Notices to Performers

Look here for announcements about what we will cover in upcoming rehearsals, changes to the rehearsal schedule, and so forth.

2014/03/16 - week of March 17 and March 20

posted Mar 16, 2014, 8:22 AM by Artistic Director

Hiya Singers!

Since I will be in Sitka on Monday night, with Alaskapella (what a wonderful group of young singers!), Monday night will be dedicated to sectionals, led by Jan and Rich. 

Rich will start with warmups, and do a quick read of movement 12 (Agnus Dei to the end).

Then break into sectionals:  Jan, with SA in the sanctuary, Rich with TB in the narthex.

Then come back for Hostias, led by Jan.

Singer assignments:

1)  Look through your score, page by page, and identify problem measures, and tricky entrances within movements.  Jan and Rich will cover as many of these as possible.

2)  On the tricky fast passages, practice speaking the parts in rhythm, progressively faster.  I'm thinking especially "Ne absorbeat" and the final movement "Cum sanctis".  I don't want us to get bogged down with these tongue twisters.  Please do give this a little time and attention, before both rehearsals this week.

3)  Don't worry about transitions between movements at this point (i.e., getting starting pitches in particular movements).  We'll cover that at a later rehearsal.

Thursday, we'll meet again, with the trombones, and do a full read-through.

Remaining schedule:

Monday, March 17, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 7-9 PM
Thursday, March 20, RLC, 7-9 PM
Monday, March 24, RLC, 7-9 PM
Thursday, March 27, RLC 7-9 PM
Monday, March 31, RLC, 7-9 PM, with Kyle
Tuesday, April 1, (possible rehearsal), location to be announced, 7-9 PM
Thursday, April 3, JDHS auditorium, evening, time TBA
Friday, April 4, JDHS, evening, time TBA
Saturday, April 5, JDHS, morning, time TBA

Performances (warmup probably before concert, maybe at intermission).
Saturday, April 5, JDHS, 7 PM call
Sunday, April 6, JDHS, 2:15 call


2014/03/09 -- week of March 10: choral balance and blend

posted Mar 9, 2014, 1:29 PM by Artistic Director

Hey Singers,

This week we'll focus on balance and blend in the chorus.  Getting this right is important:  it distinguishes good choirs from great ones.

On Monday, we'll cover "Hostias" (page 52-58), the ending movement "Requiem/cum sanctis" (page 73-80), and time permitting, "Sanctus" (page 59), "Agnus Dei" (page 68), and the homophonic portion of "Confutatis" (page 39).

On Thursday, we'll read through from beginning to end, take a break, and then (possibly) work spots after break.

Thanks for all of your good work!


2014/03/01 - Fun with Fugues

posted Mar 1, 2014, 2:55 PM by Artistic Director

Hey Singers!
So, it's time to have some fun with fugues.
Monday, March 3 - Domine Jesu (p 44):  Ne absorbeat (p 46, mm 21-32) and Quam olim (p 48, m 44-78).  Movement I (p 4), with some focused work on fugue themes.
Thursday, March 6 - Sanctus (p 59).  Focused work on Osanna fugue (p 60, mm 11-38).  Benedictus - Osanna fugue (p 67, mm 54-76).
We will also review Dies Irae, Rex tremendae, Domine Jesu, and Hostias this week.
See you on Monday.

2014/02/22 - rehearsals Monday, Feb 24 and Thursday, Feb 27

posted Feb 22, 2014, 11:43 AM by Artistic Director

Good work folks; we've introducted almost everything.  See you Monday.
Monday, Feb 24
  1. Confutatis
  2. Kyrie / Christe double fugue in Movement 1, starting on page 9.
Thursday, Feb 27
  1. Domine Jesu, especially letter L through fugue (pages 45 - 47)
  2. Verify harmonies in Hostias, letter W through Z (pages 53 - 54), and in spots in Sanctus and Agnus Dei
  3. Chorus requests

2014/02/14 - rehearsal on Feb 17

posted Feb 13, 2014, 6:14 PM by Artistic Director   [ updated Feb 13, 2014, 6:20 PM ]

Fine rehearsals.  Bring your friends!
Monday, Feb 17, we will cover:
#4 Rex Tremendae,
#8 Domine Jesu,
#1 the "Kyrie" fugue, and touch up on
#2 Dies Irae

