Dear Ensemble Singers and Families,
Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts in rehearsal this past Wednesday.
Some reminders from this week:
- 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!
- Please be sure to read this email all the way through and use the action items (below) as a guide for your practice!
- 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!
Action Items for Next Week:
- Review solfege signs using the sheet in folder: memorize all of them!
- Memorize for next week:
- You Got Ta Move (through m. 111)
- Learn Very Well:
- Sound the Trumpet (Whole piece)
- My Lord, What A Morning (p. 5)
- Complete Musicianship Assignments as outlined on your schedule and below
In the coming weeks, we will begin learning a song in the Ladino language. Who are the people who speak that language? Read on for the answer!
Sound the Trumpet
We learned the “B” section of this piece (from page 3 to the end). You are doing an excellent job with all of the melismas. Please review this piece at home and ensure that all of your sixteenth notes are extremely accurate. Always go the right way, otherwise Queen Mary will be disappointed!
We reviewed your pretty good memory work and looked at letters F and G. Be prepared for more Finnish on Wednesday.
You Got Ta Move
We reviewed the section of this you need to know for memory next week—the beginning through measure 111. Please memorize this thoroughly, and use the practice recordings from last week.
The answer to the mystery question is the Sephardic Jewish people. These people originated in what is now Spain about 1000 years ago and were expelled from the area at the end of the 15th century—right around the time Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain to the Americas. The Sephardic people settled all around Europe and Asia, and some still speak Ladino, which is sometimes called Judeo-Spanish. You can listen to Durme, Durme—the piece we will begin learning shortly—here. It is sung by the Georgia All-State Junior High School Choir in 2011.
My Lord What A Morning
This piece is getting closer and closer to memorized. We worked particularly hard on the Soprano part on p. 5. Sopranos, please be prepared to sing this alone on Wednesday! Even though we have passed the date on the memory schedule, this piece needs continued attention. Do not neglect it in your practice.
General Musicianship Notes:
Please be sure you are going back and making all corrections Gwen asks you to make!
We continued our interval spelling bee (only four singers left!), reviewed the order of sharps and solfeged some well-known songs. Share your song with your family, or try to solfege something new!
For next week: Complete pages 25-28 of Book III.
We reviewed the Bass Clef and the chromatic scale. We sight sang some exercises that use dotted rhythms in 6/8 and a canon that used the chromatic scale
For next week: Complete pages 25-28 of Book IV.
See you all next Wednesday!