Monday, March 12, 2018

Dear BUF Choir people --

Women's Ensemble has been struggling along lately with just seven members.  Somehow we always manage to pull it off and have a nice performance, but it would be so much easier with a few more singers.

We will be starting a new song this Wednesday (March 14) to be performed on Sunday, April 15.  It's an easy round by our own Carrie Koehnline called Hands Fall Open.

We'll also be getting a head start on our song for May 13, which is Eric Whitacre's The Seal Lullaby.  This song is a bit more challenging, but we should be just fine with the extra weeks for practice, and, hopefully, a few more singers.

So, if these dates work for you, please come and join us Wednesday night after Chalice Choir rehearsal upstairs in the Flex Room.  That's 8:10 p.m.  All female voices invited.

-- Karen

Friday, February 2, 2018

Feb 2, 2108
Hi Chalice,

It’s such fun rehearsing with y’all!  Here are the dates we announced on Wednesday:

*Sat, Feb 3 (and following Saturdays)   Ruth Ann leading sectionals in the BUF sanctuary
       9:30am Sops, 10:15am Altos, 11am Tenors, 11:45am Basses

*Weds, Feb 7    Kevin in Montana, directing a choir festival and presenting at Glacier UU
Melanie, RuthAnn, Karen and Geoff lead the rehearsal, working on these songs:   
Bawo Thixo,   Behold How Good &  My God Is A Rock.
If you will be absent, please still contact me in advance by text or email.

*Sat, Feb 10   Laura Love concert at BUF     
Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm,  $15/22/25 Brown Paper tickets or at door

*Sunday, Feb 18   Choir hosts coffee hour, contact Cindy P-H and Carol Smith to help

*Sat, Feb 24, 2-4pm   Carrie Koehnline’s birthday party – all invited, especially choir!

*Sun, Feb 25  Interfaith Choir Festival 1:30 Rehearsal  3:30 Concert, Congregational Church
Chalice: Bawo Thixo, Phoenix: Man in Mirror, Mass Choir: Come to the Music & Behold How Good

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Here is the address to send cards to Bonnie DeVera’s son and daughter Matthew and Amy
3228 Iowa Dr, Bellingham, WA 98229

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Here’s the quote by John Rutter: 
Choral music is not one of life's frills. It's something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, and our souls.  When we sing we express our souls in song, and when we get together with a group of other singers, we become more than the sum of our individual parts.  All these people pouring out their hearts and souls in perfect harmony, is an emblem for what we need in this world, when so much of the world is at odds with itself.  To express ourselves as human beings living in harmony, in symbolic terms, is a lesson for our times and for all times.”  
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Sing on!

Kevin    (406) 858-0142

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.

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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)