SANS Notes 10-23-15

Section Leaders: If you have questions regarding music, please talk with your section leader, listed below. Section leaders will either answer your question or discuss it with Jonathan. Please do not talk to Jonathan before rehearsal when he is planning the rehearsal and meeting with his music staff.

Deborah Freeman, Soprano Louise Grasmere, Alto Veronica Chapman, Alto Lee Harrison, Tenor Tony Poole, Bass

Equal Exchange fundraising project: This fall, SANS has launched an exciting fundraising campaign in association with Equal Exchange. For every purchase our members make through the lovely catalog of Equal Exchanges coffee, tea, chocolate, gifts and jewelry, SANS will receive 40% of the purchase price. Each member who would like to participate should ask either Sandy Machson, Louise Grasmere or Linda Shoemaker for a catalog. Next you ask your friends and family to purchase a few things or you purchase gifts for your friends and family. If each member sells $100 or more items, we will reach our fundraising goal of $3,000.00 We believe that the missions of SANS and Equal Exchange are aligned and that this will provide a new and wonderful way to support both organizations. Orders and checks are due Monday, November 16. All goods purchased will be provided to you between Dec 7 and Dec 14th. If you want to read more about how this works, visit Equal Exchange Fundraising

A Colombian Connection. Thank you, Yaffa! Yaffa Bibi has made a connection with a synagogue in Cartagena. They have offered to host SANS Jewish members for Seder on the first night of Passover. The synagogue is Centro Israelita Sefardi in Cartagena. It is an Orthodox congregation. Yaffa has spoken and received confirmation from Rabbi Joaquin Montoya, who assures us that this will be a common Seder. Although there are several other synagogues in Colombia, we have not yet found other synagogues in Cartagena.

Colombia trip application and trip deposit: We will be sending you a link to the online trip application next week. Applications are due November 9 with a $500 trip deposit.

*Password for the Members section of* You should have received your password to the Members section. If not, please write to with the subject NO PASSWORD.

*Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) at Twelfth Baptist in Roxbury, Saturday, October 24 at 5 p.m (Jonathan and his band are opening for this choir!):* Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) is Northern Ireland’s first and only multicultural gospel choir. We are much sought-after due to our dynamic performances, which are charged with joy, passion and energy.

Our choir performs at concerts, civic and charitable and corporate events, festivals and weddings etc. Although based in Belfast, our choir members come from all parts of the province. BCGC is comprised of over 100 auditioned singers who perform in various-sized ensembles.

We take great pride in the fact that our community is multicultural and cross-community. Following decades of violence, division and political upheaval in Northern Ireland we are committed to performing music that carries the message of love, joy and peace and to promoting a positive image of our country!

Soweto Gospel Choir workshop with Boston City Singers: As we've mentioned at rehearsal and in these Notes, the Celebrity Series of Boston is hosting the Soweto Gospel Choir on Sunday, November 15th. On Saturday, November 14th at 4 pm, they are hosting a FREE workshop by the Soweto Gospel Choir for the Boston City Singers, the youth chorus. They have 220 free tickets for audience members and registration is required. They ask that each individual request no more than 2 tickets so they can seat as many as possible. They are not providing block seating. To register, go to

SANS on the Web and Social Media:

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YouTube videos about SANS you’ll enjoy: (about SANS) (made by Arlington Public News, 2015)

Shenandoah on Youtube:

Picture Directory: If you haven't yet done so, please send your photos and brief bios (approximately 25 words) to Anne Benaquist at If you don't have a head shot, please contact soprano Nancy Pressler, who has volunteered to take pictures before or after rehearsal. Her email is

Attendance: If you will not be at rehearsal on Monday, please let us know at