Newsletter For Members of The Village Chorale 4-1-2008
Carol Andrews
Vol 1 No 15  April 1, 2008

April 15th - A Day of Importance



      Generally, the whole world knows that April 15th is a very important day – because we pay our taxes that day!  Generally, a few less people know that April 15th is a very important day – because that is the day of the Village Chorale Annual Meeting (and the day we elect next year’s slate of officers)! 

Nominating Chair Shelly Ellman and her committee (Dick Smith and Shirley Wolk) will have a slate of officers ready to be reported during the regular rehearsal on Tuesday, April 8th - one week prior to the annual meeting.  The slate will then be reported for election on April 15th at the Annual Meeting.  The Annual Meeting is held during the regular rehearsal. 

Nominations will be accepted from the floor as long as the person nominated has agreed to run.  Offices for which nominations will be received are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

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A fine is a tax for doing wrong. 
A tax is a fine for doing well.

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Ticket Sales begin Tuesday, April 8th from 1:30-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-4:30 p.m., before and after rehearsal, each Tuesday, to May 13th. 

Chorale members can purchase tickets for $6.00 each to sell or give to family, friends, and neighbors.  Tickets also make great tax-deductible donations to your favorite individual or charity because the Village Chorale is a non-profit organization.  After May 13, tickets will be sold only at the Clubhouse 3 Box Office – at a $7.00 price.

Prizes will be awarded again to members who purchase the most tickets in the several categories.

Be a part of something BIG—think of the Joy and Accomplishment you’ll feel when we have ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SELL-OUT!  Our 2007 Holiday Concert was the first sell-out performance in 35 years as far as we can tell.  Let’s Break our own record!!


            The article which is scheduled to appear in the Laguna Woods Globe was a struggle to get written because there are so many details that had to worked over.  So that everyone knows all the details (and just in case the article gets cut or changed) it seemed good that it appear here in its entirety.

There are just six weeks for the eight hundred and forty Village friends and neighbors who will be filling the Clubhouse 3 auditorium for the May 24th Village Chorale “Celebrate America” concert to purchase their tickets from chorale members at the $6 price.  Tickets will then be offered at the box office the final four days pre-concert at a $7 price.  Tuesday this week was the kick off for the “840/6 Club” competition in which the group watches ticket sale stats climb and chorale members work to sell more tickets than their competitors.  
The largest ever slate of sixteen chorale members auditioned on Tuesday this week for the three solo performances which will be part of the 3 p.m. “Celebrate America” performance on May 24th.  Winners will be announced next week.
In addition to the solos the audience will hear 16 patriotic songs including old favorites “This Land Is Your Land,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “God Bless America,” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  The concert will sparkle as Director H. Douglas Custance adds his unique repartee to the program and with the talented Juanita Tsu at the keyboards, with guest instrumentalists and dancers and with salutes to veterans of our armed forces.  
Chorale members entering and leaving the Rehearsal Room nearby the left entrance to the Clubhouse 3 auditorium Tuesdays before 2 p.m. and after 4 p.m. are reachable for purchase of tickets.


Tue, 1     Soloist Auditions Today 1 – 2 p.m.
               Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m.
               Happy Birthday!  Jessica Ellison
Thu, 3     Happy Anniversary!  Ned Read
Tue, 8   Ticket Sales 1:30-2:00 & 4-4:30p.m.
             Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m.
         REBATE EVENT-Cosmos 5:00 & 9:00 p.m.
Mon, 3         Happy Birthday!  Shirley Wolk
Tue, 15   Ticket Sales 1:30-2:00 & 4-4:30 p.m.
             Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m.
             ANNUAL MEETING during Rehearsal
Fri, 18        Happy Anniversary!  Irene Sellers
Sun, 20       Happy Birthday!  Patrick Cardinale
Tue, 22   Ticket Sales 1:30-2:00 & 4-4:30 p.m.
              Board Meeting   12:30 –1:30 p.m.
              Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m.
Sun, 27         Happy Birthday!  Jerry Fiscus
Tue, 29   Ticket Sales 1:30-2:00 & 4-4:30 p.m.
             Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m.
               Happy Birthday!  Larry Irion
               Happy Birthday!  Lupita Jimenez

Alto Jessie Ellison she once shook hands with John Forsythe; plans to read an anthology about love; could eat 100 french fries; watches CNN; she does “Genealogy”.

