Cantata: Following up .. and buckling down

Hi All
Following up on Sunday’s rehearsal… please read carefully

Hallelujah Chorus Parts

I like to worry early, and now we are now past early … Folks, we have a wonderful sound, and you are a joy to work with … but to be honest, on the whole, our attendance has been unpredictable.  Please know that we still have a way to go in order to be ready for performance.   We need to apply ourselves now or we will be too nervous to enjoy our performance.  Know that if we can learn this music with confidence, the joy of performance can be a thrill of a lifetime.


3 Choir-Only Rehearsals Remaining

  • Sun. Nov. 19th
  • Sun. Nov. 26th – we need to be good to go for Instr.
  • Sun. Dec 3 w/Instruments
  • Sat.  Dec 9 at 10 am St Anns – Dress
  • Sun. Dec 10th 5:15 on risers – Performance

If you didn’t get this music last week please print out and bring to rehearsal..


Other Cantata Music samples for practice can be found here:

If you use the Soundcloud App on your phone:
Or you can play or download the files from Dropbox: 

Best,

Mark

Selected Charity Results for Cantata

Dear Singers,

The people have spoken, and our chosen charity this year is Elizabeth Rose Ministries.
Elizabeth Rose Ministries received 25 votes, which was the most by a wide margin.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the Salvation Army, Hornell each had 8 votes. The
Pregnancy Resource Center of the Valleys had 7 votes. Faith in Action and the Hornell
Animal Shelter each had 6 votes. St. James Hospital had 5 votes. CHAMP of Pro-Action,
Hornell Community Garden, and Steuben County Rural Ministry each had 2 votes. St.
Ann’s Academy had 1 vote.

Thanks to everyone who suggested a charity. They are all worthy of support, of course,
but as a group, we can be proud that Elizabeth Rose Ministries will receive a significant
contribution to its work, thanks to the free-will offering taken up during the Cantata. As
I remind our audience, the expenses of the Cantata are borne by the singers by
purchasing their music. Mark, Pat, and the musicians donate their time. The United
Presbyterian Church and St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church (Our Lady of the Valley)
donate the use of their facilities. The entire offering goes to our designated charity, and
you are a large part of making that possible. THANK YOU!

Jim
varnerjr@alfred.edu

Found voice part practice recordings to Wonderful Child and A La Nanita

Hi

This evening I found these voice part practice recordings for A La Nanita & Prayer of the Children… please use these to practice your part: .. Enjoy

A LA NANITA

For Download:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/54o39gd62jdbmoi/AAB84vNeCSFair0_jBYbEVaQa?dl=0

On Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/mark-smith-242/sets/a-la-nanita-parts

PRAYER OF THE CHILDREN – Practice Parts

For Download:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rjfa2t503vl97d9/AADqZ3ELVYvIUysEh_Q8vz8-a?dl=0

On Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/mark-smith-242/sets/cantata-2017

2017 Cantata News #2 – Charity Info

Dear Cantata Singers,

This message has the list of suggested charities.  We’ll vote during rehearsal this Sunday, Nov. 12th, so think about the suggestions, and be ready to vote.  We had several people talk about charities last week.  I’ll invite brief comments about the other charities before we vote.

If you cannot be at rehearsal this Sunday, but wish to cast your vote for a charity, please send me your vote by email (varnerjr@alfred.edu).

The charity that receives the most votes will receive the donations made during the Cantata performance.

Jim

Here are the suggested charities:

Faith in Action (Hornell)
St. Ann’s Academy
CHAMP of Pro-Action
Turning Point of Hornell
Steuben County Rural Ministry
Salvation Army – Hornell
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Sunday Meals Program
Hornell Animal Shelter
Elizabeth Rose Ministries
Hornell Community Garden
St. James Hospital
Pregnancy Resource Center of the Valleys (located in Bath)

 

2017 Cantata News #1

From Jim VArner:

Dear Singers,

I have two topics in this message.
First, we need to vote soon on which local charity will receive the audience donations.
We need to have the charity identified so that information about the charity is included in
the Cantata program.

