Chamber Choir

ATTENTION ALL CHAMBER CHOIR MEMBERS: Please check your email DAILY for your assignments during online instruction. Assignments will be posted by 9:00am each day we have class, or at the beginning of each week, to help you space our your practicing. Thank you!

*~-~-How to Practice-~-~*

Practicing Choral Music: Ten ideas for the singer who doesn’t think they can practice on their own

-Virtual Piano-

Piano Keys

-Important Dates-

Thurs., 3/19, class time ~ Quartet Day on “VoiceDance” (all, memorized; same groups as last time) and “Loch Lomond” (Intro and sections A, B, C, and D; you may use sheet music)

Thurs., 4/30-Sun., 5/3, all day (call time TBA) ~ Music Department trip to Williamsburg, VA!

Thurs., 5/7, 7:00pm (call time TBA) ~ Spring Concert I in the Theatre

Wed., 5/20, 6:30pm ~ Music Department Banquet in the Cafeteria

Fri., 5/22, period 6 ~ Master Class/Q&A with Mr. Chris Stadulis in the Theatre

Fri., 6/12, 8:00am ~ Senior Choir photo in the Choir Room (seniors only)!

[Chamber Choir rehearses each Monday and Thursday from 2:30-3:10 in the Choir Room, unless otherwise announced.]

-Rehearsal Notes-

(After each rehearsal, I will post the activity from that session, so those who were absent can learn what they missed for the next time we meet, and so those who were present can review as needed. Once we learn part of a piece, you are expected to know it for the next rehearsal! If you were absent when we learned something, you are expected to be familiar with what you missed by the next rehearsal. You are expected to be familiar enough with the keyboard to rehearse on your own. Please utilize the resources around you!)

Mon., 3/9 ~ Today we began by focusing on “Loch Lomond”. We reviewed the Intro (the entire part before Section A), Section A, and Section B. Intro and Section A need MUCH work by the Tenors & Basses still, but Section B is in great shape! We continued on to Section C, learning all notes and rhythms. Please note you have a quartet day on Intro-Section D next week.

We moved on to “VoiceDance”, focusing on the attitude the piece demands. We have adopted a faster tempo, which we will use from now on. Everything about this piece should be anticipatory, like the excitement of starting something new. It really is about beginnings (at least in my mind). Particularly at the start of each phrase, you have to really bring that positivity through the tone of your voice. We also practiced bringing down the volume of each sequential note in measure 15, landing at a mp-p volume, then crescendo-ing at measure 16, landing at again a mf for 17, and the start of a new section. Lastly, we were reminded to bring down our volume (except Tenors!) during the Tenor solo part in mm. 9-12. This piece is going to be great at Prism!

We finished by starting to learn “Homage”, our new piece. We discussed the steps we all use when first learning a piece. Mainly, find your key and time signatures and go from there. We learned the first two pages (the first verse).

Mon., 2/10 ~ Today, we focused on “VoiceDance” to start. We began by learning mm. 42-50, which is like the previous “zing-ah” section, but without the “zing-ah”s! You should be able to perform mm. 1-65 with about 65% accuracy.

We moved on to review “Locus Iste”. You should be able to perform that with about 95% accuracy (I know it’s been awhile!).

We also checked your progress on “Flow Water”; you should be able to perform until 1:15 of the YouTube link with about 85% accuracy.

Finally, veterans performed “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”, which we will perform at Healthy Harmony in March. New members will not perform this until the Spring Concert.

Be prepared at every rehearsal with your folder, music, and a pencil!

~Concert Attire~

Members of Chamber Choir purchase their own attire through the school. Information on this, as well as the Gertrude Hawk fundraising opportunity to offset costs, will become available within the first month of school.

Chamber Choir women will choose their own shoes. They must be formal and all black with a small heel, if any. They may be open or closed-toed.

Chamber Choir men may choose their own black formal shoes if they wish, or they may purchase them through the school.

Concert Attire Order Form 2019

How to Measure for Concert Attire

Chamber Choir Course Description

Reminder: It is your responsibility to educate your other teachers and coaches on the nature of Chamber Choir. YOU must tell them that it is a CLASS, for a GRADE, and CREDIT that goes towards your GPA. Please explain that it is CURRICULAR.

Auditioned Choir Attendance Policy

Music Dept. Grading Policy