Posts Tagged ‘stage instructions’

Seating for May 1

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-

I look forward to seeing you tonight at 7:30 pm in Schlesinger. When you arrive, go ahead and take your seat according to this chart (see PDF). As much as possible, sit next whoever you are accustomed to seating with. We can fine tune the seating as we go.

The call is 6:00 pm. We will rehearse for 30 minutes on stage in Schlesinger.

At the end of the concert there will be a box back stage for those who would like to donate their music to the Chorus Library. Rather that letting it clutter your house, let us store it for you.

Please don’t miss The Annual Chorus Picnic on Saturday May 9 2-6 pm at the home of Fred and Judy Wulff (6551 Columbia Pike, Annandale)

Thanks to all who attend the awards ceremony yesterday. I am honored to receive the Jean Netherton Award but there is no honor the college could give that means as much to me as your support and friendship.


cc- Chamber Choir for #2

Ninth Rehearsal Preview

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

From Dr. Whitmire: Welcome to our 9th rehearsal of Spring 2015! Please sign in.

Thanks for a great Dress Rehearsal on Sunday. I was very pleased by your musicianship and professionalism. I hope you could tell that this is going to be a beautiful concert.

Absent? If you missed Sunday’s Dress Rehearsal for any reason, please see me. It you had previously spoken to me of an unavoidable conflict, please remind me.

Tonight 3/24 we will rehearse all of the Requiem. Composer Paul Leavitt is planning to attend. We will also rehearse for our May concert (The Settling Years, I will be earth, Still I rise [women]) as time allows.

Rehearsal CDs for our May Concert are here ($5). All parts (SATB) are on the same CD.

Tickets are here. Please see your Section Leader. Sell your five or buy them and give them as gifts to your friends and family (Our tickets are $10; they are $20 at the door). Cash or checks made to WMPO. [Some tickets have the wrong dates. Rest assure that they will be honored.}

Sunday – Please be seated in the auditorium at 2:00 pm. At that time Matt, Francisco and Kaylee will arrange you on the risers–men center (tenors front) sopranos stage left, altos stage right. Ul will start and stop each movement. I am coming by train and will arrive just prior to start time.

Sunday, 3/29/15, 3:00 pm Concert, 2:00 pm call
Gorge Washington Masonic Memorial (101 Callahan Dr. Alexandria)

Sunday, 4/12/15, 3:00 pm, 2:00 pm call
Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St. NW Washington)

Saturdays (Please note changes)
March 28 women
April 4 no rehearsal
April 11 men
April 18 women
April 25 all


Concert Dress

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

From Peggy:
With our disrupted rehearsal schedule, Dr Whitmire failed to discuss concert dress, and I have been asked to send this info to our new members about concert attire:

Men wear a tuxedo or a dark suit with white shirt and black bow tie, black shoes.

Women wear black top with long or mid length sleeves, V-neck if possible. Bottom is black full length skirt or dress slacks, black shoes and hosiery.


[Admin Reposting] Please review the concert performance attire guidelines as listed in the Performance Guidance (.pdf) document, always posted to the right.

Men’s Concert Dress
A tuxedo, white dress shirt or formal shirt with black bow tie, black shoes and socks. If you don’t own a tux and don’t wish to rent one, a black or dark blue suit is permitted in this chorus. You can often pick up used tuxedos at rental stores or secondhand locations.

Women’s Concert Dress
Dress Options
Floor length dresses or separates (top with floor length skirt or formal dress slacks)
Floor length means to the ankle/top of the shoe.

Black matte finish

Modest, unadorned “V” neckline. No ruffles, no flounces, no collar, no cleavage

Long sleeves or 3/4 sleeves

Black shoes with black hosiery

Jewelry should be unobtrusive–modest, not flashy.
[Purses should not be brought on stage. Options are to lock it in your car or in a room identified for such use at the performance venue. If you choose a skirt or slacks with pockets, you may be able to carry all you need there. If you are using a ring binder for your music, a pencil case clamped in with your music can hold keys, a comb and lipstick.]

