ATTENTION ALL BLOCK 2 CONCERT CHOIR MEMBERS: Please check your email and/or this website DAILY for your assignments during online instruction. Assignments will be both emailed and posted here by 9:00am each day we have class. Thank you!
Thurs., 6/4, Day “A” ~ In preparation for our final Zoom meeting (tomorrow), please send me your last Thankful Thursday of the year, via video or email, which I will read anonymously in the meeting. Many of you have done this already, but if you haven’t, this is your assignment for today, due by 10pm!
Wed., 6/3, Day “D” ~ Your assignment today is optional. That means you will not be penalized for not doing this assignment. BUT, if your grade needs some extra points, this is an opportunity for you to get some!
Mon., 6/1, Day “B” ~ 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:
Fri., 5/29, Day “A” ~ Please look through Aspen and make sure you are all caught up on assignments for your choir classes! Questions? Reach out!
Thurs., 5/28, Day “D” ~ I hope you all saw the video of me explaining about the Panel/Choir Interest Zoom Meeting that is taking place tomorrow. If you didn’t, here it is again (please watch!):
…and that is your assignment today, folks! Watch this video and if you even have the SLIGHTEST bit of curiosity about Chamber Choir, Madrigal Singers, and/or Show Choir, please plan to attend the Panel/Interest Meeting TOMORROW, 5/28, during period 3 (11:04-11:39am). The meeting is optional, but I strongly recommend attending if you are even considering auditioning. I will send you the link.
Tues., 5/26, Day “B” ~ Your assignment for today is broken down by grade level:
Fri., 5/22, Day “A” ~ Your assignment for today: In observance of Memorial Day Weekend, which is nearly upon us, I ask that you either:
Thurs., 5/21, Day “D” ~ Since I forgot to collect Thankful Thursday submissions from y’all, we are going to do our own personal one today. Your 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.
Tues., 5/19, Day “B” ~ I have been thinking a lot about what next year will look like for us as choir members. While I know we would like to think that with the fall semester comes business as usual, with in-person classes, sheet music, singing together all in one place, and live performances, it is possible that this way of learning (virtually) will go on for longer than we anticipated. Rest assured that music will still happen; we will just have to be more creative about it. And we have been using this semester to start that process.
Mon., 5/18, Day “A” ~ 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!
Fri., 5/15, Day “D” ~ For your assignment today, all I want you to do is watch some or all of this video:
Wed., 5/13, Day “B” ~ Today’s assignment: In email or video format, please tell me about your FAVORITE song we sang in Concert Choir this year. It can be from either semester. If I remember correctly, this includes the following pieces:
Tues., 5/12, Day “A” ~ Your assignment, as well as several announcements, is contained in this video:
Mon., 5/11, Day “D” ~ 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, Day “B” ~ Your assignment is contained in this video:
Wed., 5/6, Day “A” ~ Please send me a video (or audio only, if you prefer) of yourself singing your part of mm. 31-40 of “Dies Irae”. This is the same assignment as yesterday; if you already completed it, you do not need to do it a second time. This is for the folks who were having trouble receiving emails from me yesterday. Hopefully that is cleared up now!
Meme of the Day:
-How to Practice (even if you think you can’t!)-
-Virtual Piano (if you don’t have one at home)-
-Final Exam Practice Resource-
“The Silver Swan” sound files ~ https://njmea.org/all-state/2016-all-state-chorus-auditions/silver-swan-sound-files/
-Words of the Day-
music ~ organized and structured sound in time
rhythm ~ the subdivision of a space of time into a defined, repeated pattern. rhythm is the controlled movement of music through time
solfege (solfeggio/solmization) ~ the syllables [do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, etc.] and their association with specific pitches, especially in regard to intervals
tonality ~ notes organized around a tonal center based upon a major or minor scale
la-based minor ~ in the minor mode, when “la” is the tonal center.
chromaticism ~ 1) any music or chord that contains notes not belonging to the diatonic scale. 2) music which proceeds in half steps.
sforzando piano ~ a directive to perform the indicated note with particular emphasis followed by a sudden decrease in loudness.
Fri., 6/12, noon ~ Watch the 2020 Seniors’ Graduation video, with their rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana!
All Concert Choir members purchase their own Concert Attire through the school. Details about this will be given to students in class and emailed to students and parents within the first month of school.
Concert 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.
Concert Choir men may choose their own black formal shoes if they wish, or they may purchase them through the school. They do NOT have to be patent vinyl.
We offer a fundraising opportunity for those who wish to offset the cost of their clothing. This is a direct sale in which the individual who is purchasing attire reaps the sole monetary benefit.
Please see the forms below for more details:
Be prepared at every rehearsal with your folder, music, mirror, and a pencil!