The Carloing Cougs project would be a group of 8-16 singers joining together twice a week starting the first week of November and rehearsing Christmas Carols. First the 15-20 songs would have to be learned (which would take a good amount of practice during those weeks!). Then shortly before the Thanksgiving Holiday, communication would begin with the Pullman and Moscow retirement homes and assisted living communities to schedule performances for the residents, perhaps at a luncheon or holiday dinner. These residents hardly ever have the opportunity to attend the many holiday events in the community, so bringing the performance to them is the best solution to brighten the holidays! Also, communication within the WSU faculty would begin if any Christmas parties (such as one at the President's house) would be enhanced with the Caroling Cougs. In all these cases, the performance would be at no charge.
After Thanksgiving Break, the ensemble would begin rehearsing full sets of songs, learning which ones work well together and in which orders. The calendar of performances would be presented (featuring evening events that would have no educational conflicts during the regular week). Dress preferences will be voted on (dressing up in Charles Dickens appropriate outfits vs. Professional black and white dress) and set lists for the shows will be created. Practices will continue on days which do not have events scheduled and performances will begin.
Following the performance season (which will end with the end of the WSU semester, allowing students to finish enjoying the holidays in their own way), an optional formal dinner for the ensemble will follow where we reflect on the experience and end the semester with a bang.