The following are NOT be acceptable:
Slacks: Leggings, chinos, denim jeans, khaki-style, any pant that would expose the midriff
Fabrics: Velvet, satin/shiny fabrics, sheer/see-through fabrics like chiffon or lace, sequined fabrics, heavily patterned fabrics

Chorus members are encouraged to look at websites of vendors specializing in outfitting ensembles to get an idea of the overall look of formality we are trying to achieve. If you need to purchase garments to fit the profile, the following websites are just a few we looked at that have appropriate clothing choices. The profile is basic enough that you may be able to find “the right stuff” at a local department store. You may already own an outfit that fits the profile, or you may be able to borrow one from a friend or family member.

Final Performance

Friday, December 12th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at Church of the Epiphany. Come before 3:00 pm and take your seats as audience members. Should the hall be overflowing, relinquish your seat and go to the Parish Hall. We will all assemble in the Parish Hall at Intermission. Our positions on the risers should be the same as Tuesday night in Schlesinger. I know this concert will be the crowning event in a wonderful semester of music-making. Please use Metro as there may be serious traffic disruptions in DC tomorrow.

Next Semester’s music
I will have copies of Requiem by Paul Leavitt tomorrow. We will sing this piece with WMPA next smelter. I encourage you to buy a copy tomorrow. Scores are $20; Checks made to WMPA. Other music for the semester will be in the campus bookstore.

Be sure to turn in any remaining tickets and ticket money to your Section Leader tomorrow at the concert. Checks made to WMPA.

Please register for MUS 137 Chorus asap. I appreciate those singers who are seniors, but have elected to register as paying students. Alexandria Campus enrollment is quite down, so full registrations do help.
I would love to see you in one or more of my other classes. Please tell you friends about them, too.
Mus 131 Class Voice – learn to how to be the best singer you can be
Mus 121 Music Appreciation – learn about music from all over the world
Mus 163 Beginning Guitar – have fun learning to play guitar
Mus 164 Intermediate Guitar – have more fun learning to play guitar
Mus 198 Vocal Seminar – learn how to improve your solo singing

End-of-Year Donations
I have received several generous donations to the chorus. I hope everyone will consider NOVA Community Chorus when planning your end-of the year charitable giving. Make your tax-deductible check to NVCC Foundation, and give it to me to forward to the Foundation.


Saturday rehearsal

Friday, October 10th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-

Tomorrow-I look forward to seeing everyone at 12 noon for our final rehearsal before our Tuesday concert. Try to sing through your music before then.
Please turn in ticket money to your Section Leader tomorrow. You can still sell more tickets though!

On Tuesday we will rehearse at 6:00 pm in Schlesinger. Please be in your place on the risers at that time.

Vocal Seminar Students- We will meet from 1:30-2:50 pm tomorrow. I have to catch a 3:25 pm train.

See you soon-DrW

Concert Instructions

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-
-Tomorrow’s rehearsal begins at 2 pm. Please arrive by 1:45 pm so that you are ready to take the stage.
-All who are able please position yourselves on the risers as last Sunday. (Sopranos stage right; men in center with tenors forward; altos stage left.)
Singers on the risers will stand throughout (we will not try to get up and down as I had said).
-There will be one row of chairs in front of the risers for sitters. There will also be a row of chairs stage right (in front of the west transept) for sitting sopranos; sitting altos will sit in the east transept (behind the double basses)
-With Cherry Blossoms tomorrow I imagine I will arrive after 3 pm. So I need everyone to be a problem solver. Listen to Matt and Francisco when extra guidance is needed.
Matt and Francisco- Please arrive as early as you can to make sure chairs are in place.
-After the rehearsal we will go to the Parish Hall and remain until we go on.
-You have worked very hard to bring this new music to life. Let’s not let the logistics distract us from making music.


Saturday, March 29th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers- Ul want to start rehearsal tomorrow a little earlier. Please be in the TC Williams HS auditorium by 1:45 pm tomorrow. Be very attentive to Francisco and Matt as they help you get into place.

Reminder- No rehearsal today.

Stage Instructions

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

From Fred: 1. When Chris and David have finished their part of the concert we will will form up in front of the elevator the same way as on stage but facing TOWARD the elevator. Once we are ready to go onstage, we will turn to our left. The rear row will move down the hall to the stage right (closest) entrance and go up onto the risers. The next row will follow them and the next and so on until we are all on stage. (I’d like to practice this when we go on stage at 6:30 if practical.)

