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  • The Acorn - Special Reminder - Jan 22, 2023
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, Jan 21 2023
    Next Chorus meeting Jan 23 at our regular location Searstone Retirement Community. 7pm to 9:30pm. 

    Special Information:
    • We will be recording our Chorus Singing Valentines video.
    • Our song set will be "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "Story of the Rose". Please brush up on these.
    • Dress code: chorus jeans and shoes, and solid polo/golf shirts in a mix of red, white, pink, and purple/lavender. Color is more important than the shirt's style.
    • If you have a cellphone stand, please bring it!
     
    • Come early at 6:45 and help set up the risers.
    • Agenda for the evening:
      • Story of the Rose
      • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
      • Almost Like Being in Love
      • Ova the Rainbow
      • Desperado
      • You've Got a Friend in Me
      • Here Comes the Sun
      • Ride the Chariot
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound's Weekly Newsletter - Jan 18, 2023
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Jan 18 2023

    1. Notes for this week

    • A different kind of rehearsal was held last Monday evening: sectionals with Lead and Bass, then Lead and Bari, then Lead and Tenor. Good progress was made in locking intervals and chord basics.
      • Followed by a good Afterglow at The Corner Tavern. 
    • Jan 20: Oak City Sound Annual Banquet, aka Installation Banquet. 6pm at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church; 100 S Judd Pkwy SE, Fuquay Varina, NC  27526. Contact Gary Thorn to attend.
      • Followed by an Afterglow, location TBA.
    • Jan 21: Carolinas District Leadership Academy (aka COTS School). A very good program for improving your Chorus leadership and administration knowledge and skills. It's a zoom call. Registration is free.. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nsc-virtual-leadership-academy-2023-registration-499002789777
    • Jan 23 - Next Chorus meeting, at our regular location Searstone Retirement Community. 7pm to 9:30pm. Special Information:
      • We will be recording our Chorus Singing Valentines video.
      • Our song set will be "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "Story of the Rose". Please brush up on these.
      • Dress code: chorus jeans and shoes, and solid polo/golf shirts in a mix of red, white, pink, and purple/lavender.
      • If you have a cellphone stand, please bring it!
      • Come early and help set up the risers.
      • Agenda for the evening:
        • Story of the Rose
        • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
        • Almost Like Being in Love
        • Ova the Rainbow
        • Desperado
        • You've Got a Friend in Me
        • Here Comes the Sun
        • Ride the Chariot
    • New Music: Ready for download from the web site:
      • The revised sheet music in the right key (Eb) for "You've Got a Friend in Me", so we now have sheet music to match the tracks. Please discard your previous Ab version immediately..

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Keep building on the great, round, full supported sound we all enjoyed on Monday night!
    • Don't worry about singing too loud, as long as you continue listening for the voices around you.
    • Never sing louder than beautiful!

    3. Ben's Buzz

    10 Steps to a Note,

    Step 1 - Hear a Pitch. Covered on Nov 25. Click here

    Step 2 - Find Your Note. Covered on Nov 30. Click here

    Step 3 - Part 1: Check Your Posture, Basic Stance. Covered on Dec 7. Click here

    Step 3 - Part 2: Check Your Posture, Balance. Covered on Dec 14. Click here

    This week ....

    Step 3 - Part 3: Check Your Posture 

    • It’s important that your back be straight and your spine vertical. No slouching!
    • Your chest will be high and your shoulders back.
    • The best way to test this is to first bend over and touch your toes, at least the best you can, then slowly, on a 10-count, roll your back into an upright position, placing one vertebra on top of the one below, one at a time. Take a good cleansing breathe when you’re done with that.
    • Next, stretch both arms over your head and slowly lower them sideways down beside your body, leaving your shoulders in place and your chest lifted.
    • Bend your elbows about 40 degrees allowing your hands to comfortably position in front of your hips. This will allow for more free movement while you sing (as will those bent knees).
    • Double-check the lower half of your body and the angle of your chin.
    • You’re all set. Of course, you won't have time to do all those steps and do all those motions on the risers during a concert, so you need to practice and get to know the feeling of good posture, then bring it to the concert. That whole process is step 3 of the 10-steps to a note,

    4. Future Notes

    • Still working with Cambridge Village Retirement Center in Apex to schedule a concert sometime between Feb - April. Stay tuned.
    • February 12 to 14 - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.
      • Think about how maybe you can help out in the planning and management of this little enterprise!
    • March 10 and 11, 2023: Carolinas District Spring Convention in Spartanburg, SC. 
      • Our contest song set: Almost Like Being in Love and Ova the Rainbow.
      • As of Jan 18, registration web site is not yet open.

    5. Long Range

    • March 20 - Our next guest night. Our focus will be on reaching out to the Hispanic community. 
    • August 4 to 6, 2023. At Clemson University Campus in Clemson, SC. The Carolinas District is now partnering with the Dixie District to run a single Harmony Education Program ("HEP") in the summer for both NSC and DIX districts. This tot fab educational weekend will be held at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Absolutely top-tier faculty is assembled for this training event. I can personally attest that this is a GREAT weekend of singing education, for individual singers, quartets, entire choruses, and chorus directors. Pencil this weekend into your calendar for now. Over the winter, we as a chorus will develop plans, as appropriate and beneficial, to attend this, if possible.
    • October 2023 - Carolinas District leadership has decided to permanently eliminate the Fall Convention and Contest, going forward. 

    6. Champagne Room

    • At last weekend's North Carolina Harmony Brigade, our own Sean Li was voted by the participants as the one that all most enjoyed singing with.  Thus, Sean captured the premier honor at Brigade, even though it was his first ever Brigade. Congratulations Sean!
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound's Weekly Newsletter - Jan 11, 2023
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Jan 10 2023

    1. Notes for this week

    • Greetings and Happy New Year! The Acorn is back after a well-deserved vacation in warmer climes.
    • A very fine rehearsal last Monday evening. It was our first meeting after Christmas break since our performance at Springmoor on Dec 19.
      • Followed by a good Afterglow at The Corner Tavern. UGA was already up 38-7 by the time we arrived, so with the game aready decided, it did not interfere with the usual banter and socialization.
    • Our new later stop time on Monday nights might make us run too late at The Corner Tavern to order food, as their kitchen closes at 10. They have agreed to receive our food orders from any of us over the phone so it can be ready when we arrive. I suggest that you enter their phone number 919-460-0088 into your phone directory with the link to their menu: https://www.seamless.com/menu/the-corner-tavern-and-grill-1301-nw-maynard-rd-cary/370117?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=place-action-link
    • Jan 16 - Next Chorus meeting, at our regular location Searstone Retirement Community. 7pm to 9:30pm. 
    • New Music: Ready for download from the web site:
      • Desperado (Eagles), Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), Honesty (Billy Joel), and You've Got A Friend In Me (Randy Newman - Toy Story). 
      • Don't spend time on the intro to Desperado as we will probably drop it. 
      • Larry has uploaded the revised sheet music for "You've Got a Friend in Me" in the men's key, so we now have sheet music to match the tracks. Those who already printed the sheet music in the mixed voice key will need to print it in the new key so that the notes match what they are hearing on the tracks.
     

    2. Carol's Korner

    • We have begun some great work on creating more tone and, therefore, more ringing chords! Please keep working on singing from vowel to vowel instead of consonant to consonant.
    • Think about the great sounds and smooth lines we created in the first 6 bars of "You've Got a Friend in Me" (it was like WOW - Ed.) and work on replicating that physical sensation and sound for every song we sing. This approach will be especially helpful for the introductory verse for "Ova the Wainbow".
    • As we did on Monday night, whenever we sing together, choose someone whose voice you will be listening for as you sing. This will really help you to work toward the ideal of "listening louder than you sing" and will lead to us consistently singing like a chorus instead of a bunch of individual singers.
    • Also, remember what a HUGE change occurred on Monday night when we all eliminated the L in "Ah-most Like Being in Love." What a BIG difference removing one consonant can make in bringing your sound forward and getting it out of your throat! Let's build on that!!

    3. Ben's Buzz

    10 Steps to a Note,

    Step 1 - Hear a Pitch. Covered on Nov 25. Click here

    Step 2 - Find Your Note. Covered on Nov 30. Click here

    Step 3 - Check Your Posture. Covered on Dec 7. Click here

    We learned that the 3rd step in the 10-steps to a note is to check your posture. We started by talking about chin position. What else you’re checking is that you …

    Step 4: 

    • Stand conformably with your feet about shoulder width apart. 
    • One foot should be slightly in front of the other.  Some disagree on which foot should be in front, although from what I observe, that’s mostly a question related to performance rather than singing or music.  In fact, I’ll switch which foot is in front during the performance from time to time related to choreography or depending on where I am on the risers. It’s a consideration of balance, comfort, and what the audience sees.  
    • Your weight should be slightly more on the balls of your feet rather than the heels – and on the risers you should “hang 10” your toes which, at least from the forward foot, should be slightly hanging over the front of the riser (and those on the floor should have 6-8 inches between the back of the leg and the riser).
    • Bend your knees slightly and tuck your butt gently. The bottom part of your pelvic region will be rolled slightly forward of the upper part, as if you’re lightly resting on the edge of a stool.
    • Getting this lower part of the posture right will provide good balance and a solid foundation for your core and upper body, which we’ll address in the next buzz.

    4. Future Notes

    • We have been contacted by Cambridge Village Retirement Center in Apex, whose Activities Director attended our concert at Glenaire last month -- she liked us so much that we are about to be scheduled for a concert at Cambridge somewhere between Feb - April. Stay tuned.
    • February 12 to 14 - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.
      • Think about how maybe you can help out in the planning and management of this little enterprise!

    5. Long Range

    • March 10 and 11, 2023: Carolinas District Spring Convention in Spartanburg, SC.
    • March 20 - CHANGE Our next guest night. Our focus will be on reaching out to the Hispanic community. 
    • August 4 to 6, 2023. At Clemson University Campus in Clemson, SC. The Carolinas District is now partnering with the Dixie District to run a single Harmony Education Program ("HEP") in the summer for both NSC and DIX districts. This tot fab educational weekend will be held at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Absolutely top-tier faculty is assembled for this training event. I can attest that this is a GREAT weekend of singing education, for individual singers, quartets, entire choruses, and chorus directors. Pencil this weekend into your calendar for now. Over the winter, we as a chorus will develop plans, as appropriate and beneficial, to attend this, if possible.
    • October 2023 - Carolinas District leadership has decided to permanently eliminate the Fall Convention and Contest, going forward. 

    6. Champagne Room

    • Congratulations to Russ Johnston who has marked his 39th year as a SPEBSQSA/BHS Member.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound's Weekly Newsletter - Dec 13, 2023
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Dec 13 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Another great performance at Glenaire this past Monday. I believe that there were 19 singers on the risers.
      • Followed by a very fine Afterglow at The Corner Tavern, attended by 12. Over 60%!
    • We look forward to the last in our series of Christmas concerts. Vern Pike will send out complete details on the gig.
      • Dec 19: Monday evening, Christmas Show at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh. Call time is 6:15pm, Performance at 7pm.
    • Dec 26 - No chorus meeting.
    • Jan 2 - No chorus meeting.
    • Jan 9 - Next Chorus meeting, at our regular location Searstone Retirement Community. New Monday Schedule! Going forward, our regular Monday schedule will run from 7pm to 9:30pm. 
    • New Music: The MuComm has been hard at work preparing 4 new songs for us to start on for 2023. The tracks and score are located in our on-line Songs library. Download them now and get busy! See Mike Muha's email for details.
      • Desperado (Eagles), Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), Honesty (Billy Joel), and You've Got A Friend In Me (Randy Newman - Toy Story). 
      • Don't spend time on the intro to Desperado as we will probably drop it. 
      • Take on You've Got a Friend in Me last as we're going to raise the key maybe two steps!
    • No Acorn for the next few weeks.
     

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Congratulations on another very good performance this week! The folks at Glenaire loved us, and want us to come back!
    • It's already been said, but ENORMOUS credit goes to Mike Muha for the million little things he put together to make Tuesday night's show a success. Mike, we see you and appreciate you so much!! 
    • Please keep looking at your music and going over your words and notes so that I can dial back on the on-stage charades to get us through the wordier songs. And keep gliding on the vowels so we achieve a smoother sound.

    3. Ben's Buzz

    10 Steps to a Note,

    Step 1 - Hear a Pitch. Covered on Nov 25. Click here

    Step 2 - Find Your Note. Covered on Nov 30. Click here

    Step 3 - Check Your Posture. Covered on Dec 7. Click here.

    Ben's Buzz column will resume after the Holidays!

    4. Future Notes

    • January 30 - Our next guest night. Our focus will be on reaching out to the Hispanic community. 
    • February 12 to 14 - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.
      • Think about how maybe you can help out in the planning and management of this little enterprise!

    5. Long Range

    • March 10 and 11, 2023: Carolinas District Spring Convention in Spartanburg, SC.
    • August 4 to 6, 2023. At Clemson University Campus in Clemson, SC. The Carolinas District is now partnering with the Dixie District to run a single Harmony Education Program ("HEP") in the summer for both NSC and DIX districts. This tot fab educational weekend will be held at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Absolutely top-tier faculty is assembled for this training event. I can attest that this is a GREAT weekend of singing education, for individual singers, quartets, entire choruses, and chorus directors. Pencil this weekend into your calendar for now. Over the winter, we as a chorus will develop plans, as appropriate and beneficial, to attend this, if possible.
    • October 2023 - Carolinas District leadership has decided to permanently eliminate the Fall Convention and Contest, going forward. 

    6. Champagne Room

    • Congratulations to all Oak City Sound members for having taken on the busiest Christmas season we've seen in many years.
    • OCS is back up to 20 on the risers for our concerts. A few more will rejoin us after the Christmas season.
    • Many thanks to Mike Muha and Carol Stephenson for putting together a fun Christmas show set for OCS.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound's Weekly Newsletter - Dec 7, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Dec 7 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Great week of performances!
      • Good turnout for the Holly Springs Christmas Tree LIghting on Dec 1. Thanks for braving the bitter cold!
      • Good solid performance at Searstone on Monday, Dec 5. Lots of good comments from the audience afterwards.
      • Great performance from all 20 singers at our (hopefully revitalized  annual) Christmas concert at Cary Arts Center this past Tuesday evening. Lots of good comments from the audience afterwards.
      • Many thanks to Mike Muha for designing an excellent program! He put in a TON of hours planning, detailing, and revising.
      • Thanks to Carol Stephenson, not only a for a great job as Director, but as Guest Soloist!
      • Thanks to our guest quartets: Never Home 4 and 7th Dimension 
      • We had several of our Heart of Carolina friends in the audience at the CAC show on Tuesday evening, who also  joined us for the Afterglow.
    • Tuesday evening's afterglow plan wasn't so hot. In fact, there was no plan at all. Didn't think we'd need one. [Note taken!] Yours truly did not know that Mac's would have a rock band and karaoke on a Tuesday night!  Then when we got to The Corner Tavern, the kitchen was already closed. Thanks to all for patience and flexibility. But we had a great time there anyway, with many visitors in our party of 16, and the timely arrival of a couple of Papa John's best products.
    • We continue with our series of Christmas concerts. Vern Pike will send out complete details on each of the events.
      • Dec 12: Monday evening, Christmas Show at Glenaire.
      • Dec 19: Monday evening, Christmas Show at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh.
    • Dec 26 - No chorus meeting.
    • Jan 2 - No chorus meeting.
    • Jan 9 - Next Chorus meeting, at our regular location Searstone Retirement Community. The Board, at the request of the MuComm, is considering extending our normal Monday session to be 7pm to 9:30pm. The Board is meeting next Monday, so if you have input on this topic, please send your thoughts to Gary Thorn.
     

