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Water Night

February 14th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers- Thanks for a great rehearsal. I really appreciate the hard work you put in to make it happen.

Water Night singers-Several of you need a copy of the actual music.
-it is attached it to this message (see e-mail for attachment)
-it is posted on Blackboard
-I have put 10 copies on my door (AT108) for anyone who is not able to print.


Sixth Rehearsal Preview

February 14th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire:
Welcome to our 6th rehearsal of 2017.

Thanks to the Men who had a great rehearsal on Saturday. This Saturday I see WOMEN at 11:00 am

Here is info about our
April 8 Cleanup Day

Website: fergusonfoundation.org
We will pick up trash and marine debris along the shoreline of the Potomac River.

What to bring:
-wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and please dress for the weather! We will be outside.
– we will be on dry land (along the shoreline). There are opportunities to wade in the water so bring rain boots if that is of interest.
– Please bring a reusable water bottle (filled). There will be re-fill stations. Bring any snacks you may want over the 3 hour time period. There are picnic tables and lots of open space if you want to bring a picnic!

AFF will provide gloves, trash bags, and a safety introduction.

Directions:
Address is 2001 Bryan Point Road Accokeek, MD 20607
You can follow the directions (HBF day groups)on our webpage. PLEASE NOTE: the event will take place about 1 mile down the road from the Alice Ferguson Foundation, on Bryan Point Road. There will be signs on Bryan Point road. The GPS coodinates are 38.692718, -77.068818.

Yours-MW


Fifth Rehearsal Preview

February 7th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Welcome to our 5th rehearsal of 2017.

These things shall be. I have 10 more.

The bookstore now has 10 more copies of Earth is our mother. If you have a photocopy, please purchase a real copy.

Thanks to the Women who had a great rehearsal on Saturday. This Saturday I see MEN at 11:00 am

Facebook – At 6:30 tonight Kris with a K will show us how to best use Facebook as a promotional tool.

Yours-MW

Water Night Chorus Women – In hopes to make the divisi less complicated, I have divised this plan. As you see, each group is divided into 2 parts, high and low. At the occasional times there are 5 parts, I have put one skilled singer on the lowest part. I realize that many of you are not singing the part you sang last week, but let’s give this a try.
2 parts = 1, 2
3 parts = 1H, 1L, 2
4 parts = 1H, 1L, 2H, 2L
5 parts = 1H, 1L, 2H, 2L, * singing the lowest note
[See e-mail for list of names]


Facebook

February 4th, 2017

From Chorister Halina: Hello Nova Chorus Members!

Find out how easy it is to put the word out about our upcoming concerts using Facebook. ComeTuesday at 6:30 PM and see “ Kris with a K” navigate our FB Chorus page and send out invitations.

Place: chorus room.


Water Day Concert

February 2nd, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Hello Friends- Our Art Department is working on a poster. In the meanwhile, here’s one you can use to start spreading the word about this great event.
Yours-MW

Click image for Flyer PDF


These things shall be music

January 31st, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-
As I mentioned, These things shall be is temporarily out of print. I have made copies to use until real copies become available, at which point I’d like you to go to Sheetmusicplus.com and order your copy. I know the music is expensive ($35), but we want to be within copyright law. I will not re-order the music at the campus bookstore. Of course you may keep any copies you have already purchased at the bookstore, if you choose.
Yours-DrW


Fourth Rehearsal Preview

January 31st, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Welcome to our 4th rehearsal of 2017.

Check out this World Water Concert PR
https://blogs.nvcc.edu/intercom/2017/01/23/nova-world-water-day-concert-and-events/

I am sorry for the sheetmusic confusion around These things shall be. I have copies for everyone.

The bookstore now has 10 more copies of Earth is our mother. If you have a photocopy, please purchase a real copy.

Thanks to the MEN who had a great rehearsal on Saturday. This Saturday I see WOMEN at 11:00 am

Yours -DrW

Thanks to all who auditioned to sing Water Night. Here is our group [see e-mail for list]


Water Night

January 27th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire:
Dear Singers- Thanks to all who auditioned to sing Water Night. If you auditioned and your name is not here [see list in e-mail], please let me know. Don’t assume that you are not in. We moved pretty fast.

