Week of May 28, 2018

Treble Choir, the first two pieces of the program are in really good shape.  Please spend 20 minutes on Thursday and Friday studying the text for “It’s in My Desk.”  Parents, please test your child’s memory work.

Heaven                                                                                                                                                           Pete Curry

Text by Langston Hughes

Love is Little                                                                                                             South Union Shaker Settlement

Arr. Carol McClure

It’s in My Desk                                                                                                                             Mary Lynn Lightfoot

Treble Choir

Treble and Concert Choirs, be sure you are able to hold your own part.  Part I has difficulty with this at measure 49 on the repeated Cs.

How Can I Keep from Singing?                                                                                                          Ginger Littleton

Treble and Concert Choirs

Concert Choir, while many of you are well prepared on the following pieces, several of you are not.  Please spend 30 minutes on Thursday and Friday studying the following pieces.

May God be Merciful to Me                                                                                          Arranged by Crystal Jonkman

Everyone needs to check memory on text and have someone test them on it.  Part two singers need to review their part on section 2 in solfege.  Everyone needs to review their part on solfege for section 3.  There were many incorrect notes on Tuesday!  

Sakura                                                                                                                                           Japanese traditional

Arr. Michael Neaum

This piece also needs to have the text accurately memorized.  Like Mr. Pete said, writing it out from memory is one good way to do this.  Find a way that works for you!  Again, have someone test you on memory work.  Be sure you can sing and hold your own part accurately, especially Alto 1 (Kamirra and Molly).
 

The Old Carrion Crow                                                                                                  Nova Scotian Folk Song

Arranged by Mary Goetze

Secure text memory.  Also, be sure you can hold your own part at the two part sections.  Remember to use crisp consonants.

Concert Choir

Laudate Dominum                                                                                                                              Charles Gounod

Cavalieri, work on good legato phrasing.  Grow longer note values.  Think about emphasizing important syllables.

Cavalieri

Cantare, please carefully review the Byrd, Bernstein and Schalk pieces.  We discovered some of you need to continue carefully learning your part on the “Mass for Three Voices.”  You know who you are!  Spend a lot of time finishing memorizing “Plenty Good Room.”  I will expect Meghan and Katherine to have solos carefully worked out and memorized.  Meghan takes solo 1, Katherine solo 2.

Mass for Three Voices                                                                                                                             William Byrd

               Kyrie

               Gloria

Sanctus

               Agnus Dei

From Mass                                                                                                                                       Leonard Bernstein

               Simple Song

               Gloria Tibi

Plenty Good Room                                                                                                                       Traditional Spiritual

               Arr. Dorothy W. Smith

(Meghan Nuckols and Katherine Pierre-Louise, soloists)

Grant Peace, We Pray, in Mercy, Lord (from Five Chorale Motets)                                                Carl F. Schalk

Cantare

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor                                                                                                                Irving Berlin

Like “Laudate Dominum,” work on excellent legato phrasing.

Cavalieri

All choirs, please review the following pieces. 

America the Beautiful                                              Sing-along

Lady of Liberty                                                                                                                                        Nancy Gifford

Concert choir should review parts at the end of “Lady of Liberty,” especially those singing the bottom part.  Remember to sing it lightly.

Siyahamba                                                                                                                     South African Freedom Song  

Treble and Concert choirs, practice speaking and singing the different languages.  Concert Choir, review your own part in solfege to be sure you are singing accurate pitches.                                                                                 

All Choirs

Please take advantage of any opportunity to practice over the next two days.  I am sure we all want this concert to be the best it can be! 

Thanks! 

Mrs. Crystal

Week of May 21, 2018

Concert/Treble

Practice instructions – at least 20 minutes per day

The next few days offer the last opportunity to refine the music for the Spring Concert! Please be sure to do your part to contribute to the success of the group!

Treble and Concert:

Finish memorizing Siyahamba. Practice speaking the text several times over in rhythm to help you get used to the different languages. Voice 1 – Treble choir plus Wills, Nishorgo, Caetie; Voice 2 – Shantoya, Keziah, Marquita, Maria; Voice 3 – Kamirra, Molly, Matilde and Nora.

Treble:

It’s in My Desk – Secure memory work

How Can I Keep from Singing? – Be certain you can hold melody part in the two part section. Review memory work.

