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We are ONE WEEK away from PERFORMANCE WEEK!
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MAGIC KINGDOM: DISNEY POP SHOW
Costume Check: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
Take a picture of your costumes or bring them to school that day for a grade in class (do not wear them).
GENERAL COSTUME RULES:
TRIP REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 15. Your deposit is due at that time.
We need at least 1 chaperone for every 10 students, or the trip will be cancelled.
View videos on how to register and how to make a payment on the "CHOIR TRIP" tab of our website.
A hard copy was given out to students in class last week. Please view the document below for more information!
PRINCESS & SUPERHERO MEET & GREET
PERFORMER TIMELINE & CHECKLIST
Dress Rehearsal (in costume): Thurs. September 26 (3:30-6:00 pm)
Performance: Sat. September 28 (3-5 pm)
If you have a conflict with the SEPTEMBER 28 performance, please email your conflict to Mr. Espinoza in writing ASAP. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Make-up assignments will be due the week following the performance.
Tenors - keep air spinning at the ends of phrases. Also, "DAW", not "DOH" - way more space and depth, please, with no dipthong.
The "luceat" entrances on the first two pages - WATCH! Several people came in early everywhere!
WHAT?!?!?! SOPRANO early "exaudi" - it's BEAT 1!!!!!
I know that it's Friday and you are tired, but that run through was extremely sloppy. Mistakes everywhere. Get some rest tonight and pay attention tomorrow! Don't get distracted by the lights and the new stuff. Focus.
M. 20 - watch! When you are done singing m. 30, gentle page turns into the next choral section. You did a good job not following along with the solo, but your page turns are super loud!
Great job watching at the "amen" - keep your air spinning and flowing until the very end.
Don't press on m. 19-22, it was very strident.
Don't move at the end of the movement, when Mrs. Keyes is playing her solo!
Please have a tab or paperclip at the start of this movement so you can turn right to it after the soloist sits.
TENORS?!? What was that word bobble?
Final "SS" was not together in m. 88. Also, don't make it too long.
Don't follow along with the solo, please. Also, try to be as still as possible, some of you wiggle a lot.
The "dies irae" was super lackluster as an entrance - don't forget the bright "dee" he wanted.
M. 119, don't breathe there, that's the middle of the word!
Remember, the end - don't turn the page and be still!
See you tomorrow night, folks! Invite lots of people!
Rehearsal Notes Tues. 5/14
WE’RE 0 FOR 2 ON PHONES GOING OFF DURING REHEARSAL. Please fix this, folks.
People who need to look up way more and hold music higher:
Ayden C. (and don’t look around, look at the conductor)
Joshua Clark (need a binder)
Joshua Lockett (organize your binder)
Noah W. (you don’t look up ever)
Some people are saying “jay” and not “jeh” for the word Jerusalem
M. 35, be sure you have changed that “it” to “at” NEW SYLLABLE!!!
Keep one ear on the organ part,
NO PAGE TURN FOR THE FINAL CADENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was almost all tenors who turned the page!
Sopranos, he is very clear with the cut off m. 6, give us a “mih” cut off.
Sopranos, m. 47-48, slender “EH” vowel
“SS” cut off was not together, m. 56 - remember, only chorale should be doing SS, everyone else says “ha-be-a”
Last chord could use more alto note and less soprano.
Tenors, you must have a GOOD vowel. Don’t just make random sounds. SHAPE the note and listen.
Sopranos, pushing sharp at m. 4. Keep the vowel tall.
Altos, don’t push sharp at m. 9 and 11
M. 50 - breath after the first exaudi, before the pp dynamic
M. 61 - only varsity choirs do the “T” release. Everyone else say ve-ni-eh
M. 63 - don’t push, sopranos are very strident
I LOVE the m. 71 “Christe” - it’s stunning here! Many of you are very with it here, with your bodies and spirits! Bravo!
Page 11 to 12, page turn was too aggressive
M. 88 - please watch for the SS release, and don’t make the SS too loud.
Sopranos - no vibrato, m. 76 to the end
M. 83, TB be sure to decresc with all parts, you over sang a bit.
Phrase shaping and syllables are starting to take off now - don’t lose that momentum and please mark your scores and REMEMBER!
Tenors, breathe the AH vowel before you sing to prep the note and vowel.
M. 69 - basses, watch the intonation of the A, the “es” it too spread
M. 83, this “luceat” is different from the movement 1 “luceat” - check your rhythm
M. 59 - eighth rest breath. M. 61 - quarter rest breath. Writing down for those who missed rehearsal. Mark your scores.
Rule of the slurred note: the second note needs to be softer. (example: m. 39)
The half note needs energy at the end of the note.
Page 44-45 - sopranos, watch your intonation (was a little under today). Just sing, don’t be afraid.
M. 74-75. Don’t move a muscle. Don’t ruin the illusion and the magic of that giant pause Faure places there.
M. 41 - 50, sopranos, your rhythm is different from everyone else. Don’t be afraid to bring it out.
Weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth!!! DIES IRAE
Eyes up - m. 77 to 84, he changes tempo and slows down
CHORDS AT M. 132!!!! WHAT WERE YOUR PARTS??!?!?!
Tenors are still unsure of text and rhythm at m. 10 and m. 18.
Most cut offs are pretty sloppy. The majority of them are on the and of beat 2.
