WOW! Today was our first rehearsal. Like all first rehearsals, it was a little chaotic to start, but everyone was very cooperative and that helped a lot! Many of the students were excited to be there (and we really hope they are just as excited to come back again on Friday, maybe with a friend in tow…) and that was great to see. A few parents stopped in to meet us – thank you for doing that, and sorry we could not chat with you more then, but we hope we will be seeing more of you! It was nice seeing some returning faces, and we welcome all the new voices – we are happy to have all of you here!
During today’s rehearsal, we collected forms and introduced ourselves, and Mr. Whitson brought out the warm-up exercises we will be using. There was a quick review of posture and breathing, and then we did an initial rough sort of voices based on which key of “The Star Spangled Banner” was easiest to sing. We will be tweaking that sort as the rehearsals continue, and the students should let us know if they are finding it difficult to reach the notes in the parts they are currently assigned so we can make adjustments. Then we started learning an arrangement of “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” This piece won’t be performed in concert, but it’s a fun song for the season and it has a lot of key lessons in it. Finally, we had a formal dismissal from the risers, which is something that we will do every rehearsal so that it is second nature to us by performance time. For a first day, it went smoothly and we can already see that this is a talented group!
Typical first day reminders: if you have not turned in all your forms, please do so on Friday. That includes the Choir Student Info Sheet, the ASES Application, and the Choir Contract that was handed out today. Please note that all students need to complete the ASES Before-School Program Application, as the Choir is considered a part of the ASES program.
Next rehearsal is on Friday, October 2, at 7:20 a.m. We do start singing promptly at 7:20, so do please try to arrive a few minutes before that. There is still room for more members, so spread the word!
At the next rehearsal we will be starting the music that may be performed at the December concert. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email us at TPMSChoirDirs@gmail.com
See you on Friday!