This was the second and final round of touching up. After the warm-up led by George. We looked at 13, 4, 9, 10, 14, 15, 12, and 5. Next week we will review the full program in concert order to include two of the four features. Yes there will be a rehearsal next week even though it is a holiday.
This week we touched up selections 3, 6, 1, 2, 7, and 11 but ran out of time before getting to selection 5. Next week we will touchup all the remaining selections.
This rehearsal marked the end of the round of polishing on each selection. George was unable to attend due to work commitment. After the usual warmup we spent time polishing selections 11, 12, 8, and 1. Next week will be touching up selections 3, 6, 1, 2, 7, 8, and 5.
The last of the Feature tryouts were completed and both Line Solo and Feature tryouts Peer Judge's results were tallied and were announced as follows:
Features selected by Peer Judges:
Alton & Winnie singing Endless Love
Larry singing Take It Easy
Leslie singing I Can't Say No
Larissa singing Your Song
The remainder of the rehearsal was spent polishing selections 3, 14, 13, 4, and 5. Next week will be the 3rd and final polishing session during which we will work on selections 11, 12, 8, and 1. If time permits we will take another look at 2.
The primary theme of the evening was Line Solos. Eight people had signed up to tryout for the six selections that have Line Solos or speaking parts. So everyone that signed up had an opportunity to sing or speak their part along with the full choir. This also served as an opportunity to polish a bit those selections. The selections included were #2, #6, #7, #9, #10, and #15. It was good to have Marie (percussionist) with us for the first time. After the main part of the rehearsal most of those that signed up for a Feature had an opportunity to present what they were proposing for those that stayed around. Peer judges were asked to keep their tally sheets because there will be one more Feature tryout the following Monday. Next Monday we will polish up selections in this order #3, #14, #13, #4, and #5.
With income taxes completed spent the evening with WCC enjoying some great music. Our accompanist Meredyth was not with us this evening as she was on an important mission spending time with grand children at Disney World. We did have our bass player Alan on hand. George without the benefit of his glasses thought it best not to try to direct his two selections so I directed them for him. The rehearsal was spent singing through the program in concert order to the sample recordings. Selection 1 on the recording was a bit faster then we have done it without the recording but we got through it okay. In selection 13 we could only sing the repeated section that begins at ms. 72 two times as it is on the recording, although we will be singing it 3 times on the concert. All else went reasonably well.
Next Monday we will begin the final series of 5 touchup rehearsals. There will be no reviews. We will be touching up selections 9, 7, 6, 15, 2 and 10 in the order indicated. During and following the rehearsal the Line Solo and Feature tryouts will be held
After the warmup led by George. We started the review of the selections worked on last week with #12. Needs some attention to dynamics and keeping the quarter-note triple figures even. Next we looked at #7. This one is in pretty good shape except the transition into the trumpeting section beginning at ms. 79 and the crescendo on the final chord. In the review of #8 all is well except for the tenor and alto soli (not solo) lines need to be a little stronger. The last selection reviewed was #10 where the initial entrance by the choir needs to be firmed up and hand claps more decisive. The focus on #1 was primarily on page 5 where many were singing at half tempo (singing in 4 instead of 2) and then spent some time on cleaning up the trumpeting section beginning at ms. 38 for sopranos and altos. During the focus on #2 the many tempo changes were identified and worked on missing bass and tenor lines throughout. Also getting the spoken parts stronger. The final focus of the evening was on #15. There was an attempt to clarify the distinction between pa-ja-mas (like in JAM preserves) and pa-jah-mas (as in JAVA). Another spot we did not get to before time ran out was ms. 219 where many are singing the rhythm as a half-note then quarter-note when in fact it should be quarter-note then half-note.
Next Monday with no accompanist we will read through the full program singing with the sample recordings on the CD.
WCC is still in need of a keyboard accompanist to fill in one time for the rehearsal on Monday, 4/16 while our primary accompanist takes a vacation but there is a very slim chance that she will not be going. if you or someone you know might be interested or would like more details please contact me (you can post a comment to the post). This could potentially become a permanent position as the Backup Accompanist position has never been filled.
The signup form for those interested in trying out for line solos and features was introduced and will be available each rehearsal until the date of the tryouts (4/23/2018)
For this rehearsal we reviewed selections: 4, 13, 5, and 11 and the focus was on selections: 10, 8, 7, and 12. George led the warmup and review of selection #4 and #11. In selection 10 we worked on voice parts to include the descant part. The handclaps from ms. 51 to 58 will need more work. For selection 8 the voice parts are in pretty good shape but we need to pay close attention to the tempo transition in ms 119 and the ending. In the Chicago piece (7) the main voice lines are very near ready and the work on the trumpeting section beginning at ms 81 is coming along nicely but the beginning of it following the accompaniment interlude is not quite together yet. The time spent on 12 was focused on some tuning of voice parts, dynamics, and observance of retard at the end.
