Good morning ALL! I’m sure you have seen the announcement concerning the first step in our improved NHB Business Plan, the changeover to an independent mailing address. As announced yesterday, all of our business mail must be sent to our independent address which is : NEW HORIZONS of SUMMIT AND STARK COUNTIES, INC.PO BOX 5394 FAIRLAWN, OH 44334. We have made arrangements with the Post Office to receive continuous delivery of all mail posted last month and continuing into March that was received at the old address. It simply will be forwarded to our new address. I have a list of all Fee Payment received and you will be able to contact me personally or by phone, text, email or Carrier Pigeon if you have concerns or simply want to make sure that your fee payment is listed. Please do not try to make a Membership Payment in person at the store. If you already have made a payment in person, please check in with me as they have been forwarded to me as well. The completely NEW PLAN will be explained at our March 14th ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING. I’m sure that you will be happy to learn that do to the good work of your BOARD OF DIRECTORS, our Membership Fee plan has been simplified and greatly improved!
MAKE PLANS NOW TO ATTEND THE MARCH 14TH ANNUAL MEETING IN PERSON OR ON ZOOM. THANK YOU FOR BEING AN ACTIVE PART OF THIS GROWTH STEP IN OUR BAND OF HAPPY MUSICIANS! EACH OF YOU IS IMPORTANT! PARTY ON!!!
Good evening! I’m sure that all of you are as anxious as I am to get back to making music together. Last evening our Board of Directors made a very conscientious and well thought out decision to recreate a schedule for this Spring that will keep us all moving musically forward while being safe with respect to each other’s health. I’ve spent most of the day reworking this Schedule and am waiting for approval of some of the necessary changes that I’ve made. I expect to be able to post the completed and approved schedule on Saturday. In the meantime, I’m posting this evening the major changes and points so that you can make plains and adjustments to your personal calendar.
2022 NHB OF S.&S. COUNTIES PROGRESSIVE COVID AWARENESS SCHEDULE
1.Rehearsals and Classes will not start until Monday January 17, M.L.K. Day and all classes and rehearsals will be Zoomed so that all members can choose to participate virtually or in person.
2. All new equipment and software will be purchased, installed and tested before January 17th and ALL LIVE classes will be held at the F.E.C. and MAPS facilities.
3. Two new Teaching Members have been interviewed and added to our teaching staff, allowing us to begin with the focus on small group teaching and learning.
4. The schedule is progressive because as the covid spike begins to dissipate the schedule begins to return to a mix of small groups growing into larger ensembles. The main point is that we will be starting the schedule with fewer members in the building at the same time.
5. You will all be working on five new Full Ensemble Selections, Technique by Instrument Families, Small Group and Solo Recital Selections and much more!
6. The schedule will change and grow as the health issue allows for the SAVETY OF ALL MEMBERS. We anticipate these changes to be made monthly and will continue to be organized in the Monthly rotation of A and B weeks.
7. New Music will be passed out by drive by pick -up on posted Monday or Thursday evenings at the F.E.C.
8. Your Board continues to expect that you cooperate by observing all vaccination, boosters, distancing and mask wearing practices and recommendations which will be posted on our webpage.
Hello New Horizons of Summit and Stark Counties! Just a few words of thanks, instruction and information. 2021 was such an exciting year! I really feel that we all worked together creating some of the best performances of our history and without a doubt have enjoyed a huge musical growth. Thank you not only for your dedication, cooperation, commitment, and generosity but more importantly for your desire to grow!
I am very excited about kicking off 2022! Or Spring rehearsal schedule will be posted next week and will contain some very important changes and reorganization designed to offer more small group and sectional rehearsal opportunities. We will continue to rehearse and perform as one large string/ wind/ percussion ensemble as well. Our schedule will begin on Monday January 10th at the First Evangelical Church. Call a friend or former member and invite them back! You have an entire week to warm up and get your parts for “Evil Ways” and “Low Rider” down. That way we can sight read some other new FUN Charts as well!
We are working very hard to improve our Virtual program so that we can continue providing play along options for our classes and rehearsals. Our Board of Directors is presently reviewing our “Safe Health Guidelines” and will post our update of regulatory changes before January 10th here on our webpage. As in the past your cooperation and commitment to the health of all our members is paramount to our success. If you are a wind player, please try to practice with a mask that you have sliced so that you can play with a mask on. It may look silly and be harder to do but, in the end, it may help control and improve your ability to combat this virus. I truly believe that the shots and boosters will continue to prove to be our best defense. Together we can continue to commit to the safety practices that allow us to make music live and, in the moment, as it has always been intended to be.
Sandy Bee Lynn and Andy Rosenberg – Viola Duet Good King Wenceslas
Dennis Zerby – Oboe In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Orientation Cello Trio Anne Lazzerini, Jaime Madrigal, Debbie Huebeck Jolly Old St. Nicholas Up on the Housetop
Kathy Jesser – Trombone Birthday of a King
Kathy Jesser and Connie Stinnett – Trombone and Cello Duet O Little Town of Bethlehem
Connie Stinnett and Marilyn Katzmark – Cello and Violin Duet Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
John Rasinski – Tenor Saxophone Tonight in Bethlehem
Novice Ensemble Sandy Boyes, Art Hensler, Marilyn Katzmark, and Carlos Miller, Violins Donna Mullins and Connie Stinnett, Violas Debbie Huebeck, Valerie DiNarda, Cello Jaime Madrigal, Bass Kahn Lee, Trumpet Frosty the Snowman Holly Jolly Christmas
I’m sure that you all went home sharing the same feelings of accomplishment as I did! The audience understood the message that we spoke as an ensemble of MUCISIANS! Thank you for your courage and trust in me as we took another GIANT STEP in our growth. I appreciate your hard work and best efforts. I’m really looking forward to 2022!
Here are some informative notes on Thursday evenings RECITAL! Please arrive before 6:00 and find a seat in the Sanctuary. Unless you are performing in the recital you will not need your instrument. There will be no regular rehearsal. The recital will be very entertaining and last about one hour. Many of your friends will be performing as soloist or in small ensembles. A continuous “Holiday Trivia” game will be directed from the stage by our Host, Jaime. A grand prize will be awarded the highest scoring audience member.
At the conclusion of the recital, we will dismiss you by sections at which time you will proceed to our normal rehearsal area forming a line at the double doors. Please bring your copies of the following four Christmas Concert selections 1. Farandole, 2. Here Comes Santa Claus, 3. Do You Hear What I Here, 4. Charlie Brown. Simply place these masters in the appropriate box. Please stay in line as you cross the room to pick up your new parts for two new selections 1. Evil Ways and 2. Low Rider. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in getting this done quickly! Merry Christmas!