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Thank You!

On this day when we express our gratitude, we would like to thank our members, our families, our guests, our patrons, and all those who have supported us during the past two years of difficulty.  We have survived because of each and every one of you, and, with any luck, we will be again performing for you in the coming year. 

THANK YOU, and may this day of reflection find you all well, and may we truly have a coming year to be thankful for in 2022.

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We're Back!

This past Monday, October 11th, the Valley Harmony Singers members met in-person for the first time in two years.  Requiring Singers' masks that provide space between the mask and the singer's face whenever a member is in the rehearsal hall and limiting the rehearsal to members only, the chorus was able to sing with minimal distortion. For the next few rehearsals, in-person attendance will be limited to members, however a ZOOM link will also be provided for guests and members who are unable to attend.  All attendees were excited to be able to again hear and participate in four part barbershop harmony. 

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Members Only In-Person Rehearsals to begin October 11th

On Thursday, September 23rd, the Board of Directors of our chapter voted to resume in-person rehearsals on October 11th, pending the receipt of the singers masks now on order, and expected to be shipped during the last week in September.  For at least the first month, all rehearsals will be members only.  A concurrent ZOOM session of the live rehearsal will be available for guests, and those members who cannot attend in person.  For the foreseeable future, the following pandemic protocols will be in effect:

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Virtual Rehearsals to continue through September

The Valley Harmony Singers chorus has decided that our virtual rehearsals will continue on ZOOM through the month of September.  We will reevaluate whether to resume members-only in-person rehearsals at the end of the month, based on the availability of Singers' Masks for the entire chorus.  Even when we are meeting in person, we will continue to provide ZOOM for guests to join us virtually until we are able to welcome them to our meeting hall.

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We will be dark on Monday September 6th!

In celebration of both Labor Day, and the Jewish New Year's we will not be rehearsing on Monday September 6th.

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We will be dark on July 5th!

The Valley Harmony Singers will be dark on July 5th for the Fourth of July weekend holiday.  Our next rehearsal will be on the 12th of July.  Please enjoy the holiday weekend, and stay safe and cool!

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Chris Burns to Speak This Monday!

Chris Burns, from the Tampa Bay Heritage of Harmony Chorus, will spend the first part of this Monday's rehearsal speaking and guiding us through visual presentation, especially how to communicate the meaning and excitement of a song to our audience through facial expression.  Chris was a member of the Valleyaires a number of years ago, before he moved to Florida.

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Memorial Day 2021 by Ben Marder

This year I was invited by a longtime friend of mine on Memorial Day to participate in setting up American flags at the gravestones of our men and women who served in our Armed Forces in past wars so gallantly and honorably. I was invited by Barry Chapman, Branch Chief Food Services Division- Pacific Area. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. This was at the Veterans Los Angeles National Cemetery in West L.A., CA.

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A Message from Our President

WE KEEP MOVING ON by Jack Press, President

Our Chapter and Chorus have been weathering this pandemic very successfully. We have maintained our weekly rehearsals and monthly Board and Music Team meetings on Zoom.  Sad to say there are a number of chapter/choruses in the Society who have not done as well as we have.  Thanks to our membership, we consistently have 19-21 singers show up for rehearsal on Zoom. Our Breakout 

Rooms give us an opportunity to rehearse our repertoire and learn new songs.  A big thanks goes to Tom Raffety, Director - Bob Karlin, 

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To our loyal followers:

Thank you for attending our past shows.  As soon as the pandemic restrictions on rehearsing and performing are lifted, we will perform for you again, in both our own shows and for your events. Another way for you to help our chorus/chapter is by designating a portion of your purchases from Ralph's Grocery or Amazon, to us.  Go to the top of this Public Site page and click on DONATE.  Follow the instructions to associate your Ralph's card and your Amazon account with our chapter.

PS..  In the Ralphs section, when they are signing up, they need to indicate Community Rewards

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