Quarryland Quickie - News for QMC Members
Season 15, Celebrate!, our Ruby Anniversary
Issue #20 - QMC Quickie for 04/05: AIDS Walk + Chorus Connection
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. 
QMC at AIDS Walk 2016

Take Action!

  • AIDS Walk is this Friday, April 7, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., at 3rd & College! Join the QMC team for South Central Indiana AIDS Walk. Our team's goal is only $215 dollars away! Click here to sign up and pay the $25 registration fee to join our team or to donate; that amount goes toward our team fundraising goal. It also gives you the chance to do something great for our community and for those living with HIV in this part of the state. Soliciting donations from your friends is not required, neither is walking on the day of the event. But both go a long way toward a worthy goal. Your friends and family and coworkers are all looking for a way to help where it's needed and to do something locally uplifting. Please take part!
    • QMC is currently the top raising team once again while Jim Johnson and Robert Ping-Slater are the top two fundraisers.
    • More information from the website: Registration and check-in will open at 5:30pm and end at 7:30pm. The family festival will start at 5:30pm. The festival will feature games and many other family friendly activities. The walk will begin promptly at 8:00pm.
  • There's still time to volunteer for WFIU's Pledge Drive: Bloomington’s NPR-affiliated station, WFIU, is having its April 2017 Fund Drive from Thursday, April 6, through Wednesday, April 12. In the past, Quarryland volunteers have helped by signing up for a two to four-hour block to answer phones and take pledges when listeners call in their membership support. Click here for a sign-up page with the available dates and times and contact Luiz (see below) for more information.
  • If you are unable to attend rehearsal, contact the Chorus Manager, Luiz Lopes, via Facebook Messenger, email (lflopes@indiana.edu) or text (812-360-8508)! Please remember that if you contact someone else and they forget to let Luiz know, your absence will be marked as unexcused.

Performance and Fellowship Opportunities

  • 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. The next gathering will take place on April 9.

Performer's Corner

Past rehearsal notes, upcoming rehearsal prep, performance information (attire, call-time, performance order), rehearsal reminders.  Link to Chorus Connection.
  • Quarryland’s Board of Directors recently subscribed to Chorus Connection, a rapidly growing company that has developed “simple, easy-to-use choir management software.” The founder of Chorus Connection sings with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and his colleague formerly sang with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, so they are strong supporters of the GALA Chorus movement and they understand our needs. While Quarryland still uses Musetta for maintaining its database of donors and audience members, most Chorus members will no longer need to access Musetta for day-to-day Quarryland business. Instead, resources and information specific to chorus membership can be accessed by logging in to Chorus Connection at https://app.chorusconnection.com/qmc. Initially, all members should log in to complete their membership profile. Functionality includes:
    • Dashboard with upcoming events, useful links, and recent email messages
    • Member roster and contact information
    • Calendar, with subscription capability for downloading to Outlook or Google
    • Music files (look here for spring concert sound files)
    • File storage
    • Bulletin Board
    • Group Messaging
    • Attendance Tracking
    • Riser Charts
    • Dues payment (if we implement it)
    • Mobile device compatibility
    • Questions about Chorus Connection and its use may be directed to Jim Johnson at jafjohns@indiana.edu.
  • Memorization schedule by Barry Magee:
    • The following should have been memorized by now:
      • January (done): If You Only Knew, Our Number One Problem, The Second Song
      • March 13 (done): Dancing Through Life, The Sound of Silence
      • March 27: Birthday, Schoolyard, and Scholars from #twitterlieder
      • April 3: Celebration; Over the Rainbow; and OMG, Fiber, and Treasures from #twitterlieder
    • The following should be memorized by the dates indicated:
      • April 10: Rise of Sun, Big Night, Merry-Go-Round, and Auto-Correct from #twitterlieder
      • April 17: People of Light from #twitterlieder
  • Nic Newby prepared practice versions of Celebration, Dancing Through Life, Over the Rainbow, The Sound of Silence, and #twitterlieder. They are available for download in the shared Google drive linked here.
    • Notes by Nic:
      • If you have any problems accessing the files, please contact me and I will make sure you get them.
      • Also: some people find it easier to learn their part with a piano playing the vocal part rather than a voice sound (usually for rhythmic reasons). Let me know if you are one of those people and I will find a way to make it work for you.
      • You should be able to pan your stereo all the way to the right and hear only your part and all the way to the left to hear only everyone else's parts and all the way to the center to hear all parts.
  • Notes by Mitch Serslev:
    • Did you know there are [3] regular rehearsals until our concert? You can't afford to miss one more.
    • QMC will continue to rehearse after our spring concert and through the month of May, as our 15th season doesn't end until we've performed for the Spencer Pride Festival on June 3, 2017!
  • Assigned solor for #twitterlieder will be announced as soon as possible.

Member and Alumni Milestones

  • April Birthdays
    • 2nd - Rex Hinkle
    • 8th - Rick Armstrong

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.


  • Monday, April 3 | 7-10pm
    • Extra time rehearsal
  • Friday, April 28 | 7-10pm
    • Dress Rehearsal
  • Saturday, April 29 | Call 6pm
    • Performance for QMC Spring Concert, Celebration
    • First United Church
    • Performance is at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 30 | Call 2pm
    • Performance for QMC Spring Concert, Celebration
    • First United Church
    • Performance is at 3pm
  • Saturday, June 3 (Please note corrected date!) | Performance Time TBD NEW!!!
    • Spencer Pride
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