The original plan was to have sectional rehearsal following the warmup and review of selections worked on the previous week. However George was out of town on business and Vicki the other co-accompanist was also out of town attending to an emergency family matter. You have heard the saying when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. So we did a combined sectional rehearsal after reviewing selections 10, 5, 6, and 8. Then we focused on selections 11, 9, 3, and 2. Selection 11 is a bit challenging rhythmically as is selection 9 but we will in time hash them both out. For selection 3 the biggest challenge will be for the sopranos to stay on pitch on the very high notes. Selection 2 went pretty effortlessly and should pose no problems. Next Monday the focus will be on selections 7, 1, 4, and 12.
For this rehearsal after a warm-up exercise we quickly reviewed selections #12, #4, #1, and #7. We were not able to break out into sections because our other accompanist is still out of town dealing with a family emergency, so in the main rehearsal room we focused on selections #8, #6, #5, and #10 as a full choir. The final back-ordered selection #10 was provided for those attending rehearsal this evening. Next Monday we will review the selections we focused on in this rehearsal and then focus on selections #11, #9, #3, and #2.
The first rehearsal was mostly a read through of the entire program. One selection (#10) out of the 12 is on back order and will arrive at a yet to be determined date. The music reading was a bit ragged but not unexpected as it was brand new for most. With the printed music now in hand it turns out that a number of the sample recordings are not a perfect match.
The rehearsals for the Spring 2017 season will begin Monday, January 30, 2017 7:30 pm. The music for this concert season will consist of selections chosen from Broadway musicals that were first released in the past 50 years in recognition of the continuation of the celebration of 50th year the WCC has existed. Samples of the music are available here on the WCC website under the "Songs we're singing" for you to preview and enjoy.
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.
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.
Lee Irwin Culbreth