Getting ready for Fall

July 11th, 2015

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers,
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I am just back from Salzburg, Austria, where 32 of our members sang at the Mozarteum, Grolling Fortress and Salzburg Cathedral. Like me, you would have been very proud of the way they represented NOVA Community Chorus.

I am already getting excited about the Fall. Music by Bach and Handel’s Messiah! How good does it get? Our music has been ordered and will be in the bookstore soon.

Ein feste Burg (A mighty fortress)
J.S. Bach
Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA10080-90).
Item Number: BA.BA10080-90
ISBN 9790006490707.

G. F. Handel
Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14021327).
Item Number: HL.14021327
ISBN 0853602115.

Here is some more important info.
-Our first rehearsal of the Fall will be Tuesday, August 25, at 7:30 pm.
-Saturday rehearsals will be 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. (The time is not correct in the schedule of classes)
-Please register now. Seniors- It would be helpful if a number of you registered now as paying students so that our numbers look good to the college.
-If you were in MUS 237 in the past, please register for MUS 237 now. Seniors- we need at least 20 paying students so that we can keep our Saturday sectionals going.

New Singers
If you know good singers who would like to sing the Bach and the Messiah (and who wouldn’t?), please invite them to join us. Don’t wait. Spread the word now! I have attached a flyer (.pdf) that you might want to use to help us recruit (If you can’t get it, check

Other Classes
I hope you will consider another of my classes (I always have more fun when a chorister is in a class).

How about a Friday morning music class? MUS121 03a Music Appreciation Fridays, 9:00 am to 11:50 am (14-week class starting September 11) We will study music from all over the world-from New Orleans blues to Indian sitar music, West African drumming, Irish jigs, Western classical music, Native American songs, Jazz, Korean changgo drumming, Mexican mariachi songs to good ole rock- and-roll and more!

How about a Saturday afternoon music class? Vocal Seminar MUS 198 will meet on Saturdays 1-3 pm. (Again, the time is not correct in the schedule of classes). It offers an opportunity to perform songs with live accompanist (the lively Chris Hagan) and receive coaching from me on vocal technique, musical style, diction and expression. This is one of my favorite classes.

Tuesday at 11:00 am or Monday at 7:30 pm. Mus 163 is where you can learn to play guitar. Guaranteed results. And It’s always great fun.


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