February 27th, 2004

Doctor Who: 10 - blue smirk look

Retreat

Whoa they got Internet connection here.. (okay it costs 10 bucks an hour.....but.... eh-heh) and okay it IS way past midnight and I *AM* supposted to be asleep..but I'm not... dont' want to wake up my roomie for the night... and I don't really feel like sleeping...

we had fun! did some singing.. some dancing.. some eatin'... some talkin'... some singing.. some excercises for the voice and all... fun! then we got together and had dinner.. after that did some more fun stuff and then had 'play time' which is where we just got around tables and had drinks and talked..... at about 11PM people started turning in.... until there were about four of us ( two leads and a bass)...we went to the bar upstairs to play a little pool....ended up singing onstage ... was hilarious...I'm a party animal according to the other 3 people who I was with.. Mwahahah! (not in a bad way mind you!!!)

I don't wanna wake up me roomie!!! and no I'm not drunk!!! I can still spell properly... I've only had a half a pint of a Foster's.... (darned bar, no simple thing as water!!! OY) I think coffee and beer isn't a good combo.. d'oh!

~Jessie
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Doctor Who: 10 - blue smirk look

DHC Retreat

Back from the retreat.... fun time! very useful too....wouldn't mind if it was more often than just once a year; but alas.... chorus can't afford more than just once a year!

Here's the Schedule of Events for Dubai Harmony Chorus Retreat

Thursday, 26th Feb: AL JAZIRA RESORT

Morning for early bird arrivals – setup, etc.
13:00 – 14:00
Registration and check-In – In Main Lobby
14:00 – 15:00
IN GHANTOOT: Getting to Know You – Jane Whiteside and Edith van der Deen
15:00 – 16:00
In Al Ain Room: Make-up for newcomers (those who haven’t had the class yet and those who need a refresher course) with Jane Dales
In Baniyas Room: Star Group Leader Training with Ase Hagerman
In Ghantoot: Achieving Vocal Energy and Excitement with Michelle Todd (for those longer term members who know the makeup routine and aren’t Star Group Leaders)
16:00 – 16:15
Wee Break
16:15 – 17:45
In Ghantoot: Elements for everyone with Ase Hagerman
17:45 – 18:30
Get Settled in Rooms and other fun stuff
18:30-19:30
Dinner on the Terrace (bring a warm wrap?)
19:30 – 20:15
In Ghantoot: Awesomely inspiring presentation by Julie Meer - Need Snappy Title
20:15 – 21:45
The Rhythm of Life and How It Affects our Music or something to that effect with Ase Hagerman
21:45 – 22:00
Play time (JOKE – maybe we could stay out a little longer than that!)
FRIDAY
07:00
Breakfast
08:30 – 09:00
In Ghantoot: Edith – Focus Group for Music In Morning Admin details from Kathy
09:00 – 10:30
In Ghantoot: Baris and Tenors with Michelle for Vowels, Tonal Focus and Troubleshooting
09:00 – 09:45
In Baniyas: Singing Your Part for Basses with Ase
In Al Ain Room: Learning Your Music for Leads with Phyllis (topic not quite certain)
09:45 – 10:30
In Baniyas: Singing Your Part for Leads with Ase
In Al Ain Room: Learning Your Music for Basses with Phyllis
10:30 – 10:45
Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:15
In Ghantoot: Basses and Leads with Michelle for Vowels, Tonal Focus and Troubleshooting
10:45 – 11:30
In Baniyas: Singing Your Part for Baris with Ase
In Al Ain: Learning Your Music for Tenors with Phyllis
11:30 – 12:15
In Baniyas: Singing Your Part for Tenors with Ase
In Al Ain: Learning Your Music for Baris with Phyllis
12:15 – 13:30
Lunch Then Check-out - We’d like late checkout for the faculty and organizers, please.
13:30 – 14:15
In Ghantoot: Choreo with Laurel
14:15 – 15:15
In Ghantoot: Colour and Characterization with Michelle
15:15 – 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:45
Putting It All Together with Ase
16:45
Thank you and Farewell

As you can see, didn't get much of 'break' and free time to read a book and such.... and I went to bed at 5 AM and woke up at 6:30.... didn't look tired at all when I woke up and during the day!!! weirdo'