SPECIFIC ACTION ITEMS FOR MONDAY 12/2/2019
Reminder of the Concert List in Order
Here, the trick is to memorize in such a way that you do not need to be conducted, since you often cannot see the conductor. Here’s one method: divide the piece into three sections — spend time studying the score and “mentally” singing the first third of the piece. Try to internalize details like which beat you enter on, which beat you cut off, your dynamics, where crescendos stop and start, etc. Then start recording… and practice that section with your eyes closed. When you are done, listen to yourself and follow along with the score. You are striving for 100% accuracy with every last detail on the page. Then continue this process with the other two thirds of the piece.
Once you’ve done this, please practice with movements, from the beginning to end. Of course your attention will be divided, but strive to incorporate these details into your run-through.
A few specific notes:
Hodie – Josef Karai:
Be aware that there is a tendency to go sharp – especially Sopranos in the entrance. Keep the tone relaxed (soft throat and jaw), support the sound with consistent breath.
I Started Out Singing – Jocelyn Hagen:
I Saw Three Ships – English Traditional Piece:
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Meredith Willson, arr. Mac Huff:
I Wish You Christmas – John Rutter:
Little Man in a Hurry – Eric Whitacre:
Wau Bulan – arr. Tracey Wong:
Lunar Lullaby – Jacob Narverud: