News for ICC&CS                       February 2, 2018
Director, Gerald Wolfe
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From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 2/7: Please mark your text according to the attached pronunciation guide. This is very important and will avoid wasting rehearsal time. Also attached is a table of contents, which you can write in at the top of the left page across from #1.

From the President

Please note that our rehearsal on February 14 (Ash Wednesday) will be at St. Paul’s but beginning 7:15 p.m., and Gerald will conduct so the Chamber Singers will meet as well. 
Our dish-to-pass welcome reception will be on February 21 at St. Paul’s, 6:30 p.m.
Spring Workshop
Save the date for the Affiliated Choruses of Ithaca Workshop!
MARCH 10, 10:00AM-12:30PM

Beating Vocal Fatigue: Techniques for Vocal Fitness and Longevity
with Dr. Ivy Walz
First Congregational Church
309 Highland Road, Ithaca
Fee: $20; open to all; benefit for the ACI
More information to come as we get closer!

Opera Ithaca seeks chorus for Tosca
Join Opera Ithaca's chorus for the upcoming production of Puccini’s Tosca. This is going to be an exciting site-specific, environmental production, featuring Megan Nielson (Nedda in OI’s production of Pagliacci this fall) as Floria Tosca, tenor Paolo Buffagni as Mario Cavaradossi, and our own Zach James as the villainous Scarpia. Maestro Gordon Schermer joins us from NYC to conduct. Ellen Jackson is directing, and is recruiting chorus members.
The performance is Friday, February 16 at Ithaca’s CSMA. There will be chorus-specific rehearsals Saturday, February 3, and Saturday, February 10 from 1:30PM-4:30PM at the Kitchen Theatre. The work will be performed in Italian, and you may be on-book. If you are not able to attend both Saturday rehearsals, please do not be dissuaded from joining! They will easily be able to catch you up. Chorus moments in the show are light, but mighty when they occur! Ellen wants to have as powerful and prominent a group as possible.
If you are interested in joining, please let Ellen know ASAP. Email her at Send her your best availability for a dress rehearsal on Thursday, February 15 (day times and evening times). 
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
February 7, 14 (7:15 start), 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2
Required dress rehearsals:
Wednesday, May 9 
Friday, May 11 
Need to Miss a Rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at, or call and leave a message for her at 607-387-3223. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.

Community Events

Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents a Gala Cabaret Fundraiser
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 6:00 pm
LakeWatch Inn
1636 E Shore Dr, Ithaca, NY
CVE’s Annual Gala Cabaret event including a glittering seated dinner, an entertaining performance, a silent auction, and loads of cabaret fun! This year’s theme is Bernstein and Beyond, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of America’s beloved composer. Come enjoy favorite numbers from Bernstein’s great shows, as well as other musical surprises.
Tickets for this event are $75, available from singers and board members, or online at Brown Paper Tickets
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Affiliated Choruses of Ithaca
P.O. Box 622
Ithaca, NY  14850