News & Notes #4

March 29, 2024


  • Newsy updates from Mike and our producers
  • Solo auditions: April 2 & 3
  • All Mike's practice audios are now uploaded!
  • Online auction details

Producers' Notes

Our music is coming in to bloom!


Hello singers!


We are 10 days into Spring and we really are embracing the Season of Change, parting with Linda and embracing Michèle! 


With auditions coming up and the music coming into bloom, remember to take some time for yourself. Filling your own cup will pour out into your music. Take a long walk and hear the sounds around you, meditate for a few minutes before bed, or give your body a nice stretch in the morning. When we take these small moments that calm our mind, they can also help us to connect to our music! The more we can be present and connect to the world around us, the more we can connect with the messages we are sending out in our concert. 


I look forward to singing with you all on Tuesday - take good care! 


~ Cassandra

Questions about the season?


Reach out to Cassandra and Michal at:

Producers@mysticchorale.org

Our Producers are volunteers with busy lives! They will do their best to get back to you within 24 hours.

Mike's Notes

What a fun start we're off to! 


Thanks, everyone, for your great spirits, energies and enthusiasms in this first few weeks. As we turn toward auditions on Tuesday and Wednesday, and sectionals this coming week (for sopranos and altos) and the following week (for tenors and basses), we'll start to see our pieces and our season come into sharper focus, which is always exciting.


Here's what we'll work on at our next rehearsal:

  • Seasons of Love: Whole song, with focus on supporting sections and soloists
  • Try to Remember: mm. 45-end
  • Winter Song: mm. 59-end
  • Circle Game: Whole Song, with a new idea for the ending
  • Ashokan Farewell: mm. 21-37
  • Every Day is a Day of Thanksgiving: Whole song, with focus on the "road map" at the end


Thanks again to Linda for all her hard work and love for Mystic, and welcome again to Michèle, who will be such a terrific leader for us going forward. We are in great hands.


See you all on Tuesday!


~ Mike


Online Auction

OK, Spring Concert Singers! You heard Linda talk about our annual online auction at rehearsal...


Our online auction is our big annual fundraiser and as Linda said so well, it's our chance to share a part of ourselves with our music community, whether it is a reserved parking space for Tuesday night rehearsals, yummy baked goods, artwork, music lessons. What you offer is only limited by your imagination!


What's the auction?

Our online auction features dozens of items donated by Mystic singers to raise needed funds for the Chorale. Past auctions have raised $6000-10,000 for Mystic! This helps us keep singer fees low and put on our fabulous concerts!


What kinds of items are we looking for?

Items made by Mystic singers have been a bit hit, as well as other items, including:

  • Baked goods: Cookies, cakes and pies
  • One-pot meals: Your famous lasagna or specialty soup
  • Your own art and fine crafts
  • Gift certificates to your favorite local shops & restaurants
  • Gift certificates for professional services, such as massage, personal coaching, gardening, etc.
  • Jewelry, scarves and accessories
  • Items for the kitchen and dining room
  • Outings and experiences, such as a guided hike, group class or museum outing, led by you!


How to donate to the auction:

Please fill out our auction donation form, here:  Mystic Chorale Auction Donation Form


Last year's auction: To get a sense of our auctions, here's a link to see last year's items: Mystic Chorale Online Auction 2023


Thank you!

Eat, Meet & Greet Pre-Rehearsal Dinners

Join your fellow singers to chat and eat delicious food at Arlington Center eateries!


Every rehearsal Tuesday, beginning at 5:15 p.m., open to all! A great way to meet other singers in a fun, delicious & smaller setting.

Tuesday, April 2, 5:15 p.m.

Fusion Taste Arlington

Chinese and Japanese cuisine

303 Broadway

781-641-2388


Fusion Taste is a relaxed neighborhood eatery dishing a broad menu of Chinese and Japanese favorites, including sushi. If you'd like to attend, please let Karen know, so she can give the restaurant an idea of how many to expect. Email Karen: karen@klgwoman.com If you're running late, you can review the online menu and call in your order so your food will be ready when you arrive.


