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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Final Exams!!

Yes, it's that time!

Your exams will be cumulative - everything that we've covered this semester is fair game. This is why you keep your journals - all of your notes should be in there!! The only thing that will not be in your journal is your concert repertoire - you are responsible for knowing the titles and composers of all the pieces you have performed this semester. As a refresher, a complete list can be found here. Remember that you are only responsible for the repertoire your class (or a subset of your class) has performed. THIS INCLUDES CHORALE REP for all class.

Additional information that you are responsible for (that should be in your journal):

VC
ID sightsinging numbers
Title & composer of all state solo
All State Terms (your grade level only)
Messiah
Concert repertoire title & composer

CC
All State Terms (your grade level only)
Title & Composer of all state solo
Concert repertoire title & composer
Basic conducting patterns

RC3
Reverse sightreading: you'll hear a short example and must select the matching sightreading example from choices.
All State Terms (your grade level only!)
Messiah
Oratorio
Title & Composer of all state solo
Concert repertoire title & composer

RC4

Reverse sightreading: you'll hear a short example and must select the matching sightreading example from choices. 
All State Terms (both lists!)
Title & Composer of all state solo
Concert repertoire title & composer


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Week of Dec. 8: CONCERT WEEK!!

Get your tickets soon! The holiday vocal concert frequently sells out: Buy tickets now!

A run order of the concert can be found here. Note that the order & repertoire is subject to change.

Attire
Under your robe we would like for you to wear the following:

Girls - When in doubt remember "robe-leg-shoe"!! That's all we want to see.

*Don't forget that there is a formal reception in the Atrium after the vocal concert - girls I would encourage you to wear whatever you're planning to wear to the reception under your robe. Should be somewhat dressy attire (no jeans, either a skirt & top or nice slacks!)* Consult upperclassmen for advice about what to wear to the reception. We have a tradition of dressing up quite well!
  • Wear a dress or pants that can be rolled up
  • Should be somewhat dressy (no jeans or sweatpants) but there are NO color restrictions since we will not see your attire.
  • Black closed-toe shoes
  • Avoid heels - keep shoes to 3-inch heels or less.
  • Hair pulled back out of face (including bangs!!)
  • Subtle, classy makeup
  • Small studs or no earrings. We should *not* be able to see your jewelry. No hoops or dangly earrings. No necklaces or bracelet outside your robe. 

Note: CC girls will be exempt from the "robe-leg-shoe" restriction since you will be wearing concert black with a splash of festivity in the second half of the concert. Your restriction is modified to "robe-black-shoe"

Boys - your attire is similar to what you've worn at previous concerts

  • White shirt with a collar
  • Subtle necktie (no bow ties under robes please!!)
  • Black belt
  • Black pants
  • Black socks
  • Black shoes

Note: CC & RC boys may wear a black shirt with a tie under your robe since you'll be in concert black with a splash of festivity for the second half of the concert.

Repertoire

VC
Dashing Through the Snow (alone)
Bashana Haba'ah (with Chorale)
Hallelujah (with Chorale)
Men: Hodie & Ave Maria
Women: What you gonna call your pretty little baby

RC
Bashana Haba'ah (with Chorale)
Hallelujah (with Chorale)
Men: Blue Christmas, Hodie, Ave Maria
Women: This Little Babe & Fanfare for Christmas

CC
Bashana Haba'ah (with Chorale)
Hallelujah (with Chorale)
Carol of the Bells
Ding Dong Merrily
S'vivon
Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Men: 12 Days of Christmas, Hodie, Ave Maria
Women: Rudolph, Pretty Little Baby

18V
Deck the Halls (in 7/8)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Carols (for reception)

**Ladies: Don't forget that solo auditions for "Pretty Little Baby" are during YOUR CLASS on Monday.**

Friday, December 5, 2014

All State Info

Congrats to our 76 All State Finalists!!! We are incredibly proud of you and are looking forward to taking ALL of you to Athens in March...

...but first you've got another hurdle to jump. Your final audition is very straightforward: all you have to do is learn your assigned music and receive at least a 70% on your second audition which will be held on January 23.

We will provide you with your music and a music-learning CD as soon as possible. GET ON IT over the holiday break. The audition is not hard but you MUST put in practice time on your own. WE WILL NOT TEACH YOU this music. We will have several rehearsals in January to help you refine and polish and prepare for the audition but we expect you to come to those rehearsals having put in a great deal of time on your own.

