OML Picnic August 11

Join us for the first annual Our Musical Life Inc. Picnic!

Cost: Free

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When: August 11 4-8 PM

Where: South pavilion at Pritchard Park (Corner of Durand and Ohio)

Who: All kids and their families

What to Bring: We will be cooking hotdogs and brats, you can bring a side to share

We will be playing outdoor games so wear cloth’s that you can get dirty:  Zombie, Ninja, kickball etc.

Sing our trademark song “6 Days of Minecraft”

If you would like to let us know you are coming you can comment below or email ourmusicallife@ymail.com

Calling Composers, Lyricists, Poets and Conductors

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Creative People in the Choral Arts,

Are you looking for some excitement? Let’s be creative together! Composers, Lyricists and Conductors are invited to participate in the Showcase Dare on ChoralNet.com, August 1-9, 2015.

Composers,

Do you have what it takes as a composer? The Composers of Choral Music Community on ChoralNet and Our Musical Life Inc. challenge you to a Composition Jam August 1-9. You are invited to participate in this creative kick-in-the-pants.

Composers will be given a “spark” to ignite the process and then have 9 days to write the rough draft of a future masterpiece.   The “spark” will be a few words that may be interpreted freely to lead you to a text, a rhythm, a harmonic progression or any other piece of raw brain juice to launch you into composing mode. Check out the Community pages here:

There is no fee.

Lyricists and Poets are sought for a supporting role. We need you to offer your previously written works or to write new texts on the spot that relate to the “spark”. No one knows what the “spark” will be until 12:01 AM August 1. Then composers will desperately need your help. You can hammer out financial arrangements with the composers. Typical agreements range from 50/50 share of profits to free use. Imagine thousands of people singing your words!

Conductors are needed to judge the competition and to recognize the start of new works you may be interested in coaxing to fruition. The ultimate goal here is to get conductors to partner with composers and lyricists to find and create repertoire worth performing.

What Do I Win? 

This is a contest more about sparking creativity than any physical award.  The principal reward is that composers will have a rough draft of a work they may be able to get performed, lyricists will get their words set to music and conductors will help create new works tailored for them. We encourage composers to include a note in their Bio that shows they won for example:  Winner of the Gold Award for Text Setting in the August 2015 Showcase Dare If you upload the pieces to the Composition Showcase on ChoralNet (free) these awards can also be listed.

How Do I Win?

This is the first year of the contest. It is a composer’s contest with support from writers and conductors. We expand this to award writers and conductors before this is over.

ChoralNet users, other contestants and a panel of judges will rate your piece on up to 5 criterion.

Spark: Evident in concept or work 1 2 3 4 5

Performability: Viral Quality/Overall Likability/ Uniqueness 1 2 3 4 5

Elemental Mechanics: Harmonic, Rhythmic, Form, Dynamics, Counterpoint etc: 1 2 3 4 5

Text Setting: Prosody,Word Painting,Choice of Text 1 2 3 4 5

Singability: Voice Leading, Range, Tessitura 1 2 3 4 5

The pieces with the three highest average scores in a category win Gold, Silver and Bronze in that category.  You may win Gold in Text Setting and Bronze in Singability. The three pieces with an average score of 4 or more in “Spark” and that received the highest overall average scores will be Overall Winners of Gold, Silver or Bronze.

You really win when conductors see your work and talk to you about performing it.  Good Luck!=

How Do I Sign Up?

Join ChoralNet.com for free (always free) by going here: http://choralnet.org/new/user

Then go here and click on “Join this community”: http://choralnet.org/list/page/469189

Conductors, lyricists and poets can follow the Blog, Forum and look through composer pages to see who needs what. The “Spark” will be announced in the forum.

Composers that want to participate can sign up free by reading and agreeing to the terms and conditions found on the Rules page: http://choralnet.org/469200

All are welcome to introduce themselves in the forum or to individual contestants. Critique is encouraged on the composer’s contestant pages.

Added Value:

This contest is also designed to honor the primary creator of ChoralNet Dr. James D. Feiszli. Dr. Feiszli will provide the “spark.” An Article about Dr. Feiszli will appear on the front page of ChoralNet.com on Sunday either July 21 or 28.

Get Something Written!!!

Jack Senzig

ChoralNet Composers of Choral Music Community

Owner/Executive Editor

http://www.ChoralNet.com/showcase

Our Musical Life Inc.

Executive Director

http://www.OurMusicalLife.org

Uproar Pokémon League, Come Join us!

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Uproar Pokémon League is newly established under Our Musical Life and is an Official League with The Pokémon Company.

