News & Notes #3

January 12, 2024

In this issue:

  • Messages from Jonathan & our Producers

  • Music packet coming next week!

  • Last week's rehearsal video

  • Season at-a-glance: Key dates & FAQ's

Jonathan's Notes

Hello Mystic Friends

Thanks for another productive rehearsal. I appreciate your patience as we do the hard work of learning new material. t’s always a bit challenging in the early days learning new music “by ear”, but we’re definitely moving forward.

Since our rehearsals are recorded for our virtual singers, they can be a good resource for reviewing and learning your parts. You might have to fast forward past my corny jokes, but taking the time to check out the videos is still time well spent, I think. Additionally, continue to listen to the recordings on our playlist to get more comfortable with the “feel” of the music. Things like form and rhythms and even notes can be learned from listening.

Most importantly, remember to have fun!


From the Producers...

Thank you all for making it out in the pouring rain for this week's rehearsal. It was great to be led by Jonathan's patience and good humor as we worked through our songs.

We spent a lot of time on rhythm that will be key to us nailing the music at our concert. We sang Marvelous, How I Got Over, Something Inside So Strong (new), and advanced some of the parts on Joy.

Jonathan shared the YouTube play list and suggests that we spend time listening to this, maybe not to hear our exact part but to learn the rhythm of the songs.

As always, if you have questions before or after rehearsal, reach out to and we will see you all next week.


Questions about the season?

Reach out to Alexandra & Jill at:

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


YouTube Playlist

A great way to learn and internalize our songs!

Even if you can't pick out your part (yet!), you'll learn a LOT by listening - words, timing, rhythm... keep listening and you'll get there!!

Go to the YouTube Playlist:

VIDEO: Last Week's Rehearsal

Annotated for easy review!

In this video:

09:30 - Marvelous

12:28 - Warm ups & Marvelous

21:20 - How I Got Over

1:00:00 - Announcements, including Introduction of Board of Directors

1:05:25 - Something Inside So Strong

1:52:52 - JOY

PRO TIP: Click on the video to open it in YouTube. Scroll down to find "Key Moments" - you may need to click "more" to find this. Click on the song you want and the video will advance to that spot for easy review.

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 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 a 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):


Rehearsals:  8 Tuesdays, January 2 – February 20, 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. New this season: You may count ONE Livestream rehearsal towards your attendance requirement. Sectional counts as make-up for a missed rehearsal.

Deadline to drop out with a refund:

Wednesday, January 10, by 12:00 noon

You will receive a refund, minus a $20 cancelation fee


Basses – Thursday, January 25, 7:00-7:55

Tenors – Thursday, January 25, 8:00-8:55

Altos – Thursday, February 1, 7:00-7:55

Sopranos – Thursday, February 1, 8:00-8:55

Snow date (if needed):

Thursday, February 15, 7:30-9:30

St John's Episcopal, 74 Pleasant St, Arlington

(one block from our regular rehearsal location)


Dress/Tech Rehearsal: Thursday, February 22, 7:00-9:30

Cary Hall, Lexington, MA

Concert: Friday, February 23, Call time 5:00 pm

Cary Hall, Lexington

Concert Attire: TBD

Where to watch the livestream or video:

See you soon!

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