Week of November 27, 2017

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Continue working on:

We wish you a Joyful Holiday. Memorize.

Winter Solstice, Mvt. II – Pro Arte – Please have this completely learned and memorized by next week.  Pay special attention to counting at the end of phrases and Dynamics.

’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime.  Memorize

He Came Down That We May Have Love – memorize

Festival of Holidays Sing-along music.

Review:  Lady of Liberty, Freedom is Coming and sing-along music.  Sopranos, work on Joy to the World descant.

 

Concert and Advanced Treble Choristers (Renna and Sadie):

MOST IMPORTANT:

Hanukkah Nagilah: Practice rhythm – especially the difference between quarter and half rests.  Memorize.  Part two (bottom part for whole piece):  Nishorgo, Renna, Sadie, Molly, Kamirra

Part one (top part for whole piece):  Shantoya, Katie, Keziah, Marquita, Maria and Nora

https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=3192945

Choristers were supposed to be working on this the last several weeks with the above recording, which was supplied at least two weeks ago.  Please remember the responsibility to learn music at home.

After the above:

How can I keep from singing –  Kamirra, Molly and Nora should keep working on part two on pp. 6&7 – practice opening your mouth more to let your beautiful voices out!  Review where to breathe and not breathe.  Remember to watch the conductor.

Lady of Liberty – mm. 5-18, mm. 47-end (bottom part), mm. 70 – end (stems down notes on top part.) Memorize.

‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime – memorize refrain

Review sing-along music.

Week of November 13, 2017

Concert/Treble

Practice instructions – at least 20 minutes per day. Remember that every folder should have a practice instruction sheet.  There are many ways to practice your music, even if you do not play the piano or have someone in your household that does.  You could count the rhythms, practice and memorize the text, etc.  If you do not have this instruction sheet, ask for one at the next rehearsal.

 

Concert:

Please have the following completely memorized by our performance next week (this was to have been done for the last rehearsal).  I have listed the music in the order of what needs most practice:

*Thanksgiving Song (Purifoy)–  Look for where the melody switches lines: m. 14, m. 18, at m. 30 learn top notes, m. 53 melody on bottom, m. 55 melody moves to top, m. 65 learn top notes, m. 73 move to bottom, m. 76 top notes to end.

*For the Beauty of the Earth – Practice counting the end of each phrase.

*Song of Thanksgiving - Kamirra, Molly and Nora should learn upper notes at the end all others stay on the lower notes.  Practice counting the end of each phrase.  Practice keeping to your own part on the last two pages.

 *Mattaponi Song of Gratitude

*These are to be performed on November 21st!

Review Thanksgiving service music that was handed out at the last rehearsal.

Molly and Nishorgo, be sure to practice the Psalm solo parts each day this week.

Concert and Treble (This music needs to be ready by December 10th):

How can I keep from singing –  Kamirra, Molly and Nora should finish learning part two on pp. 6&7.  When there are small notes, please learn those.  Memorize.

Lady of Liberty – mm. 5-18, mm. 47-end (bottom part), mm. 70 – end (stems down notes on top part.) Memorize.

Hope for Resolution – memorize text for sections A and B – melody is the same as the beginning section.  At rehearsal E and F, study how the rhythm of the melody is different from rehearsal A and B.

Hanukkuh Nagilah – work out solfege to end of piece.  Concert Choir, please learn part 1 (Hebrew text).  Treble choir continues on bottom part to the end.  Listen here:

https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=3192945

Suggestion for adults regarding helping choristers with memory work:  It can be helpful for someone to read part of the text and have the chorister fill in missing words.  Also, have the chorister sing their music for you.  To the extent you read music, do your best to help with pitches and rhythm.

 

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Continue working on:

Hope for Resolution– keep working on your part on Thula Sizwe from rehearsal C to the end.  Memory work on entire piece.

We wish you a Joyful Holiday. Memorize

African Noel (*Cavalieri) – Shaandro and Brock on part 1, Owen and Pete on part 2.  Memorize

                Katherine will need to learn part 1.  Please get music at next rehearsal.

Winter Solstice, Mvt. II – Pro Arte – Each of you will stay on the same part for this.  Work on memorizing.

’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime.  Memorize

Festival of Holidays Sing-along music.

