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10 January 2012
Notes from The Piano Player


Hello,
Welcome!
Happy New Year!
I am delighted to have this opportunity to welcome you to the second session of the 2011-2012 season of The Victoria Good News Choir and to wish each of you a year of all things good and wonderful with the realization that good and wonderful has a variety of faces. Experience assures me that it is the manner in which I choose to view and then experience that defines the experience.
I’ve promised myself that I will do my best to be aware of my attitude(s) since my attitude is the only thing that I might have a change of controlling. Somehow I think that how I think will affect every other part of my life. YIKES!!!
I am in the process of planning the resumption of the choir’s ‘outreach’ and ‘growth’ initiatives in area schools shortly; you’ll be resuming monthly choir ‘outreach’ sing alongs while preparing for ‘the celebration of Shady Creek United Church’s 150th Anniversary and Black History Celebration on Sunday, 26 February. 2011 Simple Gifts… an Old Fashioned Carol Sing on Tuesday, 6th December was stellar as was the special appearance with The Open Door Choir@Our Place and St. Andrews Family Choir on Tuesday, 13 December at Alix Goolden Performance Hall CBC fundraising performance reading of Dickens.
We still have a BIG year ahead. I’ve continued to meet with choir directors in the choir’s ongoing ‘outreach’ initiative. I will be continuing to volunteer with the choir at Central Middle School. It’s exciting and energizing to have the opportunity to work with Marianne Ing and the students she conducts.
During the time you’ve been off, I’ve carried on with conversations begun with two other schools. When I have something to report, I will. For now, however, I ask that you send your best positive energy forward. Thanks.
As we enter the second half of the 2011-2012 season, I thank those of you who have already registered and paid your fees in full. It interpret it is a testimony to your commitment to the ongoing work of this choir and one of the many ways in which you choose to say YES! Thank you.
This choir is unique in so many wonderful ways. One of them is the manner in which the members of the board, coordinated by your president, Sue Coneys, make every attempt to accommodate every ‘outreach’ invitation. Flexibility is key. This Monday, 16 January‘s ‘outreach’ is an example.
So I’m asking that you look forward to Monday evening’s outreach at Shannon Oaks Retirement Complex from 7:00 until 8:00 PM.. Shannon Oaks is located at 2000 Goldsmith Street (at Foul Bay). It is also adjacent to the Oak Bay Recreation Centre on Bee Street. There is some on street parking on Goldsmith.
More parking can be found in the Safeway/Liquor Store parking lot at Fort Street and Foul Bay Road. Please note that the entrance to Shannon Oaks is on Goldsmith.
When you enter the building walk past the reception desk towards the dining room, turn right and go down the stairs. There are also two elevators for your use. The large room to the left of the stairs, with a stage and a piano, is where we will be singing.
OUTREACH books will be available to those of you who’ve yet to purchase yours. Come. Sing. Unison or. Parts if you like. No Stress. Just a good time.
Something I’ve noticed and choose to address… directly.
Please note the following. CONCERT DRESS: Bright, solid coloured top; black trousers or skirt, black shoes. No running shoes or sandals. There are no exceptions.
I’ve noticed something else. There are some things I realize I am doing for the last time.
I’ve spent fourteen years editing existing arrangements in order to get them ‘right’. Well, the arrangements you’ll be receiving are right and will remain as they are (unless there are gross harmonic or typographical errors). The time does come to leave some things alone. And this is the time.
For our closing season concert – “O, Canada É,” we have an All Canadian program of music including a rather large arrangement of “O Canada”. You have in your packet the French verse only since I am still in the process of editing the ‘big’ arrangement. You also have in your packet “Four Strong Winds”, “Wood River” “One People” and “We Are Simply One”. The other arrangements on which I’m still working are “Nobody Wants to Sing the Blues”, “Hymn to Freedom” and “The Darktown Strutters Ball”.
The ‘outreach’ opportunities the members of the board choose on your behalf have given the choir priceless kinds of exposure. If you have ideas that you’d like the board to consider for ‘outreach’, please tell me or a member of the board. You never know what will happen.
I’m still open to suggestions for the summer repertoire. Please send or give those suggestions to me by the end of March. Send me a note via email louise@lrose.com or leave a note on the piano at rehearsal any time between now and the end of March. Thank you.
Also please continue to give some thought to the 2012 Summer of Community Service. Think about what you’d like to sing and whom you’d like to serve.
Please note that I am here to serve every singing member of the choir. Serving you is my duty and my choice. I know there will be times when almost everyone is ‘content’ and I know there will be other times. In every instance, however, I promise you that I will serve to the best of my ability.
Every organization has its ‘stuff’. Choirs seem to have more than the usual ‘stuff’. So if you find you have ‘stuff’, please do your best to be respectful and address it directly with me or a member of the board.
Some of you have asked why I work so hard. The answer is simple. I love my work. I love the work this choir chooses to do.
The Victoria Good News Choir 2011-2012 - second session… off we go!