If you have already suggested a charity, either on your registration form, or by letting me
know, thank you. If you have not yet suggested a charity, but want to, please do so this
week. Please remember that the charity you suggest needs to be local (not necessarily
Hornell, but in this region). Rochester and Buffalo are not local. National charities, such
as the American Heart Association, are not local. A local chapter of a national charity is
acceptable (e.g., The Salvation Army, Hornell). I’ll prepare a ballot, and we’ll vote
during a rehearsal. The charity that receives the most votes is the winner. It does not
have to be a majority. Last year’s charity (Vincent House) is not eligible this year. It’s
helpful when we vote to have someone give a two-sentence description of each charity.
Dont’ assume that everybody knows what your suggested charity does. If you have
suggested a charity, please be ready to make this brief “pitch” for it when we vote.
Second, we need to verify your name and your singing part for the program. I’ll bring
printed lists with me to rehearsal. When a list comes to you, find your name, check the
spelling, make sure it’s what you want to have (James or Jim; Susan or Sue), and put a
check next to your name to indicate that you have checked it.

Jim

Cantata Starts Sunday

Dear Singers and Musicians:

Start Warming Up!!!. We’re starting Cantata this Sunday!

Important Dates: 

  • Music Pickup and First Rehearsal: Sunday, October 15th 2017 (6:30-8:30 pm) –  United Presbyterian Church, Hornell
  • This Year’s Performance Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017 (7:00 PM, St. Ann’s Church, Hornell)
  • Dress Rehearsal:  Saturday, December 9th – TBA .. will be in the morning

Our first meeting is Sunday, 15 October.  You can purchase scores starting at 5:30 PM … followed by 1st regular rehearsal, 6:30-8:30.

All subsequent rehearsals (except for dress rehearsal on Saturday, 9 December) will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, also at The United Presbyterian Church.

The cost of the music is $15. The music price includes a little extra to pay for orchestration and expenses, such as shipping costs.

Our program will include  “Stars of Glory” (Cantata), “A La Nanita” (Spanish carol), “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child” (Gospel), and “Prayer of the Children” (a moving prayer).   And yes, we will also perform the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah.” (Dig out your copy, if you have one!)  We’ll also have the traditional carol sing with the audience.

Music samples can be found here:
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mark-smith-242/sets/cantata-2017
or
Dropbox:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cl42olokyl479ad/AADldouIfv7kT2lKwjwYtPB-a?dl=0

Join Us – Please!
Please make the commitment to attend all of the rehearsals.  We know that jobs, travel, illness, and other events in your life may force you to miss one or two rehearsals.  However, please remember that the morale of the group and the enjoyment of the process are directly linked to optimum attendance.  Our performance in St. Ann’s is the highlight and culmination of our efforts, but the fellowship and enjoyment of participating in the cantata is rooted in the rehearsals.  So please give this your most serious consideration.  On behalf of the Hornell Community Choir, best wishes!  We look forward to having you singing with us this year!

Jim Varner – President of Hornell Cantata Choir

flyer announcement–2017  (PDF)
flyer announcement–2017  (MS Word)

THE CANTATA IS COMING! 

Dear Singers and Musicians:

With arrival of Labor Day, the start of school, and football, we know that fall is coming, and Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas aren’t far behind, so that means that:

THE CANTATA IS COMING!  THE CANTATA IS COMING!

This Year’s Performance Date: 10 December 2017
(7:00 PM, St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Hornell)

Music Pickup, Listen Through, and
First Rehearsal: 15 October 2017
United Presbyterian Church, Hornell

Rehearsal Times: 6:30-8:30 PM Sunday, beginning October 15th

This is your invitation to participate in this year’s Community Christmas Cantata, but also, we ask you to help spread the word to those wo may wish to participate. Our email list may have older or invalid addresses, and we want to make sure that we reach everyone who sang with us last year and recruit other singers as well.  Please post the attached announcement in your church, at work, or any other visible place.  Make as many copies as you need.  We’re not sending a letter to area churches this year.  Instead, we’re relying on you to publicize the Cantata by posting the announcement and placing the information in your bulletins and/or newsletters.

