Hard Lox 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

I’m having trouble gushing about you enough. What you did for High Holidays was simply transcendent. Over and over again, you hit your technical marks (tone, tuning, togetherness) and then unlocked the magic (artistry and awe). Several times I had to stop singing because I either had the chills, or I was choked up.

Now we get to have a ton of fun singing at Hard Lox! Here’s the set list: Hard Lox 2017 Set List. It’s shorter than in years past.

*** Note: we have a special guest accompanist, who is bringing along a special guest instrumentalist. If you want to know who they are, see you there! ***

I’m not bringing your music, so if you’d like it, please arrange to bring it. (You know me, I’d prefer if you didn’t – I’d rather have the audience see your eyes than have you get every note right. However, no worries if you’d like to hold it.)

What to wear: anything you want. Often we favor Hard Lox apparel, but it’s by no means a requirement. In general it’s good to dress in layers for Hard Lox, as the temperature tends to swing from quite cold to quite warm over the day.

Call is at 11:00 in front of the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. We take the stage at 11:30, and hand it to Shir Tephila around 11:50.

Finally, there’s no rehearsal this week, as I’m in San Francisco on Weds. We’ll rely on our excellent preparation, doused with some adrenaline, to deliver a stellar performance once again!

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 10/15 – 11 am call for 11:30 set at Hard Lox
  • 10/18 – James traveling, so rehearsal is TBD but not likely
  • 10/25 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/27 – 6:30 call services
  • 11/01 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/10 – 6:30 call services
  • 12/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services

Rehearsal agenda for November 11, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

I’m so grateful for your voices of joy! Even though I won’t physically be with you for tonight’s rehearsal, I am glad to know that you’re going to have a wonderful time singing together in solidarity, led by Isaac, to prepare for services this Friday night! Brotherhood’s Veteran’s Day service is always moving and meaningful, and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Here’s the draft cue sheet: 20161111-cue-sheet-brotherhood-veterans-day

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:15: Focusing, warmup, and vocal coaching
  • 7:15 – 7:50: Review 11/11 service
  • 7:50 – 8:00: Business
  • 8:00 – 8:55: Continue reviewing 11/11 service
  • 8:55 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 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

Yom Kippur tech rehearsal and service logistics

Dear Kol Simcha,

Hope to see you tonight for our tech rehearsal for YK! We have a ton of stuff to do, so thanks in advance for your focus.

Remember tech rehearsal will be 6-8:30 PM!!! Sorry for the late-ish night, but schedules were tough to coordinate for this one. And since the presidential debate organizers rudely didn’t check with me before scheduling the 2nd debate, we’ll end earlier than planned so people can get home in time.

Kol Nidre call is 6 pm Tuesday. A few reminders for the service:

  • Dress is all white if you want to or are able to, though black & white is fine. I myself will wear a black suit and white shirt.
  • Please don’t wear perfume or cologne as it can trigger allergies in others.
  • Drink plenty of water beforehand, but we won’t bring water into the sanctuary on YK, and it’s best not to eat or drink in the Temple at all excepting for health requirements.

Here are the final cue sheets:

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final-yk-3-pm-5777

final-yk-4-yizkor-neilah-5777

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 10/9 – 6-8:30 Sunday Tech rehearsal
  • 10/11 – 6:00 pm call Kol Nidre
  • 10/12 – 9:00 am call Yom Kippur Morning service. 3:00 pm call for 3:30 Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah services. Break the fast may be around 5:30-ish?
  • 10/16 – 12:30 call for Hard Lox. Meet in front of the art museum. We perform at 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

Rosh Hashanah logistics

Dear Kol Simcha,

Looking forward to singing with you tonight, tomorrow, and the next day! High Holidays will be even more meaningful and beautiful this year due to your voices of joy.

