Thursday, January 25, 2018
Voices Newsletter
Great Expectations: Songs of Hope

In This Issue...
  1. Lorrene's Blog
  2. Rehearsal Schedule
  3. Registration Continues for One More Week
  4. Music Scores
  5. Website Music Files
  6. Dates to Remember
  7. Seven Voices members Walk Into a Bar.........
  8. Smelly Stuff
  9. Voice Exercises and Warmups
1.  Lorrene's Blog...
Thank you to Melody for hosting a soprano sectional in a few weeks.  I hope we can get others to host; I think home sectionals are great!  It's a great opportunity to thrash out some parts and share some social time, as well.  
Thanks go to Margaret Shepherd for taking time to come in and coach us in Maori. That was a great help!
I'm loving our-ten minute break time. It was so good to see Silas playing 'toss the giraffe' with members of the soprano and tenor sections, several of our members learning the 'cup game' and Carol and Lisa Camilli trying to soothe Lydia while others took a few minutes to chat and relax.
Have a wonderful week and take a few minutes to practice your Maori....Ha!  Hi!
2.  Rehearsal Schedule...
January 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
Remember to bring a pencil to rehearsal
3.  Registration Continues for One More Week...
We are still taking registrations for one more week.  Dues for returning members are $50 for the semester. First-time members can register for a special new member price of $45.  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.

4.  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.
5.  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
Make them Hear You
Sing for Peace
6.  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

7.  Seven Voices Members Walk Into A Bar...

8.  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.

9.  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.