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Monday, October 20, 2014

Week of Oct. 20

All State Audition Times are here! Please double check that your voice part and grade are correct. If you would like for me to request a change I must know BY WEDNESDAY 11/22.


We'll continue with sight-reading & error detection/audition practice for your All State audition! Remember that we will have extra help session on Tuesday morning at 7:30 for 11/12th graders & Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 - 5:30 for 9/10th graders.

QUIZ ON FRIDAY over the remaining terms from your list. This quiz will be comprehensive - all 25 terms are fair game.

We'll be singing "At the River" (with music) and "Lean on Me" (memorized) for Ms. Grant's memorial on Saturday. Service will be at 2:30. Call time TBD.

Concert next week: plan on wearing ALL BLACK for the entire concert. We might ask you to put robes on for the Chorale numbers (not sure yet).
Men: black collared dress shirt, black pants, black belt, black socks, black shoes.
Ladies: Long pants, maxi dresses or short skirts with BLACK, OPAQUE tights or leggings. No skin-tone tights please. Please wear the longest sleeved black top you can find. 3/4-sleeve or longer is better. Wear a black cardigan if necessary. Black dress shoes.

Rep for concert:
Finzi (memorized)
Dello Joio (with music)
Gazing (memorized)
Cells Planets (18V - memorized)
Famine Song (Chorale - memorized)
Warrior (ladies - memorized)
Praise the Lord (Chorale - memorized)

We'll use black concert folders for the Dello Joio, to be checked out to you on Monday.

Concert attire next week: robes for everything except Seize the Day.
Ladies: remember that under your robe we should only see your leg & shoe. If you're wearing pants you should roll them up. Black closed-toe shoes. I suggest flats as you will be walking quite a bit during this concert.
Men: black pants, white collared dress shirts, black belt, black socks, black dress shoes. Please wear a tie in a muted color.

Rep for concert:
Stroope (ladies - memorized)
Seize the Day (men - memorized)
Famine Song (Chorale - memorized)
Praise the Lord (Chorale - memorized)

For a full run order of the concert, click here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

VC Assignment


You are expected to write a one-page paper answering the following question: 
"Why is self-control important in a choral class?"

All members of the class are expected to write this paper. It is due to Ms White or myself at the START of class (8:20) on Monday. This includes minors since you are a part of VC. Consider this blog post your notification.

You are expected to hold each other accountable for this assignment. If you are concerned that one or some of your classmates might not complete this assignment I would encourage you to get in touch with them over the weekend to remind them. 

If we do not receive papers from 100% of you by the START of class on Monday we will reconsider you performing on the fall concert. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

VC Quiz Friday

For your quiz on Friday, you must know the following terms from your vocab list. Your quiz will be multiple choice but the choices will be very similar so I suggest that you memorize them word for word.

9/10th graders:
dim. al niente
ad libitum
morendo e rall.
Vivacissimo con fuoco
Molto legato

11th graders:
Allegro giusto
Tempo Primo
rit. e dim. poco a poco a fine
andante con tenerezza
Sotto voce
Sempre staccato
Poco meno mosso e giocoso

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Week of Oct. 13

Congrats to ComPAny 2014 on "Dance to the Music"! What a great show!
Don't forget that if you saw the ComPAny show your recital credits are due FRIDAY 10/17!

Now what's next for vocal?

All classes consider yourselves warned: there will be a pop sightreading quiz coming soon! We'll ask you to sightread 2 examples on your own and grade you according to the All State guidelines. We want you to know where you are a month before auditions.
I'd STRONGLY encourage 9/10th graders to prepare by reviewing these sightreading examples. 11/12th graders can prepare with these examples. GHP Candidates should practice with the 11/12th examples.

We'll continue with All State Prep by learning the list of terms that will be a part of your audition. You will have a multiple-choice quiz over these terms on Friday. Be forewarned: the quiz will be VERY specific and you must know these terms WORD FOR WORD.
*Don't forget that we'll continue extra help sessions on Wednesday after school from 4:30 - 5:30.*

Concert prep continues! 
Gazing up at Stars solo auditions will happen this week so we can get the piece together by the end of the week. Needs to be memorized by Friday.
My Spirit Sang All Day should be memorized already.
A Jubilant Song needs to be solid by the end of the week - if you need to review pitches/rhythms, please do so in preparation for rehearsal. We'll be polishing this week so notes & rhythms are your responsibility.
We will have another Fun Friday this Friday: I'd encourage all of you who are auditioning for Wright State to perform for us as this will be the last FF before your Wright State trip! Sign up here.

If you're planning to audition for a classical vocal program, please bring your rep binder with you this week - I'm hoping to find some time to work with you on your audition preparations during class time.

Concert prep & All State audition prep continue!
This will be your last week of piano before we bring in the new piano lab so make sure you're checking Ms. Ginn's blog for her requirements this week.
Dies Irae is going very well but still has a LOT of polishing to do. Make sure that you're studying on your own time so that our rehearsal time together is as productive as it can be.
Seize the Day likewise is going very well but also has a long way to go before concert time - make sure you're studying and memorizing on your own to supplement rehearsals in class.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dress Code crackdown!

All vocal dept students:

The time has come. We're seeing too many folks push the dress code restrictions. So starting tomorrow (Friday 10/10) we will be cracking down on the dress code in all classes. This means...

No hats
Pants up

No midriffs showing
Tops (even over leggings ) MUST BE WELL PAST YOUR FINGERTIPS
Shirts must have a sleeve

Exercise pants should be considered with caution. If they are tapered to your ankle at the bottom they could be considered leggings and require a fingertip-length top. 

If you are concerned that what you are wearing may not meet dress code bring a change of clothes to change into just in case. Or change before you leave the house in the morning. 

Consider yourselves warned. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Week of 10.6.14

I'll be out for jury duty on Monday so RC3 & 4 your quiz is put off for another day. Tuesday it is: 3rd time's the charm!!

This week we'll continue our sightsinging practice by adding minor keys. If you need more practice with sightsinging or any other all state skills I would encourage you to sign up to attend our tutoring session on Wednesday afternoon from 4:30-5:30. Section leaders and I will be there to help you with solos, sightsinging or scales.

This week we'll have a big focus on the Dello Joio. I'd like to have the whole piece learned by the end of the week. If you miss a rehearsal, be sure to check in with others in the class so you know what to practice on your own.

Please spend some time reviewing the opening motet to Gazing Up At Stars this week since we won't have class time to rehearse it. 

RC 3 & 4
We'll continue our focus on concert repertoire and sightreading preparations for your all state audition. Remember that the work we're doing in class only scratches the surface of what you need to do to be fully prepared for your November 15 audition. Be sure that you're practicing on your own.

9th & 10th graders: I'm holding extra tutoring sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30. Please come!

11th & 12th graders: extra help sessions on Tuesday mornings from 7:30-8:10. Please come!

Don't forget that our fall concert is 3 weeks away! Please invite friends and family - the more the merrier!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

VC Quiz on Friday 10.3.14


Just a reminder that you have a quiz in class tomorrow over the rhythms that we've been learning this week. I'd encourage you to review the HW assignments you had earlier in the week to prepare for the quiz.

Also it might benefit you to remember that the quote "The right note at the wrong time is the wrong note" was originally said by Robert Shaw who was a famous American conductor from the 20th century.