Newsletter For Members of The Village Chorale 8-21-2007
Carol Andrews
Vol 1 No 4  August 21, 2007

40 Ahh! The magic year 39! So many of us hang on to that year as long as we can – actually even after our bodies have begun to betray our age!. 

      But “The Village Chorale” can boldly and proudly admit to our real age – 40! The beginning of the Chorale was inconspicious. Way back in 1965 there were small groups of Laguna Woods vocalists who gathered informally to enjoy the sounds and to practice blending their voices. But it wasn’t until 1967 the singers became a fully formed organization under the name “Laguna Woods Chorale.” And still going strong,

      This year is unique for meeting place! For our temporary home in the Clubhouse 1 Art Gallery is just not quite “home.” Ever since 1971 when Clubhouse 3 first opened its doors we found our permanent home in Clubhouse 3. And we’ll return to those familiar spaces in September when the remodeling is completed.

      We don’t ever know before the first rehearsal how many registrants there will be for this class/club since our membership has varied from less than 50 to 100 voices. We hope this year will again be a full house – full of people and full of pleasure!

      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 into all our activities 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.

      So! If you have joined the Chorale for the first time you will see our fun is cut out for us. People to meet, music to learn, performance to enjoy! Who could ask for more?

Welcome ! 

Welcome ! 

Welcome ! 

      Whether you are a brand new registrant entering these rehearsal room doors for the first time or whether you have been a part of the Village Chorale for numbers of years, we are glad to welcome you today to MUS 290X / the Village Chorale of Laguna Woods.

      The name for this Newsletter came in re-sponse to the baffled looks and puzzled questions from those who forget there is a homophone for the word “Corral.” And we think a much more interesting and important word since it has to do with music, not horses, though both can give a great ride!

      The intent of this almost-monthly Newsletter is to: first, inform in writing of all the important upcoming news so that as much as possible valuable rehearsal time is not lost to announc-ements. And second, we hope to learn more about each other for a better ride – more amity and entente. . . and more gusto! 

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 , Karaoke …. .....Wed. 11/7/07

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... Sat, 11/17/07

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

  Punch & Cooky Day – An Annual Event

      What do these words spell in “VillageChoraleze”?
treats ∞ home baked ∞ chocolate chips ∞ finger food ∞ yummers ∞ the best ∞ goodie bars ∞ magic flavors ∞ delicious ∞ finger-licken good ∞ fruit tasty ∞ home made 
      All those words are “VillageChoraleze” for camaraderie and calories – but just a few calories! All those words are “VillageChoraleze” for finger food – cookies and bars! All those words are “VillageChoraleze” for
“Punch and Cooky Day” – An Annual Event!

Tues, Sept 18th .
Prepare your favorite recipe, arrange them on a paper plate,
and place them on the “Cooky Table” when you arrive
Punch will be furnished!

Next Tuesday is Leadership Day

Rehearsal held in CH1 – Art Gallery
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Meet the Chorale Leadership Team

(Gifts from some of our Supporters)
Must Turn in “Bio” for Eligibility to Win
1:30 to 2:00 p.m. 


      There are no fees for Emeritus Institute classes but because the Chorale purchases all its own music and has substantial monthly expense there is a $15 fee per student. It is our goal to reduce the fee next semester if we meet our budget.

      Chorale memebers are better ticket sellers than the box office. Traditionally we each perchase 5 or 10 tickets, sell them and then purchase more tickets. Prizes go to high ticket sellers.

An additional expense for each member is in the costuming: for women - the approved black blouse; for men a begged or borrowed black tuxedo. 


      The date was Tuesday, August 26, 1997. The new “kid on the block” was De Leon Abell. Elizabeth Hale Evans had completed two years as Director of the Laguna Woods Village Chorale with the Spring ’97 concert titled “How the West Was Fun” and now Mr. Abell was beginning two exciting years as Director before eventually turning the baton over to Ted Storm. Smith was accompanist.
      Composers for that 1997 winter concert included Vivaldi, Handel, Pietro Yon, Mark Hayes, Baruch Cohon, John Rutter, and Fred Bock. There were several soloists in this program titled simply “Holidays!”: Barbara Statland, Ray Krager, Maribeth Clausen, Sally Goings, Mary Randle, Jo Elda DeLo, and Milt Sperling. Byron Lerner did a reading, “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”
      Officers were Irene Clausen, President; Richard Pouliot, Vice President; Marge Chamblin, Sec-retary, and Milt and Teddy Sperling, Co-Treasurers. Jean Janowsky was past president. Other Board Members were: Lorraine Grundke, Maribeth Clausen, Ellie Warren, Bill St. John, and Bea Cohen.
      By Spring, 1999 Gloria Kirbens, Berenice Giarratano, Cleo Dennis, Phyllis Trilling, Katherine Wheeler, Rosalind Schultz, Miriam Shapiro, and Eleanor Warren had been added to the Leadership team for the “Let’s Go to the Movies” Spring Concert.
Composers, musi-cians, members -- how many names do you recognize? 

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