Friends of the Rockbridge Choral Society
  Vol.11                                                  ONLINE  ONLINE  ONLINE                                  May 2016    
Providing financial support since 1999 for The Rockbridge Choral Society and The Rockbridge Youth Chorale 

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Ending the Season on a High Note!

Kieth Spencer as Elijah
    On Sunday evening April 24th, the Rockbridge Choral Society and a stellar orchestra completed it's 2015-2016 season with Mendelssohn's  Elijah,  and the house was packed!  The Friends would especially like to congratulate our soloists - sopranos, Christine and Maggie Fairfield; alto, Toby Newman; tenor, Eric Hanson; and baritone, Keith Spencer, in the title role.  Our soloists did not disappoint; they looked and sounded superb!  We expect great things from Maggie, who follows in mom's (Christine's) footsteps.   As always, the Lenfest Center staff - John Lindberg and Graham Spice - did their efficient and reliable work to help the RCS pull it off without a hitch.  
    A couple of days later, on Tuesday, April 26, the Rockbridge Youth Chorale (RYC), directed by Lacey Lynch and Lori Parker, closed out our season with their spring concert held at the Lexington Presbyterian Church.  These kids never disappoint.  It was a fine program and well sung!  The Friends of the RCS is so happy to support the efforts of this group.  We are fortunate to be able to increase the stipends for our youth directors for the coming season and to be able to fund a paid intern to assist with the music education of our young singers.  The intern position will be filled through application from music education majors currently enrolled at W&L and Southern Virginia University.  We think this is an exciting addition to the youth choral experience.
    Great job all!  We can't wait until next season and preparations are under way even as this season comes to an end.  

Keith Spencer rehearses as Elijah.
The Ticket Man
     Elijah was a sell out, and in no small measure, this is due to the work of one of our many volunteers.  We are so fortunate to have the help of one of our singers, Rick Richter, who for many years has been our point man on ticket distribution and sales.  Rick and his wife Janie spend part of their year in Lexington and part in Michigan, and Rick sings in the bass section of both the RCS and the Chamber Singers.  
    In brief, ticket management involves proofing the ticket design before it goes to the printers and then distributing the tickets and keeping track of sales.  Ahead of the concert date, tickets are distributed to the chorus members who pre-sell tickets, and to the two retail locations in downtown Lexington which, for years, have graciously pre-sold tickets - McCorkle's Hallmark and Books & Company.   And, yes, Rick has a system to make it easy for the retail store sellers.  The week of a concert, Rick collects remaining unsold tickets and the sales proceeds and then makes ready to sell tickets at the door on concert night.  He has recruited volunteer ticket sellers who arrive early to sell tickets, and he makes sure the student volunteers at our W&L venues can check for tickets as they hand out programs.  Rick says that the most critical thing he does is tracking tickets out and tickets sold when we are performing in smaller venues like Wilson Hall at the Lenfest Center, where there are only 300 seats.  These concerts often sell out and there is over-flow in one of the adjacent rooms with video and sound, so keeping track of ticket count is crucial to make sure everyone who wants to attend can do so.
    After many years of faithful service in this most important role, Rick would like to turn the ticket system over to another volunteer(s) in the coming year, so if anyone is interested in apprenticing, please let Rick know.
    The Friends would like to thank all our volunteers who work tirelessly to foster the work of the RCS and the RYC.  Most come from the ranks of the RCS.  These folks organize ticket distribution and sales, stage assembly, advertising through local media, poster distribution, program layout and design, housing for out-of -town soloists and players when needed, organizing and keeping track of the music catalog for the singers, party organization, etc.  Yes, this is a long list of jobs.  Over the years, the current holders of these crucial positions have put together the efficient systems which allow our singers to do the most important job - learning and presenting great choral music.   Throughout the summer
Alla Breve On-Line will be profiling these volunteers and the jobs they do.  We hope some new folks will be inspired to join our volunteer ranks.  We could not do what we do without them.

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