Thomas A. Mosher
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All-State HS Women's Chorus
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NEW JERSEY ALL-STATE WOMEN’S CHORUS
Joseph Cantaffa & Jennifer Alagna, Chorus Managers
October 20, 2014
Hello All-State Women’s Choir!
I’m looking forward to our rehearsal this Saturday. I wanted to re-cap where we are with the music. I hope you have been furiously practicing at home! As you know, October 25 is the last rehearsal until we meet again in February. I know we would all like to leave Saturday’s rehearsal, feeling like we are well on our way with the music preparation.
As a reminder, on this website, you have the following to help in your practice at home:
You also have, in your folder, a written pronunciation guide for these pieces.
All of these are wonderful tools, and should help you tremendously. In this letter, I am also including several links to YouTube videos of full performances.
Jubilate Deo: you should be able to sing through the entire piece, with Latin and English text. You have lots of meter changes; listen to the recordings to help you.
O Pastorelle, Addio: you should be able to sing through the entire piece on a neutral syllable. Please look at your pronunciation guide, and listen to the file on the website. This YouTube video at least gives you the idea of the piece; start watching at 1:21 – 3:29
Ergen Deda: you should be able to sing through the entire piece on a neutral syllable, and with text up to ms. 63. As with O Pastorelle, listen to the files on the website, and the link below.
On Saturday, I would like to hear anyone who is interested in the solo section at ms. 33 – 40, or ms. 99 – 106. To audition, you can either sing ms. 33 – 36, or ms. 25 – 32 ---- both with text.
Prayer of St. Francis: please have the music under your belt so that we can concentrate on adding the sign language to the singing. The videos give you everything; the signing done slowly with speaking the text in rhythm, and then up to tempo with a recording of the piece playing in the background.
Song of Ruth: at the last rehearsal, we read through to ms. 33, and did part, or all, of the rest of the piece in a sectional. We will concentrate on sectional work on Saturday.
La Maumariee: we actually read through the entire piece, except for ms. 3 – 14 at the last rehearsal! The music has now arrived (happy days are here again!), but each of you has been sent the music which you can print to rehearse with before Saturday. Here are some helpful hints as you rehearse this on a neutral syllable:
Ms. 19: vs. 1 Ms. 27: Refrain
Ms. 37: vs. 2 Ms. 45: Refrain Ms. 53: Refrain, variant
Ms. 65: vs. 3 Ms. 73: Refrain Ms. 81: Refrain, variant (Ms. 89, tag)
Ms. 94: vs. 4 Ms. 102: Refrain
Ms. 112: vs. 5 Ms. 120: Refrain
Ms. 130: vs. 6 Ms. 138; Refrain
Ms. 147: vs. 7 Ms. 155: Refrain Ms. 163: Refrain, variant
Ms. 171: Refrain (parts)
As we’ve discussed before, I would like to avoid doing testing. We really need the time to work on Sectionals and to work together, rather than breaking up the choir for testing. But, it depends on you. You earned a place in the All-State choir, and I hope you are proud of it. I’m certainly very proud to be working with you. With earning this spot comes the responsibility of practice at home, and giving your all in rehearsals. I’m excited about the high level of musicianship that you can bring to this music. The program you will perform is certainly not easy, but I know you are so capable of performing it with beauty and artistry. It is time….it is work…..it is commitment. But, it is SO worth it.
Continue to work hard. I will see you on Saturday!
Rehearsal Dates: October 25th at Edison High School
February 8th at JFK High School, Iselin, NJ (1PM – 5PM)
CONCERT: February 21st at NJPAC in Newark, NJ (tickets through NJPAC Box Office only – 1-888-GONJPAC or www.njpac.org)
NO PARENTS MAY STAY AT THE EAST BRUNSWICK HILTON DURING THE PERFORMANCE WEEKEND AND NO STUDENT MAY DRIVE HER OWN CAR AND PARK IT AT THE HILTON. SINGERS WILL BE BUSSED TO ALL OFF-PROPERTY REHEARSALS AND TO THE SHOW AT NJPAC WHERE THEY WILL BE DISMISSED TO THEIR FAMILIES AFTER THE SHOW. THERE WILL BE NO BUSSING BACK TO THE HILTON AFTER THE CONCERT.
Please bring a pencil and water to all rehearsals.
2014- 2015 NJ All-State Chorus
All-State Chorus members are expected to attend all rehearsals. One absence may be excused with the permission of the Manager in advance, unless that is clearly and truly impossible. If a student misses a second rehearsal, she will be removed from the All-State Chorus. There are no make-up rehearsals. “An absence is defined as missing any scheduled rehearsal or any part thereof.”
ALL activities involving the performance and the performance weekend must be attended as scheduled. Students must all rehearsals in their entirety in East Brunswick/Rutgers (the performance weekend). Failure to comply with this policy will result in removal from the All-State Chorus, loss of the All State Pin, and disqualification from any NJ All-State performing group for a period of one year up to and including the applicable event.