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One Juicy Apple

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I’ve been eating a Honeycrisp apple for the last 15 minutes.  If you’ve ever eaten one of those, you will know it is one of the juiciest, sweetest, crispest apples around.  It makes me giggle to bite down into it and have the juice of it run down my chin!  It is a decadent, self-indulgent pleasure!  I spent good money on those silly things and this is the last of the 3 I purchased.

Are you wondering if I’ve lost my whole mind?  Don’t I know this is a blog post about SoCo Women’s Chorus?  Yeah, yeah, yeah…..

But I have to admit, there is not much I can say or do that doesn’t bring me back to these amazing women of SoCo Women’s Chorus.

We’ve had 3 rehearsals now, as I write this.  We’ve also had 2 sectionals, separate and apart from regular rehearsals.  We have tackled French, Italian, Russian, Medieval English and Gaelic with a fervor I have not seen from any chorus I have ever conducted!  We are singing Rachmaninoff and Broadway, we are singing Italian Renaissance and Country & Western.  (Did that make you cringe just a little?)

And many choruses just cannot wrap their brains around such a diverse and eclectic repertoire.  But THIS chorus can.

Many choruses would not approach as many languages in a single concert.  But THIS chorus does.

There are choruses who would shy away (and possibly stomp their collective feet!) from singing anything out of their comfort zone.  Does this chorus?  Not on your life!

THEY are my juicy red apple.  Their sound is sweet, crisp and delicious!  When I hear them grasp a song, it’s like they have each taken their musical hands, scooped it up and tucked it away in their hearts.  And it is all I can do to not drool over their glorious sound!  They have given me chills & brought tears to my eyes on several occasions in the past three weeks! (Ok, ok….the apples don’t do that to me!)

Seasons Of Love ~ our spring concert theme ~ is off and running!  The songs are of glorious love and heartbreak, a mother’s love for her child, love gone wrong, flirtatious love and lust, narcissism and love of life…..it’s all there.  And, I dare say, when we master (MISTRESS!) the notes, the feelings of the words will become deep, meaningful and overwhelming.

That’s how love is.  You bite into it and sometimes, it’s messy…..but the taste is oh, so sweet!

2014 In Review

We are coming to the end of a beautiful year of firsts for SoCo Women’s Chorus!

We auditioned for an opportunity to sing the National Anthem for the Round Rock Express, the feeder baseball team for the Texas Rangers. We were selected and sang in June! It was great fun and not something we’ll forget any time soon!

The final decision was made to make our first tour happen! We’re going to IRELAND in July 2015! If you’d like to contribute to our trip funds, there is an opportunity here on our website to donate by clicking on our GoFundMe button!

We hosted our first chorus~wide Yard/Bake/Art Sale in September and did very well! The proceeds of the sale will go to our Ireland Fund! It was so successful, we’re having another one on March 7th, 2015!

On December 9th, Janey appeared on KUTX-FM’s Eklektikos, hosted by John Aielli, to promote our winter concert BELIEVE. It was our first radio promo spot!

We were honored by Mayor Lee Leffingwell with a Proclamation to make Saturday, December 13th, 2014 SoCo Women’s Chorus Day in Austin, Texas!

Additionally, we had our debut performance in the iconic & historic State Theatre in downtown Austin to standing ovations at the final notes of each performance! It was a delightful place in which to sing and we are hopeful to sing there again some day soon!

We say “So long, farewell!” to two retiring board members, Elaine Chaney, who has served on our board since the inception of the chorus, and Dede Deleon, who has served on our Board of Directors since January 2013. While Elaine is leaving the board ‘formally’, she will continue as chorus treasurer. Her dedication is tireless and she is a singing member of the chorus as well! We welcome 3 new board members in January: Amber Askey, Kate Peirce-Burleson and Ginny Stover. These three women bring a wealth of expertise to our chorus in the areas of marketing, public relations and fund raising. Look for wonderful and forward moving activity for SoCo Women’s Chorus in the near future!

BELIEVE is now a memory……but it’s a memory that was recorded live, because soon, you will be able to purchase our DEBUT CD from our brand new “SoCo Women’s Chorus STORE” here on our website! Stay tuned for “BELIEVE”, the CD! Available soon!

