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posted Nov 11, 2018, 5:03 PM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 1:44 PM ]
Get ready to have your mind blown this coming weekend as we work with Sandy Marron, Sound Judge and internationally-acclaimed coach!  Most of you have been at coaching sessions and know what to expect, but some of you are new to the chorus - either way, here are a few tips as well as the schedule for the weekend:

  • Get lots of rest on Friday night.  
  • Hydrate more than usual this week so your vocal cords are ready for some heavy-duty singing.
  • Vocalize every day for 10-15 minutes, to build up stamina/strength/range.
  • Warm up on the way to the morning sessions - do sirens, bubbles, scales, etc.
  • Do your self-evaluations so you are sure that you know the songs.  We'll stop & go a lot, and it's much easier if you really know the song. 
    • Sandy knows that we have some new people who may still have your sheet music; that's okay.
  • Prepare yourself mentally.
  • Go through the visual plan that you'll see on Tuesday night so you're familiar with it and can show it to her, if asked.
  • Record everything - warmups, instructions, your singing, everything!
  • Wear your section's colors:
    • Tenors:  Red
    • Leads:  Blue
    • Baritones:  Green
    • Basses:  Purple
  • Songs - be sure you have the latest version from the Music Library:
    • All the Things You Are
    • After I'm Gone
  • Bring (but do not put things on the risers - use your apron)
    • Water
    • Recorder
    • Lozenges (non-menthol)
    • Lunch 
    • Snacks
    • Music 
    • Colored pencils

  • Saturday
    • 8:45 - Arrive and get ready for the day, move towards risers to visit
    • 9:00 - Coaching begins
    • 11:30 - Lunch break
      • Bring your own lunch or go to a FAST food place (key word is fast)
    • 12:30 - Coaching continues
    • 2:00 - Break
    • 4:30 - Coaching ends
      • Go to dinner somewhere?  Pizza parlor?  Burger joint?  Denny's?
      • Get a good night's rest
      • Review what we worked on this evening
  • Sunday
    • 8:45 - Arrive and get ready for the day, review what we did on Saturday
    • 9:00 - Coaching begins
    • 11:00 - Break
    • 11:15 - Coaching continues
    • 1:00 - Coaching ends
      • I'll take Sandy directly to the airport, but she'll have time for lots of hugs and thanks before we take off.

  • If your voice is not at its usual strength, don't stay home; you can still learn a ton of things by coming and observing.   
  • If you signed up to attend, be there.  
  • This is important - on many levels.