Week of November 6, 2017

Concert/Treble

Practice instructions – at least 20 minutes per day

Remember that every folder should have a practice instruction sheet.  There are many ways to practice your music, even if you do not play the piano or have someone in your household that does.  You could count the rhythms, practice and memorize the text, etc.  If you do not have this instruction sheet, ask for one at the next rehearsal.

Concert:

Please have the following completely memorized by next week:

*For the Beauty of the Earth – Practice counting the end of each phrase.

*Song of Thanksgiving - Kamirra, Molly and Nora should learn upper notes at the end all others stay on the lower notes.  Practice counting the end of each phrase.  Practice keeping to your own part on the last two pages.

*Mattaponi Song of Gratitude

*Thanksgiving Song (Purifoy)–  Look for where the melody switches lines: m. 14, m. 18, at m. 30 learn top notes, m. 53 melody on bottom, m. 55 melody moves to top, m. 65 learn top notes, m. 73 move to bottom, m. 76 top notes to end.

*These are to be performed on November 21st!  Please do not wait until the last minute for memory work.  Like all good study habits,  a little every day goes further than last minute craming.

Review Thanksgiving service music that was handed out at the last rehearsal.  We will hear soloists for the Psalm this coming Monday.

 

Concert and Treble:

How can I keep from singing –  Kamirra, Molly and Nora should finish learning part two on pp. 6&7.  When there are small notes, please learn those.  Memorize.

Lady of Liberty – mm. 5-18, mm. 47-end (bottom part), mm. 70 – end (stems down notes on top part.) Memorize.

Hope for Resolution – memorize text for sections A and B – melody is the same as the beginning section.  At rehearsal E and F, study how the rhythm of the melody is different from rehearsal A and B.

Hanukkuh Nagilah – work out solfege to end of piece.  Concert Choir, please learn part 1 (Hebrew text).  Treble choir continues on bottom part to the end.  Listen here:

https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=3192945

Suggestion for adults regarding helping choristers with memory work:  It can be helpful for someone to read part of the text and have the chorister fill in missing words.  Also, have the chorister sing their music for you.  To the extent you read music, do your best to help with pitches and rhythm.

Practice instructions

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Service Music for November 12 – review –work particularly on the Gloria and the Psalm chanting. 

Repertoire for November 12

                Verleih uns Frieden genädiglich

Grant Peace, We Pray – work on singing in tune, altos especially – practice your lines unaccompanied and check your pitch occasionally.

                Freedom is Coming – Grace and Domique, be certain of your part

                The Storm is Passing Over – confidence and tuning on improvised solos

                God of Still Waiting - diction

                Draw the Circle Wide

 

Continue working on:

Hope for Resolution– keep working on your part on Thula Sizwe from rehearsal C to the end.  Memory work on entire piece.

We wish you a Joyful Holiday

African Noel (*Cavalieri) – Shaandro and Brock on part 1, Owen and Pete on part 2

Winter Solstice, Mvt. II – Pro Arte – Each of you will stay on the same part for this.

’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime

Week of October 23, 2017

Practice instructions

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Service Music for October 29 – review – sopranos continue practicing descants – There were some counting issues on The Church’s One Foundation and Azmon that need to be corrected by Sunday! 

Five Choral Motets (also for October 29)– please have Out of the Depths (particularly, the end) and Grant Peace completely memorized – know exact rhythmic durations, particularly at end of phrases.  Memorize breath markings.  Be certain each of you know/memorize the exact counting/rhythm at the end of both of these pieces.

Cavalieri should carefully work on the tuning of your part on Aus tiefer Not chorale (also for October 29), particularly between the bass and alto lines.   Practice German pronunciation.  Memorize.   Please work to memorize the Verleih und Frieden chant. 

Hope for Resolution – keep working on your part on Thula Sizwe from rehearsal C to the end.  Begin Memorizing.

Begin reviewing/working on:

“We wish you a Joyful Holiday”

“African Noel” (*Cavalieri) – Shaandro and Brock on part 1, Owen and Pete on part 2

“Winter Solstice” Mvt. II – Pro Arte – Each of you will stay on the same part for this. http://www.paulcarey.net/Music/Winter_Solstice.htm

 

*This is a good time to invite boys with changed voices who are experienced singers to join us.

 

Concert/Treble

Practice instructions – 20 minutes per day

Remember that every folder should have a practice instruction sheet.  There are many ways to practice your music, even if you do not play the piano or have someone in your household that does.  You could count the rhythms, practice and memorize the text, etc.  If you do not have this instruction sheet, ask for one at the next rehearsal.

