It is so wonderful to come together and sing, even with the challenges the last year has presented. Last season we sang the lyrics, "I sing because I'm happy." Recently, I saw the quote by William James, “I don't sing because I'm happy. I'm happy because I sing.” I do believe that singing during this past year has caused me to smile and remember that things can get better. I'm thankful for this group and for our musical leaders and a very dedicated board of directors that has allowed us to continue singing so we can find happy again.
Music Director: C. Alexander Smith
Chorale Accompanist: Brittany Bache
Asst. Director: Melanie Bolas
Asst. Chorale Accompanist: Kathy Pellegreen (not pictured
A NOTE FROM OUR DIRECTORS
Hello to ALL of our WONDERFUL Singers!
Alex and I wanted to take a quick moment to let all of you know how proud we are of you and how excited we are for this Spring season! We know it is not easy to sing with a mask on and to be 10 feet away from your fellow neighbor, but you all are handling it with grace and enthusiasm and are making great strides. We are confident this concert will be incredible and people will want to watch it over and over again!
Please continue to keep yourselves safe and healthy, and don't forget to protect your instrument! At the time I am writing this, we only have 5 more rehearsals before the recording- We've Got This!!!
Your Director and his favorite Assistant :)
President – Patti Christie
Vice President –
Treasurer – Wanda Osborn
Secretary – Geniene Zinn
Communication and Social Media- Wanda Osborn
Fund Raising – Patti Christie & committee
Librarian – Diana Cmeyla
Programs – Annette Richards
Publicity – Beth Aitcheson
Social Affairs – Peggy Carpenter
Production – Cary Oien
Music Director – C. Alexander Smith
Chorale Accompanist – Brittany Bache
Asst. Director – Melanie Bolas
If you have questions, comments or concerns (compliments are welcome, as well) to share with the Board, you can Email the Board at President@brcsings.com
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Each singer will be responsible for:
- providing and wearing their own mask to each rehearsal (This is mandatory and you will not be permitted in the building without it.)
- staying home if you do not feel well, exhibit ANY of the COVID-19 symptoms, or have been around anyone exhibiting said symptoms
- notifying a board member or one of the music directors immediately if you test positive for COVID-19 (Your identity will be protected.)
- adhering to the social distancing guidelines, as well as, quickly entering and leaving the rehearsal space without congregating in the building
- keeping up with individual practice at home and willing to rehearse virtually
Letter from the BRC President
I want to again thank our wonderful directors who worked hard to plan and proceed with this concert. Being together and singing is certainly uplifting in this unusual year! Thank you to our accompanist and all of you who have been able to participate and always work hard to learn the music and to the board who gives of their time to keep the show running behind the scenes!
“I GIVE LOCAL PIEDMONT"
Hosted this year on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 by Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, Give Local Piedmont (GLP) is the community's one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to the nonprofit organizations that are making our region stronger. It's our day to come together as one!
Every dollar that is donated from midnight to 11:59 am on Tuesday, May 4th is increased with additional "bonus" dollars ($100,000!) generously provided by the PATH Foundation and prize dollars graciously donated from our local businesses and Northern Piedmont fund holders.
Built on successful models from other cities, Give Local Piedmont raises money for the community, brings new donors and awareness to local nonprofits, and helps make our region a more vibrant place to live.
All the nonprofit organizations who are signed up are worthy of your donations and we are proud to be on the list. Log in to “I Give Local Piedmont” anytime on May 4, 2021, after 00:01am to 11:59pm to donate to the nonprofits of your choice, of course, hoping BRC is high on your list.
NOMINATIONS FOR BOARD TO BE VOTED ON AT THE ANNUAL MEETIN ON MAY 17, 2021.
In May we will have a brief general membership meeting after rehearsal where we review all that has gone on during the year, set the stage for next season, and vote on board members for next year.
Two year terms that are open are listed below with those running. If you are interested in running for any position, please let me know. You do not have to have any prior experience as the officer before you will help you until you feel comfortable. All of the positions are important and we just need those of you who care about this organization to step forward. At the May Board Meeting you vote on the slate of officers. Of course, nominations can be taken from the floor, but only if you have made the person you are nominating aware and they are agreeable.
Slate As It Looks So Far
Vice President –
Secretary - Debra Keys
Treasurer – Miki Bruner
Publicity – Tracey Anderson
Communications – Wanda Osborn
Social – Liz Triplett
We have our meeting once a month. This year we have had some ZOOM meetings and may continue to do so as it makes the meetings much easier for all to attend.
The board members are nonpaid volunteers. But this group (like many teachers) put a lot money into the organization – making copies, making CD’s, buying paper goods, buying decorations, food, and the list goes on without reimbursement. I know all of you hate to hear about making money and as fundraiser I have tried many avenues (a million thanks to all who have and continue to help). And why do we need money? The director, assistant director, accompanist, assistant accompanist, guest musicians are paid. We have to pay to sing in many venues, we have paid for rehearsal space, custodians, we have a storage unit, insurance, state corporation fee, sheet music, supplies, and trailer tax, post office box, and stamps etc.
I hope this answers a few questions. For more information go to www.brcsings.com.
Rehearsals are held every Monday night at Culpeper Baptist Church. Alex and Melanie will have a schedule for you.
FROM THE BEGINNING OF REHEARSAL TO THE END, IT IS EXPECTED THAT OUR ATTENTION BE ON THE DIRECTOR AND STUDYING OUR MUSIC EVEN IF HE IS WORKING WITH ANOTHER SECTION. MASKS ARE REQUIRED AS IS SOCIAL DISTANCING.
You may get in touch with me at email@example.com or (540)219-8837.
I'm walking down this track,
I've got tears in my eyes,
Trying to read a letter from my home.
If this train runs me right
I'll be home tomorrow night.
I'm nine hundred miles from my home.
And I hate to hear that lonesome whistle blow.
The train I ride on Is a thousand coaches long. You can hear that whistle blow a hundred miles. If this train runs me right I'll be home tomorrow night. I'm nine hundred miles from my home. And I hate to hear that lonesome whistle blow.