Auditions for our upcoming ‘semester’ will be held on Sunday, January 11th, 2015 from 4-6 PM.  Please write to socowomenschorus@gmail.com to request a time!  We’d love to have you join us for Seasons Of Love, which will be yet another eclectic presentations of many aspects of love ~ from Patsy Cline to Rachmaninoff, from love gone bad to a mother’s love, we’ll be singing in English, Russian, French (but, of COURSE!) and Italian!  You need to be a part of this amazing group of women!  Come sing with us!

Speaking for the Board of Directors and all the singers of SoCo Women’s Chorus, I would like to wish you all a most merry holiday season and a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2015! I hope to see you all next spring for Seasons Of Love!

BIG LOVE,
~Janey

The Whirlwind that is BELIEVE!

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We are two weeks away from our wonderful winter concert, BELIEVE! It’s hard to believe! But here we are!

I always find it interesting to look back on the beginning of a rehearsal period for any given concert…..the excitement of a new beginning, the anticipation of getting started and hearing our sound come together, the growth, the set~backs, the steadfastness of many, the attrition of a few (that heat/kitchen thing). And I look back on this “class” of singers (the class of BELIEVE….Winter 2014) with such happiness and pride! I asked a lot of them this go ’round with 18 songs. And they have stepped up to the musical plate and delivered with their normal, classy selves!

And now, things are happening! Really wonderful things……

First, we’re going to be performing in the historic and iconic State Theater. They renamed it “Stateside at the Paramount”….but as any native Austinite can (and will!) tell you, it will ALWAYS be The State Theater! I do believe (there’s that word again) The State will wrap us up and deliver our delicious sound to an appreciative audience for a once~in~a~lifetime musical banquet!
Tickets are on sale NOW! Saturday, December 13th (7:30 PM) or Sunday, December 14th (3 PM)! Come hear the delicious sounds of SoCo Women’s Chorus and you, too, will BELIEVE! http://www.austintheatre.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=42321

Second, I’ll be interviewed soon (Tuesday, December 9th) by another icon, John Aielli of KUTX~FM (98.9). I love that his show is entitled “Eklektikos” and that my programming is also eclectic. I cannot wait to share this chorus and our dreams with Mr. Aielli! 8 AM, 12.9 on 98.9! You can listen to the live feed on~line at www.kutx.org

Thirdly, SoCo Women’s Chorus will be singing at the traditional Trail Of Lights on Wednesday, December 17th at 9 PM. Come on out and get a mini~concert, your own personal deja vu of BELIEVE!

One of the exciting things about our winter concert? We’ll be recording it LIVE for our very first CD! We will pre~sale this CD at our concert and soon, there will be a link on our website here!

Those of us in SoCo Women’s Chorus want to say Happy Holidays to you all and we look forward to seeing you in two weeks! If you don’t have the good fortune to join us, we thank you for your support!

If you’re still holiday shopping ~ or even later ~ you can go to www.smile.amazon.com, choose SoCo Women’s Chorus as your charity of choice (we’re a 501c3 organization!) and we will receive 0.05% of every purchase you make!

BELIEVE and BIG LOVE!
~Janey

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What would we do without you!?

 

 

DEBUT CONCERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 12.1.12

We’ve been a busy buncha singers!

We have successfully launched our very first chorus~wide Yard/Bake/Art Sale (September 27th, 2014) and we’re going to do it again in early March! The money raised from this sale (over $1200!) will go toward helping our Ireland travelers next July as they cross the Big Pond to spread the SoCo sound throughout the Green Isle!  (HINT:  You CAN go with us, you know!)

Our next fundraiser ~ which will benefit the entire chorus ~ will be the Rocky Horror Picture Show (October 27th, 2014) at The Alamo Drafthouse on So. Lamar. We are SO excited for this event, as it not only will help the chorus, but it will just be so much FUN! Dress up! Bring your toast! Sing along! Laugh a LOT! Tickets are $15 and all ticket proceeds will go into the SoCo Women’s Chorus General Fund to help us out with things like music and scholarships! Come join us on Monday at 7 PM!

