Season 8

Tuesday August 11, 2009 - The Chorus begins rehearsal at a new location: First United Church. After years of generous support from the Unitarian Universalist Church, Quarryland moves to a new home that offers a dedicated choir room for rehearsal. Church staff and members provide a welcome reception following rehearsal.

Wednesday September 9, 2009 - The Chorus wins the Fox59 TV “Summer of Glee” competition. Based on a DVD submission from Board member Chris Alford, the chorus was selected based on most creative performance, best singing, and best display of group’s talent. Winnings included a “Glee Prize Pack” and a 20-second spot featuring the Chorus aired during the primetime season premiere of of the new Fox comedy Glee!

Wednesday September 9, 2009 - The first official Quarryland email newsletter is distributed, announcing our selection as “Summer of Glee” contest winners, an open house, upcoming performances, and our new rehearsal home.

Tuesday September 15, 2009 - Members and guests pack the new rehearsal room for the fall open house rehearsal and reception.

Sunday September 27, 2009 - With 22 singers, the Chorus performs for the Sunday service at First United Church. This date marks the one-year anniversary of the congregation becoming an open, welcoming, and affirming congregation. Later that day, the Board met for a retreat at the home of member Rex Hinkle.

Saturday October 3, 2009 - The chorus conducts it’s second all-chorus retreat, traveling for the first time to Brown County to the Waycross Retreat Center. Members worked on technique, learned more about the work of the Board, and discussed what it means to be a GALA chorus. The group spent some concentrated time on several pieces for the upcoming performance, and met guest conductor Mary Goetze. Dr. Goetze introduced a Zimbabwean song to the chorus without the use of written music, which presented a new and interesting challenge to some of the members. During lunch, members got to know each other better, including some of our formative musical experiences.

Sunday October 11, 2009 - The chorus joins a number of other performers, speakers, and community agencies on the lawn of the Monroe County Courthouse for an event entitled “Stand Up, Speak Out, Celebrate Self: National LGBTQ Coming Out Day & Equality March.” The event corresponded with the National Equality March in Washington, DC. The chorus performed several moving numbers for the gathered crowd, although a few chorus members missed the performance to travel to Washington.

Tuesday October 27, 2009 - The Chorus is featured on WFIU’s weekly radio program Artworks. Reporter Annie Corrigan does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the organization. The podcast can be found on WFIU’s website.

Sunday December 6, 2009 - Drawing its largest audience to date – approximately 235 – to a new venue, the chorus presents its fall concert “I Still Believe” at First United Church. With twenty-two singers on stage, the chorus performs holiday music from a variety of cultures including a set of Appalachian Carols and a Shona sacred song from Zimbabwe.Mary Goetze served as guest conductor for the concert, while Mitch Serslev and Jonathan Shields also conducted pieces. The concert was taped by Community Access Television Services and aired the week of December 14. Our 2007 concert “Home for the Holidays” had been re-broadcast earlier in the month.

Tuesday December 15, 2009 -  Doug Bauder hosts a pot-luck dinner in his home for the chorus and friends of the chorus. Several members stayed late to watch the concert on DVD.

Saturday January 30, 2010 - The Chorus kicks off the closing evening of the 7th annual  PRIDE Film Festival, once again setting new standards for performance. The audience raved about the production, with several members moved to tears by an a cappella rendition of “Everything Possible” by Fred Small featuring soloists Jonathan Shields and Jurion Jaffe. The follow-up performance of Eric Lane Barnes’s “Hello, Hello!” effectively lightened the mood and demonstrated the group’s versatility.

Tuesday February 2, 2010 - The chorus hosts an open house to kick of its spring concert season. Eight guests visited for rehearsal and a reception.

Sunday February 14, 2010 - The chorus teams up with the choir of the First United Church to provide music for the church’s service on Evolution Sunday, featuring a sermon by guest speaker Bishop John Shelby Spong. Each chorus performed a piece on its own, but the groups joined together on a SATB arrangement of “Creating God” with organ accompaniment.

Saturday February 27, 2010 - The Chorus gathers at First United Church for a day-long retreat. Board member Donovan Walling and FUC board member (and Quarryland Founder) Sam Troxal prepared a wonderful breakfast for the group. After an overview of the recent work of the chorus Board and committees, we had a discussion about our plans to attend the 2012 GALA Choruses Festival in Denver, CO. A guest PhD voice student led us through some breathing exercises and vocal warm-ups before we broke into sectional rehearsals. Following lunch, we made some great progress on our Al Cobine music for the spring concert.

Friday March 5, 2010 - The Chorus lends its talent to a School of Education student production, a staged reading of The Laramie Project, in the IU School of Education Atrium.

Tuesday March 16, 2010 - The Chorus serenades one of our supporters, and other residents, at Jill’s House, An audience member at our winter concert, the winner of our serenade giveaway was staying at Jill’s House during treatment at the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute. The chorus continued its regular rehearsal at Jill’s House that evening.

Tuesday April 6, 2010 - In a reception at the Indiana Memorial Union Federal Room, the IU Commission on Multicultural Understanding honors the Chorus with its 2010 Community Member Award, recognizing actions that have significantly contributed to improving campus climate and promoting understanding regarding a wide range of diversity issues. Past COMU Award recipients include Chorus members Doug Bauder, Peter Burkholder, Pamela Freeman, Barry Magee, Nicholas Mitchaner, and Jonathan Rossing.

Sunday April 18, 2010 - The Chorus, numbering 18 singers, presents its spring concert, A Choral Tribute to Al Cobine, at First United Church to an audience of about 200. With the entire immediate Cobine family in attendance, the chorus presented a diverse program of pieces arranged for men’s chorus by Bloomington legend Al Cobine. The concert featured appearances by Janiece Jaffe, Rebecca Keith, and Mike Lucas with the Al Cobine Septet. A portion of the proceeds were donated to the WFIU Al Cobine Recognition Fund.

Tuesday April 20, 2010 - The Chorus holds its seventh Annual Meeting before rehearsal. Following officer and committee reports, the chorus elects three new board members. New to the board are Jonathon Shields, Ricardo Sierra, and a new non-singing member, Shawn Conner. Kathy Sideli becomes Board President and Eric Metzler becomes past-president, while Rex Hinkle and Donovan Walling continue their service on the Board. Retiring board members Chris Alford and Sharon Wailes are thanked for their service.

Saturday May 1, 2010 - In its first ever performance outside of Monroe County, the Chorus travels to Spencer for the cornerstone rededication Centennial Celebration at the Owen County Courthouse. The group sang during the evening’s Formal Ball for a very appreciative audience in period costumes. Several of the audience members even danced to our Al Cobine arrangements.

Tuesday May 4, 2010 - The Chorus celebrates the end of another successful season with a pitch-in dinner with friends and family at the home of chorus member Rob Ping. Some people enjoyed the trampoline while others played croquet and volleyball.