Chamber Choir

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

Thurs., 6/4 ~ Your assignment today is to come to our final rehearsal, 8:30pm on Zoom!

Mon., 6/1 ~ Firstly, if you haven’t already done so, please watch these videos from Alex MacNicoll, professional actor and master class artist who visited us in September:

Alex is someone I admire deeply. I have some firsthand knowledge about his personal journey to the screen/Hollywood, and I can tell you he was not the typical ‘theatre kid’ in high school. In fact, he participated in his very first stage musical the summer after his freshman year of college. He auditioned for a show where he knew no one, and wound up making a fantastic impression on us all. Alex was and is a standout athlete, but has never let his interests define him one way or the other. He is a thespian, an athlete, a humanitarian, and a wonderful person (as you may have noticed as he spoke with us in the master class). I don’t just admire Alex for his talent; I admire how incredibly grounded he is. To this day, he looks up to the people who were involved in his first show here, those volunteers from that little community theatre production, and he can even still remember the choreography [this was eleven years ago]! He shows the utmost respect for the people who gave him his start on the stage, and I’m sure to everyone who has helped him along the way to where he is now. He is honest about his abilities and professional status, but never believes he is better than anyone else because of them. This is true humility. There is so much more I could say about Alex (including the fact that he insisted we not pay him for coming and speaking to us in September – no one has EVER done that, in my experience!), but I won’t gush further.
Your assignment today, due by 10:06pm, is to identify someone in the musical or entertainment world that you look up to. Tell me a bit about them, and why they have earned your admiration.

Thurs., 5/28 ~ I would like to hold the final rehearsal Zoom call on Thursday, June 4th, at 5pm, but I want to make sure everyone is available to be there. Your assignment today is twofold:

1) for EVERYONE: Tell me whether or not Thursday, 6/4 at 5pm works for you for our final rehearsal (it will last no more than 40 minutes).
2) for SOPHOMORES: Make a video/audio recording of yourself as if you were speaking to the current 8th graders coming to North next year. Speak to them about your experience as a “new-ish” member of the Music Department, and feel free to give them some advice. (The first bit of advice I might give is to JOIN the Department in the first place!) Feel free to include anything you like in this recording. If you are struggling with the technology, you may write it out instead.
for JUNIORS: Next year, you will be the leaders of the Music Department! Let that sink in. Your assignment is to either make a video or send me in writing what being a leader here means to you.
for SENIORS: Schedule your Senior Exit Interview with me if you haven’t already. That’s it!
If you already completed this for another class, you are done!
Many thanks, folks! Have a great Thursday, and remember – come to the Panel tomorrow! The youngsters need to understand the greatness that is Chamber Choir!!

SENIORS: Please schedule your Exit Interview with Mrs. Cudworth asap!

Thurs., 5/21 ~ Your (Thankful Thursday) assignment is to: Approach someone in your life, either in person (if they live in your house) or via technology (if they live outside your house), and tell them you are thankful for them. That’s it! I hope you have a nice little moment with someone today born by thankfulness. Honor system – you don’t have to confirm with me you did this.

Mon., 5/18 ~ Last week, you told me which choir song from this school year is your favorite. I would like you to choose part of that song to sing for me in a short video. It doesn’t have to be the whole song, but if you have a burning desire to sing all of it for me, I won’t hold you back! It can be ten seconds, it can be two minutes…whatever hits you in that moment. If the song is from first semester and you don’t currently have the sheet music with you, I’m sure you can find a version on YouTube to sing with. If you’d like to get creative and accompany yourself on an instrument you have at your house, I won’t say no to that either!

Thurs., 5/14 ~ In email or video format, please tell me about your FAVORITE song we all sang together this year. It can be from either semester. If I remember correctly, this includes the following pieces:

A Festive Christmas Celebration
Flow Water
i carry your heart with me
The Impossible Dream
Loch Lomond
Locus Iste
Magnificent Horses
Noche de Paz
(I am not counting Lord Bless because we did not all sing it together.)
It should make you proud looking at that list of ten great songs we have learned (mostly)! So just pick your absolute favorite of the bunch and, as always, explain WHY it is your personal favorite. Due by 10:00pm.

Mon., 5/11 ~ All you have to do is tell me if you are taking any AP tests, which ones they are, and on which days they occur. THAT’S IT. If you are not taking any AP tests, simply send me a message that says “I am not taking any AP tests”.

Thurs., 5/7 ~ Your assignment is contained in this video:

Meme of the Day:

*~-~-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-

Fri., 6/12, noon ~ Watch the 2020 Seniors’ Graduation video, with their rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana!

[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!)

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