Week of May 20, 2019

Each group should carefully practice each piece they are singing between now and Tuesday’s rehearsals.  We will use our scores for the Folk Songs, except for Green Meadow .

GRCC Spring Concert

Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter

June 2, 2019

4:00 PM

 

O Music                                                                                                                                   Lowell Mason

All Choirs

 

Jubilate!                                                                                                                                               Michael Bedford

Hine Ma Tov                                                                                                                                          Allen E. Naplan

Concert Choir

 

Two Singing Songs (from Singing by numbers)                                                                                    Bob Chilcott      

1.       Sing you now (from Two Singing Songs)

2.       The singing of birds

Treble and Concert Choirs

Do-Re-Mi (From “The Sound of Music”)                                                                                 Arr. Mark A. Brymer

Good Night                                                                                                                                      Dimitri Kabelevsky

Arr.  Doreen Rao

Treble Choir

 

Simple Gifts                                                                                                                  Aaron Copland

(1900-1990)

Transcribed for Chorus by Irving Fine

 

Da Pacem                                                                                                            Jeff Enns

Da pacem, Domine, in diebus nostris.  

Grant peace, Lord, in our time.

 

I Believe in the Sun (Lauren Relaford, soloist)                                                                                Thomas Juneau

Ich glaube an die Sonne auch wenn sie nicht scheint.

I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.

 

Ich glaube an die Liebe auch wenn ich sie nicht fühle.

I believe in love even when I cannot feel it

 

Ich glaube an Gott auch wenn er schweigt.

I believe in God even when he is silent.

 

At the River                                                                                                                 Aaron Copland

Choral arrangement by R. Wilding White

Concert Choir and Pro Arte

 

Shenandoah (Molly Gorman, soloist)                               Arranged by Mary Goetze

 

Wade in the Jordan River (Katherine Pierre-Louise)                                                        arr. Clifton J. Noble, Jr.

Pro Arte

 

Folk Songs of the Four Seasons (Excerpts)                                                                       Ralph Vaughan Williams

Spring

              The Lark in the Morning

                             May Song

              Summer

                             The Sprig of Thyme

                             The Sheep Shearing (Sung by Pro Arte)

                             The Green Meadow

Pro Arte and Concert Choirs with Treble Choir joining in singing The Green Meadow

 

Carmen (Children’s Chorus excerpts)                                                                                                 Georges Bizet

              No. 3, Choeur Des Gamins

              No. 26, Marche et Choeur

All Choirs

Practice notes for Friday night May 17th

Practice notes for Friday:

First of all, great job last night!

No. 3 went very well! Keep working on text memory. And, remember to practice clearly articulating your consonants. The “Ta ra ta ta” sections need the most energy. Be sure your faces are up and looking at the conductor at all times. Imagine you have a trumpet bell extending from your mouth and that your sound is being sent into every corner of the theater. You may want to practice marching in time to the introduction. There isn’t a huge hurry to get down the aisle.

No. 26 needs some practice in sections. You did a great job on the entry. As I have said over and over, you can’t count on Maestro Smith to cue your entries. You must count your rests. Practice doing this several times per day, beginning with the final “Les voici” on page 45 through the top of page 50. Know how long to hold each “mil” of the word “Escamillo.” The first one is 3 beats, the second four beats, the long one on page 52 is 5 beats. I thing you were fine with the bottom of page 52 to the end. However, please review that section as well. Work with the recording, in order to get used to everything going on around you. I know all of that sound was overwhelming last night. In this movement especially, you must keep your eyes on the conductor’s beat. The Symphony Chorus will sound behind the beat because of their location in the theater. Do not try to keep with what you hear coming from them. Again, your own confidence in counting your rhythm exactly right is what will make this movement successful!

Week of May 6, 2019

Please refer to prior weeks’ notes.

Carmen

A direct translation for singers by Lea Frey

A Square in Seville

STREET URCHINS (CHILDREN'S CHORUS)

Avec la garde montante, nous arrivons, nous voilà! With the mounting guard, we arrive; here we are!

Sonne trompette éclatante! Ta ra ta ta ta ra ta ta. Sound, dazzling trumpet! Ta ra ta ta ta ra ta ta.

