Rehearsal agenda for September 21, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

Looking forward to singing with you and preparing to lead services with Billy this Friday 9/23 and Selichot Saturday 9/24!

Tonight Billy will visit us from 7-8 pm to work on Shabbat, and then Vance will visit from 8-9 pm to work on Selichot.

Here’s the cue sheet for Friday night: outline-september-23-2016

Here’s the cue sheet for Selichot: selichot-cue-sheet-2016

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:10: Focusing and warmup
  • 7:10 – 8:00: Polish up pieces for Sept 23
  • 8:00 – 8:02: Business
  • 8:02 – 8:55: Polish up Selichot
  • 8:55 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 9/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/23 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/24 – Selichot (call will be around 7 pm for late services)
  • 9/25 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/2 – 6:00 call Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • 10/3 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 1
  • 10/4 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 2
  • 10/5 – HOLD for possible rehearsal (or maybe we’ll rest)
  • 10/9 – 6-9 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 10/11 – 6:00 pm call Kol Nidre
  • 10/12 – 9:00 am call Yom Kippur
  • 10/16 – Hard Lox. Usually we perform around noon or 1.
  • 10/26 – hold for possible rehearsal
  • 10/28 – lead services
  • 11/09 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/11 – lead services
  • 11/30 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/07 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/16 – lead services

Rehearsal agenda August 24, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

Looking forward to singing with you and preparing to lead services this Friday 8/26! Tonight Billy will visit us briefly to work through a few things with us.

Here’s a draft cue sheet, which we may alter tonight: Cue Sheet 2016 08 26

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:05: Focusing prayer
  • 7:05 – 7:15: Vocal warmup and coaching
  • 7:15 – 8:00: Polish up pieces for Aug 26.
  • 8:00 – 8:15: Business
  • 8:15 – 8:50: Finish Shabbat prep, then switch to HHD
  • 8:50 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 8/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/26 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/07 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/18 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/23 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/24 – Selichot (call will be around 7 pm for late services)
  • 9/25 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/2 – 6:00 call Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • 10/3 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 1
  • 10/4 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 2
  • 10/5 – HOLD for possible rehearsal (or maybe we’ll rest)
  • 10/9 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 10/11 – 6:00 pm call Kol Nidre
  • 10/12 – 9:00 am call Yom Kippur
  • 10/16 – Hard Lox. Usually we perform around noon or 1.
  • 10/26 – hold for possible rehearsal
  • 10/28 – lead services
  • 11/09 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/11 – lead services
  • 11/30 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/07 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/16 – lead services

Rehearsal agenda for August 17, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

Looking forward to singing with you and preparing to lead services next Friday 8/26! We get to sing with Billy Jonas, so it’s sure to be a magical service.

Tonight’s rehearsal will be led by Isaac as Lauren & I drop off our son Alec at Guilford College to start his freshman year! Wish us all luck, and have a fantastic time tonight getting a fresh new perspective from Isaac, and enjoying singing together as always!

I put a bunch of pieces in to review tonight, but no worries if you don’t get to it all.

I hope to see you at the retreat this Sunday at Jane’s house! See the logistics at the bottom of this post.

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:05: Focusing prayer
  • 7:05 – 7:15: Vocal warmup and coaching
  • 7:15 – 8:00: Polish up pieces for Aug 26, including When We Sing, Sanctuary (4 parts), Rossi Bar’chu, Yiheyu (Pitt), 23rd psalm.
  • 8:00 – 8:15: Business – Retreat Logistics
  • 8:15 – 8:50: Brush up: V’shamru Shukiar, R’tzei Richards. Solidify the gains we made last month on Mi Shebeirach Levine (look at the last few pages). If you get a chance and have the music handy, look at Billy’s Ahavat Olam – the choir parts (“Ahavah”).
  • 8:50 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 8/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/21 – 10 am-4pm High Holiday Retreat
  • 8/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/26 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/7 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/18 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/23 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/24 – Selichot (call will be around 7 pm for late services)
  • 9/25 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/2 – 6:00 call Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • 10/3 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 1
  • 10/4 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 2
  • 10/5 – HOLD for possible rehearsal (or maybe we’ll rest)
  • 10/9 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 10/11 – 6:00 pm call Kol Nidre
  • 10/12 – 9:00 am call Yom Kippur
  • 10/16 – Hard Lox. Usually we perform around noon or 1.
  • 10/26 – hold for possible rehearsal
  • 10/28 – lead services
  • 11/9 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/11 – lead services
  • 11/30 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/7 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/16 – lead services

High Holiday Retreat Logistics

We’re in for a wonderful fun retreat this Sunday 8/16 at Jane Roman Pitt’s house! Here are the logistics:

Directions to Jane’s House
47 Lakeview Road, Asheville 28804—phone 248-752-6611
From the south the most simple directions are:
North on Merrimon just past Beaver Lake to Glen Falls.
Turn left onto Glen Falls (where cars park for walking around the lake), and then turn left again where Glen Falls splits. Turn left onto Lakeview Road (the first street) and my house is the second house on the right—#47.
From the north:
South on Merrimon just past the gas station on the right.
Turn right onto Glen Falls (where cars park for walking around the lake) and then turn left again where Glen Falls splits. Turn left onto Lakeview Road to the second house on the right—#47.
Parking is limited, so feel free to carpool from the temple parking lot! Let’s do two waves – one leaving the Temple parking lot at 9:05, and the other leaving at 9:20.

