Here is the link to the CyberBass practice recordings for the Opera:
Here are the Rutter Gloria practice recordings, by movement: The files are in Craig's Dropbox. Clicking on the link will take you to the dropbox where you can play the files, or download them to your computer or mobile device. If you need help with the files, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see what I can do.
To: Members Lakeland Choral Society
From: Bob Grizzard, President
As you may remember, at the general meeting last spring dues for the year were increased to $125.00 for the year. ($75.00 for those who only do half a year.)
Things are progressing well, and Kris has some exciting music in store for us! There is no intent (though I have heard a rumor) to shrink the size of the LCS adult choir– just the opposite, Kris would like to see us grow in numbers! There is again discussion of having smaller groups for things like the Museum performance (they liked it so much they want us back!), but if we end up with 100 members, that is great.
For this year, the ‘auditions’ will actually be a short 5 minutes for Kris to hear our individual sound and judge our placements. No previous member will be cut.
IT IS IMPORTANT, however to go to the website members section and fill out the usual form, and SCHEDULE A TIME to be heard. There is a link to an external scheduling app, it is in 10 minute sections, but two persons can sign up within that ten minutes.
First rehearsal is September 12, the first Monday after Labor Day, and will be at the usual time and place. If you have any questions about any of this my main email is email@example.com, let me know.
Dear Choral Society,
I am very excited about our new year of making beautiful choral music together. I hope you have had an enjoyable summer filled with travel and visiting with friends and family. This letter is for the purpose of giving you information concerning upcoming auditions as well as our first rehearsal.
Auditions: Each member new or returning is asked to complete an “audition” this year. Please understand that these are not auditions so much as they are an opportunity for me to meet you, hear your vocal range, and assign you a voice part. There will also be a short sight reading example for the purpose of seeing how well you do or do not read music. Your place in the group will not depend on this sight reading. This is a way for me to see where people are with music reading skills. This process will be done individually or in groups of two and last no more than 10 minutes per slot. The main thing I want to stress is that these are not meant for the purpose of cutting people but for me to get an idea of who is in the group and what our balance will be.
Craig McCaa will be sending out through the internet a schedule for everyone to sign up. I greatly appreciate his assistance with this.
Here are the dates and times for “auditions”
August 29 6:00pm-9:00pm
August 30 6:00-9:00
August 31 6:00-9:00
September 11 3:00-6:00
Our first rehearsal will be Monday night, September 12 from 7:00-9:00 at Florida Southern College in the chorus room.
Our Winter concert will be December 11. Place will be announced at our first rehearsal
If you are not able to sign up for a time before our first rehearsal, please come and sing and we can schedule a time on that evening.
Please invite people you know who may be interested to come and sing with us this year. Your word of mouth and positive encouragement always is the best way to bring new people into the group.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at Kristopher.firstname.lastname@example.org The schedule for auditions should be sent out soon so stay tuned.
I look forward to a wonderful year of making great music together,
See the membership page for audition sign-up information -- Craig
Hi LCS Singers ---
Just a reminder that call for tomorrow's performance is 6:45 PM in the Lake Hunter Room. See you there.
- Craig McCaa
These important Notes:
1. We have a fine smaller ensemble for the Polk Museum on Friday night [Apr. 8]. Popular vote decided that we are to be in concert dress (tuxes, etc). Those singers, please try to be at the Art Museum (next to the Public Library at Lake Morton) c. 5:30 p.m. We sing our program at 6:04, or thereabouts. Your guests are welcome, but there's a $10 admission for non-members of the museum.
2. Last Monday's rehearsal went very well, accomplished much! If you're still in need of Beethoven practice materials, try CyberBass.com You can isolate your part, slow things down, put parts back together, etc. Just in case you're Google-challenged: http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Beethoven_L_v/beethoven_9th_symphony.htm
3. Many people strongly recommended that we have regular rehearsal on Monday, so we will! Monday, 4/11. 7 p.m. And then we're with orchestra the next night. Good plan if you can manage that.
4. From Christine at the ISO office, these logistics/ticket info:
(a) The Lake Hunter Room will be available to all choirs as a meeting/warm-up space prior to both rehearsals and the performance. There will be signs to lead you from Lake Hunter, through the storage area to the back stage area.
(b) 4/12 rehearsal in Youkey will start with Mvt. 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Count on being in place before 7:30!!
