Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week of Feb. 13

***Congrats to our seniors for a FABULOUS Soiree on Friday night!!*** If you missed it... so sorry. You missed a good one.

Soiree Recital Credits are due by 4:15 on Friday.

This week's schedule will be a little different, because of the Black History Program on Thursday (rehearsal during 3rd, 4th & 5th blocks) and Friday (performances during 1st, 2nd & 4th blocks)

***I am still hearing those who wish to audition for the Chichester Mvt 3 quartet. If you have NOT expressed interest to me but want to, please do so quickly!!***


VC1
Monday: IPA quiz to wrap up the unit, LGPE prep
Tuesday: Groups w/ Ms. White & Ms. Ginn
Wednesday: LGPE prep
Thursday: Theory quiz (if needed  --> check with Ms. Ginn to confirm!)
Friday: TBD

Chamber
Monday: Stomp Your Foot, all LGPE rep
Tuesday: Soon Ah Will be Done, all LGPE rep
Wednesday: GHP repertoire coachings/interview prep. Study time for others.
Thursday: Whitacre Love Songs, all LGPE rep
Friday: Black History Program!

RC3
Monday: Quiz on vocal anatomy, rehearsal on Zion's Walls
Tuesday: all LGPE rep
Wednesday: LGPE Rep, Zion's Walls
Thursday: TBD
Friday: TBD

RC4
Monday: GHP repertoire coachings, Rehearsal on Tundra
Tuesday: Piano/Theory groups
Wednesday: All LGPE rep, Tundra, Father William
Thursday: TBD
Friday: Black History Program!

VC4
Monday: LGPE prep
Tuesday:  IPA quiz to wrap up the unit.
Wednesday: Groups w/ Ms. White & Ms. Ginn
Thursday: Theory quiz (if needed  --> check with Ms. Ginn to confirm!)
Friday: Black History Program!

5th
Monday: Sr Women's All State rehearsal on Die Kappelle/sightreading practice
Tuesday: Sr Mixed All State rehearsal on Wie lieblich/sightreading practice
Wednesday: All State meeting
Thursday: LGPE prep (minors welcome, but not required)
Friday: TBD

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Week of Feb. 6

"Music cannot prosper as a non-art, because it is basically and radically an abstract art, whereas all the other arts deal basically with real images - words, shapes, stories, the human body. And when a great artist takes a real image and abstracts it, or joins it to another real images that seems irrelevant, or combines them in an illogical way, he is poeticizing." ~ Leonard Bernstein (1966)

LGPE cometh... have you memorized the 1st movement of Chichester Psalms and Shenandoah yet?!

This week's schedule:
**Please join us in the Black Box on Friday Night at 7:30 for Senior Soiree! Tickets ($5) are available from DW this week. We expect a sellout - don't miss out on getting your tickets!!**

VC 1st Period 
Regular weekly schedule --> except that you'll have groups on Thursday/Friday of this week instead of Wed/Fri.
This week's IPA lesson will be brought to you by the consonants [g] & [dʒ] and the glide vowels [w] & [j]. And that'll be the end of the new IPA symbols (for this year...)

Chamber
Rehearsal Monday/Wednesday: Soiree for Srs, Jrs rehearse for AAHMP.
Rehearsal Tuesday: Chichester 3 p. 39-40, Whitacre 2
Thursday & Friday: Soiree rehearsals TBD.
NOTE: for the quartet in Chichester 3, I'm calling back people from among those who auditioned for Chichester I. If you did NOT audition for Chichester I but were planning to audition for Chichester III, please email me ASAP to set up an audition time.

RC3
Regular weekly schedule (we hope)
My groups will wrap up your anatomy lessons and have a little quiz wherein you explain to me how the breath, voice and resonators work for singing.
NOTE: for the quartet in Chichester 3, I'm calling back people from among those who auditioned for Chichester I. If you did NOT audition for Chichester I but were planning to audition for Chichester III, please email me ASAP to set up an audition time.

RC4
Regular Weekly Schedule (we hope)
Rehearsal plan:
Monday: Father William (jrs). Possibly begin reading Chichester 3?
Tuesday: none (groups!)
Wednesday: memorize Shenandoah & Chichester
Thurs: Soiree rehearsal, run through logistics.
Friday: Father William/sightreading (jrs)
NOTE: for the quartet in Chichester 3, I'm calling back people from among those who auditioned for Chichester I. If you did NOT audition for Chichester I but were planning to audition for Chichester III, please email me ASAP to set up an audition time.

VC 4th period 
Updated weekly schedule 
This week's IPA lesson will be brought to you by the consonants [g] & [dʒ] and the glide vowels [w] & [j]. And that'll be the end of the new IPA symbols (for this year...)


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Week of Jan. 30

"Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.” ~ William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing 
A deviation from our Bernstein focus to plug the drama department's production of Much Ado this week. Thursday/Friday/Saturday afternoon/Saturday evening. Come!!!

**ALSO THIS WEEK! On Tuesday Night there will be a meeting about the Move On When Ready courses offered through Georgia Military College. Show me the flyer with the details.

Meanwhile in the vocal department... we press ahead with IPA studies and LGPE repertoire. 

