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Rehearsal Recordings + Next Rehearsal

For those that missed last night's rehearsal, we worked on these scenes:

Sc 2-5, 21, 28

Unfortunately there were some technical difficulties and we didn't get a recording of the rehearsal so I just recorded myself playing the individual parts on piano for Scene 2-5, 21, 28 (all parts together) and while I was at it I also did the individual parts for Scene 9. 

Reminder: No rehearsal next Monday (Thanksgiving Monday).

Here's what we will do next rehearsal. FYI: I had a list of scenes that we would rehearse with soloists, but now that Sam has decided there will need to be alot of overdubbing, I may revise that list - hopefully to our advantage. Stay tuned.

October 16

Scenes in bold we need to spend a little more time on; other scenes, just a sing through, so please have them prepared. 

1,6,7,9, 12,15, 19-20, 21-22, 23, 27

Thanks,

Dina

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Audiences at our shows *time sensitive*

Dear Monday Night Choir members,

Here are some details about our upcoming shows. David has set up two eventzilla events to help us manage attendance.

With Love from the Monday Night Choir

*December 12 at Café Artère (https://www.facebook.com/events/204908779959474/ https://www.facebook.com/events/204908779959474/) *Ticket registration for this show is in two phases, using http://events.eventzilla.net/e/with-love--from-the-monday-night-choir-2138867492 . Important to note: ticket registration is free (i.e. no online transactions), though the concert has an entry fee: a suggested donation of $10 / pay what you can (PWYC) at the door.

  • Phase 1: now until noon Friday, December 2-- *MNC choir members can register a maximum of 3 tickets. Registrations made by anyone who isn't a member of the choir will be cancelled. *

  • Phase 2: December 3 until we sell out -- *The eventzilla link will be shared, most likely on facebook, via mailchimp, and you can send the link to anyone. Once we sell out, we will let you know. For those who weren't able to register in time to get a ticket to this show, please direct them to the Sunday Afternoon with the Monday Night Choir event...*

Sunday Afternoon with the Monday Night Choir

*December 11 at Résonance (https://www.facebook.com/events/1489918824356282/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1489918824356282/ *Registrations for this show are strongly encouraged (and much appreciated) to assist us in managing capacity, using http://events.eventzilla.net/e/sunday-afternoon-with-the-monday-night-choir-2138866765 This is a free show, and we will pass a 'hat' (or jars) to collect funds for local organizations, and will also be accepting non-perishable food items, and other items for Mile End Mission. More details posted soon on the facebook event page!

We look forward to singing with you all on both days...

See you Monday,

MNC Exec

-- Leah Garfield-Wright

There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places. -W. Berry

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October 17 rehearsal

Here's what we will be working on this coming Monday. Sorry I didn't send it sooner.

Please come prepared. You should be working on and know the material we have already learned and can prepare for next rehearsal by listening and looking at your music, before Monday - to the parts that we are going to be learning then.

  1. Beatles' Because We will work on making it performance ready for Thursday concert.

  2. Space Oddity You should know all your parts. If there are any trouble spots, please take note of them while you practice and we will go over them on Monday. After this Monday, we should be able to sing through the song without too much trouble. Ken: Please have a listen to the recording and figure out how to place your countdown

  3. Enjoy the Silence You should know your part up to the end of page 6. If not, get practicing. We will work on pages 7-10 on Monday.

Sopranos: Is there anyone interested in the solo?

  1. God Only Knows You should know your part up to the end of bar 30/31. We will work on bar 31-39.

  2. For All We know (small men's doo wop ensemble) We will work on making it performance ready for Thursday concert.

  3. In my Room (small men's ensemble) Please have a listen/ look at your part before Monday night.

THIS MEANS: All my little words (small lady's ensemble): we are NOT working on your song this Monday. This is to give you time to learn your parts at home, with the recordings you have. We will sing through it the following Monday, but I do not want to have to teach you parts. Happy to help with trouble spots and such but please do some work at home before then.

See you soon everyone, Dina

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FINAL DETAILS Thursday October 20th Mile End Mission Concert

Here's all the info you will need:

What: Mile End Mission Thanksgiving Benefit Dinner When: Thursday, October 20 - leave at 6pm, sing at 7:10pm Where: Crystal Reception Hall, 5285 Boul Henri-Bourassa Ouest, Ville Saint-Laurent

Attire: All black, with black binder (with Beatles Because in it). Please remove any stickers or images you have on your binders. It should just be a clean black binder. If you don't have one, please let me know and we will find you one.

