Saturday, December 6, 2014

Puget Sound UU Music Festival details

Puget Sound Unitarian Universalist
Music Festival

Fellowship and Sharing Concert
Friday, March 6, 5:30—9:00pm
Westside Unitarian Universalist Church
7141 California Ave SW, Seattle, 98136

Festival Concert
Saturday, March 7, 7:00pm
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
911 Stewart Street, Seattle, 98101
Guest clinician, Brian Tate
Repertoire: “Yemaya Asesu”, “Gate Gate”, “We Are One”, “Overflowing”, “Thula Sizwe”, “Connected”
The workshop is all day Saturday followed by the Festival Concert in the evening

$25 per person plus the cost of the music if your congregation doesn’t provide it ($2.00—$13)

1. Have your musicians each go to Brown Paper Tickets to begin the registration process (they can also search "UU Music Festival"): (BPT collects the fee and contact information and creates a registration number)
2. I will send each registrant a registration form that is to be filled out and returned to me as soon as possible. Email or snail mail. The addresses will be on the form.

We will arrange home stays for those out-of-towners who want one and for those who would like to get a hotel room, here's a link we suggest:

Here is a link to practice tracks (mp3) for "Overflowing":!42493 Other tracks will be added at a later time.

For more information please contact Bert Gulhaugen:
Jason Shelton will be the guest clinician for the 2016 festival March 4—5, 2016

Choir blog:-)

Hey choristers if you happen to check the blog this morning, our start time is 9 o'clock. Arrive at 830 refreshments and conviviality.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

new pieces on the practice site

A note from Al about the new pieces added to the practice site.

There are three new pieces on the practice site: Connected, Thula Sizwe and Overflowing.

They are pretty straightforward except for Overflowing, which has some oddness in the repeat on the first few pages. I skipped the intro and the first time through the repeat, so it starts up at letter "A", the second time through the repeat.

I also think the last note of the tenor part is wrong (it is definitely ugly!) but we'll have to check that with Andy.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Together We Can Change the World on Sunday!

A quick reminder about Sunday.

Rehearsal starts at 9:30, and come dressed in a bright, vivid, "we can change the world!" top and black pants/skirt.

See you Sunday!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Together We Can Change the World

Check out the below recording of Together We Can Change the World.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Choir Clean Team Gig!!

Hey Team --We're on for Monday, September 29th at 7-8ish pm.  Come and enjoy a non-vocal experience  with your choir friends.  

Thanks, Carl Nyblade

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Andy Sick, Rehearsal canceled

Dear BUF choir,

I have caught one of the worst cold I've had in a long time. I was hoping it would clear up by this afternoon but after taking the day off of school , I'm still in bed.   I think that chamber choir with one more rehearsal is in good shape for the 28th. So I don't think we'll need to have that rehearsal.

We are still awaiting the music to arrive from Anastasia's service on the 12th. So we could work on our other material but we still have time for that so I think it's prudent to go ahead and cancel BUF choir rehearsal as well.

Sorry abut the late notice. I hope to see you next wednesday as my usual chipper self. 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email, Text, or call (be prepared to hear a nasty ogre on the other end though)



Monday, September 15, 2014

O Sifuni Mungu is on practice site!

Hey BUFsters,

I have put O Sifuni Mungu on the website  It is quite complex, with all the repeats and such, so I hope I got it mostly right. 

My software can't handle situations where a note is tied across an alternate ending (e.g., measures 17, 66) so I had to rearrange things a bit. So my version won't look exactly like the printed page but it should play correctly. (This shouldn't be a problem, since you should probably be looking at the printed version when using the site. The display on the site is only to help you navigate around, in case you want to repeat a section to burn it into your brain, etc.)

See you Wednesday,

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sunday schedule

Here is what you need to know for Sunday.

  • Dress in shades of solid blue. All blue if you can, black on bottom if you can't.
  • Rehearsal starts at 9:15 sharp. Arrive early enough to be settled and ready to sing at 9:15.
  • Children arrive at 9:30 to join rehearsal. 
Don't forget to use Al's practice site, review the music, and listen to the YouTube video. See you Sunday!

Monday, September 1, 2014

this week’s music is now on the practice site

Hey, BUFsters,

All this week’s music is now on the practice site:

Let me know if you need any help getting it working for you.

Al Heezen

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Great First Rehearsal!!

Hey BUF Choristers,

Great Rehearsal tonight! What fun it is to see you and sing with you again!! Also a big welcome to all the new faces in the pews tonight!