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Congratulations on 3 great performances this week! The folks at Searstone loved us and we had a very engaged and responsive audience at Cary Arts Center as well. We may have all of this down to a science by the time we get to Springmoor on the 19th!
    • It's already been said, but ENORMOUS credit goes to Mike Muha for the million little things he put together to make Tuesday night's show a success. Mike, we see you and appreciate you so much!! 
    • Please keep looking at your music and going over your words and notes so that I can dial back on the on-stage charades to get us through the wordier songs. And keep gliding on the vowels so we achieve a smoother sound.
    • Mike and I will have some new songs selected and available on our website very soon. Be on the lookout!

    3. Ben's Buzz

    10 Steps to a Note,

    Step 1 - Hear a Pitch. Covered on Nov 25. Click here

    Step 2 - Find Your Note. Covered on Nov 30. Click here


    Step 3 - Check Your Posture

    The third step is to do a quick check on your posture. Brian, our gold medalist friend, says that the most important part is to not raise your chin. Relaxing your head slightly down, just a couple of degrees. This prevents you from stretching the muscle under your chin, allowing an easy execution of the notes. Often people will begin to raise their chin as they sing higher notes. It’s also tempting to drop the chin too much for those low notes.  Don’t be enticed either way!  Stretch the back of your neck to help keep your chin in place as your tune rises into the stratosphere or to the lower depths of the soul.  

    As to the rest of your posture, there are several considerations, some that affect your chin position as well, so we’ll take a short break from the 10-steps-to-a-note and talk a bit about posture over the next couple of buzzes.

    .4. Future Notes
    • January 30 - Our next guest night. More details to come in January.

    5. Long Range

    • February - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.
      • Think about how maybe you can help out in the planning and management of this little enterprise!
    • March 10 and 11, 2023: Carolinas District Spring Convention in Spartanburg, SC

    6. Champagne Room

    • Congratulations to all Oak City Sound members for taking on the busiest Christmas season we've seen in many years.
    • OCS is back up to 20 on the risers for our concerts, plus a few more to rejoin us after the Christmas season.
    • Many thanks to Mike Muha and Carol Stephenson for putting together a fun Christmas show set for OCS.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound's Weekly Newsletter - Nov 30, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Nov 30 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • 20 singers on the risers last Monday night! 
    • Great afterglow at The Corner Tavern. 
    • We begin our series of Christmas concerts. Vern Pike will send out complete details on each of the events.
    • Dec 26 - No chorus meeting.
    • Jan 2 - No chorus meeting.
    • Jan 9 - Next Chorus meeting, at our regular location Searstone Retirement Community.
     

    2. Carol's Korner

    • It's GO TIME! We still have words to nail down, some timing to clear up, and some notes to tune up, but when we get in front of an audience, we need to prioritize having fun so that they can, too!
    • By all means, keep working on the details before we get on stage, but remember we are here to have a good time and share that with others.

      Let's go out there and get everyone into the holiday spirit!

    3. Ben's Buzz

    10 Steps to a Note, Part 2

    Step 1 - Hear a Pitch. Covered on Nov 25 at https://www.oakcitysound.org/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=uploads&id=71876

    Step 2 - Find Your Note

     
    The last buzz covered the first of 10 Steps to a Note, which is to Hear a Pitch by actively listening. The second step, like the first, is done internally - silently - Find Your Note

    Seldom is our first sound the same as the note blown on the pitch pipe, so we have to find our note from the pitch we hear. An effective way to find your starting note is simply to mentally move up or down the scale do-re-mi style from the pitchpipe note until you reach your note. It’s accurate, and it’s how the professionals do it - they just do it very quickly. Sometimes, your note will just “come to you”, although it’s easy to be slightly off pitch, so use the TE Tuner to practice!  We can also do scale exercises during warm-ups, such as blow a pitch and then sing the 3rd or 5th or … Great practice!

    .4. Future Notes
    • January 30 - Our next guest night. More details to come in January.

    5. Long Range

    • February - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.
    • March 10 and 11, 2023: Carolinas District Spring Convention in Spartanburg, SC

    6. Champagne Room

    • Congratulations to all Oak City Sound members for taking on the busiest Christmas season we've seen in many years.
    • OCS is back up to 20 on the risers for our concerts, plus a few more to rejoin us after the Christmas season.
    • Many thanks to Mike Muha and Carol Stephenson for putting together a fun Christmas show set for OCS.
    • Many thanks to Tim Kinsey for running a very successful Football Game Concession program this Fall; as well as to all those that gave up huge chunks of time to work the booth!
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound's Weekly Newsletter - Nov 25, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, Nov 25 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • It was a good rehearsal last Monday evening - 18 singers present.
    • We were happy to receive the following Visitors:
      • First-time visitor Gene X.
      • Long time RTP Member Bill Andrusic back for his second week!
      • Gene X's sister Mara
    • Next Monday, November 28, we have our usual rehearsal at Searstone at 6:30 (Note the early start time!).
      • We'll continue to work Christmas rep. By now, all songs must be memorized and we should be off-spots!
      • Memorize, memorize, memorize!
    • Christmas Show Important Info:
     

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Keep drilling those lyrics so that they become second nature. If you think about the progression of the story of the song, it will help you string the right words together. One trick you might try to help with memorization: write down the words...with a pencil and paper. When you are able to write without pausing, you know the words.
    • Think through the presentation elements we added last week so they don't distract you from singing well. And have fun doing it!
    • Think back to how you heard me sing "Winter Wonderland" in rehearsal on Monday and work on applying that to your singing. Smooth, connected, vowel led, consonants forward and precise.
    • All of the notes from the first run-through still apply. Please read back through those notes.
    • I want to be able to go through the whole show (chorus numbers) multiple times on Monday night, including adding in the new presentation elements. Let's all come fully prepared to perform!

    3. Ben's Buzz

    In then last buzz ( https://www.oakcitysound.org/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=uploads&id=71685),  I mentioned that working on good breathing also sets you up to support your sound well.  Think about that - practice a bit and see how following those tips also helps with your posture and begins to use “the whole instrument”, your body, to produce your music.

    Brian Beck, a former Sound of the Rockies member, is the only person I’ve met (there may be more) that has a international gold medals singing each of the four barbershop parts.  What an accomplishment!  He taught us his process, a process he called 10-steps to a note.  They are each simple, yet more than one step are often overlooked.  Here’s the first step. 

    Step 1 - Hear a Pitch
    Often we use a pitchpipe, although it could be a piano, bell, or the final note of the previous song.  This is something we do mentally, not out loud.  It’s active listening.  Many singers don’t actively listen. After all, how easy is it to get distracted in the moment? 

    Brian writes:  “Textbooks say that if you think you have an ear, you need to be able to discern and discriminate pitch to within two cycles (Hertz). This is a mental step; don’t practice out loud. Listen more closely and discern the exact frequency. The textbooks say that you should be able to discern two cycles. Get it down to about a half a cycle.”

    Have some fun … There is an app for that!  Download TE Tuner to your smartphone or tablet. Read the background and instructions and listen to some pitches, or use a pitchpipe. Mentally focus on the pitch - actively listen.  Then try to match the pitch and the TE Tuner will show you how close you are to the pitch - you can see sharps, flats, even the cycles, and this is shown in real-time for the entire duration of your sound.  Try to keep TE Tuner in the green!

    We’ll look at the other nine steps in buzzes to come!
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    4. Future Notes

    • Dec 1: Outdoors singout at Holly Springs' Christmas Tree Lighting. Details:
      • Location: Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs, NC 27540
      • Show up time is 4:30. We will perform in the 5-6 pm hour. Never Home 4 will sing several songs as well.
    • Dec 5: Show, a Monday evening Christmas Concert at Searstone.
    • Dec 6: Show, a Tuesday evening. We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   
    • Dec 12: Christmas Show at Glenaire! On a Monday evening. Show up time will be 6:15, and concert starts at 7pm.
    • Dec 19: Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. On a Monday evening. Show up time will be 6:15, and concert starts at 7pm.
    • Dec 26 - No chorus meeting
    • Jan 2 - No chorus meeting

    5. Long Range

    • January 30 - Our next guest night. More details to come..
    • February - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.
    • March 10 and 11, 2023: Carolinas District Spring Convention in Spartanburg, SC

    6. Champagne Room

    • We are so happy to see Bill Andrusic back with us on the risers! A great contributor to our baritone section. And I should know since I stood right in front of him on the risers this past Monday.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - Nov 17, 2022 Upd 11/18/22
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Nov 17 2022

    0. Late Updates

    Carol's Korner section is all rewritten. Read it now!

    1. Notes for this week

    • The last NCSU Football game concession was held on Saturday, November 12,. Thanks to all who' ve worked on this important fundraiser. The revenue we accrue from this activity will be posted to our account in January 2023, in case you're wondering.
    • Next Monday, November 21, we have our usual rehearsal at Searstone at 7pm.
      • We'll continue to work Christmas rep. By now, all songs should be memorized and we should be off-spots!
      • Memorize, memorize, memorize!
    • The monthly board meeting was held last Monday Nov 14. 
    • Christmas Show Important Info:
      • This week is your last chance to sell program ads for our Dec 6 Show at Cary Arts Center. Have you approached at least one person, organization, or business to sell the Ad to? All sales have to be turned in by mid-November!
      • If you have people you would like to invite to the concert and want a digital version of our poster to send to them, feel free to download the poster at https://www.oakcitysound.org/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=uploads&id=71501 
      • Additionally, tickets can be purchased online using the following link:
    • John Adams - Funeral was held last Saturday, November 12, in Chapel Hill. Many members of OCS and HCA were in attendance to pay final respects to John's family. John Adams was a pillar of the Barbershop Society. We will miss him! 

    2. Carol's Korner

    Reiteration of Monday night's runthrough:
    • We all still have a lot of work to do on memorization and some notes.
    • It's the Most Wonderful Time - feel this in 2 big beats per measure and keep soaring on the vowels so the consonants don't bog us down - basses sing like tenors, and everyone else come from the top side of every entrance to keep it light and bright.
    • Songs of Christmas - pretty good overall - be careful not to oversing - always listen louder than you sing.
    • Carol of the Bells - this was one of our better songs - sing in 4 bar phrases and plan with your fellow section members about who will breathe when, or at least be aware of when you feel another person is about to sing (you will hear it in the sound they are making) and catch a breath before or after they do.
    • Jingle Bell Rock - we all know this pretty well - remember to keep the "ng" sound soft and glide into the next word or syllable instead of punching it.
    • Merry Christmas, Darling - this is coming along - Nic will be directing this as I sing it on the show, so we will try singing under his direction on Monday - please check through all of your notes on this as some spots are iffy.
    • It's a Hanukkah Song - I plan for us to have a lot of fun with this one, so complete memorization is vital - we will add a few more presentation items on Monday so be ready.
    • Winter Wonderland - keep this light and fun - glide from vowel to vowel and keep the consonants precise and crisp.
    • We Need a Little Christmas - HAAAA LAAAAA UTHAAAA HAAAA LEE - Start slow and build the speed and energy as we go through the song - there will be a few presentation elements added here, too.
    • All I Want for Christmas - Sean sets us up well with a great opening solo - let's learn the words and structure of the song so we can take his lead and run with it - Sean takes the solo back for "is you" at the end - leads move to either tenor or bari.
    • White Christmas - flow is so important in making this song shine - this could be our best song in the show - sing your best and stay on the long open vowels longer than you can.
    • It Came/Silent Night - flow, simplicity, and clarity are essential here as well - 4 bar phrases throughout.

      I want to be able to go through the whole show twice on Monday night, including adding in the new presentation elements. Let's all come fully prepared to perform!

    3. Ben's Buzz

    Same as last week. Why? Because we haven't mastered it yet!

    Breathing buzz part 3 …
    Breathe silently. When the audience hears breathing, whether slow breaths during rests or gasps anywhere, it interferes with the music. Breathe silently.

    Two key things to do this:
    First, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Many people breathe in through their mouth, especially for gasping air. To make it worse, a wide mouth, like you use in a grin, increases the noise of the air intake. Yuk. Listen to your breathing in a recording sometime. 

    Second, pull in air using your diaphragm. Your chest and shoulders shouldn’t really move when you breathe in. Your stomach area should grow, and more than that, your whole middle section should expand all the way around. 

    Here’s an exercise:
    Lean against a wall with your feet several inches from the wall, using good posture. Now breathe in deeply through your nose, mouth open or closed, and notice your belly growing. Also feel your back press slightly toward the wall. You can also feel your “back breathing” by putting your hands on your lower back while you breathe. This gets the air all the way down to the bottom of your lungs (remember the last buzz? See https://www.oakcitysound.org/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=uploads&id=71203 )

    Doing just these two things will lead to quieter breathing and also set you up to better support your sound.
    .

    4. Future Notes

    • Dec 5: Show, a Monday evening Christmas Concert at Searstone.
    • Dec 6: Show, a Tuesday evening. We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   
      • We will need to sell tickets and Ads. Last week, Mike emailed to all of us a summary of what you need to know regarding Ad sales. He mentioned Monday evening that we are not married to a particular pricing structure, so be inventive! If each one of us sold a single Ad, it would bring in more revenue than the entire revenue from our last concert. Just do it! 
      • Christmas Vignettes: As part of the Christmas Show, we will again offer our audience personal stories regarding Christmas. This has been well received by both the chorus members AND the audience. Mike keeps asking for these .... so please create one from your holiday memories THIS WEEK and send it to him. A photo or two to go along with the story would be helpful. 
    • Dec 12: Christmas Show at Glenaire! On a Monday evening. Show up time will be 6:15, and concert starts at 7pm.
    • Dec 19: Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. On a Monday evening. Show up time will be 6:15, and concert starts at 7pm.
    • Dec 26 - No chorus meeting
    • Jan 2 - No chorus meeting

    5. Long Range

    • January 30 - Our next guest night. More details to come..
    • February - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.
    • March 10 and 11, 2023: Carolinas District Spring Convention in Spartanburg, SC

    6. Champagne Room

    • Last Saturday, Warren Fuson and Nic Cols participated in a memorial quartet (with former OCS/General Assembly members Larry Triplett and Jason Patrick) to sing at John Adams' Memorial Service. We sang Jim Clancy's arrangement of the Our Father hymn. It was both sad and joyous. Sad, because we will miss John,. But joyous, since his kids recounted several times all the Barbershop conventions and contests and shows that they attended in their growing up years "... with their Dad" and considered it very fitting that a Barbershop hymn was included in his final service. We all think John was there, as well, singing the high overtones that he so enjoyed throughout his life.
  • The Acorn - Weekly Bulletin for Oak City Sound - Nov 10, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Nov 9 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Next and last NCSU Football game concession is Saturday, November 12, with a 1pm show-up time. Kickoff time is 3:30pm. See Tim Kinsey for parking passes and details.
    • Next Monday, November 14, we have our usual rehearsal at Searstone at 7pm.
      • We'll continue to work Christmas rep. By now, all songs should be memorized and we should be off-spots!
      • Memorize, memorize, memorize!
    • Board Members:  Next board meeting is on Monday Nov 14 at 6:00.
    • Christmas Show Important Info:
      • This week is your last chance to sell program ads for our Dec 6 Show at Cary Arts Center? Have you approached at least one person, organization, or business to sell the Ad to? All sales have to be turned in by mid-November!
      • If you have people you would like to invite to the concert and want a digital version of our poster to send to them, feel free to download the poster at https://www.oakcitysound.org/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=uploads&id=71501 
      • Additionally, tickets can be purchased online using the following link:
    • John Adams - Funeral arrangements:
      • November 12, 2022  @ 11 AM
        University United Methodist Church
        150 E Franklin Ave
        Chapel Hill, NC  27514 

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Challenge yourself to come to Monday's rehearsal and sing through our concert repertoire without music in your hands. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how much of the music you DO know, and it will make it very clear what music you DON'T know. We have only 3 rehearsals left before we are performing for an audience. We all need to be comfortably off paper so we can work on presentation.
    • Work toward consistency in applying "The R Rule" to all of our songs. Every. Time. For those who have not been paying attention, "The R Rule" is: Unless R is the initial letter in the word (such as Ride or Reindeer) DO NOT SING IT. If it is an R sound connecting one syllable to another, either sing it by flipping the tip of your tongue up behind your top teeth to make a sound more similar to D, or keep the tip of your tongue down behind your bottom teeth to make a modified R sound. At all times, avoid the urge to point your tongue up in the middle of your mouth and sing like a drunken pirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrate!! 
    • Remember that good singing diction consists of clear, crisp consonants and clean, pure vowels. 99.9% of our singing time should be dedicated to vowel sounds. The consonants are a tiny disruption to the line of vowels that is the icing on the cake.