I look forward to seeing MEN tomorrow at 11:00 am.

Yours-DrW


Memorial service for Jay Holmes

January 25th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire:
Dear Singers,
Some of you will remember Jay Holmes who sang with us for many years. Jay has passed away. His memorial service will be Saturday, April 29th at 2 pm at

Mount Vernon Unitarian Church
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA 22307

If you are able to attend and provide some strong voices for the service, I know the family would be most appreciative.


Singing for Social Justice Workshop

January 25th, 2017

From Chorister Marty:
The workshop will be held at the Arlington Unitarian Church, 4444 Arlington Blvd.

Singing for Social Justice Workshop at UUCA with Mimi Bornstein

Saturday, January 28

2pm – 3:30pm

ALL ARE WELCOME!

No singing/choral experience necessary

$20 suggested contribution (not mandatory)

Changing the World Through Music

With a mission to sing as a community for the community, Midcoast Community Chorus (MCC) grew from a small UU church’s music outreach program into a 140 voice non -auditioned multi-generational community chorus. With the belief that “When we sing we change who we are, when we change who we are we change the world” MCC performs annual benefit concerts that raise awareness and funds for local non-profit organizations addressing social injustices and community needs. Performing to consistently sold-out audiences, MCC has donated over $75,000 to these worthy organizations since its founding in 2008.

Using this story as a springboard and learning songs justice peace, hope and transformation, we will explore ways that music offers powerful pathways for creating community and working with social justice issues in our churches and local communities.

All who attend this workshop will be invited to sing the songs we learn in the Sunday morning worship service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.

About Mimi Bornstein

Mimi Bornstein is a professional choral director, song leader, pianist, singer, composer, workshop and worship leader whose work embraces the powerful journeys we take when we sing in community. Mimi has led worship and presented workshops at numerous UU churches and gatherings including General Assembly (GA), has served as GA Choir Director, as well as Director of Music for Sunday morning worship at GA. An active member of the Unitarian Universalist Musician’s Network (UUMN), Mimi has served on their Board of Directors, and helped design, launch and was an instructor for their professional credentialing program. Currently, Mimi serves as a Good Officer and Director of Conferences for UUMN.


Facebook

January 25th, 2017

From Admin: The Facebook “Page” for NOVA Community Chorus is:
http://www.facebook.com/NOVACommunityChorus
(always listed in the links to the right of the page)


Third Rehearsal Preview

January 24th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Welcome to our 3rd rehearsal of 2017.

Check out this World Water Concert PR
https://blogs.nvcc.edu/intercom/2017/01/23/nova-world-water-day-concert-and-events/

Thanks to the WOMEN who had a great rehearsal on Saturday. This Saturday I see MEN at 11:00 am

Auditions for Water Nights are tonight beginning at 9:00 pm.

I’d like to meet briefly at break tonight with
April 8 Cleanup Day Committee
Gillie Campbell, Grace White, David Shilton, plus Kate Cantrell and Kris K

Washington National Cathedral
I will be bring one of my Richmond choirs to sing the choral prelude at Washington National Cathedral this Sunday, January 29. The choral prelude begins at 3:20 pm followed by Evensong at 4:00 pm sung by the Cathedral Choir. I would be great if some of you could come.

P.S. Also
These things shall be by John Ireland is in the bookstore now.
We will begin rehearsing it next Tuesday, January 31.

Sing Well-MW


Water Night

January 20th, 2017

Dear Singers- Once again, here is a site to help you learn the Water Night notes.

http://www.singingpractice.co.uk/music/Renaissance/jul10.html

I have also attached the mp3 file that you will sing with for the audition.

