From Dr. Whitmire

September 11th, 2009

Dear Singers-We had another excellent rehearsal this week. We continued to work on music reading, plus establishing a rhythm and pitch discipline that will lead to a clear, shimmering rendition of the Brahms Requiem. We will keep working with ‘lu-lu-lu’ for several weeks to learn to sing with an easy, focused, shimmering sound.

This week’s assignment: (1) Brahms Requiem Movements 5 and 6, (2) Worksheet 5

(1) With your Rehearsal CD and score, work on movements 5 and 6 over the week-end.

1. Just listen as you follow along in the music (listening without the score is less helpful).

2. Sing through the movements (on ‘lu-lu-lu’)

Find the problems spots and begin to focus on them.

(2) Locate the passages of music in the worksheets on your Rehearsal CD. Practice singing the pitches and rhythms with the CD.

If everyone completes this week’s assignment, we will have another excellent rehearsal next week.

I have ordered 15 copies of the Brahms. However they will not be here in time. I have permission to make 15 photocopies pending the arrival of the scores. Now I need a volunteer to make the copies. I will pay the cost. Let me know asap if you can help.

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