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August 6, 2018

Another winter and spring have come and gone and it is time to plan our next concert. To me, this winter seemed extremely long. It has been nice to have a long span of hot weather, though the rain we just got was very welcome!
I am a visual learner. I learn and retain information best when I can see it. It is intriguing to try to envision what the storytellers of the Bible saw. Each time I hear the story of Jesus’ birth I have a specific setting in my mind. Perhaps it is based on the porcelain nativity that my mother painted. In my mind’s eye I see Joseph and Mary holding baby Jesus, but they are not alone. There are creatures lovingly looking at the family in silence so as not to startle Him. Our theme this year is about all of God’s creatures that were there that night.

Our program, not necessarily in this order, is:
Congregational Carol - “O Come All Ye Faithful”“Fum Fum Fum” - arr. Mack Wilberg
“Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella” arr. Howard Helvey
“Sweet Was the Song” - Grayston Ives
“Entre le boeuf et l'ane gris” (In French) - arr. Thomas Quigley
“Donkey Carol” - with NCS Youth Choir - John Rutter
Congregational Carol “The First Nowell” - arr. Mack Wilberg
“Credo” - Charles Gounod - with trio soloists
“Riu Riu Chiu” - arr. Francis J. Guentner - 2-3 solos
“What Child is This” - arr. Gilbert Martin
“Mary Did You Know” - Pentatonix - we need vocal percussion
“One Gift” - Glenn Rudolph
Congregational Carol - “Angels We Have Heard on High”

Rehearsals will begin on September 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 403 Washington St., Watertown.  Registration will begin at 1:00pm. Fees this year are $20 for adults, $10 for students (grades 9-12 and college with choral experience), and $30 for families. We will rehearse from 2:00 until 4:15 each week except as noted. I strongly recommend that you attend all rehearsals. In the event that a member misses more than 2 rehearsals, I will contact that member to discuss whether or not he or she will be able to contribute positively to the final performances as a result of the missed rehearsal time. Music for all of the pieces will be available for you to borrow.

TAKE NOTE! If you bring a new singer to join NCS, you and your friend will each receive $5 off your registration! I would be happy to talk with and listen to anyone who is interested or unsure. I try my best to be approachable and welcoming! Also, please like us on Facebook and check out our website! www.northernchoralsociety.org

See you very soon!Sara Gleason, Director of Northern Choral Society

Our schedule is as follows:
September 23~2:00pm ~ rehearsal ~ First Presbyterian Church (registration begins at 1:00)
September 30 ~2:00pm ~ rehearsal ~ First Presbyterian Church
October 7 ~2:00pm ~ rehearsal ~ First Presbyterian Church
October 14 ~2:00pm ~ rehearsal ~ First Presbyterian Church
October 21~2:00pm ~ rehearsal ~ First Presbyterian Church
October 28 ~12:30pm ~ rehearsal (due to an ONNY Concert) ~ First Presbyterian Church
November 4 ~2:00pm ~ rehearsal ~ First Presbyterian Church
November 11~2:00 ~pm rehearsal ~ First Prebyterian Church or Asbury United Methodist Church (TBA)
November 18 ~2:00pm ~ rehearsal ~ Asbury United Methodist Church
November 25 ~2:00pm ~ rehearsal ~ Asbury United Methodist Church
November 30 ~ about 5:00pm ~ Dress Rehearsal ~ Asbury United Methodist Church
December 1 ~Concert at 7:00pm ~ Choir call at 6:00pm ~Asbury United Methodist Church
December 2 ~Concert at 3:00pm ~ Choir call at 2:00pm ~Asbury United Methodist Church

TBA ~ Annual Fundraising Dinner held at The Clipper Inn~please sell tickets and help that night if you can.

All participants on our singer mailing list receive a letter which outlines the program of the concert, give specific rehearsal dates and details, and outline registration fees and attendance policies. This letter will be mailed shortly!  Feel free to print it and share!

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