Newsletter For Members of The Village Chorale 1-15-2008
Carol Andrews
Vol 1 No 12  January 15, 2008

Village Chorale EVENT LIST SPRING ’08
MEMBER RECEPTION DAY ………..…Tue, 1/15/08
PUNCH & COOKIE DAY …….………... Tue, 2/12/08
CHORALE PICTURE DAY ………......... Tue, 3/11/08
SOLOIST AUDITIONS …………….…... Tue  4/1/08
TICKET SALES BEGIN……...……..….  Tue, 4/8/08
ELECTION OF OFFICERS ……...…....  Tue 4/15/08
DRESS REHEARSAL ………….……… Fri 5/23/08

SPRING CONCERT & Celebration…..
Sat 5/24/08

ANNUAL PICNIC …………………......…
Tue 5/27/08
ST. OLAF CHOIR CONCERT TRIP, San Diego …Sat 2/9/08


      Ken Min, one of the Chorale’s first-tenors, began singing with the Chorale in January ‘07 after attending the December ’06 concert. Last summer Ken expressed interest in having a Chorale website. And now, the website is fully developed for our use.
      At the last Board meeting Ken announced that our website has been the most active website in Laguna Woods Village. It can be accessed on a Yahoo search with the simple words “village chorale.” And that will link you to Laguna Woods Village. Because it is currently the only “village chorale” in cyber space our website is  exposing and enhancing the name of the village to the public in a new way.

 “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”   Billy – age 4
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” Bobby – age 7


      In every language “Welcome!” Whether you are just checking us out today or ready to join for the first time or returning from last semester or returning after a break we are glad to have you here! We look forward to growing a happy, excited, and inspired relationship! 

      If you are new or returning after a break there are a few new things to learn about. Nothing gigantic, just a few things to make everything go more smoothly. 

      “Signing in” should be the first thing you do when you come into the room. On the “Sign-in” table there will al-ways be a series of handouts. Look over the “oppor-tunities” displays on the table before you leave each week. And if you must be absent find “Absence Request” forms there to fill out and slip under the sign-in sheets.

      Reading and rereading the updated Chorale Handbook will help everyone. Reading and rereading the monthly Newsletter is vital!
      Now! If you are not new to the Chorale you have read everything else in the rest of this article – or should have!

      We are in our fortieth year and claim the distinction of being the premier vocal organization in The Village! There were small groups of Leisure World vocalists who gathered informally as early as 1965 but by 1967 the singers became a fully formed organization under the name “Leisure World 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 Leisure World’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 (and sometimes 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.  

Hear YeHear Ye! Hear Ye! 

1. Because our rehearsal room is used for Election Day activities on Tuesday Feb. 5th the Chorale will meet at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, across from the Catholic Church on El Toro for part rehearsal at 1:00 p.m. and regular rehearsal from 2 to 4 p.m. 

2.There are no fees for Hear YeEmeritus Institute classes         but there are some costs involved with belonging to           the Village Chorale. We still hope in the future to reduce our semester fee for members from the $15 which has been in effect for some time now.         
      There will be a one time “costume” expense to our members: for women – the approved $35 black blouse; for men a begged or borrowed black tuxedo. 
      Chorale members are better ticket sellers than the box office. Traditionally we each purchase 5 or 10 tickets, sell them and then purchase more tickets. Prizes go to high ticket sellers. 

Hear Ye 3A hand held tape recorder used during rehearsals is invaluable for learning music! Bass Pat Cardinale has been doing this for years and can give an expert demonstration of how it is done. He whispers title and page number each time the basses sing; then leaves it on as long as his part is being rehearsed. The accompaniment and all the director’s instructions are then available for review and rehearsing on one’s own time wherever convenient! 

Soprano Barbara Scheifelewas in the Chorale four years ago and came back last fall. She has had a lot of choral experience and plays the piano and ukulele. Some favorites: Author=Charles Dickens, word=love, TV=KOCE

Soprano Shelly Ellmanand Bob have 2 children and 1 grandchild. Her favorite word is “Sale.” She likes to talk about movies and food – especially Chinese. She is good at computer and Mah jongg. She doesn’t like violent movies. 
Soprano Karen Min – likes flower gardening. Personal favorites are: TV=Raymond, Team=Indians, Vista=the Tetons, Time of day= evening. As a child she was shy. She and husband Ken sing in their church choir.
Alto Margie Suttonand husband Bruce have 3 children. SanFran in the 70s was her most interesting place to live. As a child she lived summers in Ireland. She enjoys sports (esp. Dodgers) and current events. Ron Reagan is her hero.
Tenor Sarah Raifeisenand David have 4 children be-tween them, 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren!    Born in Detroit, she liked living in Washington D.C. She has been singing & dancing since she was a child. Joined VC-’94.

Alto Betty Dentonplays the clarinet and saxophone. She joined the Chorale in 2000 and now serves on Library Team, processing new music. Her favorite decade was the 40s, likes to watch “60 Minutes.” Doesn’t like strawberries
Do You
Remember ?

      Where were you during the “Me Decade” of the seventies when the social activism of the sixties shifted to social activities for one’s own pleasure? Though Karen Carpenter, Pink Floyd, Uriah Heep, “Mash”, Tom Wolfe, and Erich Segal held nationwide attention their impact on music sung by the Village Chorale (then known under another name) seems minimal.
      And what did we sing in those days? The music chosen to open the spring concerts gives a bit of an overview of repertoire. In 1970 it was “The King and I Choral Selection” and it was “The Star Spangled Banner” in ’71 – both under the direction of Ruth Payne. Director Forest Brigham chose “My Lord, What a Mornin’” to open the ’73 concert. In ’75 Edward Brahams directed Haydn’s “Dona Nobis Pacem” as the opening rendition and “Salvation is Created” by Paul Tschesnokoff in ‘76. With Alvin Brightbill as director in ’77 and ’78 opening music was “O Bone Jesu” by Palestri and “Salutation” by Gaines. The last spring concert of the decade opened with “Honor and Glory” by Bach under the direction of Robert Carl.

        Most generally winter concerts were simply titled “Christmas Concert” and spring concerts were named “Spring Concert.” 

Reminders for January

Thur, 3   Happy Bithday! 
                       Barbara Scheifele

Sun,  6    Happy Anniversary! 
                        Shelly Ellman

Tues, 8  Chorale Board Meets 
               2:00–4:00 p.m.
Fri. 11    Happy Birthday! Karen Min
Sun. 13  Happy Anniversary! 
                       Margie Sutton
Tues, 15   Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m. 
Tues, 22   Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m. 

Sun, 27  Happy Anniversary! 
                       Sarah Raifeisen
Tues, 29   Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m. 

Thur, 31 
Happy Birthday! 
Betty Denton