    3. Ben's Buzz

    Breathing buzz part 3 …
    Breathe silently. When the audience hears breathing, whether slow breaths during rests or gasps anywhere, it interferes with the music. Breathe silently.

    Two key things to do this:
    First, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Many people breathe in through their mouth, especially for gasping air. To make it worse, a wide mouth, like you use in a grin, increases the noise of the air intake. Yuk. Listen to your breathing in a recording sometime. 

    Second, pull in air using your diaphragm. Your chest and shoulders shouldn’t really move when you breathe in. Your stomach area should grow, and more than that, your whole middle section should expand all the way around. 

    Here’s an exercise:
    Lean against a wall with your feet several inches from the wall, using good posture. Now breathe in deeply through your nose, mouth open or closed, and notice your belly growing. Also feel your back press slightly toward the wall. You can also feel your “back breathing” by putting your hands on your lower back while you breathe. This gets the air all the way down to the bottom of your lungs (remember the last buzz? See https://www.oakcitysound.org/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=uploads&id=71203 )

    Doing just these two things will lead to quieter breathing and also set you up to better support your sound.
    .

    4. Future Notes

    • Dec 5: Show, a Monday evening Christmas Concert at Searstone.
    • Dec 6: Show, a Tuesday evening. We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   
      • We will need to sell tickets and Ads. Last week, Mike emailed to all of us a summary of what you need to know regarding Ad sales. He mentioned Monday evening that we are not married to a particular pricing structure, so be inventive! If each one of us sold a single Ad, it would bring in more revenue than the entire revenue from our last concert. Just do it! 
      • Christmas Vignettes: As part of the Christmas Show, we will again offer our audience personal stories regarding Christmas. This has been well received by both the chorus members AND the audience. Mike keeps asking for these .... so please create one from your holiday memories THIS WEEK and send it to him. A photo or two to go along with the story would be helpful. 
    • Dec 12: Christmas Show at Glenaire! On a Monday evening. Show up time will be 6:15, and concert starts at 7pm.
    • Dec 19: Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. On a Monday evening. Show up time will be 6:15, and concert starts at 7pm.
    • And THAT! gentlemen and gentle lady, is an example of a full Christmas Season calendar. So many of us are also so busy with Church choirs and other family activities. It's a very busy time of year for singers, so we should thank each other for each's time, dedication, vitality, and enthusiasm in supporting the Oak City Sound at this time.

    5. Long Range

    • January - start counting on having a guest night in late January.
    • February - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.

    6. Champagne Room

    • Any good singing or personal stories????
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - Nov 2, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Nov 2 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's rehearsal at Searstone was well attended.
      • Because of the rain, the Afterglow, held back at our usual location Corner Tavern, had a smaller crowd than usual. However, entuhsiasm and camaraderie were not at all diminished! All 4 parts were represented and we managed a good rendition of "Last Night Alone" for the huge crowd there.
    • A person in the audience at our Glenaire concert last week was very impressed with our performance, and wants to book us for a concert early in 1Q2023.
    • Next NCSU Football game concession is Saturday, November 5, with a 5pm show-up time. Kickoff time is 8pm. See Tim Kinsey for parking passes and details.
    • Next Monday, November 7, we have our usual rehearsal at Searstone at 7pm.
      • We'll be working Christmas rep. By now, all songs should be memorized and we should be off-spots!
    • Have you downloaded the form for selling program ads for our Dec 6 Show at Cary Arts Center? Have you approached at least one person, organization, or business to sell the Ad to? All sales have to be turned in by mid-November!

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Work toward consistency in applying "The R Rule" to all of our songs. Every. Time. For those who have not been paying attention, "The R Rule" is: Unless R is the initial letter in the word (such as Ride or Reindeer) DO NOT SING IT. If it is an R sound connecting one syllable to another, either sing it by flipping the tip of your tongue up behind your top teeth to make a sound more similar to D, or keep the tip of your tongue down behind your bottom teeth to make a modified R sound. At all times, avoid the urge to point your tongue up in the middle of your mouth and sing like a drunken pirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrate!! 
    • The more time you are committed to singing with the tip of your tongue resting behind your bottom teeth, the freer your whole singing process will be and the more flexible and beautiful your voice will be!
    • Remember that good singing diction consists of clear, crisp consonants and clean, pure vowels. 99.9% of our singing time should be dedicated to vowel sounds. The consonants are a tiny disruption to the line of vowels that is the icing on the cake.

    3. Ben's Buzz

    Breathing buzz part 2 …
    Occasionally I will hiccup while I’m singing. Not loud, just silent, yet it ruins the flow of the musical line. It turns out that the hiccup is caused by stale air stuck in the bottom of my lungs. That is also one of the causes of yawning. The air goes bad because I don’t use all of my air or get rid of it. Rather, I sometimes take several short breaths, even gasps, to keep singing along. Then my body gets me back - Hiccup! 

    The best time to get rid of the air is between songs and especially as the pitch is being blown - Expel all the air and then tank up. Another way is to use up all of your air singing an arc of the phrase of a song, which also helps with that connected legato wall of sound we’re often hearing about.

    A great exercise for this is to breath in deeply on 2 or 4 counts, then use the air making an “s” sound - sssssss - for 4, 8, 12, and even 16 counts. At the end of the “s” counts, use “sh” to quickly force out all of then air left. In the next Ben's Buzz I’ll talk about how to do this silently while in concert. 
    .

    4. Future Notes

    • Saturday November 5 is our next (#6 of 7) football concession session at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that a volunteer does not have to be a chapter members to work the concession. Family and friends can help out, too.
      • Tim will provide more details as we approach each date. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire remaining schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Nov  5 - Report at 5:00pm, kickoff at 8pm
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • John Adams - We are all saddened to hear that John Adams has passed away in early September this year.  John was a long time member of the RTP Chapter.  We have just learned of John's Funeral arrangements:
      • John Adams Funeral:
        November 12, 2022  @ 11 AM
        University United Methodist Church
        150 E Franklin Ave
        Chapel Hill, NC  27514 

    5. Long Range

    • Christmas Season:
      • Dec 5: Show, a Monday evening Christmas Concert at Searstone.
      • Dec 6: Show, a Tuesday evening. We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   
        • We will need to sell tickets and Ads. Last week, Mike emailed to all of us a summary of what you need to know regarding Ad sales. He mentioned Monday evening that we are not married to a particular pricing structure, so be inventive! If each one of us sold a single Ad, it would bring in more revenue than the entire revenue from our last concert. Just do it! 
        • Christmas Vignettes: As part of the Christmas Show, we will again offer our audience personal stories regarding Christmas. This has been well received by both the chorus members AND the audience. Mike keeps asking for these .... so please create one from your holiday memories THIS WEEK and send it to him. A photo or two to go along with the story would be helpful. 
      • Dec 12: Christmas Show at Glenaire! On a Monday evening. Show up time will be 6:15, and concert starts at 7pm.
      • Dec 19: Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. On a Monday evening. Show up time will be 6:15, and concert starts at 7pm.
      • And THAT! gentlemen and gentle lady, is an example of a full Christmas Season calendar. So many of us are also so busy with Church choirs and other family activities. It's a very busy time of year for singers, so we should thank each other for each's time, dedication, vitality, and enthusiasm in supporting the Oak City Sound at this time.
    • January - start counting on having a guest night in late January.
    • February - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.

    6. Champagne Room

    • Congratulations to the Carolina Statesmen, our NSC District Seniors' Chorus, led by Larry Triplett, who qualified to compete at the 2023 Midwinter Convention, to be held on February 7-12, 2023 in Daytona Beach, FL, Convention details are at https://www.barbershop.org/events/2023-midwinter-daytona-beach.The Statesmen are def recruiting, so see Paul Martin for more details. 
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - October 26, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Oct 25 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's concert at Glenaire was a solid success!
      • 18 singers, 3 quartets. Very good audience to sing for. And we received a lot of compliments afterwards.
      • A great afterglow was held at our former place, Mac's Tavern, where we had 13 people. including a couple guests. We were actually asked by a patron there to sing a song or two, which we happily obliged!
    • At long last, our Fall Convention and Contest are over and done. Our chorus and two quartets competed. Good evaluations were received from the judges.
      • Thanks to all who participated, and especially to those who volunteered for the various jobs of loading and unloading the risers into the trailer, for driving the truck from and to Searstone, for carrying judges about, and for helping at the concession stand.
      • Many thanks to Carol Stephenson for leading us!
      • It was good to see our former director Kenneth Tice as Saturday night's emcee.
    • Thursday October 27 is our next NCSU Concession Stand opportunity. Show up time is 5pm. Kickoff time is 8pm. See Tim Kinsey for parking passes and details.
    • Next Monday, October 31, we have our usual rehearsal at Searstone at 7pm.
      • We'll be working Christmas rep. By now, all songs should be memorized and we should be off-spots!
    • Congratulations to the Carolina Statesmen, our NSC District Seniors' Chorus, led by Larry Triplett, who qualified to compete at the 2023 Midwinter Convention, to be held on February 7-12, 2023 in Daytona Beach, FL, Convention details are at https://www.barbershop.org/events/2023-midwinter-daytona-beach.The Statesmen are def recruiting, so see Paul Martin for more details. 

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Spend some time at home singing to the mirror. This will give you instant feedback about what your face and body are doing. Make space between your elbows and the side of your body. When your arms are engaged and energized, it will be much easier for you to take deep and efficient breaths. 
    • For our holiday repertoire, you can widen your focus to engage the audience more in your performance. Continue to make my mouth or left eye your general focus, but allow yourself to see the audience and entertain them more directly.

    3. Ben's Buzz (New!)

    We heard from several contest judges the word “plan”, as if having one would be normal. It is, or should be - a breathing plan, a music plan, and a performance plan. We often call the performance plan choreography, although it’s generally more about facial expression and posture. More on those in another buzz. I simplify my music plan by understanding what words or phrases I want to emphasize in the story and how. Again, in another buzz, or two. Breathing is critical and needs a plan. Here’s the buzz on that, part 1 (of many). 
    • In my music charts the first thing I do is draw a fat vertical green line with a marker in each place where I should take a breath, generally where you see rests - although not everywhere you see a period. I also draw a vertical red line in places where I do NOT want to take a breath even though we’re not singing anything, often where there is a very short rest for musical purposes and no time to breathe. Finally, I add a yellow horizontal line in places where I want to be sure not to breath, usually to ensure phases stay connected, the first thing necessary to create the “arc” Carol talks about. 
    • For me, words are the hardest. I don’t know why. To help that I type out the words to a song and in that text document I add the breathing plan - the green, red, and yellow marks, so that as I continue to learn the words and the music the breathing plan stays alive, and so I can make notes when Carol changes the plan. 
    • Sometimes I’ll share my breathing plan with others in my section so that when we have a long phrase and I really need a breath where there shouldn’t be one, our section can agree on where to sneak air so as not to all sneak a breath all at the same time. 
      .

    4. Future Notes

    • Thursday October 27 is our next (#5 of 7) football concession session at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that a volunteer does not have to be a chapter members to work the concession. Family and friends can help out, too.
      • Tim will provide more details as we approach each date. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire remaining schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Oct 27 - Report at 5:00pm, kickoff at 8pm
        • Nov  5 - Report at 5:00pm, kickoff at 8pm
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • John Adams - We are all saddened to hear that John Adams has passed away in early September this year.  John was a long time member of the RTP Chapter.  We have just learned of John's Funeral arrangements:
      • John Adams Funeral:
        November 12, 2022  @ 11 AM
        University United Methodist Church
        150 E Franklin Ave
        Chapel Hill, NC  27514
      • We have not been asked to sing at his funeral.  But It would be great if we can get as many RTP members attend that knew John.  

    5. Long Range

    • Christmas Season:
      • Dec 5: Show, a Monday evening Christmas Concert at Searstone.
      • Dec 6: Show, a Tuesday evening. We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   
        • We will need to sell tickets and Ads. Last week, Mike emailed to all of us a summary of what you need to know regarding Ad sales. He mentioned Monday evening that we are not married to a particular pricing structure, so be inventive! If each one of us sold a single Ad, it would bring in more revenue than the entire revenue from our last concert. Just do it! 
        • Christmas Vignettes: As part of the Christmas Show, we will again offer our audience personal stories regarding Christmas. This has been well received by both the chorus members AND the audience. Mike keeps asking for these .... so please create one from your holiday memories THIS WEEK and send it to him. A photo or two to go along with the story would be helpful. 
      • Dec 12: Christmas Show at Glenaire! On a Monday evening. Show up time will be 6:15, and concert starts at 7pm.
      • Dec 19: Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. On a Monday evening. Show up time will be 6:15, and concert starts at 7pm.
      • And THAT! gentlemen and gentle lady, is an example of a full Christmas Season calendar. So many of us are also so busy with Church choirs and other family activities. It's a very busy time of year for singers, so we should thank each other for each's time, dedication, vitality, and enthusiasm in supporting the Oak City Sound at this time.
    • January - start counting on having a guest night in late January.
    • February - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.

