Season 7

Sunday June 15, 2008 - The Chorus provides music for Fathers Day services at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Selections range from Palestrina to Schubert, to barbershop.

Sunday June 22, 2008 - Founding member Doug Bauder is featured in an interview on WFIU’s “Profiles.” The interview includes a clip of the Chorus performing Fred Small’s “Everything’s Possible.”

Monday June 23, 2008 - The Board meets at Rachael’s Cafe with the anticipated new members of the Board. New members are expected to be Chris Alford, Sharon Wailes, Kim Fatten, and Rex Hinkle. Rex is tapped to complete the term of Robert Hasskamp, who resigned from the Board May 19. During this transitional meeting, the budget is approved and Barry Magee is reappointed as Director. His title is officially changed from Musical Director to Artistic Director. After five years as manager and president, Jim Johnson moves into the new position of past president, making way for the leadership of Eric Metzler as president. The appointment of other officers and volunteers is postponed until the following meeting. The following day, the Chorus secured a post office box as it’s official mailing address.

Tuesday July 22, 2008 - The Board meets at Rachael’s Cafe. Among other business, Rex Hinkle is appointed secretary, Chris Alford is appointed treasurer, and Sharon Wailes is appointed marketing chair.

Monday August 25, 2008 - The Board meets at Rachael’s Cafe. A new dues structure is implemented, in which the annual dues are split in half and tied to each concert.  All members are responsible for paying dues, although assistance remains available for those in need. Pending acceptance by each person, the following appointment were made: John Moore as membership chair, Doug Bauder as recruitment chair, Doug McKinney as listserv coordinator, Jim Johnson as historian and web site coordinator, and Chaz Nailor as social chair.

Saturday August 30, 2008 - The Chorus performs at the annual Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts.

Saturday October 11, 2008 - The Chorus performs to a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market on National Coming Out Day. A new member joins as a result of the performance.

Friday October 24, 2008 - Chorus social events take a dramatic turn, as a substantial group of chorus members, family, and friends attends a performance of Starrynight Productions‘ “Rocky Horror Show” featuring chorus member Robert Ping as Rocky.

Saturday October 25, 2008 - The chorus celebrates the recent marriage in California of member Scott Jackman and patron/fan David Fletcher, singing three pieces at a reception held at “The Loft” in downtown Bloomington.

Tuesday November 18, 2008 - A quartet performs at the finale meeting of the Indiana University dialogue program, CommonQuest 2008.

Monday December 1, 2008 - The Chorus performs at the Fountain Square Ballroom for the Bloomington World AIDS Day Ceremony of Celebration and Remembrance, sponsored by the Community Aids Action Group.

Sunday December 7, 2008 - The fall concert, To Friends & To Life, packs the Unitarian Universalist Church with close to 160 audience members to benefit Positive Link. $700 was raised for the agency, during a concert featuring 23 singers plus guest musicians. The set featured an AIDS Quilt section including a panel for Ryan White. The concert was taped by Community Access Television Services and aired beginning the week of December 15.

Monday January 19, 2009 - The chorus again contributes the the community’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance by singing at the IU Interfaith Service.

Saturday January 31, 2009 - The chorus makes its second appearance at Bloomington’s PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival. During the Saturday evening screening, the chorus performs a two piece set to entertain the audience during this sixth annual event at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Saturday February 7, 2009 - This chorus holds its first-ever all-chorus, day long retreat. During the event at First United Church, the chorus learned about proper breathing and singing technique, phonetics, and GALA Choruses. The members discussed personal goals for the year and the future direction of the chorus. During sectionals and full chorus rehearsals, the group made significant progress on music for the spring concert, including learning pronunciation for a French piece. Following the work session at the church, the chorus, including non-singing members, family, and friends, gathered at the home of Doug Bauder for a pitch-in dinner.

Sunday April 19, 2009 - The spring concert, Poets Weave: Heaven & Earth, draws a crowd of approximately 120 to a new venue, St. Thomas Lutheran Church. The concert featured 21 singers, accompanied at various times by four-hand piano, trumpet, bassoon, and clarinet. Artistic highlights included Eric Helmuth’s setting of Whitman’s “The Mystic Trumpeter,” and the second-ever public performance of Roland Martin’s setting of “Adamic Songs,” also by Whitman. Comic highlights included Jerry Garrison’s “(There Won’t Be) Bad Hair Days in Heaven” (with fantastic wigs), and the Monty Python favorite “Every Sperm is Sacred.” The concert was taped by Community Access Television Services and aired in May.

Sunday April 26, 2009 - The chorus and friends gather for a year-end cookout at Cascades Park. Enjoying near-perfect weather, attendees chatted, tossed water balloons, played Frisbee and croquet, and took rides in Rex’s Model “A.”

Tuesday May 5, 2009 - The Chorus holds its sixth Annual Meeting before rehearsal. Following officer reports, the chorus elects four people to the Board. Eric Metzler and Rex Hinkle are re-elected; newly elected board members are Kathy Sideli and founding chorus member Donovan Walling.

Friday May 8, 2009 - An octet of chorus members performs Robert Seeley’s “As If” during the Indiana University-Bloomington Baccalaureate Service. Quarryland accompanist Pam Freeman provided music throughout the service, which also featured solo performances by board member Sharon Wailes on Native American flute, and Assistant Director Ben Ellerin on voice.

Saturday May 16, 2009 - The chorus makes its annual appearance at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market. A chorus of twelve sings to an appreciative audience, in spite of light rain.

Sunday June 21, 2009 - The chorus provides music for the Unitarian Universalist Church Summer Solstice services, on Father’s Day. While not all singers from the spring concert could participate, several new singers joined us and 18 men performed for an appreciative congregation. The chorus presented a modest donation to the church as a “thank you” for the use of rehearsal and performance space. This was the final performance for Assistant Director Ben Ellerin, who had been working with the chorus since spring 2006.