Wings of Song
NOTES TO SINGERS
Rehearsals have begun for the Fall/Holiday Season: Though rehearsals have begun, we are still accepting new singers to join us for this wonderful concert season.
Welcome All: Welcome new and returning singers to the fall/holiday session of Wings of Song. This year the 2015-16 Concert Season’s theme, “Glowing Harmonies.” The final performance of this session will be the Singers Marin’s 20th annual holiday concert at the Marin Center Veterans’ memorial auditorium on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 20, 4:00 PM, “Tis the Season… Candlelight Magic!” Prior to that performance, there will be several performances for retirement homes and for the community.
Notes to Singers: We will be updating these notes regularly in (mostly) weekly emails, with any additional new notices highlighted in yellow.
Music: There are 6 new pieces of music this holiday season. Cost for these pieces is $15. If you need additional music, the cost is $2.50 per piece (except for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, which costs $4.50, and We Three Kings, which is free.)
Music CDs: There is an additional charge of $10 for the rehearsal CD (included in the cost of new member music packets). Unfortunately, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” was not included on the CD, so we are sending you the MP4 music file via email. If you are unable to download this – perhaps another choir member can make a CD for you of this one piece.
A Lyric Change: In the Jolly Jingle Medley, I have changed the words for “O Christmas Tree” to be the ones we already know: “Not only green when summer’s here, but in the coldest time of year.”
Volunteer Job Descriptions: If everyone performs just one small task, running the operations of this chorus will flow very smoothly. A sign-up sheet will be passed around during the first several weeks of rehearsal. I’ve attached a copy of the sign-up sheet for you to look at and consider what position you might enjoy doing. Thank you so much for your help.
Sign-up for eScrip!: We would love to have 100% participation in this amazing donation program. Signing up is relatively easy, but if you need help, call the office and we will walk you through the process. Our ID# is: 3376093. Every time you shop for groceries at Woodlands Market, and Molly Stones, a percentage of your purchase will go to Singers Marin, or shop at Pharmica, or Macy’s and other vendors, a portion of your purchase goes to Singers Marin. Please check it out.
Do You Shop Amazon?: They have a program called AmazonSmile, where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organizations selected by the customer. Here is the link that will go directly to smile.amazon.com in support of Singers Marin (aka Choral Singers of Marin): http://smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0143745
Another Vendor that Supports Us!: If you shop Mill Valley Market for your groceries, they have their own donation program. At check out, tell them you want your donation to go to Singers Marin. Our number is #7051. A list is there at the check-out counter. We appreciate your support.
Icelandic Tour in 2017: Our next tour destination will be Iceland, April 19 – 26, 2017. (called one of the most magical places on earth!) Our tour company again will be Music Contact International. Hold the date of Thursday, Oct. 22, as Jodi Breckenridge will join us in Marin for question and answer orientation. We are currently accepting deposits of $150 to confirm your participation on this trip, which we need in order to hold our place for this concert tour.
An Invitation to Sing for the San Jose Sharks: We received this invitation to sing at a Hockey Game in San Jose. (I would be teaching you my arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner”). Any interest?
Reminder to Check the Attendance Sheet: There is an attendance sheet sitting to the left as you walk in the front door. Please check off your name as you arrive for rehearsal each week.
Notice of Absence Slips: Please fill out a “Notice of Advanced Absence” slip when you know you will be missing a rehearsal. Thanks.
New member Wardrobe: During the first rehearsal, all new members will be measured for their concert wardrobe. The cost of each piece: Skirts - $35, Jacket - $51, Camisole - $52. Total wardrobe: $140 + tax or $151.90. Please add an extra $10 for 2X sizes.
WOS T-shirts: Morning performances at the senior centers will now require wearing the blue Wings of Song T-shirt. Nancy Seitas will be asking you for your size, and the style you wish to purchase. The cost is $17.28, for any style. (XXL shirts will cost an additional $2 more.)
Senior Fair Performance Opportunity: We are still gathering singers to perform last spring’s repertoire for the Senior Fair on Wednesday morning, October 21, 10:30 AM. (There will be no regular rehearsal that morning). Please let us know if you can make it.
Advertise in our Concert Program Guide: If you own a business, please consider purchasing an ad in our Concert Program Guide. In addition, it is appreciated that the singers (Altos and Sopranos) continue to support their long-time running ads. Thanks for your support.
Signup for eScrip!: We would love to have 100% participation in this amazing donation program. New member, Kate Olds, has agreed to be our eScrip coordinator. Signing up is easy, but if you need help, she can walk you through the process. Our ID# is: 3376093. Every time you shop for groceries at Woodlands Market, and Molly Stones, a percentage of your purchase will go to Singers Marin. It is that easy.
Do You Shop Amazon?: We have signed up with AmazonSmile – a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organizations selected by the customer. Here is the link that will go directly to smile.amazon.com in support of Singers Marin (aka Choral Singers of Marin): http://smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0143745
Shop at Mill Valley Market?: Did you know that everytime you shop at Mill Valley Market, a portion of your grocery bill will be donated to SingersMarin. Look down the list at the register for our name. Our ID number is #7051. It is so easy to make a contribution in this way. Your support is truly appreciated.
Iceland Tour: We are excited to be traveling and singing in Iceland in April 18 - 26, 2017. We are now accepting deposits of $150 to secure our initial registration for the tour. If you are interested, please sign-up.
Save these Dates for Next Spring: We have been invited by the EastBay women's chorus, WomenSing, to participate in their Treble Voices Now Festival (TVN) 2016 and have the opportunity to work with America’s iconic Alice Parker, and the incredibly creative Charles Bruffy as guest clinicians. It is the weekend of April 15 & 16, 2016. More on this later.