News & Notes #9

May 3, 2024

  • Newsy updates from Mike and our producers
  • New concert all time
  • May 6 & 7 practice sessions: new locations
  • Not signed in for April 30?
  • Check out some new auction items!
  • End of season potluck

Producers' Notes

Think of Fenway Park...

Excuse the baseball analogy but hey, we’re in Boston aren’t we?

We’ve rounded third base and

are headed for home plate.

No overtimes, no time outs.

And the biggest challenge remains for some of us – myself included – memorizing the music and the words. But we’ve got so many

resources on the Mystic website, from watching the videos of rehearsals, the various sectional audio recordings both from Mike, and for altos from Katie Dunton; for sopranos from Cyndy

Balyozian, Jai San Anotonio, and Joyce Nichols; for tenors from George Foote and for basses from Jack Mattson, and there are more pre-rehearsal sessions for the last two weeks of rehearsals (check your section's Resources pages for times and locations).

We can do it, and with enough focus and effort, we can make sure that “Try to Remember” is more than just a song we’re singing, it’s how we make sure we have a great concert!

~ Michal

Questions about the season?

Reach out to Bev and Michal at:

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

Mike's Notes

Thanks for a very productive rehearsal on Tuesday night!

We're in great shape for our concert.

The focus over the next two weeks will be memorization and integrating our band members with our songs. With this in mind, I won't be listing specific songs we're working on each week anymore...we'll try to touch as many songs as we can at next rehearsal. So please focus on songs that seem less familiar to you, and you'll be in great shape.

I'm hoping you might also take 10 minutes before Tuesday to quickly listen to one of our guest artists, Keith Murphy, who made us some recordings of songs we might sing with our audience at the concert. For each of these, you'll join in for the refrain, as will the audience. Could you listen to these when you get a minute? I promise it'll be worth your time...they're great songs!

See you all on Tuesday. I can't wait to bring this concert to life with you!

~ Mike

I Didn't Get a Chance To Sign in on April 30

Where did the sign-in sheets disappear to?

First Parish was ringing with voices by 6:35 p.m. last Tuesday and it was a glorious sound., the very first time all four sections were held simultaneous practice sessions before rehearsal. By the time the sessions ended, singers had just enough time to be in their seats by 7:30 p.m., so many did not have a chance to sign in.

Since I had picked up the sign-in sheets to give Roz shortly after 8 p.m., singers who came by during, or at the end of, rehearsal had no way of letting Roz know they were there.

Now you do: Please send an email to before Tuesday and Roz will mark you present for April 30.

And I promise to leave the sign-in sheets on the table until after rehearsal for May 7 and May 14!

~ Michèle

And the Concert Colors Are...

As Bev revealed during Tuesday's Announcements, blue has been added to the colors for Seasons of Change, in keeping with our season logo.

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

Online Auction Update

Do you have a skill to offer for auction?

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

  • Gift certificates to favorite restaurants and stores: Scutra, Gran Gusto, Quebrada, Vintage Tea & Cake, PlayTime
  • Music items: Handmade thumb piano, group drum workshop with Linda Shoemaker and Liz Penton, 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: Hand-thrown ceramic pot, coiled baskets, crocheted blanket, handmade journals
  • 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...Do you have a skill to share?

Are you (or do you know) a tech wiz? Gardener? Personal organizer? Share your skills with the Mystic community!

Past offerings in the "Services" category have included:

  • 3 hours of Tech support in your home
  • Résumé building session
  • Foot reflexology session
  • Massage therapy session
  • 3 hours of gardening or landscape design
  • Life coaching session

We're still looking for 10 more gift certificates to local restaurants!

What's your favorite spot? Support Mystic and your favorite restaurant by donating a gift certificate to the 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.

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

If you have questions, send an email to


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!

Potluck Celebration!

Save the date!

Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.

First Parish Vestry

Jai Kaur and Ann Wynne are once again coordinating the end-of-season potluck and are seeking volunteers to help set up (6) and to clean up (6). To volunteer, send them an email at

More details to follow at next week's rehearsal.

Be a Mystic Ambassador!

Invite family and friends to spend an evening seeing you sing in a terrific concert! As a Mystic ambassador...

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 received yesterday 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, May 7, 5:15 p.m.


South Asian cuisine

434 Massachusetts Ave.


The new Zomsa Restaurant and Bar features cuisine from Nepal, India and a touch of Tibet. View the menu. It is located across the street from Caffe Nero in Arlington Center. Email Karen: 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.


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.


For when you just want to focus on the words. Get it here:


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 pre-rehearsal practice sessions with dates, times and locations on your section resources page.


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


Practice along with Mike! Grab your music packet and use these audio tracks to practice at home.

Click here:

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 #8: APRIL 30, 2024

April 30 Rehearsal Livestream Video

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

00:07:31 Warm-up

00:20:13 – Turn Around

00:45:15 – Julian of Norwich

00:55:09 – You’ve Got a Friend

01:09:13 – Announcements

01:20:25 – Try To Remember

01:34:23 – Ashokan Farewell

02:00:07 – Every Day Is a Day of Thanksgiving

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

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, 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 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):

Season Info at a Glance

Rehearsals:  10 Tuesdays, March 12 – May 14, 7:30-9:30 pm. First Parish Unitarian, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington, Mass.

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, 7-9:30 p.m.

Cary Hall, Lexington

Concert: Tuesday, May 21; new call time 5:30 p.m.

Cary Hall, Lexington

Concert Attire Colors: green and blue

Where to watch the livestream or rehearsal videos:

See you soon!

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