2014/02/08 - rehearsals on Feb 10 and 13

posted Feb 9, 2014, 7:09 PM by Artistic Director   [ updated Feb 13, 2014, 6:20 PM ]

Greetings, ye Mighty Singers of Mozart.
Thank you for the fine rehearsal on Thursday.  This week we will focus on some of the shorter movements in the Requiem.  Specifically, here's what I would like to cover:
On Monday, Feb 10:
Movement 7, the Lacrymosa,
Movement 2, Dies Irae,
possibly Movement 4, Rex, and
briefly review what we've covered so far in Movements 1, 9, and 12.
On Thursday, Feb 13, we will probably cover:
Movement 6, Confutatis,
Movement 10, Sanctus, and probably
Movement 12, Agnus Dei.
An alternative for Thursday is to review everything covered so far, and to introduce the big Kyrie fugue in Movement 1. I'll let you know on Monday.
Good work; let's have fun!


posted Feb 5, 2014, 5:15 PM by Artistic Director

Hey Singers,


Good rehearsal on Monday; thanks for your talent and energy.  I enjoyed myself a lot, and you folks were great.


On Thursday, Feb 6, we will cover:


#9, Hostias, including the "quam olim Abrahae" fugue at the end of the movement, and

#1, Requiem (review of Monday's rehearsal, up to the fugue).


Thanks again to Lorrie Heagy for accompanying on the piano on Monday!




2014/02/05 - Mozart Requiem - performances April 5 and 6 - rehearsals start in February

posted Feb 5, 2014, 4:08 PM by Artistic Director

Hiya Singers,
The Juneau Symphony and the Bach Society are combining efforts, to perform the Mozart Requiem on April 5 and 6.
It's Marvelous Music.  (Period).
All are welcome to sing in the chorus, no audition necessary.
Rehearsals are on Monday and Thursday evenings, 7 to 9, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, in February and March.  (Make as many rehearsals as you can).
Music and rehearsal CDs are available at rehearsals.
See you at rehearsals.  Bring a friend or two or three.


posted Nov 30, 2011, 4:14 PM by Artistic Director

Hi Singers!
Great work!  I am so pleased with how things are coming together. 
I still need volunteers to sell and take tickets at the door.  If you know of anyone who can help with this, please let me know.  
Here's the schedule, as far as chorus is concerned:
Thu, Dec 1, evening
6:45 PM - chorus call
7:00 Choral and orchestral movements (BWV 60:5, BWV 80:1, BWV 80:5, BWV 80:8)
8:00-ish soloist and orchestra rehearsal continues
Fri, Dec 2, evening - chorus free
Sat, Dec 3, morning
10:45 vocal and instrument soloist call, and continuo group
11:15 chorus call
11:00 BWV 60:5, BWV 80:1, BWV 80:5, BWV 80:8, musical examples
12:05 BWV 60:1 - Patricia, Jay, tutti orchestra
12:25 break (chorus excused)
12:35 soloist and orchestra rehearsal continues
Sat, Dec 3, evening
6:45 - call for stage hands and reception folks - set stage and fellowship hall (doors will open at 6)
7:15 - soloist, chorus, orchestra call; meet in rooms downstairs
8:00 Performance; order is BWV 60, BWV 861b (instrumental piece for double reeds), BWV 80
reception following, will need help striking set
Sat, Dec 4, afternoon
1:15 call for stage hands and reception folks - set stage and fellowship hall
2:30 - soloist, chorus, orchestra call; meet in rooms downstairs
3:00 Performance; order is BWV 60, BWV 861b (instrumental piece for double reeds), BWV 80
reception following, will need help striking set
Cheers, and see you at rehearsal.
PS:  At this point, I am still undecided if we will perform the Hallelujah Chorus during the Dec 3 and 4 concerts.
PPS:  Next Monday, Dec 5, we will continue with Handel Messiah rehearsals, at Resurrection Lutheran, at 7 PM.  See you there too!


posted Nov 19, 2011, 4:53 PM by Artistic Director

Good work on Thursday night.  The chorus numbers are coming together fine.
On Monday, Nov 21, we will start at 7 with Bach, and at 7:45 with Handel.

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