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 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.
Laudate Dominum Charles Gounod
Cavalieri, work on good legato phrasing. Grow longer note values. Think about emphasizing important syllables.
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
From Mass Leonard Bernstein
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
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor Irving Berlin
Like “Laudate Dominum,” work on excellent legato phrasing.
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.
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!