In addition to the CD you received in your packet, here is another resource for you to help you learn your music. Choral Tracks features a singer singing your part of each song rather than that oboe. This is the first year this is offered so it's still in the experimental phase but I've been impressed with the demos I've listened to. See what you think: http://choraltracks.com/product/georgia-all-state-2014-2015/

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE 11TH HOUR TO TRY TO LEARN YOUR MUSIC. Chances are that if you do that, the audition will not end well for you. 

And now for the bottom line... we have a couple of fees associated with this second audition. We will cover the cost of your All State music (and expect you to return the music to us after the All State weekend). We ask for you to cover the cost of your acceptance fee ($15) as well as your music-learning CD ($20). The $35 is due to Dr. Woolf by Monday, December 15. If this poses a significant problem for you, PLEASE talk to me sooner rather than later!!

A complete letter outlining expectations, dates and fees can be found in this letter. Please share with your parents!

If When you pass the second audition, the cost of the All State weekend is usually between $200 - $250. This will cover transportation to/from Athens, your hotel stay and your All State shirt. We will have a specific amount for you after we know exactly how many students will attend the weekend. Please know that the fees we pass along to students is significantly subsidized by PAPA and we make every effort to keep costs as low as possible for students and families.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Senior Showcase Rep

So we sat down and took a look at your requests for Senior Showcase. Before you click on the link, please note a couple of things:

  • If we asked for more rep options that doesn't necessarily mean that we've ruled out the choices you provided with us. We just want some other options. We may still go with one of the songs you already suggested. 
  • Several of you have comments next to your selections. Please take note and talk to me in class tomorrow. 
  • If we've asked for more rep options, please submit by NEXT FRIDAY DECEMBER 12 at noon. Take me to the rep submission form. Remember that we also reserve the right to select your rep for you.  
  • If your rep has been determined your next task is to learn/polish/refine/block/prepare your song over the Holiday break. Also locate CLEAN, DOUBLE-SIDED COPIES of your music.
  • Music is due to Dr. Woolf by 4:30 on January 9. 
  • In-class hearings will be the week of Jan 12 - 16.
  • Don't forget to consult the Senior Showcase Info sheet for dates, deadlines and grading rubrics

Here 'tis!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Week of Dec. 1

***Don't forget that recital credits are due by December 15!! See Ms. White's blog for more info***

Tickets for the holiday concert are now available. I would encourage your friends and family to buy tickets early as the holiday concert frequently sells out: Buy tickets now!!

Ladies: if you'd like to audition for the solo in Pretty Little Baby, auditions will be held on Monday during class.

This week we'll be heading into holiday concert prep and looking at many of the traditions that we carry from year to year...

VC
EQ: Why is it important to understand the context of important pieces in musical history?

In groups we'll be working on the historical context of Messiah. Quiz Monday on Messiah and oratorio.
In tutti rehearsals: Hallelujah Chorus, Bashana Haba'ah, Dashing Through the Snow.
Men's rehearsals: Ave Maria, Hodie
Women's rehearsals: What you gonna call your pretty little baby?

CC
EQ: What is your favorite tradition in the holiday concert and why? Why are traditions important in choral ensembles?

Monday: Men/Women rehearsals
Tuesday: 18V - we'll be working on carols. Get ready. George & Ira - groups as per usual
Wednesday: Men/Women rehearsals
Thursday: 18V - groups. George & Ira - Most Wonderful Time & review CC set
Friday: Review all repertoire

RC3
EQ: What are the traditions associated with the holiday concert? Why are traditions important in choral ensembles?

In groups we'll be reviewing the history and context of Messiah. In rehearsals we'll be working on Pretty Little Baby, This Little Babe, Hodie, Blue Christmas and Bashana Haba'ah

RC4
EQ: What are the traditions associated with the holiday concert? Why are traditions important in choral ensembles?

We'll be reviewing repertoire in all rehearsals: Pretty Little Baby, This Little Babe, Hodie & Bashana Haba'ah



Fall Concert Pix

Pictures from the fall concert are available now at  http://www.woolfgroup.net/2014-10-28_choral

Password is cccepa. You may order prints directly from the website. Please do not download and post to your personal facebook or other social media without crediting the photographer.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

SHOWCASE schedule this week

Here is the performance run order for SHOWCASE. Note that the order is still subject to change and acts that are not prepared may be cancelled.

Remember that Friday night's show is called for rehearsals Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Saturday night's show is called for rehearsals Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. The rehearsals' start and ending times will depend on how things are going so pack your snacks, bring work and be patient. We'll run as efficiently as we can.

The more that you can spend time outside of your called rehearsals reviewing and refreshing your acts, the quicker we will be able to run during afternoon/evening rehearsals.