Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Great time to join Women's Ensemble

Have you been thinking about singing with BUF Women's Ensemble, but been putting it off?  Well, the New Year is a great time to start something new.  Please join us for our first rehearsal of the new year tonight, January 3, at 8:10 p.m., after Chalice Choir.  We meet upstairs in the Flex Room, and all female singers are welcome.  No audition necessary!  We'll be starting with some easy rounds to perform on Sunday, January 21.  So if you can perform on that date, please come join us tonight.  Can't make it tonight, but could come the next two Wednesdays?  Drop me a line at and we'll count you in. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

BUF Caroling Party to Retirement Homes on Saturday, December 16th

Led by Barbara Gilday and accompanied by Jan Krouskop

1:40pm              Depart BUF, carpool

2-2:30pm           Brookdale in Cordata, where 4 BUFsters live

3-3:30pm           Leopold downtown, where 4 more BUFsters live

Please contact Barbara Gilday with questions at:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017

Dear BUF Chalice Choir,

Our Ceremony of Carols was a thrilling experience!
I haven't slept well for the last two nights just reliving it.
It helped us all stretch, grow, risk and bond! It gave us faith and satisfaction and a mysterious pleasure, and it filled me with awe and gratitude. 

I think our choir created a fuller, richer, more expressive and more skilled sound than we could have made just months ago. For that, I thank the miracle of group determination, blending each person's best efforts together with love and discipline. 

I thank Britten and the medieval poets, who themselves would have have readily passed our thanks along to spiritual inspiration outside of themselves.

After thanking each of you singers in the choir, I particularly thank:

*Brendan, for his tuneful solo which so delicately balanced power, fragility, sincerity, meaning, resolve, poise and otherworldliness.

*Karen FitzGerald, for preparing the fabulously musical Womens Ensemble

*Melanie, for accompanying us through all our learning and then contributing her lovely, agile soprano voice 

*Ruth Ann, for providing encouragement and inspired teaching in generously volunteered section rehearsals

*Al, for providing helpful rehearsal tracks

*Jill Whitman, for her sheer virtuosity and warmth 

*Lisa Moss and the choir committee, for keeping our energies focused and for carrying off a totally successful fundraiser

*Robin and Geoffrey Matthews for the great party

*Rev. Paul and Kathy Wahto, for promoting and supporting us, and keeping the BUF ship afloat.

- - - -
I'll see some of you tomorrow at the rehearsal for the Christmas Eve service.

Merry Christmas, everyone.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Music for BUF Christmas Eve Service 2017
The BUF Chalice Choir and Phoenix Ensemble will be finished for 2017 after the Dec 10 service, and will resume on Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018.  Please see the attached performance and repertoire calendar for what they will be singing and when in the new year.

Any and all singers are invited to join the BUF Christmas Eve choir, which will rehearse on Wednesdays, Dec 13 and 20, and perform for the Christmas Eve service at BUF at 7:30pm on Sunday, December 24.  The choir will sing a short, simple and lovely 3-part anthem called "Carol," by Donna Gartmann Schultz. Volunteers for solo and ensemble singing and instrumental numbers are encouraged.

Kevin is coordinating the music for the service, but the choir will be directed by Ruth Ann Hanlin and accompanied by Melanie Rieck. Please contact Kevin to volunteer.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Amaryllis update 11/19/17
We sold 76 Amaryllis pots today, a spectacular day of sales.  A total of 138 pots have been sold over the past three weeks.  As of today, we have 16 pots of solid red Amaryllis and 43 pots of white left to sell before reaching our goal. 
We will be selling again on Sunday, December 3rd after the service in the social hall.  You may contact me if you want to reserve pots and bring funds in to me on the next couple Wednesdays or Sundays.
Thanks to all who have made contributions and thank you for networking  to making our fundraiser a success.
With Appreciation, Lisa Moss

Saturday Sectionals with Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann reports that the sectionals have had great turnout and made great progress, and that there will be no more Saturday sessions now for awhile. Thanks to Ruth Ann!!

Thanksgiving Service this coming Wednesday, Nov 22
            We are not having regular BUF choir rehearsals and there is no community night dinner at BUF this Wednesday, Nov 22.  We are hosting a community wide, inter-faith Thanksgiving service, though, with a come one, come all choir. Choir practice will be from 6pm until 6:40pm and we are singing:
            Thanks Be To Thee
            We’ve Got the Power
            There Is More Love
We are wearing black on bottom and solid colors on top (crayon box)

Britten Ceremony of Carols Rehearsals and Performance
            Weds, Nov 29                         6:45-8pm
            Weds, Dec 6 (with harp)        6:45-9pm  (no separate Phoenix or Womyns Ens that eve)
            Sat, Dec 9                                3-5pm
            Sun, Dec 10                             reh 9:30, perform at service starting 10:30, wear all black

Choir Party Dec 9 from 6-9pm

            The Matthews are inviting all of us (Chalice, Womyns, Phoenix) to their beautiful house at 128 Viewcrest Drive in Fairhaven for a Holiday potluck and BYOB party on Saturday, Dec 9 from 6-9pm. We will have a secret Santa gift exchange (more details on that to come at rehearsal on Nov 29)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Women's Ensemble invite

Two invitations to Chalice Choir members from Women's Ensemble.  First, please come and support us this Sunday, October 15, as we sing "Tree of Peace".  The lyrics are from "O Brother Man" by John Greenleaf Whittier, adapted with gender inclusive language.  The poem and the music by Gwyneth Walker are beautiful and deeply moving.  It is the most difficult piece WE has attempted so far, and I think we're sounding great!

The second invitation is to women to join us Wednesdays from 8:10 to 9 p.m. as we begin rehearsing "Ella's Song" by Sweet Honey for the November 12 Black Lives Matter service.  You may have heard us perform it in June.  It's the song that goes "We who believe in freedom cannot rest!"  It's easy to learn and fun to sing, so please join us.  If interested, please let me know at

Monday, October 2, 2017

Dear BUF Chalice Choir,

Nice singing on "There Is More Love" and "Guantanamera" yesterday!
That constituted our one Sunday service for October.

Our next performance will be Sunday, November 5.
After that we will only have two more gigs in 2017: Nov 22 and Dec 10,
but for those occasions we'll be singing several centuries worth of the most spectacular choral music ever!

If you'd like to review what we'll be singing when, check out our updated  2017-2018 Performance Calendar on this page.

This Wednesday, Oct 4, we'll work on "A Mighty Fortress," which we'll sing in English (the two verses from the Unitarian hymnbook)  and dive into Britten's Ceremony of Carols in earnest, rehearsing #1 "Processional", #6 "This Little Babe" and introducing #10 "Deo Gratias."

Al has put rehearsal tracks for all of these songs on our practice site:

A reminder: there will be no sectionals this Saturday, Oct 7, because of the church retreat, but Ruth Ann will resume them on Sat, Oct 14 as follows: 9:30am Sops, 10:15am Altos, 11am Tenors and 11:45am Basses.
Ruth Ann was absolutely thrilled with how the sectionals went last Saturday!

See you Wednesday.