The instructor will present concepts, demonstrate techniques and patterns, and lead the ensemble. Practice exercises and pieces will be rehearsed and/or performed by the whole class, small groups and individuals.
- Vocal production
Emphasis will be placed on developing range and dynamics of singing voice.
- Unison and part singing
- Blend and balance
- Development of more precise intonation
- Expansion on range and interpretation
- Further development of ability to sing more complex choral parts
Repertoire may include two and three-part contrapuntal music.
The successful student will be able to demonstrate basic skills in:
- Ensemble singing
- More complex part singing
- Intonation and balance
- Rehearsal techniques
Grades are based on the students’ regular preparation for rehearsals, attentiveness and effort during rehearsals, and musical contribution to the ensemble. Frequently during the semester, certain passages of music are assigned to be learned for an upcoming rehearsal, during which solo quartets (one singer per part) are heard by the instructor in private. Students are graded on their achievement on these assignments.
60% Assigned passages (minimum 3 tests; no single evaluation may be worth more than 40%)
20% Contribution to Ensemble (musical/vocal)
20% Attitude / Effort (ongoing assessment)
Every 15 minutes of unexcused absence or lateness will lower the final grade by 1%. Absence and lateness will be cumulative – whenever a student’s combined absence or lateness adds up to 15 minutes, 1% will be deducted from the final grade. A drop of 30% due to absence or lateness will result in a UN grade and expulsion from the choir.
Students who are absent without valid excuse from a Dress Rehearsal will not be permitted to perform in the concert, and will fail the course.
Unexcused absence from a concert will result in a failing grade. Every 2 minutes of unexcused lateness to the warm-up and rehearsal immediately prior to a concert (the concert call) will lower the final grade by 1%. Any student who is more than 40 minutes late to a concert warm-up without a valid excuse will not be permitted to perform in the concert, and will fail the course.
Absences will be excused for reasons of illness or emergency; written documentation must be provided.
Attendance at all rehearsals and concerts is assumed; perfect attendance does not increase the final grade.
Students may be required to purchase one or more of the scores used during the semester.