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ALL-STATE WOMEN'S CHORUS

 
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ATTENTION ALL MIXED CHORUS, WOMEN’S CHORUS, ORCHESTRA, JAZZ, AND HONORS JAZZ CHOIR ENSEMBLE MEMBERS: (Directors of these students should also read this!)

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NEW JERSEY ALL-STATE WOMEN’S CHORUS

Joseph Cantaffa & Jennifer Alagna, Chorus Managers

jcantaffa@rocknrollchorus.com  jalagna@monroe.k12.nj.us


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:

  •     Parts recordings of all the pieces
  •     Sign Language videos for Prayer of St. Francis
  •     Pronunciation recording for Jubilate Deo, Ergen Deda and O Pastorelle.  (La Maumariee will be up soon)

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.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uYVxHRj2j4

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwQVE-5Kfvk

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. 

             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuTbM0R0ADQ

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. 

  • Ain’t No Grave: we completed the entire piece at the last rehearsal.  For those who were not present:
  • On pg. 16, we are skipping the 8 measures of rest. 
  • On pg 17, ms. 130 – 141, the Sop I and Alto I are on the top line, and the Sop II and Alto II are on the bottom line.  You go back to your ‘regular’ part in ms. 142. 
  • On pg. 19, we will sing 147a for the ending.  In ms. 149 – 150, I will cue each pitch.  I will start with whichever Alto II’s can pop a low E, then to Sop I Rows 3 and 4 for the F-sharp, Sop I Rows 1 and 2 for the D-sharp, Sop II for the B, Alto I for the G, and the remaining Alto II’s for the first-line E. 

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.

            http://www.sbmp.com/SR2.php?CatalogNumber=539

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:

  •     For those who were not at the last rehearsal, please mark the following in your music:

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)

  • Please go through each verse and Refrain and mark where your part is.  For example, in verse 2 on page 6, Sop I and Sop II are on the top line, and Alto I is on the middle line; in verse 3 on page 10, Sop I is on the top line, and Sop II and Alto I are on the middle line.  There is switching in every verse!
  • There is mixed meter (see pg. 8 – 9, and pg. 23 – 24), and syncopation (see pg. 5 and 27).  You may want to mark these. 
  • The good news is that even though it seems like a tremendous amount of text because of the length of the piece, there are technically only 12 phrases to learn!
  • On top of that, there is body percussion --- whoo-hoo!  If you look at the first page, it gives you the body percussion that will be used. You will find the body percussion on pg. 8 – 9, 11 – 14, 17 – 18, 20 – 21, 23 – 26, and 29 – 30.  Fun!

 At least work with the parts file before Saturday, and do listen to the full performance; I hope you love it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdpiHGBs10k

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 WEEKEND: February 19th – 21st at East Brunswick Hilton/Rutgers

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.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

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.