Finley's Forecast!

July 20, 2020:

Hello all singers and fans of the Crystal Coast Choral Society. I recently received a letter from one of our long time members letting me know that she and her husband would soon be moving to to Pennsylvania. Marilyn and Barney Zmoda have been living in Eastern North Carolina for 35 years and have been absolute rocks of support to the Choral Society. Marilyn has been an invaluable member of the vaunted alto section for many years and innumerable concerts. She also served on the Board of Directors. Barney was always a stalwart supporter as a concert usher and just about anything else behind the scenes.

It's truly a shame they won't be here when we eventually return to performing as a great choral family. Perhaps we can get them back to be in the audience.

The will both be greatly missed by everyone in the chorus and especially by me as the Music Director and their friend. I encourage as many people as possible to respond to this post with words of thanks, friendship and love to Marilyn and Barney. I'll also be posting this on the Choral Society and my personal Facebook page. Thank you.

July 17, 2020:

Happy Friday and a good weekend to everyone.  We had a small crowd at our gathering last Tuesday but it was enjoyable to be able to see and talk together.  Everyone was well behaved and I didn’t even have to mute everyone to maintain order. J  


It  would be cool to have a bunch of folks so I hope you can join us at 7:00 p.m. on the 21st.  By the way, you don’t have to join right at 7:00 so you can log in anytime.  


I’m working on the strong possibility of organizing a virtual chorus project in the very near future.  I’m open to suggestions on what music we could perform, so give it some thought and make your suggestion when you join us on Tuesday.  Keep it short: no “the complete Messiah” or “the Bach St. Matthew Passion.” J  


I’ll leave you with another great albeit rather long quote from the wonderful Alice Parker in her book Melodious Accord:  Good Singing in Church:


“In the years I was working as an arranger for the Robert Shaw Chorale, I gained a great respect for melodies that last.  It is relatively easy to make a good arrangement of a great tune: Stay out of its way.  But many tunes just don’t work.  Those can be made interesting or unusual or can be covered up with special effects, but these only momentarily disguise the hollowness within…  There is also a difference between words and music suitable for communal use and those designed for individuals.  The latter may be colloquial; the former must have a breadth of viewpoint, a certain dignity of phrase and basic simplicity of outline.  These make it suitable for group utterance.”  


I’ll leave it to those who know me well to figure out why I think this is an important quote concerning much but not all current church music.  J 


In Harmony,



July 11, 2020:

Happy hot and humid North Carolina summer to all you wonderful singers.  Everyone who was able to join us last Tuesday evening for our first virtual social gathering had a great time.  It was fun to see each other, albeit only on a computer screen, and share what’s going on in our lives.  


It was so much fun I’ve decided we should do it every Tuesday.


With that mind I’ve set it up as a weekly recurring Zoom event for 7:00 p.m. each Tuesday.  I’ve also increased my Zoom subscription so we have unlimited time.  By the way, this is open to everyone on our big email list and not just the folks who have been singing with us recently.


I hope you join us this coming July 14th and if not then on future Tuesday evenings.  All you have to do is click on the following link and follow the prompts from there.  As always, if there are problems call me at 910-358-2997.


I’ll also be sending out a weekly reminder about each meeting.  Stay safe, stay cool and stay tuned.


In Harmony,




Here’s the link to join:


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June 30, 2020:

Hello, all you wonderful but unemployed singers.  I’m FINALLY figuring out how to host a Zoom virtual meeting.  Lord willing and I set it all up correctly I’d like to have as many folks as possible join.  I’ve scheduled it for our regular Tuesday rehearsal day and time: 7:00 p.m., July 7th.  We’re limited to 100 participants and 40 minutes time, but that should be enough.  This will be a time for us to remind ourselves what we look like (!), have a group chat to let each other know how things are going, and generally re-connect and be reminded we’re still a choral family.


All you need is a computer (desktop, laptop or tablet) or phone, all with video and audio capability.  At about 7:00 p.m. on the 7th click on the link listed below and follow the prompts. You can also join any time after 7:00. If you have problems call me at 910-358-2997.


I look forward to seeing you Tuesday evening.


In Harmony,




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