Yours-DrW


Volunteers and More

January 20th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-
-I look forward to seeing WOMEN tomorrow at 11:00 am. (I know that some of you will be at the march.)
-I will have more photocopies of of Earth is our mother tomorrow. The bookstore hopes to have more copies in a week.
-Auditions for Water Night are Tuesday after rehearsal. It would be good if some women were prepared to audition tomorrow.
-i will be bring one of my Richmond choirs to sing the choral prelude at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, January 29. The choral prelude begins at 3:20 pm followed by Evensing at 4:00 pm sung by the Cathedral Choir. I would be great if some of you could come.
-I have a good group of volunteers to help with the May 12 Celebration, but could use more help with the April 8 River Clean-up. Please let me know if you can help.

Yours-DrW

April 8 Cleanup Day at Hard Bargain Farm Committee

Gillie Campbell
Grace White
____________
____________

Tasks I can think of right now. The committee will have many great ideas:

Make a list of participants
Coordinate with Hard Bargain Farm staff about details and logistics
Establish a Facebook presence about this event

May 12 Celebration Committee
Chris Hagan
Peggy Harrison
Debbie Peetz
Jane Roningen
Ruth Wood
Mary Yee
Pat Flagg

Tasks I can think of right now. The committee will have many great ideas:

Make an Evite that we can send to folks who we think would like to come and determine in advance how many will attend
Coordinate with Immanuel Church-on-the Hill staff about details and logistics
Organize food, drink, tables, plates and cups, etc


Second Rehearsal Preview

January 17th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Welcome to NOVA Community Chorus. It is going to be a great season.

Thanks to the MEN who had a great reeharsal on Saturday. This Saturday I see WOMEN at 11:00 am

Sheetmusic (Please have your music at all rehearsals)

Earth is our mother (I hope to get more copies today. I have made a few photocopies, in case.)

Wade in the water

Sicut Cervus (.pdf)

Water Nights (if you intend to audition, google ‘Water nights pdf’ to get sheetmusic. Then google ‘Water nights Whitacre’ and leaning tracks will come up on Youtube.

[Admin: As rehearsal tracks, recordings and sheet music files become available, they are posted to the music files page, listed on the tab above.]

If you are new, pick up

Worksheets (.pdf)

Schedule (.pdf)

Rehearsal CDs for all our music are available ($5 cash or check to NVCC Foundation). Rehearsal Tracks will be at www.novachorus.org for free.

Yours-DrW

Senior Registrations-Thanks to all who registered as paying students. If you are registered as a non-paying senior, please consider making a donation to NVCC Foundation in lieu of tuition. Donations of any amount are appreciated. Make checks to NVCC Foundation.

Attendance
Please try not to be absent. If you miss more than two rehearsals during preparation for a concert, you will be asked to audition to demonstrate preparedness.

Sing Well – DrW


Poetry Contest

January 17th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Hello Jimmie and Marcus- Please send this information campus-wide. Jimmie, please make sure our English faculty sees this. A flyers is attached. thanks-KW

Do you write Poetry?
Enter our World Water Day
Poetry Contest

Students are invited to submit original poems
on the subject of water.

· Poems must be limited to 30 lines
· Submit poems to mwhitmire@nvcc.edu
· Deadline for submission is March 12
· Winners will be selected by a faculty panel
· Winners must be available read their
poems on March 21 at a 7:30 pm event

1st prize – $100
2nd prize $75
3rd prize $50

For information, contact Dr. Mark Whitmire at mwhitmire @nvcc.edu

Click image for Flyer PDF


Committee Volunteers

January 13th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers- Thanks to those who have volunteered already. We have enough members for mary 12, but need some folks for April 8. Please let me know if you can help. I look forward to seeing MEN tomorrow at 11 am.
Yours-MW

April 8 Cleanup Day at Hard Bargain Farm Committee
____________
____________
____________
____________

Tasks I can think of right now. The committee will have many great ideas:

Make a list of participants
Coordinate with Hard Bargain Farm staff about details and logistics
Establish a Facebook presence about this event

May 12 Celebration Committee
Chris Hagan
Peggy Harrison
Debbie Peetz
Jane Roningen
Ruth Wood
Mary Yee

