Dear Choral Students,
Sharon and I are very grateful to you for working so hard to present a truly beautiful program last Thursday. We know how hard it is to balance all the pressures in your life – homework, class schedules, sports, labs, commitments to your families /spiritual life/ friends/ roommates – and yet we all prioritized coming together as a team to realize our greatest potential at this time! What an admirable and rewarding accomplishment.
I am excited because it is only March 20, and you have accomplished so much! But, I am also really focused on that fact that is it already March 20 and we still have a lot to accomplish between now and NYC. This weekend you must focus on reviewing Come Sunday and memorizing Village and Stayin’ Alive. Our focus Tuesday is on these pieces, and for Village and Stayin' Alive, we will be working on movement (Cathy will be with us in class). Remember: extra rehearsals THIS Weds 1-2:40pm and the Monday after Easter, 8-10pm - both are in the chapel.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Some may have been wondering why we participated in a festival primarily involving high schools - a few colleges in the area do ask to participate in the Napa Choral Classic because it is unique in its very high quality adjudication. When some of the nation’s best adjudicators /clinicians are flown in (from Texas, Delaware, and Long Beach) and will be in your neighborhood, you take advantage of that opportunity if you can! For fun, you should read about our adjudicators from yesterday (Jing Ling Tam: http://world-projects.net/home/educational-faculty/choral/103-dr-jing-ling-tam; Paul Head: http://www.music.udel.edu/about-us/faculty-staff/Pages/paul-d-head.aspx, and Rob Eistadt: http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/music/faculty_Pages/istad.html ). I am so happy to have had their feedback, and deeply honored to sit beside them to serve as adjudicator and clinician for a portion of the event. I will share more of their feedback when I see you Tuesday. Another great benefit to your efforts yesterday… three more high-profile people known about our program, and our school. This is great visibility for SMC and the performing arts department, so your efforts (like efforts of those before you), will benefit those who follow in years to come. This is how community-building, and program-building works!
Be well - and again, thank you and BRAVO!!!
- Dr J & Sharon