Wings of Song


November 2015 

Happy Thanksgiving – No Rehearsal on Wednesday:  After taking a quick show of hands last week as to how many could attend the Wednesday morning rehearsal this week, the decision was to cancel.  Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday weekend!

Last Rehearsal this Tuesday evening:  I do think that you are allaware of this.  We will try to get through the entire concert repertoire.  Be prepared to stay a little longer on Tuesday evening.  I promise, we will definitely be through by 9:30 – but I expect sooner!!!

Retirement Home Wardrobefor WOS:  Morning performances for the retirement homes will wear their formal attire, with black pants, (instead of the black skirt).   This will include the sparkle camisole and the black jacket.  Evening  performances will wear the full formal concert attire.  Reminder: wear closed-toe black shoes, and black pantyhose.  (No necklaces, watches, and only small stud earrings.)

Holiday Singers Wardrobe:  Tenors and Basses should wear a black turtle-neck long sleeve shirt – or black dress shirt with black pants and black shoes.  Sopranos and Altos should wear a black long sleeve dress. (Women have the option of borrowing a former member’s sparkle top and jacket).  For the Dec. 20 concert, men will wear tuxedos.

Bus Transportation to the Fairmont:  We are currently short by 11 singers for the number needed to rent a bus to the Fairmont Hotel on Friday, Dec. 4thNEED your RSVP by later today (Monday). 

Selling Tickets:  David Butze, our Marketing chair for the Singers Marin Board, made a presentation last week at rehearsals that most of you heard.  He is offering to donate $2000 to the organization if the adult choruses meet his goal of selling 400 tickets.  He will then also match every ticket sold after that by $5!  It’s a pretty fantastic offer.  We got so close last year.  I hope we can make it this year.   

Discount Ticket Order Form:  I have attached the Ticket Order form.  Here is how it works:  If you purchase less than 10 tickets – there is not discount, but please put your name on the form to let us know how many were sold by you and turn it into the office.  If your friends have already purchased their own tickets, list those as well.  You will receive $5 off of 10 or more tickets sold.  These MUST be purchased through the Singers Marin office – by filling out the form.  We will then deliver the form to the Box Office, and your tickets will be mailed to you.  Don’t’ wait until the last minute!!!  Thanks SO MUCH for your support.  We look forward to singing to a full house. 

Posters, Postcards, and Mini-cards:  We appreciate your help in helping us get the word out about our concert.  We especially need help in putting up posters.  We still have over 100 that need to get up around the county.  Thanks. 

Performance Schedules Attached:  If you have failed to pick these schedules up at the rehearsal, here they are again.

Icelandic Tour Update:  We are adding an extra day to the Tour, now from April 18 – 26, 2017.  The extra night will be at a hotel in Reykjavik to help us get acclimated to the time change before boarding a quick flight to the northern city of Akureyri the following day.  Please let us know you are interested in going by sending in your deposit of $150 soon.  We currently have 10 singers and 4 spouses that have registered. Though the time seems far off, we need to have these numbers, so Music Contact can confirm hotels and flights!

Wings of Song Manager:  I would like very much to have a Wings of Song Manager who could help stay on top of the important information that you should be aware of from week to week.  So sorry, but I just can’t keep up and stay on top of the music also!  I would like to offer this position in exchange for Tuition.  The job would require computer skills – keeping the “Notes to Singers” flowing regularly to the singers – and making announcements at rehearsals as often as needed.  Let me know if you are interested.  Thanks.

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 in support of Singers Marin (aka Choral Singers of Marin):

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 in support of Singers Marin (aka Choral Singers of Marin):

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.