    6. Champagne Room

    • The chapter quartet, Seldom Heard, was initially formed in 2003, with original members George Cherney at tenor, Andy Lesperance at bari, Nic Cols at Lead, and RC Fields at bass. Good times!
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  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - Oct 11, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Oct 11 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's rehearsal was well attended. 19 singers!
      • The baritone section rehearsal was well attended and very beneficial.
      • A great afterglow was held at our usual place: The Corner Tavern. 
      • We were delighted to have a new guest, Walter Zalph, visiting us!
    • At long last, our Fall Convention and Contest is finally here, this coming weekend. See https://www.carolinasdistrict.org/spring-convention/ for the complete weekend calendar.
      • Please go to the Registration Desk first to get your name badge and Full Registration ticket. 
        • Friday, 1 - 5 pm at the hotel; or
        • Saturday, 8:30 to 10:30, at Asbury.
      • Check in at the hotel on your own, since it is your own registration, as appropriate.
    • Our own chorus calendar is as follows for Saturday October 15. I suggest you pack yourself a sandwich as we will be busy from 8:45am til perhaps 2pm.
      • 8:45AM at Asbury Church - Rehearsal. Show up already warned up, Full uniform is required: Black sportcoat, blue check shirt, your own medium brown belt, chorus blue jeans, your own medium brown shoes.
      • 10AM - short break, then we enter the pipeline for the chorus contest, We are 5th out of 6 choral contestants.
      • Shortly after the contest, around 1pm, we will have our chorus eval session / coaching session. Precise schedule is TBD.
      • Back in the day, Col. (Ret) Vern Pike was our Sergeant-at-Arms. Kinda similar to being an off-base MP. His job was to make sure we were all at the place where we were supposed to be, at the time we were supposed to be there. With Vern back with us, he has enthusiastically reprised the role for which only he and Adm. (Ret) Sev Severance (if you all remember him) were ideally and uniquely suited. Vern Pike will be sending an email to all of us on Thursday with the latest updates to our Saturday schedule. Pay attention to Vern! 
    • There are many other fun activities for you all to attend, and since you will be holding a "Full Registration" pass to all events, you might as well attend them:
      • Quartet semi-finals will run on Friday from 7pm to 9pm. We have two chapter quartets competing:
        • 7th Dimension (Gary Thorn, Carol Stephenson, and Nic Cols, with bass Fitz Lee from Fayetteville chapter) singing in the 4th position.
        • Impromptu (Tim Kinsey and Paul Martin, with Christiane Newell and Julie Ricciardi) singing in 7th position.
        • Come cheer us on! (We could use it!)
      • The official schedule has a Hot Dog Night scheduled for Friday evening, but that has been changed to a Greek food bash, to be held at the hotel. Look for information later this week as to time and place.
      • Saturday: Quartet Finals, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm to be held at Asbury. If either or both of our quartets qualify, they will be singing. Come cheer us on.
      • Saturday 8:30 - Showcase of Champions concert, at Asbury, follows the Quartet Finals. After the Showcase, please come help load our risers back on to the truck at Asbury before heading back to the hotel.
      • Saturday 10pm - District (and other) hospitality rooms at the hotel. 
    • Weekend Volunteers: We have volunteered to help in some of the work for this weekend. This is the summary of our volunteer activities. We could use more volunteers!
      • Friday 1pm at Asbury: Unload our risers and set them up. (John Zweighaft, Nic Cols, Bob Inskeep, and Paul Martin)
      • Friday 6:30pm to 9pm - At Asbury - Work the Harmony Marketplace to sell CDs, T-shirts, etc. (Sandy Cols)
      • Saturday 8:30pm after the Quartet finals at Asbury - drive the judges back from Asbury to the hotel. (Warren Fuson, Nic Cols, Dave Seibert, and Tim Kinsey)
      • Saturday 10:30pm (or so) - at Asbury - After the showcase, load our risers back into our truck (John Zweighaft, Steve McGehee, Tim Kinsey)
    • Next Monday, October 17, we have our usual rehearsal at Searstone at 7pm.
      • We'll be working both regular rep and Christmas rep.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Focal point during performance:
      • After ascending the stage, face directly to the audience.
      • When I turn from the audience back to you to begin the song, look at either my left eye or my mouth and sing through me to the audience. You will be able to see the area around me in your peripheral vision. If you all look at my mouth, this will greatly increase our chances of staying in sync, regardless of what my hands are doing. Looking at my left eye or mouth will also give us a common place to look and will reduce the amount of wandering eyes on the stage. 
      • At the end of the song, after the final cut off, turn square to the audience to SMILE and accept the applause. Turn back in as I turn back around to you.
    • Mood/motivation for both Ova the Rainbow and Beh Necessities: HOPEFUL. Sing with the idea of looking forward to the good things in life. The things that are on the horizon for you.
    • Leads: Pay special attention to staying on pitch at these critical areas, underlined below, where you are letting the pitch sag:
      • Bare Necessities: Intro: the second phase is very problematic for Leads. "Has worry got you down... Do your troubles...".
      • Over the Rainbow: at "Some day I'll wish upon..." and "Where troubles melt like ...". 
      • Please practice singing these notes higher than what you are used to doing!
     

    3. Future Notes

    • October 24: Oak City Sound in concert at Glenaire Retirement Community, our old rehearsal location. Show up time will be 6pm. Concert will start at 7pm. 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary NC 27511. More details TBD.
    • October 27 is our next (#5 of 7) football concession session at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that a volunteer does not have to be a chapter members to work the concession. Family and friends can help out, too.
      • Tim will provide more details as we approach each date. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire remaining schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Oct 27 - Report at 5:00pm
        • Nov  5 - time TBA
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • John Adams - We are all saddened to hear that John Adams has passed away in early September this year.  John was a long time member of the RTP Chapter.  We have just learned of John's Funeral arrangements:
      • John Adams Funeral:
        November 12, 2022  @ 11 AM
        University United Methodist Church
        150 E Franklin Ave
        Chapel Hill, NC  27514
      • We have not been asked to sing at his funeral as of yet.  But It would be great if we can get as many RTP members attend that knew John.  

    4. Long Range

    • Christmas Season:
      • Christmas Vignettes: As part of the Christmas Show, we will again offer our audience personal stories regarding Christmas. This has been well received by both the chorus members AND the audience. Please submit your personal favorite Christmas story to Mike as soon as you can. He might ask for a photo or two to go along with the story. 
      • Dec 5: Show, a Monday evening Christmas Concert at Searstone.
      • Dec 6: Show, a Tuesday evening. We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets and Ads.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite or sell an Ad to. 
      • Dec 19:  Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd.  We have performed there soooo many times over the years, and they still invite us back. Around 7pm. Put it on your calendar now. If you are unable to participate, let Mike Muha know ASAP!
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: We had 14 singers at our Christmas singouts in North Hills Shopping Center last December while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at (Zoom) practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
    • January - start counting on having a guest night in January.
    • February - plan to run Singing Valentines again this year. February 14 is a Tuesday, so we'll look for opportunities on the previous weekend.

    5. Champagne Room

    • It was great to have a new guest last Monday, Walter Zalph. Thanks to Walt for his visit. We hope to have you back again next week.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - Oct 6, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Oct 6 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's rehearsal was well attended. 18 singers!
      • A great afterglow was held back at our usual place: The Corner Tavern. Attendance was great! 12 in attendance: 67% participation, yet another new record.
    • Saturday Oct 8 is the next NCSU Home Football game and concession at Carter Finley stadium. Show up time is 5pm. Click on Concession to review what you signed up for.
    • Next Monday, October 10, we have our usual rehearsal at Searstone.
      • Special extra section rehearsal for Baritones: show up early at 6:30
      • Risers need to be set up! Please come 15 minutes early to help set them up during the bari section rehearsal
      • Here is what we will be working on:
        • Ova the Wainbow
        • Beh Necessities
        • All I Want for Christmas Is You
        • It's a Hanukkah Song
        • It's the Most Wonderful Time
        • Merry Christmas, Darling
        • Winter Wonderland (Note: Many of us learned a version of this song that began with the verse, "Over the ground lies a mantle of white...". The version this year has a different, shorter introduction line. Check the Chorus Song library and make sure you're learning the right version. Don't run off memory this time.)
    • District Contest on October  14-15:
      • Here are all the names of those signed up to participate:
        • Baritones: 
          • John Zweighaft
          • Kenny Bland
          • Gary Thorn
        • Basses:
          • Warren Fuson
          • Mike Muha
          • Michael Field
          • Steve McGehee
          • Tim Kinsey
          • David Seibert
        • Leads:
          • Bob Inskeep
          • Larry Hill
          • Ben Hansen
          • Nic Cols
          • Paul Martin
        • Tenors:
          • Vern Pike
          • Sean Li
          • John Quick
        • Director: Carol Stephenson
      • If you are on the list, please double check and make sure that your BHS/NSC/RTP Registration is paid up and that you have bought a "Full Registration" for the Convention weekend. If you need help determining this, please contact Larry Hill.
      • If you are not on the list and should be; that is, you want to participate in the Fall District Convention and Competition, go to https://www.carolinasdistrict.org/2022/08/28/register-for-the-fall-convention/ to register.
        • Select "Full Registration" as your option.
        • Notify Carol Stephenson and Mike Muha!
      • Quartet Semi-finals: To be held Friday evening at 7pm. Your favorite chapter quartet, 7th Dimension (stately cough here), will be competing! Come and cheer us on!
      • Chorus Song Set: We will compete at the Contest with The Beh Necessities and Ova the Rainbow.
        • Plan for a rehearsal around 9am Saturday morning. Chorus contest will start at 11:30AM and finish at around 12:30pm. There are 6 choruses participating.
      • Chorus Eval Session: You are encouraged to attend the Chorus Evaluation session after the contest. The Session is in reality a very fine coaching session, where we get suggestions for improvement from a judge or two.
      • A special District Hot Dog Night will be our party on Friday evening. Stay tuned for details.
      • Quartet Finals on Saturday night at 7pm, followed by the District Showcase performance.
      • Volunteering: We need some help with the activities below. Can you volunteer??? Let Nic Cols know if you can pitch in for a little bit:
        • Risers: John Zweighaft will drive the riser truck over to the venue on Friday (Oct 14). We need 3 men to unload and place the risers at 1pm.
        • At the end of the quartet finals on Saturday evening around 8pm, we will need three guys with cars to help transport the judges from the venue back to the Marriott (2.5 miles away).
        • After the Saturday night show, around 9:30, we will need 4 men to load the risers back onto the truck. John will drive the truck back to Searstone when convenient.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Focal point during performance : Look at my left eye and sing through me to the audience. You will be able to see the area around me in your fuzzy peripheral vision. If you all sing to my left eye, we will have a common place to look and there won't be whites of wandering eyes creating flashes in the stage lights. 
    • Mood/motivation for both Ova the Rainbow and Beh Necessities: HOPEFUL. Sing with the idea of looking forward to the good things in life. The things that are on the horizon for you.
    • Our performances of Ova the Wainbow and Beh Necessities at Springmoor were good enough that the Music Team has decided to waive any further qualification process for the contest.
     

    3. Future Notes

    • October 8 is our next (#4 of 7) football concession session at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that a volunteer does not have to be a chapter members to work the concession. Family and friends can help out, too.
      • Tim will provide more details as we approach each date. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire remaining schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Oct  8 - Report at 5pm
        • Oct 27 - Report at 5:00pm
        • Nov  5 - time TBA
        • Nov 12 - time TBA

    4. Long Range

    • Christmas Season:
      • Christmas Vignettes: As part of the Christmas Show, we will again offer our audience personal stories regarding Christmas. This has been well received by both the chorus members AND the audience. Please submit your personal favorite Christmas story to Mike as soon as you can. He might ask for a photo or two to go along with the story. Here's an example of a vignette:
        • Communities of Faith Working for and with Each Other
          In the early 1950s, a new Jewish community was formed in my hometown of Emerson, NJ. The local Catholic priest invited them to use the Church building on Saturdays for their Sabbath services. As a gesture of gratitude, the Jews would offer every year afterwards to babysit the small children of the Catholics who desired to attend Midnight Mass on Christmas night.
      • Dec 1: The possible concert we were hoping to perform in Holly Springs will not happen.
      • Dec 5: Show, Christmas Concert at Searstone.
      • Dec 6: Show, a Tuesday evening. We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets and Ads.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite or sell an Ad to. 
      • Dec 10: The possible cancert we were hoping to perform in Holly Springs will not happen.
      • Dec 12: We're checking with Glenaire, our previous rehearsal location, for a possible concert on this evening.
      • Dec 19:  Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. This is HUGE. We have performed there soooo many times over the years, and they still invite us back. Around 7pm. Put it on your calendar now. If you are unable to participate, let Mike Muha know ASAP!
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: We had 14 singers at our Christmas singouts in North Hills Shopping Center last December while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at (Zoom) practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.

    5. Champagne Room

    • In addition to John Quick and Steve McGehee having officially joined Oak City Sound, Ben Hansen has also joined! Hooray and Welcome!
  • The Acorn - CORRECTION - Weekly Newsletter for Oak City Sound - September 28, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Sep 28 2022

    0. IMPORTANT CORRECTION

    • The Special Extra Session Rehearsal on Monday October 3 is for TENORS, not Baritones! 


    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Concert at Springmoor:
      • A very nice performance. We had two men singing their very first full concert with us: John Quick and Steve McGehee. All told, we had 18 singers on the risers, and two more in the audience: Ben Hansen and Russ Johnston
      • Carol: We had another solid show on Monday night! The Springmoor folks were very complimentary and several commented on how engaged you were in your presentation. We are continuing to grow our sound and our ability to sing in complete and connected phrases. Keep up the good work!
      • A terrific afterglow was held at the Sawmill Taproom: about 13 in attendance: 65% participation, a new record.
    • September 24 was our third of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium. Next home football game is October 8. Click on Concession to review what you signed up for.
    • Next Monday, October 3, we have our usual rehearsal at Searstone.
      • Special extra section rehearsal for Tenors: show up early at 6:30
      • Risers need to be set up! Please come 15 minutes early to help set them up during the tenor section rehearsal
      • Here is what we will be working on:
        • Ova the Wainbow
        • Beh Necessities
        • All I Want for Christmas is You
        • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear / Silent Night
        • Hanukkah Song
        • Most Wonderful Time of the Year
        • Songs of Christmas
        • White Christmas
        • Winter Wonderland (Note: Many of us learned a version of this song that began with the verse, "Over the ground lies a mantle of white...". The version this year has a different, shorter introduction line. Check the Chorus Song library and make sure you're learning the right version. Don't run off memory this time.)
        • We Need a Little Christmas
    • Please sign up this week to participate in the Fall District Convention and Competition. Save $$$ by registering before Sept 30! Go to https://www.carolinasdistrict.org/2022/08/28/register-for-the-fall-convention/ to register.
      • Select "Full Registration" as your option.
      • Every one must make sure within the next few days that his registration with BHS/Carolinas District/RTP Chapter will be paid up and current by Contest date.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Focal point during performance : Look at my left eye and sing through me to the audience. You will be able to see the area around me in your fuzzy peripheral vision. If you all sing to my left eye, we will have a common place to look and there won't be whites of wandering eyes creating flashes in the stage lights. 
    • Mood/motivation for both Ova the Rainbow and Beh Necessities: HOPEFUL. Sing with the idea of looking forward to the good things in life. The things that are on the horizon for you.
    • Our performances of Ova the Wainbow and Beh Necessities at Springmoor last Monday were good enough that the Music Team has decided to waive any further qualification process for the contest.
     

    3. Future Notes

    • October 8 is our next (#4 of 7) football concession session at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that it does not have to be just chapter members working the concession. Family and friends can help out, too.
      • Tim will provide more details as we get close. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire remaining schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Oct  8 - time TBA
        • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
        • Nov  5 - time TBA
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • October 14 and 15: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Please register up this week to participate in the Fall District Convention and Competition. Save $$$ by registering before Sept 26! Go to https://www.carolinasdistrict.org/2022/08/28/register-for-the-fall-convention/ to register.
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
      • Volunteering: Here are our volunteering needs. Please contact me if you're available.
        • Risers: John Zweighaft will drive the riser truck over to the venue on Friday (Oct 14). We need 3 men to unload and place the risers at 1pm.
        • At the end of the quartet finals on Saturday evening around 8pm, we will need three guys with cars to help transport the judges from the venue back to the Marriott (2.5 miles away).
        • After the Saturday night show, around 9:30, we will need 4 men to load the risers back onto the truck. John will drive the truck back to Searstone when convenient.

    4. Long Range

    • Christmas Season:
      • Christmas Vignettes: As part of the Christmas Show, we will again offer our audience personal stories regarding Christmas. This has been well received by both the chorus members AND the audience. Please submit your personal favorite Christmas story to Mike as soon as you can. He might ask for a photo or two to go along with the story. Here's an example of a vignette:
        • Communities of Faith Working for and with Each Other
          In the early 1950s, a new Jewish community was formed in my hometown of Emerson, NJ. The local Catholic priest invited them to use the Church building on Saturdays for their Sabbath services. As a gesture of gratitude, the Jews would offer every year afterwards to babysit the small children of the Catholics who desired to attend Midnight Mass on Christmas night.
      • Dec 1: Possible concert at Holly Springs, early evening, for the Holly Springs's Christmas Tree Lighting. Stay tuned. Jack Moody has told us that the Town of Holly Springs has not yet finalized their details.
      • Dec 5: Show, Christmas Concert at Searstone.
      • Dec 6: Show, a Tuesday evening. We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets and Ads.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite or sell an Ad to. 
      • Dec 10: Possible Concert at Holly Springs Christmas Parade. 10AM til Noon. Stay tuned. Jack Moody has told us that the Town of Holly Springs has not yet finalized their details.
      • Dec 12: Previously annnounced possible concert will not take place.
      • Dec 19:  Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. This is HUGE. We have performed there soooo many times over the years, and they still invite us back. Around 7pm. Put it on your calendar now. If you are unable to participate, let Mike Muha know ASAP!
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: We had 14 singers at our Christmas singouts in North Hills Shopping Center last December while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at (Zoom) practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.

