Monday, September 29, 2014

November 29 dress rehearsal schedule updated

Saturday, November 29 @ Friends Academy
1:30-4pm mandatory rehearsal
4-6:30pm dinner break (food provided by NBSO)
6:30-9pm mandatory rehearsal

Sunday, September 28, 2014

on BWV 191

As you now know, the additional work for this fall's concert is Bach's Gloria, BWV 191. This is almost identical to the Gloria found in the B Minor Mass. (For more information, visit the Wikipedia article.)

I tend to prefer the period instrument performances found online. For the purpose of learning the piece, however, these aren't entirely useful, since those ensembles are pitched a half-step lower than our "modern" pitch. 

Here's the D Major Gloria played beautifully in D-flat:




There are many performances out there on YouTube, so I'll let you make up your own mind. Be aware that there are three movements, and I've only posted one here.

Print options for scores

If you are singing with the NBSO Chorus this fall, you should have received three scores in your inbox, sent in three separate emails:
  • Messiah: Amen
  • Bach: 1st movement
  • Bach: 3nd movement
(Note: the 2nd movement of the Bach is for soloists; no copy is being sent.)

Scores will not be provided at rehearsal. If you are unable to print the scores at home or on your boss's dime, the next best option is to have Staples print them. Staples can either send them to you (before Sunday if you act fast), or you can pick them up at a Staples location of your choice.

How to get your scores to Staples:
  • Option 1: Save them to a USB memory stick and bring it to Staples for them to print. Obviously, this only works if you have a USB memory stick and the knowhow.
  • Option 2: 
  1. Download the files from your email to your desktop.
  2. Go to the Staples Copy & Print website (Click here.)
  3. In the upper left hand corner, click "upload your file."
  4. You will then be prompted to login or create ("register") an account.
  5. Once you've logged in/created an account, click "copy and print services" in the left column.
  6. Next screen: choose "begin" for black and white copies
  7. (You might be prompted to run a Java application. If so, choose "run.")
  8. Choose standard B&W, unless you want to get fancy.
  9. Using the "add files" box in the next screen, add each of your downloaded files. Remember: there are three.
  10. Choose options in the "select job option" column. For this purpose, you'll want B&W, double-sided, portrait orientation, and, further down, three holes punched--or you can choose a binding.
  11. From there it's pretty clear what to do. I recommend paying at the store instead of online. Staples is prone to mistakes, after all.
If you have any problems with this process, please let me know or (why not?) call Staples for help.

If you are singing with us for the first time, your remaining Messiah files are in the right column of this blog. You'll need those, too. Let me know if you have any trouble downloading them, and I'll send them as emailed files.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Got scores?

I am sure that many of you are eager to have the Bach score in hand, along with this year's Messiah addition, the Amen. Alas, I have nothing to send yet, and I will be in touch as soon as scores are available.

Messiah scores (minus the Amen) are currently available at the blog (right column, under "scores").

With any scores, there will be two ways to get them this year:
  1. Download and print them yourself.
  2. Download them and send them to Staples Copy & Print for you to pick up. You get to choose the pickup location, and you can pay when you pick up the scores. Orders usually take less than 24 hours.
I'll give more detailed instructions on how to download, etc. when I am able to make all of the scores available. I appreciate your patience.

As a reminder, we have a reading rehearsal on Sunday, October 5 from 6-8:30pm at Friends Academy. The main purpose of this rehearsal is to read the Bach and the Amen and to assign sopranos to either S1 or S2 (hence the mandatory status of this rehearsal for sopranos). 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Roster for 2014 Messiah/Bach

The roster is now in place for the fall. Please note that a number of the sopranos have not yet been assigned for the Bach Gloria. That will be accomplished at the reading rehearsal on Sunday, October 5.

Where's the music? It's still cooking. Expect it within a week or so. (Music will be available as a download or for purchase.)