My cellphone number is: 514-823-4778 IN CASE YOU need to text me.

IF YOU ARE GOING VIA BUS FROM MILE END MISSION:

The bus is leaving the Mile End Mission, 99 Bernard Ouest at 6pm. Be there earlier so as to not miss it please!

The mission is going to prepare snack bags with sandwich wraps, a bottle of water and a dessert so that you can all take them and have them on the bus.

We will warm-up in a room at the hall and sing at approximately 7:10pm. The bus will be ready to take you back to the mission right after.

Lou from the mission said her board was so happy to hear that we agreed to come sing a couple of songs - so thank you.

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Tomorrow rehearsal + NO Rehearsal Oct 10

Rehearsal tomorrow night will start promptly at 7pm; we have a lot of repertoire to get through.

I want to make sure we go over most of the repertoire since the following *Monday, October 10 there is no rehearsal.*

We will do the following: -Because (sing through) -God Only Knows -Enjoy the Silence -Space Oddity (if there is time) PLUS: Small ensemble songs to get you started (All my Little Words, In My Room, For All We know (for the Mile End Mission show).

I know many of you are going to be absent tomorrow night; please be sure to get caught up on what you miss. 9 rehearsals left until showtime.

See you tomorrow night, Dina

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Mile End Mission Thanksgiving Event Details - Thursday October 20

I discussed further with Lou at the Mile End Mission and she told me that they are renting a 48 passenger bus for their mission members and there is space for us.

Those of you wishing to drive, are welcome to, however, we will not be able to compensate you for your gas costs.

Those of you who will take the Mission bus, please meet at the Mile End Mission (on Bernard) on Thursday, October 20, *before 6pm, for 6pm departure.*

The songs we will sing are: -Beatles' Because (I will bring copies next week for those that do not have it) -For All We Know (small men's ensemble)

Attire: Please wear all black, including black binders for your music.

Given the time and knowing many of you will be rushing over from work, Lou from the Mission has offered to feed us at the event (pizza or other snacks, yet to be determined).

The bus will take us back to the Mile End after we sing (around 7:30pm).

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Website Info + Concert Dates

Members-Only Portal on Website

As mentioned at last rehearsal, the choir website is now up and running and includes a "Members Only" section.

I suggest you familiarize yourselves with it since this is where important information will be archived, including updates from me (Notes), recordings from rehearsals and song information (Repertoire), important dates (Calendar), as well as a place where you can see who your fellow choristers are (Directory).

Website is: www.mondaynightchoir.com/membersonly

Password: lundisoir

If you have any resources about singing, music or any info about the repertoire we are currently working on that you think might be useful to post in the members only portal, please send it along to Leah.
Also, please remember to send Leah your head shot photos: leahgarfieldwright@gmail.com.

Mile End Mission Thanksgiving Benefit Dinner - Thurs., October 20

At last rehearsal, we confirmed that most choir members are able to do this concert. Thank you. I have since confirmed with Lou at the Mile End Mission. She has offered to arrange for a bus to take us to Ville St-Laurent. Pickup will be at 6pm at the Mile End Mission. We sing at 7pm.

She has requested the Beatles' "Because" (which we sang last year) as one of the two songs.

Could those of you that sang "Because," please bring your music this coming rehearsal and we will see if it will in fact be doable. Even if you are NOT singing at this event, can you bring your music and we will give it to new members who do not have it.

Finalized Concert Dates

Here are the confirmed concert dates for this term. Please be sure to update your schedules accordingly. Detailed information will be sent to you closer to the dates, and this is all in the calendar on the MO site.

  • Thursday, October 20: Mile End Mission Annual Thanksgiving Benefit In Ville St-Laurent. Transportation provided. Leaving Mile End Mission at 6 pm, sing at 7 pm.
  • Sunday, December 11: Mile End Mission Christmas Brunch YMCA on Parc / St Viateur Call time: 1 pm, sing at 1:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 11: Afternoon Social/Sing Resonance Cafe on Parc. Go there after Mile End Mission concert
  • Monday, December 12: Monday Night Choir Concert Artere (on Parc below Jean Talon) Call time 6:30 pm, concert at 8 pm

Questions

From Rehearsal #1, here is a bit of what Gordon recorded (only available on website). 

- Dina

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Fall 2016 Repertoire List + Recordings

Hi again,

Here is the list of most of the repertoire for this coming term, including youtube videos.