Nous marchons la tête haute comme des petits soldats, We march, heads high, like little soldiers,

Marquant, sans faire de faute, Marking, without making a mistake,

une, deux, marquant le pas. One, two, marking the step.

Les épaules en arrière et la poitrine en dehors, The shoulders back and the chest out,

Les bras de cette manière The arms in this manner

Tombant tout le long du corps. Falling right along the body.

Avec la garde montante, etc. With the mounting guard, etc.

ACT IV

CHILDREN

Les voici! les voici! Here they are! Here they are!

Voici la quadrille! Here is the cuadrilla!

THE CROWD AND CHILDREN

Les voici! Oui, les voici! Here they are! Yes, here they are!

Voici la quadrille! Here is the cuadrilla!

La quadrille des Toréros! The cuadrilla of toreros!

Sur les lances le soleil brille! On the lances the sun gleams!

En l'air, en l'air, toques et sombreros! In the air, in the air, caps and sombreros!

Les voici, voici la quadrille, etc. Here they are, here is the cuadrilla, etc.

Une autre quadrille s'avance! Another cuadrilla advances!

Voyez les picadors! Look at the picadors!

Ah! comme ils sont beaux! Ah! How handsome they are!

Ah! voyez, comme ils sont beaux! Ah! Look, how handsome they are!

Escamillo, Escamillo!

(Escamillo enters with Carmen)

C'est L'Espada, la fine lame, It is L'Espada, the fine blade,

celui qui vient terminer tout, He who comes to end it all,

qui paraît a la fin du drame, who appears at the end of the drama,

et qui frappe le dernier coup! And who raps the last blow!

Vive Escamillo! Ah, bravo! Vive Escamillo! Ah, bravo!

Les voici! Voici la quadrille, etc. Here they are! Here is the cuadrilla, etc.

translation by

Lea Frey

Copyright 1999, Lea Frey

Week of April 8, 2019

All choirs:

4/22 addition: Pronunciation guide https://www.ipasource.com/media/ipasource/cms/extra/diction/French%20Charts.pdf

Carmen is the priority! We have limited time to bring it to performance level. Please be sure to practice it every day.

I am including recordings. Please do not try to work up to tempo right away, Rather, try to increase your tempo bit by bit each day. Enjoy the process!

Carmen, No. 3 – please review pitches and French pronunciation. As always, it is helpful to drill each phrase several times in a row. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbp1jZF-D6g

Carmen, No. 26 – We sing the parts marked E (Enfants)/Children. Please be certain to have worked out all of the solfege syllables (A Major). Please note; rehearsal 31 and 32 are identical to rehearsal 51 through the beginning of 52. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYjs6waSGdY

Remember, a portion of the middle of this movement is going to be cut. Your part picks up again at 2:13 into the recording.

Carmen overview here: https://www.metopera.org/discover/synopses/carmen/

Concert and Treble:

Music for the May 7th concert:

O Music                                                          Treble and Concert Choirs                                            Lowell Mason

Jubilate!                                                      Concert Choir                                                             Michael Bedford

Good Night                                                 Treble Choir                                                            Dimitri Kabelevsky

Arr.  Doreen Rao

Hine Ma Tov                                                   Concert Choir                                                              Allen E. Naplan

No Laugh Race                                           Treble and Concert Choirs

Sing-along:

“O beautiful for spacious skies”       

“All things bright and beautiful”  - still need to distribute     

Two Singing Songs (from Singing by numbers)                                                                                    Bob Chilcott      

1.       Sing you now  (from Two Singing Songs)

2.       The singing of birdsstudying this piece should be a priority

Treble and Concert Choirs

The Green Meadow (from Folk Songs of the Four Seasons)                                         Ralph Vaughan Williams

Pro Arte:

This is what we are planning to sing for our May 5th concert (Please continue reviewing):

Da Pacem                                                                                                                                                          Jeff Enns

I Believe in the Sun                                                                                                                              Thomas Juneau

Simple Gifts                                                                                                                                            Aaron Copland

(1900-1990)

Transcribed for Chorus by Irving Fine

At the River                                                                                                                                            Aaron Copland

Choral arrangement by R. Wilding White

Shenandoah                                                                                                                       Arranged by Mary Goetze

Wade in the Jordan River                                                                                                      arr. Clifton J. Noble, Jr.

