Hello Singing Friends,
After much discussion amongst our Steering Committee (Margo, Chris, Sara, Barbara, Suzanne, Evangeline and I), we have made the decision to suspend rehearsals for the next 2 weeks- March 16 and 23. After that 2-week period is up, we will reassess the COVID-19 risk level and make a determination about the rest of the session.
In the meantime, continue to work on your music as if we will continue, so you’ll be ready for anything. In addition, “Dr.” Ploss says: sing with your favorite music, dance in your house, seek out new music to listen to or exercise to. Hydrate. Eat cleanly. Take your vitamins. Wash your hands. Get plenty of sleep. Laugh every day.
The safety of our singers and the community that surrounds us all has to be the highest priority right now. Even though Tompkins County Health department has stated that the risk is low here, we really have no way of knowing for sure, since not much testing is going on around us. Social distancing will help to ensure that when the virus enters our area (and the authorities assure us that IT WILL) it won’t have an open door to create mayhem for us all. Around the country hundreds of choral organizations are canceling concerts, trips, contests, workshops, and rehearsals. The Hobart and William Smith College Chorale Tour was canceled just last evening. We aren’t the only ones who are facing these tough decisions, and there is a collective sense of disappointment in the greater choral music community.
I plan on making you a video for Bring Me Little Water Sylvie today. Keep working at it! It’s good for the brain (and soul) to sing and move and to challenge yourself in this way. Plus, it’s kinda fun, don’t you think?
Thank you all for your understanding, good spirit, and dedication to this group.
I’m sure you know by now what to do to help thwart the spread of this virus, so I’ll leave you with this little gem:
I wish you well, and I’ll miss seeing all your bright shiny faces for the next couple of Monday evenings. Please stay in touch.
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Hello Singing Friends,
Parts coming soon. This is a pretty good rendition- except they fell flat- (didn’t stay in exactly the key of C)
There is a slight problem right near the end with the bass part. A wrong note and rhythm I couldn’t seem to record over. Sigh. I’m a dinosaur. You’ll get the main idea guys. We’ll fix it in rehearsal.
Hello. In this recording I attempted to turn down the metronome sound and include all parts each time, since these notes are part of a larger chord. Your part will be dominant, but you’ll be able to hear the context- the chord, and hopefully it will help you hear where in the chord you belong.
Here is a close proximity…..I had to use an updated version of Garage Band and I’m still getting used to it. I tried to go back and fix an ending in the bass part but could not.
But if you listen, most of it is ok. There are lots of repeats, first and second endings and a D.S. See if you can figure out the road map. We’ll work it out on Monday, don’t worry!
I had a bunch of bugs to work out. Hope this all works.
If the mouth percussion is too daunting for you, don’t worry about it for now. It will be okay if only some people do it I think.
Learn it well at this tempo. Especially go over the key changed and transitions. Sit at your piano (if you have one). Have fun.