News & Notes #8

April 30, 2024


  • Newsy updates from Mike and our producers
  • Concert color
  • Auction items are coming in!
  • Pre-rehearsal practice sessions for all sections
  • Two livestream videos for Week 7



Producers' Notes

Feel the JOY the music brings!


Thank you for all the warm welcomes! Stepping into this role is not a chore…it’s a joy and privilege. 

 

It was great to have the soloists last night – sure does help us all with the flow. The other thing that will truly help is to follow Mike’s advice to “put down the music."  I’m still working on memorizing some of the lyrics but I have definitely seen the advantage of practicing with just the recordings. I typically start to panic about this time every season and wonder if I’ll really learn all the lyrics and notes, yet somehow it all comes together.

 

Keep practicing, keep smiling, feel the JOY the music brings!



~ Bev

Questions about the season?


Reach out to Bev 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

We're in the home stretch!


Thanks for all your great and continued work everyone. We have just two more rehearsals before our band joins us, and I know we're going to be ready to feel great in that rehearsal.


This week, we're going to try to work through much of our program, ending each with a "memorized" run...not to demonstrate perfection, but to trigger reminders for where we need a little extra time and energy.


So, please do your best to prepare the following, whether it's reviewing some notes with your practice tracks, memorizing words, or listening to our YouTube playlist to try to organize sections in your brain:


  • Turn Around
  • Julian of Norwich
  • You've Got a Friend
  • Try to Remember
  • Ashokan Farewell
  • Every Day is a Day of Thanksgiving


If possible, now is the time where we really need to prioritize being together, in person, for the rest of our rehearsals. Please do your best to be there, and I can't wait to see you all on Tuesday!


~ Mike

And the Concert Color Is...


As Bev revealed during Tuesday's Announcements, any color green is the color for Seasons of Change.


She also outlined the dress code for the concert: Solid black bottom and shoes, a solid green top, scarves/ties. No t-shirts, sleeveless or tank tops, please. View this color chart for ideas.




Online Auction Update


 The auction items are coming in…!


Many thanks to everyone who has already contributed great items including:

  • Music items: Voice lessons, Ukulele lessons, Ukulele Starter Kit, Electronic Keyboard
  • Home baked items: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Carrot Cake, Decadent Chocolate Torte with Raspberries
  • Health & wellness items: Massage, life coaching, recumbent bike
  • Beautiful Mystic-made artwork and unique items for the home
  • Plus: Exclusive house party/concert with Louise Grasmere – featuring new songs from her forthcoming album


Wondering what YOU can contribute? Here's an

auction idea for this week...


Gift Certificates to local shops and restaurants: When you contribute a gift certificate to the Mystic auction, you’re doing TWO great things: First, you support your favorite local shop or restaurant by purchasing a gift certificate, and then you support the Mystic Chorale by donating it to the auction! Gift Certificates have been among our top-performing auction items, often going for above face value! 


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.


Use the Mystic Chorale Auction Donation Form to add your item!


If you have questions, send an email to Auction@mysticchorale.org.

 

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 30, 5:15 p.m.

Woo Ri

Korean fusion cuisine

9 Medford St.

781-648-4781


Woo Ri offers Korean classics such as spicy stews and creative small plates. 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 are offering extra help to their section. This may be extra review sessions and/or other kinds of "helps." You'll find complete details about upcoming pre-rehearsal practice sessions with dates, time and locations on your section resources page.



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 videos, #1 and #2

Week #7: APRIL 23, 2024


Last night, technology failed and technology triumphed.


At 01:26:47, we lost the livestream soon after the chorale began working on Ashokan Farewell. At first, it seemed to Jack and me that the backup link wasn't working. A few minutes later it was.


We were in suspense: Would the backup link produce a recording? I am thrilled to tell you that Ashokan Farewell and Winter Song were recorded in full in the backup. Linda's "just in case" backup strategy saved the day!


Links to all songs rehearsed last night are included below, along with a link to Mike's closing remarks when he shared his goals for the future. I thought singers who could not be with us last night might want to hear them too.


~ Michèle

March 26 Rehearsal Livestream Video

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


Recording #1

00:07:09 - Warm-up

00:22:06 - You've Got a Friend

00:39:40 - Turn, Turn, Turn

00:56:32 - Circle Game

01:28:58 – Announcements


Recording #2 ("Just in case" backup video)

00:00:00 - Ashokan Farewell

00:11:21 - Winter Song

00:26:33 - Mike's closing remarks


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=tVb7i2zJxMo

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


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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