Tasks I can think of right now. The committee will have many great ideas:

Make an Evite that we can send to folks who we think would like to come and determine in advance how many will attend
Coordinate with Immanuel Church-on-the Hill staff about details and logistics
Organize food, drink, tables, plates and cups, etc


Saturday Rehearsals

January 12th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: NOVA Community Chorus
Saturday Rehearsals, 11:00 am -12:15 pm
Attendance is optional, but strongly encouraged

1/14 MEN
1/21 WOMEN
1/28 MEN
2/4 WOMEN
2/11 MEN
2/18 WOMEN
2/25 MEN
3/4 WOMEN
3/11 SPRING BREAK-NO REHEARSAL
3/18 FULL REHEARSAL (SATB)
3/25 FULL REHEARSAL (SATB)
4/1 MEN
4/8 WOMEN
4/15 MEN
4/22 WOMEN
4/29 FULL REHEARSAL (SATB)


World Water Day Concert

January 12th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Please spread the word about this event and post on all appropriate calendars.

Click image for Flyer PDF

World Water Day Concert
March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Schlesinger Concert Hall

MUSIC
Wonderful water-themed music by NOVA Community Chorus, including Earth Is Our Mother. Music by the jazz legend Dave Brubeck with words by Chief Seattle (1786-1866), sung by operatic tenor Jesus Daniel Fernandez http://www.dietschartists.com/jesus-daniel-hernandez-tenor.

INFORMATION
There will be a talk by environmental specialists from the Alice Ferguson Foundation, an organization that does extensive work to clean up the Potomac River. Last year Alice Ferguson Foundation led the cleanup of 334, 952 pounds of trash.
(For more information go to http://fergusonfoundation.org)

POETRY CONTEST
Students are invited to submit original poems on the subject of water.
· Poems must be limited to 30 lines
· Submit poems to mwhitmire@nvcc.edu
· Deadline for submission is March 12
· Winners will be selected by a faculty panel
· Winners must be available read their poems at the March 21 concert
· First prize – $100; Second prize $75; Third prize $50

ACTION
Save the date – On Saturday, April 8th, 2017
The Chorus invites and students, faculty and staff from across the campus to join us in the
29th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup
On Saturday, April 8th, 2017, we will gather to pick up trash and marine debris along the shoreline of the Potomac River at Hard Bargain Farm (located on the Maryland side of the Potomac, across from Mt. Vernon). Information about registration will be available soon.

For information, contact Dr. Mark Whitmire at mwhitmire @nvcc.edu


First Rehearsal Follow Up

January 11th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers- Words cannot express the happiness and satisfaction that last night’s rehearsal brought to me. Meeting so many new folks and reuniting with so many old friends was such a joy. Plus the amazing choral sound that you were able to create on the very first night. Awesome!

This Saturday at 11:00 am I will rehearse with MEN. Thereafter we’ll alternate weeks Women-Men, etc. Saturday rehearsals are optional, but I encourage everyone to attend if they can.

I need some help in two areas:
1 – help with the April 8 cleanup project
2 – help with the May 12 30th year Celebration
Please let me know if you are willing to help with either of these events.


Senior Registration Issues

January 10th, 2017

From Chorister Peggy: Seniors. If you registered Friday your classes may have dropped per one of our members below. You need to go to student services asap and put your name an the senior list with your student is and phone number and they will fix it. The student services told me that just now.

Chorister:
Today both and I had our senior citizen class registrations cancelled despite submitting all required forms online. After spending time on it and going in today, they are saying a lot of senior had their registrations dropped due to a glitch in the system. If this happens to others in class they need to submit their name on a list that is in student services. I did this by going over there but perhaps it can be done by phone. Those who registered online as seniors need to check their status for sure to make sure they were not “dropped.”


Worksheets

January 10th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-
Please print these Worksheets (.pdf) if you are able. The printer here is down.


First Rehearsal Preview

January 9th, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Welcome to NOVA Community Chorus. It is going to be a great season.