Here are the rehearsal details.  Our first meeting is Sunday, 15 October.  You can purchase scores starting at 5:30 PM.  We will have the music playing, and there will be a regular rehearsal, 6:30-8:30 with our very own worry-early music director, Mark Smith.  Music pick-up and rehearsals will be at The United Presbyterian Church, 150 Main Street in Hornell (use the Church Street entrance).  All subsequent rehearsals (except for the one on Saturday, 9 December) will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, also at The United Presbyterian Church.

The cost of the music is $15. The music price includes a little extra to pay for orchestration and expenses, such as shipping costs.

Mark has “auditioned” many Christmas cantatas and has selected “Stars of Glory” by Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi.  “Brimming with ancient Celtic flavor, Stars of Glory radiates the promise of the light of God’s salvation, fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ.  Variously tender, introspective, joyous, and infectious, the selections in this work are connected by the common thread of their Celtic roots.”  In addition we will be singing a stunningly beautiful Spanish Carol and a rocking Gospel number

A preview of “Stars of Glory” can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCIz6_hN4bQ

And yes, we will also perform the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah.” (Dig out your copy, if you have one!)  We’ll also have the traditional carol sing with the audience.  That’s always a moving finish to our musical celebration of the coming of Christ.

If you’re not sure about participating in this year’s Cantata, let me make some points that might help you decide to make the commitment.  First, our chorus is open to inexperienced singers.  We don’t have auditions.  All we ask is that you are serious about your participation by attending rehearsals and by practicing a little bit on your own.  Mark is not only a wonderful director; he is a great choral teacher.  Second, this is a short commitment – eight weeks.  I sing in my church choir, in the Cantata chorus, and in Orpheus.  I love to sing in choral groups, but that wasn’t always the case.  I started singing as an adult when Jackie Walker (the first Cantata director) asked me to commit to eight weeks of singing in the Cantata.  That got me hooked, and maybe you’ll get hooked too.  Even if you don’t, it’s just eight weeks, with one rehearsal a week.  Third, we don’t have age limits.  If you’re a senior, and you’re worried about standing on risers for the performance, we can make sure that you stand on the floor, or that you sit.  If you’re a young person, we welcome you as long as you are a serious, full participant.  Rehearsals are both fun and hard work (the two really can be compatible!).  Discipline is required, because Mark has a lot of ground to cover each time we meet.  Fourth, this is an opportunity to join with friends and strangers (who won’t be strangers after you sing with them) to present a gift to the community, a very precious gift at a time when the true meaning of Christmas is needed more than ever.  Fifth (and I’ll stop with five, even though I could keep going), we have an amazing director – Mark Smith – who really makes the hard work of rehearsing a joy and the highlight of the week for many of us.

Join Us – Please!

Please make the commitment to attend all of the rehearsals.  We know that jobs, travel, illness, and other events in your life may force you to miss one or two rehearsals.  However, please remember that the morale of the group and the enjoyment of the process are directly linked to optimum attendance.  Our performance in St. Ann’s is the highlight and culmination of our efforts, but the fellowship and enjoyment of participating in the cantata is rooted in the rehearsals.  So please give this your most serious consideration.

On behalf of the Hornell Community Choir, best wishes!  We look forward to having you singing with us this year!

Jim Varner

flyer announcement–2017  (PDF)
flyer announcement–2017  (MS Word)

 

 

 

Cantata Time is Around the Corner

Dear Singers and Musicians:

With arrival of Labor Day, the start of school, and football, we know that fall is coming, and Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas aren’t far behind, so that means that:

THE CANTATA IS COMING!  THE CANTATA IS COMING!