I am looking forward to a great year! Remember all the info you need should be on this blog in some form or another so check it often.

The embeded calander above should have all our dates and performances in it. If you are "GoogleCalendar  savvy you could probably subscribe to it and it will update on your device!

Please contact those folks that you would like to see singing with us who you didn't see tonight. I will be making a few emails and calls to try and real some folks in.

cant wait for next week!

In Harmony

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Gearing Up!!

Dear BUF Choristers,

Paul and I are in planning mode and things are going very well. our first rehearsal is Aug 27 at 7pm.  In addition to our normal "We Are One" opener, we will be doing the rousing "Let the River Run", A rousing Choral arrangement with percussion.

Make sure and let any of your friends know that we are always open to new singers.
If you are new to the choir and considering joining us please show up at 6:30 on Wednesday Aug 27th for a "get to know the director" and to find out where best to put you in the choir.

Also We have been invited to a UU choir festival in Seattle this year!! It will be the first weekend in march and we are going!!

I cant wait.

See yo soon.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Choir Help Needed!

Dear Choristers,

Its time to rally. You may or may not have heard but one of our beloved tenors, John Thibault, after his battle with cancer has moved on from this world. His voice and smile will be missed but I know his spirit will be with us when we sing again together (First rehearsal Aug 27th at 7pm). Before that however, there is some urgent business that needs taken care of at John's house. See Heidi's email below for the details.

See you soon.

In Harmony


Please forward to choir members.
Hi Folks,
Khore is staying with family in France until the 11th. She and John had been doing some maintenance and renovation this year, but as his health declined, he just couldn't do it all. I'd like to organize a work party for the 9th. There are some things that just need doing. I hate to think of her walking in for the first time without John and having to pull on the broken front door handle, for instance. It will be hard, but hopefully the love we have for her will make it easier.
The water went out two days ago. John's daughter is taking a look tonight and hopefully it's a simple fix. If not, we've got a pump and well guy coming Monday

High priority: reinforcing the fence. Their dog has been getting out daily. The cyclone fence top rails are fine, but the bottom rails have been rotting. Repairs with bricks in the holes are not sufficient.
Gate has a chewed bottom rail that needs repairing.
Front door screen needs a new handle.
Weed garden
Mow grass - there is an electric mower at the house
Spread chips - there is a large pile and Tasha says that would really make Khore happy.
Window washing - inside and out

General, thorough house cleaning.
Master bath has a spot of mold in one corner.
Area rug needs cleaning.

John had laid new flooring in two bedrooms and the flooring for the living room is sitting in the dining room. That's probably too much to take on, but it will be a high priority item for Khore. The old floor is already ripped out.

Plan: prior to the work party it would be good to have someone make a list of materials needed for the job
Someone to procure materials,
Folks to sign up for a task (I have photos, so I could send you a picture of what the repair is that needs to be made).
If you aren't handy with these tasks, maybe bring food for the workers?

Can't come Saturday? 
Donate to the cause in some other way? You tell me.

I can work out another time before then if Saturday is a problem.

Thanks for whatever you can do!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hey choir folks:-)

We are rehearsing at 9:30 this morning in case you were wondering. Wear something colorful and festive.:-) waka waka!!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

sweet message from Linda Darks

Hi everyone,
I got the perfect seat this morning to see and hear you all and was so well rewarded for my planning. BUF is truly lucky to have you all and the whole music ministry. It's hard to imagine BUF without it.
I miss singing with you all. Let me know if you need a uke player and I'll join you then!
Love to all of you.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Hawaian Shirts

Hey BUF Choir,

molly wanted me to let you know that the Assistance League has a TON of Hawaiian shirts that just came in and if you need one try there.


See you on Sunday.


June 11 Choir Party

In case you didn't get a copy of the map to Jan Hayes' house for the Choir party, I'm sharing it along with some details below [click on image for a larger view]. The address is 5115 E. North Street. The party is on Wednesday June 11, and it starts at 6:00. It's a potluck, so bring a dish to share. It's also BYOB, so bring your favorite beverage.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

details for Sunday's Choir Finale!

Here are some reminders about the details for Sunday

  • 8:45: if you are able to arrive early to help set up chairs, please do! The choir will be sitting on the stage for the service and some rearranging will need to be done.
  • 9:00: Chamber Choir rehearses
  • 9:20: Big Choir rehearses
  • dress in Hawaiian top, black on bottom [Lee's Aloha will be after the service, so many will be dressed this way] - NOTE: Molly says that there are a lot of Hawaiian shirts at the Assistance League right now - if you don't have one and need an inexpensive option check this out!
  • remember to leave all your choir music in your numbered box after the service and the new choral librarian will be sorting through the music

See you Sunday!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

photos from Interfaith Choir Festival

Distracting as it was having photos snapped during our performance, some nice images were captured.

