Guelph Community Singers

Guelph Community Singers

GCS Weekly Warmup 083016

GCS Weekly Warmup 083016

Posted September 6, 2016

Hello my singing friends!

Please join us at Trinity United Church at 6:30. As mentioned in an earlier email, use the BALSAM STREET entrance for practices. If mobility is a concern, let us know.

Did you have fun last session? We did too! Tell all your friends! We’re especially hoping to build our TENOR and BASS sections. We experienced a ton of growth over the past year, with 85 members in the second session. We hope to continue to grow our choir to 100 voices. Did you know that some choirs have as many as 500 voices? Imagine how that must sound!

Be On Time. Choir practice begins promptly at 7:30PM. We learn new music every session, and we start with some of the toughest music first (so you have more time to learn it!) so please make every effort to be in your seat, ready to sing by 7:25.

Also, get ready to get cozy! We sing better when we can hear each other, and the best way to do that is to get close. Strong voices behind you will carry you, so don’t be shy to move up front! You’ll hear better, and you’ll sing better!

Our survey revealed some of our new members are finding it difficult to get into the groove. I remember what it was like when I started. It was my first time singing in a choir and I relied a lot on my neighbours to understand what was going on. We’re going to make every effort to make sure that new members feel welcomed and included. If you see a new face, say hello! Get to know your neighbours in your section!

Do you enjoy getting to know people? Love to see people succeed? Think connecting is an awesome way to make people happy? For the first three weeks (September 7-21) we need a soprano and a tenor. Your mission: Arrive 10 minutes early to welcome new members, buddy new members with more experienced singers, help them find a seat at the front of their section, answer questions, point out the board members for additional help. REWARD: Our undying gratitude, and maybe a few new friends! If you would like to help, please contact me (Lise) by end of August please!

Register early! Register often! Just kidding! We look forward to seeing you on September 7 to sign up for the coming session. In order to ensure that we have enough music and binders, we need to get a good sense of the group number as early as possible, so please make every effort to be there on September 7. Send me an email if you can’t make it and I’ll reserve a spot and binder for you.

Registration Opens:  September 7, 6:30PM at Trinity United Church (address below)
Registration Closes:  September 21, 7:00PM

We’re pleased to report that we are NOT increasing the fees. Still the same low rates:
Regular: $90
Student: $60
Benefactor: $110*

*A GCS Benefactor membership rate of $110 includes your membership fees plus a donation to our “sponsor a member” fund for those facing financial difficulties.  The GCS is only as strong as its members so please consider strengthening our choir by giving someone the gift of music.


SESSION ONE (18 rehearsals)
REGISTRATION    September 7-21, 2016
REHEARSALS       September 7- December 14, 7:30-9PM
BREAK                   December 21-28
REHEARSALS       January 4-18 2017 (2 hour rehearsals) 7:30-9:30PM
SECTIONALS        October 19, January 4
CONCERT             January 21, 2017

SESSION TWO (17 rehearsals)
REGISTRATION    February 1-15, 2017
REHEARSALS       February 1-March 8, 7:30-9PM
BREAK                   March 15
REHEARSALS       May 17-31 (2 hour rehearsals) 7:30-9:30PM
SECTIONALS        March 22, May 17
CONCERT             June 3, 2017

See you soon!

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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