Thursday, June 15, 2017

CDs and Stuff

Aloha Ladies!!!!
Remember that time we spent 10 Sunday nights together singing our hearts out and then gave a killer concert in the Tabernacle on Temple Square?!?!?!?!?!

I’m so glad I said yes to that opportunity.  Truly. 

We’re getting ready to put together the CD of our actual concert.  If you would like to order some, please send $10 per CD to: (the cost includes shipping anywhere)

IBV
PO BOX 572040
Salt Lake City, UT 84157-2040

These CDs make great Christmas gifts especially for friends and family who couldn’t attend the concert.





One random item of business… GROUP VOICE LESSONS

I am often asked if I teach voice lessons.  I do.  I work with individuals for private lessons and I also offer group voice lessons.  The group lessons are one hour each, have 5 students and cost $20.  You will receive a practice CD and will sing better after each session.  Everyone is welcome.  There are several ladies who have taken some of the group lessons already.  Make note of when the next sessions are so you can sign up for the lesson you need.

Group Voice Lesson 1
June 20 6pm
June 20 7pm

Group Voice Lesson 2
June 20 8pm

Group Voice Lesson 1
June 21 6pm
June 21 7pm

Group Voice Lesson 2
June 21 8pm

Group Voice Lesson 2
June 27 6pm
June 27 7pm

Group Voice Lesson 3
June 27 8pm
Group Voice Lesson 2
June 28 6pm
June 28 7pm

Group Voice Lesson 3
June 28 8pm

If you are interested, please reply to this email and we’ll get you on the list!

I won’t send a general email again about the voice lessons.  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Instructions for this Saturday!!!!

Aloha Ladies!!!!!
It’s almost here! YAY!  Here are instructions to make your day go beautifully
Saturday, April 29
3-5pm Dress Rehearsal in the Tabernacle
·      Be mindful of the shoes you have chosen for this awesome day.  You will be standing in them for a long time…
·      You may park in the Conference Center.  If there is a person in the ticket issue booth, tell him you are singing with We Also Sing! South and he will give you a token.  If there is no one in the booth, the gates are usually up and you won’t need the token to get out.
·      Enter the Tabernacle through door 4 and sit in the pews (don’t come up into the choir loft until invited)
·      If you need to sit during the concert, please sit in the front of the pews
·      Bring a water bottle (please make sure you take it with you)
·      Come wearing your black skirt/blouse/dress with your one colored scarf (there is no place to change)
·      Eat a little something before the rehearsal so you’re not hungry during
·      Pack food to eat in between the rehearsal and performance.  You will only have 60 minutes between the two (there really isn’t time to eat out until after the performance; you know… the Celebration Party Dinner!!!).  Please do not come to the performance hungry. J
·      We won’t have time to go through each piece entirely so make sure you are ready to sing brilliantly on all of them for the concert
6:00pm
·      Meet in the “Horseshoe” for some final instructions and prayer. The Horseshoe is located under the choir loft.  We’ll give you instructions on how to get there at the dress rehearsal
6:25pm
·      Come upstairs into the hall and take your place for “O Aula Nobilis”
6:30pm
·      Concert starts!!!!!!
7:30pm
·      Concert ends... sad face.  The next concert begins at 8pm so we need to leave the choir loft immediately.  Tell your family and friends to greet you outside the Tabernacle.
Make sure the following pieces are memorized:
1)   O Aula Nobilis
2)   Spanish Lady
3)   It Takes A Village
During the dress rehearsal we will focus on all the logistics – You seeing me and me seeing you, instrumentalists and their mics, soloists and their mics, balance between Choir, Organ and Piano, etc. etc. etc.  Please be aware of how you are treating those around you – especially the folks on Temple Square who are there to help you. 
I want you to have the best day EVER and hope that it will be more than you need it to be.
Thank you again for the magnificent picture.  Truly.
           


Friday, March 24, 2017

It's been so long since I've seen you!!!

Aloha Ladies!
I hope you've had an awesome two weeks since I've seen you.  I'm looking forward to our rehearsal this Sunday at our usual 6:30pm time.  YAY!

Please make sure you know O Aula Nobilis, El Vito, Zion's Walls and Psalm 23 so we can really make music together instead of pound parts.




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Solo Audition Results

Aloha Ladies!

I'm excited about tomorrow's rehearsal.  We will have Doug Brewer our lead percussionist visiting and playing along with each of our songs.  Some of our ladies will be playing percussion with him as well.  Please review your music so we can sing through everything.

There were 42 of you who auditioned for solos!!! How cool is that?!?!?!
Several women had never auditioned for a solo before. I'm very proud of them.  

Here are the results :

It Takes A Village
First Solo - Karyn Keanaaina
Solo on Page 7 - Emma Woolley (as written)
Solo on Page 7 - Lora Johnston (an octave lower at the same time as Emma)
The "we all" and scat solos throughout the entire song - Morgan Rhoads

The Spanish Lady Double Trio
Soprano 1 Emily Sharp and Karly Chew
Soprano 2 Mindi Barker and Cynthia Jones
Alto Valerie Mahon and Julie Asay

For Gentle Savior and Amazing Grace, I need to see the following ladies for callback auditions tomorrow night at 5:30pm in the primary room:

Kelsey Jones
Andrew Palmer
Katie Jones
Celia Gonzales
Reneé Gonzales
Delaney Beacco
Melissa Kesterson
Meredith Bonita
Sarah Dever
Ami Gent
Elizabeth Sharp


See you tomorrow night!

Mahalo,
Merrilee

Friday, March 3, 2017

This Sunday's Rehearsal

Aloha Ladies,
This Sunday, March 5th, Doug Brewer our lead percussionist will be visiting and playing as we sing through every song.  Please listen to your CDs and be ready to sing through everything so our time with him will be productive.

Solo Tryouts

Aloha Ladies!
We had 42 women audition for solos!!!! How cool is that?!?!?  I will be posting solos and callbacks tomorrow (Saturday) morning.  I'm still working through how to maximize the wonderful talent we have in our choir.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

See you tonight!!!

Aloha Ladies!

I missed seeing you last week and I look forward to rehearsing with you tonight.

We'll be rehearsing "It Takes A Village", "Amazing Grace" and "The Spanish Lady".

See you soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hawaiian Chant

Aloha Ladies,
The words, phonetic pronunciation and an audio file of Uncle Bill Wallace singing the chant are located under the updates and information tab.  YAY!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

We have 163 ladies!

Aloha Ladies,
As of today Wednesday, February 1, we have 163 women in the choir.  YAY!  We need at least 100 more to make it a choir large enough for the large choir festival we're singing in.

When you invite your friends, let them know we need more First Sopranos and Second Altos.

We will be rehearsing Amazing Grace, The Spanish Lady and Vuelie this Sunday.  See you soon!