Since we do not have a backup accompanist George led us in an acapella warmup exercise. We then proceeded to read through the entire program from start to finish with the recording until Meredyth's arrival about midway through. Folks were asked to mark their music in the locations where they are having problems so that we can address them in the next series of focus sessions. The choir did a great job as everything is mostly done except for one or two songs. Generally we do need to pay closer attention to dynamic markings and avoid singing where there are rests. For the song Almost Christmas everyone needs to spend some time on their own familiarizing if not memorizing the words because the tempo is so fast it is difficult to read those words unless you have at the very least read through them a few times prior.
We then concluded our time together visiting and sharing the great food provided by members of the choir during the social following the rehearsal.
Next week the review will be on selection #s: 6, 11, 1, and 2 and then we will focus on selections: 15, 4, 10, and 8.