Soprano 1 ElizabethDuffy
GenaDeGioia
GretchenSilva
ChristineWatt
FlorenceJacobsen
DeborahRoss
HilareMoniz
NicoleBailey
Soprano 2 GiselaTillier
MargaretJones
LauraEckert
GailBibeau
LucyBly
SusanLeclair
CindyMikkelson
KatieBrengle
DonnaSargent
Sop unlisted ElizabethBedard
JaneCarvalho
DottieGrocott


JudyWillis
KateHancock
JoanUnderwood
KarinGilman
DeborahSiegal
CherylMarotto
AmandaLeMarier
EllenHocker



Alto ElizabethAlmeida
DebCorsino
KarenMiller
LaurindaMorway
LindaDesmarais
GiselePappas
CarolBailey
RebekahBailey
CindyLeBlanc
JenniferCharleson
MargeWaite
DaleStetson
ViTaylor
SusanCohan
JoyceBock
MurielGolden
Anne Whitney
CarolynHamel
TerryCryan
MarianneBermingham
KateSchmitt
BarbaraBrewer
BarbaraWatterson
JudyRosa
JoeyDubois

Tenor 
JeffHolland
JeffNeustadter
FrankWilhelm
RonDesmarais
FrankScarino
ThomasSargent
BarbaraJacobskind
JeffKaufman
AprilMerriam
Bass LloydMendes
SethSchachne
StuartBailey
RogerGauthier
ThomasJansen
FrankLeith
BruceBeamer
JamesWatterson
BrianGilman
TomSchmitt
ArthurPerryman

GeoffTaylor
EdCelette
DaveMills
Pierre
George
Tillier
Rolt

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Roster update

On Thursday, August 21, I sent emails from my own email address to the following two groups:

  • those who are confirmed on the NBSO Chorus roster
  • those altos who have been wait-listed
If you didn't receive either email, then I don't have your information for fall 2014, and you are neither wait-listed nor on the roster. If that's you, please fill out the online form found here: http://nbsochorus.blogspot.com/2014/08/nbso-chorus-roster-for-fall-2014.html

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Zeiterion

Since updating the blog this morning and creating the registration form, a number of you have written to ask about the "new" concert venue and size limits of the chorus this year.

To begin, the rent at St. Anthony's increased to such a great extent this year that the NBSO had to seek another venue for the annual concert. The next best venue for this program is the Zeiterion.

With regard to the chorus, the biggest issue with the Zeiterion is that we have to limit the size of the chorus to 80. This is a big reduction, considering that at St. Anthony's the chorus could more-or-less be as large as we wanted it to be.

The non-Messiah work for the program is a Gloria by Bach. Because Bach wrote the Gloria for SSATB, we are building the chorus with a soprano section that is larger in number than the other sections for this concert.

The section quotas are as follows:
  • Soprano: 30 (15 per section)
  • Alto: 16
  • Tenor: 16
  • Bass: 16
(That's a total of 78, but we're allowing for a two-person margin of error.)

Because of having a necessary cap on participating singers, there were several ways to approach chorus participation. One way would be to audition all members. Another would be to have a first-come/first-served basis. Another would be to work with our various community chorus directors to build a core roster and then bring on non-affiliated singers. We ultimately decided to work with our community chorus directors first and then bring on other singers on a first-come/first-served basis.

Early in the summer, I contacted the directors of all of our participating choruses to submit names/voice types of participating members by July 15. Some directors submitted names, others didn't. With the list of singers I received, I began creating the chorus roster, and this means that the alto section is currently filled. (Soprano, Tenor, and Bass still have a way to go.)

By mid-September, I'll have a much clearer idea of how many singers we have, and this may allow us to tweak the quotas. For instance, if we have only 10 basses, this might mean that we could bring on an additional 6 altos...and so on.

I hope you find this explanation helpful. As you can imagine, none of this has been easy, from trying to find a suitable venue to figuring out how to bring a chorus of 110+ down to 80.

The best advice I can give to anyone--alto or otherwise--is to complete the form and make sure to check that you're willing to be on the wait list. I'll be in touch as soon as I can to confirm everything.