September 3, 2015/Rehearsal #2

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September 3, 2015/Rehearsal #2

Greetings, Intermediate Families,

Thank you for a wonderful rehearsal yesterday! I am amazed by the amount of content we have gotten through, and so impressed with everyone’s level of musicianship, and your highly tangible passion for singing. I know we have a great year ahead of us in Intermediate Chorus. Here are some notes from our different rehearsal activities:


Continue working on the Vowel Signs Warm-up, which is already creating a beautiful tone in your voices, and a nice unified vowel production. Here it is below, keep practicing it at home throughout your vocal range:

[u] (oooh) [o] (oh) [a] (aahh) [e] (as in the word “bend”) [i] (eee)

Sol           Fa         Mi            Re                                    Doh

Canons/Partner Songs

Yesterday we added another gorgeous canon to our repertoire: “Music Alone Shall Live:”

All things shall perish from under the sky

M    M       M    R  M     F     S, L,   T,   D

Music alone shall live, music alone shall live

S    S   S F      S     L    F   F   F  M     F    M

Music alone shall live, never to die

M   M  M  R    M    F     S,  L,  T, D

This song reminds us that even though certain things come to an end, music shall live forever, in our hearts, and in the world! Remember that this song is in 3/4 time signature, and that we moved to the music in a number of ways; first, to the big pulse on beat 1, then we subdivided by walking to the quarter notes – 1-2-3, 1-2-3 and ending the final phrase with the complex coordination of stomp-pat-clap-snap. Please practice singing this canon and moving as we did in rehearsal- the more we feel the beat and the rhythmic subdivision in our bodies, the more our inner musicality will grow and flourish!

This week we continued our work on the amazing partner song from the Georgia Sea Islands, Yonder Come Day. You all did a lovely job solidifying Parts 1 and 2, and it was lovely to walk around the room hearing all these interspersed harmonies. Please recall part 3 this week, which is the lowest, and which we touched upon yesterday. Next week we will be ready to put all the parts together in 3-part harmony, and we will  add some pretty cool chanting. Here again is the video of another chorus singing Yonder Come Day in performance, much faster than us, and with percussion – please watch: Yonder Come Day


Circle Round the Moon is really coming along very nicely. I can tell from our initial work on the D major scale that many of you have been practicing your scales at home. Yesterday we looked in particular at the two sections in the song where Parts 1 and 2 appear in 3rds, namely measures 41-45, (‘Pale moon”) and again on the last page in measure 58 (“Snowy night”). Please study these measures this week and review your melody. This will be stunning.

Winter Changes – Yesterday we were introduced to this song by reading aloud the lovely poetry, with text written by a Fifth grader – the same age as many of you! We sang two complex sections, (measures 27-31) and next week we will review those sections, and sing through this entire piece which is honoring winter, and a child’s imagination. Please read the words aloud this week, and see if you can recall the melody of the section we worked on: “But it was my mother..”

Bidi Bom: Next week we will be ready to explore this song in 2-part harmony. For this week, practice singing both the response (the part I have been singing) and the call (the recurring Bidi bom, bidi bidi bidi bom). I am confident that you know this song quite well already – so let’s start adding details by remembering that all the responses are very soft, but energized! Please continue practicing the d minor scale this week, and walk to the beat of the song!

Musicianship: For both Intermediate A and Honors, we did a lot of sight-singing and ear-training this week! Apply these tools by looking through your music and counting/clapping the rhythm. Can you do this while stepping to the steady beat? See if you can also write the solfege into the first two pages of “Circle Round the Moon,” referring to the scale here for help: D major scale

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING MUSICIANSHIP BOOKS: For those of you who have completed books, I have supplied three separate sets of work for you: Book 1 Supplemental is for those who finished Book 1, Book 2 Supplemental is for those who have finished Book 2, and Book 3 Supplemental is for those who have finished Book 3. These packets are attached for you to print out and work on at home. Please bring your completed sheets to rehearsal on Thursday, and as always, contact me with any questions you might have.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday weekend!

Warmest regards,


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