Dear Ensemble Singers and Families,
This week’s blog will be a bit different, as we are about to head to the Retreat this weekend to continue to learn, grow and rehearse!
Some reminders from this week:
- Amelia sent out an email with all of the information you need about retreat earlier today! It contains directions, a letter about the retreat, and a packing list. If you did not get it, please email me immediately.
- Please be sure to read this email all the way through and use the action items (below) as a guide for your practice!
Action Items for Next Week:
- Review solfege signs using the sheet in folder: memorize all of them! If you are still working on this, practice a little bit every day!
- “My Lord, What A Morning” for next week
- “Like A Stream” for retreat
- Complete Musicianship Assignments as outlined on your schedule and below
A note about memorization: Start memorizing EARLY. Do not wait until the day beforehand. Work on it a little bit each day. Use the time in rehearsal to review your part. Find extra times–like in the car or in the shower–to sing through your parts. If you approach it over time, you will be able to accurately and fully memorize!
This week, we learned the next installment of from “Sing Legato”, Staccato is Short. It will come up again very soon
Our ensemble highlights this week were Angela and Lila this week! More to come next week.
Like A Stream
We continued to work on memorization and took special care with the meter changes. Please memorize for next week so we can begin working on putting it in a canon.
Kudos to those of you who wrote in your solfege accurately. Your reading was excellent!
We will continue working on this at the retreat, but please practice your Finnish at home. Get it into your mouths! It should feel different from singing (or speaking) in English, like trying on a really neat costume. I have attached the recording here again for you listen to the text.
Speaking of Finland, who is considered the country’s greatest composer? Hint: he wrote Finlandia Hymn, one of their most important national songs AND this year is the 150th anniversary of his birth.
My Lord, What A Morning
We reviewed page six, which still needs some work, and went on to pages seven and eight. We have almost learned the whole piece, and will finish learning it all this weekend.
Please spend time reviewing this piece at home. Especially after this weekend, you can certainly get it memorized, but it will take at home review. DO NOT wait until the last minute! Review a little bit every day!
Sound the Trumpet
After our introduction to Mr. Henry Purcell, the Chapel Royal, and Queen Mary II, we had a mini birthday celebration by listening to “Sound the Trumpet”. Here is a link to the piece so you can listen again!
I Will Sing with the Spirit
This was ALMOST memorized on Wednesday. Please keep working on accurate memorization at home. We will also hear small groups on this over the retreat weekend.
The answer to the mystery question is Jean Sibelius. Sibelius was born in 1865 and died in 1957, living to the ripe old age of 92. He is considered Finland’s national composer, and is revered in that country. “Finlandia” is kind of like our “My Country Tis of Thee,” “America the Beautiful,” or “God Bless America”–and important national song, but not the national anthem. You can listen to a recording of a Finish men’s choir singing it here. Notice their lovely Finnish!! Even though he lived into the 1950s, he pretty much stopped composing for the last 30 years of his life.
General Musicianship Notes:
Please be sure you are going back and making all corrections Gwen asks you to make!
We reviewed the diatonic scale and all of the intervals, plus played a little interval spelling bee. Stay tuned for a winner
For next week: Complete pages 17-20 of Book III.
We reviewed the diatonic and chromatic scales on solfege, plus major and minor seconds and thirds. Then you did an excellent job sight reading in six-eight.
For next week: Complete pages 17-20.
See you soon!