.Rehearsal began with a warmup led by George. I did a review of selection #3 followed by reviews of selection #s: 7, 9, and 10 led by George. Just before going into the focused sectional rehearsal I reviewed selection #11. The focus during sectional rehearsal was on selection #'s: 6, 16, 13, 2, 1, and 14. After regrouping we did a final review of the previous Monday night of selection #15 and then went through with the full choir all of the focus selections worked on during the sectional focus session once again. Next Monday we will review selection #'s 14, 1, 2, 13, 16, and 6. The focus will be on selection #'s 4, 8, 11, 15, 5, and 12. If you intend to tryout for one of the line solos or a feature spot on the program be sure to sign up this week.
Rehearsal began with a warmup as usual then we proceeded to sing through the full program in concert order. This was good gauge to see where we are in our preparation for the concert. Everything is coming along nicely some pieces will need more work than others but there should be no problem getting everything prepared. Line solo and feature tryouts are scheduled for October 23. Reminder, if you are trying out for a feature it must be memorized for the audition. Next rehearsal we will review selections 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 15 and then focus on selections 6, 16, 13, 2, 1, and 14.
Following the warm-up at 7:30 there was a review of selections worked on the previous week that included selections 11, 15, 5, and 12. This was the final opportunity for George to complete directing the last remaining selections on the program that he has not previously directed. From this point out George and I will be directing only our own selections on the program unless one or the other is absent for any reason. the focus was on selections 10, 9, 7, and 3. Number 10 has a lot of close harmony that require attention to pitch and balance. Number 9 is straight forward with a nice easy melody and countermelody line. Number 7 needs a lot of energy and joy in the voice inflection. Number 3 starts off slow and staid but then kicks into high gear with a lot of tricky rhythms that need careful attention. Next rehearsal there will not be a review but rather we will go through the entire program in concert order.
Full musical leadership was on hand so after the warm-up, we reviewed 4, 8, 14, and 1. Then during sectionals the focus was on 12, 5, 15, and 11. In 12 the emphasis was on the dynamics and seeking to perfect the swelling and reseeding volume in several locations within the piece. In a piece like 5 it is all the more important that the entrance and pick-up notes for each phrase is precise so that the choir is together at all times. Selection 15 tended to drag in some places so we must pay attention to the tempo and stay with the director an accompanist. Number 11 went very well for the most part and will be a fun piece on the program. The thing to watch out for in this piece is the diction so the audience will be able to clearly understand the words you are singing. Let me just say these concepts are not exclusive to the selection as describe. They will in fact apply to each piece on our program. Next Monday following the review the focus will be on selections10, 9, 7, and 3.
After a quick warmup there was a time to review the sections worked on the previous week that included selections 6, 16, 13, and 2. Continuing with the rehearsal we were not able to break out into sectional as the assistant director was unable to be there. We accommodated by working on sectionals with the whole choir. The focus was on selections 1, 14, 8, and 4. A review following was not complete but we did get through the first 3 selections. Next week once again we will review the selections worked on during this rehearsal #'s: 4, 8, 14, and 1. Then we will focus on selections 12, 5, 15, and 11.
We began the rehearsal with the review of selections 3, 7, 9, 10 and 5. With the help of Melody providing keyboard assistance we were able breakout into sectional rehearsals and worked on selections 2, 13, 16, and 6. The main concern in selection 2 was the wave like pattern of dynamic markings in which first there were crescendos following immediately by decrescendos producing an audible wave of sound. Also it was noted that some phrases begin with a half-note pickup while others have a quarter-note and there is even one phrase with an eighth-note pickup. Number 13 includes a lot of syncopation so pay attention to the rhythm as written. Sixteen seem to go well. Number 6 had no notable issues. Next rehearsal we will review 2, 13, 16, and 6. Focus will be on selections1, 14, 8, and 4.
First rehearsal went off smoothly during which we read through each selection in concert order while doing touching up slightly here and there. There were about 30 in attendance this night. Next week we will quickly review selections 3, 7, 9, and 10. The focus will be on selections 2, 13, 16, and 6..
The rehearsals for the Christmas 2017 season will begin Monday, August 28, 2017 7:30 pm. The music for this concert season will consist of selections in a variety of styles with the first half of the program focused on sacred selections and the second half mostly secular Christmas songs. Samples of the music are available here on the WCC website under the "Songs we're singing" for you to preview and enjoy.
If you are interested in performing a solo on the concert see Line Solo and Feature details in the categories on the right.
Please arrive early (7:00 pm) to register for membership and to meet with your friends both old and new. Everyone who wishes to participate including former members must register even if you sang last season. You may take the music home with you after rehearsal if you have registered and paid your membership registration fee otherwise you must turn the music in before you leave when the rehearsal is concluded. Another benefit of paying your registration fee entitles you to receive a free sample recording on a CD of all of the concert music we will be singing this season.
