April 9th Rehearsal Homework! Only 5 More to Go!

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Great rehearsal Thursday! Things are coming along and it’s going to be an awesome concert! Did you hear what President Monson said yesterday afternoon? I don’t remember his exact words but he thanked those with musical abilities for sharing them. Music brings the Spirit, uplifts the soul and communicates things that words often cannot. Anyways, I was really hoping you all heard that! You are soooooo appreciated!!!

This week’s schedule follows the past 2 rehearsal schedules so I’m going to post specific things you need to work on BEFORE Thursday.

Announcements:

1. Easter Party – We’re having a party this week after rehearsal! Altos, please don’t forget your treats!
2. Make Up Rehearsal on April 23rd for those who have missed 2 rehearsals.
3. Concert Publicity: Start getting the word out about the concerts (e-mail, join FaceBook, etc.)! Remember, this is the first time we’ll be performing at the Minneapolis Stake Center so we’ll need to build up our audience.

Homework:

1. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree: Slight lean on important words/ syllables. Dynamic contrast between verses 3 & 4. What do these verses mean to you?

2. The Pasture: KNOW your part in mm. 31-35. Practice singing the piece legato with a slight emphasis on first syllable or important words. Baritones MUST have the following measures PERFECT: mm. 15-17, mm. 31-35. (Remember, you’re talking to your toddler son who really wants to go with you but is too young and falls asleep as you comfort him).

3. Johnny Schmoker: Memorize! Be able to sing backwards and forwards since you really have to in this piece!

4. Praise to the Lord: KNOW all notes from mm. 115 to end.

5. Over the Rainbow: KNOW your note where you come in at m. 11. Measures 22 and 24 need to be much more legato (phrasing needs to be like a real rainbow!). Measure 43-48 also need to be more legato – b/c of the way they are written, there is a tendency to sing them choppy but WE SHALL OVERCOME! 🙂 Watch notes/dynamics at mm. 49-50.

6. Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit: Stay excited! Keep your energy focused and don’t let the tempo or pitch sag. Sopranos: your ‘E’ on “Pray” at the end of the piece needs some more energy! Sadly, the pitch Sagged causing the Spirit to Scurry! 🙂

7. Sing Creations Music On: Work on the timing (myself included!).

8. Loch Lomond: Work on your Scottish accent. I heard a rumor that the men are not sounding very Scottish. Hmmmm….do we need to make you wear plaid skirts, men? Anyone interested in the solo?

9. Liebeslieder Walzer: Emphasis on the first beat to keep the waltz feeling and emphasize the first syllable of words – cross out the second syllable if that helps. Be ready to sing through all of the LW’s!!!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to some changes in guest performers, we are having to change the program around a bit. A new concert order will be posted shortly. We will not be singing “Promise of Living” or “Come to my Garden” but I do promise they’ll be on a future program.

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  1. I believe Mike is already on the hook for the Loch Lomond solo.

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