Thursday, February 1, 2018
Voices Newsletter
Great Expectations: Songs of Hope

In This Issue...
  1. Lorrene's Blog
  2. Rehearsal Schedule
  3. Music Scores
  4. Website Music Files - updates
  5. Dates to Remember
  6. Smelly Stuff
  7. Voice Exercises and Warmups
1.  Lorrene's Blog...
Welcome to our several new members of VOICES.  It's great to see many new members as well as so many returning people.  It is truly a high point in my week.  I have a couple more days available for a sectional if anyone wishes to host.  I will have more times after the school musical is over, but I think having some early in the semester really helps us get going on the new music.
I will have tickets for our musical in a couple weeks.  If anyone is interested in seeing the show let me know and I'll get tickets for you.....I can get you really good seats!
Stay warm, stay well, stay calm and have a great week.
2.  Rehearsal Schedule...
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 18, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 4 - tentative dress rehearsal
May 5 - concert at 7:00 PM
Remember to bring a pencil to rehearsal
3.  Music Scores...
Temporary use of music scores for our semester repertoire is included in your chorus fee. Scores are collected at the end of the semester and filed for future use. You may mark up the scores in pencil and often will be requested to do so. If you make a copy for permanent markup, say with a highlighter, or copy the score into a music app, please destroy such copies after the semester to keep our chorus in compliance with copyright regulations.
4.  Website Music Files...
We expect to have learning files created by Ross Mizrahi up and working on the website this coming weekend.  Look for the following:
Baba Yetu
I Dream a World
Kua Rongo
Ljubav - new files added
Make them Hear You
Sing for Peace
Sisi Ni Moja - will be added by the weekend
5.  Dates To Remember...

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 10:30 AM - Voices sings at Ithaca Unitarian Church, call time to be announced


Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Soprano sectional at Melody Johnson's house.  

Directions to Melody's house - 112 Mt Pleasant Road
  • From Ithaca, take Route 366 past Cornell Orchards
  • in Varna, past the auto repair station, turn Right on Mt Pleasant Road
  • At the stop sign (Turkey Hill intersection), continue straight - be careful - fast moving traffic from the left can be hard to be hard to see
  • Second mailbox on left is your destination
Call 272-8755 if you get lost.


Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:00 PM - Ithaca Gay Mens Chorus Concert "Broadway" at First Baptist Church

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 10:30 AM - Voices sings at Ithaca Unitarian Church, call time to be announced
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:00 M - Voices sings at First Baptist Church, call time to be announced

6.  About Perfumes, Scents, Essential Oils and Garlic Around Your Neck...
Please remember to avoid wearing perfumes, colognes, essential oils and other scents to rehearsals as they create respiratory discomfort for some of our singers.

7.  Voice Exercises and Warmups...
Looking for a way to exercise your voice between rehearsals? Cyberbass is free website that has sizeable list of vocal warmups that play on your computer, smartphone or tablet. You can also purchase CD's with various exercises and warmups if you choose.  Go to
Questions, Comments and Newsletter Items...
The Voices Newsletter will be published each Thursday during the Fall semester.  Have a question about Voices, comments or suggestions for the newsletter, or do you have an item for the newsletter (items should be related to the chorus or the local music community)?  Contact Ed Olmstead at  
Ithaca Community Choruses, Inc.