Sunday, November 15, 2015

Week of Nov. 16

Now we wait for cutoff scores. We know nothing more than you know at this point - believe me, as soon as we know, you'll know!!

Thought for this week...
"I have had many catastrophes in my life. Most of them did not occur." ~ Mark Twain
(just a little something to keep in mind while you're considering your performance at all state...keep breathing... in the grand scheme, this is just one audition!!)


VC: We're going to be learning about the history of Messiah and its composer George Frederick Handel. Quiz Friday will be over Handel & Messiah. Click here for the handout you got in class.

CC: We're pressing onward with the CC holiday set this week: Glory to God, What Sweeter Music & Go Where I Send Thee. We'll work these up this week so that after Thanksgiving we can dive into men's/women's rep.
We're planning to have regular groups on Tuesday & Wednesday of this week. 
PHOENIX: Your Dickens costume fittings will be on Tuesday. Please plan accordingly. Girls need to be in either flexees or a tank top and shorts and bring character shoes. Boys need to bring brown or black dress shoes.
BEATLES/ROLLING STONES: we'll rehearse repertoire on Wednesday during my group rotation.
*If you're prepping something to audition for the holiday concert, those auditions will be the Monday after Thanksgiving break*

RC: We're going to learn about Benjamin Britten and A Ceremony of Carols. BB is one of the most important 20th century composers AND one of my FAVORITE composers of all time. Get excited!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week of Nov. 9

Here we go - final push toward All State auditions on Saturday

In case you don't have it already memorized, here is the list of times for Saturday

Some reminders for All State Auditions:
~ The auditions are located at Woodland High School in Cartersville, GA NOT AT PEBBLEBROOK. The address for the school is 800 Old Alabama Road, Cartersville. NOT the same Old Alabama Road as Pebblebrook!! Here is a map to Cartersville. 
~ DON'T wear any Pebblebrook attire or bring anything with the Pebblebrook/CCCEPA logo (water bottles, hoodies, etc)
~ DO wear audition attire
~ DO plan to be at Woodland for at least 2 hours! And be patient. It will take a minute.
~ DO plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time.
~ DON'T have your cell phone on the audition halls. At all. None.
~ DO be patient. It's a long day. Get ready.
~ DO bring food if you want snacks throughout the day. They will have some snacks available for purchase in the cafeteria but there is NOTHING near the Woodland campus. Don't expect that you'll be able to run down the street to Starbucks for a quick snack.

This week we'll continue All State prep in all classes. Don't forget to use as much as you can this week. Even at the last minute, practice will help you prepare for Saturday's audition.

We'll be on our regular group schedule in all classes this week.

Phoenix - we WILL have rehearsal on Tuesday. Make sure you have your black binders as I will be giving out lots of new carols for the holidays. Stay tuned for a date/time when we're going to fit you with costumes this week or next.

*Recital Credit Opportunity* - the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus are performing Verdi's Requiem this Thursday and Saturday. Student rush tickets ($10!) might be available for the Thursday performance - visit the box office website or call for more information: Take me to the ASO box office!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hymnody is on YouTube!

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Link to YouTube

Week of Nov. 2

Thought for this week....

"I go amazed into the maze of a design which mind can follow but not know..." ~ Wendell Berry

Fall concert was splendid! I know that you all thought so as well. Thanks to all who completed concert reflections on time. I have updated your grades in Synergy. If you did not get your reflection in on time, you may still turn it in for partial credit.

Now we turn our full attention to Operation:All State. Your audition is coming up on November 14. Seniors who will be completing an alternate audition, those auditions will be during class on Friday November 13.

ALL CLASSES: be ready to sightread, detect errors, perform your solos and scales, audiate, and brush up on your terms in classes this week.

GHP candidates! Please be ready to perform your solos in class and in 5th this week!!

VC: Your terms quiz will be FRIDAY.
RC4: Your terms quiz will be THURSDAY.

Honor Chorus: Don't forget your schedule for the week!
Monday evening sectional rehearsals 5:30 - 8:30 (you will be excused from 5th period) @ Lassiter
Men will rehearse in the Chorus Room, Women will rehearse in the Orchestra Room
Tuesday all day (you are excused from school on tuesday)
8:30 - 9:00 (please do NOT arrive before 8:30!): Check in at Lassiter Concert Hall
9:00 - rehearsal begins. You will have breaks for lunch and dinner. Concert is at 8pm.

*Don't forget that you are responsible for lunch and dinner on Tuesday*

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Week of Oct. 26. Game time!

"Words and music, I always assume, began together. In poetry, words remember song. In my own work, for a long time, the words have seemed to be in search of their native or appropriate music. And so I am delighted that Malcolm Dalglish, too, heard them in that way and supplied the music. His music and the singers' voice give the poems a completeness that I desired but did not imagine."
~Wendell Berry

Have you invited friends & family to our concert yet? Don't forget! Take me to the ticket purchasing site!

Here we go!!

Monday & Tuesday - All classes will meet in the theater for Hymnody rehearsals. You may go straight to the theater for roll call. Cards will be out.    

  • Chamber rehearsal plan for Monday 2nd period: Watchman, Great Trees, Throw the Window, Paradise, 
  • Chamber rehearsal plan for Tuesday 2nd period: Walking at Night, Psalm of Solstice/Dark Around Us, Thrush Song, Shake These Bones, Window Tree, Holy Spirit (holy moly!)
  • Dancers will have a (limited!) chance to space their dances with instruments during 4th block on Tuesday (Walking from 2:00 - 2:30, Window from 2:30 - 3:00, Shaker Life from 3:00 - 3:30)

Dress rehearsal begins at 3:40. Be in your seat and dressed in Hymnody attire by 3:40. If you're still confused about what to wear, consult last week's blog post.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday we'll return to our regularly scheduled programming & All State preparations.

VC - due at the start of class; RC & CC - due by midnight.
**If you had trouble with technology on the last concert reflection, get your reflection in EARLY this time to make sure**