CNS President's Update - March 29, 2024

Hi all - Hope you are having a happy Friday.  A few updates.

See you Monday, April 1 (a.k.a. April Fool's Day)


CNS Board of Trustees

It is once again time for us to pull together the slate of candidates for the coming year's (9/1/24-8/31/25) Board of Trustees.
Please give serious consideration to becoming a member of the Board of Trustees.
Joining the Board is the perfect opportunity to give back to the Chorus in return for the joy we receive singing.
All volunteers are welcome, whether chorus members or a qualified acquaintance, experienced in board/ committee participation or just interested in being part of the process that has kept this organization a success for over ninety years.
Chorus North Shore could use your participation. Please contact any board member or a member of the Nominating Committee for more information.

Nominating Committee

Stephen Moore 

Joanne Giallombardo

New Items for the Silent Auction

A few more of the items donated for the Silent Auction:

  • Book Lover's Basket
  • Picnic Basket
  • Gift Certificate for a 1 hour massage
  • 2 Tickets – Jersey Boys – North Shore Music Theatre
  • 2 cubic yards compost
  • Handprinted Italian ceramic tray

Thinking of going to the Fundraiser but you haven't bought your ticket yet?  

Are you on the fence because you don't want to go alone?  Don't forget friends and neighbors are welcome.

Don't want to drive alone?  We can let you know who else is going from your town so you can possibly rideshare.

Are you new to the chorus?  Table size is 10 to a table so you will have many opportunities to mix and mingle including table activities to win prizes for your table.

The Chorus needs your continued support. Hope to see you there.

Concert Flyer

Attached (JPEG or PDF) and below is an Image of our concert flyer.  Feel free to send to friends and neighbors.

CNS Singers' Updates - March 21, 2024

Hi all - a couple of quick updates.
See you on Monday

Leap into Spring Tickets now available online

I will be sending out a Broadcast that Leap into Spring Tickets are now available to purchase on - line at This Broadcast notice will not only go to current singers but also to past singers that are part of our broadcast distribution list. Tickets will continue to be available to purchase at rehearsals.

Grant Assistance

CNS has been made aware that applications are available to apply for a $6000 operational grant from the MA Cultural Council. This would be a great boon to our bottom line. Unfortunately, singers who have volunteered in the past to help with grant writing are not singing with us this session.

I'm putting the call out to see if there are any singers in the choir who have grant writing experience and could help the Board with this grant application. The application is due the beginning of June.

Spring Season Rehearsal dates

A couple of reminders and updates to our current rehearsal schedule.

Below is the remainder of our rehearsals and concert date.
Please note the text in red.
All sessions are in the Rehearsal Room unless otherwise noted.

1, 8, (15 Off Holiday) 22, 29
May 6 Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich  (Across from the Hart House Restaurant)
May 13, 20,(27 Off Holiday)  
June 3 moved to Tuesday June 4
Concert Week
Monday June 10      7pm      Our Lady of Hope Church
Tuesday, June 11     7pm      Band room (orchestra rehearsal-singers not required)
Thursday, June 13     7pm      Performing Arts Center (PAC) (dress rehearsal)
Saturday, June 15       6pm      Performing Arts Center (PAC) (concert 7pm)

Concert tickets available soon - CNS Singer's Update March 15, 2024

Hi Fellow Singers:

A few Tidbits for this week.

Concert tickets and flyers

Bernstein Concert tickets will be disseminated for singers to begin selling at our April 1 Rehearsal. Flyers will also be available.

Leap Into Spring

I can't wait to see you all outside the concert space to chat, laugh, enjoy good food and maybe engage in friendly bidding war or two.

CNS is not just a chorus but a community of individuals who love to sing, bring fantastic choral music to the North Shore and support one another in this journey. Events such as this are not only good in supporting the Chorus's mission but helps to foster our CNS Community.

I wanted to share with you .........

A sample of the Silent Auction items we have received so far:

  • Round trip transportation to airport
  • Genealogy Consult + Ancestry DNA Test Kit
  • Pedicure at Renew
  • Fitness Basket
  • Mikasa Salad Set
  • Italian Restaurant Gift Card & Platter
  • Beach Basket
  • Crane's Beach Watercolor
  • Children's Book and Gift Card
  • Filled Beach/Pool Bag
  • Framed & Matted Ship Photo
  • Ceramic Plate
  • Personalized Framed Calligraphy Family Tree

We also have many items for raffle.

If you would like to donate and are at a loss for what to give, gift cards are always a crowd pleaser.

And you won't go home hungry...

Our Italian themed dinner includes:

Chicken, ziti and broccoli, stuffed shells, meatballs and Caesar and tossed salads

Tickets will continue to be on sale at rehearsals. See Nancy Tougas with your donations.


Warm up track and more...CNS President's Update - 2/27/24

Hi all - sending out the weekly update a little early ....
Warm up Tracks
Links from Abby:  Du bing du bang .... practice
Leap Into Spring Tickets
We will be selling tickets for our social/fundraiser Leap into Spring starting next rehearsal (March 4)

Invite your friends and family.

$25/ticket (check or exact cash please)

Limited tickets. No tickets sold at the door.

