Fall Concert: The Strength of Family
Call Time -- 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel (next to the sanctuary)
Fully Memorized & Performance Ready
Keep in mind what each song means and what you need to convey to the audience.
For all your music:
- Practice through your songs as WHOLE pieces. The more you sing straight through them, the more musical they can become.
- Any "I am not quite sure of these notes" needs to be figured out by you before this week's rehearsal. We are past the point of notes and rhythms. Rehearsal this week is to clean the music. It should all already be learned.
- Specific notes for each piece are below.
- Keep your own beat when singing rather than wait to hear the percussion.
- Work to keep your sung part accented and with clean diction.
- Keep the energy in this! It is the opener for the concert.
- Listen here to the example for next rehearsal WHILE looking at your music.
One Boy Told Me:
Here's a list of things to work on for each section:
- I. Music Lives:
- Emphasize your diction. Be purposeful with your consonants.
- II. There's a Stopper: Be sure you are counting and entering correctly
- III. Full of Honey:
- Remember, you're mood should be troublesome/mischievous.
- Basses/Altos: You should be percussive and crisp in this section.
- Tenors/Sopranos: You should sing with a smooth, legato line. Keep your diction crisp, but remember you are "spreading the honey".
- Tenors: You will reveal your spoons just before the page turn.
- IV. Peanut! (p. 8, m. 78-80)
- Thank you, Emily, for singing this! I will get you a peanut for Sunday.
- V. Old Names (p. 8, m. 81-p. 12)
- Be sure you're being accurate with your rhythms.
- VI. What Does Minus Mean? (p. 10, m. 102-125)
- Be sure you are watching.
- VII. Happiness (p. 12, pick-up to m. 126-end)
- This should be pretty close to memorized so that you can sing with musicality and phrasing while you watch Mrs. Bates.
- Click here for the listening example.
- Be confident in your memorization and WHEN you come in.
- Listen here while looking at your music.
- Or you can listen here.
- This piece uses a Sanskrit text that translates to "From untruth lead me to Truth. From darkness lead me to Light. From death lead me to Immortality. Om Peace, Peace, Peace."
I'm Goin' Up a Yonder:
- Keep the gospel feel we had at rehearsal!
- Don't back off on your last two measures -- keep them strong.
- Solo: Isaiah (both verses, remember to keep your tongue down and sound forward) and Christina (join 2nd verse, remember to project strongly).
- Here is a relatively good recording of the piece, even though it's not in mixed voicing.
For a reminder about our discussion on what a responsible ensemble member is, click HERE.
An advanced chamber ensemble of mixed SATB voices.
Spiritus: "The spirit and breath" of music.
Tenors/Basses: Rehearsal begins at 7:45 each week for sectionals.
Full Spiritus Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45 p.m.
Please contact Mrs. Bates or Mrs. Smith with any questions.