Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Performances

Jubilate will be singing on Holy Thursday (April 2) at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Bountiful, Utah. 276 E. 1700 S. in Bountiful, just north of Salt Lake City, time is 7:00 p.m. We will also be singing on Good Friday (April 3) at First Baptist Church of West Valley, 3831 S. 2700 W., West Valley City, time is also 7:00 p.m.  The public is welcome at both services.

Happy Easter!

Monday, March 16, 2015

ACDA 2015 Wrap Up

So lazy me (or busy me, take your pick) decided to link to a post on the ACDA Conference 2015. It's a great article and one I wish I had written!

For your reading pleasure click here. 

And kudos to Frank J. Oteri for writing it and to all who attended!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

One Pissed Off, Neglected Blog

This poor, neglected blog is starting to show up in my nightmares.

Things in the choral world and in my personal world ramped up suddenly and then collided. BOOM! I've tried to do it all and am just plain out of steam.

I planned to do a post on the ACDA Conference but now it just seems like yesterday's news. I might still put a quick one up.

My two youngest daughters are moving from Maryland to Las Vegas in eight weeks. Still not in the same time zone but much closer, yay! I miss them SO much. It's about a 7 hour drive from Salt Lake City to Vegas and only a 30 minute plane ride.

M flew out last week and we drove to LV together to look for an apartment. It took us nearly four days to find something that met all their needs and was in a safe area. They ended up in a complex in Henderson, right up against the mountains. Oh, the mountains! Not nearly as grand as the Rockies here in SLC but enough to make them feel at home. They both miss the mountains and the desert.

We got home on Thursday and I had a dress rehearsal for Jubilate's cabaret concert on Friday night and the concert on Saturday. The cabaret is one of our most fun concerts of the year. It's informal in the extreme with our funny MC telling jokes and people eating and drinking during the performances.

Tomorrow I have another performance of the same concert songs and then two weeks of just the weekly rehearsal before Holy Week and Easter. We'll be singing at three churches during that time. Then two more weeks of rehearsals and a performance for the DAR and we'll be into the home stretch for our May concert.

Meanwhile, I'll be helping my daughters move (not sure if I'll fly back there or meet them here) and probably stay with my other daughter's sons while she's on another business trip.

No one warned me about retirement.

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.