As I always point out: The recordings are just for reference. You should NOT aim to mimic them; it is impossible to sound like these choirs because we are not them, nor do I want you to be; our interpretation will differ and will change as we go through the process of rehearsing. (I chose these because they are the arrangements that we are singing + clear recordings. You're most welcome to listen / search for other recordings)

As you see, this term is 'pop' music inspired since many of you have expressed that that is the sort of music you enjoy singing. For those of you that prefer classical fare, there is Tourdion and Enjoy the Silence (which isn't quite pop) and rest assured, next term will be different :)

There will likely be one more song added to the rep (a song by Beck). Enjoy,

Dina

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  1. Tourdion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68bfFtg92ek
  2. Helplessly Hoping https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D26eQKWaLh0
  3. Enjoy the Silence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlzhYa9aG_k
  4. Space Oddity (no recording available of the arrangement we are doing so...) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYMCLz5PQVw
  5. God Only Knows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoJRyY_TAcY

Last year we started doing smaller ensemble songs (i.e. not the entire choir) for those of you that felt you were able to take on more, and were willing and able to rehearse outside of regular choir rehearsals on your own.

This term the optional pieces are the following. If you're interested, please email me and I will put together the groups. We will work on them a little together but then you are expected to find time outside of rehearsal to work further on them without me. We will touch base throughout the term to make sure everything is going ok.

FOR MEN:

FOR WOMEN:

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First rehearsal Monday Sept. 12, 7pm

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all having a great summer. Just a reminder that choir begins on Monday, September 12, 7p.m.

  • Please come 10 minutes early so that we can start promptly at 7.
  • Bring a pencil and black binder (I'll provide the music).
  • Attached is the choir handbook for you to read through.

REHEARSAL DATES

Sept 12, 2016 – Dec 5, 2016 every Monday night, 7-9 p.m.

NO rehearsal Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 10; there IS a rehearsal on Halloween, Oct 31.

CONCERTS

  • Thursday Oct 20, 7pm in Ville St-Laurent - Mile End Mission Thanksgiving Benefit

We have been invited to sing at this event. Please check your calendars to see if you are available. I will ask for a show of hands at first rehearsal to determine if we can participate.

  • Sunday, December 4, afternoon - Mile End Mission Holiday Brunch

We haven't yet been invited, but we may be asked to sing at this event, as per previous years. Please keep date free.

  • Final Term Concert: Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 (TBC, keep date free)

FEE:

$25, David, our treasurer, will collect payment (CASH ONLY) beginning at the first rehearsal.

Looking forward to seeing and hearing you all again soon,

Dina

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President's Report - Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

Monday Night Choir

President’s Report, June 27, 2016

 

To Members and Director of the Monday Night Choir,

It is an honor to present my first report as president. Here are a few key points.

1. Thank yous: This past year was an incredible experience because of the collaboration. I am so grateful for each and everyone one of you, for your voices when you sing and also when you share your ideas. You are a bunch of talented and thoughtful people and it felt so special to pool our resources and create something bigger than any single one of us.

2. Survey: The responses in the survey were so useful and we are taking it to heart when we look ahead. A few stats & notes from the survey:

  • 27 respondents

  • 15 think that no adjustments should be made to socials

  • No one thinks there are too many socials

  • Calendar will be appreciated on the new site

  • LOVE: used 26 times

  • HATE: used 0 times

  • 100% of respondents do not own those shoes

  • Regarding questions about the [Members Only] part of the site: New updates from Dina (i.e. homework) will be emailed to you, if you’d like. This will include a members directory with photos so it will be easier to match names to faces. And you don’t have to be on facebook. Non-members will not be able to access this, it’ll be password protected. [...and if you are reading this, you know the password.]

3. Accomplishments of the year: a show that generated so many oohs and ahs. I hope all of you were told dozens of times how special that show was / a full series of videos of our show with a huge thank you to Gordon / transition between treasurers -- very smooth and thank you to Mira for being so organized and to Allison for stepping up / amazing website launched that will facilitate our communications, internally and externally, bravo Ken! / radio! I believe that our involvement in Love Me Some was our first radio appearance? / sectionals & socials get general approval ratings.

4. Opportunities. trying out some new ways to do warm ups that are more inclusive / varying social activities so they aren’t always at bars / karaoke night / getting website up and running

Please keep the lines of communication open!

See you on Monday,

Leah

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AGM Minutes - Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

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AGM Minutes - Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

Monday Night Choir Annual General Meeting Minutes

June 27, 2016 at 7pm

5272 Parc Ave, Montréal

 

Present: Saleema, Danielle, Lizzie, Cheryl, Allison, Dina, Jeremie, Martin, Pamela, Melissa, Cristal, Laura, Aline, Peter P., David, Spike, Emilie, Juliet, Leah

 

Items Discussed:

 

1. Small Business:

  • New section leaders for September term. We will appoint them on first rehearsal in Sept. Responsibilities will be taking attendance and organizing sectionals.

