Thursday, April 28, 2005

Summer Addresses

I still need summer addresses from the following:

Kevin Beck
Claire Bourgeois
Deidra Brown
Delia Charest
Lauren Davidson
Robin Diggs
Amanda Gorsuch
Menterro Hambrick
Zach Hill
Waylon Hinkle
Jonathan Hood
Evan Long
Jonathan McNeil
Rebekah Smith

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

You say you need electrical adapter info?

Check here at Brookstone.

Suitcase Info from Witte

Jessie asked a suitcase question and got this reply; I share it with the group to benefit you all.

At the current time, the suitcase that you check cannot weigh more than 50 pounds and should have a maximum size of 62" (height plus width plus depth). If the suitcase is much over 50 pounds, they will charge you for it right at the ticket counter. You can check one suitcase (this is our rule b/c of limited space on the motorcoach). You can bring one small piece of hand luggage - soft sided w/out wheels - that weighs no more than 15 pounds. Plus a purse and a camera.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Gmail, anyone?

If you'd like a Gmail account, let me know. I have plenty of invitations.

And if you'd like to know how I generated an Email Icon, look here.

Sectional Rehearsals

I didn't plan this, but it happened this way. Sectional rehearsals tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27th:

1:00 Sopranos
2:00 Tenors
3:00 Basses
4:00 Altos

Complete France Hotel Info:

May 9, 10, 11, and 12
Hotel Allegro
33, avenue du Docteur Arnold Netter
75012 Paris
Phone: 33-1-40-04-90-90
Fax: 33-1-40-04-99-20

May 13, 14, and 15
Centre Technique Regional Omnisports (CTRO)
3, rue Jules Ladoumegue
37000 Tours
Phone: 33-2-47-32-03-49
Fax: 33-2-47-32-98-18

May 16 and 17
Ibis Cambronne – Tour Eiffel
2, rue Cambronne
75740 Paris
Phone: 33-1-40-61-21-21
Fax: 33-1-40-61-22-99

Monday, April 25, 2005

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Questions from the choir: Answers Provided

1. Does the $1899 cover any of our meals?

Yes. Look on the itinerary and you’ll find out which ones are covered. It looks like this: (B) or (B,D)

2. What air lines are we flying?

Air France

3. What hotel are we staying at?

I don’t know yet. Final Itinerary is in transit (mail) to us now, I think,

4. Does the $1899 cover air plane tickets and hotel room?


Friday, April 22, 2005

An emergency # in Tours

Received this info yesterday from the competition:


EMERGENCY During the competitions and in case of emergency, you may be sent a telecopy to these addresses :

Fax : from France : 02 4761 1422
From abroad: ++33 2 4761 1422

Or a message by calling (only emergencies) :

Grand Théâtre de Tours
Tél : 02 4760 2000. / or ++33 2 4760 2000

Flight information

Sunday, May 8

2:45 pm Load Luggage in front of Hulsey
3:00 pm Leave UAB

7:00 pm Arrive Atlanta Airport (Eastern Time Zone!!)
9:35 pm Flight Departs (Flight 307 Air France)
(updated with pm clarification)

Monday, May 9

11:50 am arrive in Paris

Wednesday, May 18

10:15am Depart Paris (Air France Flight 316)
1:50pm Arrive Atlanta
5:30 Arrive in Birmingham

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Revised Exam Rehearsals

Sectionals for April 25-May 1st: Contact me to let me know when you've set a time for your section.

UPDATE: Monday-Wednesday rehearsals in choir room!

Monday, May 2
4:15 Men
5:30 Women

Tuesday, May 3 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, May 4 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 5 1:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6 3:30 p.m.

Great rehearsal today.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Rehearsal During Exams


Here is what we said about rehearsal during exams:

Tuesday, May 3 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, May 4 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 5 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6 3:00 p.m.

I'm going to check with Dr. Reynolds if he is using his exam time of Monday, May 2 from 4:15-6:45. I may call a Women's Sectional at 4:15 and a Men's at 5:30. Please alert me if that compromises you during exams.

