Singing Valentines by “Good Company”

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“This is one of those rare once in a lifetime gifts. We have been told it is the best Valentines gift they have ever received. And sometimes they are so touched there are a few tears.” – Dianne Martin of “Good Company”

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Good Company Quartet: Nancy Julien (Lead) Deb Kowaliuk (Bass), Dianne Martin (Tenor) Yvette Jaspar (Baritone)

Valentine’s Day is coming up and we are all thinking about how to best show our loved ones we care on this special day. Chocolates, teddy bears, flowers, they’ve all been done before! I’ve often thought how cool it would be if I could send someone a singing valentine. You know, in the barbershop way, making a huge spectacle for someone special in my life. This year I received a message in my inbox describing this perfect opportunity!

 

I was very interested to learn more about just how special a singing valentine could be! So I talked to Dianne Martin who is part of an all-female barbershop quartet called “Good Company”, who is providing this service to residence in Saskatoon and has been for a few years. She told me they will perform two songs and personalize them to suit the recipient! How cool is that!?

“I ask the client to send me fun information about their loved one. In the case of husband or wife how they met or got engaged, what they love about that person, funny little quirks they adore or a special memory. I then write a script using as much of the information as I can fit into the space in the song. Then I read it while my partners hum the verse.” – Dianne Martin of “Good Company”.

Next is trying to figure out the best person to receive this singing Valentine, there are so many special people in our lives. Who is the best one to choose? I couldn’t help but ask what kinds of people Dianne had sang for in the past.

“We sang for a doctor in his workplace, a teacher in his high school classroom, and for employees in several local business. We sang at lunch time in a restaurant for an older couple whose children had hired us. We even got hired to do a phone Singing Valentine from a gentleman who was in town on business. He heard about us and wanted us to sing for his wife in Montreal! The possibilities are endless! Each one is just so special.” – Dianne Martin of “Good Company”

Ok so, I’m a logistics kind of person, how to get the perfect bang for your buck! I mean it needs to be a surprise, so how do you get it so they are in the right place at the right time? I imagine some planning is involved in carrying out the perfect moment.

“The fun thing is that everybody gets involved. The partner of course knows what is going on, and in the case of an office setting, a lot of the staff get involved as they have the job of making sure the recipient will be there when we arrive. Often the person gets called to the office or there is a pretend meeting scheduled in the board room. Staff hurries to the spot and when the person arrives … well you can imagine. They do not have a clue what is going on. Sometimes the recipient shows a bit of embarrassment (understandable) but you also see the look of pride and of feeling special that someone should honour them, especially in front of their workmates, in such a unique way. It gives everyone a lot to talk about for the next few days. And people always love being ‘in on it’. Secret surprises are great fun.” – Dianne Martin of “Good Company”

Now I bet you have started thinking of some special people in your life that you’d LOVE to send a singing valentines to, maybe a spouse? A son or daughter? Parents or grandparents? A favorite teacher or employer? Or your best friend forever? It would for sure brighten their day! Why not book Good Company? They will be offering singing Valentines on Fri February 12th in Saskatoon. Spots in the morning or afternoon are still available! The cost is $50.00 and half of the proceeds are being donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation!

“People just need to call me (306-374-0578) and we can set it all up. Seeing the response and making someone feel so special, the happiness comes right back to us. We love it.” – Dianne Martin

A Magic City Christmas Show

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Snowflakes in the air, Carols everywhere – one way to describe this years Christmas Show is “The Best One Yet!”

Some highlights of this years show is the addition of 8 new members to the chorus, their gifts are plentiful!

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Rave reviews from Cheryl’s brilliant collaboration with the Saskatoon Brass. A definite show stopper (or starter!!) was the Austria carol “Schnee-waltzer” that had the crowd and the band (and chorus) moving to the music!

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Adele and Tracy stole the show with their great sketch about a crotchety grump (Adele) and a over enthusiastic holiday lover (Tracy) and building their friendship during the holiday season. Their hilarious characters had everyone in the crowd giggling and laughing out loud!

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An overwhelming standing ovation came over the crowd in the second last measure of Hallelujah Christmas, a new fresh version of a magic city classic. This time celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.

“And the Heavenly Choir was singing Halleluiah” rung out over the crowd as if the heavenly choir was in the room with us.

A special thanks to:

Terry Heckman, Director of the Saskatoon Brass and all the Saskatoon Brass performers. A special thank you for the choreography

Our Quartett “One Achord” who preformed a very festive version of Mary’s Boy Child.

Our Show Committee Chair people Louise Burton and Marg Brown and all their helpers.

Coaching with Joey Minshall

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Singing beautiful arrangements of barbershop harmonies with your chorus doesn’t just happen magically over night. It takes long hard hours of learning, rehearsing and perfecting each and every song in your repertoire. Luckily for us we have many experts we can draw upon for their expertise and coaching!

Magic City Chorus is happy to have Joey Minshall coming this weekend to work with the Chorus on the songs they are preparing for the regional competition in May! Don’t forget the regional competition this year will be held in Saskatoon!

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Joey Minshall is a vocal arranger, writer, composer and certified music therapist.

Her fun-to-sing a cappella vocal arrangements are known for their creativity, and have been performed worldwide and recorded by groups in Canada, the US, Sweden, Germany, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Dubai, Saudi Arabia.

http://www.joeyminshall.com/

“Diva” Las Vegas

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Magic City Chorus members had a very memorable time at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas this month!

What’s an international competition? Let’s ask Wikipedia:

The Sweet Adelines International Competitions are the annual global championships for women’s barbershop harmony a cappella singing – in quartets and choruses – for members of Sweet Adelines International (SAI) and have been held annually between September and November since 1947. They are now the largest women’s singing competition in the world with over 8000 participants at the 2014 convention. There are two competitions for choruses (the international championships and the “Harmony Classic” for smaller choruses), and two competitions for quartets (the international championships and the “Rising Star” for young singers). Currently, the first three of these competitions are held together and form the Sweet Adelines International Convention. Over the course of competition history, the most successful chorus has been Melodeers Chorus from Chicago with seven championship titles, and the most successful quartet singer was Connie Noble who won with four separate quartets. MAXX Factor from Baltimore holds the record for highest quartet score, and Rönninge Show Chorus from Stockholm for highest ever chorus score.

Magic City Chorus member Norma volunteering at the International Competition in Las Vegas

Magic City Chorus member Norma volunteering at the International Competition in Las Vegas

The live webcast was a great way to be a part of it all the way from Saskatoon! Check out this great performance from Lions Gate! This is an incredible chorus from Vancouver BC, check it out.

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Guest Night

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Do you love to sing?  Magic City Chorus is the place for you!

Visit our Guest Night
Tuesday September 15 at 7 p.m.

We welcome women of all vocal ranges* – especially low voiced women.

Join in the fun, the 4-part harmony a cappella style, and the friendship.
Do something this fall just for YOU!

Contact Yvette for more info: 306-955-6033 or y.jaspar@shaw.ca

* Vocal ranges are tenor, lead, baritone and bass. There is a part for you.
Tenor – G above middle C to high F on the top line of the clef
Lead and Baritone – A below middle C to C above middle C
Bass – E-flat below middle C to G above middle C

Come check us out on September 15. We’d love to see you!

More information on Magic City Chorus can be found in the tabs above.

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Fire’s burning, fire’s burning, draw nearer…..

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Magic City Chorus goofing off around the camp fire!  What a fun rehearsal we had Tuesday night.  We sang camp songs, had some funny skits and harmonized.  Magic City Chorus is all about fun, friendship and terrific 4-part harmony.  Come check us out… Guest night September 15.  2015 july campfire