Blessings,

Louise
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Do you like to sing?
If you do we invite you to join our non audition community choir for the remainder of the 2011-12 Season.

We are the Victoria Good News Choir Society, directed by Louise Rose. Our rehearsals start at 7:30pm at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Avenue.

We are a community choir in every sense of the word and we love to sing.
The Victoria Good News Choir Society is a place where friendships are made, develop and flourish. It is also a place where loving support is always available.

In addition to our concerts, those of us who are available, sing (Outreach) once a month at seniors centers and extended care facilities where Louise Rose accompanies us on the piano as we sing popular songs from the 1920’s to 2000+.

We feel very fortunate to have a Choir Director who arranges wonderful songs for us to sing. We love to sing and if you do too ... please come and join us.

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FROM MY SEAT
Notes From The Piano Player
25 January 2011


Hi,
Recently I’ve felt as if I’ve been writing to you for weeks although I know it’s only in my dreams. I probably feel that way because I’m surprised that I want to write in a way similar to the way I did when this choir began some thirteen years ago… every week. Will I? No! And there are weeks when I’d really like to think I could.
The role of Musical and Artistic Director of this community choir becomes more exciting (and demanding) each year. Even when some of you are exhausted, you still ‘show up’. I am learning to listen to you as you talk about the dreams you have for this, your choir. Although I’m often challenged I believe that you and the contribution(s) you’re each choosing to make in your unique way is the source of this choir’s current energy and its future.
Those of you returning have remarked about some of the changes since the first session. Thank you.
And now I get to welcome you to Session 2 of the 2010-2011 season of The Victoria Good News Choir.
Welcome!
This second session of the 2010-2011 season is a continuation of the fresh start for The Victoria Good News Choir begun last September.
So let’s recommit to continuing with new energy; to be agents, in our unique way, for community engagement in the whole of the Capital Region and all of the places we may be in the world.
We’ll continue the once monthly OUTREACH that has become a way of our engaging with those who enjoy singing and hearing the songs of yesteryear in the places where they now live.
The choir’s invitation to sing at a fundraising concert with the Victoria Salvation Army Citadel Band in October was a marvellous experience.
His Honour, Lieutenant Governor Steven Point honoured this choir with an invitation to serve as the core of a community choir for the Thursday on 15 July 2010 ‘Naming of the Salish Sea’ on the sacred land of the Songhees Nation. He has also invited this choir to serve as the core of the community choir for the recording of two of his compositions. There is also the possibility of a performance at Government House on a Thursday in July. I promise to let you know what I know as soon as I know it.
Although the mantra is one of these being ‘desperate’ times, my sense is that these times offer each of us endless opportunities to engage and enlarge our (yours and my) sense of community if we only will. And that joyous responsibility is yours and mine.
To that end I will continue volunteering with the choirs at Claremont Secondary School and Central Middle School. Also continuing is the initiative with the choirs at Lake Hill Elementary School albeit on a smaller scale in order to make way for another initiative that is so new there is nothing concrete I can report to you.
I promise you that I will continue to do my best to serve you and the community I love.
Your contributions to the choir’s Annual Variety Show and Silent Auction are absolutely critical. Remember ‘to have something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done’. That probably means different things to different people. In this instance, however, I’d like it if you’d understand it to mean your active and deliberate seeking of donations from community businesses you frequent to be offered on the Silent Auction tables. Mary Ann Laing is serving as the Silent Auction coordinator.
It could also mean sticking your neck out just a little bit and contributing some of your other unique talents in the variety show portion of the evening. C’mon. You’ll have the time of your life! Need an accompanist? I’m a pretty good one. And I’m available.
Ultimately, though, I appreciate thinking that each of you is making a commitment to be present whenever, wherever and however you can. Something truly wonderful happens when we make a commitment to working together.
So, let’s get started!
Blessing and thanks
Louise
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FROM MY SEAT
Notes From The Piano Player
Fall/Winter 2010