South Highland Directions

A map to the church:

Picture of church steeple:

Sunday performance at SHPC

Clap Your Hands
Edwin Fissinger

Salmo XLII
Uroš Krek

Selig sind
Heinrich Schutz

Lux Aurumque
Eric Whitacre

Jósef Karai

Richte mich, Gott
Felix Mendelssohn

I Thank You Jesus
Robert Morris

Nobody Knows
Arr. Norman Luboff

He’s Got the Whole World
arr. Raymond Liebau

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

brilliant comment

deborah made this comment in a post below. i think it deserves more prominence. fantastic thought:

While I was sitting in the pews at rehearsal today, I couldn't help but ponder over some of the comments mentioned in class and on the blog over the past few weeks. Experiencing the choir as a bystander made me realize just how different our experience is from those sitting in the audience. We're like the inner workings of a clock, each piece needing to fit perfectly into the next piece for the clock to function properly. Only we can't see the end product, the face of the clock, the time. We only see and hear those directly by us. Only those who are on the outside can truly experience the product of our hard work. We are the harshest judges, yet we're the only ones who can't truly hear ourselves.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Wonderful Words to the Choir


It is great to have an appreciative audience at our concerts. It is even better to hear from them after the concert.

We received this wonderful comment from UAB employee Betty McCulloch today:

I was in the audience Saturday night during the UAB and Decatur choir performance, and I congratulate you, Dr. Davis and all members of the choirs for an outstanding performance. The music was spectacular and thrilling – so much so that I felt spiritually moved during and after the performance. It is so exciting to know that so many talented students are interested in making music, and I was able to experience it for FREE! I lament that more of the UAB community wasn’t there to hear the program, and I will spread the word before your next performance.Please pass on my congratulations to Dr. Davis and all choir members. And I wish you fun and success at your upcoming competition.

Wonderful words!

Recording Session Tuesday and Thursday

Bluff Park on Tuesday, April 19.

And Thursday, April 21.

Arrive 1:00. I'd like to start on time if possible.

Tell your friends!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

More Tablet PC for anyone interested

Offtopic of choir and back to technology (my other passion):

I assembled this list of links for my brother-in-law tonight and I thought I would include it for any geeks out there who want to know more about the Tablet PC.

I wish I was a student again to take advantage of what it could have done for me then!

The TPC links I enjoy, in no particular order:

This was an awesome video on OneNote that I will watch again (maybe tonight!)

Precious Lord Dedication

Thanks, choir, for your fine singing of "Precious Lord." You did a great job and maybe we can sing it a few more times in France.

These are the words I wanted to say for all to hear:

“There is another link that connects UAB and Decatur and it is the history that Carl and I shared together at the University of Mississippi under the outstanding direction of Dr. Jerry Jordan. Carl and I experienced something special, unique, and life-changing under Dr. Jordan’s direction, and I am sorry to report that he lost his father last Thursday; they buried him today. I am honored to say that I knew Mr. Jordan and liked him very much. We sing this song as a small way of honoring his life.”

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear
precious Lord linger near
When my life is almost gone
At the river, Lord, I stand
Guide my feet and hold my hand:
Take my hand, Lord, and lead me home.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Concert Thoughts

Whew! What a night!

Great job on everything.

We will dissect and analyze on Monday -- for tonight, feel great about everything you did. I think it was the strongest all-around UAB choir concert I've been a part of. I thought all three UAB choirs were magnificent and Decatur did an outstanding job.

Do me a favor: only positive comments on the blog. We'll be constructive in our commenting later.

Blessings to all.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Saturday Concert Order

Clap Your Hands Edwin Fissinger
Salmo XLII Uroš Krek
Radiosfer Patrice Bernard
Lux Aurumque Eric Whitacre
I Thank You Jesus Robert Morris

Alleluja Jósef Karai
Spleen Edgar Cosma
Whole World arr. Ray Liebau
Richte mich, Gott Felix Mendelssohn
Mate Saule Peteris Vasks
Redz, kur Jānis Kalņinš
Daniel Undine Moore

Precious Lord arr. Arnold Sevier

competition order


Selig sind die Toten Heinrich Schütz
Lux Aurumque Eric Whitacre
I Thank You Jesus Robert Morris


Clap Your Hands Edwin Fissinger
Salmo XLII Uroš Krek
Radiosfer Patrice Bernard


Alleluja Jósef Karai
Der Tanz Franz Schubert
Un hémisphère dans une chevelure from Le Spleen De Paris Edgar Cosma

He’s Got the Whole World arr. Ray Liebau


Richte mich, Gott Felix Mendelssohn
Mate Saule Peteris Vasks
Redz, kur jaja div’ bajari Jānis Kalņinš
Daniel, Daniel Servant of the Lord Undine Moore

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Brilliant Student: Chris Reid

Many thanks to this great translation from Chris. BOY WAS IT FAST.