VC 1 weekly schedule --> we'll have groups on Tuesday & Wednesday of this week instead of Wed/Fri!
This week's VC classes will be brought to you by the vowel symbols [I] and [o] and the consonant symbols [ʃ], [tʃ], [s] and [ts]. Also there may or may not be another pop quiz coming your way refreshing all of these symbols. Learn them. You'll need them down the road. 
In rehearsals we'll review all of Chichester I and begin Shenandoah.

Chamber weekly schedule --> extra soiree prep day on Thursday!
*AUDITIONS FOR THE SOLO QUARTET IN CHICHESTER I WILL BE TUESDAY of THIS WEEK!*
In rehearsals: Chichester I review; God Is Seen vs 3, Whitacre II, Hodie, Stomp Your Foot.
Juniors will continue their unit on college preparations & jury prep on Monday & Wednesday while seniors prep for Soiree.

RC3 weekly schedule --> we'll have groups Wed/Thurs/Fri this week instead of Tues/Wed/Thurs
*AUDITIONS FOR THE SOLO QUARTET IN CHICHESTER I WILL BE TUESDAY of THIS WEEK!*
In rehearsals: Chichester I review, Shenandoah.
In groups: vocal anatomy continued!
**On whatever day you have me for groups, if you have colored pencils please bring them to class!**

RC4 weekly schedule --> no groups this week! Extra rehearsals!
*AUDITIONS FOR THE SOLO QUARTET IN CHICHESTER I WILL BE TUESDAY of THIS WEEK!*
In rehearsals: Chichester I review, Shenandoah, Tundra.
Seniors will continue Soiree prep on Monday/Thursday while juniors prep for juries and continue work on Father William.

VC4 Weekly schedule
This week's VC classes will be brought to you by the vowel symbols [I] and [o] and the consonant symbols [ʃ], [tʃ], [s] and [ts]. Also there may or may not be another pop quiz coming your way refreshing all of these symbols. Learn them. You'll need them down the road. 
In rehearsals we'll review all of Chichester I and begin Shenandoah.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week of Jan. 23

"Many American composers since Gershwin have turned jazz to far subtler and more complex uses than he did. For many of them jazz entered their blood stream, became part of the air they breathed, so that it came out in their music in new, transformed ways, not sounding like jazz at all but unmistakably American... This has been one of the strongest conditioning forces of the American musical language." ~ Leonard Bernstein (1959)

This week!
VC 1 weekly schedule
In IPA lessons we'll add a few more vowels ([I], [o]) and the consonants [ʃ], [tʃ], [g], [ʒ] & [dʒ]. Also there may or may not be another pop quiz coming your way (over diphthongs and the schwa!)
In rehearsals we'll review Chichester I measure 32 - 43 & 44 - 57.

Chamber weekly schedule
*AUDITIONS FOR THE SOLO QUARTET IN CHICHESTER I WILL BE NEXT WEEK!*
In rehearsals: Chichester I 14 - 31; God Is Seen vs 3, Whitacre 4
*Soiree hearings on Monday (Wednesday for ComPAny members!)
Juniors will begin a unit on college preparations & jury prep.

RC3 weekly schedule
*AUDITIONS FOR THE SOLO QUARTET IN CHICHESTER I WILL BE NEXT WEEK!*
In rehearsals: Chichester 44 - 57 (review), 14 - 31, begin Shenandoah
In groups: vocal anatomy intro!
**On whatever day you have me for groups, if you have colored pencils please bring them to class!**

RC4 weekly schedule
*AUDITIONS FOR THE SOLO QUARTET IN CHICHESTER I WILL BE NEXT WEEK!*
In rehearsals: Chichester 44 - 57 (review), 14 - 31, begin Shenandoah
*Soiree hearings on Monday
Juniors will begin a unit on college preparations & jury prep.

VC4 Weekly schedule
In IPA lessons we'll add a few more vowels ([I], [o]) and the consonants [ʃ], [tʃ], [g], [ʒ] & [dʒ].
Also there may or may not be another pop quiz coming your way (over diphthongs and the schwa!)
In rehearsals we'll review Chichester I measure 32 - 43 & 44 - 57.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week of Jan. 17

"To achieve great things two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time." ~ Leonard Bernstein

This sounds like the story of our lives, no?

Well we press on with planning and rehearsing this week, knowing that it will all come together in the end...

**WEDNESDAY'S ALL STATE REHEARSAL**
Change of plan due to Open House. Instead of beginning in 5th period, we'll rehearse all 4 choirs from 4:20 - 5:30.

This week!
VC 1 weekly schedule
In my groups we'll continue IPA for the 5 Latin vowels and add diphthongs and a couple of others.
Accomplished this week: Chichester I 58 - 85 (with text); Chichester I 44-57 (in 5th)

Chamber weekly schedule
Accomplished this week: God Is Seen (vs 1 & 2 w/ text), Chichester I: 44 - 85 (text), Whitacre 5 (text)

RC3 weekly schedule
Accomplished this week: Chichester I: 44 - 85 (w/ text)

RC4 weekly schedule
Accomplished this week: Chichester I: 58 - 85 (w/ text)

VC4 Weekly schedule
In my groups we'll continue IPA for the 5 Latin vowels and add diphthongs and a couple of others.
Accomplished this week: Chichester I 58 - 85 (with text); Chichester I 44-57 (in 5th)