Greetings, Intermediate Singers!
On behalf of Matthew, Simon, and myself, thank you for a wonderful first rehearsal of our 2016-17 season. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces, and we are also welcoming many new singers to Intermediate Chorus: Christina, Alina, May, Tatum, Anika, Maddie, Millie, and Kaytlyn! I was so impressed by your enthusiasm and focus on our first day, and I look forward to a wonderful year, as we grow together in song and friendship.
Parents: Please remember to attend our very important Intermediate Orientation next Thursday September 1st at 6:30 -please plan on arriving by around 6:15 in order to find a seat and mingle with other Intermediate Families!
Trivia Question: Which instrument did G.F Handel have to secretly practice in his attic so his somewhat strict father did not find out?
Action Items for this Week:
- Listen to the The Moon, one of the two songs we started last night, while following along in your score. Focus on hearing your vocal part (Part 1 or Part 2) and write down some images which come to mind from the lovely poetry and piano interludes. Think about singing a beautiful, pure “oooh” whenever the word “moon” appears, and feel the sound resonating and spinning out the top of your head!
- Listen to Sing With Pleasure while following along in your score. Focus on hearing your vocal part (Part 1 or Part 2) and take note of the form we discovered the piece to be in: AABBCCA: How do the sections differ from one another, and how does Handel use dynamics to add contrast to the song? Listen for the raised 4th (fi) and 5th (si)- we will talk about what this means in the coming weeks! Also read up on the great composer of this song: Handel!
- Prepare for these two more lyrical pieces by listening to them as well: Mid-Winter and Bist du bei mir. Get ahead by studying the pronunciation and translation at the bottom of the post for Bist du bei mir, another stunning Baroque piece by composer J.S Bach Listen for phrasing, breaths and ending consonants in the recording!
- Review our vocal warm-ups – Flee-Flay-Flah-Floh-Floo
and “Na-na-na –hah-hah-hah,”
aiming for a light and pure sound, free from tension and floating out the top of your head.
- Please print, complete and bring back the attached All About Me sheet for our next rehearsal. It will be great fun to share these with one another in the coming weeks!
- Recall all the fun and musical games we played: Zacody Cody, Oboshinotentoten, and the Rhythm Blocks, which enabled us to count 1-9 with different body percussion-based movements.
- Excellent work reading and playing your Olympic Rhythms! You also reviewed whole steps and half steps, the C major scale, and you did a great job working on your sight-singing with the canon “Alleluia.” This week, singers working out of Book 1 should complete pages 1-4, and singers working out of Book 2 should complete pages 1-2. Please complete and give to Simon first thing when you arrive next Thursday.
- Excellent work reading and playing your International Rhythms! You also reviewed several note values and their names, the G major scale, and you did a great job working on your sight-singing with the canon “The Upward Trail.” This week, singers working out of Book 3 should complete pages 1-2. Please complete and give to Simon first thing when you arrive next Thursday. Singers who have completed Book 3, please stay tuned for an email invitation from me this weekend, to join a special compositional website called Noteflight. Please watch the Noteflight tutorial and spend the first days becoming familiar with this awesome compositional tool.
Trivia Answer: The Clavichord!
Have a wonderful week, and we look forward to seeing you and your parents at our Orientation next Thursday !
Katie, Matthew, and Simon