Folk Songs of the Four Seasons (Excerpts)                                                                       Ralph Vaughan Williams

Spring

                           The Lark in the Morning

                           May Song

              Summer

                           The Sprig of Thyme

                           The Sheep Shearing

                           The Green Meadow

We might also sing O. Music.In addition to these, there will be two sing-along hymns.

Week of March 18, 2019

Practice Instructions and schedule for Lynchburg concert. Please follow this each day up to Saturday – This suggested practice schedule represents 70 minutes of work per day for the Pro Arte and about 35 minutes per day for the Concert Choir, depending upon how well you already know the music.

Is your dress still long enough? It will be very noticeable from the audience when you are singing up on the stage. Please let the hem down if needed or make arrangements with Mrs. Williford to look for a different dress on Saturday.

Pro Arte:

Spend 10 minutes per day reviewing the following three pieces. On Da Pacem, please work on chord tuning/getting your correct pitches. Also, please review the staggered breathing assignments.

Simple Gifts Aaron Copland

Da Pacem Jeff Enns

I Believe in the Sun (Lauren Relaford, soloist) Thomas Juneau

Spend 10 minutes per day memorizing the following 2 pieces:

Shenandoah Arranged by Mary Goetze

Pro Arte and Concert Choir:

At the River Aaron Copland Choral arrangement by R. Wilding White

Spend 50 minutes per day studying the following Folk Songs. Perfect solfege tuning as necessary. Study note and text rhythms:

p. 7 – 10 minutes – work especially hard on page 11.

p. 13 – 5 minutes

p. 17 – 5 minutes – Pro Arte sopranos should focus on descants beginning at rehearsal letter S.

p. 25 – 30 – 10 minutes (Concert Choir 5 minutes) – study endings of your part of the round. Pro Arte Soprano 1 and Alto 2 study semi-chorus parts beginning on page 29. Everyone else, please accurately learn the full chorus melody.

p. 35 – Pro Arte only – 10 minutes (Concert Choir 5 minutes) – please be able to accurately sing your part unaccompanied. Work especially hard on page 37.

p. 70 – 10 minutes (Concert Choir 5 minutes)– Pro Arte especially needs to secure parts. Please be able to accurately sing your part unaccompanied.

Pro Arte – please review descants on pp. 67-69 and pp. 60 -64 at least one time before Saturday.

Week of March 11, 2019

Links for the Ralph Vaughn Williams Folk Songs for Concert and Pro Arte:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz-cdCcWphw

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9Li3jTfvkw

Concert Choir Practice Instructions

Music for the March 24th concert:

At the River – Sing top part from the beginning through p. 4, second line (system).  Last measure of p. 4, move to bottom part.  Second system, move back up to top line until the end of the piece.  Memorize.

Wade in the River Jordan.  Accurately learn your part and begin memorizing. Concert Choir does not sing the first page.  At measure 8, learn bottom line.  Page 3, you do not sing until the last two measures.  There you sing the top part through the top of page 5.  Mm. 56 – 70 sing top part.  You don’t sing mm. 73-81.  Mm. 82 end, sing top part.  Memorize. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj-JFcVSCVs

Folk Songs of the Four Seasons: 

Even though we will use the music for these, please work on memorizing.   Faces need to be up and out of the music.  Drill texts in rhythm.

Spring section: Early in Spring – Concert Choir sings Soprano I part through the top of page 8.  Second system of p. 8, sing soprano II part.  Page 9 – don’t sing until last note pickup to page 10 where you sing Soprano I part through the second “pray grant me your name, sir”  Pick-up to page 11, sing soprano II part to the end.  The Lark in Morning – Sing soprano beginning on page 13.  At rehearsal H, sing alto line. At the pick-up to rehearsal K, go back to soprano line.  May Song – Sing full chorus parts, beginning on p. 19.

Summer section: Summer is a -coming in and The Cuckoo – Full chorus parts.  Review previously learned pieces in the section.  You do not sing The Sheep Shearing

              Carefully review the following:

Winter Section:    We need to have our eyes up and out of the music.

p. 59

p. 65

p.77

Autumn Section:  Review p. 41 and p. 55 at least once per week.

