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.



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.


*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.