This Year’s Performance Date: 10 December 2017
(7:00 PM, St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Hornell)

Music Pickup, Listen Through, and
First Rehearsal: 15 October 2017
United Presbyterian Church, Hornell

Rehearsal Times: 6:30-8:30 PM Sunday, beginning October 15th

This is your invitation to participate in this year’s Community Christmas Cantata, but also, we ask you to help spread the word to those wo may wish to participate. Our email list may have older or invalid addresses, and we want to make sure that we reach everyone who sang with us last year and recruit other singers as well.  Please post the attached announcement in your church, at work, or any other visible place.  Make as many copies as you need.  We’re not sending a letter to area churches this year.  Instead, we’re relying on you to publicize the Cantata by posting the announcement and placing the information in your bulletins and/or newsletters.

Here are the rehearsal details.  Our first meeting is Sunday, 15 October.  You can purchase scores starting at 5:30 PM.  We will have the music playing, and there will be a regular rehearsal, 6:30-8:30 with our very own worry-early music director, Mark Smith.  Music pick-up and rehearsals will be at The United Presbyterian Church, 150 Main Street in Hornell (use the Church Street entrance).  All subsequent rehearsals (except for the one on Saturday, 9 December) will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, also at The United Presbyterian Church.

The cost of the music is $15. The music price includes a little extra to pay for orchestration and expenses, such as shipping costs.

Mark has “auditioned” many Christmas cantatas and has selected “Stars of Glory” by Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi.  “Brimming with ancient Celtic flavor, Stars of Glory radiates the promise of the light of God’s salvation, fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ.  Variously tender, introspective, joyous, and infectious, the selections in this work are connected by the common thread of their Celtic roots.”  In addition we will be singing a stunningly beautiful Spanish Carol and a rocking Gospel number

A preview of “Stars of Glory” can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCIz6_hN4bQ

And yes, we will also perform the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah.” (Dig out your copy, if you have one!)  We’ll also have the traditional carol sing with the audience.  That’s always a moving finish to our musical celebration of the coming of Christ.

If you’re not sure about participating in this year’s Cantata, let me make some points that might help you decide to make the commitment.  First, our chorus is open to inexperienced singers.  We don’t have auditions.  All we ask is that you are serious about your participation by attending rehearsals and by practicing a little bit on your own.  Mark is not only a wonderful director; he is a great choral teacher.  Second, this is a short commitment – eight weeks.  I sing in my church choir, in the Cantata chorus, and in Orpheus.  I love to sing in choral groups, but that wasn’t always the case.  I started singing as an adult when Jackie Walker (the first Cantata director) asked me to commit to eight weeks of singing in the Cantata.  That got me hooked, and maybe you’ll get hooked too.  Even if you don’t, it’s just eight weeks, with one rehearsal a week.  Third, we don’t have age limits.  If you’re a senior, and you’re worried about standing on risers for the performance, we can make sure that you stand on the floor, or that you sit.  If you’re a young person, we welcome you as long as you are a serious, full participant.  Rehearsals are both fun and hard work (the two really can be compatible!).  Discipline is required, because Mark has a lot of ground to cover each time we meet.  Fourth, this is an opportunity to join with friends and strangers (who won’t be strangers after you sing with them) to present a gift to the community, a very precious gift at a time when the true meaning of Christmas is needed more than ever.  Fifth (and I’ll stop with five, even though I could keep going), we have an amazing director – Mark Smith – who really makes the hard work of rehearsing a joy and the highlight of the week for many of us.

Join Us – Please!

Please make the commitment to attend all of the rehearsals.  We know that jobs, travel, illness, and other events in your life may force you to miss one or two rehearsals.  However, please remember that the morale of the group and the enjoyment of the process are directly linked to optimum attendance.  Our performance in St. Ann’s is the highlight and culmination of our efforts, but the fellowship and enjoyment of participating in the cantata is rooted in the rehearsals.  So please give this your most serious consideration.

On behalf of the Hornell Community Choir, best wishes!  We look forward to having you singing with us this year!

Jim Varner

flyer announcement–2017  (PDF)
flyer announcement–2017  (MS Word)

 

 

 

Sad News to Share

Dear Friends,

For those of you who may not have heard, I am sad to inform you that our dear friend Jackie Walker has passed away.  Jackie was the founding Director of the Hornell Christmas Cantata and a singer in the cantata and in Orpheus Chorale as well.  It was quite fortunate that Jim Varner was able to recognize Jackie, who was in the audience, at last December’s cantata performance.  Jackie will be missed by many.