Waka Waka Lyrics and YouTube performance of it by “Musanga Marimba”

Nancy Steele has been kind enough to send us the lyrics, arrangement, and a link to a YouTube video performance of it by “Musanga Marimba” directed by Ric Alviso—who taught them “Waka Waka” at Zimfest 2013. Below is the link to the video, as well as the lyrics and arrangement. Take a look if you have a chance before Wednesday!

Waka Waka Lyrics

Zamouna mouna, eh eh
Waka waka eh eh
Zamouna mouna zangelewa
Anawam ah ah

Zamouna mouna, eh eh
Waka waka eh eh
Zamouna mouna zangelewa
Anawam ah ah

Zambo eh eh, zambo eh eh
Zamouna mouna zangelewa
Anawam ah ah

Zambo eh eh, zambo eh eh
Zamouna mouna zangelewa
This time for Af-ri-ca!


Waka Waka Arrangement

Round 1: Lead and sop one chords

Round 2: Lead running line, sop one chords & ten 1 line

Round 3: Everyone in, play four rounds. Lead sustained “g” signal for one round, then everyone but bass, bari and hosho drop out

Round 7: Singing with bass, bari and hosho only
Ric alternates “anawam ah ah” with “This time for Africa”

All in for a few rounds, then lead/soprano one do running line

Bass/baritone solo

Repeat Round two (decide how many rounds)

Lead/sop one running duet & all in

Back to lead/soprano in chords

Singing with bass, baritone, hosho and drums only

Bass/bari drop out

Sing 1 R with drums

Finish with singing a capella 1 R

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Interfaith Choirfest on Saturday

Below is what you need to know for Saturday!

  • 10:20: arrive, get settled with your sections before rehearsal starts at 10:30. 
  • 10:30 - 12:00: all choir rehearsal.*
  • 12:00: lunch break - BUF choir will meet for a quick run through of The Awakening, then we'll have time to eat our sack lunches.
  • 1:00: concert begins.
  • 2:15ish: concert is finished.
Remember to dress in black pants or skirt with a solid pastel top. Also remember to bring lunch, snacks, water.

*If you can not attend the rehearsal at 10:30, please arrive at 12:00 and meet the rest of BUF Choir for the quick rehearsal of The Awakening.

See you Saturday!

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Easter service - what you need to know

The important details:
  • arrive and be ready to rehearse at 9:30am in the sanctuary
  • be dressed in black pants/skirt and a pastel solid top - think Easter Egg colors!
See you Sunday!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Irish Love Duet this Sunday

Choirsters - a few quick reminders. Rehearsal will start at 9:30am. Arrive on time, dressed in black with a green accent. 

See you all Sunday!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

a couple new videos added to choir blog

Videos for An Irish Love Duet and The Awakening have been added to the choir blog.

I only found one video of An Irish Love Duet. Remember how Andy is always increasing the tempo when the men enter? Listen to the first entrance of the men here and you will see why. Bless their hearts, but does it drag!

There were many, many recordings of The Awakening, and I finally just chose one of the better ones.

If you run across other recordings you like, share them on our Facebook page!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Concordia Choir details...and a recording of Eli Eli

Here are details about the Saturday choral performance that was talked about at Choir rehearsal on Wednesday, in case you didn't get a chance to jot anything down. Thank you to Beth Beyers for passing this along.
  • Concordia Choir directed by internationally acclaimed conductor/composer Rene Clausen
  • Saturday, March 22, 7:30pm
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • 2117 Walnut Street in the Eldridge Neighborhood
  • Tickets are $20, $5 for students (maybe seniors, too?)
And to help with the Hebrew pronounciation in Eli Eli - here is a link to a recording. Again - thanks Beth!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Gospel Music Sunday

A couple of reminders for Sunday's performance:
  • arrive at 9:30 for rehearsal
  • dress in a red top, black pants or skirt
For fun - check out Ray Charles' funky performance of Lift Every Voice and Sing!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

singing Deep Peace on Sunday

BUF Choir! This is a last minute reminder about Sunday's performance.

  • arrive at 9:30 to rehearse
  • dress in all black
See you in the morning!