January 6, 2016/Rehearsal #1

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January 6, 2016
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January 6, 2016/Rehearsal #1

Dear Ensemble singers,

Happy New Year! It was so wonderful to see you and make music with you all again. We have a busy semester coming up. Some highlights include:

  • January 30th: Performance at Los Altos Hills 60th Anniversary Gala (see list of repertoire at the end of the post)
  • April 2nd: Our Latin American festival, featuring the composer and conductor Oscar Escalada from Argentina (plus some latin dancing!)
  • May 14th: All-Choir concert
  • May 21st and 22nd: Performance with Symphony Silicon Valley: Titanic (SSA only)
  • June: Tour to Ireland and France!

Action Items for Next Week:

  • Review what we learned of:
    • Plena (m. 23 to 31)
    • Eu e Você (m. 7 to 19)
  • Be ready for small groups:
  • Come and Sing (m. 1 to 16)
  • Review and ensure you still have memorized
    • My Lord, What A Morning
    • Hanget Soi
  • Complete Musicianship Assignments as outlined on your schedule and below

The beginning of “Plena” uses vocal percussion–when we make percussive sounds with our voices and mouths. What genre of music most prominently uses vocal percussion?

Rehearsal Review:


We listened to this recording of the piece by the Spanish choir, Escolanía Maria Auxiliadora. It’s not exactly as written, but very close! We also learned a basic salsa dance, and reviewed the refrain of the song. Please be sure to review your part for next week!

Eu e Você

We started this piece by learning the chord progression at the beginning (I, IV, vi, I–in case you didn’t remember). After singing our chords and learning our entrances, we looked at the introduction. Please review your notes and rhythms on the first two pages.
You can listen to a recording of the piece here. You need to click on the player to hear the recording

Vocal percussion is most often used in A Capella music. This music, made only with the voice, is a favorite on high school and college campuses. The vocal percussion provides the back beats that can make a bunch of voices sound like a fully produced pop record. Here is an example from one of my favorite groups, Pentatonix. See if you can figure out which one of the five is the vocal percussionist!

Come and Sing

We started reviewing this for our concert on January 30th. Please be sure that all notes are learned for the whole piece. We will hear small groups on the first 16 measures during our next rehearsal.

Repertoire or the Los Altos Hills Gala:
Come and Sing
I Will Sing with the Spirit
Sound the Trumpet
Hanget Soi
My Lord What A Morning
Happy Anniversary (we will start this next week)


General Musicianship Notes:

Please be sure you are going back and making all corrections Gwen asks you to make!

Musicianship A
We reviewed major key signatures and scales.
For next week: Complete pages 1-3 of Book IV.

Musicianship B
We did a dictation in 6/8
For next week: Complete pages 1-3 of Book V.

See you all next Wednesday!


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