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:

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.

NBSO Chorus roster for fall 2014

It's time to sign up to sing this season's Messiah with the New Bedford Symphony at the Zeiterion!

Before signing up, please make sure that you are able to attend all rehearsals, making special note of the mandatory rehearsals:
  • 10/5, 6-8:30, Friends Academy (mandatory for sopranos)
  • 10/29, 7-9:30, Friends Academy
  • 11/2, 6-8:30, Friends Academy
  • 11/9, 6-8:30, Friends Academy
  • 11/12, 7-9:30, Friends Academy
  • 11/16, 6-8:30, Friends Academy
  • 11/23, 6:8:30, Friends Academy
  • 11/29, 2:30-9:30, Friends Academy (mandatory)
  • 11/30, 1pm call, 3pm rehearsal, Zeiterion (mandatory)
Second, please be aware that space is very limited for this chorus roster. As of today, the alto section is full. However, even if you are an alto interested in singing, please fill out the form if you wish to be on a wait list. We might still be able to tweak the numbers, especially when we find out how many are singing in the other sections.

(How is the alto section full, you ask? We solicited names from area chorus directors before sending out this email, and that's why there are already names on the roster. Again, don't worry: we may be able to make room. Just add yourself to the wait list using the form below.)

Within a few weeks, I'll be in touch to confirm your registration. 


Here's the form:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

About choral singing

As we pull together details for next season with the NBSO, I have the following video to share with you from TedX. You choral singers will enjoy it! (For next season's calendar, click the link to the right of the blog.)

More NBSO details coming soon...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Planets response time ended

Registration for The Planets is now closed. If you're participating, I'll see you soon. If you're not, I look forward to working with you in the fall. The Messiah schedule will be posted as soon as we know it!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Planning on singing with the NBSO Chorus this spring? Your response is MANDATORY.

Dear NBSO Chorus women (including Mastersingers women),

A few weeks ago, I sent out an email requesting a response for participation in the upcoming performance with the NBSO. As of today, I've only had 14 responses out of a list of some 90 singers who expressed interest in singing this spring. All details about the rehearsals and performance are here:

A response is mandatory. We can be a bit more flexible with Messiah, but since The Planets has some specific vocal assignments and space issues at the Zeiterion, I need to know exactly how many singers we have and who is singing what.

Your response is required by March 1 if you wish to participate. Please read the information here and fill out the online form: The deadline is March 1.

If you don't wish to perform, you may either respond to this email or fill out the online form indicating your response. (If you already filled out the form, you don't need to do anything at this time.)

Questions about the performance and rehearsals? Please read this before asking: Your questions should be answered there.

After March 1, if you haven't completed the online form, you will dropped from the roster for the spring concert.

Please forward this information if you know of anyone who might not be on this email list or has problems with email communication.



Monday, February 3, 2014

It's getting to be PLANETS time!

Dear NBSO Chorus Women,

Back in the summer and fall, I asked if you might be able to participate in this spring's performances of Holst's The Planets. Many of you responded at that time, but now it's time to reconfirm your responses.

Below please find a link to a form with specific questions regarding the rehearsals and performance. You must complete the form in order to participate, so don't ignore this even if you already agreed to participate. The deadline to complete the form is March 1.

For the rehearsal schedule, click here. Rehearsals are at Friends Academy (N. Dartmouth) and the Zeiterion.

For the music, click here.

If you're wondering what the text is for the piece, there is none. It's meant to be sung on the vowel "u" as in "sun."

For audio of the piece, click here.

Please click here to complete the form. The deadline for completion is March 1.

I look forward to working with you!