Another Chorus year has begun and the official opening night of our Houston Symphony Season is this Saturday! Mendelssohns Midsummer Nights Dream and Stravinskys Symphony of Psalms are nearing performance readiness. What a great way to start the season! Stravinskys Psalm Symphony is truly one of the masterpieces of the 20th Century and the Mendelssohn is just fun music to sing and hear. Welcome to the new year our 61st!
After the music making of this busy September, I will use October in two ways. First, as an opportunity to begin working on St. Paul, the oratorio that brought respect and fame to Mendelssohn, and one that I am very excited to be doing! These rehearsals will be important in the preparation of this work. Our first St. Paul session is on October 2 and will continue each Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 (and October 30 from 7:00-10:00 pm).
The second portion of these rehearsals (8:30-10:00) will be for celling and re-auditioning. Each Tuesday a different choral section will be heard (Tenors: Oct 2, Basses: Oct 9, Altos: Oct 16, and Sopranos: Oct 23). It is very important that you be present when your section is heard! Those who must miss will need to be re-auditioned individually. Im hoping that this process will help me to better place individuals within the section with regard to the quality, quantity, range, and how your voice blends with others. You can check the full fall schedule at http://dummy.address/grou/hsc/gen/chh95_2007_chorus_calendar.html.html where the chorus calendar will be posted.
Thank you for your part in helping to make the Houston Symphony Chorus the outstanding ensemble it is. I look forward to working with you in the wonderful music ahead!
With best regards,
Dr. Charles S. Hausmann
Director of Choral Studies
Moores School of Music, University of Houston
Director, The Houston Symphony Chorus
Director of Choral Music, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
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