A few reminders:

  • Dress is black and white. We’d like to stay away from silver & grey for high holidays. You may wear a tallis.
  • Please don’t wear perfume or cologne as it can trigger allergies in others.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Here are the final cue sheets:

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final-rh-day-1

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If you ever have logistics questions (i.e., what time to arrive), I encourage you to first look at my latest email, or CBHTChoir.com. That will be more efficient than waiting from an answer from me directly!

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 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 – 12:30 call for Hard Lox. Meet in front of the art museum. We perform at 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

ShalomFest logistics

Kol Simcha,

It’s going to be a wonderful field trip! Here are the logistics:

  • Wear jeans or khakis, plus a blue shirt of some sort. Can be a Hard Lox t-shirt/sweat shirt, or any other blue shirt. You can wear a hat to keep the sun off you.
  • now – 1:15 ish: If you want to pick up your music binders, the Temple is open for Religious School
  • by 1:30: leave for Greenville. It’s about an hour and 10 minutes from CBHT. For your GPS:
    Temple of Israel
    400 Spring Forest Road
    Greenville, SC 29615
  • All the details on Shalom Fest itself: http://www.templeofisrael.org/shalomfest
  • 2:30-2:40: gather near the stage
  • 2:40-3:00: warm up
  • 3:00-3:45: Our set – Shalom Fest Set 2016
  • 3:45-4:45ish: enjoy the Festival or head back?
  • Depending on when you leave and where you live, you could be back by 5 or 5:30 easily.

Looking forward to having fun with you in Greenville!!

Love,
James

Reminders for tonight

Dear Kol Simcha,

Just a few reminders for tonight’s 125th anniversary service:

  • Dress is black, white, gray, silver (thank you to Lorre for the suggestion).
  • Drink tons of water starting now, no extra perfume/cologne please (some are allergic)
  • If you can do a little warmup before you get there – humming lightly, lip trills, slides
  • Call is 6:30 sharp! We have a bunch of stuff to sparkle up!

Here’s the final cue sheet from Rabbi. April 8 125th anniversary Service-v3

Much love,

James

Services 3/25/2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

Looking forward to singing with you tonight, starting promptly at 6:30!! Drink plenty of water today, maybe do some slides up and down your range like we do in warmup. Remember black on bottom, solid colors on top; no perfume or cologne; arrive early to find your seats.

Here’s the FINAL cue sheet (probably a little different than what you may have from before): Cue Sheet 2016 03 25-v3

Schedule

  • 6:20 – 6:30: Arrive and find your seat
  • 6:30 – 6:40: Warmup
  • 6:40 – 7:15: Run through
  • 7:15 – 7:30: Schmooze with the congregation
  • 7:30: Service begins

Much love,

James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 3/25 – lead services
  • 3/30 – 7 pm rehearsal – ADDED to prep for Nichols + 125th (6:30 one on one with Pat)
  • 4/2 – Special concert with Dan Nichols, choir participating. 2-3:30 (TBD) rehearsal. 6:30 call for 7:30 show. We’ll do his Hashkiveinu, Or Zarua, and Mi Chamocha with him.
  • 4/6 – 7 pm rehearsal (6:30 one on one with Judi)
  • 4/8 – 125th Anniversary Celebration Services
  • 4/13 – 7 pm rehearsal – prep for services and Shalom Fest
  • 4/15 – lead services (Jordan Levi bat mitzvah)
  • 4/17 – 3:00 pm Shalom Fest in Greenville
  • 4/27 – 7 pm rehearsal (6:30 one on one with Lou)
  • 5/11 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 5/18 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 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

Chanukah services

Dear Kol Simcha,

I’m excited (and a bit nervous) about singing with you tonight! Here are your reminders:

  • Start hydrating now & continue throughout the day
  • Dress is black & white (silver or grey okay) – we’re getting our photo taken
  • Mandy will be taking videos of us tonight for potential use on the website
  • Please avoid perfumes & colognes, as sometimes they trigger allergies for others
  • If you have time, review your part: Ma’oz Tzur/Wavin’ Flag
  • If you have more time, review Let there be light:  https://youtu.be/33kdjn8HXHE Sheet music here: Let_there_be_light

