What is Kiwanis and why does SOUP participate? Kiwanis is a gigantic city-wide music competition of voices and instruments. It's mostly young kids and teens who are frankly very awesome musicians (so inspiring!), but SOUP enters a noncompetitive ukulele class as an ensemble, and this will be our third year. It's a chance to push ourselves to a new level of performance, with extra harmonies and pizzazz.
How many SOUP people take part? 10 the first year, 15 last year, and hopefully more this year. The more the merrier! Level of skill doesn't matter but you should be able to move smoothly from chord to chord; an ensemble means that everyone won't be doing the same thing, so you will do what you are capable of doing. We DO want singers! We will be pushing you to sing and learn simple harmonies! Kiwanis is a fun way to get to know some people, participate in a shared goal and also learn something new.
Do we rehearse? There will be a few Monday night rehearsals starting in January where we will learn the songs and harmonies and strumming, and once we're rolling, we will mostly go over our songs just before the jam starts on wed nights. Closer to the event, we'll have one or two more rehearsals separate from the jam.
Will I have to memorize the music? This is certainly encouraged. The first year, we didn't. Last year we did and it was amazing! This year it's optional. We don't want to stress you out and if you need a cheat sheet on your ukulele or on the back of the person in front of you, that's cool. No music stands, though.
When is Kiwanis? The festival runs March 22 - April 12th. We won't know for a while when the performance date is but we will tell you as soon as we know.
Which songs do we perform? We do two contrasting songs. The first year, we did "Wagon Wheel" and "Tonight You Belong to Me". Last year we did "Mull of Kintyre" and "Runaway". This year we'd like to do at least one Canadian written song, as it's Canada's 150th birthday. If you have ideas about an awesome song we might use, send them to Lynda at email@example.com.
Can I enter as an individual? Yes! Typically about 4 of us get brave enough to enter as individuals. We encourage this as a way of gaining experience in performing, and pushing yourself to memorize a piece of music (it's not mandatory to memorize but that's the idea). To enter, go to the website and process it before December 3rd. You have to choose two contrasting pieces of music, but it's okay if you don't name the music when you enter. You can also enter as a duet!
To join us, sign up at a jam or email SOUP or Lynda. SOUP's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Ukulele Solo/Small Group/Ensemble Category-- Non-Competitive If you are considering entering Kiwanis as a solo performer or as a duet or small group (3 or more), you should be aware that the online registration deadline is early. Everything you need to know is on their official site. Here is a link to the Kiwanis site. http://www.kiwanismusicfestivallondon.com/ Online Registration will be closed on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 5:00 pm!