Friday, June 22, 2012

Let's all dance and sing

I love Matt Harding's videos. Here's his new one...

Isn't he fantastic?

A Little Choral Humor :)


Q: What's the dictionary definition of "tenor"?
A: Any baritone who joins a choir that doesn't already have enough tenors.

Q: How many altos does it take to change a light bulb?
A: All of them. One to change the bulb, and the rest to complain about how high it is.

Q: How many sopranos does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one. She holds it up, and the world revolves around her.

Q: How many tenors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: They can't, because "It's too high!"

Q: How many basses does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None. They think it's more macho to walk in the dark and bang their shins.

Q: How many choral conductors does it take to change a light bulb?
A: No one one's looking!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Economic Impact

We're doing our part for the local economy! Each season we support music stores, print shops, Ballard restaurants and bars, piano tuners, the church that rents us our performance space, the NW Senior Center and many, many other local businesses. Join us at our next concert and keep things growing in Seattle!

Email from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs...

Dear Colleague:

The nonprofit arts and culture industry in Seattle generates almost half a billion dollars in annual economic activity—$272 million by the city's nonprofit arts organizations in addition to $175 million in event-related expenditures by their audiences.

This is according to
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences recently released by Americans for the Arts.
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Here are the Seattle highlights:
  • $447.6 million in annual economic activity
  • 10,807 full-time equivalent jobs
  • $248.2 million in household income
  • $38.2 million in local and state government revenues
The study's numbers help us tell the important story: The arts mean business in Seattle. And the arts give back. They are one of the few public investments that result in cultural, social and economic good.

This study could not have been completed without the data collected from the 50 nonprofit arts and culture organizations (listed below) and their nearly 1,400 audience members who took the time to complete surveys. And based on the level of participation, Seattle's economic figures should be considered conservative.

If you are interested in estimating the economic impact of your nonprofit arts and culture organization on the local economy, Americans for the Arts has a simple
calculator on its website where you can also learn more about the study's national findings.

Seattle's nonprofit arts sector is an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and attracts cultural tourism. In the coming months, I will be out in the community telling the story behind these numbers. I hope you will join me in sharing this study and its results as a powerful tool to advocate for increased public and private investment in the arts.

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A special thank you on behalf of the city and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs to our
survey participants:

5th Avenue Theatre Association

Nature Consortium

Seattle International Film Festival

826 Seattle

Nordic Heritage Museum Foundation

Seattle Opera

A Contemporary Theatre, Inc

Northwest African American Museum

Seattle Public Theater

Artist Trust
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Northwest Girlchoir
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Arts Corps
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On the Boards
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Seattle Shakespeare Company
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Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
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One Reel
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Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
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Sci Fi Museum & HOF
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Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers
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Seattle Theatre Group
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Floating Bridge Press
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Pacific Northwest Ballet
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Freehold Theatre Studio Lab
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Pratt Fine Arts Center
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Space City/Suyama Space
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Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
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The Early Music Guild of Seattle
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Henry Art Gallery
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Rain City Symphony
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The Esoterics
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Historic Seattle
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School of Acrobatics &
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Town Hall Association
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Lake Union Civic Orchestra
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Seattle Art Museum
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UW World Series at Meany Hall
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Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
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Seattle Children's Theatre Association
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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Macha Monkey Productions

Seattle Classic Guitar Society

Wing-It Productions

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

Seattle Girls' Choir

Youth in Focus

Music Center of the Northwest

Seattle International
Children's Festival

Friday, June 1, 2012

New season, new music!

Welcome to June! Our spring concerts are over and it's time for a new season at the Market Street Singers. Did you know that we're one of the few choral groups in Seattle that keeps singing through the summer? It's a great time to come check us out if you've been considering joining us. We keep things light and breezy in the summer with a lighter music selection. This season we'll be entertaining ourselves (and our audiences, we hope!) with musical theater. We'll be singing a selection of pieces from Gilbert and Sullivan and Lerner and Loewe.

We start rehearsals for our new season this Tuesday, June 5th. Can't wait to see what Chris V has picked out for us. They Call the Wind Maria? Get Me to the Church on Time? If Ever I Would Leave You? We Sail the Ocean Blue? Three Little Maids from School Are We? The possibilities are nearly endless!