Monday, February 28, 2011

Dear Concert Choir,

Since there are several important announcements today and this is the week before Spring Break, I decided to send today's announcements by e-mail as well. Please see below. These are posted on ANGEL and will be distributed in hard copy as usual. Please be sure you read the announcements carefully. This information is being distributed in so many different ways that there is no excuse for being uninformed!


Dr. B


February 28, 2011

1) Solo Opportunities: This is the last week to hear solo auditions for the following:

Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal: soprano

Ave Maria: SAT trio

Fauré Requiem: baritone (II & VI), soprano (IV)

I am available to hear solo auditions this week at the following times:

Mondays: 1-2:15 (my office); 3:45-4:15 or 6:30-7:00 (Chapel)

Wednesdays: 1-2:15 (my office); 3:45-4:15 or after 6:30 (Chapel)

If these dates/times don’t work for you, contact me to schedule something else.

2) April 9 Adjudicated Choir Festival: This is a reminder that at our Adjudicated Choir Festival on April 9, a portion of the day will be designated for duets, trios, and small ensemble performances. These should be approximately 5 minutes in length (one piece, generally). If any group of students is interested in preparing something, you need to choose your piece and start rehearsing it as soon as possible, then get my approval (no later than March 25). I will listen to small groups at any of the dates & times below between now and March 25:

Mondays: 1-2:15 (my office); 3:45-4:15 or 6:30-7:00 (Chapel)

Wednesdays: 1-2:15 (my office); 3:45-4:15 or after 6:30 (Chapel)

If these dates/times don’t work for you, contact me to schedule something else.

3) Fundraising for Choir Tour: Aaron will be speaking today about fundraising opportunities for our May Choir Tour. The choir’s overall fundraising goal is $1,000, which averages out to about $24 per person (a more than manageable amount). It is important to show our donors and supporters that we, too, are investing some time and energy in raising funds to support our tour.

4) Memorization Schedule: “Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal” is due today for memorization. The next scheduled piece to be memorized is “Ave Maria” for March 14 (the Monday after spring break). Also, remember that the Fauré Pavane needs to be stronger this week. We will work on both “Ave Maria” and the Pavane this Wednesday.

5) Publicity Ideas: Please see below for some ideas and a request for input from your Concert & Publicity Manager, Melissa Hess.

From Melissa Hess, Concert & Publicity Manager

Since I am the Concert and Publicity Manger, I am constantly looking for different ways to promote the choir to not only the campus but to the public as well. I am always open to suggestions and actually encourage them. I wanted to get everyone’s opinion on different events we could do to get our name out there. The reason I want your input is because the choir does these things as a collective group and attendance is desired. Below are a few ideas of things that I would like to plan, so if you could write your thoughts down on a piece of paper and leave it on the stand in the back of the chapel, that would be wonderful.

Some Ideas:

Bring a Friend to Choir Day

Bring a Friend to Dinner with the Choir

Flash Mob at the mall or public place

Singing at Behrend church services in the Chapel on Sundays

These are just a few ideas, so give me your thoughts and if you have any others ideas please tell me so we can try and get our name out there even more.

Thanks guys, you’re a big help!

Melissa Hess

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Annoucements from 2/9

Dear Concert Choir,

To keep you on track with memorization, I am giving you a gradual memorization schedule that allows you to have one piece memorized per week until the final memorization deadline of March 28:

Hallelujah (Cohen): February 21

Hark I Hear: February 28

Ave Maria: March 14

Hallelujah (Handel): March 21

Dirait-on, My Soul’s Been Anchored: March 28

*The Fauré Requiem and Pavane will be performed with music, in black 3-ring binders.

*Chamber Singers: your memorization schedule for your separate pieces is announced weekly in rehearsal.


Dr. B

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Announcements From January 24th 2011
1) Performance Tour will take place May 15-19 to Cleveland, Detroit, & Chicago. Plan now to be in Erie on May 15 for our departure, and to be back in Erie the evening of May 19. More specific information will be released soon about departure/arrival times, venues, etc. The trip will come at no student cost except for personal meals and spending money. Some meals, such as continental breakfasts at hotels and potluck dinners at churches, will be provided.

2) Admissions will host an Open House on Saturday, April 2, and they would like us to do a Flash Mob! (If you don’t know what a Flash Mob is, check out the video that Aaron posted on the Choirs at Penn State Behrend page.) This will be a really fun activity, but it only works if we are prepared and have a full chorus. Since this date was not on your original syllabus, please let me know by Wednesday, January 26 if you have an irreconcilable conflict.