Wednesday, October 22, 2014

See new tab above with Carnegie Hall Audition Information

See tab above to find a link to
- the information letter given to all students in class on Oct 14
- Des Tages Weihe (one audition piece)
- commitment form DUE NOV 2

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

This Week - Work Due & Class Agenda

- GLEE separate men in syufy; women in art rm 105: Bumble & Les Mis - know the parts solidly that we've gone over; be ready for spot checks!  

- 5:25-5:35pm: Men go early to Art Rm for Shadow of the Day run-thru with women
- 5:40-6:40: Chamber focus is "Lux"

7:15-8pm Glee Lab focusing on "Shadow" - getting it memorized with moments

- GLEE shadow and shamba with movement
- CS lux and Tshots
- CS LAB in chapel: Sicut and Gloria (beginning of last mvt.) 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Agenda for Thu 9/18 Glee & Chamber

First - link is now fixed: click here for Commitment form. There are also copies outside my office, LeFevre Rm 5, and I will bring copies to class.

Biz to Take Care of:
- collect any past due commitment forms
- collect names of singers who wish to fully attend Dr. Cornel West's lecture on Oct 11 event: although we sing at the beginning of his event, those without advance tickets will need to wait in a side room (with pizza & drinks) until we sing again at the end of the event. No pressure to attend lecture put if you'd like to your name and advance ticket order is needed (free for choir members). 
(Oct. 11 gig is Moraga Room, Soda Center 2pm call, sing 3:20-3:35, break, sing 5:00-5:05pm; done)
- warm-ups

Music & activities:
Review Shambala; learn descant
Shambala movement with Cathy
excuse Glee only folks
Tshotsholoza movement with Cathy in Art Rm & Chapel
excuse for dinner
Chamber Lab - Bach sectionals with special meetings spots to be announced (e.g. Syufy 110, Piano rm, etc.)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tue Sep 16: Commitment Form Due & GLEE help with Flash mob!! Please read!

Commitment form is due; include in writing any pre-approved  conflicts with regular class or labs.

Special Agenda Today:  to include a flash mob during dinner with ALL Singers on Shambala!

4:45-5:30 Sectionals - men in Syufy 110, Women in Art Rm

5:30 ALL Glee Singers go to Art Room to prepare Shambala to sing in Flash Mob

5:35 Chamber Singers arrive & join Glee on Shambala - SOLO AUDITIONS!

6:00 EVERYONE head over to Oliver Hall - sing in a flash mob! Afterwards Glee-only singers are  excused

6:10-6:40 Chamber go back to Art Rm for 1/2-hour rehearsal

(dinner break)

7:15-8pm abbreviated Glee Lab in Chapel

Friday, September 5, 2014


What a challenging, yet ultimately informative and productive, day!

Here is an overview of the results:
-  We have different combinations of singers in each choir but a grand total of 31 people, plus our two vocal percussionists who are returning on a partial schedule. This number is slightly surpassing the growth of these past four years, yet we are distributing voices with a keener eye toward balance. We also tended to favor sophomores, juniors, and seniors, understanding that frosh have future semesters to get involved.
-  We had many more women than men audition so we had to turn away some talented singers whom we hope will take beginning voice class and Jan Term Extreme musicianship and come back even stronger for future auditions
-  Some women are only doing one choir: several due to limits of space and others due to course conflicts. We are sorry if this disappoints but we aimed to put the needs of the team first, and then integrated the particular gifts of the singers as best we could.
-  We've asked a few women that we could not fit into Chamber to learn the Bach and sing it with us (Bach has three part women - SSA - throughout, so a few more voices can be accommodated).
-  There are additional male singers with whom we have not completed our audition...we hope for positive results: we have room to add four male singers. If we add them it will provide a better balance, but it will not create room for more female voices.

26 (plus two vocal percussionists)
SOPS (7): Becca, Angelica, Julia, Valeria*, Maddi*, Paula*, Mikayla
ALTOS (8): Raegina, Lina, Felicia, Kalise, Emily E, Emily W., Michaela, Alia
TENORS (5): Peter, Andrew, Miguel, Blake, James
BASSES (6): Zac, Danielle, Michael, Massimo, Dinelo, (Thinus, largely through independent study)
...Waiting to hear: Ash (Tenor), Baron (Bass)
VOCAL PERCUSSION (2): Conor & Angelo, semi-regular schedule

*Asterisk indicates the three women we'd like to join Chamber singers in singing the Bach Magnificat. This will be rehearsed during Chamber daytime class; class agendas will be provided a week in advance so that you can plan accordingly. There will be some specific added lab rehearsals for Bach during November.

Chamber Singers: 25
SOPS (7): Becca, Angelica, Delaney, Emily C., Bridget, Julia, Lindsay
ALTOS (7): Emily W., Lina, Felicia, Raegina, Kalise, Kaylee, Alia
TENORS (6): James, Miguel, Andrew, Cody, Blake, Peter
BASSES (5) Zac B, Daniele, Michael, Thinus, Massimo
...Waiting to hear: Baron (bass), Dinelo (bass) 

In terms of placement within sections (e.g. sop I, sop II, etc.), we will determine that next week in rehearsal.

Thank you to everyone for taking the courageous step of auditioning - so many were chosen for call backs that we feel truly blessed. We hope you'll stay in touch and re-audition again in the future. 
Signed ADD / DROP SLIPS will be left for you outside my office (LeFevre theater, Rm 5) after 10:50am, Friday, Sep. 5.