This is much better than yesterday, but still has a long way to go!
However, give yourself lots of credit. Your musicianship is showing - yay!!!
Don’t move, while Mrs. Keyes plays the whole last few measures!!
Releases - pay attention, and if you didn’t mark them clearly where they go, then don’t do an “ss”.
M. 27 - “sunt” dotted eighth, then sixteenth note. “Sun-tch”
M. 29-30 - terra is still under pitch. I think it is because you are running out of air, so someone breathe earlier to have enough air for the end of the phrase.
Onward to Friday! :-)
Folks, rehearsal behavior was a solid 9 out of 10. PHONES - you MUST check them. They should be off or on silent BEFORE rehearsal starts, even if they are living in your bag.
Eyes, eyes, eyes! Look up from your scores MORE! His tempos are different, and that is okay!
ALWAYS look up entrances and releases!
Tenors - solo line, move your air. Don’t let the tone get stagnant.
M. 54 - “ad te” - we all move at different times. Count!
M. 63 - unison line was under pitch.
“Nih” - consonant needed at the end of “eleison”
Final cadence - D natural is under pitch
More alto! More bass! - make your
“Christe” - consonant good when forte, but non-existent when soft.
Bass - m. 75 - “eh” vowel needs to be more rounded
Chorale altos - add to the tenor soli line - m. 20-38
“DO” - no “doh”, “daw”, zero dipthong
“Te” no dipthong
Sopranos - under pitch today. Don’t sing so soft that you are under supported--use your full amount of air. Watch for the tempo. You rushed some spots.
M. 31 - be ready for that entrance! Also, the first two notes of that section are THE SAME, they do not go up until the word “an”.
More alto needed throughout out. Bass part too.
MEMORIZE the last page - don’t turn it. Look up.
M. 48 - he slows down here.
M. 51 - sopranos, watch for your entrance.
Movement 2 (it’s slower)
Tentative singing all over the place! If you are not completely confident on your part, get thyself to a practice room and work on it! Mark your beats. Subdivide the 8th notes!
We’ll be singing this staccato all day long, so get ready.
Altos, G sharp m. 84, the second one is still flat. Most are still singing a G natural.
Basses, m. 81-83 is GROSS! TUNING!
M. 90, add a break between the two Amens, same thing in M. 92. Sopranos, you were jumping the gun early.
Tenor 1 - m. 92, I can’t hear the tenor 1 line.
Accent quarter notes (6/4)
Day of judgement - scary and frightening
It’s like some of you are just seeing the words for the first time! HELLO?!?!?!
Be certain that you got all of his breath marks and accents and cresc.
M. 58 - The words in this measure are ca-la-mi - we have said this over and over! You need to add the last syllable, because the hole punch took it out.
Soprano m. 84-85, your release is different.
CADENCE CONCERT INFORMATION
Outstanding Soloists, Faure Requiem, Alma Mater, & Irish Blessing
Saturday, May 18, 2019
***All of the above rehearsals have been on the calendar since AUGUST. They are GRADED and MANDATORY. Students with school-related conflicts are expected to SPLIT time with their other activity, and their intentions must be IN WRITING to their directors at least 24-hours in advance in order to be excused. Non-varsity choir rehearsal will be shorter, as not all choirs are performing all movements.***
Attire (will be given out the week prior to performance, in class):
Ladies - black choir dress & black, close-toed shoes, blue sash
Men - tuxedo pants, tuxedo jacket, black button down, blue tie, black socks, black dress shoes
Present, on time, correct attire, not talking, participating fully: 100 points
Tardy: -10 points
Talking: -5 points (for each occurrence)
Phone: -25 points
Incorrect uniform: -5 points (for each occurrence)
No clean black binder/pencil: -20 points
Failure to return uniform: -25 points
Excused absences or tardies - Must be turned into the directors AT LEAST 24 HOURS in advance (by written note or email). Students who miss the orchestra/tech rehearsal will be given an alternate concert assignment, to be due the day of their final exam.
There are several important events coming up as we approach the end of the school year.
1) Freshman Choir Trip – Friday, May 3, 2019
Permission forms and trip itinerary (attached) went out last week to all students. Please return the Houston Food Bank volunteer form back by THURSDAY. If you are chaperoning, we will send out an email in a few days with all details.
2) Disney & Universal Studios 2020 Choir Trip Registration – DEADLINE MAY 1
If you or your student want to attend the Florida Trip in Jan. 2-6, 2020, registration is coming to a close. The $100 deposit is due to reserve your spot. Please see the attached paperwork and refer to former emails for all details.
3) Choir Banquet – RSVP by May 1
Choir Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 6-9 pm at Liberty Alumni Hall. Tickets are $15 for choir students, and $25 for guests. RSVP and payment are due on May 1. Please send cash or check (payable to Shadow Creek HS) with your student.
4) Cadence Concert & Masterwork Rehearsals
Please subscribe to our choir calendar or view our website: www.shadowcreekchoir.com/calendar.html to see all of the after school rehearsals (mandatory and graded) in preparation for our final Cadence Concert on Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 pm.
5) Spring Voice Recitals – May 21, 2019
Look for information from your student’s private voice instructor regarding specific recital times and more details!
As always, email us with any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Gallagher & Mr. Espinoza
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