Prologue

Pro Arte Practice Instructions

(*See the practice commitment and instructions below in the March 4th instructions.  Please be sure to read and use instruction as a guide.  We want the  March 24th concert to be fantastic!)

New pieces for March Concert:

Shenandoah, At the River and Wade in the River Jordan.  Accurately learn your part and memorize.  We have had this music for several weeks.  All of it should be further along by now.

Wade in the River Jordan – this piece needs careful attention!   Learn you part!  Most of this isn’t too difficult, since it consists of partner songs – combining melodies together.  Practice correctly singing your starting note for each section.    Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj-JFcVSCVs

Shenandoah mm. 21-31 – Molly sings all soprano I parts (stems up) where the part divides.  The rest of the sopranos sing the lower note. mm.32 – end, Molly on top soprano part, Dominique and Matilde on lower soprano part.  Lillian sings part 2 with Kamirra and Sadie.  Practice tricky ending on counting.

At the River- the notes for this simply are not that difficult.  Please apply yourself and learn them.

The concert will also include I Believe in the Sun, Simple Gifts and Da Pacem.  Please review!

Folk Songs of the Four Seasons: 

Keep learning the following:

Spring Section:  Early in the Spring – this movement needs the most work!  Be able to accurately sing your part independently, unaccompanied.  Lark in Morning – rehearsal E: Sop. 1 on Soprano line, Sop. 2 join altos on alto line. Rehearsal H – all sopranos on soprano line to the end of piece.  May Song – all sopranos learn descants.

Summer Section:  The Cuckoo p. 24 through 27.  For the four part round we will use the same part assignment that we use on Da Pacem.  Please also accurately learn the melody on page 28.  Continue learning the solfege for your part of the Semi-chorus on pp. 29&30.  Soprano:  Dominique, Matilde, Molly and Lilly.  Alto:  Katherine, Siara, Lauren, Sadie, Kamirra

The Sheep Shearing (p.35) – Be able to sing your part accurately unaccompanied.       

Winter Section:  In Bethlehem City (p.70)  - Part division for In Bethlehem City:  Soprano I – Dominique, Molly and Matilde; Soprano II – Kamirra, Lilly and Sadie; Alto – Lauren, Siara and Katherine.  Be able to sing accurately unaccompanied. 

              Carefully review the following::

Winter Section:  Carefully study text for these.  Try to memorize phrase by phrase.  We need to have our eyes up and out of the music.

p. 59 – Sopranos, please review descants.  Everyone needs to review the ending.

p. 65 – review entire piece, especially descants.   Practice descants on solfege and counting.  Work on bringing them accurately up to tempo.

p. 77 – Finish accurately learning melody.  Sopranos, be sure to study the short descant at the end of the piece.

Autumn Section:  Review p. 41 and p. 55 at least once per week.

Other selections to review:Prologue, p. 31 and p. 38

Week of March 4, 2019

Concert Choir Practice Instructions

Music for the March 24th concert:

At the River – Sing top part from the beginning through p. 4, second line (system). Last measure of p. 4, move to bottom part. Second system, move back up to top line until the end of the piece.

Wade in the River Jordan. Accurately learn your part and begin memorizing. Concert Choir does not sing the first page. At measure 8, learn bottom line. Page 3, you do not sing until the last two measures. There you sing the top part through the top of page 5. Mm. 56 – 70 sing top part. You don’t sing mm. 73-81. Mm. 82 end, sing top part.

Folk Songs of the Four Seasons:

Even though we will use the music for these, please work on memorizing. Faces need to be up and out of the music.

Spring section: Early in Spring – Concert Choir sings Soprano I part through the top of page 8. Second system of p. 8, sing soprano II part. Page 9 – don’t sing until last note pickup to page 10 where you sing Soprano I part through the second “pray grant me your name, sir” Pick-up to page 11, sing soprano II part to the end. The Lark in Morning – Sing soprano beginning on page 13. At rehearsal H, sing alto line. At the pick-up to rehearsal K, go back to soprano line. May Song – Sing full chorus parts, beginning on p. 19.

