News & Notes #5

April 5, 2024


  • Newsy updates from Mike and our producers
  • Be a Mystic ambassador!
  • Did you know?
  • Sectionals for tenor and bass, Wednesday, April 10

Producers' Notes

Sing on Mystics, sing on!


Whether we are offering to give someone a ride home or volunteering to help arrange chairs or being a “buddy” to a new singer or bringing a dish to one of our pot-lucks, we are truly more than a chorus. We are a family and that brings me joy that the singing lets me share with the world. I know I’m not alone.


Grunwald Associates did a “Choral Impact Study” and found that 54 million of us sing in a chorus. And “at a time when we feel increasingly stressed and disconnected, singing encourages mindfulness and meaningful social relationships.” They also

found that chorus members are “good citizens and exhibit greater civic leadership than the general public.”


So, sing on Mystics, sing on!


~ Michal

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 great, productive week we had!


Not only did we make some really good progress together on Tuesday, but a great number of sopranos and altos took advantage of the sectionals to learn even more of their parts. We're growing in sound, in confidence, and hopefully in fun.


Because of the weather in the middle of last week, we've needed to extend auditions to this Tuesday's rehearsal as well. If you're interested in signing up for an audition slot, please email Bev (info@mystichoral.org) with your availability. There are a few slots left, so let us know early if you can. We will make sure to find a way to hear everyone! Look for solo assignments in next week's News and Notes, after I've heard everyone sing. Thanks so much to everyone who has already done a terrific job auditioning!


This week, we'll keep plugging away at learning our parts. Here's a pro-tip...if you're someone who learns primarily by ear, this may be the hardest phase of rehearsals for you...when not many people know the parts and they are hard to pick out. Your skills will come in extremely handy in about two weeks, when you'll be memorizing already and the music readers will be relying on the page, and trying to figure out how to sing without music. For now, stick with it, follow along with the music and words wherever you can, and know it will get easier as the Chorale gets more comfortable with each song.


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

  • Turn, Turn, Turn
  • Turn Around
  • April, Come She Will
  • You've Got a Friend
  • Seasons of Love
  • Winter Song


I can't wait to see you all soon! Have a terrific weekend, enjoy the eclipse on Monday, and we'll see you on the other side.


~ Mike

Be a Mystic Ambassador!

We need EACH of you to be a Mystic Ambassador and help us spread the word about our concert! 


You can…

  • Post our concert flyers on bulletin boards at your gym, library, coffee shop, wherever you can. If the large version won’t fit, post the mini-flyer instead.


  • Forward the digital invitation (e-vite) you’ll receive this Sunday to friends and family, not only locally but far and wide since anyone, anywhere can watch via livestream!


  • Engage on our Facebook page and on Instagram. Like our page. Share the concert flyer when we post it online. Comment on postings and reels that we add to our page. The more likes and shares on our posts, the more the Facebook algorithm works in our favor, pushing out our posts to a wider audience.


  • Talk up the concert to anyone who will listen!


Did you know?

As I immerse myself in Mystic Chorale this past week, I came across a Mystic nugget of information that new members (like me) might like to know about, or that long-time members might have forgotten, that I would like to share.


This week two members asked how to share news with the Mystic community:

  • Where can I share news of an upcoming concert for another chorale group I belong to?
  • Where can I offer a free Hallet and Davis piano?


Did you know we have a Mystic Chorale Google Group?


Moderated by David Anick, MSGG is an electronic mailing list/listserv, where subscribers can share musical or Mystic-relevant events, advertise activities that promote getting to know each other better and help one another out. It provides an informal way for the broader Mystic community to keep connected on a regular basis, regardless of whether members are signed up to sing.It's the place to find out about that concert and the piano!


Learn how to join and post to MSGG!


~ Michèle


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 and smaller setting.

Tuesday, April 9, 5:15 p.m.

Acitrón Cocina Mexicana

Mexican cuisine

473 Massachusetts Ave.

781-777 2839


Acitrón Cocina Mexicana offers family recipes with a focus on fusing authentic Mexican flavors and classic sauces with local produce, meats and seafood. 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.



Section leaders now have email addresses!

Section leaders welcome any and all questions in person at rehearsals and by email anytime!



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.

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 #4: APRIL 2, 2024


March 26 Rehearsal Livestream Video

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


In this video:


0:06:00 - Warm ups

0:19:50 - Seasons of Love

0:52:55 - Try To Remember

1:06:50 - Winter Song

1:16:54 - Announcements

1:28:56 - Circle Game

1:43:39 - Ashokan Farewell

1:55:58 - Every Day Is a Day of Thanksgiving



Find each week's rehearsal video on our website at: 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, Margaret Schumacher,

Bill Rogers

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?

Please email Volunteers@MysticChorale.org if we forgot your name, 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, Member at Large

Joan Toussaint, Member at Large

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!

The Mystic Chorale | Website


Questions? info@mysticchorale.org

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