Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New Year Musical Musings

Many Chorus groups are in recess for the holiday season and some members will, I know, be champing at the bit to get back for their weekly 'song fix'.  Others will be recouping their energies in anticipation of another big year ahead.  One thing's for sure, though, we'll all be looking forward to getting back into the swing of sing.

So when you're part of a chorus, you're part of a team.  And we're all in it together because we love to make music. But here's some food for thought to mull over while you're on your break:
  • On this chorus journey, are you a participative passenger or are you a snoozer?  
    •  The snoozer pops along for their weekly chorus, enjoys the fun and the fellowship of singing with the chorus members, leaves on a high, then forgets it all until the next session (where they've most likely forgotten everything they learned at the last one anyway)
    • The participative passenger engages with the process along the journey.  Between sessions, they'll do some vocal exercises, work on the new material by both listening and singing the songs, they might even make notes to ask their director for clarification with some notes or phrasings at the next chorus.
  • In your chorus, do you set yourself some little challenges?
    • In life generally, we all have our fears.  It's no different in your chorus.  Some people fear having to perform.  Some people fear being heard, so sing very softly hiding behind the other voices.  But whatever your fears, taking dolly steps to overcoming them is the best way to build your confidence, helping you enjoy your chorus even more.   Try these tips;
      • each week turn your volume up a tiny bit louder ...dolly steps are good enough to help you reach your destination
      • each week practice lifting your eyes off the page ...reading your lyrics is merely a security blanket
      • each week try adding a little more facial expression...sing with your eyes, add a smile, ....let it become a weekly habit and it will come naturally when you're in front of an audience   
      • REMEMBER  that mistakes are the stepping stones that keep us on the right track...don't be afraid of making them, it's how we learn, correct, proceed. 
Make 2019 the year that you confidently GROW in your chorus.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

the VOICE OF SPRING


Just a week and a bit to go before our annual chorus fundraiser  - The Voice of Spring - with proceeds this year going to the Soul Cafe.   

This is a lovely, relaxed and fun afternoon that our choristers and guests look forward to  immensely [despite the hard work to pull it all together!].

 The Voice of Spring serves up a couple of hours of:
  • lovely song from our *Heart of Erin Ladies Celtic Chorus  and *Novapop, pop chorus
  • some fun games/activities and a generous prize pool on offer
  • a comedy spot because laughter is so good for the soul!  This year our special guest is  Kitty Katz, a vision in pink with her fractured fairy tales 
  • along with a very delicious afternoon tea
      Tickets are available at the door - just $20 - but bookings would be helpful to allow us to organise catering and can be made by emailing:  bookings@maureen.com.au .  The afternoon starts at 2pm and finishes at 4pm and this year will be held at the St Augustine hall, Winsor Street Merewether [diagonally opposite South's]

       The Soul Cafe - established some 15 years ago - is a most worthy organisation in Newcastle that provides meals and many other services for the homeless in our region. It receives no government funding and relies purely on community donations.

 HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:  ##note, many still coming in

      *Macleans  Bookshop, Hamilton
      * Goodness Me Organics, Adamstown
      *individual donations :  Sandra Tier, Yan Pring, Maureen O'Brien


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