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AUGUST PLANS (updated)

posted Jul 18, 2018, 11:05 PM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Jul 19, 2018, 9:32 AM ]
August rehearsals will be just a little different than originally planned, and hopefully this will allow everyone to make more progress on the new songs.

August 7

  • 5:45 – 6:45 - Music Team Meeting
    • New song progress
    • Christmas Chorus
  • 7:00 – 9:00 - Sectionals and duets.  I’ll stay and will visit each section to do a little coaching.
    • Fun in Just One Lifetime
    • Long Ago & Far Away
    • Sister Act

August 14

  • 5:45-6:45 - Sight-Reading Class by Sasanna Botieff.  Let her know if you're coming.
  • 7:00 – 9:30 - Regular rehearsal - work on:
    • Fun in One Lifetime
    • Long Ago & Far Away
    • Sister Act
  • Rehearse Star Spangled Banner
  • Introductory work/short sectionals on:
    • After I’m Gone
    • Just the Way You Look Tonight

August 21

  • 5:30 - Sing national anthem at Volcanoes game (see Performance Central for details soon)
  • 6:30 – 9:00 - Sectionals on:
  • After I’m Gone
  • Just the Way You Look Tonight
  • And whatever else needs attention

 August 28 – dark, unless some of the ladies in your section want to get together to polish the songs a bit more.


I’m putting a HOLD on the following songs until a later date:

  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  • I Will Survive

HOMEWORK TIPS for singers:
  • Vocalize every day.  At the bottom of this post, I'm attaching some exercises (download and print).  I've also frequently posted lots of exercises on Kathy's Korners, so just browse thru and find ones that work for you.  
  • Incorporate your best vocal skills always; reinforce resonance, 3D breath, primary vowels, diphthongs, so they become automatic. 
  • Work on the music at least 2-3 times each week.  If you need help in memorizing the songs, set aside quiet, uninterrupted time so you can really focus.  You could also contact your section leader or anyone in your section  to join you for a special session (social + work time).
  • Mark your music with notations about tuning, vowels, diphthongs (example:  my = MAH-ee).  See your section leader if you're not sure.
  • Record yourself and start your self-evaluations early so you can catch problem spots on your own.  If you rehearse wrong notes, it's really hard to re-learn the correct notes.  The entire chorus will appreciate the time you take to learn the material correctly so we can all move forward each week.
Lastly, I ask that you find a way to renew your personal commitment to musical excellence.  I know that summer is a time when we're distracted by the beautiful weather in Oregon, and some people are taking vacations on the weeks we had planned rehearsals, but if you are in town, please make an effort to attend.  Each singer in a small chorus such as ours is so very important; and it's really difficult to make progress with only half the chorus there.  Your presence, your voice, your laughter, makes a big difference.  Chorus is like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle - it's just not complete without all the pieces put together.

Kathy Scheel,
Jul 18, 2018, 11:05 PM