Monday, October 26, 2009

October, 2009, #2

Special Halloween Edition

You might want to sing "Devil's Ball "
sometime this week
just for old time's sake

Chorus Competes In Lima

Over 30 members of the Derbytown Chorus journeyed to Lima, OH on Saturday, October 17 to attend the 2009 JAD Fall Contest and Convention. After warming up and going over a few performance details, the chorus took the stage just before 1:00pm. Dressed in our tuxedos with black tie, we took the downbeat from Director Scott Giles and began our contest set with "California Here I Come". I think that many of those in the audience enjoyed the thoughts of west coast warmth on a cool, windy day in Ohio.

As the applause died down, we gathered around our "baby" to sing our second number, "Kentucky Babe". Again we accepted the applause from the audience, the curtain closed and another contest performance had come and gone.

After a short visit to another room for the official chorus contest photograph, it was time to become a spectator and watch other chorus performances. Many Akron Chapter members traveled to the nearby Lima Mall at 3:30pm, to join with members of other choruses and do some singing for the mall patrons.

Most of us then made plans for the trip home. By that time we had learned that we finished in sixth place out of eight choruses in the competition. Our overall score was a little higher this year compared to 2008. Having fun and improving in the eye of the judges is a pretty good combination. You can use the JAD link at the top right of the Bulletin page to check all of the chorus and quartet scoring summaries.


Top 10 Signs You Are Too Old to Be Trick or Treating

10. You get winded from knocking on the door.

9. You have to have another person chew the candy for you.

8. You ask for high fiber candy only.

7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag,
you lose your balance and fall over.

6. People say, "
Great Keith Richards mask!" and you're not wearing a mask.

5. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or
..." and can't remember the rest.

4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.

3. You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece.

2. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walk

1. You avoid g
oing to houses where your ex-wives live.

New Chapter Quartet Scores Big In Lima

The newest Chapter quartet, New Clear Energy, competed at the 2009 Fall Contest and Convention in Lima and did an outstanding job. The quartet members are: Scott Giles, tenor; David Breen, bass; Eric Jolly, lead; and Jim Bishop, baritone. New Clear Energy finished 24th out of 32 quartets and finished 2nd among the novice quartets. This group has been together only a short time and represented themselves and our Chapter very well. Congratulations to Scott, David, Eric and Jim.

What kind of street does a ghost like best?
A dead end.

Mark Your Calendars

Some of you may not be aware that The Derbytown Chorus Bulletin has many staff members that contribute to the final product that reaches your computer. One of those is our staff mathematician, Cal Clueless. Cal has crunched some numbers for us and made an important discovery. Taking into account our score of 62.3 at Lima and our 58.3 score from 2008, along with The Alliance's International qualifying score of 88.8, Cal says that we will qualify for the International Contest and Convention in 2016. Let's try to choose our contest set no later than 2012.
Cal Clueless, Bulletin
Math Consultant

What did the baby ghost eat for dinner?
A boo-loney sandwich.

Clear Choice Is Outstanding In Their Field

You can each make up a story to go with this picture.

Chorus Helps To Celebrate Lincoln's 200th Birthday

On Saturday evening, October 24, at Cuyahoga Falls High School, a contingent of singers from our Chapter joined with over 200 other singers and a full orchestra to perform Lincoln: A Symphonic Tribute. This piece was written by New England composer, Dorn Younger, and was commissioned by The Summit Choral Society. In addition to our Chapter members, this event featured Masterworks Choral Summit Children's Touring Choir, The Summit Children's Choirs, guest soloists and narration by WAKR's Ray Horner.

Mr. Younger completed his thirty-minute, six-movement work this year, and Choral Society artistic director, Frank Jacobs, invited the men of our chorus to be a part of it's premier. Also included in the performance was children's choir director Hal Walker's piece, Father Abraham, for children's choir with harmonica. Our contribution to the evening included singing verses from God Bless America and America The Beautiful.

Thank you to all who represented the Derbytown Chorus. There will be a video of the event available for us. Watch for updates on where and when.

How can you tell when windows are scared?
They get shudders.

The Headless Horseman

You may remember Bing Crosby's recording of this song in the late 1940's. It is from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow segment of Disney's Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. The audio here is from a Kay Starr recording that came out a few months after the release of the movie. The backup vocals and music are courtesy of the Billy Butterfield Band.