Friday, October 28, 2011

October 27, 2011 Rehearsal Notes

Those of you who were not able to make it to last night's rehearsal missed out! We heard some awesome solo auditions, learned some choreography and had an amazing Halloween spread after rehearsal, thanks to the altos!

In sectionals we first worked on True Light. We reviewed the beginning section making sure to darken our tonal quality (the women had fun with that), made sure to have a short s on the word "this", and make an ah sound in the words "mine" and "shine." We also worked on making the words "true light" more staccato and separate. Next we worked on Judah's Land, the women ran through mm. 32-49 and the men worked on mm. 25-32, 44-49. The women worked on getting their phrasing and notes right in mm.35-39. Finally we worked on Letter C of Go Tell It On the Mountain. The women worked on coming in at the right spot on the right note and accenting the right words.

In SATB we first did a run through of Homeland. This is one of the pieces we will be singing at our concert on Nov. 11. We then worked on memorizing Betelehemu and added the choreography. That was a lot of fun. We also did some solo tryouts for the ad lib section. We then worked on letters B & C for Go Tell It On The Mountain, making sure all of our entrances were correct. We moved on to For Unto Us a Child is Born, where we reviewed mm. 30-72 and Erin decided to have half of each section sing the runs on da da da (ex. alto 1s sing born and alto 2s sing da da da during the runs). Then we went over mm 25-49 of Judah's Land. Erin added some points where we need to watch her so she can take some liberties with the feeling of the song. We worked on adding movement to the phrases. In True Light we had several solo auditions, which were fun to hear! We also worked on our phrasing in that song as well. Then we ran through What Shall We Give? and Barb wants us to watch the MoTab version on Youtube so we can see how she ultimately wants us to perform it.

Just a reminder to use Facebook or email to publicize our Nov. 11 concert. Word of mouth is the greatest way to get people to come. Also, we need ushers still and I emailed everyone about that, so hopefully I hear from some of you soon. Let me know if you have any questions or concernt. I hope you all have a great week!!