Hello dear singers,

FCO has always hoped to be thought of as a community, not just a group of strangers who sing togetherand last Tuesday you proved that! When Sue had her emergency, her fellow altos sprang into action: calling 911, helping her to be comfortable, checking vital signs (thank goodness Donna Rue is a nurse), manning the outside door so that the emergency responders could be let into the building, on and on. Meanwhile, your fearless leader on the podium? I couldn't even remember the name of the church! Turns out I'm not good in an emergency. Take note of that, in case The Big One comes while we're in rehearsal! My brain froze. You probably would be well advised not even to accept a ride from me on a drive to the coast or somewhere. Those great altos who took over to get things done? Ride with one of them. We're all happy to know that Sue is feeling fine, and we're proud of her for giving blood last Tuesday.

OK, onward and upward. As you remember, we covered the remaining movements in rehearsal, fixing notes and becoming more secure in every way. That really fast clip in the last movement was absolutely thrilling, so I'll keep that in the books. To me those angular phrases even seemed easier.

So we'll continue to work hard on two very big performance aspects: diction and dynamics.

Remember last week, when I reminded you in this column that you have a pronunciation guide to refer to and to practice with as often as possible, as a means of becoming more and more familiar with our text? Yet on Tuesday there still was a question about a word which is different in the rental scores. The pronunciation guide is correct. I know, we often think bound copies of music are authoritative, but I now see that I should have made it clear that those rentals are old editions. Later scholarship has cleared mistakes like that, making the new edition correct and making regular reading aloud of the pronunciation even more important. Same with pronouncing every "i" as "ee"! That's how you study the music, now: with the pronunciation guide.

As for dynamics, you'll be able to spare more attention to dynamics the more you recognize the words at a glance. Really performing the rise and fall of each crescendo/decrescendo will be ravishingly beautiful! But we have to rehearse all those features to get in the habit. We still have some baritones singing louder than is helpful when the dynamic is soft, so the dynamics will have to be noticed though familiarity gained from not having to stare at all the words.

It'll be on me to be as clear as possible so that we can be exactly together, and to indicate when notes must be full value. Observing commas is on you, though, so if you haven't indicated them, don't put it off, OK? Think about all the reminders you're tired of hearing from me, and please make it your goal to spend real time studying your score ahead of these final two rehearsals before we're together with the orchestra. If you do that, you'll be surprised at how much more you're able to discover in this rich score.

Sorry about the rain. I guess it'll mean more time inside, studying your scores.


Volunteers Needed for Tutti/Dress Rehearsals & Concert

As a self-presenting choir, we rely on members to volunteer to operate our organization. We need volunteers to help with transporting, setting up, and tearing down equipment for our tutti/dress rehearsals and concert. See what help is needed, then sign up to lend a hand

Last Call: Advertisers Wanted 

Concert programs cost more than $1,000 per concert to design and print, and ad revenue is used to cover that cost. Please contact businesses you know that might support community arts, like your dentist or financial planner and others you have a relationship with. You can download the ad form or pick one up from Carol Chancellor at rehearsals. Forms are due by March 26.


Ticket sales have now started and each member is asked to sell at least two tickets. Read the information on your ticket envelope closely so that you understand ticket prices, and remember that mezzanine seats are reserved and require specially printed tickets. For more tickets, contact Janet Rafalovich at janraf@comcast.net or 503-371-1039 (landline). Money and unsold tickets must be returned by April 9.

Member Handbook 

The Member Handbook is now available and provides important information for this term. Learn what's expected of you at rehearsals, what you need to wear for concerts, how to get more involved with FCO, and track important dates.

Lead the Way with Board Service 

Get involved by joining FCO's board of directors. FCO is a nonprofit member organization with an annual budget close to $60,000. Board members oversee all aspects of FCO business, from grant writing and donor development to concert management and ticket sales. FCO's continued success depends on finding hard-working and passionate people to serve on the board. Next season's board members will be elected at rehearsal on April 2. If you are interested in helping to lead FCO, contact Bryan Gonzalez at bcgonzalez@juno.com

Rehearsal Resources

Check out these resources to help learn this term's music:

Rehearsal Rules

  • Regular rehearsals run 7:00–9:30pm
  • Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Notify Bryan Gonzalez (503-851-5351) as soon as possible if you test positive for COVID-19

Member Roster & Key Contacts

You can now download the roster of this term's members. If you cannot open the file, download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free. Please use this information for choir business only such as arranging ride shares.

Solveig Holmquist




Bryan Gonzalez




Jessica Coons

Soprano Section Leader



Doris Clark

Alto Section Leader



Rebekah Wozniak-Gelzer

Tenor Section Leader



Phil Davis

Bass Section Leader



Stay Alert

FCO uses text message alerts to provide important reminders and to share last-minute information. If you haven't received alerts this term, sign up now.


FCO no longer requires vaccination against COVID-19 or the use of masks. To protect the health and safety of everyone who interacts with our organization, please stay home if you feel unwell. Any member that tests positive for COVID-19 must report their diagnosis to FCO as soon as possible and may not participate in any FCO event until determined safe to do so according to public health guidance or their healthcare provider. FCO will not disclose the identity of any member that tests positive but will notify all members of potential exposures.


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