From Mr. Woodward…

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Dear Choir Members (and Prospective Members),

I hope you are all having a great summer. Even though the summer is far from over, it is time for me to start looking ahead. One of the things that get’s me most excited is choosing and organizing the music we will be singing–and i have already been selecting the music for our first concerts (and can’t wait to hear you sing it)..However,I get even more excited at the opportunity to see each of you at our annual evaluations (or auditions, if you are new to us), because you (not the music) are the most important thing –and what give the music its meaning..

If you have already been in the choir, please be sure to schedule a time for your evaluation so we can see how you are getting along and make any needed recommendations for the future. (Even if you are not sure about your plans for the coming year, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.)

If you are new and just considering membership in the choir, I invite you to make an appointment for a brief (15 minute) audition. Some instrumental background can be helpful, but it is certainly not required.  (By the way,most of our choir members have had no previous vocal training).  Also, you don’t need to worry about any special preparation for the audition, because I will find plenty of things to do when you come.  I don’t want you to worry about anything at all beforehand and I think you will have fun once you are there.

One small choir news item:  Even though the choir has been on the radio quite regularly over the years. it has been a long, long time since it has been on TV. We have recently gotten word that a documentary about the recent presentation of Mahler’s Symphony No 8 in Helena Montana, in which the choir played a significant role, will be seen on PBS later this year–so that will be something to watch for.  Of course, we plan to kick of our own major concert season the first week-end of December in the Cathedral of the Madeleine–and go from there.  So, it’s easy to start getting excited.  But again, the summer is still far from over–so let’s all take full advantage of it!.

With best wishes,

Mr. Woodward.

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