September 9, 2015/Rehearsal #3

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September 9, 2015/Rehearsal #3

Dear Ensemble Singers and Families,

Thank you for braving the heat for a good rehearsal on Wednesday!

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. Parent Orientation is this Wednesday. It will go from 6:30 to 7:30pm, and all must attend.
  3. 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!
  • Correct or add Solfege
    • Like A Stream
  • Review and Learn Very Well:
    • I Will Sing With the Spirit (whole piece)–this will need to be memorized the following week (9/23), so get ready!
    • My Lord, What A Morning (through top of page 6)
  • 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, and first four pages)
  • Listen to the recording of Hanget Soi and Write in Solfege for Letter A (bottom of page three to Letter B in the middle of page four)
  • Complete Musicianship Assignments as outlined on your schedule and below

Rehearsal Review:

We began with a warm up from Elena that included “Sing Legato” (the first exercise in the book Sing Legato). Use this exercise as a way to review your solfege, hand signs and note names. You can also use the chart found in your binder. You should be able to sing the diatonic scale (do-re-mi-fah-so-la ti-do) both ascending and descending, with handsigns. If this is something you are still working on, be sure to make it a part of your regular practice.

We also highlighted Claire and Ryan this week! More to come next week.

My Lord, What A Morning

After finally listening to the recording this week (attached again!), we worked on the next section of this in sectionals with Elena. Please review all that we learned–through the top of page six–as we will be covering more material next week. We will also be dividing into four parts on Wednesday in preparation for learning page six to the end. Get ready!

Who is the famous English composer who began singing for royalty at age eight, began composing at your age, and ended his life writing odes of a queen’s birthday? Stay tuned for the answer!

Hanget Soi

We listened to a recording of this piece and imagined what it might be like to be in Finland in the wintertime–definitely colder than it was on Wednesday.

Listen to the recording again here (this uses Spotify, which is free!), and write in the solfege for the first verse (Letter A up to Letter B). Remember, we are singing in F Major, so do is F. There are two altered syllables in the Alto part. Watch out for them! E-flat is Te and B-natural is Fi.

You Got Ta Move, Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory

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. Use it to practice singing your parts in the first section (through page eight), and to practice the rhythms from m. 187 to the end. Be ready to show Elena what you have practiced next week!

I Will Sing With The Spirit (John Rutter)

This week we FINALLY sang through the whole piece from beginning to end. You did a great job learning new material and picking up on things that repeat from the beginning. Please review all parts of the song, and be ready to review and refine in rehearsal on Wednesday. You will need to have it memorized in two weeks on the 23rd of September, so start working on it now!

For those of you who have misplaced your copies: there is a scan attached. Also, we have located your copies, and will have them for you on Wednesday. Please just use this one for practicing this week.

I Wish You Christmas (John Rutter)

We began by reading the melody for this piece, which will end our Holiday Concert in December. Listen to this full recording here, and sing along with the melody!

The answer to the mystery question is composer, singer, and organist Henry Purcell. He was born in 1659 and died in 1695, and was one of the most well-known English composers of the Baroque period. Stay tuned for next week, when we will learn much more about Mister Purcell. For now, you can listen to this recording of one of his well-known pieces, Sound the Trumpet.


General Musicianship Notes:

Remember, Gwen is marking your work each week. She will tell you are done with a sticker on the Marker’s Page in the beginning of the book. If there is no sticker, there are mistakes you need to fix. Keep on top of this work! It helps you to grow as a musician and cumulative–you can’t learn more until you learn what is first.

If there are things you don’t understand, ask for help! Gwen and I are always ready to willing to help you out!

Musicianship A

We did some sight reading of simple tunes in F Major and reviewed our solfege in that key.

For next week: Complete pages 9-12 of Book III.

Musicianship B

We made our own human circle of fifths and filled in a personal copy. We also read a rhythm from the board in a train around the room. We will not have musicianship next week, due to parent orientation, but you must still bring in your book to have it marked!

For next week: Complete pages 9-12.

See you all next Wednesday!


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