Sunday, March 10, 2019

poems and songs from the December "Before Solstice" service

Recordings of poems and songs from the December 2, 2018 "Before Solstice" service have been added to the BUF Blog under "you tube videos and audio of our songs", and a direct link to the audio files via google drive is here.


Friday, January 18, 2019

The upcoming week

Dear BUF Chalice Choir
Thanks to everyone who made all these recent BUF music events a success
    Dec 2 – Before Solstice, the poems and songs of Rick Hermann
    Dec 9 – RE Pageant: Tani’s Search for the Heart
    Dec 16 – Bach’s Wachet Auf
    Dec 24 – Christmas Eve Service
    January 15 – Willamette University Concert
Genia and I are grateful to belong to the engaged and engaging community at BUF!
We were able travel in Chile for a long time without any concern about keeping the home fires burning.  We would like to share our trip with all interested people next Wednesday in a short slide show in the BUF Sanctuary before dinner:
The End of the Rainbow in Chile
25 Days in Chile in 25 pictures in 25 minutes
5:25pm, Wednesday, January 23, 2019
This Sunday, January 20, we will rehearse Ella’s Song at 9:30am.
Thanks to Tessie for teaching and directing this fun song!
Links to YouTube recordings of this song came to you in the previous email :)
Please wear solid blue (any shade) on top and black on bottom.
Monday, January 21 we will sing Ella’s Song again for the MLK event starting at 7pm.
Please arrive at 6:30pm to rehearse.
This is the order of the MLK program:
6:45pm            Peter Ali “pre show flute music.”
7:07pm            Amanda thanks everyone for coming and intros William
William             Nooksack song
Joshua             Lummi song
Checo             “Everyday People” BUF choir dances up during this song
BUF Choir         Ella’s Song
Terrance          talk
Checo            “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around”
Edgar            talk
Checo            “People get Ready”
Christelle         talk
Open Mic.          3 minutes each.
Checo closes     “Love Train”.
After BUF has sung, you are free to leave whenever you need to, but you'll want to stay to hear Tracy Spring and friends sing her new hit "Your Heart Is A Muscle the Size of a Fist"
See ya,

Friday, January 11, 2019

Sing with Tracy Spring on Jan. 21

Local composer Tracy Spring is debuting at least part of a new choral arrangement of Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist at the Co-op sponsored Martin Luther King Day celebration at BUF on Monday, January 21st starting at 7pm.  Email her at if you want to give the SATB sheet music a try! She will send you a .pdf of the latest version. There are also sectional mixes of audio files available for those who prefer to learn by rote.

There will be a run-through of the piece somewhere in the building on the day of, at 6:15 pm, hopefully in the Sanctuary with Karen FitzGerald on piano (who is performing with Tracy), but if that space is not available for the run-through, probably downstairs.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 2018 News

Bach Cantata December 16 Those of us currently in Chalice Choir are pretty ecstatic about singing the Bach cantata this Sunday. Rehearsing with the orchestra last night was thrilling! Those of you currently on hiatus, we sincerely invite you to come! Singers; Please be on the stage by 9:30am sharp, wearing all black. Christmas Eve Choir There will be one rehearsal for the 2018 Christmas Eve Choir,at the regular choir time: 6:45pm-8pm, next Wednesday, December 19. Director Ruth Ann Hanlin will teach you the two simple songs: Go Tell It On The Mountain, and Let There Be Peace On Earth. All are welcome to join this one-time, pick-up choir - whether you've ever been in a BUF choir or not, and whether you are a BUFster or not . . . The Christmas Eve service will be on Monday, December 24 starting at 7pm. 2019 Choirs Rehearsals resume for BUF Choirs on Wednesday, January 9. All singers, past, present and first timers are welcome to start up with us in January. BUF 2019 Choirs Performance & Repertoire calendar The repertoire and performance dates for BUF choirs, January-June, 2019 is attached (see documents on the right side of this blog) BUF Caroling Night! Saturday, December 22, 5-8 pm Begin at 5 pm with dinner in the BUF social hall ($5/person, $12/families with young children). Followed by lantern-lit caroling in the neighborhood. Wrapping up back at BUF with cocoa, cookies, and stories. Fun for all ages! For details, contact Roz at

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 1 News

Hi Chalice Choir, Here's the news: We're singing Portones Abiertos for the service this Sunday, practicing at 9:30am. Please be on the risers, with your music in a black binder, wearing all black, at 9:30am sharp. At 10:15am, we'll get our stoles on. Nunca antes habĂ­a estado tan exitado de estar vivo! You're welcome and encouraged to sing with us even if you've missed a few rehearsals. Claro que estoy contento! Sectionals this Saturday with Ruth Ann UPSTAIRS in the flex room: 9am BASSES, 9:45am TENORS, 10:30am ALTOS 11:15am SOPRANOS And practice along with Al at: Other Announcements * We're launching our holiday choir fundraiser - the Amarylis sale - after the service this Sunday, Nov 4. Flowers are $18 a pot, and you pay when ordering. The proceeds will be divided 3 ways: 1) gift to Ruth Ann Hanlin, 2) gift to Karen FitzGerald and 3) payment for Whatcom Symphony members playing in the Bach orchestra. *Andrew & Elie sing jazz at the Fireside Wine and Martini Bar, 416 W. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham (in the shopping center by Woods Coffee) this Saturday, Nov 3 at 5:30pm. * Save the date for our Holiday Retreat and Party on Saturday: December 1. Phoenix rehearses at BUF from 1:30-3pm, Chalice rehearses from 3:30-5pm, and then the pot-luck party is at the Squalicum Boathouse from 5:30-9pm. See ya, K

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Practice Resources

Hi Chalice, Fun rehearsal last night! Learning Portones for November 4 and the Bach for December 16 will be our joy for the coming month. Please consider attending Ruth Ann's sectionals this Saturday at BUF as follows: 9am Basses, 9:45am Tenors, 10:30am Altos, 11:15am Sopranos Also, please consider singing along with the rehearsal tracks on Al Heezen's website: Attached are: -Updated 2018-2019 Performance Repertoire Calendar (which you have on salmon-colored paper) -pages 12-14 of Bach #1 with the counting written in (which I was projecting last night) Happy practicing! Kevin