Guelph Community Singers

Guelph Community Singers

GCS Weekly Warmup (021717)

GCS Weekly Warmup (021717)

Posted February 21, 2017

Hello my singing friends!

Oh My Gosh we are almost 100 strong!
Welcome to all our new members and returning members. Now I wonder how we’re all going to fit on the risers at concert time! What a great problem to have!

Please use the Balsam Street Entrance: Trinity United is trying to manage cleaning costs. If you feel you must use the parking lot entrance, please remove your shoes at the door.

No boots in the Sanctuary! Don’t forget to bring slippers or shoes!

Be Scent Savvy: Some of us are very sensitive to scents. This can include hair spray, body lotion, and other scented products. Because you wear it all the time, you may not even realize that your scent is affecting others. Please give a thought to the products you wear, and please don’t wear scents to our practices. Thank you!!

What we sang last:
Seasons of Love (RENT)
Wicked – For Good
Your Song

What we’re singing next:

No One Mourns the Wicked (Wicked)
For Good (Wicked)
O Siem

Kaitlyn Watt also sings in the Cork Street Choir and they did Toto’s Africa last June at ‘Hope on the Street’ with special rain effects!. Here is a link to their Youtube video:

Why we alternate songs week to week:
Last session, we had great success with Rachel’s new method of alternating pieces. We don’t want to overwhelm you, and studies show that repetition in the early stages really helps us remember the pieces. So we will be alternating and adding pieces as we go along.

Missing music?
Thank you for your patience! Extra copies are back-ordered, and on the way.

Practice Tracks
Some of the pieces are already up on our website. You can listen to them there, or you can download them to your smart phone and listen to them in the car! Click on The password is ‘gcs’.

Music Reading Workshops
Need help reading music? We will have music reading workshops this coming Wednesday Feb 22 and March 1. Grace (our accompanist) will be holding the workshop in the Sanctuary from 7 to 7:30.

April 12 – Change of Venue
The Trinity United Choir is holding a special presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar on April 12, so we will be holding our practice so we will be holding our practice at the First Baptist Church, 255 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON N1H 3V8.

May 1 – Change of Date
Trinity United has one other event on our usual Wednesday, so we will be holding our practice on Monday, May 1 instead of May 3.

Cheat Sheet
Ever wonder what that funny little symbol means? Find out here!

Social Stuff:
Part of the fun of joining a choir is making new friends. We love doing things together! Last year we saw RCMPI’s ‘Into the Woods’ and we went for dinner as a group before choir at Baker Street Bistro. We’re putting together some new socializing ideas. What would you like to do?

FEBRUARY 19 – Remember that number we sang, Seize the Day from Newsies? A filmed version of the Broadway stage play is being shown at the Woodlawn Cineplex on two dates, this Sunday, Feb. 19th at 12:55 and on Thursday, Feb. 23rd at 7PM. Tickets are $22 – $23.

FEBRUARY 19 – Guelph Hiking Trail Club Hike – Kid’s Hike – Ignatius Centre
When: Sun, February 19, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Where: Kid’s Hike – Ignatius Centre
Description: Introduce the young people to the fun of hiking as we appreciate the winter wonderland! Meet prior to 1:00 pm, hike starts in the parking lot at Ignatius Centre, 5420 Highway 6 North, Guelph (This is just north of Walmart and the Guelph Curling Club, on Highway 6 North). The Centre is on the left side of Highway 6, north of Woodlawn Road, as you leave Guelph heading for Fergus. There is a left turn lane on the highway at Ignatius Centre when you’re driving north.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. No strollers and no pets please. Refreshments provided. For details and registration, please call Jackie at 519-224-0672 or LVMYWORK@GMAIL.COM (Check tweets on GHTC web page for weather cancellation. rain date Feb 26) 90min / Tortoise and Hare speeds / various GHTC Hike Ontario certified leaders

MARCH 23 – Kathleen Stepec says Lower Ossington Theatre puts on a great show. This spring, they will be presenting ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, which opens March 23. Would anyone like to go as a group?

APRIL 9 – Guelph Symphony Orchestra and University of Guelph Choir will be presenting Verdi’s Requiem at the Basilica on April 9. Go to the River Run website for tickets.

– SING for Children (singers/musicians wanted.) – A fundraiser for Children’s Foundation of Guelph
Sunday, April 23 at 2:00pm, Holy Rosary Church, 175 Emma St, Guelph, ON N1E 1V6
Choir Master Stephen Roloson is inviting all singers and musicians in Guelph to be part of a Concert in Support of The Children’s Foundation of Guelph. Vocal Rehearsals take place at Holy Rosary Parish – 175 Emma Street, Guelph from 1 to 3 pm.
– March 5, 12, 26
– Concert April 23 – from 2 to 3 pm.

Join singers from all across the city and musicians from The Guelph Symphony and The Guelph Concert Band as we prepare music to celebrate the spring season. PLEASE CONTACT Steve Roloson at if you would like to join the choir or the band! Admission to the concert will be by donation.

APRIL 27 – Royal City Musical Productions will be presenting 9 TO 5 – THE MUSICAL
April 27th – 30th, 2017 at the River Run Centre.

Join us after Choir!
You’re all welcome to join us after choir for a cuppa tea or your bevvie of choice at the Pennywhistle. We enjoy talking about what we’re singing, and of course it’s always fun to make new friends.

REGISTRATION             February 1-15, 2017
REHEARSALS                February 1-May 10, 7:30-9PM
BREAK                            March 15
SECTIONALS                 March 22, May 17
CHANGE OF VENUE:    April 12, 7:30-9PM – First Baptist Church
CHANGE OF DATE:       Monday May 1 instead of Wednesday May 3 7:30-9PM
REHEARSALS                May 17-31 (2 hour rehearsals) 7:30-9:30PM
CONCERT                       June 3, 2017

See you Wednesday!
Lise Anne Janis
Membership Coordinator

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Quotes from our members

  • “Great people singing can never be anything but wonderful.”

  • “I love that the pieces chosen are challenging but doable. I love the inclusivity of it.”

  • “I enjoyed hearing how we sounded in the end. All that hard work paid off. Such a great harmonized sound.”

  • “I like challenging myself to sing songs I never thought I could.”

  • “I’m so glad to be part of this choir. I find it very grounding.”

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