Thursday, January 11, 2018
Voices Newsletter
Great Expectations: Songs of Hope

In This Issue...
  1. Lorrene's Blog
  2. Why I Sing with Voices - Elaine Gries
  3. Bring a Pencil
  4. Rehearsal Schedule
  5. Registration Continues for Two More Weeks
  6. Concert CD's
  7. Music Scores
  8. An Alto's Eye View of Music
  9. Dates to Remember
  10. Smelly Stuff
  11. Voice Exercises and Warmups
1.  Lorrene's Blog...
It's great to be back at VOICES!  It was so good to see everyone at Monday's rehearsal and share cocoa, cookies (shout out to the Steering Committee!) and sing together again.
I think we're going to have another stellar semester.  I was so happy to see so many returning members as well as a number of new faces.  
Thank you to Mike for offering to make copies of our last concert for those who would like one.  It will be on a prepaid basis (ten dollars per copy).  
Have a great week!
2.  Why I Sing With Voices...
We are adding a new feature to this semester's weekly newsletter.  It is a chance for each of you to share with the other members of Voices why you sing, what the music means to you and/or what it means to be a part of the group.  We are looking for copy and paste plain text - 1 or 2 paragraphs - about 200 words maximum.  So...activate your muse and send your words to:
Our first "Guest Author" is Elaine Gries.  Thank you, Elaine!! 
I sing because it is a joyful experience to share vocal music with a group on a regular basis. The conductors are skilled musicians and do a great job of guiding us. They do not push us too hard but expect genuine effort and practice time on the music, which is always appropriate and uplifting. I meet people I would not ordinarily meet in the community and spend time working together, which always lifts my spirits. The chorus has been a great addition to my life!
3.  Remember to Bring a Pencil...
4.  Rehearsal Schedule...
January 15, 22, 29
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
5.  Registration Continues for Two More Weeks...
On-Line Registration for the Spring 2018 semester has closed, but we are still taking registrations at weekly rehearsals.  Dues for returning members are $50 for the semester. First-time members can register for a special new member price of $45.  On-site registration will continue on January 15th and 22nd.  Payment at on-site registration may be by cash or check (no credit cards).
Please reach out to any and all of your singing friends and invite them to try us out.  
Registration will open at 6:30 before rehearsal.
6.  December Concert CD's...
As requested, pre-paid orders will be taken for CDs of our December concert at our next two rehearsals. These recordings are for your personal use only. We do not have copyright permission to distribute recordings. Please do not purchase them for anything other than your own use.  Copies will be $10 payable in cash or check made out to ACI. After material costs and sales tax, about $7 per copy will go toward future chorus expenses. Purchased copies will be available by the end of the month.
7.  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.
8.  An Alto's Eye View Of Music...
One of our members, Pamela Paine, shared a very interesting article from Minnesota Public Radio titled "An Alto's Eye View of Music", written by Anna George Meek.  It is a great article for all of us to read - check it out at:
9.  Dates To Remember...

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 7:30 PM - Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers at St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers under the direction of Gerald Wolfe will perform Arvo Pärt’s “Adam’s Lament,” Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs,” and Morton Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna”.  The Chamber Singers will perform Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep”,  Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” and Arvo Pärt’s “Magnificat”.
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:00 PM - Ithaca Gay Mens Chorus Concert "Broadway" at First Baptist Church

10.  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.

11.  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.