Hope to see you around the table!


See the complete dinner schedule for the season...

Meet Our Section Leaders!

We are formally rolling out the Section Leaders Team! Section Leaders will work under Mike’s direction to assist our sections in feeling comfortable learning the music, to provide answers to singers’ music questions, to support singers using the many learning resources in various formats located at Mystic Chorale > My Seasons and to continue the wonderful community experience for which the Mystic is known. 


Meet our Section Leaders:

  • Soprano: Cyndy Gaviglio, Jai Kaur, Joyce Nichols
  • Alto: Katie Dunton
  • Tenor: George Foote
  • Base: Jim Hickey


We will be holding (optional) sectional reviews throughout the season, from mid-April through concert week. Information about where and when will be posted on the Section Resource pages on the website.


Please feel free to talk to Cyndy, Jai, Joyce, Katie, George and Jim at rehearsals or send them an email to their soon-to-be-created Mystic Chorale email addresses. Once the new email addresses are created, we'll share them in the next newsletter. Any and all questions are welcome! General questions about the Section Leaders team can be directed to Katie Dunton.

Practice Resources

At Mystic Chorale, we know everyone learns differently, so we strive to have multiple ways to learn, practice and memorize our songs. Keep an eye on this PRACTICE RESOURCES section to find new content added throughout the season.

VIDEO PLAYLISTS

A great way to internalize our songs! Watch popular versions AND performances of the exact arrangements we'll be singing.


Popular versions playlist (click here)

Most popular versions of our pieces…the ones you might recognize!


Our arrangements playlist (click here)

Performances of our songs that exactly match the versions we’re singing.

LYRICS-ONLY PACKET

For when you just want to focus on the words. Get it here:

https://mysticchorale.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Spring-2024-LYRICS-ONLY-packet-1.docx

SECTION RESOURCE PAGES

Over the course of the season, volunteer section leaders will be offering extra help to their section. This may be extra review sessions and/or other kinds of "helps." Some of these pages are still under construction - we'll keep you updated as new content is added.


AUDIO PRACTICE TRACKS

Practice along with Mike! Grab your music packet and use these audio tracks to practice at home.


Click here: https://mysticchorale.org/my-seasons/#audio

Then click the dropdown menu for your voice part to find all the songs


All of Mike's tracks are now uploaded! Go to "Season Info for Singers" (blue box on the homepage), and scroll down to "Practice Audio." Use the drop-down menu to see the audio tracks for your section.

Last week's rehearsal video:

Week #3: MARCH 26, 2024


March 26 Rehearsal Livestream Video

In this video: Note: The red minute markers are live links to each song in the video

In this video:

0:01 - Warm ups

12:58 - Turn, Turn, Turn

34:40 - Julian of Norwich

55:37 - Announcements

1:18:09 - Turn Around

1:36:19 - You've Got a Friend

1:52:42 - Seasons of Love


To find each week's rehearsal video on our website, go to: https://mysticchorale.org/livestream-rehearsal-videos-spring-2024

Thank you, Volunteers!

It takes a village!! We sincerely thank every single one of you who helps make our rehearsals and concerts happen!


Our Spring 2024 Volunteer Team (so far!) Keep an eye and ear out for more ways to pitch in!


