2007 Chorus Notes 13-Sep-2007

(from Charles Hausmann)

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to report that we are making good progress on Symphony of Psalms. Thanks to all of you who were able to attend both rehearsals this week! Not having a whole week between rehearsals really speeds the learning process. To keep that momentum going, I am making a slight change in next Tuesdays rehearsal schedule: the men will have a Stravinsky sectional at 7:30, ahead of the general Stravinsky rehearsal (as was announced last night). The general Stravinsky rehearsal starts at 8:30 pm. Remember, ALL the rehearsals next week will be held in the rehearsal room at Jones Hall, beginning with the Mid Summer Nights Dream piano rehearsal that will start promptly at 6:45 pm.

I would also like to ask everyone to take some time this week to review the following passages, paying attention to notes and to the diction issues that I have been stressing. These sections need to be solid in every voice in order for the ensemble to perform at the highest level:

Movement II Measures 29-60

Movement III Measures 72-98, 150-162

Finally, as mentioned last night, our assistant director, Richard Robbins, has prepared a very useful and scholarly (and humorous!) guide to Latin Pronunciation for singers, including a phonetic guide for the Stravinsky text. The guide is attached with this e-mail. As he says, you should read this even if you think you have this mastered: there are a few tricky rules! (In case anyone has trouble with the attachment, the guide is also posted on the chorus web site at http://dummy.address/grou/hsc/gen/chh9c_sop_pronunciation_guide.html)

Link to Original PDF version for printing or viewing


With best regards,

Charles

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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