*~-How to Practice-~*
Practicing Choral Music: Ten ideas for the singer who doesn’t think they can practice on their own
At rehearsal on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, we all formed a list of expectations for the members of this group. The floor was open to anyone who had a thought, and everyone who expressed an interest to speak was heard.
Anyone who does not fully agree with the expectations ultimately decided upon and does not feel that they can abide by them should seriously reconsider their presence in this group. You are encouraged to drop if you realize you cannot adhere to the Show Choir expectations. (There is a link to the document at the bottom of this page, and the signed 2019-20 version will soon be posted in the Choir Room.)
Fri., 2/14, class time ~ “Come What May” solo auditions
Sat., 3/7, 8-10am ~ NHMA’s Flapjack Fundraiser (servers and performers welcome!), Flemington Applebee’s
Wed., 3/25, 7:00-9:30pm ~ Prism Dress Rehearsal in the Main Gym
Thurs., 3/26, 8:00pm (call time 7:30) ~ 18th annual Prism Concert in the Main Gym
Thurs., 4/30-Sun., 5/3, all day (call time TBA) ~ Music Department trip to Williamsburg, VA!
Mon., 5/11, 6-8pm ~ Tech rehearsal in the Theatre (please bring performance shoes)
Tues., 5/12, 6-8pm ~ Tech rehearsal in the Theatre (please bring performance shoes)
Thurs., 5/14, 7:00pm (call time TBA) ~ Spring Concert II in the Theatre
Fri., 6/12, 10:00am ~ Senior Choir photo in the Choir Room (seniors only)!
12:00pm (call time 10:15am, Choir Room) ~ Graduation performance on Singley Field or the Main Gym
[Show Choir rehearses each Wednesday and Friday from 2:30-3:10 in the Choir Room, unless otherwise announced.]
(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.
My expectations for what we have learned each date are made clear in these notes. If you were late or absent (for any reason), you will be tested on that date’s material within a week of your return to school. I will notify you of the date of your Test in an email. Rehearsal material is work that you need to make up with individual practice. Refer to the top of this page for an article on practicing on your own. You also have www.musictheory.net, therhythmtrainer.com, and the entire internet as resources for practice help. Please cozy up to a piano and get your practicing done. If you do not play keys, learn, and in the meantime, please utilize the resources around you. We have several fine keys players in the Department, and you can always ask one of the teachers for help as well.)
Fri., 2/7 ~ Today, we focused on “Pick Up the Pieces”, prepping for the improvisation auditions. We reviewed mm. 26, and learned mm. 27-38. This means we have all notes and rhythms learned for this piece; we are in good shape with it! Please be memorizing little by little. It has proven difficult to memorize!
We continued with “Toxic” work on mm. 43-50, then 25-42.
Wed., 2/5 ~ We reviewed “How Far I’ll Go” (the part with the solo, before the first refrain). You should be able to sing this with pretty full accuracy. Solo auditions on this are complete as well.
We moved on to “Come What May”, hearing the recording all the way through (from the 2001 movie). Solo auditions for this are on Valentine’s Day! Please be familiar with all parts of your solo before you audition. We have learned notes and rhythms for mm. 1-16.
Fri., 1/31 ~ Today our main accomplishment was to practice doing some vocal improvisation over the Bb blues scale (notes are listed on page 9 of “Pick Up the Pieces”. We practiced this as a group and as individuals, with a great amount of success! Thank you so much for reaching outside your comfort zones! Official solo auditions for this improv are on Fri., 2/7.
We moved on to “Come What May”, learning notes and rhythms (and writing in solfege) for the first 8 measures. You should be able to perform this with 90% accuracy. Solo auditions for this are on Wed., 2/5.
We finished by reviewing “Pick Up the Pieces”, the tested parts, for only Sopranos, Altos, and Tenors. Basses, I just noticed today that we have completely ignored the transition from meas. 20-21 (end of the second ending). I ask that you please circle that moment (it is a second space “C” and “Cb”), and we will solidify it next week.
Fri., 1/24 ~ Today we finished learning the measures from 1-26 (the section which will be tested next) in “Pick Up the Pieces”. We also heard solo auditions for “Toxic”.
Fri., 1/17 ~ Today after a VERY challenging warm-up (which I’d like to attempt again at some point!), we got a new piece, “Come What May”. I will want to hear solo auditions on this very soon, to determine exactly who will be singing which parts at which times. It is a pretty epic piece which should be fun to learn!
We finished with “Pick Up the Pieces”, reviewing and solidifying mm. 1-20, except for the Bass/Baritone parts in mm. 14 and 15. Sopranos, Altos, and Tenors should be somewhat comfortable on those measures, though (watch out – they are different!).
Since I forgot to hold “Toxic” auditions today, we will hold them on Wednesday, 1/22. Apologies!
Wed., 1/15 ~ Today we got a new piece: the Prism Concert finale, “The Impossible Dream”, from Man of La Mancha. We briefly discussed the plot (delusional senior citizen man goes on a fruitless mission to save the world, sort of), and despite its oddness, the song has a great message. We learned the first 21 measures; you should be able to perform them with about 75% accuracy.
We spent the rest of the period learning/solidifying the first few pages of “Toxic” and “I Don’t Care”.
Wed., 1/8 ~ Today, after a very entertaining duet and Wednesday Thing, we started the first real section of “Pick Up the Pieces”, which will be one of the songs tested on our next Quartet Day! We learned all of page 3, which means you should be able to perform pages 2 and 3 with about 75% accuracy. I will see you at the Premium Blend a cappella workshop in the Theatre on Friday!
Show Choir men purchase their own specific shirts, pants, ties, and shoes for performances, through the school.
Show Choir women purchase their own specific dresses through the school. They are in charge of finding their own shoes, which may be beige, black, silver, or any neutral color.
Information on ordering these items, as well as the fundraising opportunity to offset costs, is now available.
Concert Attire Order Form 2019
Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser Order Form 2019
How to Measure for Concert Attire
Please be prepared with your music and a pencil at every rehearsal!
Important Reminder: As the school year starts, it is your responsibility to educate your teachers and coaches on the nature of Show Choir. YOU must tell them that it is a CLASS, for a GRADE, and CREDIT that goes towards your GPA. It is CURRICULAR.
Show Choir Expectations
Show Choir Course Description
Auditioned Choir Attendance Policy
Music Dept. Grading Policy