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Katie MacDonald to speak at Monday's Rehearsal

On Monday April 26, 2021 at 7:30pm PDT Katie MacDonald, Recruitment and Retention Manager of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, will make a presentation via Zoom to the Valley Harmony Singers. She will discuss virtual recruitment and retention tips. Ms. MacDonald will emphasize that it is possible to increase membership during this pandemic. She will be teaching us how to invite new members to the virtual rehearsals and to keep current members happy and hopeful.

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New Jamulus invitation from the Oceanaires with better log-in instructions

A first Polecat jamulus sing-along was successfully held last night, in spite of my incomplete instructions about how to log-in.  The important information is to connect to SMO Polecats under t he Genre Classical/Fold/Choral list in the upper left hand corner of the Connection Setup page.
Please pass this information on to interested members of your choruses.  I plan to host another session next Tuesday at 7:30 PM Pacific Time.
Please let me know if there are any questions.
Jim McElwain
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Invitation from the Oceanaires to All Jamulus Barbershoppers

As I mentioned in my previous note, I am interested in an open Jamulus room that could be used by ALL barbershoppers to sing together.  We (the Santa Monica Oceanaires) have been using Jamulus for a little while, but frequently can not attract a large enough group to cover all four parts, so I would like to invite all interested BSers to use our site SMO Polecats.  My suggestion is that anyone interested in hosting at any time, pick a time and send an e-mail to this distribution list for further distribution to interested membership.  Keep the expectations low, like you might in a convention lobby, and for starters let’s just do some Polecats. 
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Rob Mance on PRINCIPLES of VOCAL PRODUCTION during Monday's Rehearsal

Rob Mance, the artistic director of Central Standard chorus and founding artistic director of SAI chorus, Vocal Standard will speak to our chapter during the first half of this Monday's (1/25/21) rehearsal.  He will be speaking on Principles of Vocal Production, and will cover foundational principles related to how we produce sound, and will debunk popular vocal myths and urban legends about singing.

Rob has completed the coursework for a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Kansas. He is an active clinician for high school vocal ensembles, maintains a recording studio, and serves as a BHS judge in the singing category (2016-present), and formerly in the music category (2001-2016).

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Each year we recognize those members who have done a little more for our Chapter and Chorus. We usually make these presentations at a restaurant during our installation dinner. This year, as with our rehearsals, we were on Zoom.  None the less, each member receiving an award deserves a big thank you: 

Rang Hansen Memorial Award, given for countless contributions, support, effort and assistant to the President awarded to Tom Raffety

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The Valley Harmony Singers wish all a Happy New Year!

The Valley Harmony Singers wish all a joyous and safe New Year's Eve celebration, and our hope the the new year will bring all of us harmony, peace and health so that we may put this past year behind us!  

We hope to see you all on January 4th, our first rehearsal of the new year.

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Reminder! We are dark on December 28th

We wish all of you a happy holiday season, and we will be back on Monday, January 4th 2021.  May your next year be better than this one has been, and the Valley Harmony Singers wish you all a year of Harmony, Health, Satisfaction, and Achievement. 

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Valley Harmony Singers to Support the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry!

The Holiday Season is one of charity and giving.  During normal years, our chorus has collected and donated food and toys for those less fortunate.  This season, since we will not be meeting in person for our usual holiday celebration, we will be donating to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry instead.  If you wish to donate, please write a check for what you can afford, make the check out to "The San Fernando Valley Chapter" and write Interfaith Food Pantry in the memo field.  Mail the check to "The Valley Harmony Singers, 14960 Sherman Way, #A103, Van Nuys, CA 91405".  The checks will be consolidated and a single check from the Chapter will be sent to the Food Pantry.  The Valley Harmony Singers is a 501(c)

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It's Holiday Party Time!

On Monday December 21, 2020 the Valley Harmony Singers (VHS) will be celebrating our annual Holiday Party in a virtual manner during our regular 7:30-9:00 PST weekly rehearsal. There will still be a lot of singing and perhaps a number of delicious snacks. This time, however, BYOS! We will also be lifting a cup of cheer to wish in the New Year and hopefully wear something apropos to this time of year. There will be special entertainment from our members and from guest artists as well. We will sing a number of holiday songs and have some holiday-themed videos as well.

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Far Western District VP for the SouthWest division speaks at our rehearsal

Brent Anderson, the district VP for our division spoke at our last vitual rehearsal.  He  summarized what was going on in the Far Western District, and was effusive in praising the commitment our members have shown it supporting our chapter.  Our rehearsals, our Teaching Quartet and our new website place us at the top of Far Western District as far as maintaining a successful chapter through these challenging times.

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