Quarryland Quickie - News for QMC Members
Season 15, Celebrate!, our Ruby Anniversary
Issue #8 for
November 7, 2016
A positive performance-based community for gay/bisexual men/transmen and their allies in South Central Indiana.  We foster talent, fellowship, pride, and understanding through excellence in vocal music.  Founded in 2002. 

Take Action!

Polls, sign-up sheets, and items which require your action.

  • Click on the doodle poll below  to sign-up to sing and answer questions at Edgewood High School - QMC Outreach begins!
  • Let Robert know if you will not be able to attend any or all of Retreat (Dec 3, 9am-6pm [party at Rob/Tom's house after], Dec 4, 9am-4pm)  in Bloomington.  If you would like to stay at Rob/Tom's house Saturday night - let him know that as well.  You can just reply to this email.
  • November Board Meeting is Saturday, November 5th, 10am-Noon at First United Church - all are welcome.  Board members, please be prepared!  Send any agenda items to Robert asap.  Board folder on musetta.
  • If you are unable to attend rehearsal, contact the Chorus Manager, Luiz Lopes, via FB, email (lflopes@indiana.edu) or text (812-360-8508)!

Performance and Fellowship Opportunities

  • Amy Osajima of the IU Theatre has invited us to attend dress rehearsal for Jesus Christ Superstar for FREE!  Just wear your QMC shirt (it is your ticket) and be at the Ruth N. Halls Theatre, 275 N. Jordan, Bloomington, IN, before 7:30pm on Thursday, November 3, 2016.
    Afterward, plan to attend a special Thursday addition of Monsieur in the Root Cellar of FARM (see below).
  • Michael Grubb is working on outreach opportunities to local schools and youth groups.  Our first opportunity to reach out is to Edgewood High School, 601 S. Edgewood Dr., Ellettsville, IN.  Please fill out the doodle poll here to let us know the best date.
  • Doug McKinney and Peter Burkholder (QMC alums) organize the monthly Bloomington Gay Men's Fellowship.  If you'd like to be placed on their mailing list contact Doug McKinney <pdmckinn@indiana.edu>.
  • There is a speakeasy-style party for gay men, their friends, allies, and other aesthetes (no cover, no requests) organized by Aaron Tilford at the Root Cellar (basement of FARM on Kirkwood Ave by BLU Boy and Buskirk-Chumley Theater) called Monsieur.  Every week on Sunday, 8pm-Midnight.

Performer's Corner

Past rehearsal notes, upcoming rehearsal prep, performance information (attire, call-time, performance order), rehearsal reminders.  Link to musetta.
  • Santa Monica and Grinch should both be memorized by Monday - our next rehearsal!
  • Most current note from Barry:
    • Fellow Music Makers:  Thanks for the extra time and good work on Monday night.  We made some progress on notes, dynamics, and prepping for memorization. We also talked about breath support and consonants we frequently get caught up on like “l” and “r” and “ng.” Add that to the way you take quick, rhythmic breaths from the week before and we should be on the way to an even better sound. These things of course need you to practice them on your own.
      • Please review what we learned yesterday as quickly as possible. This helps to solidify the learning – cramming the hour before rehearse will not work.
      • Next Monday you are responsible for having “You’re a Mean Once Mr. Grinch” memorized as you will start working on choralography.
      • You should also be ready to do most of “Chanukah in Santa Monica” off book.
      • Please continue your work on all of the music but for this next week we will concentrate on:
        • “I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus”
        • “Stargazing.”
        • “Sure on this Shining Night” There are many recordings of this piece out there so please use the musetta file for your notes and then listen to other groups singing the song.
    • P.S. I will be out of town at a conference so Mitch will be leading the rehearsal.
  • Past notes from Barry: 
    • 10/11 We learned and reiterated some important things on Monday night including preparatory breaths.
      • We found some though spots on Monday that we now know require some more attention. I include myself in that as there are certainly some places I need to direct better. We all have some bad nights and last night was mind, thanks for sticking with me.
      • Music recording are available for several of the songs at this point. Please give them a listen to help you practice. If you can’t figure out how to use Musetta or the recordings, email Jim Johnson.
      • This coming week is a long rehearsal – please be on time so that we can take full advantage of the time. Here are things to work on for next week:
        • “Festival Gloria” on Monday we ran the entire piece so now you should have a good idea what you need to work on your own.
        • “Sure On This Shining Night” we will spend some quality time on this so be prepared
        • “Oseh Shalom” this is a tough piece but it’s coming along; we will spend some quality time with this piece
        • “Chanukah in Santa Monica” check some note and rhythms; start memorizing
        • “You’re a Mean One” be prepared to sing the entire piece from memory
        • “Silver Bells” we will work from the beginning
    • 10/4 Thanks for the hard work on Monday night. We have made some good progress
      and with some individual and group efforts we are ready for some large
      steps forward. Your individual work makes all the difference.
      • This week please review the work we¹ve done with particular focus on "Festival
      • This next week we will work on "Oseh Shalom," "Chanukah In Santa Monica," and continue work on "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus."
      • We will also be reviewing our work on "Sure On This Shining Night."
      • Have a great week and I hope to see you ALL on Monday!
    • 9/22 Hey folks. Thank you for a great rehearsal last Monday.
      • “There is Faint Music” Auditions will be Monday. If you are interested please find the music on Musetta https://qmc.musetta.org/folders/502 in the SINGERS-->2016 WINTER folder.
      • Hopefully you’ve taken my challenge to start looking at your music a little bit each day even if that’s only 10-20 minutes. You can review rhythms, read the words so that you get context and it makes memorization easier, you can sing the notes, or you can listen to a recording.
      • This week we will continue some work on those pieces but will focus a little on “Sure On This Shining Night,” from rehearsal D to the end; “I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus,” and “Silver Bells.”
      • Last week we focused on “Festival Gloria,” “Stargazing,” “Chanukah in Santa Monica,” and “Oseh Shalom.”
  • We're adding a new gig on Dec 1....see the calendar below!!!  As well as note the date for Cabernet and Cabaret!