In the Bookstore (Please have your music at all rehearsals)
Earth is our mother
Wade in the water

Inside
Sicut Cervus (.pdf)
Worksheets (.pdf)
Schedule (.pdf)
Water Night (Whitacre) is $3. Only buy a copy if you intend to audition. If you are not sure, use the pdf that is online (google Water nights pdf).

Rehearsal CDs for all our music are available ($5 cash or check to NVCC Foundation). Rehearsal Tracks will be at www.novachorus.org for free.

[Admin: As rehearsal tracks, recordings and sheet music files become available, they are posted to the music files page, listed on the tab above.]

Senior Registrations-Thanks to all who registered as paying students. If you are registered as a non-paying senior, please consider making a donation to NVCC Foundation in lieu of tuition. Donations of any amount are appreciated. Make checks to NVCC Foundation.

Attendance
Please try not to be absent. If you miss more than two rehearsals during preparation for a concert, you will be asked to audition to demonstrate preparedness.

After rehearsal get-together tonight! I’ll dismiss early so can go to Clydes for a refreshing beverage. If you are a new member, your first beverage is on my tab.

I am excited about our March 21 concert. Read about some of our plans

World Water Day Concert
March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Schlesinger Concert Hall

MUSIC
Wonderful water-themed music by NOVA Community Chorus, including Earth Is Our Mother, Dave Brubeck’s musical setting of words by Chief Seattle (1786-1866).

INFORMATION
There will be a talk by environmental specialists from the Alice Ferguson Foundation, an organization that does extensive work to cleanup the Potomac River. Last year Alice Ferguson Foundation lead the cleanup of 334, 952 pounds of trash.
(For more information go to http://fergusonfoundation.org)

POETRY CONTEST
Students are invited to submit original poems on the subject of water.
· Poems must be limited to 30 lines

· Submit poems to mwhitmire@nvcc.edu

· Deadline for submission is March 12

· Winners will be selected by a faculty panel

· Winners must be available read their poems at the March 21 concert

· First prize – $100; Second prize $75; Third prize $50

ACTION
Save the date – On Saturday, April 8th, 2017
The Chorus invites and students, faculty and staff from across the campus to join us in the
“29th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup”
On Saturday, April 8th, 2017, we will gather to pick up trash and marine debris along the shoreline of the Potomac River at Hard Bargain Farm (located on the Maryland side of the Potomac, across from Mt. Vernon). Information about registration will be available soon..

For information, contact Dr. Mark Whitmire at mwhitmire @nvcc.edu


Music 121

January 3rd, 2017

From Chorister Alan: Just a word about MUS 121, World Music. I took the course in the fall. The text is “The Other Classic Music” and the course is a rich survey of world music, taught with depth, clarity and humor of course. I suppose it will meet Fridays at 9:00 for three
hours, same as before. Perfect for retirees.


Spring Registration

January 2nd, 2017

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-
I hope everyone has enjoyed a wonderful holiday.
Thanks to all of you who have found time during the busy season to register for classes.
Special thanks to those seniors who have registered as paying students.
I am especially excited that I will see a few of you in other classes this Spring. Here is a look at how my classes look so far. Admin will begin making cancellation decisions this Thursday (1/5).
I am looking forward to seeing all of you at our first rehearsal next Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm.
Yours-DrW

MUS 121 World Music
Total enrollments: 8
Choristers enrolled: 2 -Gillie Campbell, Barbara Lowrey

MUS 131/132 Class voice
Total enrollments: 10
Choristers enrolled: 4 -Gillie Campbell, Elizabeth Todd, Jackie Cohen, Marcelita Flowers

Mus 137 Chorus
Total enrollments: 23 (This is enough; We need enrollments in MUS 237)

MUS 163 Beginning Guitar
Total enrollments: 5
Choristers enrolled: 1 -Susan Trotter

MUS 164 intermediate Guitar
Total enrollments: 2
Choristers enrolled: 0

MUS 198 Vocal Seminar
Total enrollments: 8

Chorus
Total enrollments: 4 (We need enrollments here)