    5. Champagne Room

    • John Quick and Steve McGehee have officially joined Oak City Sound. Hooray and Welcome!
  • The Acorn - Weekly Newsletter for Oak City Sound - Sept 21, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Sep 21 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Meeting:
      • A great Bass section rehearsal, led by Carol!
      • A very good rehearsal, with 19 singers present (the highest number for quite a whille). Good to see Ben Hansen back with us!
      • A good afterglow at The Corner Tavern, with 10 people present: 55% participation.
    • September 17 was our second of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium. Click on Concession to review what you signed up for.
    • Next Monday, September 26, we have a PERFORMANCE at Springmoor. Don't go to Searstone.
      • Uniform requirement: Chorus blue check shirt, chorus blue jeans, your own medium brown shoes. Chorus blazer is optional.
      • Show up time is 6:30. Address is 1500 Sawmill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615.  Enter the facility at the Main Entrance at the circle drive.
      • Meet in the Library on the second floor. The Reception desk can point the way.
      • Performance will be about 45 minutes. Afterwards, we will have an abbreviated practice session. Prepare to make a recording of yourself singing our contest songs (while in chorus formation).
      • Here is the probably program order:
        • Almost Like Being in Love
        • The Longest Time
        • Yesterday
        • The Lion Sleeps Tonight
        • Quartet: Crazy - Sean, Bob, Tom, Mike
        • Valentine package - Sweetheart/Heart of My Heart
        • Quartet: Java Jive - Seldom Heard
        • Happy Birthday - maybe
        • Do You Hear the People Sing?
        • Prayer of the Children - depending on how it goes in rehearsal at 6:30
        • Ride the Chariot
        • Quartet: Hello, Mary Lou/First Day in Heaven - Alternate Dimension
        • Sweet Caroline
        • Ova the Rainbow
        • Bare Necessities
      • Will there be an Afterglow? YES! Sawmill Tap Room at 7701 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615.
    • Please sign up this week to participate in the Fall District Convention and Competition. Save $$$ by registering before Sept 26! Go to https://www.carolinasdistrict.org/2022/08/28/register-for-the-fall-convention/ to register.
      • Every one must make sure within the next few days that his registration with BHS/Carolinas District/RTP Chapter will be paid up and current by Contest date.
      • Chapter Quartet 7th Dimension will also be competing. Witnessing their performance is, by itself, worth the price of admission!

    2. Carol's Korner

    • The songs we will be singing for the District Contest on October 15 are "Over the Rainbow" and "The Bare Necessities", so we will be singing these songs every week between now and then. 
      • Listen to the recording you made of me speaking/singing OTR a few weeks ago so that you practice the intended interpretation plan WHILE you are finalizing words, notes, and tempo.
    • I'm excited about the progress we are making on our contest set, and across the board! The more we get off the page and sing a song built on phrases and VOWELS, the more flexible and in sync we are becoming. And we were even on pitch more consistently on Monday! Let's keep building on this momentum and give Springmoor an incredible show!
     

    3. Future Notes

    • September 24 is our next (#3 of 7) football concession session at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that it does not have to be just chapter members working the concession. Family and friends can help out, too.
      • Tim will provide more details as we get close. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire remaining schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Sep 24 - Report time is 4:30pm
        • Oct  8 - time TBA
        • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
        • Nov  5 - time TBA
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • October 14 and 15: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Please register up this week to participate in the Fall District Convention and Competition. Save $$$ by registering before Sept 26! Go to https://www.carolinasdistrict.org/2022/08/28/register-for-the-fall-convention/ to register.
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
      • Volunteering: Here are our volunteering needs. Please contact me if you're available.
        • Risers: John Zweighaft will drive the riser truck over to the venue on Friday (Oct 14). We need 3 men to unload and place the risers at 1pm.
        • At the end of the quartet finals on Saturday evening around 8pm, we will need three guys with cars to help transport the judges from the venue back to the Marriott (2.5 miles away).
        • After the Saturday night show, around 9:30, we will need 4 men to load the risers back onto the truck. John will drive the truck back to Searstone when convenient.

    4. Long Range

    • Christmas Season:
      • Christmas Vignettes: As part of the Christmas Show, we will again offer our audience personal stories regarding Christmas. This has been well received by both the chorus members AND the audience. Please submit your personal favorite Christmas story to Mike as son as you can. He might ask for a photo or two to go along with the story. Here's an example of a vignette:
        • Communities of Faith Working for and with Each Other
          In the early 1950s, a new Jewish community was formed in my hometown of Emerson, NJ. The local Catholic priest invited them to use the Church building on Saturdays for their Sabbath services. As a gesture of gratitude, the Jews would offer every year afterwards to babysit the small children of the Catholics who desired to attend Midnight Mass on Christmas night.
      • Dec 1: Possible concert at Holly Springs, early evening. Stay tuned.
      • Dec 5: Show at Searstone. Full Christmas Concert Christmas Tree Lighting
      • Dec 6: Show, a Tuesday evening. We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets and Ads.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite or sell an Ad to. 
      • Dec 10: Possible Concert at Holly Springs Christmas Paraade. 10AM til Noon. Stay tuned.
      • Dec 12: Possible concert in Selma, NC. Stay tuned.
      • Dec 19:  Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. This is HUGE. We have performed there soooo many times over the years, and they still invite us back. Around 7pm. Put it on your calendar now. If you are unable to participate, let Mike Muha know ASAP!
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: We had 14 singers at our Christmas singouts in North Hills Shopping Center last December while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at (Zoom) practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.

    5. Champagne Room

    • No new news this week.
  • The Acorn - Weekly Newsletter for Oak City Sound - Sept 15, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Sep 15 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Meeting:
      • A great Lead section rehearsal , led by Carol!
      • A very good rehearsal, with 18 singers present.
      • A good afterglow (again!) at The Corner Tavern.
    • September 10 was our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium. Click on Concession to review what you signed up for.
    • Next rehearsal is Monday, September 19, at Searstone at our usual location, but schedule is different!.
      • Bass section rehearsal at 6:30 All other sections are welcome to come and observe and listen!
      • The plan includes the following songs. The emphasis is on the Christmas songs, contest songs, and Springmoor concert, in that order. 
        • It's a Hanukkah Song
        • Merry Christmas, Darling
        • Songs of Christmas (should be off spots by today!)
        • White Christmas (should be off spots by today!)
        • We Need a Little Christmas (should be off spots by today!)
        • Almost Like Being in Love
        • Bare Necessities 
        • Do You Hear the People Sing
        • The Lion Sleeps
        • The Longest Time
        • Over The Rainbow
        • Prayer of the Children
        • Ride the Chariot
        • Sweet Caroline
        • Yesterday
      • By Monday, the only songs not expected to be memorized are:
        • All I want for Christmas is you
        • It’s a Hanukkah song
        • Merry Christmas darling 
        • Winter wonderland
    • Please sign up this week to participate in the Fall District Convention and Competition. Save $$$ by registering before Sept 26! Go to https://www.carolinasdistrict.org/2022/08/28/register-for-the-fall-convention/ to register.
      • Chapter Quartet 7th Dimension will also be competing. Witnessing their performance is, by itself, worth the price of admission!
    • Paul Martin's father Louis Martin, who was over 100 years old!, passed away on Aug 29. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Topsail Presbyterian Church, 16249 Hwy 17, Hampstead, NC 28443. Visitation is at 10 AM and the service begins at 11 with military honors. Louis Martin's remarkable life story is here. Per Mr. Martin's preference, the chapter is making a donation to The Nature Conservancy in his honor.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • The songs we will be singing for the District Contest on October 15 are "Over the Rainbow" and "The Bare Necessities" so we will be singing these songs every week between now and then. 
      • Listen to the recording you made of me speaking/singing OTR a few weeks ago so that you practice the intended interpretation plan WHILE you are finalizing words, notes, and tempo.
    • Remind yourself to keep your body “in tonus” meaning buoyant, open, energized from the legs up. Avoid the urge to stand straight-legged and dead still, which will lead to tension and disconnection from your core when you open the throat to allow your body to draw in the air it needs to start the next phrase. I want to see you move your lower body as you sing.
    • Techniques that are very important to good choral singing and audience enjoyment:
      • Always sing a line of clear, forward, tall vowels.
      • Work towards complete connection from one word to the next by making the ending consonant sound of one syllable or word become the first sound of the next syllable or word. For example, the words of the first line of OTR should be sung as "Whe nah lthe wuh ldi za ho pleh sju mbah la ndthe reh ndraih dro pstu mblall ... etc"
        • A lot of times you can simply drop any "r" since they tend to screw up your vowel and the audience will hear the 'r' anyway, even if you don't sing it! If the "r" sound is essential, keep the tip of the tongue at the back of your bottom teeth while you sing it.
        • This technique is easier than you think, and just requires an amount of practice for it to become second nature.
      • Please practice staying on top of the pitch, especially on the swipes, and keep the energy and air moving through every note of the phrase - even the last note! As you take a breath, make space for the pitch you are about to sing and the vowel of the syllable you are about to sing. This will help you approach every note from above instead of scooping from below.
     

    3. Future Notes

    • September 17 is our next (#2 of 7) football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that it does not have to be just chapter members working the concession. Family and friends can help out, too..
      • Tim will provide more details as we get close. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire remaining schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Sep 10 - Kickoff @ 12:30pm    Report to work @ 9:30am
        • Sep 17 - Kickoff @  7:00pm    Report to work @  4:30pm
        • Sep 24 - time TBA
        • Oct  8 - time TBA
        • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
        • Nov  5 - time TBA
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • September 26: Concert at Springmoor in north Raleigh. 
      • Step out quartets: In the Springmoor concert, we will also include all of the quartets and their songs that were part of  our performance at Searstone.
      • Please confirm your quartet membership, participation, and song selection with the Music Team (Carol and Mike).
      • You are responsible to arrange your own quartet rehearsals for those songs, and be performance ready .
    • October 14 and 15: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Volunteering: HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention  Planner and Chairman. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. 
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
      • Please register up this week to participate in the Fall District Convention and Competition. Save $$$ by registering before Sept 26! Go to https://www.carolinasdistrict.org/2022/08/28/register-for-the-fall-convention/ to register.

    4. Long Range

    • Christmas Season:
      • Dec 1:: Possible concert at Holly Springs, early evening. Stay tuned.
      • Dec 5: Show at Searstone. Full Christmas Concert Christmas Tree Lighting
      • Dec 6: Show, a Tuesday evening, We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets and Ads.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite or sell an Ad to. 
      • Dec 10:: Possible Concert at Holly Springs Christmas Paraade. 10AM til Noon. Stay tuned.
      • Dec 12: Possible concert in Selma, NC. Stay tuned.
      • Dec 19:  Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. This is HUGE. We have performed there soooo many times over the years, and they still invite us back. Around 7pm. Put it on your calendar now. If you are unable to participate, let Mike Muha know ASAP!
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: We had 14 singers at our Christmas singouts in North Hills Shopping Center last December while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at (Zoom) practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.

    5. Champagne Room

    • Susan Fields, widow of long-time member RC Fields (former Bass section leader, quartet man, and pecan-sales champion) passed away in May, but we did not find out about it until this week.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - Sept 1, 2022
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Sep 1 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Meeting:
      • A very good rehearsal, with 16 singers present.
      • A good afterglow (again!) at The Corner Tavern.
    • Last  Saturday's (August 27) performance at Cary's Lazy Daze town festival in downtown Cary was well attended by us (16 singers!) and by a good size audience. New singer John Quick performed on stage with us! We were happy to see Steve McGehee there.
    • We will not meet on Monday September 5 for Labor Day.
    • September 10 is our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium. Click on Concession to review what you signed up for.
    • Next rehearsal is Monday, September 12, at Searstone at 7pm. Our usual location and time. The plan includes the following songs. The emphasis is on the Christmas songs, contest songs, and Springmoor concert, in that order. 
      • All I Want for Christmas
      • Carol of the Bells
      • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
      • It's the Most Wonderful Time
      • Jingle Bell Rock
      • Merry Christmas, Darling
      • Songs of Christmas
      • White Christmas
      • We Need a Little Christmas
      • Bare Necessities (already off spots )
      • Over the Rainbow (should be off spots by today!)
        • Listen to the recording you made of Carol's singing OTR a few weeks ago so that you learn the intended interpretation plan WHILE you are finalizing words, notes, and tempo.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Please keep reviewing "Prayer of the Children" as that will be part of our program for Springmoor on September 26.
    • The songs we will be singing for the District Contest on October 15 are "Over the Rainbow" and "The Bare Necessities" so we will be singing these songs every week between now and then. Please get off of the page as quickly as possible for "Over the Rainbow" so we can really make music together
    • Remind yourself to keep your body “in tonus” meaning bouyant, open, energized from the legs up. Avoid the urge to stand straight-legged and dead still, which will lead to tension and disconnection from your core when you open the throat to allow your body to draw in the air it needs to start the next phrase.
    • Keep allowing yourself to sing a line of clear, forward, tall vowels that require the consonants to come forward to sing through the vowel placement.
      • Please practice staying on top of the pitch, especially on the swipes, and keep that hopeful feeling to keep the intonation clean as we head into the body of the song.
     

    3. Future Notes

    • September 10 is our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that it does not have to be just chapter members working the concession. Family and friends can help out, too..
      • Tim will provide more details as we get close. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Sep 10 - Kickoff @ 12:30pm    Report to work @ 9:30am
          • This is the same date as NSC District's Lakeside Harmony weekend. Note that Chapter responsibilities take priority.
        • Sep 17 - Kickoff @  7:00pm    Report to work @  4:30pm
        • Sep 24 - time TBA
        • Oct  8 - time TBA
        • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
        • Nov  5 - time TBA
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • September 10 is also the district’s Lakeside Harmony Camp at the Durant Nature Preserve.  It is an all day fun event of education and singing.  The chapter obligation at NC State football comes first, but if we have filled our obligation there, then you should attend this event if you can.
    • September 26: Concert at Springmoor in north Raleigh. 
      • Step out quartets: In the Springmoor concert, we will also include all of the quartets and their songs that were part of  our performance at Searstone. Please take it upon yourselves to arrange quartet rehearsals for those songs.

    4. Long Range

    • October 14 and 15: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Volunteering: HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention  Planner and Chairman. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. 
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
    • Christmas Season:
      • Show: Dec 5 at Searstone. Full Christmas Concert
      • Show: Dec 6, a Tuesday evening, We will put on our Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets and Ads.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite or sell an Ad to. 
      • Show: Dec 19: Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. This is HUGE. We have performed there soooo many times over the years, and they still invite us back. Around 7pm. Put it on your calendar now. If you are unable to participate, let Mike Muha know ASAP!
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: We had 14 singers at our Christmas singouts in North Hills Shopping Center last December while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at (Zoom) practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.