Here’s the Cue Sheet. The choir set list is:

  • Or Zarua (Nichols)
  • Barchu (Taubman)
  • Let there be light (Jonas)
  • Heal Us Now – short version (Sher)
  • Yihiyu (Roman Pitt)
  • Psalm 23 (McFerrin)
  • Ma Oz Tzur/Wavin Flag (trad/K’naan)

Schedule

5:30: Any volunteers to help me set up chairs?
5:45: Arrive for dinner, if you’re doing that. Eat first & fast!
6:30: Everyone in sanctuary for warmup, with Shir Tephila!
6:35 – 6:55: Ma Oz Tzur with Seth and everyone!
6:55 – 7:05: Yihiyu with everyone!
7:05 – 7:15: Let there be light with Billy and everyone!
7:15 – 7:30: Everything else
7:30: services
8:30-ish: photos after services

Much love,

James

Choir schedule (services in bold)

  • 1/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 1/20 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 1/27 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 1/29 – lead services
  • 2/10 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 2/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 2/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 2/26 – lead services
  • 3/9 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 3/16 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 3/23 – Purim (no rehearsal)
  • 3/25 – lead services
  • 4/6 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 4/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 4/15 – lead services (Jordan Levi bat mitzvah)
  • 4/17 – Shalom Fest in Greenville – time TBD
  • 4/27 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 5/11 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 5/18 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 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

 

Rehearsal Agenda – October 14, 2015

Kol Simcha,

Wednesday night we’ll focus on preparing for Hard Lox, which is THIS SUNDAY! Wow – going to be so fun!

On Sunday, we sing at NOON, so we’ll gather in front of the art museum at 11:45 for a quick warm up – and it’s fixing to be chilly!

Here’s a DRAFT Hard Lox 2015 Set List. Due to my poor planning, I’m still working out the accompanist, so that will affect the set list.

Rehearsal Agenda

  • 7:00 – 7:05: Focusing prayer
  • 7:05 – 7:15: Vocal warmup
  • 7:15 – 8:00: Hard Lox!
  • 8:00 – 8:05: Business
  • 8:05 – 8:50: Hard Lox!
  • 8:50 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,

James

Choir schedule (services in bold)

  • 10/14 – 7 pm rehearsal – prep for Hard Lox
  • 10/18choir sings at Hard Lox
  • 10/21 – 7 pm rehearsal – prep for 10/23 services
  • 10/23 – lead services
  • 11/11 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/18 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/20 – lead services
  • 12/2 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/9 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/11 – lead services (Chanukah)

Rehearsal agenda September 20, 2015

Kol Simcha,

Last rehearsal before Yom Kippur! Tonight we start at 6:00 pm Eastern (not Jewish) Time. Tuesday night, we’ll begin warming up at 6:00 pm.

Here are cue sheets (I’ll have printouts on Tuesday night):

Here are the learning tracks for YK stuff – please thank you 🙂

Rehearsal Agenda

  • 6:00 – 6:05: Focusing prayer
  • 6:05 – 6:10: Vocal warmup
  • 6:10 – 7:15: Run YK PM & Yizkor services for cues etc
  • 7:15 – 8:00: Selected choir pieces
  • 8:00 – 9:00: Ensemble pieces for Kol Nidre, YK AM, Yizkor (choir can leave early if we stay on track)

Much love,

James

Choir schedule (services in bold)

  • 09/20 – 6-9 pm Final Sunday rehearsal for Yom Kippur
  • 09/22 – 6 pm call for Erev Yom Kippur
  • 09/23 – 9 am call for Yom Kippur
  • 10/23 – lead services
  • 11/20 – lead services
  • 12/11 – lead services (Chanukah)