Summer section: Summer is a -coming in and The Cuckoo – Full chorus parts. Review previously learned pieces in the section. You do not sing The Sheep Shearing

Carefully review the following:

Winter Section: We need to have our eyes up and out of the music.

p. 59

p. 65

p.77

Autumn Section: Review p. 41 and p. 55 at least once per week.

Prologue

Pro Arte Practice Instructions

*I am attaching the practice commitment and instructions below. Please be sure to read and use instruction as a guide. We want the March concert to be fantastic!

New pieces for March Concert:

Shenandoah, At the River and Wade in the River Jordan. Accurately learn your part and begin memorizing. We have had this music for several weeks. All of it should be further along by now.

Wade in the River Jordan – this piece needs careful attention! Learn you part! Most of this isn’t too difficult, since it consists of partner songs – combining melodies together. Practice correctly singing your starting note for each section.

Shenandoah mm. 21-31 – Molly sings all soprano I parts (stems up) where the part divides. The rest of the sopranos sing the lower note. mm.32 – end, Molly on top soprano part, Dominique and Matilde on lower soprano part. Practice tricky ending on counting.

At the River- the notes for this simply are not that difficult. Please apply yourself and learn them.

The March concert will also include I Believe in the Sun, Simple Gifts and Da Pacem. Please continue reviewing these – especially Da Pacem.

Folk Songs of the Four Seasons:

Keep learning the following:

Spring Section: Lark in Morning – rehearsal E: Sop. 1 on Soprano line, Sop. 2 join altos on alto line. Rehearsal H – all sopranos on soprano line to the end of piece. May Song – all sopranos learn descants.

Summer Section: The Cuckoo p. 24 through 27. For the four part round we will use the same part assignment that we use on Da Pacem. Please also accurately learn the melody on page 28. Continue learning the solfege for your part of the Semi-chorus on pp. 29&30. Soprano: Dominique, Matilde, Molly and Lilly. Alto: Katherine, Siara, Lauren, Sadie, Kamirra

The Sheep Shearing (p.35) – Be able to sing your part accurately unaccompanied.

Winter Section: In Bethlehem City (p.70) - Part division for In Bethlehem City: Soprano I – Dominique, Molly and Matilde; Soprano II – Kamirra, Lilly and Sadie; Alto – Lauren, Siara and Katherine. Be able to sing accurately unaccompanied.

Carefully review the following::

Winter Section: Carefully study text for these. Try to memorize phrase by phrase. We need to have our eyes up and out of the music.

p. 59 – Sopranos, please review descants. Everyone needs to review the ending.

p. 65 – review entire piece, especially descants. Practice descants on solfege and counting. Work on bringing them accurately up to tempo.

p. 77 – Finish accurately learning melody. Sopranos, be sure to study the short descant at the end of the piece.

Autumn Section: Review p. 41 and p. 55 at least once per week.

Other selections to review: Prologue, p. 31 and p. 38

Practice at Home

All choristers are required to practice at home for at least 20 minutes per day, six days each week. The actual time may vary according to the ability of the chorister, but it is essential that all choristers learn the music! Assignments regarding which repertoire is to be learned for the following week(s) are given out at each rehearsal verbally and/or in written form. Follow these home practice instructions! • Stand in front of a mirror so that you can see as well as feel and hear that you are singing properly. • Start with vocal warm ups to encourage free singing. • Practice solfege from Kodaly 333 Exercises every day. • Master the week’s assignment first, and then review and/or learn the other music in the folder. • Practice singing text in correct rhythm on one note, focusing on proper diction and vowel sounds. • Notes must be learned and music must be memorized by the assigned date.

 Home Practice Instructions for Singers!

Compiled for the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir by Leilani Mork

• Check your key signature, time signature, and all musical markings (legato, presto, etc.) Make sure you know what they mean.

• Look through the music and find the potential problems and practice these areas first:

o Meter changes – circle them and know when and how it changes your counting

o Key changes – circle them and know when and how it changes where ‘Do’ is.

o Tricky rhythms (tied notes, etc.) – circle them and practice counting the rhythms slowly and correctly as numbers, then with solfege and then with the words.

o Tricky intervals – practice the solfege slowly so you get it into your ear correctly.

o Practice the breath marks so you have enough breath for the long phrases and can articulate ending consonants at the correct place.

o Look up any words you don’t understand in the text so you know what you’re singing about as well as how to pronounce them.