2. We should minimize the amount of disturbance and time this takes. If you need to use the toilet before going on stage, use it well before this break rather than when we gather to process onto the stage. Pick a seat near the aisle so you can get to the gathering spot without having to climb over some of our guests. Yes, it is better to be near the rear exit door rather than down front; but this is not a requirement at this time.

3. We don’t have a secure place to store purses in Schlesinger or any of our venues. Your car is the best place. We may have an opportunity to store them in our rehearsal room but that has not been established.

4. The following is a recommendation to avoid turning several pages of music to find the page you will use next.

I use a paperclip to gather each group of pages that I won’t sing during this concert. For example, I clip the last page of #2 to the last page of #6. When we finish singing #2 and it is time to lower our music; I put a finger on the page that I will sing next (#7) close the book and lower it. My book will automatically open at the first page of #7 when I raise my music. No page shuffling required.

Fred Wulff, Stage Mgr.

Stage Instructions

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

From Stage Manager Fred:  Rehearsal starts at 6:00 PM Friday – not 6:30 PM – in the church. Leave your “stuff” in your car.

Park behind the church. Go up the stairs that are between the domed church and the square building next to it. There should be an open door near the top of the stairs. (The front doors will probably be locked.)

We will take a break from around 7:00 to 7:30 in the beautiful hall in the nearest building. It has bathrooms and water fountains. We will go into the church and up onto the risers around 7:30 using the same scheme as Thursday night.

The concert should be finished around 8:45 or a little later.

In general, when we are not singing, your music is closed, in your right hand, down at your right side.

Do this when you are:
– moving into or out of the auditorium or church and when going on or off the risers
– not singing (Choir II when Choir I is singing Mov. 5 & 6). Rest your arms when you can. This a long concert and the music becomes heavy.

Clip #9 through #10 together.
if you are in Choir II: clip #5 through # 7; plus #13 & #18

Tricks of the trade:
– bring up your music and open it when the conductor raises his hands the first time
(unless the conductor wants it happen when he opens his music)

– lower your music at the appropriate place when the conductor finally lowers his hands. Don’t leave it open while the audience applauds. Close it.

Singers on the top row of risers stand toward the back. Everyone else stands at the front edge. This gives everyone enough room to open their music folder without having to rest it on the head of the person in front of them.

See you there.


Thursday, December 1st, 2011

From Dr. Whitmire:  Dear Singers-
-I look forward to seeing you at tonight’s rehearsal and concert.
Small Chorus meets in the Choir Room (AT130) at 5:45 pm.
Full Chorus meets in the Choir Room (AT1430) at 6:30 pm.
-Tonight we will sing #1, #3, #5 (small chorus), #6 (small chorus), # 8, #19, #20.
-Fred and I visited St. Katherine’s today. It is a stunning church that will sound fabulous. Please spread the word. The church seats 400 and it should be filled.
-We need several folks to act as ushers tonight and tomorrow. If your spouse or significant other can help, that would be great.

Saint Katherine’s

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

From Fred:  Helpful directions from Bernie Cohen

From Rt 50 to St Katherine Church

West on 50: after passing exit for Carlyn Springs Rd, you will go over a hill.  Next left is Manchester, which runs into the church.

East on 50: Manchester is the second light after Patrick Henry (Home Depot, McDonald’s on right).

From Fred:  I have a few requests to help find St. Katherine for our performance on Friday night.

Plug in the address to your favorite map:
3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA

From Baileys X-Road:

Go west on Leesburg Pike (Rt. 7) toward 7- corners.

Turn right at the 2nd stop light onto Glen Carlyn Rd.
(St. Anthony’s Catholic Church/school/bell tower/ is on your right at the corner)

Go 1/2 mile north on Glen Carlyn.

St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church is on your right (large white dome)
Parking lot is behind the church.

Chorus info for Thursday and Friday

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

From Stage Manager Fred:
– Remember to use black folders to hold your music and to wear concert dress.

– Please use a paper clip to hold the movements together that you will NOT sing. That way it all flips at once. For example, clip movements 5, 6 & 7 together if you are in Choir II. Bring extra paper clips to the Thursday rehearsal at 6:30 to identify whatever needs to be skipped during our first performance.

