Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dear BUF Chalice Choir,

Because we want our choir members to feel loved, competent and comfortable, we are implementing various schemes for skill building and team building.

Last night we started setting up a music reading buddy system. This is a work in progress. As people settle in, we may need to fill in and reshuffle a bit, but please feel to start learning the songs together now, even outside of rehearsal, if you like.

This Saturday, September 23, I will be leading an “Introduction to Choir Singing” group session from 9:30-10:30am at BUF.  Then, from 10:30-11am, I’ll follow up with the attendees for short, user-friendly, one-on-one vocal explorations, if wanted. No sign up required, just come.

Starting Saturday, September 30, Ruth Ann Hanlin will be leading her much-beloved sectionals at BUF to help people learn their parts for upcoming choir performances.  Her schedule:
9:30-10:15am        Sopranos
10:15-11am          Altos
11-11:45am          Tenors
11:45-12:30pm        Basses
Again, no sign up required, just come.

Ruth Ann will start with the song “This Little Babe” from Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols.”
She plans to offer further Saturday sectionals on October 14 and 21 plus November 4, 11 and 18.                     

Don’t forget that you can practice with Al Heezen’s on-line rehearsal tracks 24 hours a day by going to

There, now don’t you feel loved?


Hi Phoenix,

Here's the lowdown:
Please practice Simple Gifts so that our 2017-2018 debut on Sunday is all that it can be. Here is a YouTube take using our SSAB version that you can sing along with:

We'll rehearse on Sunday at 9:30am. Please wear SOLID Fall colors, like yellows, browns, orange, etc. You can always wear black on bottom, with the other colors, on top.

A special shout out to Andrew and Melanie for tackling the very challenging piano and flute parts !!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Little Recruiting Push 9-19-17

Dear BUF Chalice Choir and friends,

We had a great start to the BUF choir season with performances the last two Sundays.

Good job learning all those notes!!

We rehearse from 6:45 to 8pm on Wednesdays. Tomorrow evening, September 20,  we'll be welcoming a number of newcomers and returnees and we'll be introducing the repertoire for our Thanksgiving and Christmas programs, including Benjamin Britten's spectacular "Ceremony of Carols."

This 30-minute classical masterpiece for choir and harp is a thrill to sing, and with the strong leaders that we already have in the BUF Chalice Choir leading the way, it will be a chance for singers new to choir to be a part of something grand and inspiring. We have engaged the area's finest harpist, Jill Whitman from WWU, to play harp in our performance on Sunday morning, December 10.

Now is the time for all of you to bring your friends to try us out, before we get too far into this season's music.

The next time we'll give a little recruiting push will be in January.

Looking forward to the enthusiasm and joy of tomorrow’s rehearsal :)


Monday, October 3, 2016

Choir Stole Saturday Work Sessions

Choir Stole Saturday Work Sessions
Time: 9 a.m to noon                 
Dates:  October 15th and 22nd

The choir stole committee is in need of help to accomplish our goal of completing our cutting out of choir stole fabric by our goal of October 22nd.  Each work session is organized into assembly line work teams with mentors who provide assistance and overview of the project.

We are in need of individuals with or without experience, cutting boards, fabric scissors or cutting wheels for each session until we complete our task of cutting 80 yards of fabric. The more helping hands we have the faster this task will be accomplished.  Coffee, fruit and sweet rolls will be provided.

Our weekly Wednesday 5p.m work sessions are productive and fun.  Followed by a 6p.m. community dinner.  Please join us in our collective effort to finish the choir stoles by Christmas.

Any questions contact Lisa Moss :

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BUF Choir Stole Project

BUF Choir Stole Project


Work sessions every Wednesday at 5-6pm, followed by $5 fun community dinner (optional)

There will be no session on November 23rd.


Enjoy fellowship and friendship while producing 80 choir stoles by December 21st.


Assembly line method, working in teams to cut, pin, sew and iron.

All skill levels welcome. Work will have oversight by team members.


Each Wednesday, work stations will get set up by 4:30 p.m. in the library.

Visiting will be accompanied by a progression of tasks for individuals and teams.

There will be a lot of repetitive tasks that can be learned with the assistance of team mentors. People with a proficient skill set for sewing will be assigned to one of our two sewing machines and have the added support of teams to iron and give a final overview of the final product.


All work related equipment and materials can be safely stored in our designated locked storage area. If individuals wish to store items please write your name on anything that you would like returned. We will need to finish our sessions and clean up before the community meal.


As our project coordinator it is my hope that we grow strong as a team and enjoy the process as much as the satisfaction of accomplishing our goal. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me any time. I value your volunteer time and will do my part to organize our time as efficiently as I am able.

Lisa Moss



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Welcome back message from Kevin

Dear BUF Singers and Friends

I am excited about getting our BUF choirs going again!  Our first rehearsal will be on September 7.

More info about the year, including our Transylvania Pilgrimage, will be coming out in a few days.

In the meantime, here’s the low-down:

BUF Chalice Choir

-Mixed choir, all welcome, no auditions, no previous choral experience necessary

-rehearse Wednesdays 6:45-8pm in the BUF Sanctuary, starting on September 7

-Please bring potential new members along, whether they have sung in choir before or not.

-Sunday Performances: Sep 11; Oct 2; Nov 6; Dec 4; Jan 8; Feb 5; Mar 5; Apr 16

-2 Special Events: Dec 15 Evening Solstice Concert;  Feb 12 Afternoon Interfaith Festival

Phoenix Ensemble

-Used to be called Chamber Choir

-Select SATB ensemble, 16-20 voices, must also be a member of Chalice Choir

-rehearse Wednesdays 8:10-9pm in the BUF Sanctuary, starting September 14

-Sunday Performances: Sep 25; Oct 23; Nov 20; Jan 29; Feb 26; Mar 26

-Other community performances to be announced

-fun, user-friendly auditions will be held after the Chalice choir rehearsal on September 7

-Singers can’t also be in Womens Ensemble, because the two groups practice at the same time

I’ll be looking for a quartet of section leaders. It would be nice for these 4 singers to be in both choirs

and to be able to sight-sing a part without help from the piano.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Recording of The May Night BUF Chalice Choir May 22, 2016

Thanks again to Ted Williams for recording us. The below link is to Sunday's performance of May Night.