Archived: Notes to the Chorus 2023

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January 31, 2023

Green Valley Singers,

Wonderful work today! We made huge progress, and I am getting more and more excited for our concert. Please review the following sections in preparation for next week:

-My Favorite Things, m. 49-84

-For the Beauty of the Earth, TBA

-Sure On This Shining, m. 27-39

-Bluebird – m.1-21, for those who make it (all who auditioned will get a notification email by Wednesday, at the latest)

-Keep From Singing, TBA

-Zion Hort, m. 13-43 (the first page, just on a doo)

-Hallelujah, m. 42-end

-Ein Dunkeler, m. 1-18 (first two pages, just on a doo)

-Non Nobis,. 1-34 (but 19-26 omitted)

-Maria, m. 12-end

-Trombones, pgs. 16-21

-Phantom, m. 57-91

-Cheesy Chicken, review bottom system

CJ


January 24, 2023

Hello, Green Valley friends!

What wonderful progress we have been making with our music – please keep up the amazing progress. We will be learning lots of new music next week as well as working on the German. Please see the information below for measures to practice as well as IMPORTANT links to learn some of the German:

My Favorite Things – m. 49-84

For the Beauty – pgs. 5-7 and 10-12

Bluebird – Practice the first page, in preparation for the audition this Monday!

Sure On This Shining – m. 27-39

How Can I – pg. 7 and 10-12

Zion Hort – Bach German Help – Please Watch

Hallelujah – m.42-end

Ein Dunkeler – Brahms German Help – Please Watch

Non Nobis – m. 11-18 and 27-34

Maria – m. 12-end; you can practice with the audio track sent out earlier last week

Trombones – pg. 19-21

Phantom – m. 1-90 (pages 1-9, ending at the end of the “Think of Me” Section)

Cheesy – Review notes learned

CJ


January 18, 2023

Hello, Green Valley!

We’re going to do one more week of review with our pieces before moving on to new notes and rhythms, so spend your practice time reviewing pitches and rhythms for the following pieces and sections. Also a reminder that I will be holding auditions for “The Bluebird” at the end of the January 30 rehearsal – for those of you auditioning, you can focus your preparation time on the first page, as the audition will consist of singing just that first page.

My Favorite Things – m. 85-end

For the Beauty – pp 12-16 (especially rhythm on last page)  

Bluebird – First page, if you want to audition on January 30

Sure On This Shining – m. 39-end;

How Can I Keep – pp 8-12

Zion Hort – m. 50-end (German being added this next week!)

Hallelujah – m. 22-32, 41-51, and 69-74

Ein dunkeler – m. 20-end (German being added this next week!)

Non nobis – Letter E to the end; we will review the sequence of singing the revisions in rehearsal

Maria – Refrain (bottom of page 4 to the end)

Music Man – pgs. 19-21

Phantom – m. 1-50

Cheesy Chicken – first three lines of music

Also, I had a wonderful time seeing the premiere of two new choral arrangements of mine at BYU yesterday – thank you for your support and encouragement! If you’d like to watch them, you can go to this link to watch the devotional broadcast. My arrangements happen at 3:45 and 36:10.

https://www.byutv.org/85e23e46-f1cc-43c1-983f-eb4de0ebd121/byu-devotional-address-elder-neil-l.-andersen-(1-17-23)

CJ Madsen


January 13, 2023

Dear Wonderful Green Valley Community Chorus,

Well done on the massive bite we took out of our music this past rehearsal. For the next two weeks, we will be primarily reviewing everything that you learned in the first rehearsal, with a few exceptions. If you are able, you can practice the sections below on your own time.

Also, a reminder that I will be holding auditions for “The Bluebird” during rehearsal on Monday, January 30. Looking forward to hearing you!

My Favorite Things – m. 85-end

For the Beauty – pp 3-7.  

Bluebird – Feel free to start working on your part for this, if you want to audition for the small group. Auditions will be during the January 30 rehearsal.

Sure On This Shining – m. 39-end; note that all tenors will be on the TENOR 1 notes; we are not singing any Tenor 2 line in this section.

How Can I Keep – pp 6-12

Zion Hort – m. 50-end; don’t worry about the German yet, just notes and rhythms sung on a “doo”

Hallelujah – m. 22-32, 41-51, and 69-74

Ein dunkeler – m. 20-end; don’t worry about the German yet, just notes and rhythms sung on a “doo”

Non nobis – Letter E to the end; we will review the sequence of singing the revisions in rehearsal

Maria – Refrain (bottom of page 4 to the end) – don’t worry about the little tiny soprano grace notes at the top of 5. Also don’t worry about the notes in the final measure of the piece.

Music Man – pgs. 19-21

Phantom – m. 1-50

Cheesy Chicken – learn the whole page of notes; take note that whenever you say “surprise”, you will actually speak that, not sing on the E-flat.

CJ


January 5, 2023

Dear Wonderful Green Valley Community Chorus,

What a wonderful opening rehearsal we had! I am absolutely thrilled at what we will be accomplishing.

Each week you will receive an email from me giving you a heads up of what will be covered in the upcoming rehearsal. Feel free to practice any of the sections below in preparation.

My Favorite Things – m. 85-end

For the Beauty – pp 8-10.  

Bluebird – Feel free to start working on your part for this, if you want to audition for the small group. Auditions will be during the January 30 rehearsal.

Sure On This Shining – m. 39-end; note that all tenors will be on the TENOR 1 notes; we are not singing any Tenor 2 line in this section.

How Can I Keep – pp 3-5

Zion Hort – m. 50-end; don’t worry about the German yet, just notes and rhythms sung on a “doo”

Hallelujah – m. 22-32, 41-51, and 69-74

Ein dunkeler – m. 20-end; don’t worry about the German yet, just notes and rhythms sung on a “doo”

Non nobis – You don’t have it yet, so no need to practice it!

Maria – Refrain (bottom of page 4 to the end) – don’t worry about the little tiny soprano grace notes at the top of 5. Also don’t worry about the notes in the final measure of the piece.

Music Man – pgs. 19-21; note the next-to-last measure on pg. 21 should be a B-natural for the altos.

Phantom – m. 1-50

Cheesy Chicken – learn the whole page of notes; take note that whenever you say “surprise”, you will actually speak that, not sing on the E-flat. 

CJ