News & Notes #2

March 15, 2024


  • Messages from Mike & our Producers
  • New Singer Reception this week @ 6:30
  • Our first practice audio tracks are here!
  • Last week's rehearsal video

Producers' Notes

What a great way to kickoff our season!


Many thanks to each of the 160+ folks who filled the church and to Mike for sharing his energy to get us all singing the beautiful classic popular songs that will surely move our audience and no doubt have them singing along. Thanks too to our wonderful accompanist Ruth Roper! Let’s keep it up! Practice with the music packets and know that Mike’s working hard on having the audio recordings to us soon.


~Michal


PS: Mike's first 2 audio practice tracks are now available. Scroll down for more details...

Questions about the season?


Reach out to Cassandra & 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

Terrific job last week everyone! It was so exciting being in the room all together for the first time, and making some good progress on our pieces. We’ll get through the rest of them this coming week, and talk a bit more about the flow of the whole program.


More practice resources are on their way to you as quickly as I can finish them…thanks for your patience there! In the meantime, please bring a friend to next rehearsal (or, at the very least, ask one person if they’d like to join with you!), and enjoy these photos of my dog who likes to chew on things! Can’t wait for more next week. You’re off to a great start.


How can you say "NO NO NO" to that face...?!

New Singer Welcome Reception

Next Tuesday

March 19th

6:30-7:20

in the Vestry


All Welcome!


Come one & all to meet our new singers, hear from some of our leaders, and have a chance to ask questions about the Mystic Chorale. A great way to meet new folks, make connections, and build our Mystic community!


Volunteers needed for our next rehearsal


Late Check-in Table - 2 people needed Tuesday, March 19, 7:30-8:00

You'll sit at the back table and welcome singers who arrive late. You will still be able to hear and participate in warm-ups and rehearsal.


How to volunteer:

Email Linda, our Admin. Director/Volunteer Coordinator Admin@mysticchorale.org


Thanks!

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 pm, open to all! A great way to meet other singers in a fun, delicious & smaller setting.

Tuesday, March 19, 5:15 pm

TATTE Bakery & Cafe

645 Mass Ave

781-583-6046

website

This week's host is Paula Tusler.


If you'd like to attend, please let Palua know, so she can give the restaurant an idea of how many to expect. Email Paula: paulaztusler@gmail.com If you're running late, you can review the online menu and call in our 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

Our first 2 practice audio tracks are here!

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


Soprano: Turn, Turn, Turn

Soprano: Turn Around


Alto: Turn, Turn, Turn

Alto: Turn Around


Tenor: Turn, Turn, Turn

Tenor: Turn Around


Bass: Turn, Turn, Turn

Bass: Turn Around


More tracks are coming - keep an eye on the website. 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 #1: MARCH 12, 2024

In this video:

Note: the audio is slightly distorted in the beginning of this video. If the distortion bothers you, drag the cursor forward to about the 2 minute mark.

00:17 - Warm-ups

19:15 - Turn Turn Turn

33:30 - You've Got a Friend

52:15 - Seasons of Love

1:12:00 - Announcements

1:35:20 - Turn Around

1:53:00 - April Come She Will


To find each week's rehearsal video on our website, go to: 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: Cassandra Macias, Michal Regunberg

Rehearsal Set-up: Ann Wynne, Laurie Sherwood, Richard Schmeidler

Rehearsal Sound: Joyce Nichols, Susin James, Brian McGovern

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

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

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


And 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=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 2 rehearsals to sing in the concert. Note: You may count ONE Livestream rehearsal towards your attendance requirement. Sectional counts as make-up for a missed rehearsal.


Sectionals:

Sopranos – Wednesday, April 3, 7:00-7:55

Altos – Wednesday, April 3, 8:00-8:55

Tenors – Wednesday, April 10, 7:00-7:55

Basses – Wednesday, April 10, 8:00-8:55


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

Cary Hall, Lexington, MA


Concert: Tuesday, May 21, Call time 5:00 pm

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!

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