I finally figured out how to publish postings from this blog and updates of our website to our Choir's Facebook page, rather than my own... Daaahhh! It took a while, as I'm but a novice user of Facebook. On the bright side though (the side I consciously choose to take of course), "Who said you can't teach old dogs new tricks!" In cleaning up my Facebook act, I established a new icon for our Facebook page. Hope you like it!
Based on 72 registered choirs in WA, assuming an average of say 35 singers per choir and extrapolating by population distribution, I came up with a target figure of at least 1/2 million singers throughout the main English speaking countries of the World.
If we can entice just 1% of the more positive ones to join ELM vc, we would have about 5000 members. WOW!
Writing out our web address so often was becoming tiresome, so I ordered some business cards for myself (we need to order some more for Roger and Diane... and other team members as required).
I came to the sudden realisation that our membership target was way too narrow. Here we were, focusing on the curative power of positive attitudes and life-styles in remediating degenerative health conditions. When all along, we were not recognising the potential for an even greater preventative impact on the lives of healthy people who are keen to avoid contracting a degenerative health condition in the first place. WOW!
The blinkers are OFF. Our doors are now open to all singers, trained and untrained, throughout the world!
The 'Each Living Moment virtual choir'
team are delighted to announce its official launch. It's been a busy and rewarding four month journey to this significant milestone.
"The doors of the Each Living Moment virtual choir are now OPEN! Come join us by registering as a singer or helper".
We will be recruiting singers until Jan 2013. This deadline matches the target date for distributing the practise and recording resources registered singers will use to perform the choral score 'Each Moment'. This score is being professionally arranged by Tim Cunniffe (Composer Arranger, Pianist) for the Choir's first performance.
We take this opportunity to thank all our professional supporters, especially:
Guy Boyce, General Manager - Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Dr Jonathon Welch AM at School of Hard Knocks Institute
We acknowledge our generous sponsors (the first two):
Bert and Angie Hayes of WA Pistachios (The Nuthouse).
Rick Grigsby, 3D Virtual World Artist
As original founder of the Choir, I personally thank my friends from the Churchlands Choral Society who participated in the Proof-of-Concept exercise, my friend and neighbour Roger Palmer, who came on board as a lyricist and ended up taking on far greater responsibilities. Thanks also to Roger's wife Diane, who has joined the team in a communications role. Finally, I express love and gratitude to my wife Sue, who has given me the space to pursue this vocation and keeps the home fires burning.
Roger and I gave our first public presentation of ELM vc to the Rotary International Pinjarra Club.
The main objective of the presentation was to ask if the Club would kindly help us get the word out about the existence of our Choir to their ~ 1.2 million members, a good number of whom may be living with a degenerative health condition. We also explored a number of other ways in which the Club could further assist us (e.g. seeking input from their members on organisation models that may suite the aims and vision of the ELM vc).
Follow-up plans have been put in place to act on these opportunities.
Jonathon Welch of Choir of Hard Knocks fame (renamed The Choir of Hope and Inspiration), will be returning to conduct workshops at the 2013 Stretch Festival.
Roger and I have been negotiating with Guy Boyce, General Manager, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) to ask Jonathon Welch if he would be interested in conducting a workshop with the ELM vc team on the topic of virtual choirs.
I'm happy to report that Jonathon has responded with "This is a fabulous project and I'm delighted to be involved and support however I can."
A grateful and excited!
This blog provides a means by which singers and volunteers can track progress of ELM development and operation.