News & Notes #6

February 2, 2024

In this issue:


  • Messages from Jonathan & our Producers



  • NEW: Extra Tenor Review Session(s) - See "Practice Resources" below


  • Thank you Volunteers!
  • Auctions next week before and after rehearsal


Jonathan's Notes

Hello Mystic Friends,


Thanks so much for another productive rehearsal. We’re getting there!


In our remaining rehearsals we’ll focus on trying to get through complete tunes. We’ll focus on any “trouble spots” and then try to run the tunes completely through. Please consider trying to sing “off book” in our rehearsals, it’s the best way to lock in the words and its much more fun to look at me instead of your lyric sheets!


Thanks to those who tried out for solos this week. We will have tryouts after next rehearsal, so it’s not too late to try out!  


Keep listening to the rehearsal recordings and the original recordings of our songs.  


…and thanks for your love and support, it’s been fun getting back in the MC “saddle”! I’m looking forward to a great concert experience!


-JS

Introducing our guest vocalist, Nichelle Mungo

We’re fortunate to have a special guest vocalist this season.



Berklee Professor Nichelle Mungo gave us a wonderful vocal clinic during our pandemic sessions and will be back again to perform live with us in Cary! She will be singing along with us and also performing some solo selections as well.  She’s active online so feel free to connect with her at  https://nichellejmungo.com

From the Producers...

Hi Mystic Singers:


Well, it's February -- 3 weeks out from the concert.  Believe it or not, I think we're in good shape.  


This Tuesday's rehearsal reminded me a few things to include here.


Taking care of your voice:


  • Warm up before rehearsal. This will keep your voice healthier, avoid injury to your vocal cords, and make you sound and feel better!  (We don't always have time for a long warm up before we start singing so you doing one in advance takes care of you.) As Jonathan mentioned, you can do something as simple as humming up and down scales, and try to hum to the top of your range and then to the bottom. You can also sing scales, also up to the top and down to the bottom, gently. If you spend even 5 (or preferably 10) minutes, doing this, you'll be taking much better care of your voice. This is especially important before the Tech rehearsal and concert.  
  • Stay hydrated, and: 
  • Avoid eating dairy, chocolate or anything with caffeine, before you sing. This will help you keep your throats with less phlegm.   


Remember to use your resources:


  • If possible, it is super helpful to listen to your recordings of the previous week(s)' rehearsal before each reherarsal, to remind yourself of your part... That way, when Jonathan points to your section and prompts you/us to sing what he taught you two weeks ago, you can remember.... (He's very forgiving, but I was one of the ones that forgot my part.... felt kind of silly.)  Also, listen to the youtube videos that Jonathan provided, so you can internalize how your part fits in with the entire piece.


Concert:


  • Please make sure you let us know if you will be needing a chair for the concert so we have enough. Once seated, you will sit for the entire concert.
  • Spread the word by Email, Facebook, Flyers.  Let's fill Cary Hall! 


OK, stay warm and keep singing.   See you next Tuesday. With Love,


~Jill

Questions about the season?


Reach out to Alexandra & Jill at:

Producers@mysticchorale.org

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

Online Auction

OK Mystic Gospel Singers! Here's your chance to represent the Gospel season in our annual online auction!


Over the past four years, it's been primarily Spring Season singers who have propelled our online auction into our big annual fundraiser. Now's YOUR turn!!


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 & Pies
  • One-pot meals: Your famous lasagna or specialty soup
  • Your own art & fine crafts
  • Gift Certificates to your favorite local shops & restaurants
  • Gift Certificates for professional services, such as massage, personal coaching, gardening, etc.
  • Jewelry, Scarves & Accessories
  • Items for the kitchen & dining room
  • Outings & 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


What's the deadline? The auction will be in the Spring, but we'd like to collect donations from Gopsel singers before the end of the season.


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!

Concert Attire

Concert Attire:

Blue & Orange!

You may wear all black with blue and/or orange accents OR black bottoms with blue or orange top


Black on the bottom includes:

Black pants, slacks or skirt, black shoes and socks.


Tops may be SOLID black, blue or orange

Please stick to our three colors. The image above is meant to give you the general idea. No sleeveless tops or deep cleavage, please.


Accents may include be blue and/or orange:

Ties, scarves, jewelry, etc.

SPREAD THE WORD!

There's nothing more exciting than singing for a full house! Let's all do our part to spread the word!


We'll provide posters, flyers, an evite and social media posts to share. If we all invite even just a few friends and family, we can have the audience of our dreams!!


Forward the evite! Check your inbox - we sent it last Tuesday morning. We'll continue to send it once a week between now and the concert. Please forward to friends, family, colleagues & anyone who would enjoy our concert (and who wouldn't?!!).


If you haven't already, please pick up a few flyers at rehearsal and take them with you wherever you go - post them at the library, your favorite coffeeshop, shop windows, community bulletin boards and anywhere else you can think of!

If you're on Facebook, make sure to follow Mystic, and like, comment on, and share our posts. Why not do it now? Here's the link:


Go to the Mystic Chorale Facebook page...

PRACTICE RESOURCES

NEW: Extra "Informal" Tenor Review Session with Bernadette


Bernadette has kindly offered to hold extra practice sessions for interested tenors at her home in Somerville.


Please let Bernadette if you are interested: via email: bernadettebuck@gmail.com or find her at rehearsal.



Members of other sections are welcome to organize their own review sessions, either at a singer's home, or at First Parish before rehearsal.


If you're like to organize something, please speak with Linda or the Producers. Thanks!


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:

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpdhQ9IPsYxD4Pi1P7ZY5rNipWvKsAwlV&si=f37RGeI6wFSk_dNI

VIDEO: Last Week's Rehearsal

Annotated for easy review!

In this rehearsal:

03:48 - Marvelous

8:10 - Warm ups

17:00 - Something Inside So Strong

47:50 - Goodness of God

1:15:40 - Announcements

1:25:20 - Trading My Sorrows

1:50:00 - Swing Low Sweet Chariot

1:54:50 - 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.

Thank you Volunteers! We couldn't do it without you!

Production Chair: Bev Roche


Season Producers: Alexandra Lee, Jill Updegraph


Rehearsal Set-up & Break down: Ann Wynne, Michal Regunberg & many others who pitch in when you arrive!


Rehearsal Sound: Kristina Howell, Brian McGovern


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


Attendance & Check-in: Roz Hoffman, Misha Peterson


Late Check-in: Bev Roche


Chair Re-set Captain: Shannon Sweeney

Chair Re-set Team: Thank you to EVERYONE who has helped put away chairs this season!!


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


Concert Production Manager: Richard L'heureux


Stage Manager: Mary Steuart


Mystic "info" line: Bev Roche


First Night Check-in: Bev Roche, Olivia Tappan, Arlyn Roffman, Roz Hoffman, Misha Peterson, Mabel Liang, Richard Lheureux, Jai Anna San Antonio, Paula Tusler, Jane Arsham, Gail Sullivan, Mary Steuart, Michal Regunberg, Gale Batchelder, Michael Monaco, Todd Harrison, and many others!


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 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):

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

SEASON INFO AT-A-GLANCE

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


Sectionals:

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


Solo Auditions:

Tuesday, Jan 30 after rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb 6 before and after rehearsal


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: Blue & Orange!

You may wear all black with blue and/or orange accents -OR- black bottoms with blue or orange top


Potluck: Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm Bring a dish to share and celebrate our season! Please bring your own plates and utensils to help minimize plastic waste - thanks!


Where to watch the livestream or video:

https://mysticchorale.org/livestream/

See you soon!

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