Monday, August 31, 2009

S&P House Music, Take 2

House Music (the annual S&P fundraiser) was a success! I don't know how much money we brought in, but we had a full slate of performers and a good audience.

In the past, we've done HM in the spring, but it's always been a little crazy, trying to prepare for that between our two spring concert sets. The board decided in June to move the fundraiser to August (thereby having a second one this year). Unfortunately, because of the late notice, many of the singers were out of town the weekend of the fundraiser, including the three current members who had organized them in the past. So, since no one else volunteered themself (I did wait several days after the e-mail arrived to see if anyone else would), I offered my services.

I feel like I've spent the last month-and-a-half harrassing people by e-mail! First, there was the push to get enough performers, given that at least a third of the members were going to be away. I sent out general e-mails, individual e-mails to singers who had performed in the past but had not responded to the general e-mails, and follow-up e-mails to make sure that the people who were forming groups were going through with it. At the beginning of August, we had six acts, which is pretty skimpy, but the director thought that we should go with it. We ended up with thirteen acts (I participated in four of them: three as a singer and one as pianist for B & her friends).

Next was the push to get singers to bring stuff, then finally the quest for guests. It turned out we had plenty of guests, plenty of wine, and not quite enough to eat (there was nothing left after intermission!).

In case you're interested, here's a copy of the program:

Now it's time to get back to the rest of my life. School has started, but after-school activities ramp up gradually over the next two weeks. Oh, and Orinda Idol is in less than two weeks, so we're trying to squeeze in a couple of rehearsals for the girls.

No comments: