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Updated: Nov 29

This will be updated each week following the most recent Monday night rehearsal. Rehearsal format will follow a similar pattern each week as follows: brief opening comments, warm-up, review and focus. There will be a 7-minute break roughly halfway into the rehearsal preceeded by any announcements by members of the Executive Board. Here in the Director's Notes selections that were focused on will be listed and some notes may be included regarding notable outcome of the rehearsal. Additionally, the upcoming rehearsal plan for the following week will list selections by number that will be reviewed and those that will be focused on. The selections to be reviewed will simply be read through near the beginning of the next rehearsal. No attempt will be made to work on or make corrections to selections being reviewed. The selections to be focused on will undergo analyses to include interpretation, teaching correct pitches, rhythm, diction, and any other needed corrections.


 

08/28/2022 rehearsal:

Great to see former members returning again. Thank you everyone for your loyalty and welcome to our newest members. Sorry about the heated environment. We hopefully will be able to offset that next week by having the AC system turned on earlier in the day. As for the actual rehearsal, according to plan we sang through the entire program, first time along with the recorded samples followed by another read through with live accompaniment. Things went surprisingly well having so many that participated in the 2021 season. Please remember that next Monday although it is a national holiday, we will have rehearsal.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): 15, 2, 11, & 4. The focus will be on selections: 7, 10, & 1.


 

09/05/2022 rehearsal:

Music is a labor of love so therefore Labor Day is a day for music. Yes, we did have a rehearsal and I am happy to report we are growing in number. After our "standard" warmup we proceeded to review selections: 15, 2, 11, & 4. Reminder during the review there is no attempt to make corrections, it is simply a straight readthrough. From this point on the review part of the rehearsal will include the selections that will be in the focus part of the previous rehearsal but for this rehearsal it was selections to be focused in a later rehearsal. Following the review, we got right to work as we focused on selections: 7, 10, & 1. Number 7 is a lovely arrangement of the familiar "Silent Night" in which the melody moves seamlessly between the various voice lines, while the voice lines otherwise remain unique. Selection #2 is a fun jazzy arrangement of the popular "Holiday Season" song. In the final selection #1 of the evening, we worked on voice lines that featured two blended melodies to include the always popular "Silent Night".


Next Monday (9/12) the review will be on selections: 1, 10, & 7 (notice these were focused on this past Monday). The focus will be on selections: 6, 9, 5, & 12.


 

09/12/2022 rehearsal:

Yea! Put on a happy face! The choir continues to grow with the addition of one more new member this week. There are several others who have expressed an interest in joining but have not yet shown up. After the warm-up and review we proceeded to focus on selections 6, 9, 5, & 12 but I got a little carried away and spent too much time on #6 and consequently cutting short the time to spend on the other three selection according to the plan. The good news is that we have a firm handle on #6 now. We will catch up on the other three later. Reminder: If you are interested in trying out for one of the Line Solos in one of the choir selections on the program or a Feature be sure to check out the information provided in another Blog. Also find out how you can become a Peer Judge from the information provided in yet another Blog. Lastly look for a sign-up sheet for a special rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 10 AM at LCOC (Sign-up deadline 9/26). If you plan to come indicate a selection that you would most like to spend time on.


Next Monday (9/19) the review will be on selections: 12, 5, 9, & 6. The focus will be on selections: 3, 8, 13, & 14.


 

09/19/2022 rehearsal:

Attendance was down as several people were missing for various personal reasons. Even so the choir must go on. Following the standard warm-up and review the focus was on selections 3, 8, 13, & 14. More time then was allotted was spent on #3 not that it did not need to be but leaving less time for the other three selections on the rehearsal plan for the evening. Don't forget to add your name to the sign-up list for those that are interested in trying out for Line Solos or Features (see Line Solo and Feature Blogs for more details). The Special Rehearsal originally scheduled for the Saturday morning of October 1 has been cancelled.


Next Monday (9/26) the review will be on selections: 14, 13, 8, & 3. The focus will be on selections: 4, 11, 2, & 15.


 

09/26/2022 rehearsal:


There was the usual standard warm-up and review the focus was on selections 4, 11, 2, & 15. Reminder, once again, add your name to the sign-up list for those that are interested in trying out for Line Solos or Features (see Line Solo and Feature Blogs for more details). The Special Rehearsal originally scheduled for the Saturday morning of October 1 was as previously announced cancelled.


Next Monday (10/3) There will be a full readthrough of the complete concert program but in reverse order.


 

10/3/2022 rehearsal:


Last week was the final week for the first round of focusing on the individual selections. So, for this rehearsal it was a readthrough of the complete program but in reverse order with limited spot checking. There were issues with following voice lines particularly inner voices and rhythm problems. There is no reason for panic because our second round of focus begins next week. Following that second round of focusing is another full program readthrough in concert order and then a two-week round of spot-checks. This rehearsal was also the deadline for adding your name to the sign-up list for those that are interested in trying out for Features. Note: the deadline to sign-up for Line Solos is 10/31. Next week we will begin our second round of focusing on the individual selections and the first two of five Feature tryouts


Next Monday (10/10) the review will be on selections: 15, 2, 11, & 4. The second round of focus will begin with selections: 1, 10 & 3. Also, the first two feature tryouts will be immediately after the break. See "Features for 2022" blog for tryout schedule.