We welcome students in grades 3 – 6. Bring your DS games and Trading Cards. Trade and Battle Pokémon. Write and Draw Pokémon. Dance and Sing Pokémon. Or just hang out and socialize with other Pokémon fans your age in the area.

NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!! Come and learn how to play the Trading Card game properly as two of Racine’s Finest public school educators guide you through the construction and strategy of your deck. We recommend that beginners purchase a 60-card trainer deck before coming to an event. They can be found in most any major retailer under $15.

Admission: $4 / student/ session

Our Musical Life is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, not affiliated with any religious organizations, that is utilizing First United Methodist Church of Racine as the League’s hosting facility.


Schedule:

Tuesday, July 7th — 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday, July 14th — 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday, July 21st — 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday, July 28th — 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday, August 4th — 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Tuesday, August 11th — 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday, August 18th — 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday, August 25th — 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Invite your friends and family — Get the word out!!
for more details:
Timothy Keith Griffin JR— (262) 496-4233
Jeremy Topczewski
OurMusicalLife@ymail.com

Game Night

If the kids didn’t already tell you, it is GAME NIGHT!  We will end the year with some fun at tonight’s rehearsal.  Members, siblings and friends can bring any electronic games, Pokémon cards, Magic the Gathering cards, tablets, 3DS’, Laptops and any T rated game or less.  We will have an older Wii and I think an xbox360.  There will be no more rehearsals but we may come back together for a summer event or performance.  I will email you if this materializes.

No Rehearsal, Concert Date and More

Many of the kids and both of our directors have a concert with the Gifford choirs this Thursday.   We will not have Teh rehearsal.  That leaves us with just one rehearsal before our our big concert day on May 9.  The Gifford Choir Invitational is 10-4 PM on Saturday May 9.  The kids will rehearse, observe other choirs rehearsing and perform that day.  The concert is from 3-4 PM and open to the public.  We will also be shooting the best videos for the year so be ready to share them the following week.  Teh choir will continue two weeks after that ending with the May 21 rehearsal.

Important Announcement- no rehearsal

No Rehearsal until April 16.

Teh Choir families,  there is a funeral at the church and they have asked if we could not meet.  We will not rehearse. I thought this might be an opportunity to do something social as a group.  Would anyone like to go to the Renaissance and see Cinderella?  7:10 Show it is 1 hr and 45 mins long.  Parents and siblings are also welcome, but parents if you let me know your child is coming alone, I will supervise them. My teh Choir daughter will be along too.  Buy your tickets and meet in the lobby.   Let me know if you are coming so I know if I should wait for you.

Next week is Holy Thursday so the church is again unavailable and the following Thursday is RUSD spring break so it will be April 16 before we see you again. Please comment if you see this as I am trying to email and call everybody that doesn’t know.

Adventure Time Video is Up!

Why aren’t you singing in this choir?!  We sing songs from Adventure Time, Pokémon, Minecraft, Fallout, Skyrim, Amazing World of Gumboil, Ninja Turtles, Dr. Who, The Joy Formidable, Cloud Cult, Radiohead and more.

Thursday Nights, 6-7:15 PM at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.

Children’s Choir of the Internet is for singers in grades 3-6.

Concert Choir is for singers in grades 6-8

email OurMusicalLife.org for more information

Video Shoot Thursday, February 26, 2015

We will be shooting video for Adventure Time and a rough shoot for the Hobbit song.  Come wearing your teh shirt.  Wear something that won’t show under the shirt so you can throw it on over the top or be ready to change once you get there. If you ordered a teh shirt, you will receive it tomorrow.   Brush your hair and come ready to work.

Lead guitarist Jeremy Peters of the band Solar Plexus will be once again adding his talents to ours.  We are extremely lucky to have this talented musician playing with us.

New members are welcome to come and watch.  We will not probably be able to audition you tomorrow but you will get a good look at what we do.

We rehearse and shoot videos at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 322 Ohio Street, Racine, WI.

Here are some pics from Game Day

 

 

Game Day!!

We have talked about hosting a game night for a long time.   It is supposed to be an added fee but we are going to do the first one this Thursday for free!!!

Rehearsal will begin at 6 as usual but will end at 7:45PM.   Members are allowed to bring a friend age 8-14 and any game and or system you want to let them bring.  We have plans to play in groups on 3DS, wii and xbox 360.   We will bring a wii and an xbox 360.  No M games please.   We will also be playing Pokémon the card game.

We will also sing for a short time.

Wear your gamer shirts or your teh shirt.

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