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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 in August.  Feel free to print it and share!
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Northern Choral Society
P.O. Box 842
Watertown, NY 13601  

August 25, 2019 

How excited are you to receive this letter?!?! Did it come in the mail or electronically? I remember writing to my cousin in New Hampshire when I was young. It was so exciting and excruciating to wait for her reply. In fourth grade I got a penpal in Australia. How far away she seemed. How amazing and exotic were all of the air mail stamps. Now, my children can “FaceTime” their cousins across the country. They get an immediate update on each other's haircuts and watch their concerts and games live. 

As I started reading my favorite childhood series to my oldest son, it struck me how enormous the world must have seemed to Laura Ingalls Wilder and how small it seems to him. Still, the world needs help, needs God, and needs us. Northern Choral Society gives Northern New York an annual reminder that Jesus is the reason for Christmas. What we all do together is not unimportant or minuscule. We touch hundreds of people's lives each year. Please join us! 

This year's theme is “One Baby, One World”. We will learn and sing songs from all over the globe! 

Our program, not necessarily in this order, is:

Congregational Carol - “O Come All Ye Faithful”
“A Feast of Carols” - Randol Alan Bass (English and French)
“Wexford Carol” arr. Mack Wilberg (Irish)
“Hydom Tiddlydom” - arr. Mark Burrows (Czech)
“Scots Nativity” - Alan Bullard (Scottish)
“Wana Baraka” - Shawn L Kirchner (Kenyan)
Congregational Carol “The First Nowell” - arr. Mack Wilberg
“Gloria” - Charles Gounod – with soloists (by a French composer)
Congregational Carol - “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”  

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday September 29 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 results 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 29 – 2:00pm – rehearsal – First Presbyterian Church (registration begins at 1:00)
October 6 – 2:00pm – rehearsal – First Presbyterian Church
October 13 – 2:00pm – rehearsal – First Presbyerian Church
October 20 – 12:30pm – rehearsal – First Presbyerian Church (due to ONNY concert) October 27 – 2:00pm – rehearsal – First Presbyterian Church
November 3 – 2:00pm – rehearsal – First Presbyerian Church
November 10 – 2:00pm – rehearsal – First Presbyerian Church or Asbury United Methodist Church (TBA)
November 17 – 2:00pm – rehearsal – Asbury United Methodist Church
November 24– 2:00pm – rehearsal – Asbury United Methodist Church
December 1 – 2:00pm – rehearsal – Asbury United Methodist Church
December 6 – about 5:00pm – Dress Rehearsal – Asbury United Methodist Church
December 7 – Concert at 7:00pm – Choir call at 6:00pm – Asbury United Methodist Church December 8 – Concert at 3:00pm – Choir call at 2:00pm – Asbury United Methodist Church    

Wedneday October 16 – Annual Fundraising Dinner held at Clipper Inn, Clayton NY
-        please sell tickets and help that day/night if you can
-        option to have takeouts picked up at First Presbyterian Church, Watertown, 5pm  

The NCS Children's Choir will begin at 2:00pm on September 29 again this year. Rehearsals will be one hour each at First Presbyterian Church (look for signs!)  

A Note from the Children's Choir Director:
“I am looking forward to working with you again this year. I hope your summer has refreshed and excited you for the new school year and you are ready to get to work on our Christmas program. With love and best wishes!”
Mrs. Marietta Kitto

If you would like to be on this mailing list, send a letter to “Northern Choral Society, Inc,” PO Box 842, Watertown NY 13601.  Include your name, home address, home phone or cell phone number, and email address.