Review: Heaven, Lady of Liberty, Love is Little, America the Beautiful. Check memory work.

Concert:

Sakura – Secure text memorization. Work hard on holding your own part in tune. Practice coming in with the correct pitches at the beginning and at measure 39. Alto 1 – be sure you know your correct pitches beginning at measure 23.

(Soprano 1 – Caetie, Maria and Shantoya; Soprano 2 – Wills, Marquita and Nishorgo; Alto 1 – Kamirra and Molly, Alto 2 – Matilde, Keziah and Nora)

May God be Merciful – Secure text memorization. Be sure you can hold your own part. All parts should practice on solfege syllables to be certain the correct pitches are being sung. This was a bit of a problem on Tuesday evening. Voice three, be sure to sing in your lighter head voice on the lower notes. Do not force your sound.

(Voice 1 – Molly, Matilde, Nora; Voice 2 – Kamirra, Keziah, Marquita and Maria; Voice 3 – Wills, Nishorgo, Shantoya and Caetie).

The Old Carrion Crow – Review memory work. Be sure your part is accurately learned.

(Part 1 – Caetie, Shantoya, Wills, Nishorgo, Maria and Marquita; Part 2 – Molly, Nora, Kamirra, Matilde, Keziah)

Lady of Liberty – Review. Wills, Shantoya, Nishorge and Caetie need to have the bottom part learned for mm. 70 – end. Descant singers need to review the rhythm at m. 67.

How Can I Keep from Singing? – Be certain you can hold melody part in the two part section. Review memory work.

Review America the Beautiful

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

The next few days offer the last opportunity to refine the music for the Spring Concert! Please be sure to do your part to contribute to the success of the group!

Pro Arte – Memorize Shenandoah by Tuesday. Part 1 – Erica, Grace, Sharita and Dominique; Part 2 – Sophie, Siara, Faith, Part 3 – Meghan, Katherine, Lauren.

Plenty Good Room – Please have this memorized by Tuesday. Meaghan will sing the first solo and Katherine the second solo. Katherine, please use the recording that was sent last week to guide you on the improvisation. Same part division as the Schalk Chorale Motets.

Mass for Three Voices: Keep practicing this regularly in the following ways: practice counting while singing your part, singing on solfege syllables for tuning, and singing with the text while carefully thinking about pitch and rhythm. Pay special attention to memorizing the counting on rests and longer note values.

Remember to use the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Am1PQ0p39w

Remember to give slight crescendos on longer note values. Also, remember to lift on dots and repeated notes.

Simple Song – Review. Remember using open vowels and crisp consonants. Work on phrasing.

Gloria Tibi - Review. Rhythmic breaths.

Cavalieri – Laudate Dominum and Give me your Tired. Work on phrasing

Review the Schalk Motets, Draw the Circle Wide and The Storm is Passing Over, Lady of Liberty, Siyahamba and Freedom is Coming.

Week of May 14, 2018

Concert/Treble

Practice instructions – at least 20 minutes per day

Treble and Concert:

Continue learning your part on Siyahamba. Voice 1 – Treble choir plus Wills, Nishorgo, Caetie; Voice 2 – Shantoya, Keziah, Marquita, Maria; Voice 3 – Kamirra, Molly, Matilde and Nora. Memorize the text

Treble:

It’s in My Desk – Secure memory work

Review: Heaven, Lady of Liberty, Love is Little, How Can I Keep From Singing?, America the Beautiful. Check memory work.

Concert:

Sakura – Secure text memorization. Work hard on holding your own part in tune.

(Soprano 1 – Caetie, Maria and Shantoya; Soprano 2 – Wills, Marquita and Nishorgo; Alto 1 – Kamirra and Molly, Alto 2 – Matilde, Keziah and Nora)

May God be Merciful – Secure text memorization. Be sure you can hold your own part.

(Voice 1 – Molly, Matilde, Nora; Voice 2 – Kamirra, Keziah, Marquita and Maria; Voice 3 – Wills, Nishorgo, Shantoya and Caetie).

The Old Carrion Crow – Review memory work. Be sure your part is accurately learned.

(Part 1 – Caetie, Shantoya, Wills, Nishorgo, Maria and Marquita; Part 2 – Molly, Nora, Kamirra, Matilde, Keziah)

Lady of Liberty – Review. Wills, Shantoya, Nishorge and Caetie need to have the bottom part learned for mm. 70 – end.

