 30 years ago with alumni from Kearns High School Madrigal group.  Now, members come from Utah County in the south to Salt Lake County, to Davis County in the north. They perform secular and sacred music locally year round and travel annually in the summer--Europe, Washington D.C., Seattle, Hawaii, to list a few. They rehearse weekly in West Jordan, Utah. For information about auditions, contact

Right now, they are working on an April concert that will feature several choirs from around the Salt Lake Valley. Check back closer to the date and I'll let you know more about that concert.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


After a lot of inner debate, I deleted my last post.

When I started this blog in 2008, I wanted to write about the behind-the-scenes actions of a group of people who form a choir. When an audience comes to hear a concert, all they see and hear is the finished product. I wanted to give people an insider's view of how it all comes together, the good, the bad, and the ugly. And sometimes there is some "ugly" that goes on. It doesn't happen often and the good definitely overshadows any difficult times but it can happen.

Also, when I began writing, no one was reading the blog anyway. That's all changed and I now have a readership that spans the globe. I feel I have to be careful what I say and I really hate that.

So where do I draw the line? If I can't write honestly then why write at all? So many thoughts were going through my mind when I hit that "delete" button, but the one thought that made me go ahead with it was, "can this post hurt someone?" And yes, it could have. 

So I have some more thinking to do. How do I stay honest and still write about more than the fluff stuff? 

I have a series of posts on bullying in the choir that I chose to leave on here. I felt that the subject matter was so important that it outweighed any negative impact on anyone else. (You can scroll down to the search button on the blog and type in "bullying" to read those posts.)

We have so much fun in Jubilate and eventually solve our problems. I'm sure the problem I was venting about will also be solved soon and without a lot of drama and hurt. 

Still, self-censorship sucks.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

So Excited!

Well, I'm still in one piece after tending my grandsons this week while their parents were out of town. They are wonderful boys and not so little anymore (15 and 12). They didn't really require much other than getting them to school and feeding their unending stomachs, LOL! We went to see the new "Night at the Museum" movie and it was very good. Probably the best one yet. It was sad to see Robin Williams and know that he will never make another movie.

I got home last night and was looking through my mail, especially the Cottonwood Heights newsletter that comes once a month. We have a new orchestra in our suburb and I've long wanted a choir...voila! Wishes do come true! Cottonwood Heights Arts Council is forming a new community choir!

If you would like to be a part of this (sure to be) wonderful choir, email Kim Pedersen at

That's all the info I have right now but as more becomes available, I'll post it on this blog.

See Las Vegas at the bottom of the map? That's where my two youngest daughters will be living soon, instead of all the way across the country in Maryland. A five hour drive instead of all day on a plane - can I say "Hooray?"

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Moving On

Yes, I'm a slacker, I skipped out on rehearsal. Put it behind you and let's move on.

For those of you who use Amazon, do you know about their Amazon Smile program? If you go to Smile Amazon, you can sign up to support a favorite charity. Every time you buy something on Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to the charity you have chosen.

But did you know that any organization that has a 501 (c)(3) status can sign up for the Smile program? When approved, your choir members and supporters who shop on Amazon can support your choir and it will receive the monies from the proceeds of their shopping adventures! It can be a little or a lot, depending on how many people sign up to support your choir and how much they shop.

So here you have another way to earn funds for your choir - every little bit helps!