Your next opportunity to help us out will be our annual Sponsor~A~Song, where you are able to sponsor a song we’re singing for our BELIEVE concert in December at the historical State Theatre on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin! The cost of a song is $150; and remember….SoCo Women’s Chorus is now a 501c3 non-profit organization, so your donation is tax deductible!  You can find the link here on our website to sponsor a song. Below, you will find our program with a brief description of each song. Select a song for a special person in your life, whether it is “In Memory of…” or “In Honor of…” or to congratulate or convey some other thoughtful message. Sponsor~A Song is appropriate for all of these things and your dedication will be listed in our BELIEVE Playbill.

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1. Alleluia ~ An upbeat, contemporary song of praise, gratitude and joy.
2. Breath of Winter ~ A lovely, romantic song of winter on the outside…..as felt on the inside.
3. Sleigh Ride ~ The traditional carol we all know & love, in a jazz setting.
4. Ani Ma-amin ~ Sung in Hebrew, the translation means “I believe”.
5. Ding~A Ding~A Ding ~ A silly, happy song about the ringing of the bells.
6. Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind ~ With a Shakesperean text, this song is hauntingly beautiful with a touch of sarcasm.
7. The Winter’s Night ~ A lovely,  musical description of a winter’s evening.
8. Monotone Angel ~ For a little schlocky humor, this song is perfect for the jokester in all of us.
9. Throw Open Your Shutters ~ This song is a carefree invitation to open up your windows and listen to all the sounds of winter.

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10. Festival Gloria ~ An exiting song of joy and praise.
11. Betelehemu ~ A fabulous Nigerian carol in the Yoruban language, complete with an African drum line. Title translation: Bethlehem
12. The Seal Lullaby ~ A stunner of a lullaby by Eric Whitacre to soothe any baby’s tiny heart…..and yours. Lovely text by Rudyard Kipling.
13. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town ~ This traditional carol is just plain fun sung with a touch of jazz.
14. Ave Maria ~ By contemporary composer Franz Biebl, this variation of the traditional Ave Maria is written with Gregorian Chant stylings of the late 6th Century.
15. Kling, Glockchen Kling ~ We have bells all over the place with this traditional German carol…..about bells!
16. Hot Chocolate ~ From the hit movie Polar Express, this jazz arrangement of our favorite fireside drink is brought to life!
17. Believe ~ Our concert title song, this is a touching song about believing in the impossible….and in yourself! Magical things can happen… if you just believe!
18. The First Noel ~ Our concert closer is the traditional carol you all know & love, in a fresh new arrangement.

So there you go! All of our songs in a sound capsule for your choosing! Thank you in advance for supporting SoCo Women’s Chorus! And as the blog title suggests ~ and as we BELIEVE ~ What WOULD we do without YOU?

I look forward to seeing you at The State Theatre in December!
~Janey

Things Are Heatin’ Up Around Here!

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They ARE!

We had our first Board Meeting to begin preparing for our 3rd season! THIRD SEASON! Hopefully, we are adding around a dozen new singers which will put us over 70 singers!

I admit I’m pretty giddy about this season in a different way than the first two….not sure why, but I just am.

Perhaps it’s because we’re going to Ireland next summer? Perhaps it’s because we’ll be singing in The State Theatre for our Winter Concert, “BELIEVE”. Maybe because this chorus of amazing and talented women seem to be coming into their own and OWNING their voices! It’s been a wonderful and rewarding journey so far and I get even MORE giddy when I think on just how far we’ve come!

Our BELIEVE concert this December is going to be filled with delicious music….from a madrigal to jazz, Gregorian chant to 21st century, English to German to Hebrew to Yoruban……….it’s ALL going to be there, delivered to any audience member who attends….we’re going to wrap it up and send it just for you!

And speaking of Ireland, pretty soon, we’ll be announcing a huge Fundraising Campaign to help with the expenses of this trip, so that as many of our members as possible can go to the Emerald Isle!!

In the meantime, visit our website at www.socowomenschorus.com. My next posting here will be more in depth about our Ireland tour, complete with our itenerary and travel dates!!

COME TO THE MUSIC!!