by Peter Altschul

As many of you know, Friends-in-Art (FIA) puts on the Showcase of the Performing Arts in conjunction with ACB's annual conventions. Usually, the second half of these showcases starts off with the FIA chorus singing an arrangement written by a FIA member specifically for the chorus. The styles of these arrangements vary from year to year, but they are always fun to sing. (Those interested in arranging something for us are welcome to contact me at the e-mail address later in the article.)

If you are coming to Phoenix this year and are interested in joining the chorus, we would like to hear from you. We ask this whether or not you have sung with us in the past, as our database of choristers is hopelessly out of date. You need not be a trained singer; you just have to enjoy singing and be willing to follow directions. If you are interested, please:

1. Send your name, "snail mail" address, and e-mail address to me at paltschul@ Also, let me know if you wish to be sent the lyrics in braille or large print and which part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass) you wish to sing. This information is important because we send a practice CD and lyrics to all those interested in joining us. The CD not only contains the arrangement, but versions of the arrangement with each part highlighted so you can learn your part prior to the convention.

2. Once you receive the CD, please do your best to learn your part.

3. At the convention, we ask that you attend two rehearsals: one on Sunday, July 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the other on Monday, July 12 from 10-11 p.m.

4. Please arrive at the location of the Showcase by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13.

Reprise: Send your information to me so that we can include you in this year's chorus. We look forward to working with you in Phoenix!

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