I’ve managed to miss updating the calendar here for the First AND Second Sunday singings in March. At least one person was misled, for which I am very sorry. We will meet for Third Sunday singing on the Upper East Side on March 15; at least, I have no reason to think we won’t, though the announcement hasn’t gone out, and I should be able to be there for once.
We had a pretty good time this past Sunday at Brooklyn singing. As I mentioned at the FB event, we had 28 singers, including visitors from Portland (OR) and California, and sang 44 songs (22 from the Red Book, 15 from the Shen Harm, and seven from the Cooper Book). I also did a brief lesson for a first-time singer.
Midweek singing tonight, February 18, will start half an hour later than usual, at 7:30, and feature a diorama-sized replica of an All-Day Singing to “discuss and practice song choices,” as Aldo says. See the FB post here.
Midweek Sacred Harp singing at St. John’s Lutheran this week will include a workshop on “leading — and following — and singing more together as a class,” with review of last week’s (effective!) session on accent. St John’s, Christopher Street, 7 to 9:30. Details are here.
We’ll launch the February season of workshop sessions that seems to have become a tradition tonight with a session on rhythm and coming together as a class. Particularly if you are new to the Sacred Harp, but also for long-term singers who have more to learn (and isn’t that pretty much all of us), tonight and the next few weeks will be a good opportunity. Aldo’s announcement says:
Please note that in addition to our regular open singing, we’ll spend some time practicing accent, rhythmics, and singing “more together” as a class. We’ll also warm up with some interval practice at the beginning of the evening. (This will be the first in a series of winter workshop sessions at NYC singings for the next few weeks. Designed for beginners and more experienced singers alike, upcoming topics will include leading—and following—keying, time changes and fermatas, and making successful song choices.)
We had an unusually good turnout for First Sunday in the East Village yesterday, with new singers bulking out the tenor benches, a power alto row, and, in the trebles, Scott L visiting from Vermont. Wednesday singings resume this week and as far as I know will be at St. John’s Lutheran all this month. Sunday, please come to Brooklyn singing with your Cooper and Shenandoah books in hand if you’ve got ‘em. I’m hesitating between hot cider and chocolate fondue as the theme for after-singing at my place. Any opinions? I’ll have to miss Third Sunday on the Upper East Side again (invited by one of my Renaissance music friends to join a small group gig in, of all places, Jersey City); I do enjoy singing in that space and encourage everyone else to make the trip to the windswept steppe of the East Side. Fourth weekend is Keystone: a veritable diaspora of New York singers will be in Philadelphia for some or all of it. And it looks like Aldo will lead a Northern Harmony singing on the fifth Saturday of the month. So drink lots of tea with lemon and hang on to your vocal cords.
I hope we all have other ways to celebrate. The Wednesday night singing will be OFF December 24 and December 31. We will meet this week, though, Dec. 17, and on Sunday on the Upper East Side. With Hanukkah starting tonight and the solstice coming up, let me wish everyone light in the season of darkness.
The Midweek singing is back at St. Peter’s Episcopal, Chelsea (20th St. between Eighth and Ninth) on Wednesday, December 3. Wear warm socks and your coziest mitts, and bring a shawl.