• Solveig Holmquist

Bravo to our giving community

Greetings Singers,

You people are marvelous. And that's the understatement of the week, or month, or year. When it takes a village, you become a city!

As I told you last week, this whole project to help two deserving soloists from North Salem High with the $$ needed to compete at the State Solo Contest took on a life of its own, in part because of two unforeseen (but I think really lucky) circumstances. My first impulse had been to ask the Board to authorize two $50 checks, one for each student. That made sense, and would have been the sensible, businesslike thing to do. But our Treasurer, Vicki Seed, is traveling, and she's the only one who can write checks, so I made an appeal to all of you, included in last week's column.

Then when pledges came flooding in, and we quickly passed the goal, I had no way to tell you all to stop, because Karl (who sends out communications) was unavailable! And once he did send out that message, more and more people wrote to say they'd like to contribute anyway, since they knew how much the music program at North needed things that most other Salem high schools take for granted.

So as you know, I just told all interested contributors to drop cash into the designated bag at rehearsal.

That's the back story. The punch line is that you all chipped in (drum roll here):


Yes, that's what I said! After we counted it at home, Jon chipped in $3, and yesterday I delivered $700 in cash (including one check) to an absolutely flabbergasted Jennifer Kercher just outside the school office. We both cried.

The reason I think it was all so lucky is that you had the chance to be involved, and to know that the money came from a bunch of you personally, not from an institution known as Festival Chorale Oregon. Turns out you're the living embodiment of community at its best. Our rehearsal last Tuesday was buzzing with excitement, and I know for sure that it was because together we were doing a magic project! Who gets that chance? For the record, most of the denominations were 20's, and one man stepped up with a $100 bill! See what I mean?

Jenn will be writing to us, of course, but in the meantime, you have my total admiration for your incredible generosity.

Oh yeah, plans for next Tuesday: Movements 9 - 15, together for the entire rehearsal, moving to Queen for the final half hour. We got a good glimpse of Queen last week, and we're also beginning to grasp the whole shape of the Mass. Fun is beginning to happen. And great thanks go to Katrina for her fine work with Choir I, in our separate rehearsals.

In closing, if our FCO community gets this excited about making big projects happen, I'm thinking we could probably tackle financing the third bridge.

See you on Tuesday, and BRAVO forever.




Program Ads

Get involved by selling ads in our concert programs! Programs cost more than $1,000 per concert to design and print, and ad revenue is needed to cover that cost. Please contact businesses you know that might support community arts, like your dentist or financial planner and others you have a relationship with. Carol Chancellor will have ad forms at rehearsal.

2020 Northern Italy Tour

We are still auditioning for our next tour, which will take us across northern Italy, with stops in Tuscany, Lake Garda, and Venice. Check out the tour flyer for more information about the proposed itinerary. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Rebekah Wozniak-Gelzer at wozniak@teleport.com or by phone at 503-585-5404 for an audition time.

"Once A Dream"

Long-time member Vito Pileggi has written a book about his travels with FCO and on his own. Vito organized several FCO tours and helped forge the friendship between FCO and MGV 1880-86 Hahnheim. You can order "Once A Dream" from Amazon for $45 or save money and pick up a copy at rehearsal from Hale Thornburgh for just $30. You can reach Hale at 503-581-0274 or rohaleth@gmail.com.

A Note From Ann Snelling

My dad's book, Farm Boy to Fly Boy, is published and available. It is his memoirs as a WWII fighter pilot in the India-Burma-China theater. He flew 69 missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. I'll bring some copies to rehearsal next week. Birthday special is $10 each.


Room Setup and Tear Down

Tenors are On Deck

Setting Up:

  1. Please arrive at 6:30 pm as we need to set up rooms for sectionals as well as much of the seating for the combined choir as possible.

  2. Bryan will coordinate set up.

  3. Move the piano from the sanctuary to the gym.

  4. The combined choir seating chart is shown below.

Tearing Down:

***All singers are responsible for placing their own chair on the racks.***

  1. Place the chair racks back in the gym closet.

  2. Place the director's platform and music stand back in the gym closet.

  3. Move the piano back to the sanctuary

  4. Place the baptismal font and candle back to the center of the sanctuary aisle.


Feb 19 - Tenors Mar 19 - Tenors Apr 16 Tenors May 14 Tenors

Feb 26 - Basses Mar 26 Basses Apr 23 Basses

Mar 5 - Sopranos Apr 2 Sopranos Apr 30 Sopranos

Mar 12 - Altos Apr 9 Altos May 7 Altos

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