Review: Lady of Liberty with middle sections, How Can I Keep From Singing?, and America the Beautiful

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Mass for Three Voices: Practice counting while singing your part, singing on solfege syllables for tuning, and singing with the text while carefully thinking about pitch and rhythm. Pay special attention to memorizing the counting on rests and longer note values. Even though this went quite well last rehearsal, please do not rest on practicing it regularly.

Remember to use the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Am1PQ0p39w

Remember to give slight crescendos on longer note values. Also, remember to lift on dots and repeated notes.

Simple Song – Review. Remember using open vowels and crisp consonants. Work on phrasing.

Gloria Tibi - Review. Rhythmic breaths.

Cavalieri – Laudate Dominum and Give me your Tired. Work on phrasing

Pro Arte – Study your part for Shenandoah. Part 1 – Erica, Grace, Sharita and Dominique; Part 2 – Sophie, Siara, Faith, Part 3 – Meghan, Katherine, Lauren.

Plenty Good Room – Learn parts on solfege and text. Same part division as the Schalk Chorale Motets. You should also listen here: https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/plenty-good-room-print-g4252

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of May 7, 2018

Concert/Treble

Practice instructions – at least 20 minutes per day

Treble and Concert: Learn your part on Siyahamba. Voice 1 – Treble choir plus Wills, Nishorgo, Caetie; Voice 2 – Shantoya, Keziah, Marquita, Maria; Voice 3 – Kamirra, Molly, Matilde and Nora

Memorize the text

Treble:

It’s in My Desk – Secure memory work

Review: Heaven, Lady of Liberty, Love is Little, How Can I Keep From Singing?, America the Beautiful. Check memory work.

Concert:

Sakura – Secure text memorization. Work hard on holding your own part in tune.

(Soprano 1 – Caetie, Maria and Shantoya; Soprano 2 – Wills, Marquita and Nishorgo; Alto 1 – Kamirra and Molly, Alto 2 – Matilde, Keziah and Nora)

May God be Merciful – Secure text memorization. Be sure you can hold your own part.

(Voice 1 – Molly, Matilde, Nora; Voice 2 – Kamirra, Keziah, Marquita and Maria; Voice 3 – Wills, Nishorgo, Shantoya and Caetie).

The Old Carrion Crow – Review memory work. Be sure your part is accurately learned.

(Part 1 – Caetie, Shantoya, Wills, Nishorgo, Maria and Marquita; Part 2 – Molly, Nora, Kamirra, Matilde, Keziah)

Lady of Liberty – Review. Wills, Shantoya, Nishorge and Caetie need to have the bottom part learned for mm. 70 – end.

Review: Lady of Liberty with middle sections, How Can I Keep From Singing?, and America the Beautiful

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Mass for Three Voices: Practice counting while singing your part, singing on solfege syllables for tuning, and singing with the text while carefully thinking about pitch and rhythm. Pay special attention to memorizing the counting on rests and longer note values.

Remember to use the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Am1PQ0p39w

Remember to give slight crescendos on longer note values. Also, remember to lift on dots and repeated notes.

Simple Song – Review. Remember using open vowels and crisp consonants. Work on phrasing.

Gloria Tibi - Review. Rhythmic breaths.

Cavalieri – Laudate Dominum and Give me your Tired. Work on phrasing

Pro Arte – Study your part for Shenandoah. Part 1 – Erica, Grace, Sharita and Dominique; Part 2 – Sophie, Siara, Faith, Part 3 – Meghan, Katherine, Lauren.

Week of April 23, 2018

Concert/Treble

See handout and email for details of Sat. April 28 Library concert and Tuesday May 1 Sitter & Barfoot concert

Practice instructions – at least 20 minutes per day

Treble:

Learn: It’s in My Desk – This needs to be completely memorized by Saturday.

Review: Heaven, Lady of Liberty with middle sections, Love is Little, How Can I Keep From Singing?, America the Beautiful. Check memory work.

Concert:

Sakura – Finish memorizing. Work hard on holding your own part in tune.

