Warm winter greetings to all! The holiday season is upon us once again! It's a good thing all our major chapter events are ﬁnished for this calendar year, since we'll all soon be swept up in the swirl of holiday concerts, rehearsals, performances, parties, family get-togethers, and other festivities. We'll be ending this year of 2013 with several more successful workshops and fundraisers under our collective belt, and a healthy bank account ready and able to fund next year's upcoming chapter events!
We all deserve to bask in the glow of the recent and wonderful "Libiamo! A Toast to Song!" Our proﬁt margin this year was one of our highest, and we'll be more than pleased to spread it around to our talented student singer-winners this coming February at the
The board is hoping to have an excellent turnout for the general meeting scheduled for Sunday afternoon, January 12th. Please reserve that afternoon in your appointment calendar! We have much to plan and discuss, including details relating to the scholarship auditions and the spring workshop.
I hope you've been able to easily go online at www.nats.org to renew your national and chapter dues for the new year. We very much want all our previous members to continue with us, and we look forward to welcoming some new faces as well! Now enjoy reading the rest of the newsletter, and please let us know your fresh ideas and feedback for our chapter's continued growth!
Wishing you a lovely holiday season,
" " Vaida Falconbridge
" " chapter president
Libiamo a Big Success!
Libiamo, our Scholarship Auditions fundraiser, was a big success, bringing in $1605 to support the scholarships. It was held at the Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club once again, and though ticket sales were unfortunately down a bit, we had a fabulous auction,
organized by Sandy Riccardi, that netted $936! Many of us participated in one way or another: singing, organizing, donating to the auction, donating a ticket, donating wine. It’s so important that everyone help so that our scholarship auditions are well funded! And those of us who were there had a very fun time building camaraderie through song!
Sunday Jan. 12: General Meeting 2:30-4 p.m. (Board meets at 1) at home of Mary Beard. Please come!
Saturday Feb. 8: Scholarship Audi tions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ives Hall, SSU
Sunday Feb. 23: Winners’ Recital 5:30 p.m., Ives Hall, SSU
Spring Workshop TBA
Wesley Balk Workshop
In September, chapter member Bonnie Brooks gave a well-attended workshop on vocal expression, using Wesley Balk’s methods. For this workshop, she worked mostly with gesture and had the entire group up singing in a wondrous cacophony while we
gestured according to her directions, using different body and hand motions. After a short intermission, 6 students
each sang a song. They then re-sang their song while mirroring the arbitrarymotions of one of the other singers. All of the singers found it silly at times yet profound and very freeing. Theyall took a risk and it made a marked change in their voices and expression.
They felt the gestures were someone else’s -- they just mirrored them -- and so if they were silly “it wasn't their fault.” Several said they couldn’t concentrate on “technique” or doing it “right” which made them feel free and fully able to enjoy singing their song.
The Scholarship Auditions for 2014 will be on Saturday February 8 in Ives Hall at Sonoma State University.
Application forms are enclosed with
the newsletter or on this website under events. Please note deadlines! College students who won’t be back
until late January may want to ﬁll them out before they leave for Winter Break.
Please note that, due to schedulingdifﬁculties at SSU, the Winners’ Recital is on a Sunday, Feb. 23, at our
usual time of 5:30 p.m.
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From the Studios
Napa. On Sat., Feb. 15th, she will
perform a Valentine’s Show with
GingerJazz, which includes John
Simon on Piano and Cliff Hugo on
bass, at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati
from 7:30-9:30; cost $10. And on
Sat., May 3rd, she will perform with
GingerJazz at the Sebastopol Center
For The Arts from 7:30-9:30; cost $20.
Bonnie will give her Wesley Balk
Methods Class at her home studio on
Sat. Jan. 11th from 1-4, cost $35. It is
open to any and all students.
Mary Beard’s student, Chris
Hohmann, is performing the role of
Jean Valjean in the current production
of Les Miserables at the Santa Rosa
Junior College. Three years ago he
was the 1st place winner in the high
school division of our chapter’s
Susan Witt-Butler recently returned
from performing in Perugia, Italy with
the tour group Castles and Concerts,
Her student Sadie Sontagg, in
addition to her performances with
Vespertine Orchestra, performed as
part of the solo quartet in Mozart
"Requiem" at Weill Hall, GMC. She
also performed, as a previous winner,
an original song in our fundraiser
Simone Lyne Comtois’ previous
student Brittany Law, 1st prize winner
of her category in last February's
Scholarship Auditions of the Redwood
Empire Chapter, is performing the role
of Eponine in the November/
December production of Les
Miserables with the Santa Rosa Junior
Bonnie Brooks will perform with
John Simon (piano) on Friday, Dec.
27th at The French Garden Restaurant
in Sebastopol in the Bistro from 7-10,
free. Friday, Jan. 3rd, she will sing in
“It’s a Grand Night for Singing” at 8
p.m. at the Jarvis Conservatory in