Welcome to Renate's Baton. This blog is mostly for and about my choir, The York Region Community Choir.

But, While I'm holding the baton, I'm in charge. So, if I want to talk about other parts of my life, I will. :)

The choir itself is a community and I'm discovering that we have a lot in common with one another besides our love of music and singing.

When I go off on a tangent, there is always a crowd coming along. Join us!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Two Weeks To Go!

Hi Everyone,

Summer is almost over. The nights are getting cooler and my elder daughter went to school today for Registration Day, also called Welcome Back Day.

It's funny, there was a typo on the school website and it said Welcome Bank Day. That's an appropriate slip. It was mostly about paying fees today. $30 for the student card and agenda, $56 for the yearbook and DVD, other fees for Grade 9's. Soraya's going to be in Grade 10.

Tomorrow, my younger daughter, Victoria will go and see whose class she'll be in. It'll be posted on the door of her school. She's going into Grade 6.

And, tomorrow, Sapphire and I, with Steve's help, will be recording the accompaniments and parts! I'm very excited and nervous. We'd like to have CD's ready for September 12th. It's only 2 weeks away! I'm looking forward to hearing Sapphire play. She's so amazing. And, I'm curious to hear how the new music sounds. It looks really good.

I'm really looking forward to this new season. It's going to be great!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone come back and also to welcoming new people. It's always fun when new people start in September. We'll be sure to sing some of our best pieces to impress them and we'll start learning something new to show how we do it.

Two more weeks!

I'm excited.

Yours in harmony,


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Too busy for apps

Hello Everyone,

I get a email newsletter from 96.3, the classical radio station I like. Today, there was a cool article on iPhone and iPad apps for music lovers. I have to share it. Click here to link to it.

I still don't even have a cell phone, let alone an iPhone, but I can dream. I don't think I'd ever leave my room if I had all those amazing things to play with!

Yours in harmony,


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

YRCC Calendar

Hello there, Everyone!
I just discovered a relly neat tool: The Google Calendar.
I created a calendar for the choir and named it YRCC Calendar. We can put information about our concerts and our rehearsals here. Invitations to the concerts can be emailed from here. We'll have our resident tech person, Trix, get all the details and we'll make good use of this. The link below will take you to the calendar. We'll try to keep it up to date with useful information. We'll make it public so that you can access it anywhere.

<iframe src="https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=7bc9d2sphu4knvj0mpho2nm19k%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Toronto" style="border: 0" width="800" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Money and Happiness

Money, it is often said, does not bring happiness; it must be added, however, that it makes it possible to support unhappiness with exemplary fortitude. (Robertson Davies)

It’s a good thing I’m a happy person.

I wrote that quote down in the middle of reading rhe book. I actually stopped reading, put my bookmark in, and went and got paper and pen to write it down. It’s that good, isn’t it?

I’ve started reading Roberson Davies’ Salterton Trilogy. (Love Robertson Davies.) The first book is called Tempest Tost. It revolves around the production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a small community, Salterton.

My favourite character so far is the music director J

The music director is a happy guy with very little money.

Money would be nice. The alternative to money is dreaming.

When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping (Who said that first? The original get going version is attributed to JFK’s father.), but window shopping works too. Spending money is very satisfying, but not entirely necessary. Dreaming, visualizing is powerful too. 

We’re in the process of planning a Mini Choir Executive Field Trip. A trip to Ikea is taking shape. There’s a place to dream in! Walk around the “rooms” and imagine and wish and escape. And, there’s usually something inexpensive that you can buy for even more satisfaction.

Postive thinkers, and Olympic athletes, use Creative Visualization to create postive outcomes. They tell you to "go to your happy place" for pain control. What if that happy place is Ikea?  

We're going to go and dream and increase our happiness.

We'll let you know how it works.

Yours in harmony,