Chamber Choir

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

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

-Virtual Piano-

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Piano Keys

-Important Dates-

Thurs., 2/27, class time ~ Quartet Day on “VoiceDance”, all (you may use music) (groups will be assigned beforehand)

Sat., 3/7, 8-10am ~ NHMA’s Flapjack Fundraiser (servers and performers welcome!), Flemington Applebee’s

2-2:30pm (call time 1:30, Hunterdon Central’s Little Theatre) ~ Healthy Harmony event

Wed., 3/25, 7-9:30pm ~ Prism Dress Rehearsal in the Main Gym

Thurs., 3/26, 8:00pm (call time 7:30) ~ Prism Concert in the Main Gym

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

[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., 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.

Mon., 2/3 ~ Today, we focused on “VoiceDance”, as our goal is to perform that, “Flow Water” (the YouTube song), “Locus Iste” (which we need to review!), and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” (Chamber Choir veterans only). Later on in the year, we will ALL prepare that one for the Spring Concert, but for now, we need to focus our time elsewhere. In VoiceDance, we focused on cleaning up mm. 13-16 (mostly for Basses and Tenors), and learning mm. 17-32. You should be able to perform mm. 1-32 with about 65% accuracy at this point.

We moved on to “The Impossible Dream”, focusing on the pickup to measure 22 through 35. You should be able to sing those measures with about 65% accuracy at this point.

Mon., 1/27 ~ We began today’s rehearsal with some vowel-focused warm-ups, concentrating on shaping our “ooo”, “oh”, and “ahs” vowels with as much space (coming off a hum, or an “mm” sound) as possible. We then began our repertoire work on “Flow Water”, found here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXmZhcSMqIY. You should be able to sing up through 0:46 (“strength of the current washing from the earth, oh hear that moving water…”) with about 80% accuracy. We also began adding more power in our consonants: i.e., more power than usual in the “st” of “strength” and the “c” sound of “current”. Make sure to put the dynamics into play as soon as you begin learning each new phrase, and it will become positive muscle memory!

We also sang through the previously tested portion of “Loch Lomond”. Tenor IIs and Bass Is have the most work yet to do on that section. Not a good sign, considering we have already been tested on it! Solo auditions for this are on Thursday during rehearsal.

Finally, we learned the next section of “VoiceDance”! I really hope to perform this in early March, so time is of the essence. You should be able to perform the parts we have already learned, mm. 1-12, with about 80% accuracy, and the new measures, 13-16, with about 50% accuracy.

Thurs., 1/16 ~ We began with “The Impossible Dream”, the Prism finale! We learned from the pick-up the meas. 58 and finished the song.

We moved on to “Flow Water”, learning the first two pages. YouTube learning is a challenge in some ways, but it feels very unifying! Pronunciation and dynamics are coming along quite well even in this very early stage.

We continued with “Loch Lomond”, simply reviewing all of Section H. You should be very familiar with this section now! Solo auditions are in two weeks.

We finished by reviewing all we have done of “VoiceDance”. Tenors, be reminded that this song is performed entirely in head voice!

Mon., 1/13 ~ Today we began with “VoiceDance”, reviewing and solidifying mm. 1-8. You should be able to perform those with about 75% accuracy. We moved on to learn mm. 9-12, which you should be able to perform with about 65% accuracy.

We studied “Loch Lomond” a bit, with Tenors & Basses learning mm. 8-11, and Sopranos & Altos learning Section B. You should be able to perform these bits with about 55% accuracy. These are some of the measures you will need to play and sing together for your test next week (1/23).

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