    5. Champagne Room

    • Paul Martin's father, Louis, passed away on Aug 29.  Paul was at his bedside at the time.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
    • Nic Cols has a new (4th!) granddaughter, born on Aug 29 to Nic's daughter Melanie in Atlanta.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - Aug 24, 2022
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Wed, Aug 24 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Meeting :
      • A very good rehearsal, with 18 singers present.
      • A good afterglow at The Corner Tavern.
    • Guest Report:
      • Steve Cutlip, Vern Pike, and John Quick were back with us.
      • A new guest, Michael Thai, joined us also. Welcome Michael! He also joined us at Afteglow.
    • This Saturday, August 27, is our performance at Cary's Lazy Daze town festival in downtown Cary. Our contractually mandated show up time is 10:30AM.
      • Uniform Requirement: Chorus grey golf shirt, chorus blue jeans, comfortable shoes.
    • Next rehearsal is Monday, August 29 at Searstone at 7pm. Our usual location and time.
    • We will not meet on Monday September 5 for Labor Day.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Please keep reviewing "Prayer of the Children" as that will be part of our program for Springmoor on September 26.
    • Step out quartets: In the Springmoor concert, we will also include all of the quartets and their songs that were part of  our performance at Searstone. Please take it upon yourselves to arrange quartet rehearsals for those songs.
    • The songs we will be singing for the District Contest on October 15 are "Over the Rainbow" and "The Bare Necessities" so we will be singing these songs every week between now and then. Please get off of the page as quickly as possible for "Over the Rainbow" so we can really make music together
    • Remind yourself to keep your body “in tonus” meaning bouyant, open, energized from the legs up. Avoid the urge to stand straight-legged and dead still, which will lead to tension and disconnection from your core when you open the throat to allow your body to draw in the air it needs to start the next phrase.
    • Keep allowing yourself to sing a line of clear, forward, tall vowels that require the consonants to come forward to sing through the vowel placement.
      • Please practice staying on top of the pitch, especially on the swipes, and keep that hopeful feeling to keep the intonation clean as we head into the body of the song.
    • Monday Aug 29 plan includes the following songs. The emphasis is on the Christmas songs, contest songs, and Springmoor concert, in that order. 
      • All I Want for Christmas
      • It's a Hanukkah Song
      • Merry Christmas, Darling
      • Songs of Christmas
      • White Christmas
      • Winter Wonderland
      • We Need a Little Christmas
      • Bare Necessities (already off spots )
      • Over the Rainbow
     

    3. Future Notes

    • We will not meet on Monday September 5 for Labor Day.
    • September 10 is our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that it does not have to be just chapter members working the concession. Family and friends can help out, too..
      • Tim will provide more details as we get close. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Sep 10 - Kickoff @ 12:30pm    Report to work @ 9:30am
          • This is the same date as NSC District's Lakeside Harmony weekend. Note that Chapter responsibilities take priority.
        • Sep 17 - Kickoff @  7:00pm    Report to work @  4:30pm
        • Sep 24 - time TBA
        • Oct  8 - time TBA
        • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
        • Nov  5 - time TBA
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • September 10 is also the district’s Lakeside Harmony Camp at the Durant Nature Preserve.  It is an all day fun event of education and singing.  The chapter obligation comes first, but after filling that you should attend this event if you can.
    • September 26: Concert at Springmoor in north Raleigh.

    4. Long Range

    • October 14 and 15: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Volunteering: HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention  Planner and Chairman. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. 
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
    • Christmas Season:
      • Show: Dec 5 at Searstone. Full Christmas Concert
      • Show: Dec 6, a Tuesday evening, We will put on a Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets and Ads.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite or sell an Ad to. 
      • Show: Dec 19: Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. This is HUGE. We have performed there soooo  many times over the years, and they still invite us back. Around 7pm. Put it on your calendar now. If you are unable to participate, let Mike Muha know ASAP!
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: We had 14 singers at our Christmas singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at (Zoom) practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.

    5. Champagne Room

    • 7th Dimension was busy again this past week, giving a 30-minute performance at the Magnolia Glen retirement community. The chorus has performed there a few times in the past.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - Aug 17, 2022
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Wed, Aug 17 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Meeting :
      • A very good rehearsal, with 15 singers present.
      • We were supposed to be solid on "The Bare Necessities" -- were you?
      • A good afterglow at The Corner Tavern.
    • Guest Report:
      • Paul Blondefield,  Steve Cutlip, Steve McGehee, Vern Pike, and John Quick were back with us.
    • Next rehearsal is Monday, August 22 at Searstone at 7pm. Our usual location and time.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Remind yourself to keep your body “in tonus” meaning bouyant, open, energized from the legs up. Avoid the urge to stand straight-legged and dead still, which will lead to tension and disconnection from your core when you open the throat to allow your body to draw in the air it needs to start the next phrase.
    • Keep allowing yourself to sing a line of clear, forward, tall vowels that require the consonants to come forward to sing through the vowel placement.
      • Please practice staying on top of the pitch, especially on the swipes, and keep that hopeful feeling to keep the intonation clean as we head into the body of the song.
    • Monday Aug 22 plan includes the following songs. The emphasis is on the contest songs, Cary Lazy Daze songset, and our Christmas Rep, in that order. 
      • Carol of the Bells (off spots)
      • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear / Silent Night (off spots)
      • It's The Most Wonderful Time (off spots)
      • Jingle Bell Rock (off spots)
      • We Need a Little Christmas
      • Almost Like Being in Love
      • Bare Necessities (already off spots last week!)
      • The Lion Sleeps Tonight
      • The Longest Time
      • Over the Rainbow
      • Ride The Chariot
      • Sweet Caroline
      • Yesterday
     

    3. Future Notes

    • August 27, approx  show up time is 10:30AM - Oak City Sound in concert at Cary's Lazy Daze town festival. Song Set:
      • Almost Like Being In Love
      • The Lion Sleeps Tonight
      • Yesterday
      • The Longest Time
      • Ride the Chariot
      • Java Jive - Seldom Heard Quartet
      • Do You Hear the People Sing?
      • Sweet Caroline
      • The Bare Necessities
    • We will not meet on Monday September 5 for Labor Day.

    4. Long Range

    • September 10 is our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that it does not have to be just chapter members working the concession. Family and friends can help out, too..
      • Tim will provide more details as we get close. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Sep 10 - Kickoff @ 12:30pm    Report to work @ 9:30am
          • This is the same date as NSC District's Lakeside Harmony weekend. Note that Chapter responsibilities take priority.
        • Sep 17 - Kickoff @  7:00pm    Report to work @  4:30pm
        • Sep 24 - time TBA
        • Oct  8 - time TBA
        • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
        • Nov  5 - time TBA
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • September 10 is also the district’s Lakeside Harmony Camp at the Durant Nature Preserve.  It is an all day fun event of education and singing.  The chapter obligation comes first, but after filling that you should attend this event if you can.
    • October 14 and 15: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Volunteering: HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention  Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. 
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow.. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
    • Christmas Season:
      • Show:: Dec 5 at Searstone. Full Christmas Concert
      • Show:  Dec 6, a Tuesday evening, We will put on a Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets and Ads.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite or sell an Ad to. 
      • Show: Dec 19: Christmas Concert at Springmoor Retirement Community in north Raleigh off Creedmoor Rd. Thhis is HUGE. We have performed there soooo  many times over the years, and they still invite us back. Around 7pm. Put it on your calendar now. If you are unable to participate, let Mike Muha know ASAP!
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: We had 14 singers at our Christmas singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at (Zoom) practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.

    5. Champagne Room

    • Let's Toast the 7th Dimension (masquerading as Alternate Dimension, featuring the ever-lovely Warren Fuson on bass) yet again who delivered another performance this week: a birthday song celebrations along with a couple of chorus standards to a victim in north Raleigh. And we shamelessly plugged the Oak City Sound's Christmas concert in Cary.
    • Previous toast: 7th Dimension, one of our chapter quartets, gave a full hour concert to the Governor's Club in Chapel Hill on Wednesday 8/11. Audience numbered about 80 -- the crowd loved it. And 7D was exhausted! Then was treated to a very fine salmon dinner. Yes we shamelessly plugged the Oak City Sound Christmas concert. 
  • Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - Aug 11, 2022
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Aug 11 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Meeting :
      • A very good rehearsal, with 17 singers present.
      • The jazzy version of White Christmas was well received by our new members.
      • A good afterglow at The Corner Tavern.
    • Guest Report:
      • Paul Blondefield,  Steve Cutlip, Steve McGehee, Vern Pike, and John Quick were back with us.
    • Next rehearsal is Monday, August 15 at Searstone at 7pm. Our usual location and time.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Remind yourself to keep your body “in tonus” meaning bouyant, open, energized from the legs up. Avoid the urge to stand straight-legged and dead still, which will lead to tension and disconnection from your core when you open the throat to allow your body to draw in the air it needs to start the next phrase.
    • Keep allowing yourself to sing a line of clear, forward, tall vowels that require the consonants to come forward to sing through the vowel placement.
      • Please practice staying on top of the pitch, especially on the swipes, and keep that hopeful feeling to keep the intonation clean as we head into the body of the song.
    • Monday Aug 15 plan includes the following songs
      • All I Want for Christmas is You
      • Carol of the Bells
      • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear / Silent Night
      • Jingle Bell Rock
      • Merry Christmas Darling
      • Songs of Christmas
      • We Need a Little Christmas
      • Almost Like Being in Love
      • Bare Necessities (off spots tonight!)
      • Over the Rainbow
      • Sweet Caroline
    • The following table contains the near-term targeted memorization dates for the listed songs.
      •  
        Song Target Date
        Bare Necessities 8/15/22
        Carol of the Bells 8/22/22
        It Came Upon a Midnight Clear / Silent Night 8/22/22
        It's The Most Wonderful Time     8/22/22
        Jingle Bell Rock 8/22/22
     

    3. Future Notes

    • August 27, approx 11AM - Oak City Sound in concert at Cary's Lazy Daze town festival. Mark it on your calendar.
    • We will not meet on Monday September 5 for Labor Day.

    4. Long Range

    • September 10 is our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that it does not have to be just chapter members working the concession. Family and friends can help out, too..
      • Tim will provide more details as we get close. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Sep 10 - Kickoff @ 12:30pm    Report to work @ 9:30am
          • This is the same date as NSC District's Lakeside Harmony weekend. Note that Chapter responsibilities take priority.
          • Prior requests for extra workers on this date have been rescinded.
        • Sep 17 - Kickoff @  7:00pm    Report to work @  4:30pm
        • Sep 24 - time TBA
        • Oct  8 - time TBA
        • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
        • Nov  5 - time TBA
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • September 10 is also the district’s Lakeside Harmony Camp at the Durant Nature Preserve.  It is an all day fun event of education and singing.  The chapter obligation comes first, but after filling that you should attend this event if you can.
    • October 14 and 15: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Volunteering: HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention  Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. 
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow.. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
    • Christmas Season:
      • Show (Potential): Dec 5 at Searstone. We are working at finalizing the date. Stay tuned.
      • Show:  On December 6, a Tuesday evening, we will put on a Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets and Ads.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite or sell an Ad to. 
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.

    5. Champagne Room

    • Let's Toast the 7th Dimension, one of our chapter quartets, who gave a full hour concert to the Governor's Club in Chapel Hill on Wednesday 8/11. Audience numbered about 80 -- the crowd loved it. And 7D was exhausted! Then was treated to a very fine salmon dinner.
    • Previous Toast: Let's listen to our resident concert pianist Sir Kenny Bland tickle the ivories, creating a jazzy atmosphere during the break on 8/7. The clip is kinda short. Was he playing "The Wonder of You"?  https://youtu.be/gMON1pDeZIE 
  • Steve Cutlip needs a ride to chapter mtg - 8/8/22
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Aug 7 2022
    Steve Cutlip, one of recent new members, needs a ride to chorus meeting tomorrow Monday evening 8/8. 

    Can someone go pick him up? Call him directly! 713 417 1070
     
    811 Endhaven Place
    Cary NC 27519 

    this is a west Cary location, near CArpenter Fire Station Rd.

     
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - Aug 4, 2022
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Aug 4 2022

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Meeting :
      • It was great to see General Assembly / Oak City Sound veteran Vern Pike back on the risers!
    • Guest Report:
      • Paul Blondefield was back with us for his second week. He now has access to the music. Welcome back, Paul!
      • Steve Cutlip was back for his third week ... very eager to be on the risers with us at the earliest possible moment.
      • Steve McGehee was back with us again. 
      • John Quick was unavailable, but will be back with us next week.
      • Ben Hansen is still  in Florida recovering / quarantining from COVID.
    • Next rehearsal is Monday, August 8 at Searstone at 7pm. Our usual location and time.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Please be sure to look at the beginning section of Bare Necessities. It works well right now with a quartet, but we will need the whole chorus prepared to sing that for October 15 District competition at Asbury Church.
      • We made great progress on the intro this past Monday. Please practice staying on top of the pitch, especially on the swipes, and keep that hopeful feeling to keep the intonation clean as we head into the body of the song.
    • Monday Aug 8 plan includes the following songs
      • It's a Hanukkah Song
      • It's the Most Wonderful Time
      • Merry Christmas, Darling
      • White Christmas
      • Winter Wonderland
      • Bare Necessities (see note above!)
      • The Longest Time
      • Over the Rainbow
      • Prayer of the Children
    • The following table contains the near-term targeted memorization dates for the listed songs.
      •  
        Song Target Date
        Bare Necessities 8/15/22
        Carol of the Bells 8/22/22
        It Came Upon a Midnight Clear / Silent Night 8/22/22
        It's The Most Wonderful Time     8/22/22
        Jingle Bell Rock 8/22/22
     

    3. Future Notes

    • August 27, approx 11AM - Oak City Sound in concert at Cary's Lazy Daze town/22/22 festival. Mark it on your calendar.
    • We will not meet on Monday September 5 for Labor Day.

    4. Long Range

    • September 10 is our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
      • Remember that it does not have to be just chapter members working the concession. Family and friends can help out, too..
      • Tim will provide more details as we get close. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
      • Here is the entire schedule, as far as we know right now:
        • Sep 10 - Kickoff @ 12:30pm    Report to work @ 9:30am
          • Many of the ladies will be en route to their International Contest /2/2so we will probably need to provide more than our standard 6 workers.  Right now they are hoping we can provide 9 workers for 8the first game.  We only have 2 who have committed to work so far.
          • This is the same date as NSC District's Lakeside Harmony weekend. Note that Chapter responsibilities take priority.
        • Sep 17 - Kickoff @  7:00pm    Report to work @  4:30pm
        • Sep 24 - time TBA
        • Oct  8 - time TBA
        • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
        • Nov  5 - time TBA
        • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • September 10 is also the district’s Lakeside Harmony Camp at the Durant Nature Preserve.  It is an all day fun event of education and singing.  The chapter obligation comes first, but after filling that you should attend this event if you can.
    • October 14 and 15:: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Volunteering: HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention  Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. 
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow.. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
    • Christmas Season:
      • Show (Potential): Dec 5 at Searstone. We are working at finalizing the date. Stay tuned.
      • Show:  On December 6, a Tuesday evening, we will put on a Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite. 
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.

    5. Champagne Room

    • What's this??? Yes. it's a new section in The Acorn where we toast and celebrate the musical accomplishments of our members.  It's because we're so cool that we call it the Champagne Room! 
    • Please send me worthy accomplishments that I can include here.
    • To launch this whole thing, let's listen to our resident concert pianist Sir Kenny Bland tickle the ivories, creating a jazzy atmosphere during last Monday's break. The clip is kinda short. Was he playing "The Wonder of You"?  https://youtu.be/gMON1pDeZIE 
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - July 28, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Jul 28 2022

    0. Corrections

    • More IMPORTANT updates: specific info for next rehearsal, Monday Aug 1. 

