Message to Membership – November 17, 2022

Message from the Music Director…
Dear Chorale,

With five rehearsals under our belt, I continue to be very pleased with the work we are doing in preparation for our first “Messiah“ in four years! I do want to reiterate an important concept/detail that I have mentioned often in our rehearsals: write down as much information as you can in your scores about what to do, especially as it relates to anything new. I have always found it a good practice not to simply rely on my memory in order to sing certain passages in a specific way, but rather, to utilize written clues/hieroglyphics to remind me in the moment about what is needed. 

For our 11/28 rehearsal we will be running everything. This is to ensure that when Maestro Bjaland joins us on 12/5 we will be able to get through everything as well.

As we enter a Thanksgiving break (or as I like to think of it… our “bye week“), I just want to say how thankful I am for all of you, the work you are putting, and the privilege it is for me to stand in front of you. Have a restful week off!

Jack Anthony Pott
Message from the President… 
Dear Hartford Chorale,

My family and I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am thankful that we are able to sing together again, a gift we can no longer take for granted. When I heard the Hallelujah chorus, I couldn’t help think of how lucky we are that we get to do what we do.
Many thanks to those who’ve signed up for busses. The Waterbury Symphony would greatly appreciate us being bussed, especially to Litchfield. The parking situation there is quite inadequate and we want to leave whatever little there is for our audience.

Thank you for all your good cheer and incredible spirit. Have a wonderful and safe week. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday, 11/28!

Message from the Executive Director… 
Dear Hartford Chorale, 
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday next week! Please rest and enjoy your time off. 
Please be reminded to sign up for the Messiah bus by tomorrow, Friday, November 18th. Please sign up HERE, once you add your name to the list, it will save automatically. 
      Transportation Information
            Price: Estimated $15 per person, per day.
            Pick Up: Pick Up will be in a commuter lot off ofI-84, Fienemann                      Rd. (Exit 37). The address is: 16 Batterson Park Rd, Farmington,                      CT 06032 at 1:00 pm (both days). 
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach it. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! I look forward to seeing you at rehearsal on 11/28!
Message from the Development Committee… 

From the Development Committee – Did you know each year Hartford Chorale receives more than $200.00 in donations from Amazon Smile because of members who set their Amazon Smile charity to Hartford Chorale?  Holiday season shopping is upon us, and Amazon will donate .5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Hartford Chorale.  It’s easy to do – just remember to shop using Amazon Smile and set your charity to Hartford Chorale, Inc. Use the link below or follow the instructions to learn how to sign up for Amazon Smile! It’s available on your phone too.


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How to activate AmazonSmile on your iPhone or Android

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app
  2. Navigate to the main menu ()
  3. Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  4. Select your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  5. Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for the charity you have selected.

Joan Hultquist