NO Choir rehearsal Sept 13. Only HHD ensemble.

Dear Kol Simcha,

As we agreed on Sunday, you are sounding strong and beautiful. To avoid “over-rehearsing” (that’s actually a thing, when choirs get bored and go on autopilot) and to give the ensemble chance to catch up, Vance and I would like you to have the night off! Rest up.

NOTE that the call time has changed for Selichot! We will meet at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary.

Here are the cue sheets for Selichot and Rosh Hashanah:

S’lichot cue sheet

RH PM Outline

RH AM 1

RH AM 2

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold). Countdown to High Holidays in parentheses. Names afterwards are additional people at the rehearsal – everything listed here is for the Kol Simcha choir.

  • 9/16 – 7:00 pm call – Selichot
  • 9/17 – 2 pm Tech rehearsal
  • 9/20 – 6:30 pm call Erev RH
  • 9/21 – 9 am call RH Day 1
  • 9/22 – 9 am call RH Day 2
  • 9/24 – 2 pm Tech rehearsal
  • 9/29 – 6:30 call Kol Nidre
  • 9/30 – 9 am call YK
  • 10/15 – 11 am call for 11:30 set at Hard Lox
  • 10/18 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 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 May 10, 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

I’ve been hearing such wonderful things about you! So happy and grateful you’re keeping choir going strong.

Another treat this week with Sarah Kim leading the May 10th rehearsal, focusing on Jane’s pieces for the talent show and the CD release party! Please make sure you have a copy of the following 3 pieces, which I recommend you focus the rehearsal on:

  • Jane’s “I Forgot about the Stars”
  • Jane’s “Yihiyu” – I believe she wants us to sing with her for the CD release party
  • McMahon “Esa Einai” – dust it off for the CD release party, and see if we can really get those opening chords right. Review notes all the way through.

See you next week when I’ll finally join you again for our 5/17 rehearsal!

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 05/10 – 7 pm rehearsal (Sarah Kim leads)
  • 05/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 05/20 – Talent Show
  • 05/21 – CD Release Party (perform Esa Einai)
  • 05/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 05/26 – 6:30 call lead services
  • 06/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/30 – 6:30 call lead services

Rehearsal agenda April 5, 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

Remember how we were holding tonight as an optional rehearsal? Well, lets do it, if you can. The reason is because I won’t be able to be with you much this month, but I can be there tonight.

We have three things to prepare for: Yom HaShoa 4/23 (“Even When God Was Silent” and “Eli Eli”), Services 4/28, and the Talent Show 5/20 (a world debut of a new Jane Roman Pitt piece – shhh – it’s a secret).

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:20: Focusing, warmup, and vocal coaching
  • 7:20 – 7:50: Yom HaShoa
  • 7:50 – 8:00: Business – calendar review, etc.
  • 8:00 – 8:55: Yom HaShoa & talent show
  • 8:55 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 04/05 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 04/12 – 7 pm rehearsal (no James)
  • 04/19 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 04/23 – 6:15 call for Yom HaShoa service at 7:00 (no James)
  • 04/26 – 7 pm rehearsal (no James)
  • 04/28 – 6:30 call lead services (no James)
  • [05/10 – 7 pm rehearsal (no James)]
  • 05/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 05/20 – Talent Show
  • 05/21 – CD Release Party (perform Esa Einai)
  • 05/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 05/26 – 6:30 call lead services
  • 06/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/30 – 6:30 call lead services

Rehearsal agenda January 11, 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

Welcome to 2017! We have an exciting year planned for the choir, starting with a bang this spring – a recording session and Danny Maseng!

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:20: Focusing, warmup, and vocal coaching
  • 7:20 – 7:50: Start learning new Maseng V’shamru
  • 7:50 – 8:00: Business – calendar, new pieces, duet/trios
  • 8:00 – 8:20: Sectionals on Esa Einai
  • 8:20 – 8:50: Review potential pieces for 1/27 services, polish a few pieces
  • 8:55 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 01/11 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 01/18 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 01/25 – 7 pm rehearsal (Isaac)
  • 01/27 -6:30 call lead services (Isaac)
  • 02/08 – 7 pm rehearsal (Isaac)
  • 02/15 – 7 pm rehearsal (Isaac)
  • 02/19 – SUNDAY 2 pm rehearsal
  • 02/22 – *** recording session – time TBD ***
  • 02/24 -6:30 call lead services, with Billy
  • 03/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 03/15 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 03/22 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 03/24 –6:15 call Services with… *** DANNY MASENG ***
  • 04/12 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 04/19 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 04/26 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 04/28 -6:30 call lead services
  • [05/10 – 7 pm rehearsal (James out)]
  • 05/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 05/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 05/26 -6:30 call lead services
  • 06/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/30 -6:30 call lead services

Rehearsal Agenda for November 30, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

Yay – we get to sing together again! We have three rehearsals to prepare for leading services on 12/16.

Here’s the draft cue sheet: dec-16-2016-outline

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:20: Focusing, warmup, and vocal coaching
  • 7:20 – 7:50: Review 12/16 service
  • 7:50 – 8:00: Business
  • 8:00 – 8:55: Continue reviewing 12/16 service
  • 8:55 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 12/07 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/16 – 6:30 call lead services
  • 01/11 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 01/18 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 01/25 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 01/27 -6:30 call lead services
  • 02/01 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 02/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • [02/15 – 7 pm rehearsal (James out)]
  • 02/22 – *** recording session – time TBD ***
  • 02/24 -6:30 call lead services
  • 03/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 03/15 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 03/22 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 03/24 –6:15 call Services with… *** DANNY MASENG ***
  • 04/12 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 04/19 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 04/26 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 04/28 -6:30 call lead services
  • [05/10 – 7 pm rehearsal (James out)]
  • 05/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 05/24 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 05/26 -6:30 call lead services
  • 06/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/28 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/30 -6:30 call lead 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

Rehearsal Agenda for October 26, 2016

Dear Kol Simcha,

I’m so proud of how beautifully you sang throughout High Holidays and Hard Lox! I’ve been directing temple choirs on and off for over 15 years, and that was some of the finest work I’ve heard. Your combination of technical skill, mindfulness, and ruach was extraordinary.

And we get to sing together again this week – leading services this Friday night! I’d like to finally learn the beautiful Ma’ariv Aravim that Emily brought to us months ago. You’re going to love it!

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:15: Focusing, warmup, and vocal coaching
  • 7:15 – 7:50: Learn new Ma’ariv
  • 7:50 – 8:00: Business
  • 8:00 – 8:55: Polish up Shabbat pieces
  • 8:55 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 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 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 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