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Performance! :
      • It was great to be back on the risers performing for a very appreciative audience! It's only our second outing since COVID, and man it sure felt good!
      • It was great and surprising to see General Assembly / Oak City Sound veteran Vern Pike at the concert -- he has moved back from Florida and expressed an intention to rejoin OCS as soon as practical! Welome back, Vern! We kept your spot on the risers for you -- second row, left side.
    • Guest Report:
      • We had a first-time visitor, Paul Blondefield, on Monday, so his introduction to OCS and to barbership singing in general was our own performance. Welcome Paul!
      • Steve Cutlip was back for his second week ... very eager to be on the risers with us at the earliest possible moment.
      • Steve McGehee was back with us again. We are so glad he took the time to check out our performance.
      • Ben Hansen was in Florida recovering / quarantining from COVID.
    • Next rehearsal is Monday, August 1, at Searstone at 7pm. Our usual location and time.
    • John Zweighaft has entered a few more months onto the Chorus calendar, so please fill out the Attendance Planner information at https://www.oakcitysound.org/dbpage.php?pg=attendance

    2. Carol's Korner

    • We had a great show on Monday! The audience really loved it and many commented on how engaged you all were in your performance. I think we may even have a few men from Searstone planning to try singing with us next week!
    • Please be sure to look at the beginning section of Bare Necessities. It works well right now with a quartet, but we will need the whole chorus prepared to sing that for October 15 at Asbury Church.
    • Memorization dates have been set for Over the Rainbow and the Christmas show songs. Start working toward those so they don't sneak up on you!
    • Keep working on finding more time for vowels in every syllable you sing. That is where the ring happens. The consonants will take care of themselves if you are intent upon singing through the vowels and keeping them front and center.
    • Monday Aug 1 Plan:
      • HOLIDAY   Minutes
        All I Want for Christmas is You   10
        Carol of the Bells (Peter Wilhousky Arrangement)   5
        It Came Upon A Midnight Clear / Silent Night   8
        Jingle Bell Rock   5
        Merry Christmas, Darling   8
        Songs of Christmas   10
        We Need a Little Christmas   10
        REGULAR    
        Bare Necessities, The 22 10
        Over the Rainbow (men's arrangement) 20 15
    • As always: Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
    • Along with this, you should develop your interpretational ability, which, for a chorus member, means using dynamic range to express the meanings of the phrases, and even to help delineate the phrases themselves. Longer duration notes, as defined in the context of the song, should have dynamic changes so as to convey the feeling of the phrase, plus maintain the forward direction of the phrasing, and not get mired in chord worship.

    3. Future Notes

    • Due to the construction that has begun at the front door at Searstone, parking at the front of the building is no longer allowed. All must park at Lorraine Park area. 
    • August 27, approx 11AM - Oak City Sound in concert at Cary's Lazy Daze town festival. Mark it on your calendar.
    • We will not meet on Monday September 5 for Labor Day.

    4. Long Range

    • September 10 is our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
    • Remember that it does not have to be just chapter members working the concession. Family and friends can help out, too..
    • Tim will provide more details as we get close. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able.
    • Here is the entire schedule, as far as we know right now:
      • Sep 10 - Kickoff @ 12:30pm    Report to work @ 9:30am
        • Many of the ladies will be en route to their International Contest so we will probably need to provide more than our standard 6 workers.  Right now they are hoping we can provide 9 workers for the first game.  We only have 2 who have committed to work so far.
        • This is the same date as NSC District's Lakeside Harmony weekend. Note that Chapter responsibilities take priority.
      • Sep 17 - Kickoff @  7:00pm    Report to work @  4:30pm
      • Sep 24 - time TBA
      • Oct  8 - time TBA
      • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
      • Nov  5 - time TBA
      • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • September 10 is also the district’s Lakeside Harmony Camp at the Durant Nature Preserve.  It is an all day fun event of education and singing.  The chapter obligation comes first, but after filling that you should attend this event if you can.
    • October 14 and 15:: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Volunteering: HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention  Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. 
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow.. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
    • Christmas Season:
      • Show:  On December 6, a Tuesday evening, we will put on a Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite. 
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - July 21, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Jul 21 2022

    0. Updates - Late Breaking News

    • We will be performing at Cary's Lazy Daze on August 27! Hooray! Added to Future Events
    • Carolina Harmony (who we work with for NC State concessions) has decided to stick with our Current Stand #1.. So forget all that extra noise about it. 
    • The concession sign up sheet is ready now, not next week.

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Rehearsal:
      • This week’s rehearsal was a little different: Carol was absent and yours truly tried vainly to follow you all through the music for next Monday's show. Thank you for your patience.
    • We were delighted to have as a new guest Steve Cutlip, newly arrived from the Houston area. He sang a great tenor alongside Sean Li, and even joined in one step-out quartet singing "Hello Mary Lou". Welcome Steve! 
    • Our next meeting is special: Oak City Sound In Concert, on Monday July 25 at our usual meeting place, Searstone Retirement Village, This is one of the two concerts we give annually at Searstone in exchange for their allowing us to use their hall for free!. Please show up at 6pm, concert begins  at 7pm.
      • There is a uniform requirement: Chorus blue jeans, chorus blue check shirt, brown shoes, brown belt. Chorus black jacket is optional.
      • See Events Page for more details.
    • John Zweighaft has entered a few more months onto the Chorus calendar, so please fill out the Attendance Planner information at https://www.oakcitysound.org/dbpage.php?pg=attendance

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Here's the song list in show order.,but there are no guarantees - so stay flexible!
      • I love to Sing 'em (Tag)
      • The Longest Time
      • Yesterday
      • Lion Sleeps Tonight
        • Nic's note: Remember Tenori to stay in your upper register at the end of each of the first two lines of the song where you are totally solo.
      • Quartet - "Crazy"
      • Almost Like Being In Love
      • Let me call you Sweetheart
      • Story of the Rose (Heart of my Heart)
      • Quartet - Java Jive
      • Happy Birthday
      • Do you hear the People Sing?
      • Prayer of the Children
      • Ride the Chariot
      • Quartet - Alternate Dimension - two songs
      • Sweet Caroline
        • Nic's note: All parts, work harder to be on pitch on the 3rd note of the song ... we tend to under-achieve ... and wherever that same phrasing is repeated.
      • Bare Necessities
    • As always: Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
    • Along with this, you should develop your interpretational ability, which, for a chorus member, means using dynamic range to express the meanings of the phrases, and even to help delineate the phrases themselves. Longer duration notes, as defined in the context of the song, should have dynamic changes so as to convey the feeling of the phrase, plus maintain the forward direction of the phrasing, and not get mired in chord worship.

    3. Future Notes

    • Due to the construction that has begun at the front door at Searstone, parking at the front of the building is no longer allowed. All must park at Lorraine Park area. 
    • August 27, approx 11AM - Oak City Sound in concert at Cary's Lazy Daze town festival. Mark it on your calendar

    4. Long Range

    • We will not meet on Monday September 5 for Labor Day.
    • September 10 is our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 6 workers for each event.  The signup sheet is available now.
    • We have been asked by our concession hosts Carolina Harmony to consider switching to a better venue spot at the stadium which would provide more revenue but require two more workers each week. The Fayetteville Chapter has agreed to help us out with more manpower, but of course we would not then get as much additional revenue.
    • Remember that it does not have to be just chapter members working the concession. Family and friends can help out, too..
    • Tim will provide more details as we get close. Meanwhile, click Concession to sign up as you are able. It is available now.
    • Here is the entire schedule, as far as we know right now:
      • Sep 10 - Kickoff @ 12:30pm    Report to work @ 9:30am
        • Many of the ladies will be en route to their International Contest so we will probably need to provide more than our standard 6 workers.  Right now they are hoping we can provide 9 workers for the first game.  We only have 2 who have committed to work so far.
        • This is the same date as NSC District's Lakeside Harmony weekend. Note that Chapter responsibilities take priority.
      • Sep 17 - Kickoff @  7:00pm    Report to work @  4:30pm
      • Sep 24 - time TBA
      • Oct  8 - time TBA
      • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
      • Nov  5 - time TBA
      • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • September 10 is also the district’s Lakeside Harmony Camp at the Durant Nature Preserve.  It is an all day fun event of education and singing.  The chapter obligation comes first, but after filling that you should attend this event if you can.
    • October 14 and 15:: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Volunteering: HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention  Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. 
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow.. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
    • Christmas Season:
      • Show:  On December 6, a Tuesday evening, we will put on a Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite. 
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
  • THE ACORN - OAK CITY SOUND WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - JULY 14, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Jul 14 2022

    0. Abbreviated newsletter this week...

    • Nic is out, so you are stuck with Mike at the helm, and I will be brief.

    1. Notes for this week

    • Last Monday's Rehearsal:
      • Folks were back at rehearsal, with what appeared to be more who had attended International than those who didn't.
      • Out of an abundance of caution, since there were reports of COVID hitting folks in our region who did attend International, and since the weather for a July meeting was actually quite pleasant, we rehearsed outdoors!
      • We ran through our possible songs for Searstone but skipped the Christmas music. 
    • Our next meeting is Monday July 18 at our usual meeting place, Searstone Retirement Village, at 7pm. Please fill out the Attendance Planner on the Member Home page.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Here's the song list to practice on your own at home. It is basically the songs to be sung the following week for the Searstone performance. The site music library has all the scores and part-specific learning tracks. The order here should be at least somewhat close to the performance set, but there are no guarantees - stay flexible!
      • I love to Sing 'em (Tag)
      • The Longest Time
      • Yesterday
      • Lion Sleeps Tonight
      • Let me call you Sweetheart
      • Story of the Rose (Heart of my Heart)
      • Almost Like Being In Love
      • Sweet Caroline
      • Happy Birthday
      • Do you hear the People Sing?
      • Bare Necessities
      • Prayer of the Children
      • Ride the Chariot
    • As always: Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
    • Along with this, you should develop your interpretational ability, which, for a chorus member, means using dynamic range to express the meanings of the phrases, and even to help delineate the phrases themselves. Longer duration notes, as defined in the context of the song, should have dynamic changes so as to convey the feeling of the phrase, plus maintain the forward direction of the phrasing, and not get mired in chord worship.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - June 24, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, Jun 24 2022


    0. Updates

    • Revised NC State Game schedule with report times.

    1. Notes for this week

    • Thanks to COVID (again! ... sigh) we lost a few members to quarantine last week (Carol, Warren, and Sean). They are all doing fine. Yours truly was also missing in order to eliminate any possibility of catching COVID before vacation. Thanks to Mike for stepping in at the last minute and leading our meeting.
      • Please let us know if you develop symptoms, and if you take a test, and what the test results were. Thanks!
    • Hence, our plans for next meeting are unchanged from last week!
    • Our next meeting is Monday June 27 at our usual meeting place, Searstone Retirement Village, at 7pm. Please fill out the Attendance Planner on the Member Home page.
    • Mike Muha directed in Carol’s absence.  We ran through our possible songs for Searstone but skipped the Christmas music. 
    • Afterglow is always a great time. So why don't you come and join us?

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Song List for our next Monday, June 27 to practice on your own at home. The site music library has all the scores and part-specific learning trax. The list of songs is what is expected to be covered at rehearsal. The order of the list has no significance to anything, so don’t try to read anything into it!
      • All I Want for Christmas
      • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
      • Merry Christmas, Darling
      • Crazy
      • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
      • Lion Sleeps Tonight
      • Over the Rainbow
      • Prayer of the Children - off spots please!
      • Heart of My Heart (Story of the Rose)
      • Yesterday
    • As always: Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
    • Along with this, you should develop your interpretational ability, which, for a chorus member, means using dynamic range to express the meanings of the phrases, and even to help delineate the phrases themselves. Longer duration notes, as defined in the context of the song, should have dynamic changes so as to convey the feeling of the phrase, plus maintain the forward direction of the phrasing, and not get mired in chord worship.
     

    3. Future Notes

    • Due to the construction that has begun at the front door at Searstone, parking at the front of the building isno longer be allowed. All must park at Lorraine Park area. 
    • .We will not meet on Monday July 4.  It’s Internationals in Charlotte during the week of July 4.  Several members are going.  This is the closest International Convention we are likely to see in many years.  You should not miss this. 

    4. Long Range

    • July 25 at 7pm: Oak City Sound in concert at Searstone, Remember that Searstone provides our rehearsal space to us FOR FREE, in exchange for a concert here and there. Monday July 25 2022 at 7pm is one of those concert dates where we "earn our keep". It's an earlier than usual show-up time! There is a uniform requirement. See Events Page for details.
    • September 10 is our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 7 workers for each event.  A signup sheet will be available next week.  Here is the entire schedule, as far as we know right now:
      • Sep 10 - Kickoff @ 12:30pm    Report to work @ 10:00am
      • Sep 17 - Kickoff @  7:00pm    Report to work @  4:30pm
      • Sep 24 - time TBA
      • Oct  8 - time TBA
      • Oct 27 - Kickoff @  7:30pm    Report to work @  5:00pm
      • Nov  5 - time TBA
      • Nov 12 - time TBA
    • September 10 is also the district’s Lakeside Harmony Camp at the Durant Nature Preserve.  It is an all day fun event of education and singing.  The chapter obligation comes first, but after filling that you should attend this event if you can.
    • October 14 and 15:: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Volunteering: HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. 
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow.. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
    • Christmas Season:
      • Show:  On December 6, a Tuesday evening, we will put on a Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite. 
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - June 17, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Jun 16 2022


    1. Notes for this week

    • Our next meeting is Monday June 20 at our usual meeting place, Searstone Retirement Village, at 7pm. Please fill out the Attendance Planner on the Member Home page.
    • We were delighted to see two of our guests from May 13's special Guest Night returning for a fourth visit this past Monday.: Steve McGehee and John Quick. We are so glad to have so many new singers and friends in our group
    • Mike Muha directed in Carol’s absence.  We ran through our possible songs for Searstone but skipped the Christmas music. 
    • Carol Stephenson and Warren Fuson have tested positive for COVID in the past week. Please let us know if you develop symptoms, and if you take a test, and what the test results were. Thanks
      • Covid is still very contagious, regardless of vaccination status, and some of our members are at high risk if they get it. None of us enjoy wearing a mask and studies on their effectiveness offer mixed conclusions. Regardless, if you would consider wearing a mask to make a high-risk brother feel safer, it would be appreciated.
    • Afterglow is always a great time. So why don't you come and join us?

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Song List for our next Monday, June 20 to practice on your own at home. The site music library has all the scores and part-specific learning trax. The list of songs is what is expected to be covered at rehearsal. The order of the list has no significance to anything, so don’t try to read anything into it!
      • All I Want for Christmas is You
      • Jingle Bell Rock
      • Winter Wonderland
      • We Need A Little Christmas
      • Songs of Christmas
      • Almost Like Being in Love
      • Do You Hear the People Sing?
      • The Longest Time
      • Prayer of the Children (please be off the spots)
    • As always: Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
    • Along with this, you should develop your interpretational ability, which, for a chorus member, means using dynamic range to express the meanings of the phrases, and even to help delineate the phrases themselves. Longer duration notes, as defined in the context of the song, should have dynamic changes so as to convey the feeling of the phrase, plus maintain the forward direction of the phrasing, and not get mired in chord worship.
     

    3. Future Notes

    • Due to the construction that has begun at the front door at Searstone, parking at the front of the building isno longer be allowed. All must park at Lorraine Park area. 
    • .We will not meet on Monday July 4.  It’s Internationals in Charlotte during the week of July 4.  Several members are going.  This is the closest International Convention we are likely to see in many years.  You should not miss this.  The convention still needs volunteer workers. The latest Carolina Crooner has a volunteer sign up link, https://www.barbershop.org/events/international-convention/volunteer-at-charlotte if you would like to help. Nic Cols is the volunteer chairman for RTP Chpater for this event, so you can contact me at ANY TIME!

    4. Long Range

    • July 25 at 7pm: Oak City Sound in concert at Searstone, Remember that Searstone provides our rehearsal space to us FOR FREE, in exchange for a concert here and there. Monday July 25 2022 at 7pm is one of those concert dates where we "earn our keep". It's an earlier than usual show-up time! There is a uniform requirement. See Events Page for details.
    • September 10 is our first of 7 football concession sessions at Carter Finley stadium.  These are our most important fund raiser events of the year.  We need to provide 7 workers for each event.  A signup sheet will be available next week.  
    • September 10 is also the district’s Lakeside Harmony Camp at the Durant Nature Preserve.  It is an all day fun event of education and singing.  The chapter obligation comes first, but after filling that you should attend this event if you can.
    • October 14 and 15:: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh.
      • Volunteering: HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. 
      • Particpating: We will compete at the Convention with The Bare Necessities and Over the Rainbow.. Look for future announcements about the qualifying process!
    • Christmas Season:
      • Show:  On December 6, a Tuesday evening, we will put on a Christmas show at the Cary Arts Center theater.   We will need to sell tickets.  Start thinking NOW about who you might want to invite. 
      • Community Singouts: Please be on the lookout for possible other places to sing at Christmas time. If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter -- June 9, 2022 UPDATED
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Jun 9 2022

    0. Updates

    • The list of songs is what is expected to be covered at rehearsal. The order of the list has no significance to anything, so don’t try to read anything into it!