Retreat Agenda

  • 9:05: First carpool wave leaves Temple parking lot
  • 9:20: Last carpool wave leaves Temple parking lot
  • 9:15 – 9:30: a few people needed to help set up
  • 9:30 – 9:55: noshing & schmoozing time
  • 9:55 – 10:00: transition to rehearsal
  • 10:00 – 12:00: first rehearsal
  • 12:00 – 1:00: Lunch!
  • 1:00 – 2:30: second rehearsal
  • 2:30 – 2:45: break
  • 2:45 – 4:00: final rehearsal
  • 4:00 – 4:20: clean up Jane’s house!

Lunch potluck guidelines

Please bring something to share – it can be a main course, a salad, snacks, desert, or drinks. Please try to be “kosher-style”, meaning no shellfish or pork, and don’t mix milk & meat in the same dish.

Rehearsal agenda for July 20, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

Looking forward to singing with you and preparing to lead services this Friday 7/22! Here’s a draft cue sheet: Cue Sheet 2016 07 22 It’s going to be an awesome service.

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:05: Focusing prayer
  • 7:05 – 7:15: Vocal warmup and coaching
  • 7:15 – 8:00: Run the service, including Rossi Bar’chu. *Here are the learning tracks*
  • 8:00 – 8:15: Business
  • 8:15 – 8:50: Finish running the service for the 22nd
  • 8:50 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 7/20 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 7/22 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 8/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/21 – 10 am-4pm High Holiday Retreat
  • 8/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/26 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/7 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/18 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/23 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/24 – Selichot (call will be around 7 pm for late services)
  • 9/25 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/2 – 6:00 call Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • 10/3 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 1
  • 10/4 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 2
  • 10/5 – HOLD for possible rehearsal (or maybe we’ll rest)
  • 10/9 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 10/11 – 6:00 pm call Kol Nidre
  • 10/12 – 9:00 am call Yom Kippur
  • 10/16 – Hard Lox. Usually we perform around noon or 1.
  • 10/26 – hold for possible rehearsal
  • 10/28 – lead services
  • 11/9 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/11 – lead services
  • 11/30 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/7 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/16 – lead services

Rehearsal agenda for June 24, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

Rabbi has agreed to postpone the awesome musical shabbat idea to give us more time to prepare. We can discuss tonight, but one option is 7/22.

Here’s an updated draft cue sheet for June 24th with all songs we’ve performed in 2016: Cue Sheet 2016 06 24 v2

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:05: Focusing prayer
  • 7:05 – 7:15: Vocal warmup and coaching
  • 7:15 – 8:00: Run the service, including Rossi Bar’chu. *HERE ARE LEARNING TRACKS!*
  • 8:00 – 8:15: Business
  • 8:15 – 8:50: Finish running the service for the 24th
  • 8:50 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 6/22 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 6/24 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 7/6 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 7/20 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 7/22 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 8/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/21 – 10 am-4pm High Holiday Retreat
  • 8/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/26 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/7 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/18 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/23 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/24 – Selichot (call will be around 7 pm for late services)
  • 9/25 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/2 – 6:00 call Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • 10/3 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 1
  • 10/4 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 2
  • 10/5 – HOLD for possible rehearsal (or maybe we’ll rest)
  • 10/9 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 10/11 – 6:00 pm call Kol Nidre
  • 10/12 – 9:00 am call Yom Kippur
  • 10/16 – Hard Lox. Usually we perform around noon or 1.
  • 10/26 – hold for possible rehearsal
  • 10/28 – lead services
  • 11/9 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/11 – lead services
  • 11/30 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/7 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/16 – lead services

Rehearsal agenda June 15, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

Rabbi has offered us an incredible opportunity for the June 24th services! She’s invited us to lead a “Shabbat service in song- with explanations about the composers and music along the way. Now that the Jewish music class just completed… why not a tour through different composers and music styles for the service?”

Rabbi’s idea is: “Before each piece as they come, choir members might like to put together and read a short paragraph about the composer (when lived, what kind of music composed, career…etc) and perhaps what stands out to them about the piece. (2-3 minutes max!)”

