Magic City Chorus is back on the risers!

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Saskatoon’s Magic City Chorus has moved from Zoom rehearsals to Hybrid rehearsals: Zoom and in-person at the rehearsal hall in Sutherland.

Magic City Chorus held a successful and educational coaching weekend with the fantastic Corinna Garriock from Halifax to coach us on our contest songs which, of course, will transfer to our entire repertoire. Wearing masks, lots of space on the risers, Aerus air cleaner in the space, and everyone double vaccinated – MCC makes this work. It is exciting to be back on the risers and working towards a goal of performing on our contest video on April 23rd and performing on April 24th at the Acoustic Theory show A Million Streams at the Roxy.

MCC appreciates the funding we received from Sing Canada Harmony for our coaching weekend. This support means so much to us and we urge you to support this worthwhile organization.

The 2022 Region 26 competition, Sparkling Through in ’22, is by video for quartets and choruses. You will have the opportunity to watch the virtual convention on May 1. Watch for more details.

Virtual Convention May 1 at 2 p.m. CST

This ‘Love’ truly is endless!

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While Valentine’s Day is a date that causes a variety of emotions, for a variety of reasons, there is one “true love” that defies a scheduled time frame: the Love of Music.

An interesting read from Medium.com explains our fascination with music and singing:

https://medium.com/live-your-life-on-purpose/research-explains-why-we-love-to-sing-24e6630a658d

Until we can share our enchantment with a cappella harmonies with you again, keep on singing, and remember that “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius

P.S. Can you recite the quote about music that Willy Wonka recited, in the original version of “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory“? Extra points if you know who said it first!

Tuning up for a new year

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If you discovered a passion for singing as a “pandemic hobby”, please note that we continue to welcome new members. We have a spot for you on our risers – both virtual, and (with fingers crossed) real.

See our “Join Us” page for more information.

Remembering One of Our Own

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It is with great sadness and disbelief, I must tell you that our dear friend and Magic City Chorus member, Yvette Jaspar, has died. Yvette suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm on December 17th, and died on December 19th. Yvette will be remembered for her love and caring for others, and for music. Yvette’s parting gift was the donation of her organs and tissues, so others may benefit. Our deepest sympathy to her husband Rob, and children, David (Kelly), Michelle (Jory and three-month-old baby Jay), Danielle (Lance), and her one sibling, brother Mel (Truann) from Vancouver. Yvette had been immersed in, and loving, her new role as Grandma to Jay Jay.

Yvette had so many chorus sisters – present and past. We are grieving together virtually, and wish we could give big hugs to the family, and each other. Magic City Chorus members, and former members, are reeling from this news. We remember Yvette lovingly, as she was the most caring and thoughtful person you could ever meet. Yvette has been a baritone and front row chorus member for over 25 years, recently receiving her 25-year pin, at our chorus outdoor COVID Longevity ceremony.

Yvette was the Membership Coordinator for many, many years, and you could count on Yvette to make guests feel comfortable at rehearsal. She would then nurture each new member through their first year in the chorus. That bond was never broken and dear friends were made. Even Yvette called herself the “mother hen” of all her chicks. Yvette also served our chorus on the Board as a member, and as the Chapter President. She eagerly took on the role of Official Panel Liaison when Regional contests were in Saskatoon. She was looking forward to her OPL role in 2022. Yvette joined in the fun and merriment when groups attended International Education Symposiums, International Convention, and any other barbershop events in the Region. Yvette was the 2013 Region 26 Honouree for the Spirit of 26 Award epitomizing spirit, strength, leadership, humour, and joy in all she does.

Yvette sang baritone in the chorus, as well as quartets 4Ever, Good Company, and On Track, plus several other fun quartets. So many laughs, so much music, so much love. Yvette loved music and song with all her heart.

Yvette’s love went beyond family, friends, music and song. She loved her feline family and the many bird friends that visited her in her yard. Whether it was her beautiful yard or fabulous home decor, Yvette had a great eye for beauty all around her.

We miss Yvette so much. As more information becomes available from the family, I will let you know. If you have a story to share, please post, or email me at norma.wallace@sasktel.net, so we can compile these memories for the chorus and the family.

Norma Wallace

#friendsarefriendsforever #weloveyouYvette #magiccityrocks #region26 #SweetAdelinesStrong #OrganDonation

Chocolate Success

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Our 2020 Purdy’s fundraiser was a great success! Thank you to those who not only helped us reach our goal, but surpass it. We truly appreciate your support.

Chocolate Helps One Sing!

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Great news, isn’t it? But how does chocolate achieve this? Read on!

Magic City Chorus is inviting you to participate in our 3rd Annual Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser! These monies allow our Chorus to hold educational workshops to improve various aspects of performance, both as one chorus, and as individual singers.

If you’d like to support us through purchasing some very sweet Christmas gifts for friends, family and yourself, please click the link below:

https://fundraising.purdys.com/855152-80006

After you’ve signed in you can buy our amazing chocolates or invite others to join and support our Fundraising Campaign.

The deadline to order is Tuesday, November 23, in order to receive this tasty shipment by December 1. You will be contacted regarding pick up (in Saskatoon) by December 5.

Thank you for your participation. In a year where we have learned to approach daily life in a variety of ways, chocolate can still make us smile!

With Gratitude…

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Magic City Chorus,  Saskatoon , SK, would like to thank “Sing Canada Harmony” for the financial assistance  we have received through a scholarship in the amount of $200.

During this time of Covid-19,  their slogan: “WHO WILL SING TOMORROW?” has never rang truer than it does today. Without our weekly scheduled rehearsals, we are reminded how important singing is to the health and well-being of all members of our chorus. This money will assist us in maintaining our subscription to ZOOM so we can continue to communicate, rehearse, be educated and sing together until such time that we can be back together live and in person once again.

We would also like to thank all those organizations and individuals who donate money to Sing Canada Harmony, so that these scholarships can be offered to groups and individuals that apply for assistance.

If you are interested in finding out more about the scholarships offered through this ‘not-for-profit’ organization check these out.

https://www.facebook.com/SingCanadaHarmony/

https://singcanadaharmony.ca/

 

Donate to MCC with Recycling

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Have you heard? Sarcan reopens on Monday, June 15. You can donate to our ‘education fund’ by using the code “MCC”, at any of their convenient ‘drop and go’ locations.

Throughout the year, Magic City Chorus brings in coaches and speakers to conduct workshops regarding all aspects of a cappella singing, whether performing or competing.

We thank you for considering our chorus when recycling!