(c) 4/18 dress rehearsal starts at 7:30pm in Youkey, may go in concert order, TBD by Mark
(d) Tickets: I will have comp tickets for each of you to hand out to your choir members at the 4/12 rehearsal, enough for 2 comps each. Please let your members know that additional tickets will be available at 50% off 4/12-4/18 with code ISOJOY through the Lakeland Center box office: (863) 834-8111 or online: http://imperialsymphony.org/event/ode-to-joy (additional fees apply to e-tickets). Please remember that all students are admitted FREE to ISO performances with student ID or paying adult. (student tickets are not available online)5. I (Larry) will probably already have the comp tickets for you by this coming Monday night, so that will cut down on the frenzy Tuesday evening.
Please take note of these things:
1. We are scheduled to provide a very brief opener for the Polk Art Museum exhibit/reception next Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m. They're trying to spotlight and celebrate those community organizations who have been in business c. 50 years - and that includes us!! It will necessarily be a short program, between 5 and 10 minutes, to include two or three pieces at the most, as well as a little information about who the LCS is and what we do. These receptions are attended by some of the most involved members of the cultural/arts community, so that's very important. And, as we know, many of them possibly know very little about the LCS - and that makes this even more important.
2. I know this is hurried, but let me know ASAP if you can take part in this event. I apologize for not discussing this last Monday evening - but other items seemed to take over. Your letting me know about your involvement can help enormously in choosing the 2 (or 3) pieces we'll sing. Music will be from the previous concert.
3. Monday night's rehearsal will be combined choirs, at FSC, 7-8:30 p.m. And then, the LSC singers for the Friday night event will remain for an additional 30 minute preparation time.
4. If you cannot make the Monday rehearsal but intend to take part on Friday, that can work. But I still need to know about your participation so we can plan and have music for you.
5. We'll try to meet together at the museum c. 5:30 p.m. on Friday to settle logistics and warm up.
April 4 (Monday): Combined Choruses Rehearsal - 7-8:30pm @FSC M208
April 11 (Monday): Choral Society at FSC 7-9pm (IF NECESSARY - Larry will announce at the April 4th rehearsal)
April 12 (Tuesday): Full rehearsal with orchestra - 7:30-9:30pm @ Youkey
April 18 (Monday): Dress rehearsal with orchestra - 7:30pm @ Youkey
April 19 (Tuesday): Concert in Youkey 7:30pm
Thanks to all of you for a wonderful and memorable concert on Sunday! I assure you that this was a highlight for me, as well as a showcase for your fine talent as singers. There have been excellent reviews from members of the audience, as we always hope there will be.
A few “housekeeping” items are important here:
When I have sung my songs to you I’ll sing no more, T’would be a sacrilege to sing at another door. We’ve worked so hard to hold our dreams just you and I. I could not share them all again I’d rather die with just the thought that I had loved so well so true. That I could never sing again, that I could never never sing again except to you!
Beethoven Markings (In Case You Can't Open attached files)
Beethoven, Symphony No. 9
Choral Markings to Enter into Score
Page Measure #s Rehearsal Letter Other markings
(by system, in descending order) (if on this page) (if provided)
(to bottom of page)
3 216/222/227/232 In 4
4 237/242/247/257 In 2
5 257/261 D, m257
6 265/270 Solos!!
8 284/289 E, m285 Chorus enters forte, letter E
9 294/298 F, m297 Solos!
11 309.312 G, m313 Chorus enters, m313
13 321/326 Mark ¼ rests between ½ notes; mm29-30 in 4 with rit.
14 331/340/347/354/361/368 H, m359 In 2
15 375/381/387/393 I, m391 Solo!
16 399/405/411 TB enter, m411 (add A2)
18 426/432/439/446/453 K, m431
20 493/499/505/511/517/525/534 L, m493 Slight slowing, m529
21 543/549 M, m543 Chorus enters. Some S sing A
22 555/561 m.566, insert ⅛-rest between notes
24 578/583 m582, insert ⅛-rest between notes
25 589/595 Slow, in 3, at m595; ¼ rests between staccato halfs.
26 604/608 ¼ rests after “Kuss,” m. 609
27 612/620 N, m612 ¼ rests on staccato “wohnen,” m619, & m23, after “zelt”
28 624/628 m632, hairpin dynamics; ¼ rests on staccatos
29 635/643 m635, ¼ rests on staccatos; mark abrupt dynamics!