 

10/10/2022 rehearsal:


Several people took advantage of the excused absence due to the potential exposure to COVID-19 the week before. But as the risk was minimal, we moved forward with those attending and made some significant progress. We began this week with the first session of the second round of focusing on the individual selections. There were two Feature tryouts scheduled that were postponed due to the COVID-19 notice (see Features 2022 blog). At this point there will be no further postponements, if need be, the option for Features will be cancelled instead. There will be three tryouts for Features next week and two more the following week assuming those scheduled are present. It should be noted that the deadline to sign-up for Line Solos is 10/31.

Next Monday (10/17) the review will be on selections: 3, 10 & 1. The second session of the second round of focus will continue with selections: 14, 13, 8, & 7. Also, the first three feature tryouts will be immediately after the break. See "Features for 2022" blog for tryout schedule.


 

10/17/2022 rehearsal:


The rehearsal this week began as usual with a warm-up exercise and a review of selections 3, 10, and 1 followed with the second session of the second round of focusing on the individual selections. There were three Feature tryouts scheduled of which one did not attend. The focus this week was on selections 14, 13, 8, and 7, working on individual voice lines, rhythms, and dynamics. Once again you are reminded that the deadline to sign-up for Line Solos is 10/31.

Next Monday (10/24) the review will be on selections: 7, 8, 13, & 14. The third session of the second round of focus will continue with selections: 12, 5, 9, & 6. Also, the last two feature tryouts will be immediately after the break. See "Features for 2022" blog for tryout schedule.


 

10/24/2022 rehearsal:


After the warm-up exercise and a review of selections 7, 8, 13, and 14 we proceeded with the third session of the second round of focusing on the individual selections. The final Feature tryout was completed. The results will be announced at the next rehearsal. The focus this week was on selections 12, 5, 9, and 6, on which we worked extensively on individual voice lines, rhythms, and dynamics. Next week is the deadline to sign-up for Line Solos.

Next Monday (10/31) the review will be on selections: 6, 9, 5, & 12. The fourth session of the second round of focus will continue with selections: 15, 2, 11, & 4. The results of the feature tryouts will be announced. Halloween costumes optional. Boo!


 

10/31/2022 rehearsal:


The review following the warm-up exercise was on selections 6, 9, 5, and 12. That was followed by the fourth and final session of the second round of focusing on the individual selections. The Feature Tryout result was announced, that being Nina Miller singing "Holly, Jolly, Christmas". The focus for this rehearsal was on selections 15, 2, 11, and 4, emphasizing individual voice lines, rhythms, and dynamics. Thank you to those who wore their Halloween costumes. That was fun.

Next week (11/7) we will read through the entire program and the full instrumental combo is expected to be there. After a shorten rehearsal we will have tryouts for Line Solos.


 

11/7/2022 rehearsal:


This was a full read through of the concert music, mostly in concert order but did require some adjustments as the violin/viola player Kristi was late arriving due to a conflict. Our keyboard accompanist Meredyth of course was on hand and our bass player Alan. Marie the trap drum set player called in sick and was not there. Otherwise the music went well with just a few minor fixes. We will have an opportunity over the course of the next couple of weeks to fix things that still need some attention followed by a final full go through at LCOC before the mandatory on-site rehearsal at the PWC Government Ferlazzo building auditorium Friday, December 2. Note: the on-site rehearsal begins at 7:00 PM not 7:30. Please plan to arrive on time so that you can be on the riser ready to start the rehearsal at 7:00.


 

11/14/2022 rehearsal:


This was a final intense touchup of approximately half of the program. We worked on selections 7, 9, 1, 10, 14, 12, 2, & 15, in that order. Next week we will do the touchup of the other half of the program just before a final full go through at LCOC. That will be followed the week after by the mandatory on-site rehearsal at the PWC Government Ferlazzo building auditorium Friday, December 2. Note: the on-site rehearsal begins at 7:00 PM not 7:30. Please plan to arrive on time so that you can be on the riser ready to start the rehearsal at 7:00.


 

11/21/2022 rehearsal:


This was a final intense touchup of the other half of the program. We worked on selections 3, 4, 6, 8, 5, 11, & 13, in that order. Next week we will do a final full go through at LCOC. That will be followed the same week by the mandatory on-site rehearsal at the PWC Government Ferlazzo building auditorium Friday, December 2. Note: the on-site rehearsal begins at 7:00 PM not 7:30. Please plan to arrive on time so that you can be on the riser ready to start the rehearsal at 7:00.


 

11/28/2022 rehearsal:


This was our final rehearsal at LCOC prior to the concerts. The full combo was on hand for this rehearsal. We went through the full program in concert order making a few minor adjustments. Later this same week we will do a final full go through at the mandatory on-site rehearsal at the PWC Governmenet Ferlazzo building auditorium Friday, December 2. Note: the on-site rehearsal begins at 7:00 PM not 7:30 and that after the rehearsal we must all be clear of the building by 10:00 PM. Please plan to arrive on time so that you can be on the riser ready to start the rehearsal at 7:00. Contact Larry or me if you woud like to help with the setup.


 

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