    1. Notes for this week

    • Our next meeting is Monday June 13 at our usual meeting place, Searstone Retirement Village, at 7pm. Please fill out the Attendance Planner on the Member Home page.
    • Two of our guests from May 13's special Guest Night returned for a third visit this week on June 6.: Steve McGehee and John Quick
    • Also, Ben Hansen would have been the 3rd returning guest except he came down with COVID (very mild) and he self-quarantined this week. Meanwhile, Ben is downloading all the current rep so as to be off-paper as soon as possible. We all should be doing the same!
    • Bill Crismore was back for his eighth visit (or so).
    • This week's First time visitor was Vic Levand from Greenville NC. Vic is a veteran of NC Harmony Brigade, and we are very glad for his visit. 
    • We are so glad to have so many new singers and friends in our group.
    • Attendance at the Afterglow this past Monday was great. We had some special patrons to whom we sang a couple of songs. It was interesting! (to say the least)  It's a great time., so why don't you come and join us?

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Song List for our next Monday, June 13 to practice on your own at home. The site music library has all the scores and part-specific learning trax. The list of songs is what is expected to be covered at rehearsal. The order of the list has no significance to anything, so don’t try to read anything into it!
      • All I Want for Christmas is You
      • Jingle Bell Rock
      • Winter Wonderland
      • We Need A Little Christmas
      • Songs of Christmas
      • Almost Like Being in Love
      • Do You Hear the People Sing?
      • The Longest Time
      • Prayer of the Children (please be off the spots)
    • As always: Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
    • Along with this, you should develop your interpretational ability, which, for a chorus member, means using dynamic range to express the meanings of the phrases, and even to help delineate the phrases themselves. Longer duration notes, as defined in the context of the song, should have dynamic changes so as to convey the feeling of the phrase, plus maintain the forward direction of the phrasing, and not get mired in chord worship.
     

    3. Future Notes

    • No change from last week.
    • Due to the construction at the front door at Searstone starting on June 6, parking at the front of the building will no longer be allowed. All must park at Lorraine Park area. 

    4. Long Range

    • July 25 at 7pm: Oak City Sound in concert at Searstone, Remember that Searstone provides our rehearsal space FOR FREE, in exchange for a concert here and there. Monday July 25 2022 at 7pm is one of those concert dates where we "earn our keep". It's an earlier than usual show-up time! There is a uniform requirement. See Events Page for details.
    • October 14 and 15:: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh. HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. We are trying to make sure that the convention is NOT held on a Saturday when there is an NCSU home football game where we will be manning the concession stand.
    • Christmas Show:  Yes, you heard that right! We will be singing some Christmas Carols again this year.  No details yet but lots of discussion about where and when.  Maybe a formal concert? Perhaps we schedule some senior living places in December and perform at their places.  If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - June 6, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, Jun 6 2022
    The Acorn
    Weekly News Bulletin for Oak City Sound
    Pub Date: May 25, 2022 UPD 6/6/2022
     

     

    0. So where is The Acorn this week?

    • We did not have a meeting last week, and so last week's Acorn applies to this week!
    • Last week's Acorn is unchanged, and repeated for your convenience below.
    • If you hadn't gotten this email,. you should already know that you can go to https://www.oakcitysound.org/dbpage.php?pg=bboard whenever and read the latest Acorn. Do you have that URL in your favorites? If not, why not?


    1. Notes for this week

    • We will not meet next Monday on Memorial Day, May 30. Our next meeting is Monday June 6 at our usual meeting place, Searstone Retirement Village, at 7pm.
    • Two of our guests from Monday May 13's special Guest Night returned for a second visit last evening May 23.: Steve McGehee and John Quick. Also, Ben Hansen would have been the 3rd returning guest except he had a conflict last night.  Thanks to all who invited their church choir friends. We are so glad to have new singers and friends in our group.
    • Attendance at the Afterglow last night was over 50%!  It's a great time., so why don't you come and join us?

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Song List for our next Monday, June 6 to practice on your own at home. The site music library has all the scores and part-specific learning trax.
      • Prayer of the Children
      • Merry Christmas, Darling (Note: Please practice this on “loo” or “na” or a similar syllable that promotes connected lines of notes)
      • Hanukkah Song in a Major Key
      • Most Wonderful Time of the Year
      • Over the Rainbow
      • Ride the Chariot
      • Crazy
      • Yesterday
    • As always: Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
     

    3. Future Notes

    • No change from last week.
    • Due to the construction at the front door at Searstone starting on June 6, parking at the front of the building will no longer be allowed. All must park at Lorraine Park area. 

    4. Long Range

    • July 25 at 7pm: Oak City Sound in concert at Searstone, Remember that Searstone provides our rehearsal space FOR FREE, in exchange for a concert here and there. Monday July 25 2022 at 7pm is one of those concert dates where we "earn our keep". It's an earlier than usual show-up time! There is a uniform requirement. See Events Page for details.
    • October / November: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh. Target date range is between mid-October and November 12, 2022. HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. We are trying to make sure that the convention is NOT held on a Saturday when there is an NCSU home football game where we will be manning the concession stand.
    • Christmas Show:  Yes, you heard that right! We will be singing some Christmas Carols again this year.  No details yet but lots of discussion about where and when.  Maybe a formal concert? Perhaps we schedule some senior living places in December and perform at their places.  If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
  • The Acorn - Weekly Newsletter for Oak City Sound - May 25, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, May 24 2022
    The Acorn
    Weekly News Bulletin for Oak City Sound
    Pub Date: May 25, 2022
     

     

    1. Notes for this week

    • We will not meet next Monday on Memorial Day, May 30. Our next meeting is Monday June 6 at our usual meeting place, Searstone Retirement Village, at 7pm.
    • Two of our guests from Monday May 13's special Guest Night returned for a second visit last evening May 23.: Steve McGehee and John Quick. Also, Ben Hansen would have been the 3rd returning guest except he had a conflict last night.  Thanks to all who invited their church choir friends. We are so glad to have new singers and friends in our group.
    • Attendance at the Afterglow last night was over 50%!  It's a great time., so why don't you come and join us?

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Song List for our next Monday, June 6 to practice on your own at home. The site music library has all the scores and part-specific learning trax.
      • Prayer of the Children
      • Merry Christmas, Darling (Note: Please practice this on “loo” or “na” or a similar syllable that promotes connected lines of notes)
      • Hanukkah Song in a Major Key
      • Most Wonderful Time of the Year
      • Over the Rainbow
      • Ride the Chariot
      • Crazy
      • Yesterday
    • As always: Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
     

    3. Future Notes

    • No change from last week.
    • Due to the construction at the front door at Searstone starting on June 6, parking at the front of the building will no longer be allowed. All must park at Lorraine Park area. 

    4. Long Range

    • July 25 at 7pm: Oak City Sound in concert at Searstone, Remember that Searstone provides our rehearsal space FOR FREE, in exchange for a concert here and there. Monday July 25 2022 at 7pm is one of those concert dates where we "earn our keep". It's an earlier than usual show-up time! There is a uniform requirement. See Events Page for details.
    • October / November: NSC District will hold this Fall's Convention at Asbury UMC Church at 6612 Creedmoor Rd, in Raleigh. Target date range is between mid-October and November 12, 2022. HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. We are trying to make sure that the convention is NOT held on a Saturday when there is an NCSU home football game where we will be manning the concession stand.
    • Christmas Show:  Yes, you heard that right! We will be singing some Christmas Carols again this year.  No details yet but lots of discussion about where and when.  Maybe a formal concert? Perhaps we schedule some senior living places in December and perform at their places.  If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - May 19, 2022 - Rev 5/20/22
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, May 19 2022
    The Acorn
    Weekly News Bulletin for Oak City Sound
    Pub Date: May 19, 2022
     

     

    0. Updates May 20

    • Next Monday is May 23, not June 23!

    1. Notes for this week

    • Unfortunately because of bad weather, Saturday May 14's National Anthem singout at Boshamer Stadium was postponed beyond our time window and we ended up going home without performing. Oh well. Thanks to all who showed up. 
    • Last Monday's special Guest Night was a success: 5 singing guests and one spouse. Thanks to all who invited their church choir friends, even if they did not show up.
    • Next Monday May 23. We will be meeting as usual at Searstone at 7pm.
    • We will not meet on Memorial Day, May 30.
    • Have you noticed that attendance at the Afterglow is near 50% of the attendees? It's a great time., so why don't you come and make it 57%?

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Song List for next Monday, May 23: Click on Events Page for Monday's repertoire. Practice on your own at home.
    • Prayer of the Children has been added to our current show repertoire. We will be working on it regularly 
    • The Christmas repertoire has been loaded on to our website. Start working on them for the holiday season!
    • Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
     

    3. Future Notes

    • No change from last week.
    • Due to the construction at the front door at Searstone starting on June 6, parking at the front of the building will no longer be allowed. All must park at Lorraine Park area. 
    • We will not meet on Memorial Day, May 30.

    4. Long Range

    • No change from last week.
    • July 25 at 7pm: Oak City Sound in concert at Searstone, Remember that Searstone provides our rehearsal space FOR FREE, in exchange for a concert here and there. Monday July 25 2022 at 7pm is one of those concert dates where we "earn our keep". It's an earlier than usual show-up time! There is a uniform requirement. See Events Page for details.
    • October / November: It looks like the NSC District will hold their Fall Festival in Raleigh this year. Target date range is between mid-October and November 12, 2022. HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention Planner and Chairman.. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. We are trying to make sure that the convention is NOT held on a Saturday when there is an NCSU home football game where we will be manning the concession stand.
    • Christmas Show:  Yes, you heard that right! We will be singing some Christmas Carols again this year.  No details yet but lots of discussion about where and when.  Maybe a formal concert? Perhaps we schedule some senior living places in December and perform at their places.  If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - May 12, 2022 updated May 12
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, May 12 2022
    The Acorn
    Weekly News Bulletin for Oak City Sound
    Pub Date: May 12, 2022 Upd 5/12/2022
     

    0. Updates:

    • There is a Uniform Requirement for the May 16 Guest Night: OCS Grey Polo shirt. Pants, belts, and shoes are not specified.
     

    1. Notes for this week

    • May 14,Saturday Show up time is 1::00 PM at Boshamer Stadium to sing the National Anthem at 1:50 PM at a UNC Baseball game in Chapel Hill. There are special instructions for parking. There is a uniform requirement. Please see the Events Page for all the details.
    • May 16 Monday is a special Guest Night for church choir people. It will be held at our usual meeting location at Searstone
      • Spouses are also invited.
      • All visitors be vaccinated against you-know-what!
      • Please send me the names of your invited guests (including spouses) ahead of time so that we can have name badges prepared.
      • Please send me the email addresses of your invited guests.
      • There is a uniform requirement. Please see the Event Page for all the details.
    • We will not meet on Memorial Day, May 30.

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Prayer of the Children has been added to our current show repertoire. We will be working on it regularly 
    • The Christmas repertoire has been loaded on to our website in the coming days as well, Start working on them for the holiday season!
    • Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
     

    3. Future Notes

    • Due to the construction at the front door at Searstone starting on June 6, parking at the front of the building will no longer be allowed. All must park at Lorraine Park area. 
    • We will not meet on Memorial Day, May 30.

    4. Long Range

    • July 25 at 7pm: Oak City Sound in concert at Searstone, Remember that Searstone provides our rehearsal space FOR FREE, in exchange for a concert here and there. Monday July 25 2022 at 7pm is one of those concert dates where we "earn our keep". It's an earlier than usual show-up time! There is a uniform requirement. See Events Page for details.
    • October / November: It looks like the NSC District will hold their Fall Festival in Raleigh this year. Target date range is between mid-October and November 12, 2022. HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention Planner and Chairman. I (Nic Cols) am volunteering to help wherever possible. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. We are trying to make sure that the convention is NOT held on a Saturday when there is an NCSU home football game where we will be manning the concession stand.
    • Christmas Show:  Yes, you heard that right! We will be singing some Christmas Carols again this year.  No details yet but lots of discussion about where and when.  Maybe a formal concert? Perhaps we schedule some senior living places in December and perform at their places.  If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
  • The Acorn - Oak City Sound Weekly Newsletter - May 5, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, May 5 2022
    The Acorn
    Weekly News Bulletin for Oak City Sound
    Pub Date: May 5, 2022

     

    1. Notes for this week

    • Saturday April 30: Oak City Sound performed at the Cary Spring Daze. It was a good concert, and well-liked by the audience. We were fortunate to have three members (Michael Field new member Sean Li, and new Director Carol Stephenson) perform with us in concert for their first time. Congratulations to all! Oak City Sound is BACK!
    • May 9: Next Monday's meeting we'll be back at our usual Searstone location. Show up at 6:50 and the meeting starts at 7:00. Note that because of construction now beginning at the main front door of the building, parking in front of the main entrance will no longer be permitted. We must all park over at the Lorraine area. 

    2. Carol's Korner

    • Due to the construction at the front door at Searstone during May and June,  we are pushing back our show for them to July 25.
    • Since we have more time, and the song is so appropriate right now, we are going to add "Prayer of the Children"  to our current show repertoire. We will start working on that next week if everyone can dust it off and put some work into it before Monday.
    • Christmas repertoire will start to be loaded on our website in the coming days as well, so keep an eye out for what you can start working on for the holiday season!
    • Keep working on creating legato lines by singing into and through the open vowels and making the end of each syllable the beginning of the next syllable. As you get used to this concept, it will make a HUGE difference!
     

    3. Future Notes

    • May 14, 2pm or so: Sing National Anthem at a UNC Baseball game n Chapel Hill. See Events Page.
    • May 16 is a special Guest Night for church choir people. It will be held at our usual meeting location at Searstone
      • Spouses are also invited.
      • All visitors be vaccinated against you-know-what!
      • Please send me the names of your invited guests (including spouses) ahead of time so that we can have name badges prepared.
      • Please send me the email addresses of your invited guests.

    4. Long Range

    • July 25 at 7pm: Oak City Sound in concert at Searstone, Remember that Searstone provides our rehearsal space FOR FREE, in exchange for a concert here and there. Monday July 25 2022 at 7pm is one of those concert dates where we "earn our keep". It's an earlier than usual show-up time! There is a uniform requirement. See Events Page for details.
    • October / November: It looks like the NSC District will hold their Fall Festival in Raleigh this year. Target date range is between mid-October and November 12, 2022. HCA/HOC Choruses in Durham are the hosting chapter. with Jason Kekas as the Convention Planner and Chairman. I (Nic Cols) am volunteering to help wherever possible. Let Nic know if you are available to help as well. We are trying to make sure that the convention is NOT held on a Saturday when there is an NCSU home football game where we will be manning the concession stand.
    • Christmas Show:  Yes, you heard that right! We will be singing some Christmas Carols again this year.  No details yet but lots of discussion about where and when.  Maybe a formal concert? Perhaps we schedule some senior living places in December and perform at their places.  If they can't come to us, we will come to them! Just to put some context about it: we had 14 singers at our singouts in North Hills Shopping Center, while at the same time we were having only 10 or 11 at practice sessions! Everyone likes singouts in the public setting. Note that we will make every effort possible to schedule these for Monday evenings. We know your time during the Holiday season is precious, so to ask for another night is difficult. We hope you can keep your Monday evenings reserved for Oak City Sound throughout that season.
  • Fifth Monday Sing with the Raleigh Boy Choir
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Aug 31 2021
    On months with 5 Mondays we try to do something special.  August 2021, we sang tags with the Raleigh Boy Choir.  Here is one of them.
     

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