(Soprano 1 – Caetie, Maria and Shantoya; Soprano 2 – Wills, Marquita and Nishorgo; Alto 1 – Kamirra and Molly, Alto 2 – Matilde, Keziah and Nora)

May God be Merciful – Finish memorizing. Be sure you can hold your own part!

(Voice 1 – Molly, Matilde, Nora; Voice 2 – Kamirra, Keziah, Marquita and Maria; Voice 3 – Wills, Nishorgo, Shantoya and Caetie).

The Old Carrion Crow – Finish memorizing. Be sure your part is accurately learned.

(Part 1 – Caetie, Shantoya, Wills, Nishorgo, Maria and Marquita; Part 2 – Molly, Nora, Kamirra, Matilde, Keziah)

Lady of Liberty – Wills, Shantoya, Nishorge and Caetie need to have the bottom part learned for mm. 70 – end. Be sure the text for the entire piece is memorized, including the middle sections.

Review: Lady of Liberty with middle sections, How Can I Keep From Singing?, and America the Beautiful

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Please see handout and email for details of Sunday April 29 Westminster Canterbury handout

Mass for Three Voices: Please finish learning notes and rhythms for the Sanctus and Agnus Dei by practicing in the following ways: Practice counting while singing your part, singing on solfege syllables for tuning, and singing with the text while carefully thinking about rhythm. Pay special attention to memorizing the counting on rests and longer note values. Sopranos and Altos need to secure starting pitches of phrases throughout the Sanctus-Benedictus and Agnus Dei. Altos, carefully review the Agnus Dei, pick up to mm. 39 – end. Finish memorizing the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei.

Remember to use the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Am1PQ0p39w

Remember to give slight crescendos on longer note values. Also, remember to lift on dots and repeated notes.

Simple Song – Finish memorizing

Gloria Tibi - Finish memorizing.

Cavalieri – Finish memorizing Laudate Dominum.

Pro Arte – Continue working on Vocalise. We will not sing this on the next concert.

Draw the Circle Wide – Shaandro, please be ready to sing Owen’s solos.

Week of April 16, 2018

Practice instructions – at least 20 minutes per day

Concert/Treble upcoming Concerts, Saturday April 28 at Richmond Public Library and Tuesday May 1st at Sitter & Barfoot Veteran Care Center. 

Treble:

Learn:  It’s in My Desk – This needs to be completely memorized by next rehearsal.

Review:  Heaven, Lady of Liberty with middle sections, Love is Little, How Can I Keep From Singing?, America the Beautiful.  Check memory work.

Concert:

Sakura – Finish memorizing.  Work hard on holding your own part in tune.

(Soprano 1 – Caetie, Maria and Shantoya; Soprano 2 – Wills, Marquita and Nishorgo; Alto 1 – Kamirra and Molly, Alto 2 – Matilde, Keziah and Nora)

May God be Merciful – Finish memorizing.  Be sure you can hold your own part.

(Voice 1 – Molly, Matilde, Nora; Voice 2 – Kamirra, Keziah, Marquita and Maria; Voice 3 – Wills, Nishorgo, Shantoya and Caetie).

The Old Carrion Crow – Finish memorizing.  Be sure your part is accurately learned.

(Part 1 – Caetie, Shantoya, Wills, Nishorgo, Maria and Marquita;   Part 2 – Molly, Nora, Kamirra, Matilde, Keziah)

Review:  Lady of Liberty with middle sections, How Can I Keep From Singing?,  and America the Beautiful

Practice instructions

Pro Arte/Cavalieri - next concert Sunday April 29th at Westminster Canterbury

Mass for Three Voices:  Please finish learning notes and rhythms for the Sanctus and Agnus Dei by practicing in the following ways:   Practice counting while singing your part, singing on solfege syllables for tuning, and singing with the text while carefully thinking about rhythm.   Pay special attention to memorizing the counting on rests and longer note values.  Sopranos and Altos need to secure starting pitches of phrases throughout the Sanctus-Benedictus and Agnus Dei.  Altos, carefully review the Agnus Dei, pick up to mm. 39 – end.  Finish memorizing the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei.   

Remember to use the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Am1PQ0p39w

Remember to give slight crescendos on longer note values.  Also, remember to lift on dots and repeated notes.

Simple Song – Finish memorizing

Gloria Tibi  - Finish memorizing. 

Cavalieri – Finish memorizing Laudate Dominum.

