Fall 2012 La Voce Newsletter

posted: 08-Oct-2012

Greetings MGC families!

As you read this newsletter, a bunch of MGC singers are at Westminster Woods enjoying our annual Fall Retreat, a weekend of singing, dancing, playing and making new friends.  Perhaps you’ll be among them next fall?

For many of us, experiencing last week’s hot temperatures, defies the reality that fall is already upon us.  It is now October! Our enrollment is complete and we have settled into our chorus classes.  October is also a good month for us to prepare for our concert season in several ways.  We are ordering outfits for all singers, setting up our volunteers, making lists and checking them twice!

SINGERS OUTFITS:  Here’s what you will need to know:

All singers will be getting new T-shirts this year sporting our new MGC logo! T-shirts will come in new colors as well; white shirts for Frescos, and royal blue for Giocosos, Ariosos, Bel Cantos, and Chantons.

Frescos:  We’ll supply you with the white MGC T-shirt as part of your enrollment.  For performances you’ll need to wear the T-shirt with dark black pants, black shoes and black socks.

Giocosos:  For the $50 costuming fee, we’ll supply you with a royal blue MGC T-shirt and a black A-line skirt from Lands End.  We do the ordering, and will pass them out to singers later this month.  We have sized many new singers already but we’ll need to know from returning singers, if you already have the Lands End skirt, if it still fits, or will you need a new one.  If you don’t need a new skirt, your costuming fee is only $15, and we’ll give you only the T-shirt.  We’ll be sending a separate email out soon to Giocoso families to collect this information and to let you know how to pay for your chorus outfit. Please do not reply to this newsletter—wait for the email asking for your reply!

Ariosos and Bel Cantos:  Your costuming fee is $75, for which you will receive a new T-shirt and our long black, velvet-bodice dress.  We do have some used dresses, which sell for half price.  Again we have sized many new singers already but we’ll need to get sizes from a few of you.  If you need a new dress, we’ll want to know if you are interested in a previously worn dress if there is one your size.  Returning singers: Do you need a new dress?  Try your dress on NOW – see if it still fits!  If you don’t need a new dress, your costuming fee is only $15, and we’ll give you only the T-shirt.  We’ll be sending a separate email out soon to Arioso and Bel Canto families to collect this information and to let you know how to pay for your chorus outfit.  Please do not reply to this newsletter—wait for the email asking for your reply!

SEE’S CANDY SALES

Start spreading the news to family and friends, co-workers and neighbors—about our annual MGC See’s Candy sales and fundraising program.  When they purchase their holiday See's candies from our singers, a portion of the sales will help raise funds to support the Marin Girls Chorus mission of providing excellence in music education, our current activities and help fund singing scholarships for our girls.  

You know you'll be buying See's Candies for the holidays -- as gifts and for social gatherings - why not let us help you with that.  We’ll save you the extra trip and time waiting in long store lines.  Here's how it works:

Your daughter will come home with a 2012 Winter Fundraising Program pre-sell form and collection envelope the week of October 22nd. Take orders and collect money over the following three weeks.  Return orders/money to class the week of November 12th. Candy orders will arrive in classes the last week in November. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

As a non-profit, you can just bet there are lots of areas in which we need volunteers!! 

Opportunity Highlight:

Weekly Class Helpers (now): Our instructors could use your help during class from time to time; tracking attendance, helping girls to and from the restroom, ensuring safe parent pick-ups, etc.   If you prefer hanging around while classes are going on, this may be a great volunteer position for you!  We need basically one parent per class day who can check-in with the instructor to see what is needed that day – similar to a classroom parent – there may be tasks or not, but checking in every week is appreciated. Let us know if you can help us by becoming a weekly class helper! 

Other volunteer opportunities:

Annual Fund-raising Letter Project

See’s Candy Sales Helpers (coming up in Nov/Dec)

Concert Assistance (Dec 8)           

CALENDAR

Mark your calendars for these important dates!

October 17, Wednesday:  Massed Rehearsal

REQUIRED – Please adjust your schedule to accommodate this important time together

Who: ALL LEVELS!

