Christmas Caroling...

Lets go caroling!  I'll take any suggestions, but it would be nice to bring some holiday joy to a nursing home, or neighborhood somewhere out and about.  I will be gathering a few carols from my Madrigal past, and will hold a rehersal sometime soon on a week night.  All those interested in doing this will need to sign up for both the rehersal and for the actual event so we know what singing roles we have.  Some will be sung with harmony hopefully.

Possible songs-

We Wish you A Merry Christmas

Winter Wonderland

Silent Night

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Joy to the World

O Come All ye Faithful

O Holy Night

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

and more...

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  • Michael D

    It was nice to meet the newer members of the group, and glad everyone could make it out fo this. Thank you for making this a success!

    December 16, 2012

  • Carl

    Thanks for another great idea/event, Michael.

    December 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event with great people!

    December 16, 2012

  • Katey

    Waiting for Tom to get back from shopping, we will try and meet up with the group in Michaels neighborhood!

    December 16, 2012

  • Roxanna

    I am still sick, so I may not make it. Breathing hurts, soo... yeaaah.

    December 16, 2012

  • Michael D

    Wear layers everyone. It helps when going around in the cold. Also, here is a list of songs we will have words for: Away in a Manger, Christmas is Coming (Round), Deck the Halls, The First Noel, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, Holly Jolly Christmas, Jingle bells, Joy to the World, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Holy Night, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Silent Night, Twelve Days of Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, What Child is This?, and Winter Wonderland. Hopefully this list is met with some smiles. See you all soon!

    December 16, 2012

  • Michael D

    The idea is that we will be gathering at my house and singing a few songs together here at the house. The group will then go throughout this neighborhood to the houses that are lit (have lights on), and sing. One person will be the designated door knocker. I unfortunately will not be able to go around to the different houses with everyone, but ask that someone be willing to "take charge" of this portion of the event. There are a lot of houses in the area that have lights, so it should be easy to find people to sing to. I also believe it would be special to go around in a car pool to see some lights out of the neighborhood, and know of some very fun displays that are in the area.
    When you all return to the house we will have hot cocoa, marshmallows, and cookies waiting for eveyone to enjoy. Please contact me if you are willing to be the one to head up the singing group.

    December 16, 2012

  • Katey

    Where are we going tonight? what's the plan?

    December 16, 2012

  • Michael D

    Added an hour on to this so we do not have to rush. I'm still checking into a retirement community to see if they are interested in hosting us. If we cannot do an actual Caroling event, we will be able to have hot cocoa and sing along with the Christmas music provided. All in all we will be singing Christmas. As for those scared about reading music, I will be using lyric sheeets so that you will be able to simply sing the melody (part you know). One song we will be doin is Twelve Days of Christmas and I would like to sing it Muppet style (if you wish to sing a solo for this one, let me know). I'll probably take on the 5 Gold Rings part. LOL

    November 29, 2012

    • Roxanna

      I had to look that performance up!

      November 30, 2012

    • Andrew

      Michael, have you heard back from the retirement community? I wouldn't mind caroling if it was for other people!

      December 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome idea! Can't wait.

    December 10, 2012

  • Roxanna

    I am super crazy sick right now, and I know this event is a week off but if I don't show it's so that I don't infect everyone! Will be in touch closer to the actual day.

    December 10, 2012

  • Katey

    Also are we just going to walk around your neighborhood and sing? That sounds fun.

    November 21, 2012

  • Katey

    I haven't sight sung in a long time, so I'm happy with singing the ones I know, and the more obscure carols can be a little solo/small group performance where I stand to the side and smile. I just need a sheet with the words, since I only know the first verse of most songs!

    November 21, 2012

  • Roxanna

    Side note: if this is the type of gathering where people want sheet music, I may have a small stockpile I can copy.

    November 6, 2012

    • Jerri L.

      Maybe the sheet music can be uploaded to Google Drive wherin only people with the link can view it? I volunteer my account if the two of you don't have one; I would just need the pdfs emailed to me. Or I can pick them up and scan them in.

      November 7, 2012

    • Roxanna

      Not much of a sight reader, eh? I'm so-so myself.

      How hardcore is this going to be? Is anyone a decent sight reader? Or do we need a piano to pick out and play the parts?

      I can volunteer my place if people aren't confident they can find their notes without a piano to help, but I can't really play the parts well (sight reading!!). I think I've over-thought this. I should stop replying to things while at work.

      November 9, 2012

  • Kristen S.

    I'm starting to feel a little intimidated...sheet music? Four part harmony? Are shower singers with half-octave ranges such as myself also welcome and not just pro-am former chorus members? :/

    1 · November 9, 2012

    • Roxanna

      I'm in a choir, and half the members can't read music and a few of them a pros. It's totally okay! You'll be wonderful =)

      November 9, 2012

    • Roxanna

      PS: my secret is that I can't sing, either. Choirs are great for blending in ;-)

      1 · November 9, 2012

  • Kristen S.

    Never heard of Infant Holy, Infant Lowly. Did you make that up?

    Will look into group homes/institutions that would want Christmas carolers.

    November 6, 2012

    • Kristen S.

      I have left messages at the volunteer desk of the Northern Virginia Training Center, which is a residential facility in Fairfax/Burke for adults with intellectual disabilities. So far no answer, but I'll keep everyone posted.

      1 · November 9, 2012

    • Roxanna

      I will ask my piano teacher tomorrow what he suggests - I know he plays a bunch of places, and he'll know some elderly care facilities that may welcome singers.

      November 9, 2012

  • lita

    I love this idea -- looking forward to it!

    November 6, 2012

  • Andrew

    I can't sing, but I suppose I could lipsynch...

    November 6, 2012

    • Andrew

      Then I will attend. Also, you get a hug for that.

      November 6, 2012

    • Kristen S.

      Was that supposed to say "goofball"?

      November 6, 2012

  • Michael D

    Also if anyoe is around the following weekend and wants to sing, again at some point, let me know, and we'll continue our caroling at that point...

    November 6, 2012

    • Roxanna

      I would do it on non holiday seasons, I am that shameless.

      November 6, 2012

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