It is a great pleasure to serve as your President of the Redwood Empire chapter this coming year. Thank you for your support. For many years the chapters of the NATS have created opportunities for vocal educational and collegiality. Teaching voice has been exciting and challenging and I have found that it takes a village. We are a vocal village and have great passion, energy and tenaciousness, and a need to share each other’s knowledge.
Warm and sunny spring greetings to all! Tempus fugit! We're well into 2018 by now; in fact, many of us have students who will be finishing the school year soon, or even graduating! Some of us are making plans for summer trips and travels, or working on our spring cleaning, or have just finished doing taxes. The clock never stops in our chapter's event calendar either.
Warm season’s greetings to all! I trust we all had a good Thanksgiving holiday, hopefully enjoying the love and warmth of family and/or friends, and that we could still find plenty to be thankful for in spite of the recent catastrophic fires that affected so many. Even though we drive by various reminders of that disaster nearly every day, I know we’re all committed to rebuilding our lives and communities, and facing the future with courage and optimism. Most of you will be glad to know that our chapter is also interested in moving ahead with our usual activities so that we can help re-create as much normalcy for ourselves and our students as possible. That being said, our next big event is the February 10, 2018 Singing Festival in Warren Auditorium at Sonoma State University. Those of you who attended the General Meeting last August know that a whole new format was excitedly adopted by everyone there. For starters, there’s the new name: Singing Festival. The emphasis will be much more on the joy of singing and gaining experience rather than on winning, although there will be a competitive element in the evening recital at the end of the day. The application forms and guidelines will be noticeably simplified, and the whole day just promises to be more streamlined and rewarding. Mary Beard has a more detailed description of the changes later in the newsletter so the character singing their song. She used many of the techniques we had worked with earlier and we got to see them in action in a song as the singers really lived into the point of view they had chosen and brought emotional and psychological depth to the character singing. Although Ms. Landes was gentle and soft spoken, she evoked courage in the singers as they all took risks to go deeper than comfortable as they brought their characters more alive.
Holiday greetings, everyone! Kudos are in order! Our chapter is finishing out the calendar year in tiptop fiscal condition, thanks to everyone's impressive fundraising efforts during the summer and fall months! We're in very good shape to fund the cash awards for the upcoming scholarship auditions in February. A big thanks to all of you who pitched in to make all these events a big success! As you will recall, we didn't hold the auditions this past February, so hopefully there's a large pent-up demand, and we'll have a record number of young singers chomping at the bit to enter!
Summer greetings everyone!
I came across some cute summer jokes the other day and thought I’d start off with a few because they’re light-hearted and may guarantee that you’ll read the rest of the letter!—Where do sharks go on summervacation? Finland!—Why do bananas use sunscreen?Because they peel!—Which letter is the coolest? Icedt.—What do you call a French guy in sandals? Philippe Phloppe.(OK, maybe those are a younger level of humor, better enjoyed by your grandchildren, nieces or nephews…)
Hopefully everyone has enjoyed some time off for vacation, travel, and time with family and friends.Fall activities will soon begin to ﬁll our calendars! Please plan to attend out potluck and General Meeting onSaturday August 27. We have some new faces to introduce to our group, and we will be talking about the upcoming fall Master Class inSeptember with Elly Lichenstein ofCinnabar Theater, and how to nominate students to participate.We’ll also lay groundwork for theScholarship Auditions in February.We didn’t do this event last year and so we want to come back with a big splash, with lots of students/singers participating and good cash prizes.Start early to talk with your students you think would beneﬁt from this experience—it is great preparation for auditions— and the Board is open to suggestions about judges for both categories.
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,
"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!