Sometimes a positive outlook is one of life’s greatest challenges. I’m feeling that as I write.
The great challenge to life is living. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that we’re always getting ready to live but never living.”
I’ll try to explain.
In all things I do my best to look positively at what it is. As I mature I realize that committing myself to a positive outlook looks differently from almost anything I could have imagined twenty years ago. Recently, it is less patient with various forms of language and behaviour (especially from adults) and more accepting and welcoming of those who appear different from me (especially those younger than I).
My levels of patience, welcome and acceptance have changed.
I seem to be becoming defiant about some things too.
We are now entering the season of darkness. It’s a time of reflection and wonder. During this time I shall start journaling. I shall attempt to be deliberate in my noting of things I want to retain and/or discard. I’m imagining it will be a marvelous, although sometimes emotional, exercise.
I will turn my attention to quiet activities. I’m looking at this time as a time to restore and renew. That means looking at clothes and shoes and making decisions about them.
It may mean looking at the paper in my cluttered music studio and upstairs office and beginning the process of determining what will come of them. I guess it could be considered a prelude to purge of sorts.
And I will spend less time doing ‘public’ sorts of things and more time focusing on my private life which will include spending time with friends nurturing and being nurtured.
I’ll spend time writing and arranging music as I prepare for the numbers of activities that will be necessary for the second half of the choir’s 2010-2011 season.
There are those of you who’ve been practicing this kind of mindful discipline all your lives. Gosh!
I’m grateful that I’m beginning to grasp the importance of practicing mindfulness in all parts of my life. It’s that consistent practice of mindfulness that seems to escape me. YIKES!!!
I am aware of the importance of following my vision, thoughtfully fulfilling the call to my true work and the work of making my dreams come true so that when the season of light is again upon me I am prepared to be the light of its transforming power.
I’m still excited about the future. I’m excited about the future growth of this choir. I’m eager to engage fully without fear.
Wanna join me? Think about it! The time to live is now.

Blessings,

Louise
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FROM MY SEAT VICTORIA GOOD NEWS CHOIR SOCIETY
Notes from The Piano Player
13 August 2010

Hi,
I feel like I’ve been writing this newsletter for months. I probably feel that way because I have been writing it in varieties of ways since before the season end concert “OOPs!”
The role of Musical and Artistic Director of this community choir becomes more exciting each year. I am learning listen to you for this is your choir and your contribution is the source of its energy.
And now I get to welcome you to the 2010-2011 season of The Victoria Good News Choir.
Welcome!
This season marks a fresh start for The Victoria Good News Choir. Aah!
So let’s start with new energy to be agents for community engagement in the Capital Region.
We’ll continue the once monthly OUTREACH that has become one of the many ways this choir engages with those who enjoy singing and hearing the songs of yesteryear in the places where they live.
His Honour, British Columbia Lieutenant Governor Steven Point, invited this choir to serve as the core of a community choir for the Thursday, 15 July ‘Naming of the Salish Sea’ ceremony on the sacred land of the Songhees Nation. The singing of His Honour’s composition British Columbia was an historical and unforgettable once in a life time experience. I thank those of you who were able to make the time to participate in the rehearsals and the event.
His Honour has also invited this choir to serve as the core of the community choir for the recording of two of his compositions to be included a fundraising CD initiative to support the Salvation Army’s care of First Nation’s teen girls who are substance abusers.
There is also the possibility of a performance at Government House later in the fall. I promise to let you know what I know as soon as I know it.
As a result of this choir’s participation in the ‘Naming of the Salish Sea’ ceremony you have been invited to sing at a fundraising concert with the Victoria Salvation Army Citadel Band scheduled for Saturday, 23 October. It confirms that every performance is an audition. That’s a life lesson.
Although I keep hearing that these are ‘desperate’ times, my sense is that these times offer endless opportunity to engage and enlarge our sense of community.
To that end I will resume volunteering with the choirs at Claremont Secondary School and Central Middle School. On your behalf I am also undertaking a new initiative with the choirs at Lake Hill Elementary School. I’m excited to have been approached for it is my belief that every person can and should have the opportunity to sing.
I promise you that I will continue to do my best to serve you and the community I love.
So, let’s get started!
I look forward to seeing you at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Avenue, at 7 PM on Tuesday, 14 September for the start of the 2010-2011 season of The Victoria Good News Choir.

Blessings and thanks,

Louise



 
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