Eleventh Hour

Greetings all:

Not much new going on for this update however it’s the eleventh hour for your opportunity to register for Piper’s Somatic Voice Workshop. It’s on for this coming Sunday afternoon so let us know you’re coming at hamiltonsings@gmail.com. A kind co-chorister has contributed the fee for one of you who may be interested but is short on cash right now – please step up and let us know who you are so we can add your name to the Zoom contact list for Sunday. Here’s the workshop details:

Many thanks to all of you who purchased, organized, and will be delivering those delicious Nova Scotia blueberries. Last I heard, we’ve managed to sell 15 cases. And the math on that is 1 case contains 6 bags, 6 times 15 cases equals 90 bags. . . . So the choir coffers have improved by $810 dollars. Nice.

All interested participants in the following workshops need to let us know soon. Piper’s is coming up fast so drop us a line at hamiltonsings@gmail.com. Additionally, if one of you out there is interested in the November 7th session but needs help with the fee, a generous co-chorister has contributed your fee.

Somatic Voice: Powerful Voice Techniques for Mind Body Connection, Sunday November 7th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Hosted by Piper Hayes.

Workshop Description provided by Piper:

“We are not necessarily taught how to speak or sing powerfully. In fact, we often do many things to suppress our vocal power. The voice and how we use it can connect us with some of the most vulnerable aspects of self-expression, and with each other. This workshop is all about ‘vocal empowerment’; uncovering the physiological, technical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our voice, in order to reach a fuller expression. Gain comprehensive experience of the body, sound production and practical techniques to help you best utilize your voice as an instrument of both physical and emotional power. This workshop is for all who wish to learn a holistic approach to vocal expression. No experience necessary.”
Website: https://pipersings.com/ Cost is $40 or PWYC. To register, please contact hamiltonsings@gmail.com

Emma’s workshop is also confirmed as going ahead and there is still some room for additional registrants:

Music Theory Workshop, Sunday November 21st, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Hosted by Emma Moss.

Emma has kindly provided the details below:

“If you are looking to enhance your reading abilities, or to begin on your path in learning how to read music, this two-hour session will be of great benefit to you! This Theory Workshop, run by yours truly, is being offered on November 21st from 1-3pm via Zoom. Having studied theory from a very young age at university and RCM ARCT Honours level, and alongside teaching music theory, harmony, analysis, and history for years, as well as being a live and working notating composer and conductor, I will be happy to fill in any gaps you may have in the realm of music theory. In this course, you will have the opportunity to engage in reading music in various clefs, learn about the anatomy of sheet music, rhythms + rest and note values, scales, time signatures, accidentals, intervals, chords, and will be engaging in ear training practice. If you have always wanted to enhance your ability to engage with sheet music, this is your chance to ask questions, seek explanations, and practice these concepts in a fun, engaging, and intensive manner. We hope that you will join us on November 21st for this deep dive into the World of Music Theory! (Cost per person is $40 or PWYC for one two-hour intensive session. To register, please send a notice of your interest to hamiltonsings@gmail.com.) (Workshop will run with minimum of 4 participants) This workshop is open to the public as well as choir membership – so invite a friend!”

Newfoundland Cookie Fundraiser. That rocky outpost has a culinary tradition that only begins with a Jiggs dinner. Supper time is capped by delicate cookies our Bill Nesbitt has learned to master. You too can enjoy his baker’s art and we will have sign up launching soon, more details to follow.

We need volunteers to help guide the re-opening and growth of the choir. Yes, you heard right – it currently appears that live rehearsals will be possible for our winter term. Yea!!!! So we need help with a new venue search, dusting off our music sheet library, increasing our membership, venue setup/tear down, and other tasks we encounter, so drop us a line at hamiltonsings@gmail.com

Christmas is coming, the season for gift-giving. Rumour has it that the congestion in the global supply chain is going to cause some surprising goods shortages this year. So why stress about it when a perfectly good opportunity exists to give the gift of a vocal experience rather than more stuff? Consider buying the gift of a Hamilton Sings membership for your near and dear. Send an e-transfer with the details to treasurer.hamiltonsings@gmail.com today.

Fellow chorister Caroline has a surplus of her garden’s fresh thyme that she’d like to share with you. Let her know who you are at this Saturday’s rehearsal break.


Brenda Atkinson


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