Posted by: thebylog | August 8, 2005

Choral Music, Choral Programs, and Rehearsing

There will be Tap2 updates on the website, but if you’re lucky I’ll give you some “inside scoop”!

We’re a good choir I think, singing some easy, moderate, and fairly difficult music. But we still have plenty of note issues, and a myriad of interp issues that we’ve started and hopefully will continue to address. We have, of course, made a ton of progress since our first rehearsal Sunday night, but there’s more to do.

An interesting note that Lamar brought up at one of the meals is that even great choirs have bad singers in them. And JoshB marvelled at the lack of musical quality in some of the choirs he’s sung in. Not saying we have any bad singers in this group because I don’t think we do. Obviously, there’s a range of abilities among the members, but with all the talent we have and the quality of the director, we should be pretty decent.

Most of our audiences are going to fall asleep through most of the first five songs of the program. They’re wonderful songs, but ones that probably wouldn’t stimulate me much musically if I heard them only once as part of an audience.

Choral music is more subtle than most genres, and that’s why singing the music makes you appreciate it so much more than just casually hearing it once. Singing it makes you dive deep into it and allows you to extract at least a bit of its glory.

We’ll give ’em some spirituals to wake ’em up, though.

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Responses

  1. Lord Bless you as you sing in Aroda tonight. We’ll be praying for y’all.

  2. sorry it doesn’t look like we will be able to make it to any of the programs. i was thinking maybe the last one but it looks like we are going to have church that night.

  3. Hmm . . . I like your observations on choral music. Mind if I quote you sometime?


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