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, 94903

Time: Frescos:           3:45-5:00

          Giocosos:        4:00-5:30

          Ariosos:          4:15-6:15

          Bel Canto/Chantons:   4:15-7:00

Wear: Comfy clothes!  No special attire necessary

November 18, Sunday: Pier 39 Holiday Performance

  • Who: Arioso, Bel Canto, Chantons
  • Where: Pier 39, SF
  • Time: tba
  • Wear: Warm clothes!  Accessorize with red/green scarves, hats, and mittens.

November 17-24: Thanksgiving Holiday Break  --No classes this week!

November 25, Sunday: Chantons rehearsal  --Yes, rehearsal this day!

December 1, Saturday: San Anselmo Tree-Lighting Ceremony          

Who: Fresco and Giocoso

Where: San Anselmo, Lawn at Town Hall, San Anselmo Ave.

Time: 4:30 call time, 5:00-5:45 performance

Wear: Warm clothes!  Accessorize with red/green scarves, hats, and mittens.

December 1, Saturday: Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus SR Mission Concert 

REQUIRED – Please note that the Symphony Performances on Dec 1 & 2 are MANDATORY for Arioso, Bel Canto and Chantons singers.  This is an important reputation-building opportunity-- one performance much of the classical-music-loving community will hear!  So let's make sure we are putting our BEST foot forward!  Our girls have such lovely voices, and we want our community to know how wonderful they truly are!"

Who: Arioso, Bel Canto, Chantons

Where: San Rafael Mission, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael

Time: Chantons call time 6:00, Ari/Bel 6:30 call time, all 7:30 performance

Wear: Concert attire!  Hair pulled back!  Little or no jewelry!

December 2, Sunday: Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus SR Mission Concert

REQUIRED – Please note that the Symphony Performances on Dec 1 & 2 are MANDATORY for Arioso, Bel Canto and Chantons singers.  This is an important reputation-building opportunity-- one performance much of the classical-music-loving community will hear!  So let's make sure we are putting our BEST foot forward!  Our girls have such lovely voices, and we want our community to know how wonderful they truly are!"

Who: Arioso, Bel Canto, Chantons

Where: San Rafael Mission, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael

Time: 3:00 call time, 4:00 performance

Wear: Concert attire!  Hair pulled back!  Little or no jewelry!

December 3 & 4, Monday and Tuesday: NO FRESCO or GIOCOSO Rehearsal

No rehearsals these two days, save your energy for the rest of the week!

December 5, Wednesday: Massed Music Rehearsal

REQUIRED - Please adjust your schedules to accommodate this important time together

Who: ALL LEVELS

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael

Time: Fresco:            3:45-5:00

          Giocoso:          4:00-5:30

          Arioso:            4:15-6:15

           Bel Canto/Chantons:   4:15-7:00

Wear: Comfy clothes

December 6, Thursday: Grand Dress Rehearsal

REQUIRED – Please adjust your schedule to accommodate this important time together

Who: ALL LEVELS

Where: Angelico Hall, Dominican University

Time: 4:00 pm for EVERYBODY

End times: Fresco:  5:30

                 Giocoso:  6:00

                 Arioso:    6:30

                 Bel Canto/Chantons:  7:00

Wear: Concert attire!  We will take photographs! BRING A SNACK!! 

There will be breaks for each level.

December 8, Saturday: Bel Canto/Chantons/Alumnae “Ceremony” rehearsal

Who: Bel Canto, Chantons and Alum

Where: tba

Time: 9:00-12:00am

Wear: Comfy clothes

December 8, Saturday: Concert!  

Who: ALL LEVELS

Where: Angelico Hall, Dominican University

Time: Call times: 

Bel Canto/Chantons:   1:30

Arioso:  2:15 

Giocoso: 2:45

Fresco:  3:15

Concert 4:00-6:00pm

Wear: Concert attire, make sure you’re wearing black shoes and stocking, 

hair pulled back, little or no jewelry.

December 10 -- Online Enrollment begins for continuing Fresco students and new singers

December 10, 11, 12:  Outreach Concerts

December 13, Thursday: Barnes and Noble Concert, 4:00 Corte Madera

December 17 – January 12     Winter Holiday Break – No classes!

January 13, 2013, Sunday: Chantons rehearsals resume

January 14-17: Classes/Rehearsals Resume for All Groups – Session II begins!

 

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