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  • 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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