Newsletter For Members of The Village Chorale 8-2007
Carol Andrews
Vol 1 No 3  August, 2007

1:30 to 2:00 p.m.

2:00 TO 4:00 p.m.

(Two week meeting Room during CH3 Remodelling)    

      Now in our fortieth year, the Village  Chorale claims the distinction of being the premier vocal organization in The Village!  There were small groups of Laguna Woods Village vocalists who gathered informally as early as 1965 but by 1967 the singers became a fully formed organization under the name “Laguna Woods Village Chorale.”  We have found our permanent home in Clubhouse 3 ever since it opened its doors in 1971. Through the years our membership has varied from less than 50 to over 90 voices.  In May of 1992 there were 100 singers on stage to celebrate the Laguna Woods Village Chorale’s 25th Anniversary.  
      Formally, we are a class, taught weekly on Tuesday afternoons by our well loved Director H. Douglas Custance of the Saddleback College Emeritus Program.  Informally, we are a club, with a board and a full yearly schedule of activities.  Club members are all Laguna Woods residents but we welcome Guests from the surrounding area who want to experience the best of four (or even eight) part choral singing while developing ensemble sounds through correct singing and correct vocal production. 
      With the careful artistry of Juanita Tsu assisting at the keyboard the climax of each semester’s work is our ticketed concert – on stage in the Clubhouse 3 Auditorium.  Our concerts include choral literature of varying demands, styles, and periods.  Our audiences have an appetite for the sparkle, the blend, and the sweep of sights and sounds by which they become enveloped.  

Village Chorale EVENT LIST FALL ’07

MEMBER RECEPTION DAY  ………..………Tue, 8/21/07

LEADERSHIP DAY / Door Prizes …..…Tue, 8/28/07

PUNCH & COOKY DAY ………………………...…Tue, 9/18/07

TICKET SALES BEGIN………………………… Tue, 10/16/07

ANNUAL POTLUCK  ………………………………. Wed. 11/7/07


WINTER CONCERT & Reception………………………. Sat, 12/15/07


      The Village Chorale is about to be a “Thoroughly Modern Medium” with its own web site designed by our own Ken Min.

      Ken, one of the Chorale’s first-tenors, began singing with the Chorale last semester after hearing last winter’s concert.  Ken was born in Seoul, Korea and it was in high school that he became interested in the sounds of choral music and that interest grew through participation in church choirs. 

      During his working years Ken was an engineer/scientist for 30 years in Cleveland, Ohio.  He and his wife Karen moved to the Village just last year.

      Be watching for the upcoming announcement of the Website startup date.

 The Village Chorale – Register Now

When:      The class is scheduled to meet Tuesdays 2:00 to 3:50 p.m. but orientation and part rehearsals begin at 1:30 p.m.

Where:    The first two rehearsals will be in the “Clubhouse 1 Art Room”  (Gate 1 off El Toro) until remodeling is completed
  Then weekly rehearsals will be in  “Clubhouse 3 Rehearsal Room” (Gate 3 off Moulton)

How:     This is a free Saddleback College Emeritus Institute Offering . . .  Class # MUS290X . . . Ticket # 13765

Print out application On line for mail-in Registration:
Click and print “Emeritus Application”

Registering by tele:
(949) 582-7579

Registering in person:
Clubhouse 4 (Gate 5 – off El Toro)  at Emeritus Institute Office
A $15 music fee will need to be paid not to the college but to the Chorale on August 21st.

      Professionals in the varied Medical fields are in agreement that singing is good for you!  As years pile on years one should sing more, not less!  Physical benefits times Medical benefits times Psychological benefits of singing equals the fact that far and away the most useful and enjoyable activity for the more mature generation is singing!

Releases Endorphins into the System

Gives Energy and Uplifted Feelings

Exercises Vocal Chords

Gives Lungs a Workout

Tones Abdominal & Intercostal Muscles

Stimulates Circulation

Releases Muscle Tension

Improves Breathing

Oxygenate the Cells

Gives Boost to Immune System

Improves Posture

Improves Mood

Serves as an Emotional Catharsis


New-Learning Experiences

Less Depression

Fewer Doctor Visits

Increase in Energy for Other Activities

Social Bonding

Personal and Corporate Achievement

New Friends

Enhanced Feeling of Self-Worth

Don’t let all this potential go to waste! 
Join the Village Chorale and have it all!

Five years ago . . .December 12, 2002

      Wilma Anderson, Rita Berlin, Marilyn Berman, Marge Chamblin, Maribeth Clausen, Lennie Habenicht, Rosie Hackney, Kathryn Jones, Luis Leuizamon, Byron Lerner, Doris Margolis, Irene Sellers, Richard Smith, Milt Sperling, Marie Spradley, Phyllis Trilling, Douglas Tummond, Edna Tuttle, and Shirley Wolk (all still members of the Chorale) and twenty five others were on stage at 7:30 Thursday, December 12th for the Laguna Woods concert entitled “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

      Under the baton of then Director Rosalyn W. Anderson the program opened with Pergolesi’s Glory to God in the Highest” and closed with Brymer’s “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”  There was a package of Hanukkah songs, several Traditional Carols and solos by Barbara Postle-Statland, Mary Randle, Byron Lerner, and Charles Magnuson completed the well-rounded program.

      President Milt Sperling is the only Chorale officer identified in the program.

      Where were you that evening?  And where will you be on Saturday, December 15, 2007 when, under the baton of Director Doug Custance, and with Accompanist Juanita Tsu at the piano, the Village Chorale presents its “Together For the Holidays” concert in the Clubhouse 3 Auditorium?  

      Will you be joining those 19 members on stage to sing again Pergolesi’s
“Glory to God in the Highest”?