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August, 2018

Hello CODA Singers!

I hope you have enjoyed your summer and have found various and creative ways to stay cool during these hot, hot summer months.   Fear not though, colder weather is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate the dipping temperatures than with Christmas music!

Our first fall rehearsal is on Tuesday, September 4th from 7-9pm at the Winthrop United Methodist Church, 58 Main St, Winthrop.

We will have a 6pm meet & greet on our first two rehearsals, Tuesdays Sept 4th & 11th, so come on over a little early to get yourself situated.

Our first month of rehearsal will be a little different this time around, instead of the first 2 rehearsals; we will be welcoming new choir members throughout the whole month of September. To be more inclusive to new members who may have not sung in a group for a long time or ever, we will alternate the sight-reading of new music with other singing activities instead of doing a huge sight-reading marathon on the first two days.

All of this so that the month of September becomes bring-a-friend-along-month to share in the joy of singing together! No strings attached: your friend or acquaintance can come by, check it out and decide sometime in September.    All voices are welcomed (especially Sopranos and Tenors!!), no auditions, previous choral experience or music-reading skills are not required, but are, of course, welcomed; and as always, I am available to advise and help singers with any questions or concerns they may have with their voice.

So to recap:

We start back on Tues. Sept. 4th.  Come as early as 6pm to meet everyone.

Bring a friend throughout the month of Sept.  Coerce, bribe, use your vast influence to bring as many friends as possible…no strings attached on them. J

This winter’s concert theme will be “Gathering for the Holidays to drive the cold winter away”.  We will sing old favorites such as White Christmas, There’s No place Like Home for the Holidays, In the bleak midwinter, and a few surprises as well!   Our winter concert will be on Sat. Dec 8th, at Hope Baptist Church in Manchester.

I look forward seeing you at rehearsal soon!

  1. For the facebookers out there, please like CODA’s FB page if you haven’t already and share our back-to-rehearsal poster far and wide!  I’ve also attached the posters to this email – in color and b&w.    Please feel free to print them and post them at your local grocery store, library, ect…

All my best,

~ Joelle

Practice Videos

Masters in This Hall – Trad. English, arr. Harry Simeone

In the Bleak Midwinter –Christina Rosetti, arr.Harold Darke

Wassail Song –Trad. English, arr. Vaughan Von Williams

Et in Terra Pax from Gloria –Antonia Vivaldi

Joelle Solo

Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John Schickele – PDQ Bach

Why Can’t We Have Christmas the Whole Year Round – arr. Robert DeCormier


Snow from White Christmas – Irving Berlin,  arr. Mark Brymer

Deck the Halls –Trad. Welsh – Sing Along

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas–  Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin, arr. Chancellor Wyman –  Sing Along

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Sammy Cahn & Julie Styne, arr. Ed Lojeski – Sing Along

Take Care of this House from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – Leonard Bernstein, arr. Arnold Freed

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays -Al Stillman & Robert Allen, arr. Mark Hayes

White Christmas – Irving Berlin, arr. Roy Ringwald

Winter Wonderland – Dick Smith & Felix Bernard,  arr. Andy Beck

Hallelujah from MessiahGeorge Frideric Handel


Winthrop, Maine