Concert:

*For the Beauty of the Earth –  Memorize – there will be memory tests next week.  Practice counting the end of each phrase.

*Song of Thanksgiving - Kamirra, Molly and Nora should learn upper notes at the end all others stay on the lower notes.  Memorize – there will be memory tests next week.  Practice counting the end of each phrase.

*Mattaponi Song of Gratitude – memorize

*Thanksgiving Song (Purifoy)–  Look for where the melody switches lines: m. 14, m. 18, at m. 30 learn top notes, m. 53 melody on bottom, m. 55 melody moves to top, m. 65 learn top notes, m. 73 move to bottom, m. 76 top notes to end.  Memorize

*These are to be performed on November 21st!  Please do not wait until the last minute for memory work.  Like all good study habits,  a little every day goes further than last minute craming.

 

Concert and Treble:

How can I keep from singing –  Kamirra, Molly and Nora should finish learning part two on pp. 6&7.  When there are small notes, please learn those.  Memorize.

Lady of Liberty – mm. 5-18, mm. 47-end (bottom part), mm. 70 – end (stems down notes on top part.) Memorize.

Hope for Resolution – memorize text for sections A and B – melody is the same as the beginning section.  At rehearsal E and F, study how the rhythm of the melody is different from rehearsal A and B.

 

Suggestion for adults regarding helping choristers with memory work:  It can be helpful for someone to read part of the text and have the chorister fill in missing words.  Also, have the chorister sing their music for you.  To the extent you read music, do your best to help with pitches and rhythm.

Week of October 16, 2017

Concert/Treble

Practice instructions – 20 minutes per day

Remember that every folder should have a practice instruction sheet.  There are many ways to practice your music, even if you do not play the piano or have someone in your household that does.  You could count the rhythms, practice and memorize the text, etc.  If you do not have this instruction sheet, ask for one at the next rehearsal.

Concert:

For the Beauty of the Earth –  Memorize – there will be memory tests next week.  Practice counting the end of each phrase.

Song of Thanksgiving – Work out solfege to end - Kamirra, Molly and Nora should learn upper notes at the end all others stay on the lower notes.  Memorize – there will be memory tests next week.  Practice counting the end of each phrase.

                Mattaponi Song of Gratitude - review

Thanksgiving Song (Purifoy)–  Look for where the melody switches lines: m. 14, m. 18, at m. 30 learn top notes, m. 53 melody on bottom, m. 55 melody moves to top, m. 65 learn top notes, m. 73 move to bottom, m. 76 top notes to end. 

Concert and Treble:

Heaven – memorize

How can I keep from singing –  Kamirra, Molly and Nora should finish learning part two on pp. 6&7.  When there are small notes, please learn those.  Memorize.

Lady of Liberty – mm. 5-18, mm. 47-end (bottom part), mm. 70 – end (stems down notes on top part.) Memorize.

                Hope for Resolution – study text for sections A&B – melody is the same as the beginning section.

Suggestion regarding memory work:  Much of the various texts have already been memorized through repetition in rehearsal.  It can be helpful for someone to read part of the text and have the chorister fill in missing words.  Make it a game!

 

Practice instructions

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Service Music for October 29 – review – sopranos continue practicing descants.

Five Choral Motets (also for October 29)– please have Out of the Depths (particularly, the end) and Grant Peace completely memorized – know exact rhythmic durations, particularly at end of phrases. Memorize breath markings. Be certain each of you know/memorize the exact counting/rhythm at the end of both of these pieces.

Cavalieri should carefully work on the tuning of your part on Aus tiefer Not chorale (also for October 29). Practice German pronunciation. Memorize. Please work to memorize the Verleih und Frieden chant.

Hope for Resolution – keep working on your part on Thula Sizwe from rehearsal C to the end.

Cavalieri please arrive at 6:00 if possible on the 23rd to work on Aus tiefer Not. Thanks!

Week of October 2, 2017

Remember that every folder should have a practice instruction sheet.  There are many ways to practice your music, even if you do not play the piano or have someone in your household that does.  If you do not have this instruction sheet, ask for one at the next rehearsal.

 

Concert:

For the Beauty of the Earth – continue practicing with solfege, then text.  Memorize

Song of Thanksgiving – Work out solfege to end - Kamirra, Molly and Nora should learn upper notes at the end all others stay on the lower notes.