She has done much of the research for us already:
  1. Jane Pitt might want to intro the Rossi Barechu
  2. Eric Mandell (Ahavat Olam) http://articles.philly.com/1988-02-08/news/26244095_1_jewish-music-music-department-music-school
  3. Sulzer (Shema) http://zamir.org/wp-content/notes/pdfs/2000/2000a3.pdf
  4. Debbie Friedman (And You Shall Love) http://www.debbiefriedman.com/about-debbie/
  5. Intro Freed (specifically this Mi Chamocha- which was part of a Hassidic Shabbat service he composed- revolutionary to reform movement of 50s)  http://www.milkenarchive.org/works/view/342
  6. Helfman  (Hashkiveinu) http://www.milkenarchive.org/people/works/all/514/Max+Helfman#/people/view/all/514/Max+Helfman/full
  7. Isaacson (Sim Shalom)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Isaacson
  8. Janowski (May the Words) http://www.milkenarchive.org/people/view/all/524/Janowski,+Max

At rehearsal, we’ll talk through this and see who wants to volunteer for what.

Here’s a draft cue sheet for the 24th: Cue Sheet 2016 06 24

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:05: Focusing prayer
  • 7:05 – 7:15: Vocal warmup and coaching
  • 7:15 – 8:00: Finish learning Rossi Bar’chu. *HERE ARE LEARNING TRACKS!*
  • 8:00 – 8:15: Business & decide on readings for 24th
  • 8:15 – 8:50: Review other pieces for 24th
  • 8:50 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 6/15 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 6/22 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 6/24 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 7/6 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 7/20 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 7/22 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 8/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/21 – 10 am-4pm High Holiday Retreat
  • 8/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/26 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/7 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/18 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/23 – 6:30 call to lead services
  • 9/24 – Selichot (call will be around 7 pm for late services)
  • 9/25 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/2 – 6:00 call Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • 10/3 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 1
  • 10/4 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 2
  • 10/5 – HOLD for possible rehearsal (or maybe we’ll rest)
  • 10/9 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 10/11 – 6:00 pm call Kol Nidre
  • 10/12 – 9:00 am call Yom Kippur
  • 10/26 – hold for possible rehearsal
  • 10/28 – lead services
  • 11/9 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/11 – lead services
  • 11/30 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/7 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/16 – lead services

Rehearsal Agenda June 8, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

Short and extra fun rehearsal! We’ll be finishing Rossi Bar’chu, starting High Holidays, and doing an advanced (and super fun) vocal exercise. We’ll end early so I can talk with the section leaders about a few things.

Notice that I’ve added all the rehearsal & service dates through the end of the calendar year to the schedule below.

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:05: Focusing prayer
  • 7:05 – 7:15: Vocal warmup and coaching
  • 7:15 – 8:00: Finish learning Rossi Bar’chu
  • 8:00 – 8:05: Business.
  • 8:05 – 8:20: Oseh Shalom quartetting
  • 8:20 – 8:35: Avinu Malkeinu Janowski
  • 8:35 – 8:40: Closing prayers
  • 8:40 – 9:00: Section leader meeting

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 6/8 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 6/15 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 6/22 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 6/24 – lead services
  • 7/6 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 7/20 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 7/22 – lead services
  • 8/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/21 – 10 am-4pm High Holiday Retreat
  • 8/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 8/26 – lead services
  • 9/7 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/18 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 9/23 – lead services
  • 9/24 – Selichot (call will be around 7 pm for late services)
  • 9/25 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 9/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/2 – 6:00 call Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • 10/3 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 1
  • 10/4 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 2
  • 10/5 – HOLD for possible rehearsal (or maybe we’ll rest)
  • 10/9 – 2-5 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 10/11 – 6:00 pm call Kol Nidre
  • 10/12 – 9:00 am call Yom Kippur
  • 10/26 – hold for possible rehearsal
  • 10/28 – lead services
  • 11/9 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/11 – lead services
  • 11/30 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/7 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/16 – lead services

Rehearsal agenda May 25, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

This rehearsal we get to put the finishing touches on our preparation for Gabe Meiri’s bar mitzvah on 5/27, final cue sheet here: Cue Sheet 2016 05 27 Gabe Meiri

The winner by a landslide of the high holiday retreat is… Sun 8/21/16 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM! Please mark your calendars for this day of fun, food, and music.

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:05: Focusing prayer
  • 7:05 – 7:15: Vocal warmup and coaching
  • 7:15 – 7:45: NEW Rossi Bar’chu
  • 7:45 – 7:55: Business.
  • 7:55 – 8:55: Run the service
  • 8:55 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 5/25 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 5/27 – lead services (Gabe Meiri bar mitzvah)
  • 6/8 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 6/15 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 6/22 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 6/24 – lead services
  • 7/22 – lead services
  • 8/21 – 10 am-4pm High Holiday Retreat
  • 8/26 – lead services
  • 9/23 – lead services
  • 9/24 – Selichot (call will be around 7 pm for late services)
  • 10/2 – 6:00 call Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • 10/3 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 1
  • 10/4 – 9:00 am call Rosh Hashanah Day 2
  • 10/11 – 6:00 pm call Kol Nidre
  • 10/12 – 9:00 am call Yom Kippur
  • 10/28 – lead services
  • 11/11 – lead services
  • 12/16 – lead services