Monday, May 11, 2009

May, 2009, #1

Brothers In Harmony

On Saturday, May 2, The Akron Derbytown Chorus and two Chapter quartets participated in the 69th annual show of The Tower City Chorus. This chorus is comprised of members of The Cleveland West Suburban Chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society. The venue for the show was The WorldView/River Church in Olmsted Falls.

As indicated by the "Brothers In Harmony" show title, several chapters were part of this performance. Featured, along with
Akron and Tower City, were The Cleveland East Suburbanaires and The Men Of Independence.

Performing quartets in
cluded, Final Edition, A Great Bunch Of Guys, Vive L' Four(from Lakewood High School), (Akron's own) Keyed Up and Clear Choice, and headliners, 4-Way Stop.

A wonderful evening of song was well-received by an appreciative audience. When all the singers joined to end the show by singing patriotic songs, and of course, KTWWS, we were treated to an example of how much enjoyment our hobby can bring.

Thanks to The Tower City Chorus and their director, Kevin Mohr, for inviting us to be a part of this experience.

Barbershop Glossary

Starting with
this issue and for several more, the bulletin will feature a short list of common barbershop terms. It should be interesting to see how many of them you recognize. The Bulletin Staff wants to thank our director, Scott Giles, for providing us with these terms.

Bell Chord-A succession of notes sung by each part in turn, usually starting with the bass or tenor note.

Crescendo-A gradual increase in volume.
Fifth-The fifth note of a scale (e.g. G in the scale of C) Alternate meaning: Singing along with a quartet. Also known as fifth-wheeling. This is a no-no.
Mask-A mental imagery term used to indicate the forward area of the face.
Triphthong-A single syllable consisting of three consecutive vowel sounds. An example is "beau".


Cory Hornish 5/14
Dennis Siwik 5/14
Tom Gentry 5/23

It's Getting Closer!

Less than three weeks until we sing The National Anthem at Progressive Field. That's Sunday 5/31, for the Indians-Yankees game. Watch for email updates and announcements at rehearsals. It should be a great time and we hope that you can join us as a participant or a guest. The next bulletin issue (5/25) will contain all the last minute logistics and time schedules.Make sure that you can "carry your part". We don't want to pull a "Roseanne".

Getting To Know Us

See if you can determine the identity of the mystery chorus member described below. The answer will be found in the 5/25 issue of the bulletin.

This man has been a barbershopper and a Chapter member for 7 years. He joined the Derbytown Chorus soon after seeing a "First Night" performance. He was born in Warren. PA, but has also lived in Florida, Maryland, California and Massachusetts. He was born in the same farmhouse where his grandfather, father and brother were born.

Moved to Akron (Ellet) with his family and then later to Hudson. Joined the Navy after high school and was stationed in San Diego for a while and then in May
port, Florida aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Shangri La. This singer has been around the world twice, on every continent, and both poles. He has been married since 1978 and has one child.

After leaving the Navy, he worked for the City of Hudson, Electrical department from 1975-2002. Other jobs include, working in a greenhouse, cook's assistant, landscaper, electrician, air traffic controller, general contractor for Habitat for Humanity and floor maintaenance shift manager.

This man's hobbies are landscaping, building things of wood, water and oil painting, counted cross stitch, crewel work and drawing floor plans.

He has received numerous awards from the Chapter and held various offices. (That's as much of a clue as you get on that subject).

Director's Clinic

On Saturday, May 23, our Chapter will be hosting the CDWI (Chorus Director's Workshop Intensive.) There will be two trainers attending and several area directors will be here for training. Our own Scott Giles and Dan Nichols will be among them. Our chorus will be serving as the "directees", so we need everybody to be there, ready to sing, by 11:45 on May 23. The location is at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, our normal rehearsal site, and the time is 12:00-4:00. There will be many opportunities for singers, as well as directors, to get performance improving tips, so we hope to see you there.

Singing For Subway?

Maybe you have seen, on TV, the recent "$5 Footlong" commercials by Subway. They have very short video clips of people singing a portion of the jingle. Maybe you also noticed that one of those clips shows a barbershop quartet. Maybe you didn't know that the quartet is "Antique Gold", a group based in Vancouver, BC. They also were Canada's first world Senior Champions of the BHS in 2006.

Subway has a website to promote this ad and it allows you to view each clip in it's entirety. You can also rate each performance on a scale from 0-10. The BHS and The Bulletin urge you to visit this site and rate Antique Gold. Just click on the "Subway" link in the Hot Links at the top right of today's bulletin page.

Quartet Visit

On Wednesday, May 6, Clear Choice made a visit to the vocal music department at Firestone High School. The quartet presented them with a monetary donation on behalf of the chapter and spent about 50 minutes with their men's chorus, talking about and demonstrating the barbershop style. Firestone is a Fine Arts magnet school, so the talent level is very high. The chorus began by singing "Fun In Just One Lifetime". They have learned this song to perform in their upcoming show. They were excellent.

The quartet then sang some barbershop songs alone and with members of the Firestone chorus. 2010 show chairman, Jim Elliott, a member of Clear Choice, plans to stay in contact with this group about possibly including a quartet or the full chorus in our show next year. There certainly is a lot of good singing going on at area schools.

For The Good Of The Order

What better way to finish this bulletin issue than with some excellent barbershop harmony. Here you go!!