Review: 4, 13, 5 and 11
Focus: 1, 2, and 15
As was announced at this rehearsal WCC is in need of a keyboard accompanist to fill in one time for the rehearsal on Monday, 4/16 while our primary accompanist takes a vacation but as she says there is a very slim chance that she will not be going. if you or someone you know might be interested or would like more details please contact me (you can post a comment to the post). This could potentially become a permanent position as the Backup Accompanist position has never been filled.
For this rehearsal we reviewed selections: 3, 6, and 14 and the focus was on selections: 11, 5, 13, and 4. George highlighted certain trouble spots in 11. In 5 we worked on the cascading sections and reminded about the rit that occur throughout the piece where folks must carefully watch the director. In 13 we spent extra time on the "doo doo" and "la la" sections. Also it was announced that the repeated section beginning at ms. 72 will be sung 3 times. George did some tune up work for individual voice lines on 4.
Review: 4, 13, 5 and 11
Focus: 1, 2, and 15
This rehearsal was the beginning of Round 2 of focusing on each individual selection on the program. Still without a backup accompanist it is a bit less efficient but even so we made the best of it and some good solid work was done. George started off the rehearsal with our standard warm-up exercise and then led the review of selection #2 for the first time for him. I then took over with a review of selection #s: 15 and 1. Following that was the focus on selection #s: 9, 14, 6, and 3. In #9 in addition to some clean up of choir parts we spent a little time on the solo lines. Selection #14 is in fairly good shape. For selection #6 we spent a good bit of time emphasizing the precise entrance of the pattern of three 16th notes occurring throughout the selection. As you know in any quarter note time signature (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, etc.) one beat can be divided into four 16th notes. There are various patterns of different combinations of those four 16th notes. So therefore you must think in your mind (1-2-3-4) for each beat of the time signature and silently count any missing notes of the pattern you are trying to sing. In this case it is (.-2-3-4). With that thought in mind we were in the end of working on the selection much better synchronized. Selection #3 is such a nice arrangement and there are no complicated rhythms but the dynamic markings are all important and are what makes this piece. As was pointed out we can sing a bunch of notes and someone listening might recognize the tune but beautiful music is more than a bunch of notes. For this song the dynamics are extremely important. With that thought in mind the choir finished out the rehearsal with a very beautiful rendition of the song. Thank you.
Next week we will review the selections focused on this week and the focus for next week will be on selections: 11, 5, 13, and 4.
Are we there yet?
The answer should come as no surprise. We still have plenty of work to do. The sole purpose of the rehearsal plan for this week was to read through each piece in concert order only stopping to look at spots when there was a major breakdown so we could identify where we need to focus in the upcoming rehearsals. We have completed 7 out of 19 rehearsals and I would say we are easily somewhere between 30% to 40% concert ready so time-wise we are on-track making good progress. We will continue to review some songs and focus on other songs each week in this next round of rehearsals as we have been doing. Recommend you spend a little time each week listening and singing along to the recordings.
Review: 15, 2, and 1
Focus: 10, 14, 6, and 3
Warmup: George conducted the WCC standard warmup exercise
Review: Included selection #s:6, 3, 2 14, 13, and 4. With an extra emphasis on 2
Focus: Was on selection #s 12 and 15
Next Week: After a quick review of 12 and 15 we will then go through the full program in concert order.
Someone asked after the rehearsal why was George directing most of the songs during this rehearsal. The answer is that during the course of all the rehearsals in preparation for the concerts George is given an opportunity to direct each song on the program at least once. He will be conducting two songs on the concert (#4 and #11). Remember that at the beginning of the rehearsal following the warmup several songs are selected just for review with no intent to stop and make corrections unless there is a total breakdown.
This week we reviewed selection #s: 14, 13, 4, 9, 7, 5, and 1. There was a need to stop several times, sometimes by request of choir members, causing the rehearsal plan schedule to fall behind. Consequently the three selections that were to be focused on did not have the full time left that was originally planned. According to the plan the focus was on selection #s: 2, 3, and 6. We only managed to work through half of selection #2. We will have to make this up at a later time.
Next week the review will be on selection #s: 6, 3, 2, 14, and 13. We will likely spend a little extra time on #2. The focus will then be on selection #s: 12, and 15 which as you know is the longest selection on the program.
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.
Lee Irwin Culbreth