Attendance was a bit low likely due to the President's Day holiday. We definitely could use someone to serve as a backup accompanist to help out with the sectional part of the rehearsal. Without which we once again worked together as one group, In so doing we once again managed to make some very good progress. The most difficult problem encountered was in the #13 selection starting at measure 25 for the sopranos and altos. Some improvement was made but there is more work needed there. We continue to work on all selections to improve a bit each rehearsal. It does take time and we will get there eventually.
For review this week we looked at selection #s: 9, 7, 5, 1, 11, 10, and 8. For the focus we worked on #s: 4, 13, and 14. Next week the review will include selection #s: 14, 13, 4, 9, 7, 5, and 1. The focus will be on 2, 3, and 6.
Ideally for the focus part of the rehearsals we divide into two groups but this is not possible without an additional accompanist. Thank you for your cooperation as we worked together as one group, In spite of the less than ideal condition we did make some good progress. The most prevalent problem of the evening was that some folks were holding over notes longer than as indicated. The printed music gives the singer a precise indication of when a note begins and when it is to end but frequently some people will hold a note longer then what is indicated.
For review this week we looked at selection #s: 11, 10, 8, 15, and 12. For the focus we worked on 1, 5, 7, and 9. Next week the review will include selection #s: 9, 7, 5, 1, 11, 10, and 8. The focus will be on 4, 13, and 14. See last weeks comments about what the difference between Review and Focus is during rehearsal.
Many thanks to George for filling in until my late arrival. I had just returned from a trip to Kansas City, KS, literally walking into the door upon arriving back in Woodbridge from the point of origin in Evansville, IN that same morning.
Just a note of explanation about rehearsals. After a warmup we will always go through a few selections for review only and these would normally be the songs that we have worked on the previous two weeks but in this case it was all of the songs that we will be working on at later rehearsals since we did not focus on any songs last week. A review would be simply just a straight read-through with no attempt to fix problems. This then will be followed by some selections that the choir will focus on and learn while fixing some of the issues as we go through those songs that are scheduled for focus during a given rehearsal according to the Master Rehearsal plan.
For this rehearsal we did a review of selection numbers: 15, 12, 6, 3, and 2. We then focused on selection numbers: 8, 10, and 11. Next week we will review 11, 10, 8, 15, and 12. Then focus on 1, 5, 7, and 9.
Welcome everyone and especially the 4 new members that joined us including our new bass player this evening for the first time and some who have returned after a long absence. We went through the full program in concert order singing along to the sample recordings and for some of the selections an additional read through without the recording. Next week (2/5) we will do a review of selection #s; 15, 12, 6, 3, and 2 in this order. Then focus on selection #s: 8, 10, and 11.
If you are interested in trying out for one of the line solos those are included in the following selections: #2 (speaking parts), #6 (any voice), #7 (M & F), #9 (M & F), #10 (descant), and #15 (F plus any voice). Click Line Solos And Features under Categories on the right for more details.
The rehearsals for the WCC Spring 2018 "Life, Love and Music" concert season will begin Monday, January 29, 2018 7:30 pm. The music for this concert season has been finalized and is made up of pop tunes based on the selected subject matter. Samples of the music is available now 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 of the songs 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 before the rehearsal begins. 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.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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:
#2 - Speaking parts
#6 - Any voice
#7 - Male and Female voices
#9 - Male and Female voices
#10 - Descant part
#15 - Male and Female voices
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. It must be a top 100's pop tune or pop country song not a song from a musical such a Les Miserables.
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.
Lee Irwin Culbreth