50/25/25/ Raffle 
We will be hosting our monthly 50/25/25 raffle at next Monday's rehearsal - $5/ticket.  Exact change please.
Participation is voluntary.
Winners will be pulled at break.

Bernstein Performance

Chorus pro Musica will be performing Bruckner and Bernstein pieces Sunday March 3 at Sanders Theatre. 3:00 pm, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge,

Nat Pulsifer is going and is willing to carpool with 2 other CNS singers who would like to attend. Please contact him at if interested

Tickets can be purchased at  Chorus pro Musica - Harvard Box Office


CNS Rehearsal Schedule - President's Update 2/22/2024

Hi - Just a reminder that we will have a split rehearsal next Monday.




This will be the last rehearsal that will be split with varying start times although in the future, some sections may practice concurrently if needed.

Remaining Spring Rehearsal Schedule

  • Feb. 26
  • March 4,11, 18, 25
  • April 1, 8, (15 Holiday) 22, 29
  • May 6 Our Lady of Hope
  • May 13, 20, (27 Holiday)
  • June 3 Monday - now moved to Tuesday 6/4

Concert Week

  • Monday June 10     7pm       Our Lady of Hope
  • Tuesday, June 11     7-9pm     Orchestra rehearsal - Band room
  • Thursday, June 13    7-9pm     PAC (dress rehearsal)
  • Saturday, June 15    6 pm PAC (concert 7pm - 9 pm)

Raffle/Silent Auction Donations

A reminder, if you have donations for our silent auction/raffles, please bring the articles to Nancy Tougas at rehearsals or contact her at


Since some of the music was on backorder, distributed piecemeal and many pieces look the same, we want to make sure that at this point everyone should have the following music:

Purchased pieces

  • Chichester Psalms
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds
  • West Side Story
  • Sanctus
  • Make Our Garden Grow


  • One page Mass warm-up

Please let me know if you still need any of these pieces before the next rehearsal so they can be available on 2/26. This will be the last time we'll have music available.

See you Monday


Rehearsal Break and Volunteering - CNS President's Update 2/15/2024

Hi - Hoping you had a nice Valentine's Day.

Enjoy your break from rehearsals next Monday.
Remember to use the time wisely


We do have some Volunteering opportunities:

  • We are seeking singers/family member/friends who would like to volunteer to help with
  • Concert Materials Committee (program, posters etc.)
  • Endowment Committee
  • House manager (set up lobby and work with ushers prior to concerts)

Please e-mail me and I will put you in touch with the appropriate Board Member to provide details.

Also, we are still looking for recommendations for a webmaster.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Mark Your Calendars - CNS Singer's Update - 2/8/24

Mark your Calendars for some fun!

CHORUS NORTH SHORE is hosting a get together & fundraiser!

We will be selling tickets at rehearsals starting March 1.

Invite your friends and family.

Limited tickets. No tickets sold at the door.

Raffle/Silent Auction Donations

We are looking for donations for our silent auction/raffles .

Be creative or team up with a friend and create something spectacular!

Please connect with Nancy Tougas at rehearsals or contact at for more information or drop off.

Donation ideas:

  • Yard work (a half day or a full day) or tree-trimming, or bush-pruning, or walk-edging
  • Make-a-meal or hors d’oevres or a lasagne and garlic bread and a salad
  • Design a flower garden or veggie garden, give garden advice
  • Spa services: a facial, nails, pedicure, or a massage
  • Fresh cookie basket: brownies and chocolate chip cookies
  • Flower arrangement
  • Wreath of dried flowers, or pinecones
  • Do you paint or love photography - donate piece of art or framed photography
  • Do you knit, crochet, quilt or hook rugs - donate a handcrafted piece
  • Set of placemats with a table runner
  • Themed baskets: Beauty Basket, chocolate basket, kitchen basket or Italian or Greek or French or English or Mexican…
  • Gift certificate to a florist, an agricultural coop, a gourmet shop, restaurant etc. or a gift certificate you have and won't be using
  • Tickets to a concert or a sports event or a play (got a series subscription and can’t go?)
  • Lessons – for anything (voice, hobby, riding...)
  • Jewelry items
  • Books
  • Crafted clothing, household items, garden adornments
  • Experiences - boat tour, Crane’s castle tour, a fun class
  • Did you get a duplicate or gift you can't use - Donate it!

The options are endless!!!


February Rehearsal Schedule - CNS Singer's Update - 2/1/24

Hi everyone - What a great rehearsal on Monday! A few updates for you.

Rehearsal Schedule
As promised, the rehearsal schedule through end of February

Soloist Auditions
We need an alto and bass soloist for Chichester Movement III. Auditions will be held during break on March 4

Composer Background
I also received a link from Alto, Lena Pievsky. It's an interview with Bernstein made in 1993 titled “The Gift of Music”.

CD's from a Vibrant Christmas
Since we ran out of CD's Monday night, I wanted to get a check of those who may want a copy before I ask Sue Willis to make more. I did get requests from an additional 4 people Monday night. Please let me know if there are any others wanting a copy before I send a request to Sue.