I have been asked to share details of arrangements for calling ours and services:

 

Calling hours are this Friday 4-7 P.M. at Bishop and Johnson.  The funeral will be at 11 A.M. this Saturday in the sanctuary of the United Presbyterian Church, Hornell, followed by a luncheon.

Regards,

Mark

————–

HORNELL-Jacquelyn (Paine) “Jackie” Walker, 82, of Victor, formerly of Main Street in Hornell, passed away Monday morning (June 19, 2017) at Rochester General Hospital after a 17-year battle with cancer.

Born in Hornell on May 18, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Verne and Doris (Clark) Paine. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her daughter, Patricia Kerwin on May 12, 2012 and her granddaughter, Courtney Walker.

A former resident of Almond, Jackie attended Alfred-Almond Central School when it first opened in 1940 and graduated from there in 1953. In 1958, she graduated from Fredonia State College where she majored in music education and then continued her education at Geneseo State College where she received a master’s degree in elementary education.

Jackie began her career as a teacher at the Navy School in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she taught sixth grade. She then taught music for one year in Hornell before teaching first grade at Alfred-Almond Central School for two years. For two years she taught fourth grade at the Bryant School in Hornell where she also taught reading for another two years. Before she retired from the Hornell City School District she taught second grade at the former Columbian School for one year and then taught first grade for another 17 years.

A resident of Hornell since 1960, she served as the choir director at the First Presbyterian Church and later at the United Presbyterian Church in Hornell where she was a very active member and directed the Community Christmas Cantata for four years, taught Sunday School and was a Church School Superintendent. Throughout the years she also served as an elder, organized the church public dinners and sang in the choir. Jackie was also active in the community and was at one time a Camp Fire Leader and was a member and past President of the Board of Directors of the Hornell Children’s Home.

She devoted her life to her family and especially enjoyed spending time with them playing card games, doing puzzles and traveling. She always went above and beyond in her role as a grandmother by being loving, proud, supportive and caring for her grandchildren when they were babies and later attended their concerts and sporting events. Jackie created a family legacy for everyone to carry on. She will also be remembered for being skilled at sewing, doing crafts and for being an amazing cook and an avid reader.

Her loving family includes her devoted husband of 61 years, Gerald “Jerry” Walker who she married at the Almond Union of Churches on June 24, 1956; her two daughters, Teri (Joseph) Mauro of Victor and Nancy Stewart (Robert Shephard) of Cobleskill; her two sons, John (Kathleen) Walker of Chandler, Ariz. and Brian (Bridget) Walker of Penfield; her son-in-law, Michael Kerwin of Manlius; her 13 grandchildren, James (Cassie) Mauro of Farmington, Jennifer (Timothy) Harris of Victor, Kathryn (Thomas) Zaccardo of Irondequoit, Michael Mauro and Matthew Mauro both of Victor, Daniel Marnell of Rochester, Christopher Marnell of Syracuse, Emily Stewart of Cobleskill, Quincy (Matthew) Biamonte and Jake Walker all of Tempe, Ariz. and Danielle Walker and Nicholas Walker both of Penfield; her two great-grandchildren, Teddy Mauro of Farmington and Conor Harris of Victor; her sister, Nancy Kallin of West Seneca; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Jacqueline (Paine) “Jackie” Walker.

Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday (June 23, 2017) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Relatives and friends are invited to meet the family in the sanctuary of the United Presbyterian Church, 150 Main St., Hornell where a funeral service will be held in her memory at 11 a.m. Saturday (June 24, 2017). Private interment will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either the United Presbyterian Church, 150 Main St., Hornell, the Hornell YMCA, 18 Center St., Hornell or to the Hornell Children’s Home, 233 Main St., Hornell, N.Y. 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

Online condolences or remembrances of Jackie are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.