My ability to find the weaknesses in the group is starting to pick up, and it is beginning to center around thin/spread vowels: particularly the EE sound but also in various pronunciations of words like then (thehn, not thin) and a few other examples I can't think of right now. As always, the biggest gain in quality from the group will be at the individual level . . . as a group we are doing well . . . it is when we fix individual mispronunciations or spread vowels that this choir will really begin to reach it's potential.
Some other things I really liked today:
- low C in the basses at end of Cantate Domino: fabulous.
- the sound of "orbis terra" when we sing soft
- leadership throughout the choir when they offered up their sections shortcomings on "If I Can Help" (i'm most worried about the Alto line on hep, hep, hep somebody)
- Andrew Granlunds facial expressions and energy when prompted
- Does the choir have more volume in them during the huge place in If I Can Help
- Can we find enough dynamic variation in the same song . . . exploring p to f
- Am I going to have to speak to a choir member or two about coming in after the beginning of class