  • Warm up: some of the feedback we got in the survey was that people were not into the massage circle at the beginning. This is absolutely not mandatory, and you are welcome to step aside for any or all of these but we would love you to be there so you can still participate in the vocal warm ups we do while in circle. The purpose of the massage circle is actually to help set focus on choir, loosen up, and enter ‘choir space.’

  • Parental leave policy: the suggestion was made and accepted to have this be a gender neutral policy. So, for new moms and dads, your spot will be held for at least one term, two terms max. To be discussed with Dina on a case by case basis, and as early as possible, please.

  • Fall term: first rehearsal will be September 12, and the last rehearsal will be December 5th. Concert will most likely by the following Sunday, December 11. No rehearsal October 10 (Thanksgiving). Same membership fees: $25.

  • Fall Concert: We have booked the Chinese Presbyterian Church again for the December 2016 concert since it is so cheap and the location works for our more casual and shorter term ($250 for venue rental at Chinese Prez versus $1000 at Ecomusee). [Note: This is now subject to change.] We could also think about giving some money to Mile End Mission this term instead of just collecting canned goods at the door. There was a suggestion to look into getting a space to have tea/bake sale after the concert this time, since everyone enjoyed having some time to mingle at the venue after the June 2016 concert.

  • CDs: There was interest in more CDs from some of the audience members (of new songs). Perhaps we could look into recording future concerts and putting those onto a CD.

2. MNC Executive Committee Vote:

  • President - Leah Garfield-Wright (incumbent)

  • Secretary - Lizzie Smith (incumbent)

  • Treasurer - David Simon (nominated by Leah and seconded by Allison). Unanimous.


 

3. Dina presented the 2015-2016 Director's report.

4. Leah presented her President's report.

  • She included an important reminder for all choir members to submit a headshot/photo for the members-only part of the choir website. Note that this part of the site is private for only the choir members, and the photos are just to help your fellow choir members put a name to a face.

  • There was also a suggestion for an alumni social event, for all choir members past and present.

 

5. Allison presented the Treasurer's report. We have an ending balance of $307 more than our starting amount - we started at $1693 and ended with $2000. For additional details please ask the new treasurer (David) for the report.

6. There was some discussion about doing two performances next year - many members felt it would be nice to perform all the material more than once after spending so long learning it. Many thought we would be able to sell way more tickets since we sold out weeks before the spring show this year.

7. Someone brought up a collaboration we did with Phenomena. Does anyone have photos of this?

8. The meeting ended with a screening of our June 9, 2016 concert. The videos from this concert are now available to watch on the website.  (http://www.mondaynightchoir.com/media)

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Director's Report - Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

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Director's Report - Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

Monday Night Choir

Annual General Meeting

June 27, 2016– Director’s Report

 

If I were to use one word to summarize this past choir year, it would be that it was a year of “firsts”. It was the first time we memorized much of the repertoire; the first time the choir divided into smaller ensembles and was required to learn material solely by ear; the first time we learned a song and then pulled it from the programme; the first time we sang repertoire by women composers, including a Canadian woman; the first time we collaborated with a dance ensemble and put on a “show”; the first time we almost got a liquor license for a show; and the first time we got a proper logo and website.

The fall term began on September 14. We welcomed new members: sopranos, Emilie Moorhouse, Saleema Nawaz Webster, Claire Salisbury, and returning soprano Danielle Brown; alto Laura Copeland, and returning alto Miriam Ginestrier; tenors, Joey Ranallo, Campbell McClintock, and Eric Dougherty; basses Chris Finlay, Peter Paproski, Jeffrey Malecki, and returning bass Jeremy Eliosoff.

Fall Term Programme was:

  • Marie Picard – a Quebecois folksong, sung by only the women, with foot tapping done by Lizzie Smith

  • There Are Some Men by Philip Glass (as suggested by Rebecca West)

  • Because by the Beatles (as suggested by Danielle Brown)

  • Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby, sung by only the women

  • Old Time Religion (with solos sung by Saleema Nawaz Webster, Brendan Birkett, and Ken Dobell)

  • Hlonolofatsa

We also learned the song Pick a Bale of Cotton – sung by only the men. However, many people were uncomfortable with the choir singing it, so after much discussion, the song was pulled from the repertoire.