Registered members should write the selection numbers on the front of each piece as indicated below or from the Concert Order document that you will also receive. The reason for this is that after the first rehearsal the music will very likely not be worked on in any particular order. Numbering the selections will make it easier to quickly find what you need during the rehearsal. If we happen to run out of music packets more music will be ordered and it should arrive within a week to ten days.
Full sample recordings of all of the songs on our concert program are available on this website under "Songs We're Singing" and on a sample music CD that will be provided once you have registered. The following is a listing in concert order of the choir selections.
All selections will be directed by the Resident Director Lee Irwin Culbreth or the Assistant Director George Boyd
Just a little discussion about rehearsal etiquette. First of all we do want you to have fun and enjoy yourself during the rehearsal but keep in mind that the primary reason for being there is to sing not talk. So, for that reason you are strongly encouraged to come early to make and visit with friends. You also have an opportunity to visit during the break and immediately following the rehearsal. Once the rehearsal begins please do not talk particularly immediately after the director stops the music to make a comment. Frequently a lot of people will blurt out comments which are lost in the clamor of noise as several people try to speak at once. Best practice is if you have a question or have an additional comment to make about the music please wait to be recognized by the director. Just a reminder from your perspective it may not seem disruptive if you begin to speak to your neighbor softly but in fact no matter how quietly you speak it impacts the noise level in the room even if you speak very softly and the more people that speak at the same time the louder the noise level gets. So once again please quell the urge to talk while the rehearsal is in progress.
Some of the selections on the program may have indicated solo, duet, and small group opportunities. It is not required but highly recommended that these be memorized. These will be filled by people willing to tryout in an audition process and that have been selected by a panel of peer judges. Ideally there will be a primary and a backup for each solo voice part chosen from those who tryout and are given the highest number of votes from the peer judges. Until such time as a selection has been made or if no suitable candidate is selected through the audition process the line solos are to be sung by the appropriate voice section within the choir.
Selections with line solos:
Number 3, 4, 7 (Bb Trumpet), 12, 13, and 16
A Feature may be a single voice or any size ensemble of voices and may include special instrumental accompaniment. As with Line Solos, Features will be selected through the audition process. Vocal parts of Features must be fully memorized. Due to the combined length of the choir selections on the program Features for this concert will be limited based on the total length of the Feature selections submitted. Each Feature must be unique and not a repeat of one of the choral selections or another Feature.
During the weeks prior to the audition for Line Solos any and all that have an interest may sing the solo lines during rehearsal. Apart from that each candidate and in particular those interested in trying out for a Feature is responsible for preparation on their own time. Feature candidates are responsible for arranging time to meet with the primary accompanist or accompanist of your own choosing. Line Soloist are responsible for coordinating time with either the primary or other accompanist to work with them on their Line Solos.
Auditions will be held on the specified date indicated in the schedule of events following a shortened rehearsal. Please note that the auditions frequently go much later than the normal rehearsal ending time. If there are extenuating circumstances that would prevent you from participating in the audition on the indicated date contact the Resident Musical Director in advance for approval to audition on the week following the scheduled audition date. The scheduled audition may possibly be extended into the following week if the audition process begins to run too late. All candidates are judged by a panel of volunteer peer judges. The final decisions for Line Solos will be made by the Director that is conducting that selection on the program and will be based on tally results from peer judges. The decision for Features will be made by the Resident Director and will be based on the results of the peer judges tally sheets within the limits of the allotted time for Features. In some cases a candidate may be tagged by the musical director for a Line Solo that they did not audition for based on their audition results for another Line Solo.
Any member of the WCC choir may volunteer to serve as a peer judge except those that will be auditioning. Those trying out for a Line Solo but not a Feature may serve as a peer judge for Feature tryouts only. Likewise anyone trying out for a Feature but not a Line Solo may serve as a peer judge for Line Solos only. Peer judges will be expected to participate for the full session however late that might be to include the extended week if necessary. A tally sheet will be provided to each peer judge. There will be space on the tally sheets to allow you to add notes about each audition that may help you decide later how to rank them. At the very least the peer judge will be expected to rank each candidate for a specific Line Solo as a 1 for the candidate they believe is the best choice, 2 for the second best choice, 3 and so forth for all remaining candidates for the specific Line Solo. For Feature auditions the candidates are expected to be superlative and not just average or worse. In a manner similar to Line Solo auditions rank each Feature candidate as they compare to all other candidates. One final thought on judging the candidates we do not necessarily have to have a Line Solo or a Feature. If you feel a candidate is not outstanding just leave the ranking blank. We are looking for something that will wow or at least impress the audience not just fill a spot just for the sake of filling a spot.
Concert attire for Spring season is black trousers (pants) with black belt, black socks (black hose) and black shoes. The top should be a buttoned shirt (blouse) with a collar and long or short sleeves. The shirt should be a solid jewel tone color (no checks, stripes or patterns). Below is a sample of the preferred jewel tone colors.