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Updated: Jun 16

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 usually be a 7-minute break roughly halfway into the rehearsal preceded 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 for musicality.


Your comments are welcome and can be added at the bottom of this page.

 

08/26/2024 rehearsal (Registration is from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm):

This is the date of the first rehearsal for the Christmas 2024 season and this note will be updated after the rehearsal.


For this first rehearsal we typically will read through the entire program singing along to a recording and sometimes additionally with our own instrumental accompaniment.

We will get to work the following week by beginning the rehearsal with a warmup exercise then review of three songs, during which there is no attempt to fix anything. We will then focus on three songs where we may divide up (if we have the resources to do so) and concentrate on individual voice parts working on blending and correcting rhythms and pitches. Then come back together to put it together with the full choir. Speaking of resources, there are currently openings for Assistant Director and Backup Accompanist.


Later in the season, as the weather conditions and access to the parking lot become an issue be sure to check the webpage and watch for an email notification in the event the rehearsal must be cancelled. If the Prince William County government offices (not public schools) are closed our rehearsal will be cancelled.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

09/2/2024 rehearsal (Second registration date is from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm):

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

09/9/2024 rehearsal (Third and final registration date is from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm):

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

09/16/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

09/23/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

09/30/2024 rehearsa:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

10/7/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

10/14/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

10/21/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

10/28/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

11/4/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

11/11/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

11/18/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

11/25/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.


Next Monday the review will be on selections (in the order listed): TBD. The focus will be on selections: TBD.

 

12/2/2024 rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.

 

12/6/2024 MANDATORY on-site rehearsal:

Comments to be added later.

 

12/7&8/2024 Concerts at Ferlazzo:

Comments to be added later.

 

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