– St. Katherine seats 400 so there should be enough seats for all our guests.

– I counted 140 parking places on the church’s grounds. Warn your  guests that they may have to park along Glen Carlyn Road as is done during the annual Greek Festival. Car pools will help the parking situation.


Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

From Dr. Whitmire:  Dear Singers-Thank you for the excellent rehearsal tonight. It was the best possible birthday present.
The call on Thursday is 6:30 pm in the Choir Room (AT130). Small Chorus call is 5:45 pm.
If I change the concert order, I will let you know.
The call on Friday is 6:00 pm at St. Katherine’s.

Chorus Reminders and Schedule

Friday, November 11th, 2011

From Fred:  Dr. Matthews sends her deep appreciation for all the work and quality we have added to this festival. A good image is very important for every department in NVCC during difficult financial periods, especially Music. We not only want to be famous, we’d like to have that new, state of the art rehearsal hall.

1. The call is 6:30 tonight. We will have a brief warm up and run through and go over to Schlesinger about 7:10.

2. Pick up a program and follow it. (There is no intermission.)
– We will move from the balcony to the foyer during the 2 minute “They Shall Run and Be Free”
– Form 2 Choirs and move to the auditorium entrance doors and hold until the music for “Vacant Chair” starts
– Move down the outer aisles at a measured pace and onto the risers. Seated singers get a head start.

3. Important details
– Music in black folders, in your right hand, down at your side until it is time to sing.
– Once on the risers, turn your body to face the audience, not the stage. Smile.
– Raise and open your music when our director, Jonathan Kolm, directs us to raise it. Smile.
– Keep your music up and open after completing his work until he lowers his hands. Smile.
– Lower your music in your right hand. It will take several minutes to move the piano to the side. Smile.
– Raise and open your music when our band director, Dr. Matthews, gets on stage.
– Keep your music up and open at the end of “Hymn to the Fallen” & don’t move until she lowers her hands.
– Watch Peggy Harrison in Chorus 2 and Fred Wulff in Chorus 1. Do what they do.

Don’t talk or move about when you are on stage – or forming up.
Audiences judge the quality of a chorus by how its members behave as well as how they sing.
If someone near you is talking, please ask them to stop.

Dress Rehearsal & Performance

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

From Fred:  Schedule:
Thursday, Nov. 10  –  Black Folders required
– 7:30  Warm up and rehearse (Chorus 1 next to window, Chorus 2 next to door)
– 8:25  Move to Foyer of Schlesinger Center
– 8:30  Form two choruses of 4 rows each as on Tuesday*
– 8:35  Move into auditorium and down outer aisles to the stage & wait

Friday, Nov. 11 – Full Concert Dress & Black Folders required
– 6:30  Assemble in Tyler rehearsal room, warm up, brief rehearsal
– 7:25  Move to balcony of Schlesinger if space is available, sit in rear seats, enjoy the show
– 7:25  or Continue rehearsal if seats not available
– 8:45  Move to Schlesinger Center Foyer, form 2 choruses, etc…..

1. Chorus 1 will have up to 50 singers
Chorus 2 will have up to 60 singers with several standing altos to reduce crowding

2. There will be 2 chairs next to sopranos and 3 next to altos on both sides of stage

3. Piano will be turned 180 deg with the top up so we can all hear Chris play.

4. * Chorus 1 will have the following alignment to fill up 4 rows

Sopranos: 12 total = only 3 columns (1 seated)
Tenors:       7 total  = only 2 columns (+1)
Basses:    15 total = 4 columns (+ 1 standing)
Altos:        14 total = 4 columns (1 or more seated)

Chorus 2 = similar:  S = 5 columns, T = 3, B = 3, A = 4


Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

From Fred:  Plan A (things are still changing but this is my best guess)

-We will warm up and rehearse from 7:30 to approximately 8:20 in our regular room; take a short break and walk over to Schlesinger Center at or before 8:30.

-We are to be on stage at 8:40 tonight and should be finished on stage by 9:00. Return to our rehearsal hall in Tyler after the rehearsal so we can discuss what will be done on Thursday and Friday.