• Practice in small sections (1 phrase at a time):

o Tapping the beat while counting the rhythms

o Tapping the beat while speaking the solfege

o Tapping the beat while singing the solfege

o Tapping the beat while speaking the words in rhythm

o Tapping the beat while singing the words in rhythm

o Go through each phrase and check dynamics and articulations and add them into your work.

• Once you’ve mastered a phrase, put two phrases together; continue in this fashion until song is completed.

• Things to remember:

o Check with a piano, keyboard or pitch pipe frequently to make sure you are staying on pitch. Find the note or notes that are the intonation culprits and correct them.

o Mark in your beats of rests so that you are aware of how many beats there are before your next entrance.

o If you have the ability to record yourself, do! Your ears will become your best friend and it will give you an immediate feedback if you are right but more importantly, if you are wrong!

o If you are having difficulty with an area, be sure to circle it and ask when you’re at rehearsal so we can address those issues to make sure you understand what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it.

o Find phrases that are similar and practice them back to back where any pitch or rhythm changes so you can understand where they are the same and where they are different.

o Look up the composer so you know who he/she is, when they were born, where they’re from, etc. Find out other major works they have written and then listen to their music to get a better idea of the style.

o Lastly, if 20-minutes a day is not getting you the results you need by the next rehearsal, try adding in increments of 5 minutes a day and see if that helps. If you have difficulty with finding all that time in one sitting, break it up throughout the day but always do at least 10 minutes at one sitting. Make sure you are not being distracted during that time of rehearsal and always remember to review what you learned the day before!!!

Week of February 25, 2019

Updated links for the Ralph Vaughn Williams Folk Songs for Concert and Pro Arte:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz-cdCcWphw

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9Li3jTfvkw

Concert Choir Practice Instructions

New music for the March 24th concert:

At the River and Wade in the River Jordan. Accurately learn your part and begin memorizing.

Folk Songs of the Four Seasons:

Focus on the Spring Section for our March 2 rehearsal and March 5 rehearsal. Use the recording shared below in last week’s practice notes.

Keep learning the following: The Cuckoo – p. 24 and p.29 (Full Chorus part)

Carefully review the following:

Winter Section: Carefully study text for these. Try to memorize phrase by phrase. We need to have our eyes up and out of the music.

p. 59

p. 65

p.77

Autumn Section: Review p. 41 and p. 55 at least once per week.

Other selections to review: Prologue, p. 31 and p. 38

Pro Arte Practice Instructions

New pieces for March Concert:

Shenandoah, At the River and Wade in the River Jordan. Accurately learn your part and begin memorizing.

The March concert will also include I Believe in the Sun, Simple Gifts and Da Pacem. Please continue reviewing these – especially Da Pacem.

Folk Songs of the Four Seasons:

Keep learning the following:

The entire Spring Section as it was introduced at rehearsal on. Focus your practice on this section for the March 2 rehearsal. Listen to the recording posted below in last week’s practice notes.

The Sheep Shearing (p.35)

In Bethlehem City (p.70) - Part division for In Bethlehem City: Soprano I – Dominique, Molly and Matilde; Soprano II – Kamirra, Lilly and Jasmine; Alto – Lauren, Siara and Katherine. Be able to sing accurately unaccompanied.

The Cuckoo p. 24 through 27. For the four part round we will use the same part assignment that we use on Da Pacem. Please also learn the melody on page 29. Continue learning the solfege for your part of the Semi-chorus on pp. 29&30. Soprano: Dominique, Matilde, Molly and Lilly Alto: Katherine, Siara, Lauren, Sadie, Kamirra

Carefully review the following:

Winter Section: Carefully study text for these. Try to memorize phrase by phrase. We need to have our eyes up and out of the music.

p. 59 – Sopranos, please review descants. Everyone needs to review the ending.

p. 65 – review entire piece, especially descants. Practice descants on solfege and counting. Work on bringing them accurately up to tempo.

p. 77 – Finish accurately learning melody. Sopranos, be sure to study the short descant at the end of the piece.

Autumn Section: Review p. 41 and p. 55 at least once per week.

Other selections to review: Prologue, p. 31 and p. 38