Our final term concert was held on Sunday, December 6 at the Chinese Presbyterian Church with the Rock Camp for Girls Choir opening. Again, it was pay-what-you-can and we collected non-perishable food items at the door, which were donated to the Mile End Mission.

A few hours before our concert, we sang at the Mile End Mission Christmas luncheon at the YMCA on Parc Ave – singing to a rather noisy audience, one man who very much liked the Beatles number, a child who like Jeffrey’s percussion and NDP leader Tom Mulcair.

We added an additional rehearsal on Monday, December 7, which was held at Santropol Roulant, to practice holiday repertoire for their event on December 10. Afterwards, many choristers gathered at Else’s across the street.

On December 10, we caroled at the Santropol Roulant luncheon to an eager to participate audience. Afterwards, a woman from the audience approached me to ask why we did not sing any Hannukah songs. I explained why and how I had chosen the repertoire (repertoire was chosen from our last Fall term ‘Carol’ themed program since this term we did not include any holiday fare). I apologized and told her I would consider repertoire more carefully in the future so as to be more inclusive.

Second term began on January 11 with yet another membership turnaround. New members included: returning sopranos Allison Gonsalves and Pamela Gomez; altos Christine Zoltok, Juliet Lammers, and Lia Roy; and tenor Laurent Laigneaux.
 

Winter Term Programme was:
 

  • A Rose is A Rose is A Round by James Tenney

  • Rosmarin by Brahms

  • Zaspala Li Si – finally a Bulgarian women’s choir folk song as requested many moons ago by Kaia Scott, sung by a small women’s ensemble.

  • Three Songs for Choir by Philip Glass

  • Astronaut Anthem by Meredith Monk

  • Find the Cost of Freedom, sung by a small men’s ensemble

  • Magnificat by Christine Donkin (sang by only the women, soloist Saleema Nawaz Webster)

  • Psalm 30, Shenandoah shape note

  • For All We Know, a doowop number sung by a small men’s ensemble.

On June 4, a few men from the choir participated in a recording session for Sam Shalabi at the Hotel2Tango.

On June 5, the choir sang A Rose is A Rose is A Round – four times for 20 minutes straight each time, at the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival’s event “Postal Pieces de James Tenney interprete par le Quatuor Bozzini et amis.” It truly was a test of resilience and stamina, and, as with most Suoni shows we’ve participated in, was first met with trepidation but after, proved to be a wonderful event that brought the choir closer together.

The evening after, we had a rehearsal at the Conservatoire with the dancers for the first time. On Wednesday June 8, we had a dress rehearsal at the Ecomusee du Fier Monde, and on Thursday, June 9, we presented our show.

On June 11, we sang at the Mile End Mission’s 25th Anniversary Open House.

Because the last week of the term was such a busy one, we held our AGM on Monday, June 27.

Next year’s season and membership fees will be as follows: September 12, 2016-December 5, 2016 (no rehearsal October 10): $25 with final concert on the afternoon of Sunday, December 11. Second term: January 9, 2016-May 29, 2017 (no rehearsal April 17): $40 with a final concert TBD.

I’d like to thank this year’s executive committee: Leah Garfield-Wright as president, Mira B-W and Allison Gonsalves, treasurers, and secretary, Lizzie Smith.

Thank you to those of you that organized and hosted sectionals throughout the year. Once again, a big thanks to Gordon for recording the rehearsals and all his work posting them - and for all his work this term first finding someone to film the final show and then the numerous hours spent editing the footage. Thanks to Emilie for suggesting the Ecomusee. Thanks for David for hosting the party in January and the AGM, and for helping with the German pronunciation for Rosmarin. Thank you to Spike and Cheryl for all your creative help with the June show. Thank you to Campbell for trying so hard to get doo-wop jackets. Thank you to Peter and Elizabeth for their musical contributions. It really made the show extra special.

I’d like to especially thank Rebecca, Leah and Ken. Firstly Rebecca who under her own initiative applied her expertise in communications to set up a number of social media accounts, forms and mailers for the choir. Thank you so much. A much needed makeover for the choir. This set the gears in motion and as per Rebecca and Ken’s suggestion, the need for a visual identity for the choir (time for a logo and a proper website!) Leah and Ken took this idea and ran with it, putting in countless hours meeting, designing, tweaking, I don’t even know what else – and creating the most beautiful logo and website. They still today have been emailing back and forth working on the site. They deserve a big round of applause. I have never seen such commitment, passion and expertise in one place – and all done voluntarily. You have been so generous. I can’t thank you enough.

Here’s to another great year of choir.

Dina Cindric, Montreal, QC

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