March 1, 2012 Rehearsal Notes

Last night’s rehearsal was wonderful! We stayed in SATB the entire night and worked on our spring music, which was a nice refresher. So first of all, we worked on A Child’s Prayer. We reviewed the entire thing and need to work on our phrasing and make sure it doesn’t sound the way we all sing it as a primary song. It needs to have movement and we need to emphasize the first syllables of two-syllable words. Then we reviewed Peace Like A River. Barb reminded us that each verse talks about a new concept: peace, faith and hope. We need to feel these things as we are singing this piece. Then we worked on Little Potato. It was a lot of fun to hear all the parts together. I think a lot of us got lost at some parts, so we need to be sure to work on this piece at home and get our rhythms, notes and entrances right. It’s a fun song, but can be pretty tricky. Read more

Feb 23, 2012 Rehearsal Notes

Happy Friday, all! It was an excellent rehearsal last night. Even though I hate having a cold, it was fun to just sit back and listen to all of you. It is sounding wonderful!

So just a couple of reminders: first of all, there is a musical missionary fireside this Sunday at 7:00pm at the Crystal building. There are going to be lots of soloists and musical numbers. It sounds amazing! Read more

Feb 2, 2012 Rehearsal Notes

In sectionals we worked on Lamb of God #14a mm. 32-41 and 14b mm. 60-92. Then we moved on to Cindy and split up into Choir 1 and Choir 2. We worked on mm 1-37 and mm 207-251 with both choirs. It would be wise to go through your score and mark where you are singing so you don’t get confused because there are a lot of places that would be easy to lose your place.. We then did a run through of Consider the Lilies. We reviewed mm. 1-47 of My Soul’s Been Anchored, paying special attention to the accents and the rhythms, making sure to get them correct. Then we ran through Pilgrim Song mm 30-50. Finally, we started working on the tricky rhythms in It Takes a Village, mm. 85-end. Read more

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! Read more

January 26, 2012 Rehearsal Notes

Hey everyone! Great rehearsal tonight! I am so excited for our concerts this semester!!

So, first of all, just a super reminder that we are having a required rehearsal this Saturday morning starting at 9:00, so please be at the church before then so we are ready to go on time. Also, it is potluck, so please bring something yummy to share. Read more

November 3, 2011 Rehearsal Notes

Sorry it has taken me a few days to get on here to update with the latest rehearsal notes.

It sectionals we worked on mm.49-end of What Shall We Give. We focused on which words were emphasized and how the phrasing should sound. If you want to hear how Barb wants it, check out the youtube link on the side of the blog. We also worked on the crazy part of I Saw Three Ships. We are definitely improving, which is encouraging. We still need to make sure we know our parts through there so that we sound amazing at our concert in December. So please take the time to go over your parts at home before practice next Thursday. Read more

October 13, 2011 Rehearsal Notes

Hey there! We had a great rehearsal last night! Whew!

When we all met together in the chapel we reviewed “I Saw Three Ships,” and Barb finalized where all of the breathing points were in the song. So the phrasing looks like this during each verse: I saw three ships come sailing in (breath) on Christmas day (breath) on Christmas day (breath) I saw three ships come sailing in (breath) on Christmas day in the morning – emphasizing “morn” and not “ing”. The only place where we don’t breathe in the same spots is at measure 66 and we carry through from “on Christmas day” to “O, they sailed into Bethlehem.” Read more