Bass Ned ReadCindy & Ned have 2 children, 9 grandchildren; was a WW2 pilot; next read - a Western; could eat 2 burgers every day; favorite room - his sunroom.

Soprano Shirley Wolkher family and her music keep her happy; hopes to read “When God Winks”; her living room is “for” playing Mah Jongg; best age? enjoys life right now!

Bass Pat Cardinale was airline pilot in another life; Really liked living in Maui; Likes to talk “golf” “Bible” “voice”; does not like liver; likes “Arches Nat’l Pk; John Wayne is a Hero!

Soprano Irene Sellers Irene & Michael have 6 children, 10 grandkids; she danced at Disneyland last winter; loves bread, cheese, pasta; loves her Bonus room; she gardens . . .

Bass Jerry Fiscusinteresting place he lived - San Fran during hippie era; favorite things – conversation re: theater, mystery writers, Drake Univ., Grand Canyon, & Black Angus.  

Bass Larry Irionis R.E.Broker; is famed for his speaking voice; at age 3 composed music – quit at age 10; likes: talking politics, Mountain vistas, Fox News, Ayne Rand. . .   

Alto Lupita Jimenez once shook hands with Ralph Nader; sang in HS & college groups; spent cold days last winter in Ohio; is new to OC;  hopes to read “3 Cups of Tea”. . .  




       A hearty thanks to all who submitted notes and letters recently which were passed directly on to the Emeritus Institute Rep!  Copies were made of Shirley Levin’s strong words of com-mendation which express for many of us the appreciation we have for our director and for Saddleback College.  Shirley” history with the Chorale goes back to Spring of 1992.

      I have been a member of the Chorale for many years and it’s the highlight of the week for me.
Doug Custance is a wonderful, exceptionally talented conductor, one of the best we have had.  He is also a great teacher.  He is able to bring out the best in each member to help us create the group we have become.  We are also continuing to develop.
With its support of the Chorale, Saddleback College is making an obvious and outstanding contribution to the community.  Thank you. 
Sincerely, Shirley Rose Levin

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“I wish the buck stopped here!  I could use a few!”

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1. A new thing in the concert brochure will be the home town info next to our member names.  Look on the sign-in table for your name on the Sectional “Home Town” Worksheet to fill in your home town and make corrections to the way your name should appear in the program.

 2. Two more sopranos have joined the Chorale since our last Newsletter was published.  We are pleased to welcome
Carmen Ricaurte and Erna Sharf!  Both are residents of the Village.  Because Barbara Schiefele’s teaching assign-ments have continually been increasing she has had to drop Chorale.  Our membership now stands at 88. 

3. Having the four page concert brochure instead of 8 pages is relieving us of a lot of work but that means that we will not enjoy the cover Steve Bjorkman was set to give us for this year’s concert handout.  Instead go to his booth at the “Laguna Beach Sawdust Art Festival” in Laguna Beach this summer to introduce yourself and add a watercolor to your collection of Bjorkman memorabilia.

4. Its “Get Paid to Eat” time again!  Ann Cullinane has made arrangements for our next Rebate Event to be held next Tuesday, April 8th at Cosmo’s Italian Kitchen at 23411 Aliso Viejo Parkway #A.  Pick up the flyer on the sign-in table.  Just turn it in when you pay your bill and the chorale will receive 15% of what you pay for food!  Eat in or take out anytime between 5 and 9 p.m. on April 8th.

5.  An Amendment to the Chorale By-Laws which will hopefully facilitate continuity of leadership from one year to the next has been Board approved and will be presented for vote at the Annual Meeting.  Past Pres (’04-’05 and 05-’06) Lennie Habenicht will present the motion and explain the steps required to put it into practice.


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