Congratulations on being selected to sing with one of Sarasota’s finest performing arts organizations. This introduction will serve to acquaint you with some important things about Key Chorale so that your transition will be as smooth as possible. Key Chorale might be a little different from other choral experiences you have had. Here are some things that set us apart.
You will receive weekly email notes from your Section Leader about things to work on during the week. This is one avenue used by our Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins, to maximize our rehearsal time. The less a director needs to talk about the basics (finding notes, etc.) the more time he can spend working on tone, unity, intonation, vocal color, and musicality. You might like to print these rehearsal notes each week and take them to your piano or wherever you do your practicing. It’s almost like having your own private vocal coach and it makes rehearsals more efficient. Please let your Section Leader know if you do not have an email address.
Another aid to learning music will be the music files that will periodically be sent by email. These can, in turn, be downloaded onto your computer, iPod, or made into a CD for your personal practice. It really helps to be able to hear an entire piece as it is performed. In whatever way you can, try to listen to the recordings as much as possible. It is another practical learning tool to help make our rehearsals more efficient.
Please do not assume that you should immediately begin singing just as you have in the past. Joe works very hard during warm-ups and rehearsals on unifying the Chorale’s tone, intonation and vocal color. It might be helpful to begin by singing lightly so you can better listen to each other. Please try to transfer what is stressed during the warm-up exercises to the rest of your singing.
WATCHING the conductor is very important to the excellence of the Chorale’s achievement during rehearsal and performance. In the Fall and again in early Winter, Joe will provide a Lesson Plan covering several months or more. This lists which pieces he hopes to work on in each rehearsal and will be most helpful to you in knowing how to prioritize your personal practice time. It is recommended that every Chorale member try to practice at least 15 minutes every day, either text, music, or a combination of the two. Of course, if you can fit in more than 15 minutes daily, bravo!!
Please make sure that you:
- Read the complete “Performing Members Handbook 2014-2015” for the attendance and absence policies, rehearsal protocol, the Chorale’s standards, customs and traditions, a current roster of all members, and much more.
- Get a concert/rehearsal schedule for the season. If you need a schedule, see Richard Storm.
- Order your concert attire. Ladies see Nancy Morris or Marilyn Brandt; gentlemen see Richard Lilley.
PLEASE BRING A PENCIL TO EACH AND EVERY REHEARSAL SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE ALL THE REQUIRED MARKINGS.
We are very happy that you have joined Key Chorale. Please know that each of the section leaders is also available by phone, email, or in person to answer questions and address section concerns. They are literally your ‘advocates’ – and the core singers are another wonderful resource. So again, welcome, and here’s to a wonderful musical journey together!