Member and Alumni Milestones

  • November Birthdays
    • 1st - Michael Moore
    • 6th - Brian Towell
    • 9th - Jamie Blackwell
    • 17th - Connie Cook Glen
    • 22nd - Owen Hand and Ron Johnson
    • 25th - Derick Logan
    • 26th - City Wyatt and Bryan Baptiste
    • 27th - QMC FOUNDER, Sam Troxal!

It Takes a Village

Helpful hints, words of encouragement, and notes from the Board - all geared toward the success of the chorus.  And the donate button is always wanting you to give it a go - or copy the URL and share it with a friend/colleague.
  • New season sponsor
    • Thanks to HONOR Realty, we have our first cash-paying season sponsor.  Thank you to QMC member Terry Michael for making this generous donation to the chorus!
  • Board Officers elected for 2016-2017
    • President - Robert Ping-Slater
    • VP/President Elect - Marion Krefeldt
    • Secretary - Eric Metzler
    • Treasurer - Jacob Wooden
  • August 2016 Approved Board Meeting Minutes
  • June 2016 Approved Board Meeting Minutes


  • Saturday, November 5 | 10am-Noon
    • November Board Meeting
    • First United Church
  • Monday, November 7 | 7:30-9:30pm
    • Rehearsal
  • Monday, November 14 | 7:30-9:30pm
    • Rehearsal
  • Monday, November 21 | 7:30-9:30pm
    • Rehearsal
  • Monday, November 28 | 7:30-9:30pm
    • Rehearsal
  • Wednesday, November 30 | 5:45pm call
    • Performance for full chorus for World AIDS Day of Remembrance
  • Thursday, December 1 | TBA
    • Performance in Indianapolis for World Aids Day
  • Saturday, December 3, 9am-6pm &
    Sunday, December 4, 9am-4pm
    • Retreat in Bloomington!
  • Monday, December 5 | 7:30-9:30pm
    • Rehearsal
  • Monday, December 12 | 7:30-9:30pm
    • Rehearsal
  • Friday, December 16 | 7-10pm
    • Dress/Tech Rehearsal
    • First United Church
  • Saturday, December 17 | Call 6pm
    • Performance for QMC Winter Concert, Traditions
    • First United Church
    • Performance is at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, December 18 | Call 2pm
    • Performance for QMC Winter Concert, Traditions
    • First United Church
    • Performance is at 3pm
  • Monday, January 2
    • Rehearsals resume
  • Monday, January 9 | 6-10pm
    • QMC Spring Auditions and Rehearsal
    • Member Recruitment and Rehearsal
    • Auditions:  6-7:30pm and 9:30-10pm
    • Rehearsal: 7:30-9:30pm
    • First United Church Music Room
  • Jan 26-28
    • Performances for IU GLBTAA Reception and Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival
  • Friday, March 3 | 7-9pm  NEW!!!
    • 2nd Annual Cabaret and Cabernet
    • Oliver Winery
  • Saturday, April 29 | Call 6pm
    • Performance for QMC Spring Concert, Celebrate
    • First United Church
    • Performance is at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 30 | Call 2pm
    • Performance for QMC Spring Concert, Celebrate
    • First United Church
    • Performance is at 3pm
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