English Version

To begin reception (of signals)
Just open the suitcase (in this case, the casing, I'd say)
There is no part/mechanism
To place/ move / fiddle with
No frame (an AM frame, I think they mean)
No antenna
To orient
No plug/ electrical ground/ landline
It's "par excellence" (as in, highly recommended, self evidently good)
THE hip accessory/ instrument
Practical and sturdy
(perfect) for the car, camping and the boat

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Brilliant student needed immediately !

Which of my brilliant students can help me with an immediate translation of Radiosfer? Here is the translation from

Pour mettre

le récepteur en marche

Il suffit d'ouvrir la valise

Il n'y a aucun organe

À placer ou déplacer

Pas de cadre

Pas d'antenne


Pas de prise de terre

C'est par excellenc'

L'appareil chic

Pratique et robuste

Pour l'automobile le camping le yachting

To put the receiver some walks It suffices to open the suitcase there is not any organ to place or move

Not any framework

Not of antenna àdisposer

Not of taken one of earth

THIS IS by excellenc'
Practical and robust.
For the automobile and camping and yachting.

Who will come through in my tine of need?

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Upcoming Recording

Thursday's recording session will be important for the choir for alot of reasons. We'll use something from that day as our entry for the ACDA convention in Spring 2006. Entry deadline is next week.

We'll be recording at Bluff Park Methodist again. If you don't know where that is, look here.

You are working hard during the "push" time of the year. I appreciate your efforts and I'm excited about our concert on Saturday. Are you? I've not blogged as much lately; I've been spending non-triplet time with my new Tablet PC. Let me say this: I love it. You need one.

France approaches. Study they music so that we may appear worthy when it is our time to sing. If I were more talented, I would insert a Haiku here. For the best in Haikus written to encourage good friends, look here.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Der Tanz, KatieMo, and Babies Crying at 3 AM

Thanks for looking for Der Tanz, Katie.

I decoded this translation at AltaVista Babel Fish Translation site, a fantastic resource:

It talks and dreams the youth so much, about dancing, Galoppen, Gelagen, at one time reaches it a truegliches goal, there hears one it sigh and complain. Soon hurt the neck, and soon hurt the chest, disappeared all the himmlische desire, only this time still return me health! Thus the view hoping flehet from the sky!

It isn't a perfect translation but you get the idea of what the text is about.

I found the German text here.

I have a book at school that will have the translation. Will get for choir tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Class Discussions and The Great Making of Music


Great discussion today during class and a fine rehearsal also.

A few reflections:

1. Learning what we've already learned. Don't be discouraged at having to relearn things that we learned the last time. It happens with every piece that we work on. It will help if you NOTATE the changes that we make in the music and STUDY outside of class, of course. However, it happens with every piece of music in every choir, and we get better every time. Overall, I'm very pleased with our progress.

2. We made excellent music on ITYJ today. The things we put back in place: singing softer, exploiting rhythmic differences in Alto, Tenor, Bass.

3. Mate Saule: finding our loud voices for the ending was spectacular.

4. Daring to be the best. To win you must risk. To risk you must have confidence. Confidence comes from "flipping a switch inside" and preparing ahead of time. Get your head on right, everyone: I want to win.

There is an aggressiveness that we need to find in the next couple of rehearsals--a commitment to passion and "putting it out there". Let's find it tomorrow.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Tablet PC Crazy

I think I'm headed for complete geekdom soon.

My latest quest: a tablet pc.

Every I turn I read about them. The latest mention was here.

I never thought about it before until I played on one in CompUSA the other day. It was incredible. I've read alot about them over the past week or so and I have a feeling I will own one soon.

My other tech adventure has been podcasts. Any of you doing that yet? I listen to my ipod over my car stereo on the way to school. Sometimes I listen to my crazy radio show but today I listened to a podcast about the Tablet PC.

This is a site I think I've linked to before. You hardcore students should look into it. Fascinating to me.

OK . . . choir starts again tomorrow. An intense two weeks and then we have a concert . . . the best yet.

Saturday, April 02, 2005


testing tablet pc's @ compusa!!