Sunday, January 29, 2012

January 28, 2012 Rehearsal Notes

Hey everyone, I've been debating whether or not to put Saturday's rehearsal notes up, and decided that since we covered so much material, I'd better do it. So here goes...

So first of all, we were assigned to make up songs to children's tunes describing why each of our sections was awesome. Personally, I think the altos' song was the best (not at all biased, heehee), but the basses had an unfair advantage with Larry as their accompanist. It was a great time!

We divided up into individual sections for an hour and a half so we could get to know our parts a little better. So first we went over the last half of Lamb of God. I will list where we practiced:
#10a Is This Not Enough? ~ mm. 14-22, 38-43, and 55-70
#11 Here Is Hope ~ mm. 23-30 and 44-54
#12a Mary Magdalene ~ mm 44-51
#12b Gloria ~ we reviewed the entire song (this is one we sang last Easter, so we got through it pretty quickly during rehearsal)
#13a Jesus, My Savior ~ mm 18-82

The second half of sectionals was spent on working on our spring concert repertoire.
My Soul's Been Anchored ~ We worked from the beginning to measure 47. We worked on getting the rhythm correct and then worked on our notes.
Little Potato ~ We covered sections E-J
Pilgrim Song ~ This is a new piece we received on Saturday, so if you were not there, you will receive it on Thursday, Feb. 2.  We sightread through the beginning to measure 42.
It Takes a Village ~ mm. 25-84. In the alto sectionals we worked on the rhythms and sightread the notes. The rhythm is tricky...the notes, not so much.

When we came together, we worked on Lamb of God, pronunciation of the Hebrew words and our dynamics throughout the pieces in the second half. We covered Is This Not Enough and Here Is Hope.
Then Barb helped us go through My Soul's Been Anchored. She helped us get the right feeling and pronunciations (Lawd instead of Lord) (Mah instead of My) of words and helped us nail the rhythms and accents. The accents are very important for that piece.

Well, that is all for now. We had a great time and missed those of you who weren't able to make it. See you all on Thursday!