Pro Arte – Continue working on Vocalise.  We will not sing this on the next concert.

Draw the Circle Wide – Shaandro, please be ready to sing Owen’s solos.

Week of March 19, 2018

Continue using these instructions until we meet again April 9-10. Thanks!

Concert/Treble

Practice instructions – at least 20 minutes per day

Treble:

Learn:  It’s in My Desk – notes on solfege.  First page, B-flat is Do.  Pp. 3-end, G is Do.  Begin to memorize.  This should be completely memorized by April 10th.

Review:  Heaven, Lady of Liberty with middle sections, Love is Little, How Can I Keep From Singing?, America the Beautiful.  Check memory work.

Concert:

Sakura – review solfege for entire piece.  D is Do. (Soprano 1 – Caetie, Maria and Shantoya; Soprano 2 – Wills, Marquita and Nishorgo; Alto 1 – Kamirra and Molly, Alto 2 – Matilde, Keziah and Nora).  Secure your own part.  Begin memorizing.  Memory needs to be completed by April 10th.

May God be Merciful – learn solfege through the end of the piece. B-flat is Do.

(Voice 1 – Molly, Matilde, Nora; Voice 2 – Kamirra, Keziah, Marquita and Maria; Voice 3 – Wills, Nishorgo, Shantoya and Caetie).  Secure your own part.  Begin memorizing.  Memory needs to be completed by April 10th.

The Old Carrion Crow – Learn notes on solfege through the end of the piece.  C is Do.  Secure your own part.  Begin memorizing.  Memory needs to be completed by April 10th.

Like most nursery rhymes, there are hidden meanings that are based in historical facts.  The one we will focus on is the crow being a symbol of bad luck.  This is why the tailor needed to try to protect himself.  In the end, this could be about life going on no matter what challenges come our way. 

Review:  Lady of Liberty with middle sections, How Can I Keep From Singing?,  and America the Beautiful

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Mass for Three Voices: Please finish learning notes and rhythms for the Sanctus and Agnus Dei by practicing in the following ways: Practice counting while singing your part, singing on solfege syllables for tuning, and singing with the text while carefully thinking about rhythm. Please work on memorizing the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. The deadline for memorizing this is April 9th. Remember to use the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Am1PQ0p39w

Remember to give slight crescendos on longer note values. Also, remember to lift on dots and repeated notes.

Simple Song – Learn notes on solfege and text for entire piece. Cavalieri sings first page through m.19 on p. 2 alone. Cantare sings mm. 24 – 63. Cavalieri sings mm. 71 – end. Begin memory work. The deadline for memorizing this is April 9th.

Gloria Tibi - Work on solfege and text for the entire piece. Pages 7&8 are the same as p. 4 middle – p. 5. Begin memory work. The deadline for memorizing this is April 9th.

Cavalieri – Continue learning Laudate Dominum and begin memorizing.

Pro Arte – Continue working on Vocalise and begin memorizing.

Week of March 12, 2018

Concert/Treble

Practice instructions – at least 20 minutes per day. You could find this helpful: http://davidkulma.com/musictheory/solfege

Treble:

Learn: It’s in My Desk – notes on solfege. First page, B-flat is Do. Pp. 3-end, G is Do.

Review: Heaven, Lady of Liberty with middle sections, Love is Little, How Can I Keep From Singing?, America the Beautiful

Concert:

Sakura – review solfege for entire piece. D is Do. (Soprano 1 – Caetie, Maria and Shantoya; Soprano 2 – Wills, Marquita and Nishorgo; Alto 1 – Kamirra and Molly, Alto 2 – Matilde, Keziah and Nora)

May God be Merciful – learn solfege through the end of the piece. B-flat is Do.

(Voice 1 – Molly, Matilde, Nora; Voice 2 – Kamirra, Keziah, Marquita and Maria; Voice 3 – Wills, Nishorgo, Shantoya and Caetie).

The Old Carrion Crow – Learn notes on solfege through m. 82. C is Do. We will talk about the text this coming rehearsal. Like most nursery rhymes, there are hidden meanings that are based in historical facts. The one we will focus on is the crow being a symbol of bad luck. This is why the tailor needed to try to protect himself.

Review: Lady of Liberty with middle sections, How Can I Keep From Singing?, America the Beautiful