*~-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.)
Wed., 9/18, period 4 ~ Entertainment Industry Master Class with actor Alex MacNicoll in the Theatre
Fri., 9/27, class time ~ Quartet Day Test on (“Take On Me” mm. 79-106, “Where Are You Christmas?” mm. 5-40 – all memorized)
all day ~ Deadline to hand in Concert Attire Order Form (with measurements!) and payment to Mrs. C (file located at bottom of page)
Sat., 11/16, 2:00pm (call time 1:15pm in the Choir Room) ~ Patriotic Concert performance in the Theatre (“Where Are You, Christmas?” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” only)
Mon., 12/9, 6-8pm ~ Tech rehearsal in the Theatre (please bring performance shoes)
Tues., 12/10, 6-8pm ~ Tech rehearsal in the Theatre (please bring performance shoes)
Thurs., 12/12, 7:00pm (call time TBA) ~ Winter Concert II in the Theatre
Mon., 12/16 (time TBD) ~ Workshop with Muhlenberg College’s InAcchord
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
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.)
Wed., 9/11 ~ Today, we began work on “The National Anthem”, in preparation for our November 16th Patriotic Concert appearance! We wrote in solfege syllables for the entire piece, with help from our section members. You should be able to sing the entire piece on solfege syllables with about 50% accuracy.
Mon., 9/9 ~ This evening, we began with a warm-up that focused on movement and communication, as well as musical awareness. Movement and comfort are such a large part of this ensemble!
We began repertoire with “Take On Me”, starting at meas. 79, and working through meas. 94. Everyone should be about 75% confident on these measures.
We continued onto “Where Are You, Christmas?”, reviewing mm. 5-28, solidifying parts here and there. Then we learned mm. 29-40. All should be about 80% confident on these measures.
Wed., 9/4 ~ Today we began by gaining an understanding of eighth note and quarter note triplets. Eighth note triplets occur when, in common time, 3 notes of equal value are played during the time it takes to play 2 eighth notes (taking up one pulse). Quarter note triplets occur when, in common time, 3 notes of equal value are played during the time it takes to play 2 quarter notes (taking up two pulses). Both these rhythmic patterns occur at various points in “Where Are You Christmas?”, the piece we received today! We began working on page 11, the very last measure. It is important because it is one of the key changes – a very exciting moment that includes a crescendo (please write it in). We wind up, on the first beat of page 12, with a C major chord (the new key).
We moved back to the very beginning, to a part that does not include triplets. We learned all parts from measures 5-28, noting that none of the parts last longer than beat ‘3’ of the measure from mm. 13-15, and all measures that hold that same pattern.
We also noted that solo auditions for this song (any voice part allowed to audition) and “I Don’t Care” will be Fri., 9/13, during class.
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