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posted Aug 28, 2019, 9:39 AM by Kathy Scheel
Well, I sure hope everyone is feeling lots better today!  We missed 15 members so much last night - but we had 13 ladies who sang their hearts out, plus 2 first-time guests:  

- Rachel Carina (lead - from Meetup)
- Betty Clark (baritone - from Meetup)

Visual Team:  I met with the ladies interested in participating in the visual aspect of OSC's performances.  Unfortunately, only a few were able to attend the meeting (thanks Linda O'Donnell, Leah Law, Kathy Smith, and Tammy Lantis) but we reviewed the various roles and expectations of a visual team with regard to choreography and staging.  We set a date for a creative session at my house on Thursday, September 12th, at 6:30.  Please send me a note if you would like to be a part of this team.  We'll be working on the songs for A'Cappella Spirit (Dec 7) so we need to get started soon (only 14 rehearsals remaining).  

Grow That Chorus:  Leah Law presented the current standing (thermometers) of the Hi-Lows Team and the Lead-A-Tones Team.  Go out and do something this week to let ladies know about Oregon Spirit Chorus!  It takes action from every person - email the flyer, repost on Facebook, write a new note on Meetup, go out and hang up posters, talk to people.  This is more than just the Christmas Chorus - this is our future!   And remember to bring (or send) your scoresheets to your captains this week (or come to rehearsal early next week).

Rehearsal:  Tonight's focus was on the importance of having a common vision/intention for each song.  I've attached a Powerpoint document to the bottom of this Kathy's Korner and I invite you to go through the exercises to see if you notice how your voice changes when you see different pictures.  We will continue to explore this in order to gain more self-awareness and establish greater unity.

  • Breathing in the "pre-yawn" space will add more resonance to your voice, resulting in a lovely, blended ensemble.  It takes lots of repetition and positive self-talk ("I can do this", "I will do this") so next time you rehearse at home, incorporate this very important element into your singing! You'll be adding to the beauty of the chorus!
  • Do you have 6 minutes available?  Yeah!  Use those  minutes to do straw phonation 3 times daily for about 2 minutes each.  I'd love to see every hand go up next time I ask who's done this.  It is especially great as a warmup before and after chorus, but will train your voice to relax and allow its natural beauty to shine.  Bring your straws and bottles/cups to the risers each week.  When you're in the car, bubbling with a slow siren will also work nicely.
  • Basses, practice singing in your upper register so those higher passes are easier to sing, and will maintain tuning.  Try this:  Sing a phrase on an OO vowel (or DOO) very lightly, which makes it much easier to sing in your upper/head register.  Do the phrase several times, noticing how lovely and easy and relaxed it is.  Now gradually add the lyrics back in, striving to maintain the same vocal placement as you had on the OO.  It takes practice but will be worth it.
  • Everyone can benefit from using the PanoTuner app to check tuning accuracy.  When a song goes flat, it's usually because there's either a:
    • Lack of energy in the vocal line, or
    • Lack of awareness that the intervals from note to note are not quite right.

We've got a lot of songs to prepare for our A'Cappella Spirit show and just 14 rehearsals remaining.  This means you'll each need to spend some quality time rehearsing them at home since we only have a limited time together on Tuesday nights.  I've changed the lineup of the show and will write a separate Kathy's Korner with the list of songs to focus on.  Here's what we worked on tonight:
  • I'll Be Seeing You - In addition to the visual exercise (see PowerPoint slides attached), I am doing a slightly different interpretation on the intro.  Check with your section leader about this so you'll have it before the next rehearsal.
  • After I'm Gone - I ask everyone to practice this song with full choreography/characterization so we can bring it back to its former glory.  Review the contest video, practice in front of a mirror, record yourself - do whatever will help you to personally upgrade this song.  We'll be working on it with Tori Postma in October but you'll need to spend some time on it at home.   Here's the link to the YouTube video (copy the whole link):  
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX6Le-DYwAo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0CIIAbS341lSWFs0pNj2h-1nBkZvniTvrzZnokem31nYkzpJZEZcX-1Y4
  • Sweet Dreams - Using some "emoticards" we went discovered how slight changes in attitude will bring unity to the presentation.  Words like:  STRONG, WARY, POWERFUL, RESILIENT!  See attached PowerPoint slides.
  • Whether Good, Whether Bad - We had planned to do evaluations but with only 3 leads and 1 tenor, we decided to wait until next week.
  • Mary, Mary Rock - Ditto on the evaluations, but we did a bit of work on this song, mainly unifying each section, fixing some minor tuning issues, and focusing on the last page.  I took out a couple of the bass pickup notes on page 3, and reinforced the interpretive plan on the tag.
  • Scarlet Ribbons - Reviewed a few times with the piano.  Work on this at home so it will come together and easily.  It's such a lovely song and I can hear the beauty already.  Nice job on the tag, Judy Gobat!

  • Show Meeting from 5:30-6:45.  
  • Evaluations:
    • Whether Good, Whether Bad
    • Mary, Mary Rock
  • Polish
    • After I'm Gone
    • I'll Be Seeing You
  • Review 
    • Sister Act (Note: work at home on maintaining tonality - use PanoTuner or keyboard)
    • Star-Spangled Banner

Now ....get HEALTHY and I'll see y'all next week!

Kathy Scheel,
Aug 28, 2019, 9:39 AM
Kathy Scheel,
Aug 28, 2019, 9:39 AM