The best singers performing the greatest choral music of all time.
I hate I missed the concert, but I forgotten about it until after I had committed to other plans.That being said, I listened to Whole World last night and all I can say is Wow! The blend was absolutely incredible. The nuances were stunning. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the recordings when I get home from church tonight. If you sing like that in Ireland, you are sure to win the competition for sure.I'll be praying for you guys while you're over there. Be safe, and show them what a college choir is supposed to sound like!
I'm guessing a female had something to do with his "other" plans.
You would be guessing right.
When I'm singing in the choir, I'm never really able to fully appreciate the beauty of the music that we sing. Listening to these recordings, I'm in awe. I found myself questioning if that was really us, or if it was really from the concert. Truly, I am amazed and extraordinarily proud to be part of this choir.
is it just me or do the ia's on alleluia still kinda drop out?~Sadie
sorry, i meant in regina coeli!~Sadie
Lovely performances! Brian Denton suggested I check out the blog to hear the music you performed the other night. Well done! :)Jessica HallChoir Director; Jeff State
I'm trying (in vain so far!) to find a Jack Halloran audio choral arrangement of "Who'll be a witness for my Lord". I have the sheet music from "The Oxford Book of Spirituals" but I need an audio version of this arranged by Jack Halloran so that my choir can practice their individual parts. Can you help?R Buxton
I might be able to, R Buxton, but send me an email . . . I don't know how to contact you from the blog post.
I'm just getting around to hearing these ----- here's my humble opinion(s):1. Nunc - I thought it blossomed well in the beginning. Sop. 1 could be a little louder on "secundum verbum..." Sam and Linc, beautiful solos. I like the changes we added to "salutare tuum" to make it more holy and mysterious sounding after the solos as opposed to the way we sing it here. I think Sop 1 and Sop 2 could make a more cohesive sound -- I think we sound very different as sections when we should be matching more...but we've been working on that in rehearsal. Tight, clean ending. Overall, a great performance that felt powerful and strong. 2.Whole World -- excellent dynamic contrast. Great job tenors on the "little tiny baby" part. I liked that we implemented the swell on "world" that you were talking about Dr. C, that really makes it exciting. Somebody stuck out on the "in-A his hand" on the repeat. GLORIOUS ENDING. 3. Silence of Time -- MAGICAL. I get chills every time. Great blend throughout. This is my favorite, perhaps because the message of the song really speaks to me and because we've gotten to "live with the song" for a while. Love the swell on the last "in the silence..." I never got to hear how amazing that slide is at the end because I can only hear my section. Absolutely magical. When we sing this song, I start thinking about all the wonderful relationships I've gained from being in the this choir, and those thoughts combined with the beauty of our sound choke me up every time we sing it. Love it.4. Star of the County -- I'm surprised at how different this sounds on a recording as opposed to being in choir formation. The parts really sound good together in a way that you can't hear on stage, especially in the last part. I think women have to be careful not to overpower the tenors' melody and not to go flat on our sustained notes in the very beginning. As a choir, I think we also have a tendency to speed up tremendously, especially since it is sometimes difficult to hear each other's parts. Above all, we had fun with this one, and the look on Dr. C's face when it was over was priceless. That look of satisfaction makes every bit of it worthwhile. :-)5. So fahr -- Sop. 1 need to think higher on any EE vowel ("Ich" especially in the very first line)I think we've come a long way on this piece even in the last three days of rehearsal. All the tweaking we've done has really tightened up the sound and the blend in this song. Some alto is sliding on "Mein arm.." (maybe you want that, Dr. C??) Love the last page. Solid ending. 6. Regina Coeli -- exciting! Someone stuck out in alto 1 section on "ora probis" -- I think our "eh" vowel could be better on ora pro nobis DEUM, esp. sop 1 -- sounds a little like DAY-oom. Awesome ending. 7. With a Lily -- FANTASTIC-- I love this song, and I love singing with our choir. Not too many bad things one can say about this one. Great blend, good diction. I think the Sopranos could be a little brighter on their "la" in places; sometimes it sounds like it is trending towards "luh". Love the dynamic/mood changes. "Fit inside my heart" was GLORIOUS. Ending was good, but sometimes that last note in the Sop.1 part sounds a little flat to me (of course I'm most critical of my own part). Overall, this concert was ROCKING and I felt so proud of us and all our hard work we put in this year. Now if we can all get our lipstick to match, we'll be perfect. It does make a difference, I swear. Only confident women can pull off brazen red lips, and we have every right to be confident in ourselves! Yay, and go team!
By the way...Chris R. has a woman?! Al-right. ;-)
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