Production Chair: Bev Roche

Season Producers: Cassandra Macias, Michal Regunberg

Rehearsal Set-up: Ann Wynne, Laurie Sherwood, Richard Schmeidler, Julie Puncochar

Rehearsal Sound: Joyce Nichols, Susin James, Brian McGovern

Rehearsal Livestream: Jack Matson, Jai San Antonio, Paula Tusler

Attendance & Check-in: Roz Hoffman, Margie Hilton

Music Distribution: Evelyn Gladu, Susie Moore

First Night Check-in: Bev Roche, Arlyn Roffman, Roz Hoffman, Margie Hilton, Gail Sullivan

First Night Ushers: Katie Dunton, Joan Toussaint, Bill Wood, Louise DeBenedictis

Late Check-in: Sandy Sachs, Laurie Sherwood, Pat Brewer, Kate Kaplan, Angela Vierling-Claassen, Sue Clark, Phyllis Sandell, Jeri Levine, Carry Sexton, Kathy Williams

Chair Re-set Captains: Amy Fitzgerald, Julie Puncochar

New Singer Welcome: Richard L'heureux, Mabel Liang, Leslie Zheutlin, Paula Tusler

Eat, Meet & Greet Coordinator: Karen Grossman

Concert Production Manager: Richard L'heureux

Stage Manager: Mary Steuart Band Hospitality: Marta Kabalin


PLUS - all the folks who help put away chairs each week - thank you!!


Did we miss you?

If we forgot your name, please email Volunteers@MysticChorale.org so we can add you next week!!


Board of Directors:

Patricia Stimpson, Co-President & Treasurer

Olivia Tappan, Co-President

Leslie Zheutlin, Secretary

Arlyn Roffman, Publicity Chair

Michal Regunberg, Fundraising Chair

Mabel Liang, Membership Chair

Richard L'heureux

Joan Toussaint

For Virtual Singers

Livestream Instructions & Tips

Welcome Virtual Singers!!

We are so glad you are joining us, and look forward to having you there "with us" in the rehearsal hall!


What you will need:



  • A computer/laptop (recommended) We recommend your computer or laptop - the bigger the screen, and the better your speakers, the more you will feel "with" us. But a tablet, ipad or phone will work, too.


  • Headphones, Earbuds or External Speakers (highly recommended). The better your speakers, the more you will hear the director and singers in the room.


  • A place to sit and sing comfortably. We suggest an upright chair, similar to what you would find at rehearsal. A soft chair or couch is not as conducive to good singing.


How to tune into the Livestream:

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, click the video preview or link below, and you'll be with us! Each week, we'll post the livestream link here in News & Notes, and on the website, here


If we lose the Livestream signal:

Occasionally, we lose the livestream signal due to a poor internet connection. If that happens, go to the "Just in case" backup link below. We'll try to be back up and running asap!


How to watch the video after the rehearsal:

If you miss the Livestream on Tuesday night, it will be available on our website and the YouTube Playlist after rehearsal.  

Livestream Rehearsal

Click the image below to join the rehearsal from home:

"JUST IN CASE" - Backup Livestream Link


Occasionally, we lose the livestream signal due to a poor internet connection. If that happens, go to the "backup link" below. We'll try to be back up and running asap!


Backup link (for use ONLY if we lose the livestream):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNl7L22zyK8

Season Info at a Glance

Rehearsals:  10 Tuesdays, March 12 – May 14, 7:30-9:30 pm. First Parish Unitarian, 630 Mass Ave., Arlington, MA.


Attendance Policy:

Please note that you may miss no more than 2 rehearsals to sing in the concert. Note: You may count ONE Livestream rehearsal towards your attendance requirement. Sectional counts as make-up for a missed rehearsal.


Solo Auditions:

Tuesday, April 2 - before rehearsal(Sign-up sheet will be on the back table at rehearsal.)


Sectionals:

Sopranos – Wednesday, April 3, 7:00-7:55

Altos – Wednesday, April 3, 8:00-8:55

Tenors – Wednesday, April 10, 7:00-7:55

Basses – Wednesday, April 10, 8:00-8:55


Dress/Tech Rehearsal: Monday, May 20, 7:00-9:30

Cary Hall, Lexington, MA


Concert: Tuesday, May 21, Call time 5:00 pm

Cary Hall, Lexington


Concert Attire: TBD


Where to watch the livestream or rehearsal videos:

https://mysticchorale.org/livestream-rehearsal-videos-spring-2024/

See you soon!

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