-We will line up in two groups of four rows at 8:30 in Schlesinger Center:
— Chorus 1 will line up near the elevators, facing the elevators, S, T, B, A, with sopranos nearest the stage and altos closest to the Tyler building.
— Chorus 2 will line up in front of the fireplace facing the stairs, S, T, B, A, with sopranos nearest the street and altos closest to the elevators.

Around 8:35, or when we are told (somehow), sopranos will lead their row into the auditorium starting with the rear most row. We will go toward the stage through the box seats next to the wall on each side. Pause at the stage and wait for Dr. Matthews to call us onto the stage, probably at the end of the work in progress.

Fire regulations limit the number of persons on the fixed part of the stage at any time. We will bring the total to more than that number by at least 10 singers. Our workaround is to have about 10 singers in each chorus stand on the “apron” of the stage rather than on the risers. We will make adjustments when we get on stage.

From Dr. Whitmire

Monday, October 31st, 2011

From Dr. Whitmire:  Dear Singers-

Thanks for another wonderful performance. What an excellent choral tone you made. The final unaccompanied section was breath-taking.  I have heard dozens of performances of Chichester Psalms (some by highly-regarded ensembles) that were not nearly as solid. Chichester presented all the challenges—rhythm, pitch and language—and you mastered them all. I am very proud.

If you missed Sunday’s performance for any reason, please contact me immediately. If you have previously spoken with me about your absence, please remind me.

Please return any remaining ticket money to your Section Leader.

Next Tuesday (11/8) is our 1st Dress Rehearsal for the Civil War concert. We will meet in AT130 at 7:30 pm. Peggy Harrison will warm you up. Jonathan Kolm will conduct the rehearsal. Chris Hagan (The Glue) will accompany. At 8:40 pm you will go to Schlesinger to rehearse in the hall. Choir I (s1, a1, t1, b1) will be on risers stage right. Choir II (s2, a2, t2, b2) will be on risers stageleft. Fred Wulff will guide you into place.

Next Tuesday Thursday (11/10) is our 2nd Dress Rehearsal. Meet in Schlesinger at 7:45 pm so you are prepared to take the stage for our 8:00 pm run-thru of Hymn to the Fallen.

As you know, I will be in Haiti from November 5-12. I know you will give Peggy, Fred, Chris, Dr. Kolm and Dr. Matthews your very best.

Civil War Concerts Tickets will be available. Please see the ticket order sheet and sign how many tickets you want to reserve. Tell your guests that the tickets will be at Will-Call reserved in your name.

Rachmaninoff- After tonight, we have only 2 rehearsals (11/15, 11/22) before our November 29 Dress Rehearsal in Schlesinger. Please get into the highest possible gear. Work every day.


Sat., Nov. 5, 1:00-2:15 pm Women’s Rehearsal, AT130
Tues., Nov. 8, 7:30 pm Dress Rehearsal w/ Band, AT130 and Schlesinger
Thurs., Nov. 10, 8:00-8:30 pm Dress Rehearsal with the Band, Schlesinger
Fri., Nov. 11, 7:30 pm (6:30 pm call in AT130) Civil War Concert, Schlesinger
Sat., Nov. 12 NO MEN’S REHEARSAL (CHANGE posted 10/18)
Sat., Nov. 26 NO REHEARSAL (CHANGE posted 10/18)
Tues., Nov. 29, 7:30 pm Rachmaninoff Dress Rehearsal, Schlesinger
Thurs., Dec. 1, 7:30 pm (6:30 pm call in AT130) Holiday Concert, Schlesinger
Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 pm (6:00 pm call) Rachmaninoff Concert, St. Katherine Church

Sunday Parking

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

From Fred:  This is from the spokesperson of the WMP, Shenya Nicole Burt, who makes all the announcements for the orchestra. I will arrange to pick up enough stickers at intermission and distribute them to you in the Parish Hall. So, stick around a little while and save $8.


From Sheyna:  Hi People
Hopefully, you’re surviving Snowmaggedon – Halloween Edition – safely curled up with a good book/adult beverage.  Excuse the interruption, but I have a hot-off-of-the-presses update for you regarding parking on Sunday.

