"it's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of wine ... it's summertime!" ― Kenny Chesney
"High summer holds the earth, Hearts all whole" --James Agee, from the poem "Sure On This Shining Night"
Greetings to all! I hope you've been getting many smiles and kisses from friends and loved ones this summer thus far, and many sips of wine or other beverages that you enjoy! I'm writing this letter to you as I gaze out a huge picture window at beautiful Table Rock Lake, which winds for miles through the Ozarks in Southwestern Missouri. Fishermen, water skiers, jet skis, and more are moving back and forth on the blue waters. Even though hubby and I will be here through December (we've started to split our time 50/50 between CA and MO), thanks to the high-tech blessings of email, phones, internet, and airplanes, I'll be able to easily stay in touch with all of you and nearly all our upcoming events, even from 1900 miles away!
And we do have several upcoming events, once summer transitions into the fall semester. Next up is our general meeting on Sunday afternoon, August 25 at Thelma's house in Santa Rosa. I'll send out a reminder email to everyone a few days beforehand, but please put it into your calendars. Among other things, we'll be discussing how to nominate our students for the Sept. workshop, and also some pre-planning for the Libiamo! fundraiser in November.
Our fall workshop will be Saturday afternoon, Sept. 28 at SSU/Ives Hall. Bonnie Brooks will be presenting a workshop on “acting for singers”, incorporating the concepts of Wesley Balk, whose name is undoubtedly familiar to most of us due to his long and notable career as a nationally known performance coach and author.This workshop will be helpful for us as teachers and for our students, too!
We're in the process of ﬁnalizing the last few details for our next Libiamo! fundraiser, which was such a huge success last fall at the Fountaingrove Country Club (hey, pretty much everything we do is a huge success, right?!). We're planning to do it there again on November 9. You'll probably want to start thinking ASAP about another light-hearted song or two that you can perform on the program!
Enjoy the rest of your summer--see you soon!