30 651/653 m651,suddenly soft! Mm653,654, ¼ rests after “muss”
31 656/660 marcato. S2 on A; m660, ¼ rest after 2nd note in A
32 664/668 m664, A2 sing T; T2 sing B; end of m668, ¼ rest in A & T
33 672/676 O, m673 m671, A2 sing T for 4 meas.; m676, ¼ rest after 2nd note in B
34 680/684 S2 sing A; m684, ¼ rest in S after 2nd note
35 683/692 P, m695 S2 continue A; m692, ¼ rest in S after 1st note
36 696/700 m698, ¼ rest in A after 2nd note
37 704/708 Q, m711 m706, S2 may sing S till m716
38 712/716 m714, ¼ rest in A & T after 2nd note; m719, A & B circle rhythm
39 720/724 Sopranos trade off during high notes; S2 on A; A2 on T
40 728/732 R, m732 m732 slightly slower; m736, A2 on T for 4 meas.
41 738/744 Cresc. thru page; m747, lift after 1st note
42 751/758 m755, ¼ rest after 1st note; m759, ¼ rest after 2nd note
43 765/770 Solos!
46 795 S, m795 Chorus enters, piano, but with rapid cresc.
47 799 Chorus part goes to top at page turn!
48 804/809 Sudden change to 4 beats (slow) at m812
49 813/818 m816, sudden change to fast in 2-beats per
50 824/829 Syncopated entrance, m829; m833 slower
51 834 In 4
52 838/841 Solos
53 845/853 Fast, in 2
54 860/866 S2 sing A
55 871/876 Sopranos trade off during high notes
56 882/888 T, m889 m889, lift after 1st note
57 894/900 S2 on A
58 906/912 “
59 918/921 In 6; suddenly fast in 2 at m920
Before the big weekend, a few brief notes:
1. The attached PDF provides the complete program order, almost exactly as we had used on Monday. This will help you arrange your music folder before Saturday. [Black folders, please. Inexpensive ring binder or term-paper folder can work, as long as you're comfortable with how it feels.]
2. Dress for Sunday reminder: men, black tuxes, black bow tie; women: long black dresses with long sleeves or separates that create that general effect. Ergo, black pants can work. Three-quarter sleeves can work. Simple jewelry ok, but no sparkles. And, of course, no perfumes/colognes for anybody!
3. Saturday rehearsal downbeat is 10 a.m., so please arrive c. 9:45 to get arranged and to avoid confusions. If a few folks can be present in the sanctuary at 9:30 for any remaining set-up, that will be helpful. We will need to strike the rehearsal setup at the end of practice.
4. Sunday call-time is 2 p.m.
5. Please look (even if briefly) at every one of the pieces in your folder. Take a moment to set the likely tempo in your mind, to get the sound playing in your memory, to remind yourself of the things you have to do to sing it at your best level. Try doing this in the order we'll sing them, so you'll get a sense of the program flow. If you have only 30 seconds per piece to devote to your review, that's still helpful.
6. And, of course, look at your"problem" notes, if you still have them. There is no available time on Saturday to correct these, so we have to trust that each singer has done the homework.
Thanks for being a fine ensemble. I look forward to seeing and hearing you soon!!
It’s that exhilarating and nervous time: Only one more Monday rehearsal remains before the March 20 concert! We know so much of the music well, but will everything be ready to put together? We can sing all (well, mostly all) of our pieces effectively now – but sometimes it takes the third time through to accomplish that. Last Monday’s session reminded us dramatically that pieces that we’ve not reviewed in a few weeks can become very stale. There are real challenges in learning a full program without losing the things we’ve learned in early weeks. You’re a fine ensemble and I know you’ll do well. But please keep in mind the following:
- On Monday, we managed to do a complete run-through of our music, until the final pieces. These were the spirituals, and they’ll need particular attention next rehearsal. Please look at the Moses Hogan especially. Listen to one of the YouTube versions and emulate the accuracy/clarity/expression you hear. There are tough rhythms there and we need to make them right.
- We’re still stuck with noses in music. There’s no excuse for that. None. No singer can do the job if eyes are down. It’s a posture thing; it’s a communication thing; it’s an energy thing. Thanks to the many who are doing well here.
- The pieces we’ve had for a shorter time are less internalized. We’ve simply not lived with them long enough to “own” them and feel natural as we sing. You can speed that process by looking at them before Monday, by singing though your part, by listening to other performances. Last rehearsal taught us that many folks haven’t been reviewing the pieces we thought we knew – and we had to relearn. Are you comfortable enough with each piece to make it come alive? Can you make the “pop” music POP?
- Men: You sounded very good on the “Ave Maria,” but there isn’t much time to polish. We’ll sing it for the women on Monday, but we definitely need a “woodshedding” by ourselves. We’ll possibly fit it in at the end of rehearsal, so please be able to stay 15 minutes at the end.
- And, please mark your calendar for the LCS “dress” rehearsal on Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 a.m. – noon at All Saints.
I look forward to a wonderful Monday rehearsal. Sell tickets!