We just received word from the good people at PMI (the garage next to Epiphany) that they will honor the previously negotiated discounted rate of $8.  I spoke to an executive with the company and the attendant that will be on duty tomorrow afternoon and we should be good to go.  The front of house will have stickers for you to apply to the face of the parking ticket, but allow me to reiterate Ul’s admonition about waiting until intermission to retrieve your sticker.  In my capacity as Board President, I have granted to WMP’s volunteers a shoot to kill order for any musicians who harass them too early.

You have been warned.

More Stage Instructions

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

From Fred:  Ul James sent this to the orchestra. Advise those around you who did not see this note.

– I suspect the little stage is what Ul calls the “far end of the hall”
– Be flexible and forgiving. We are guests of this orchestra and owe them a LOT!


From Ulysses:  There will be a post-concert reception in the Parish Hall after the concert.  Please do all you can to keep the Hall clear of cases and belongings.  Put them neatly behind the cast iron screen by the organ, or at the far end of the Parish Hall.  Do not put anything on the table in the Parish Hall.

The front of house is usually very busy at the beginning of the concert.  Please do not attempt to pick up vouchers or Principal checks until intermission.

Finally, we have not heard from PMI garage about the availability of vouchers.  At this time, we don’t have any parking vouchers to hand out. Please assume that there won’t be any.  If that changes, we’ll let you know right away.

Thank you!

More about Epiphany & WMP’ instructions

Friday, October 28th, 2011

From Ulysses James:

12:30 PM  Setup.  First Violin Section is designated to assist.
Craig Teer will be setting up risers at the same time.   The “work crew” will be able to get the stands and chairs on the “stage” but avoid obstructing Craig’s efforts.  When he is finished, everything can be put in place.


1:30 PM  WMP Rehearsal – special emphasis on sound check with Charles Williams

2:00 PM  Chorus Rehearsal

3:00 PM  Concert

Parking – is very limited.  The lot next to the Church will have cones in it which restrict use of space.  It may be possible for about two vehicles to park there in which case it should be Recording Engineer John Reiser, and the U-Haul cargo van with large instruments.  Those who have to unload will be able to do so but will have to do it expeditiously so that there are no unnecesary delays.

Parking will be available in the PMI Garage next door and vouchers will be available at the front of house.

Steve Bertino will be giving a pre-concert lecture in the Parish Hall from  2:15 to 2:45 PM.  Please place your cases in the sanctuary transepts until 2:45 PM.  When he is finished, bring them into the Parish Hall.

If you have guests coming please tell them that the only bathroom facilities will be on the second floor via steps.  While the sanctuary renovation is complete, the rest of the Church is in the process of being restored.

The Marine Corp Marathon will take place on Sunday.  The race starts at 7:45 PM and will be finished before the concert.  The last, very slow runners should be finished no later than 2 PM.  However there may still be road obstructions.  Here is a link to the race map:

The dancers will not be performing with us today.  There should be ample room for all.

My best, see you Sunday,


Epiphany Photos

Friday, October 28th, 2011

From Fred:  Good luck opening the photos. They are from Ul James, taken the first day he was allowed into the reconstruction area.
Click images for enlarged PDF files. Click titles for enlarged JPG files:

Photo 1

Photo 2,

Photo 3

Marathon Course Map

Friday, October 28th, 2011

From Fred: See attached course map (.pdf)

Stage Manager Instructions

Friday, October 28th, 2011

From Fred:  Stage Manager Instructions for our concert on 10/30/11.

-14th. Street will be closed to traffic until 1:15 because of the Marine Corps Marathon.
click on “maps” in the upper right hand part; click on the center logo; (map next Emai)
Runners use the out-bound bridge. In-bound is open to the SW Freeway only.

-The parish hall is still there but it will be in use (pre-concert lecture) from 2 to 3 PM.

– No bathrooms downstairs – go up the stairs in back to reach the upstairs bathrooms.

-The orchestra will rehearse alone, in the church, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM on Sunday.

-We may rehearse with them from 2:00 PM until 2:40; starting with Mark’s arrival.

Chorus Plan A

– Before 2:00: Gather in the rear of the sanctuary so we can talk.

– 2:00: Move to the front pews on the left side where the chapel was last year (see photos).

