News & Notes #7

April 23, 2024


  • Newsy updates from Mike and our producers
  • Free tickets to the concert!
  • Doors in and doors out
  • Attendance Policy clarification

Producers' Notes

Be brave. Put down the music and memorize!


First, for those of you who may have missed rehearsal, please welcome Beverly Roche, who has generously agreed to step in as co-producer since Cassandra had to step away for personal reasons. We wish Cassandra all the best and send our love. And there’s no one better to pick up the co-producing job, in addition to all the other hats she wears for the Mystic than Bev!


I was very moved by something Mike said at rehearsal that I think gives each of us another reason to sing: “We’re not at the beginning and we’re not at the end. But we do bring things that are going on in our lives to rehearsal and sometimes focusing on the music can help." Thank you, Mike, for that.


Mike also focused on memorizing the music. It’s not always easy but we can do it. As we focus the next four weeks on memorization, here’s a little encouragement. Studies show that singing can improve mental alertness, memory and concentration as it involves focusing on multiple things at once, engaging many areas of the brain.


And on top of that, singing with other people, can help build connections and feelings of togetherness. 


So, as Mike said at rehearsal — “Be brave! Put down the music and memorize!”


~ 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

Great work everyone!


We've got four more weeks of rehearsals to fully bake our show, and I am so excited for the direction we're moving. We should now be getting to the phase where we're starting to work on memorization, and making the brave choice to put down our music and see where things stand each week. Don't be afraid...this is how we'll make good progress!


This week, it would be extremely helpful if everyone in the group could, at the very least, have a listen to these six songs and, ideally, take a minute with your practice resources to feel most comfortable before Tuesday night. If you know the notes, you can spend your time in rehearsal practicing ensemble building and memorization, which will aid you greatly!


Songs for rehearsal


  • Turn, Turn, Turn
  • Turn Around
  • You've Got a Friend
  • Winter Song
  • Circle Game
  • Ashokan Farewell


Thanks for all your hard work. Keep it up, and we'll be in great shape!


~ Mike

Doors in and Doors out

Joe Cook, my counterpart at First Parish, let me know on Wednesday that the door in the Vestry that leads out to the garden was propped open. It's possible it it happened either the night before during rehearsal or very early Wednesday morning so he is alerting church staff and I am alerting singers.


Please access the garden using the door at the back of the church, accessible through the Sanctuary and use the Vestry door only in an emergency.


~ Michèle

Volunteers Get a Free Ticket!

On Sunday, look for a Call for Volunteers email in your inbox which will list the available volunteer positions for the concert. In the meantime, if you, a family member or friend would like to raise a hand early, send an email to Volunteer@mysticchorale.org and let Michèle know which role you would like to fill on May 21 before sitting back to enjoy the concert for free!

Online Auction

It’s getting close!


Now’s the time to make your contribution to the Mystic Auction!

 

Mystic’s online auction is our big annual fundraiser and our chance to share a part of ourselves with our music community. What you offer is only limited by your imagination! With your help, we aim to raise $7,000 to keep Mystic vibrant in the year ahead. Keep your eye on the Mystic Auction webpage for updates!

 

Here are a few ideas to get you started…

  • Popular items in past auctions have included:
  • 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 and 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.

 

Auction Dates:


  • Sunday, May 19: Item submission deadline
  • Tuesday, May 28: Auction kickoff, in conjunction with the Mystic Annual Meeting, in the evening on Zoom.
  • Sunday, June 9: Auction closes

 

Let’s make this the best Mystic auction yet and keep our beloved chorus thriving!

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 (evite) 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 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!



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 23, 5:15 p.m.

Pasha 

Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine

669A Massachusetts Ave.

781-648-5888


Pasha offers recipes from Turkey and the Mediterranean. 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.



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." We'll let you know when new content is added to any of the resources pages.



Section leaders will hold (optional) practice sessions throughout the season, from mid-April through concert week. Information about where and when is posted on the above Section Resources pages.



SECTION LEADERS


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


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


For Mike's tracks, 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 #6: APRIL 16, 2024


March 26 Rehearsal Livestream Video

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


00:04:50 - Warm-up

00:18:00 - April, Come She Will

00:41:16 - Julian of Norwich

01:15:48 - Announcements

01:24:17 - Seasons of Love

02:00:04 - 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: Michal Regunberg, Bev Roche

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, Scott Sandler

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 two rehearsals to sing in the concert.


You may count ONE Livestream rehearsal towards your attendance requirement. A sectional led by Mike also counts as make-up for a missed rehearsal. Sectional rehearsals led by section leaders do not count as a make-up.


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

Cary Hall, Lexington, Mass.


Concert: Tuesday, May 21; call time 5 p.m.

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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