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!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Seniors' Home Visits: Performance and Sing-Along

Monday, December 7th: Roxborough
Monday, December 14th: Barton
Monday, December 21st: Mackenzie Place

There is a sign-up on the website. It's called Event Sign-up and you "register" for the event. They're all closed now. The seniors' homes don't usually have a lot of space so it's not possible for all of us to go. Some are especially small, like Mackenzie Place.

Tenors and Basses are always welcome, even when the event is "full". And, if a soprano or alto is desperate to come, just come. We can squish together. If there are 30 of us instead of 25, that's okay.

I post the order of songs on the website, but always be prepared to sing all of your music. Things change depending on who is there and who isn't. The sign-up helps, but it's cold season and bad-driving-conditions season, so you never really know until you get there.

The locations are listed on the website and on the calendar. Sometimes parking is an issue, so be patient and be prepared to walk a bit.

Be prepared to be hot. Wear white on top with your scarf or tie and black on the bottom, but it's okay to wear a shorter skirt or short-sleeved tops at seniors' homes. (Not for formal concerts!)

Try to make it to at least one of these performances! They are special, and very rewarding! You'll feel like a million bucks! The "performance" part is only about 7 of our songs and the rest is for singing  with the seniors. It's so much fun! Our songs are in top shape, and we are more relaxed, so we always sound great. The sing-alongs are the best!

Don't forget to come for the Pot-Luck Party on the 21st! Let's all get together to celebrate the end of our (hopefully successful) season, our 20th Christmas Season! After Mackenzie Place, we head over to the Admin Centre. If you're not singing with us at Mackenzie Place, just go straight to our room, and you can help set up :-)