Thursday, October 23, 2014

Choir News--One Day Tour, Upcoming Showcases, T-shirts, and Uniforms

Today's choir news has been long awaited--meaning all the information came together this week so you get a sermon of an email.  It's exciting stuff though so be sure to read to the very end!  Thanks!

One Day Tour


Many of you have been wondering about our upcoming One Day Tour as we have usually shared the day's schedule by now.  However, this year presented several snags for us, with the main one being WE ARE NOW TOO BIG!  While a good problem to have in some regards, it meant that nearly every place we contacted they were unable to accommodate our size.  OR, if they were, the date didn't fit in with their schedule. That said, after two months of constant phone calls we decided to go with a Plan B, and we are sooooo excited about it!  First off, the nitty gritty.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  1. We are NOT going on tour on Friday, November 7th.  If you scheduled around this date, I am sorry, it just didn't work out.
  2. We ARE going on tour on Tuesday, December 9th.  While we realize this may not fit with everyone's schedule, it is our understanding that most COOPS who meet on Tuesdays are finished by then which will hopefully make it possible for most to attend.  It is also the only date our concert locations could do it so we said YES!  ;)  If you cannot attend on this date for any reason, please let your directors know ASAP so they can plan accordingly.  Otherwise, we expect all applicable students to attend this exciting event.
  3. This tour involves Bella Voce, Illuminati, AND Principio students.  Yes, you read that right.  This year, we are inviting our Principio choirs to join us at one location for a very special performance series.  Bella Voce and Illuminati will get to go on the full day tour, but Principio will get to join us at one location (see the schedule below for details). 
  4. The cost of the tour is FREE.   
  5. Students will need to bring a sack lunch.  No lunch will be provided.  Students will have the opportunity to eat lunch at the Cowboy Heritage Museum between performances.
  6. We need 6-9 Illuminati/Bella Voce parent sponsors to attend/ride the bus with us.  If you can serve in this way, please let Kathy know ASAP via email.   
  7. Parents are welcome to attend the Cowboy Museum performances ONLY.  The other performance will not be open to the public due to the school's student privacy concerns.
  8. The attire for the day is blue jeans (dark preferred) and t-shirts.
THE SCHEDULE:


8:15 a.m.  Meet at Grace United Methodist Church and warm-up

8:45 a.m. Load buses

9:15 a.m. Concert @ Positive Tomorrows School
10:00 a.m. Load buses
11:00 a.m.  Concert Series @ Cowboy Heritage Museum (with Principio choirs--Principio is responsible for their own transportation to and from this location)
11 a.m.  Bella Voce
11:20 a.m.  Principio (students should arrive at the main entrance by 10:45 a.m.)
11:40 a.m.  Illuminati
12:00  p.m.  Bella Voce
12:20 p.m.  Principio
12:40 p.m.  Illuminati
1:00 p.m.   Load buses
1:30 p.m.  Return to Grace

THINGS TO PRAY FOR:
  • The bus--scheduling, safety, and timeliness.
  • Those we will be singing for--Positive Tomorrows is a school for homeless children. As such we are adopting them as our special mission project this fall (more info on this coming soon). Secondly, we will be singing at the Cowboy Heritage Museum on their retirement homes day, meaning that we will be singing for many individuals who rarely have the opportunity to leave their nursing centers or retirement living centers to visit a museum, let alone see a choir concert. Both opportunities are opportunities to serve and for that we are very excited.
  • Students' and Directors' health--students always seem to be getting sick around this time.  Pray for the health of our students' voices leading up to this event
  • The weather--It's December and when you schedule things in December you never know how they will turn out.  Pray for good weather that will be safe for all.
  • Unity--This will be the first time our three locations will be together.  Pray for a unity among our students in voice and attitude.

Music Experience and Principio Showcases

Next week are the Music Experience and Principio Showcases. Mrs. Cavett, Mrs. Roberts, and Mrs. Matlick have been hard at work with your students, and this is your opportunity to see what your students have been learning in these groups in addition to the concert music. Please have your students come to their regular rehearsal, and you may join them for this mini-showcase at the following times:

Edmond Location--
2:45 p.m. Principio Showcase
3:15 p.m. Music Experience Showcase

OKC Location--
9:00 a.m. Music Experience Showcase
9:30 a.m. Principio Showcase

Norman Location--9:30 a.m. Principio Showcase (or as Mrs. Matlick says, "Come anytime!")


T-Shirts


The t-shirts and hoodies are here!  Be looking for them next week!  You are welcome to wear your shirts whenever to promote the choirs but we will for sure be using these on tour and concert days so you will want to keep them looking nice!

Uniforms


All backordered uniforms are in!  Lynda Nedrow will be making her final delivery of uniforms NEXT WEEK (28th/29th) so be on the lookout.  Also, give her a HUGE thank you.  She has volunteered lots of time and gas to serve COHC in this way, and we are very grateful.