Friday, October 31, 2014

Posted videos

If you tried to look at the video posts of yesterday, you may have had trouble getting them to play. I've updated the links, so everything should work. Please email me if you have any trouble.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

rehearsal agenda for Sunday, Nov. 2

What a fantastic sectionals rehearsal last night! We covered much ground, and I hope that everyone is feeling really good about Bach right now.

Sunday's rehearsal runs from 6-8:30 at Friends. (Don't forget: set your clocks back on Saturday night.)

There seemed to be consensus to work only on Bach Sunday, so that's what we're going to do. The rehearsal plan will look roughly like this:

6-6:10 warmup
6:10-7pm work 1st movement, full ensemble, slowly
7-7:15 work 3rd movement, full ensemble, slowly
15-30 BREAK
30-8pm continue/finish work on 3rd movement, full ensemble, slowly
8-8:30 run Bach, moving to tempo

The goodness of last night's rehearsal didn't happen by accident: it was based in your own preparation. With that in mind, don't neglect some preparation before Sunday. We're not ready to rest yet. That can happen on November 30 at 5pm.

Slow audio files now posted!

Thom Sargent has been very kind in producing a number of slowed-down recordings of the Gloria. These are slow, but at pitch so that make for good practice.

You can find these files, posted as YouTube audio, in the right column (desktop/web version of the blog) under "Choral Learning Files." ===========>>>>

Here are individual links:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

rehearsal agenda for 10/29

Wednesday, October 29 from 7-9:30 is the first of two Wednesday rehearsals. (The other is November 12.) The October 29 rehearsal will be dedicated to sectional work on Bach. 

Need help on Bach? This is not a rehearsal to miss!

Areas to be covered:

  • Bach I: all rehearsal letters
  • Bach III: all letters except opening, A, and D
In your preparation, don't forget to focus on what's most difficult: Bach I (E & G) and Bach III (C & E). 


AGENDA:

7-7:10 warmup

7:10-7:15 S1 & S2 move to room assignment; ATB stay in Commons

7:15-8:15

  • JM works with ATB
  • PC works with S1S2
8:15-8:30 BREAK in Commons

8:30-9:30
  • JM works with SS
  • PC works with ATB

revised roster

In the past few weeks, I've heard from several singers who were at our reading rehearsal but do not appear on the roster. Because seating is limited to 80 at the Zeiterion, you must be on the roster in order to sing for this concerts. Specific seating will be assigned when we get closer to the concert date.

If you are not on the roster and wish to join, please email me. If you are not on the roster, please do not attend rehearsals. (There are no more alto openings. There continues to be a need for tenors and basses. Sopranos will be considered.)

If there are any errors, please let me know. Here's the roster as of 10/23:

Soprano 1ElizabethDuffy
GenaDeGioia
GretchenSilva
ChristineWatt
FlorenceJacobsen
DeborahRoss
HilareMoniz
JudyWillis
DeborahSiegal
NicoleBailey
JaneCarvalho
BetseDowney
ElizabethBedard
Soprano 2GiselaTillier
MargaretJones
LauraEckert
GailBibeau
LucyBly
SusanLeclair
CindyMikkelson
EllenHocker
KateHancock
JoanUnderwood
AmandaLeMarier
JoanUnderwood
DonnaSargent
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
TenorJeffHolland
JeffNeustadter
FrankWilhelm
RonDesmarais
FrankScarano
ThomasSargent
BarbaraJacobskind
JeffKaufman
DonaldBaron
AprilMerriam
JenniferCharleson
BassLloydMendes
SethSchachne
StuartBailey
RogerGauthier
ThomasJansen
FrankLeith
BruceBeamer
JamesWatterson
TomSchmitt
ArthurPerryman
EdCelette
GeoffTaylor
PierreTillier
GeorgeRolt

Monday, October 20, 2014

Introducing our pianists

This season, we have three pianists to assist at rehearsals:

Oct. 5 reading rehearsal, Oct. 29 sectionals: Jacqueline Maillet

In addition to (very recently) becoming my wife, Jackie teaches music at Friends Academy, our rehearsal site. Click here to read about her work at Friends

Nov. 12: Alexandra Lutkevich

Allie is the collaborative pianist for the Framingham State University Chorus and is involved with a number of other choral groups in the state. Read more about Allie here.

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23: Eric Mazonson

In addition to being a great wit, Eric is also a skilled pianist and a West Point grad. Read more about Eric's background here

Monday, October 6, 2014

reading rehearsal follow-up

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Second, the roster has been updated to reflect S1/S2 assignments:
Soprano 1 (12)ElizabethDuffy
GenaDeGioia
GretchenSilva
ChristineWatt
FlorenceJacobsen
DeborahRoss
HilareMoniz
JudyWillis
DeborahSiegal
NicoleBailey
JaneCarvalho
ElizabethBedard
Soprano 2 (13)GiselaTillier
MargaretJones
LauraEckert
GailBibeau
LucyBly
SusanLeclair
CindyMikkelson
EllenHocker
KateHancock
JoanUnderwood
AmandaLeMarier
JoanUnderwood
DonnaSargent
Alto (24)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
Tenor (9)JeffHolland

JeffNeustadter
FrankWilhelm
RonDesmarais
FrankScarino
ThomasSargent
BarbaraJacobskind
JeffKaufman
AprilMerriam
Bass (14)LloydMendes
SethSchachne
StuartBailey
RogerGauthier
ThomasJansen
FrankLeith
BruceBeamer
JamesWatterson
TomSchmitt
ArthurPerryman
EdCelette
GeoffTaylor
PierreTillier

GeorgeRolt

At last night's reading rehearsal, we identified the areas that need the greatest attention:

  • Bach I: rehearsal E & G
  • Bach III: rehearsal C & E
Be prepared to work those hard next time. Above all, know those rehearsal letters before the next rehearsal! A rehearsal agenda will be sent closer to the date of our next rehearsal (10/29).