The Acorn - Oak City Sound's Newsletter - June 22, 2023

Type of post: Chorus news item
Sub-type: No sub-type
Posted By: Nic Cols
Status: Current
Date Posted: Wed, Jun 21 2023

1. High Notes

  • June 19: Great rehearsal. 17 members singing. The afterglow at The Corner Tavern wasn't so hot -- they will be hosting live (read: "really loud") bands going forward on Mondays, so we have to find a new place.
  • June 20: Mike Muha has posted our memorization schedule. See Let's get on board with this!
  • June 26: (Monday): Regular meeting at our regular time at our regular location: Searstone Retirement Community at 7pm.
    • We will rehearse the following:
      • Do You Hear What I Hear?
      • Prayer of the Children
      • Honesty
      • Desperado - off paper
      • Two Less Lonely People
      • Please Come Home for Christmas (NEW)
      • Christmas Through Your Eyes
    • Under consideration for a new Afterglow location. We will probably try out each in turn again. Contact Larry Hill to vote for your preference. 
      • Parkway Tavern -- Larry Hill has made progress on this one, making it more suitable for our kind of socializing.
      • Fortnight Brewing -- good outdoor seating for summer time, but no kitchen!
      • Abbey Road -- also good outdoor seating for summer time, and yes their kitchen is open late.
      • Mac's Tavern -- ambience is OK, kitchen is fine, but kinda far away.
      • Lydia's Kitchen -- Alas! She went out of business.
  • July 3 (Monday) - No meeting.
  • July 10: (Monday): Regular meeting at our regular time at our regular location: Searstone Retirement Community at 7pm. Honesty must be off-paper

2. Carol's Korner

  • Remember how we beautifully stayed on pitch in Desperado as soon as we switched to "doo doo doo" instead of words? That means we still have work to do to approach each note from the top, keep the vowels forward, and bring the consonants to the vowels to stay on the top side of each note. Practice all of your songs without words and take note of how free and forward the sound is when you don't let the consonants disrupt that flow. It CAN be done with words, too!

3. Future Notes

  • Tuesday evenings at 7pm, starting Tuesday July 11, running for several weeks. Greg Santa Croce, who is the choir director at  St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Apex, where John Zweighaft attends, will lead a sight-singing lab this summer.  He has opened it to members of our chorus. It’s free. It will include some basics of reading music with singing to train singing music intervals.  I recommend this for both new and experienced singers. The lab will be held at the church at 7:00pm on Tuesday nights beginning on July 11.  Contact John Zweighaft for more information.
  • July 19 (Wednesday): Concession stand in Chapel Hill. Check with Tim Kinsey for details. 

4. Long Range

  • Aug 26, Cary Lazy Daze Town Festival. Oak City Sound will be performing on the main stage, as we've done for a few years running. Please mark it on your calendar ... we don't have the detailed performance time or location yet.
  • Oct 22, a Sunday afternoon. Oak City Sound in concert at Preston Pointe in Morrisville.
5. Champagne Room
  • Triangle Sings is a consortium of vocal groups in the Triangle area. It is now being headed up by our friend in the Heart of Carolina ACappella chorus, Dr. Bill Adams. 
  • Sad news: Jo Ann Meyers, who was the wife of long-time General Assembly singer Mike Meyers, passed away on June 16 in . Mike and Jo Ann had recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Memorial service or other arrangements have not bee set yet. Go to for more information.