September 2, 2015/Rehearsal #2

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September 2, 2015/Rehearsal #2

Dear Ensemble singers,

What a great rehearsal we had on Wednesday! Thank you so much for your focus and hard work. We are going to have a great year.

Some reminders from this week:

  1. Please be on time! Whether you need to be here at 4:30 or 5, we will begin on time. When you are early, you can be prepared and we can really start.
  2. Musicianship B Scheduling note: Musicianship B will end by 7:35, not 7:40, as previously noted.
  3. If you have more than one copy of your Musicianship Book: please bring BOTH copies with you next week.
  4. Welcome to Michael DiGiancinto, our new accompanist! We sure are lucky to have him with us.

Action Items for Next Week:

  • REGISTER and complete all online forms if you haven’t yet 🙂
  • Review solfege signs using the sheet in folder: memorize all of them!
  • Correct or add Solfege (if needed) for:
    • Like A Stream
    • I Will Sing (pick up to m. 29 through m. 37)
  • Have almost memorized:
    • I Will Sing (beginning through m.37)
    • My Lord, What A Morning (through m. 13)
  • Have Memorized:
    • Like A Stream, first two phrases (what we worked on in class)
  • Listen to recording of You Got Ta Move, and review the section we spoke in rhythm (m.187 to the end)
  • Complete Musicianship Assignments as outlined on your schedule and below

Rehearsal Review:

It was wonderful to see you all grouped in so many different ways last night: by age, grade, school, instrument played, voice part! We have a really interesting group here, and I can’t wait to learn more about you in the weeks to come. To that end, this week, we highlighted Jad and Sylvanna! Look forward to your turn soon.

I Will Sing With The Spirit (John Rutter)

Thank you for the work you did on this over the week! It was definitely improved, and your practice makes a difference. This week, we learned a little about John Rutter, listened to this recording, and worked on phrasing and accuracy in the first four pages. PLEASE REVIEW these pages, and work toward having them almost memorized next week, as if I might ask you to sing them in a small group!

We talked a lot about spirituals this week. Which 20th century opera singer was famous for her renditions of spirituals, and even sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington in 1963? Keep reading to find out!

You Got Ta Move, Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory

Elena came to rehearsal and introduced this exciting (and long!) piece which comes from the Gullah Islands. We learned about the rich history of these islands off the coast of the Carolinas and inhabited the descendants of freed slaves, who carried on the traditions and music of their ancestors.

Listen to this excellent recording by Eastern Division ACDA Junior High School Honor Choir again (you can find it here), and follow along in your score. When you get to measure 187, chant along to the recording to review what we learned with Elena. Don’t forget to move your feet!

Like a Stream Gently Flowing

We reviewed the first phrase and learned the second phrase of this beautiful canon.

If you have not already done so, write in the solfege for this piece.


D = Do

G-sharp = Fi

C-natural = Te

F-natural = Me

Also MEMORIZE the first two phrases on solfege!

My Lord What A Morning

We learned that this piece is about hopefully waiting for something that will happen in the future, but you don’t know when. Thank you for sharing some of your own experiences and thoughts about things you are looking forward to. Have those in mind as you practice through measure 13 and have it almost memorized completely accurately! The attached recording may help!

Marian Anderson is the famous opera singer! She was the first African-American singer to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and she famously sang at the White House for President Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. You can click here to hear a recording of her singing “My Lord, What A Morning,” which was also the name of her autobiography!


General Musicianship Notes:

Thank you to all of you who completed your assignments. Most of you did! If you did not, please complete both last week’s and this week’s assignment for Wednesday. It is essential that you stay on track and do not fall behind. Musicianship and music theory are cumulative skills, like math or a foreign language. You cannot learn it all at once, but must build skills on top of skills. Keep up!

Musicianship A

We read a rhythm on the board with many combinations of eight, sixteenth, quarter, and half notes. Please remember, it is important to always say the small beat (this is called subdividing) in order to keep the tempo consistent and your rhythm accurate.

For next week: Complete pages 5-8 of Book III, and bring both copies of Book III, if you have more than one.

Musicianship B

We reviewed the order of sharps and dictated a six part canon, which you sang beautifully. Excellent job!

For next week: Complete pages 5-8 of Book IV, and bring both copies of Book IV, if you have more than one.

See you all next Wednesday!


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