Welcome to Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley

Welcome to Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Raffle Winners

The drawing for raffle winners was held at the December MWC Board of Directors Meeting.   The winners are:

First Prize (2 night stay at the Windsong Cabin in Tennessee donated by Charlie and Betty Karol Wilson)
Ines Castro of Silver Spring, MD!

Second Prize (Film at Five hand made quilt donated by Kathy Ackerson)
Helen Thomas of Mt. Jackson, VA!

Third Prize (Vehicle services provided by J&J Auto)
Mike Chambers of Mt. Jackson, VA! 

Congratulations to the lucky winners!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dress Rehearsals Nov. 27 and Dec. 1

NOV. 27: We will rehearse at Emanuel in Woodstock*
                 (to avoid the Christmas parade Dec.1)

DEC.1: We will rehearse at Reformation in New Market*

*Concert attire NOT required

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Nov. 20 and Nov. 27 rehearsals; Concert times

1.Welcome back Elizabeth!

2.Agenda for November 20 Rehearsal at Reformation Lutheran Church, 9283 N Congress St, New Market, VA 22844
All chorus members plan to arrive by 6:45 to acclimate to the church/pews/etc.   Have music in order of the program.  Remember that Breath of Heaven is after Amani.   Be ready to sing at 6:55.  Bring water!  The rehearsal will go back and forth between risers, pews for sitting and blocking.  

Additional specific times for soloists on Nov. 20:
6:30 - Rehearsal with Melisa & Elizabeth on THE CHRISTMAS SONG
6:45 - Rehearsal with Matt and Melisa & Elizabeth on LO HOW A ROSE
9:00 - Rehearsal with Patrick and Megan, if possible, on Amani

3.IMPORTANT REQUEST for everyone (especially men) to look and see if you have 2 copies of SHEPHERD'S SPIRITUAL.   Scott is missing his copy after lending it to someone and he needs this back on Nov 20 so that he can make a copy for the drummer.

4.Scott asks us all to look over the changes in HERE WE COME.  

5.Times/Locations for the reminder of rehearsals and concerts for 2017.

November 27
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dress rehearsal (concert attire NOT required)
Reformation Lutheran Church

December 1 (Friday)
Dress Rehearsal (concert attire NOT required) 
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Emanuel Lutheran Church, Woodstock

December 2 Concert
Concert Time 3:00 p.m.
Call Time 1:30 p.m.
Emanuel Lutheran Church

December 3 Concert
Concert Time 3:00 p.m.
Call Time 1:30 p.m.
Reformation Lutheran Church

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Christmas handouts from the chorus to the audience

Be thinking of  Christmas cards, items, anything appropriate to be given to the audience at the "greeting" section of the Christmas concerts.


Please have all your music in this order by Nov. 20

Part I

Coventry Carol (might be cut)

*Lo, How a Rose (Matt and Melisa)

*O Holy Night (Alex Zuber)

Carol of the Bells (women)

Part II

Here We Come

Pat a Pan

Sing We Now


Breath of Heaven

Shepherds Carol (men)

Christmas Day

*Christmas Song (Melisa)

Blue Christmas (men)

Deck the Halls

Swingin' St. Nick

White Christmas

Let There Be Peace

Here We Come (repeating a part of this song)

Nov. 20 and 27 rehearsals

Concert attire not required

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Announcements of Christmas solos

1.  There will be several readings - especially at the beginning - I have not "cast these" yet. 
2.  Lo How A Rose ere Blooming/The Rose - This is a duet piece that I did not present to soloists, but decided to add.   I would like Melisa Thomas & Matt Smith to sing this. 
3.  Oh Holy Night - Alex Zuber
4.  Amani - Megan Knitter & Patrick Freund
5.   Christmas Day: READ CAREFULLY PLEASE!
     a.  Page 2-3 - Remy (Please memorize.  I plan on having you in the middle aisle to sing this to the choir surrounding you.) 
     b.  Page 3-4 - Choir - Memorized - circled around audience
     c.  Page 4 - Bass solo:  Rory Nansel  (Please memorize) - You will be near the front, and step out to sing to everyone.
     d.  Page 5 - 6 ,  Quartet - Jessica, Laura, Matt & Patrick (same position - music is fine)
     e.  Page 7 - Choir - memory - circled around audience
     f.  Page 8 - Quartet (same as before) 
    g.  Page 8 - Rehearsal F -  Page 10, 1st measure.  (Would prefer memorized)
    h.  Page 9 - 10. (Not Sop solo, but tenor)  Also, Tenor Tutti at bottom of 10 through 11 - Matt Smith
    I.  Page 11 - Quartet (same as before) 
    J.  Page 12, 13, 14 - Choir - memory - circled around audience
    K. Page 14 - bottom entrance; Patrick, then Jessica, then Laura, then Jessica - through page 15
    L.  page 16 - Quartet at top, choir at bottom staff, followed by quartet.
6.  The Christmas Song - Melisa Thomas
I decided to keep all the men on BLUE CHRISTMAS- no solos.   I also decided to have all women sing unison - Breath of Heaven the solo parts.  
Thanks for your respect, your patience and your work!  I've also decided to not use a quartet or soloists on Let there be Peace on Earth!   Congratulations soloists, and Congratulations Choir!  
Peace, Scott