Lori Bammesberger

Dear Intermediate Singers,

It is with great pleasure that I am writing my first Intermediate blog post!  My apologies for not writing to you last week.  I have been under the weather with a good case of bronchitis, but I am feeling better this week and want you to know I am truly excited to begin this journey with you as your conductor.  Your enthusiasm and willingness to learn have inspired me!

Trivia Question: In Banjo Pickin’ Girl, there is a musical reference to another famous song by the folk singer James Taylor.  Listen to this recording and see if you can find the reference in Banjo Pickin’ Girl.

Action Items

Banjo Pickin’ Girl

  • If you haven’t done this already, go through the music and put a star or an X out to the left of your voice part’s staff on every score, or system of staves, on every page.  We are only singing two of the three voice parts in this song to begin with (see voice part assignments below if you’ve forgotten).  Sopranos, you will always sing on the top staff.  Altos, your part is going to wind around a bit from the Soprano II line to the Alto line and back.  Be sure you have your music marked correctly as follows (Altos only):
    • From ms. 6-13, sing the Soprano II line.
    • From ms. 14-21, sing the Alto line.
    • From ms. 22-the end, sing the Soprano II line.
  • Using this recording, practice your part as best you can remember it on pgs. 3-10.  NOTE: once my voice is back to normal, I will make rehearsal recordings for each individual part.
  • For the rest of the song, listen to the recording and follow along in your music.  Compare your part to the other voice parts to see where you sing the same notes as another part (unison), and where your part differs from the others.

Voice Part Assignments for 2-part harmony:

Soprano Anika, Sarah R, Montana, Irene, Sunayna, Asha, Sara W, Elli, Ava, Aarohi, Raghav, Chloe, Nika, Amiya, Pascal, Kasmira, Sophie, Kitty, Claire, Daniel, Millie, May

Alto Rhea, Julian, Vivana(?), Maya, Sarah C, Naveli, Aidan (?), Elisabeth, Jacob, Kiara, Kahaan, Stefan, Anthony (?), Ashwin, Emily, Gabriel, Kayla, Ruth

Not sure (I will listen to you next week): Addie, Kaitlyn

Come and Sing

  • We will sing three part harmony on this song, Soprano, Soprano 2 and Alto.  Go through the music and put a star or an X out to the left of your voice part’s staff on every score, or system of staves, on every page.  You will see where the voice parts are written at the very beginning of the song.  Sopranos are on the top staff.  Soprano 2’s are on the second staff down and their notes are the top notes.  The Altos are also on the second staff down, and their notes are the lower notes on that staff.
  • Listen to this recording of Cantabile singing Come and Sing while following along in your music.  Notice the singers’ tall vowels, crisp consonants and beautiful tone.  We want to emulate these things as we sing.
  • Use the rehearsal tracks below to practice your own individual part.

Soprano

Soprano 2

Alto

Voice Part Assignments for 3-part harmony:

Soprano Anika, Sarah R, Montana, Irene, Sunayna, Sara W, Elli, Ava, Aarohi,Amiya, Pascal

Soprano 2 Asha, Rhea, Raghav, Chloe, Nika, Maya, Kasmira, Sophie, Kitty, May, Millie

Alto Julian, Vivana(?), Sarah C, Naveli, Aidan(?), Ruth, Elisabeth, Jacob, Kiara, Kahaan, Stefan, Anthony(?), Ashwin

Not sure Addie, Kaitlyn

Musicianship Assignments

Note: I apologize for being a week late getting new musicianship books out to singers.  Because of this, we will adjust the schedule of pages due that went home this week.  See below for adjustments.

Intermediate A

  • If you are at the beginning of Book 2, we will move each assignment back one week.  So, your schedule will look like this:
Date Pages Due
1/18 1-4
1/25 5-8
2/1 9-12
2/8 13-16
2/15 17-20 (we’ll have the Review for Mid-Semester Check in class)
  • If you are half-way through Book 2, we will move each assignment back one week.  Your schedule will look like this:
Date Pages Due
1/18 21-22
1/25 23-24
2/1 25-26
2/8 27-28
2/15 29-30 (we’ll have the Review for Mid-Semester Check in class)

Intermediate B and Advanced

If Jazmine didn’t give you any special instructions, follow the schedule she handed out on Thursday.

Trivia Answer:  the reference to James Taylor’s song “Goin’ to Carolina in My Mind” happens in measures 32 and 34 in the Soprano II and Alto lines.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend enjoying the sunshine!

Warmly,

Lori

 

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