September 30, 2015/Rehearsal #6

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September 30, 2015/Rehearsal #6

Dear Ensemble Singers and Families,

Thank you for an energetic and productive rehearsal on Wednesday! With all of that sectional work, you are learning so quickly!

Some reminders from this week:

1. Please be on time! This is particularly true for those in Musicianship A. We had a lot of stragglers for our 4:30 start time. Each moment is precious! Don’t waste them!

2. Please be sure to read this email all the way through and use the action items (below) as a guide for your practice!

3. Memorizing Notes: Do not try to memorize all at once — take on a small chunk each day, and then continue to review that chunk and add on. This will help you thoroughly and efficiently memorize anything!

4. ACDA Honor Choir Applications are due next Friday (10/9). If you have any questions about this, please contact me immediately.

Action Items for Next Week:

  • Review solfege signs using the sheet in folder: memorize all of them!

  • Memorize for next week:

    • Hanget Soi (Letters A through C)

    • My Lord What A Morning (see below for more detail)

  • Review and Learn Very Well:

    • You Gotta Move (see attached practice tracks)

    • Sound the Trumpet (up until the repeat sign)

  • Complete Musicianship Assignments as outlined on your schedule and below

You all learned, and sang, Stephen Hatfield’s version of Amazing Grace beautifully at the Retreat this past weekend. What was the name of the man who wrote the original text? What is the story behind the song? Read on for more!!

Rehearsal Review:

We spent a lot of time in sectionals this week reviewing several different pieces. Please spend time reviewing the things we covered in each piece, so they come back better next week!

  • Sound the Trumpet (through the first repeat sign)

  • My Lord, What A Morning (m. 32 to the end)

  • You Gotta Move (use attached practice recordings for the first half of the piece)

A note about practice recordings: they are just that, for practice! Each track has the piano bass line and all three parts, with the part labeled on the track highlighted. While they are as accurate as possible, please remember that I am only human and not perfect! Use them to help you practice, but do not disseminate them to other parts of the internet!

Hanget Soi

We spent time reviewing notes and text for Letters A, B, and C. These need to be memorized next week. Take a small bit every day and work on memorizing that Finnish!

My Lord, What A Morning

This was almost memorized this week, but not quite. We have spent so much time working on the four-part sections that the two-part sections have suffered. Please review anything you had trouble singing from memory this week, particularly pages four and five. Be prepared to sing this in small groups next week!

The answer to the mystery question is John Newton. Mr. Newton was an Englishman who became involved in the slave trade to the Americas in the 1700s. On one voyage, his ship was caught in a nasty storm, and he prayed to be saved, writing the first verse of Amazing Grace. This led to a spiritual conversion that took him from his job in the slave trade to being a clergyman. And, eventually, his poem was set to the music we know as Amazing Grace!


General Musicianship Notes:

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

Musicianship A

We continued our interval spelling bee and reviewed D Major, including some sight singing.

For next week: Complete pages 21-24 of Book III.

Musicianship B

We reviewed all of the triads of the diatonic scale, the key of E-flat major, and read some canons in that key.

For next week: Complete pages 21-24.

See you all next Wednesday!


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