– When Mark arrives, we will line up in the space to your left where the chapel was, and face toward the center of the hall. Altos on the back row will lead that row onto the risers. The remaining back rows will follow onto the risers, one at a time, nothing fancy.

– Mark will release us before the audience is allowed to enter.
Parish hall is not available yet.

– We will move into the parish hall just before the concert begins and remain there until it is time to move onto the risers. That should be about 30 minutes into the concert. There should be some chairs left over from the lecture.

– Remember to get a parking pass to reduce your parking fee to $8 instead of $16. We’ll hand some out. It is also important to have cash and the parking ticket in your hand when you leave the underground parking. No credit cards.

Getting there: Good Luck!

– I have gotten around the marathon blockade in the past by crossing the 14th. bridge; staying in the right hand lane; going onto the SW Freeway to 12th. street and crossing under the mall via the 12th. street tunnel. Turn left at G st, and go less than 2 blocks.

Attachments: Photos of Epiphany (.jpg files, click to enlarge)

Photo 1,

Photo 2,

Photo 3

Traffic Alert

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The Arlington County Police Department will close numerous streets in Arlington on Sunday, October 30, for the 36th Annual Marine Corps Marathon.  The race begins at 8 a.m. on Route 110. Extra security measures will also be in place. Residents and motorists can expect delays and should allow extra travel time in those areas.

These roads in Arlington will be affected at the following times:

4:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eastbound Washington Boulevard will be closed at I-395 towards Memorial Bridge.

4:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Route 110 will be closed in both directions to all traffic.
N. Meade Street will be closed from Fairfax Drive to Marshall Drive
There will be no access to Lynn Street or Meade Street from Route 50.
N. Lynn Street, from Route 50 to N. 19th Street, will be closed.
Ft. Myer Drive will be closed from 19th Street to Route 50.
N. Moore Street, from 19th Street to Wilson Boulevard, will be closed.
Wilson Boulevard will be closed east of N. Nash Street.

4:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Westbound Washington Boulevard from Memorial Circle to I-395 will be closed.

7:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Eastbound Lee Highway, from Kirkwood Road to N. Lynn Street will be closed.
Westbound Lee Highway, from N. Scott Street to Kirkwood Road will be closed to
thru traffic (local traffic will have egress by taking Scott Street to Veitch
Street. Citizens leaving the area can use westbound Lee Highway to Spout Run and
exit the area via the George Washington Parkway).

7:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
The Key Bridge will be closed.

7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The southbound I-395 HOV lanes from Washington, D.C. will be closed.

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
12th Street South from Eads Street to Crystal Drive (local traffic permitted in one lane from Eads Street to Army Navy Drive) Traffic is encouraged to avoid this route as intermittent closures will occur.  Use S. 15th Street to access
Crystal Drive will be closed from 12th Street to 23rd Street.
Rotary Road will be closed throughout Pentagon South parking.
Columbia Pike will be closed at Joyce Street (access Pentagon via Boundary Channel).

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Army Navy Drive will be closed from Fern Street to S. 12th Street.

For more information on road closures in Arlington, please call the Arlington
Police Department’s special events hotline 703-228-4147.dlp/oem

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Sunday Traffic

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

From Peggy:  FYI, the bottom line seems to be that 14th Street will reopen at 1:15pm

From Chorister Carol: Peggy,  You may want to share the part of this FAQ I found on the Marine Corps Marathon site about the 14th street bridge with the chorus members…
Do I need a qualifying time to participate?
You do not need a qualifying time for “The People’s Marathon.” Every runner must be 14 years of age or older on October 30, 2011. All runners must maintain a 14-minute per mile pace to complete the “Guantlet” and to “Beat the Bridge”. The “Guantlet” is located at mile marker 17.5, at the intersection of Madison Drive and 14th Street NW. Runners who fall behind the tail end vehicle will be turned at the “Guantlet” towards “Beat the Bridge” and allowed to unofficially complete the remainder of the course. All runners must reach 14th Street Bridge (just before mile marker 20) by 1:15 pm. At that time, the street will reopen to vehicular traffic. If a runner does not reach the 14th Street Bridge on time, he or she will have to board a straggler’s bus which will take them to the finish festival. It is strongly advised to board the straggler bus but if a runner decides to continue on, they must stay on the sidewalks and are responsible of their own safety