Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rehearsal Summary

Hello Choir,
I'm trying to post some notes on the rehearsals for the benefit of people who were absent and people with short memory.

The Morning Trumpet (Men's number): The men worked from the beginning to measure 68.  We focused on the staccato and accents.  We also worked on the marching beat in the bass parts from 30 to 50 and again at 65.

There is Faint Music:  In the men's sectional we practiced from measure 33 to 58.

The Twelve Days of Christmas???????: In the men's sectional we practiced from measure 34 to 69.  Note the pause before the down beat of measure 36.  Also notice that in measure 61 we changed the quarter note for "doves" to two eighth notes and added the word "and" to help with the transition to Rudolph.  This piece will have to be memorized.

Jingle bells: In the men's sectional we practiced from the beginning through about measure 35.

Gesu Bambino: In the men's sectional we practiced pages 5 and 6.

Witness: We worked on the entire song in the combined rehearsal.  In measure 33 when we sing "Marvel not", the t should come immediately.  But on the next line when we sing "repent" the t should come on the rest.  Erin asked for more consonants in measures 17 through 24 (and possibly other places as well).

How Can I Keep from Singing: In the combined rehearsal we worked on measures 51 to the end.  We worked especially on the diction (Wh in when in 51, flip r in ring in 55 and in prison in 61, etc.)

(African) Noel: In the combined rehearsal, we talked about the coda and 1st and 2nd endings (in both places) and sang through it all.  The flow (by measure numbers) is: 1-30, 23-29, 31-63, 56-62, 64, 32-46, 65-66.

Erin reminded us at the end of rehearsal that at this point we should have to notes down so that we can work on style.

Obviously, I don't have any notes from the women's sectional.  If you have anything to add please comment below.

Albin Dittli


Kate McWilliams said...

We're supposed to memorize Twelve Days and African Noel--any others?