 Mattaponi Song of Gratitude – memorize

Thanksgiving Song (Purifoy)– write in solfege for part one.  Look for where the melody switches lines:m. 14, m. 18, at m. 30 learn top notes, m. 53 melody on bottom, m. 55 melody moves to top, m. 65 learn top notes, m. 73 move to bottom, m. 76 top notes to end.

Concert and Treble:

Heaven – memorize

How can I keep from singing – Keep practicing on solfege, then text.   Kamirra, Molly and Nora should learn part two on pp. 6&7.  When there are small notes, please learn those.

Lady of Liberty – mm. 5-18, mm. 47-end (bottom part), mm. 70 – end (stems down notes on top part.)

Hope for Resolution – memorize mm. 10-29

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Service Music for October 29 – review – sopranos continue practicing descants.  Everyone will practice this together on Monday.

Five Choral Motets (also for October 29)– please have Out of the Depths (particularly, the end) and Grant Peace completely memorized – know exact rhythmic durations, particularly at end of phrases.  Memorize breath markings.

Finish memorizing God of Still Waiting.

Cavalieri should complete learning parts on Aus tiefer Not chorale (also for October 29).  Practice German pronunciation.  Memorize. 

Hope for Resolution – keep working on your part on Thula Sizwe from rehearsal C to the end.

 

Week of September 25, 2017

Practice instructions

Remember that every folder should have a practice instruction sheet.  There are many ways to practice your music, even if you do not play the piano or have someone in your household that does.  If you do not have this instruction sheet, ask for one at the next rehearsal.

 

Concert:

For the Beauty of the Earth – work out solfege for entire piece.

Song of Thanksgiving – Work out solfege to end - Kamirra, Molly and Nora should learn upper notes at the end all others stay on the lower notes.

                Thanksgiving Song -

                Mattaponi Song of Gratitude – memorize

                Song of Thanksgiving – write in solfege for part one.  Look for where the melody switches lines:

m. 14, m. 18, at m. 30 learn top notes, m. 53 melody on bottom, m. 55 melody moves to top, m. 65 learn top notes, m. 73 move to bottom, m. 76 top notes to end.

 

Treble and Concert:

Heaven – memorize

How can I keep from singing – Solfege for the entire piece.  Kamirra, Molly and Nora should learn part two on pp. 6&7.  When there are small notes, please learn those.

                Lady of Liberty – memorize

                Hope for Resolution – begin memorizing text for mm. 10-29

 

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Section changes:  Sharita will be permanently in the soprano section.  Matilda will be permanently in the alto/voice 2 section.  Please learn new parts by Monday.

 

Service Music for October 29 – review – sopranos learn descants in solfege.

Five Choral Motets (also for October 29)– please have Out of the Depths and Grant Peace completely memorized – know exact rhythmic durations, particularly at end of phrases.

Hope for Resolution – learn parts in solfege for section C.

Finish memorizing God of Still Waiting.

Cavalieri should complete learning parts on Aus tiefer Not chorale (also for October 29).  Practice pronunciation with the guide that was given to you two rehearsals ago.

Week of September 11, 2017

Welcome and welcome back everyone!

Practice instructions for Concert/Treble

Concert:

For the Beauty of the Earth – practice through measure 19 in solfege

Song of Thanksgiving – practice through m. 22 in solfege

Treble:

Heaven – memorize

Concert and Treble:

                How can I keep from singing – practice solfege through bottom of p. 5

                Lady of Liberty – memorize

                Hope for Resolution – practice mm. 10-29 in solfege

 

Pro Arte/Cavalieri

Section changes:  Sharita will be permanently in the soprano section.  Matilde will be permanently in the alto/voice 2 section.  Please learn new parts by Monday.

Service Music for October 29 – review – sopranos learn descants in solfege.

Five Choral Motets – please have Out of the Depths and Grant Peace memorized by Monday.

Freedom is Coming – please review and memorize the order in which the sections will be sung and the corresponding dynamics:

First Section – twice – first time sopranos, second time all - forte

                Second Section – twice - forte

                Third Section – twice - mp

                Second Section – twice - p

                First Section – twice - f

Last Section – twice – first time mf, second time crescendo ending with fermatas on final three chords.

Hope for Resolution – learn parts in solfege for section C.

Review and begin memorizing – The Storm is Passing Over and God of Still Waiting