Choir

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Music charms us, even though it beauty consists only in the harmonies of numbers and in a calculation that we are not aware of, but which the soul nevertheless carries out, a calculation concerning the beats or vibrations of sounding bodies, which are encountered at certain intervals.  The pleasures that sight finds in proportions are of the same nature, and those cause by the other sense amount to something similar, even thought we migth not be able to explain it so distinctly.  Leibniz- Principles of Nature and Grace

Our first semester performance is the last Friday of January. Our second semester performance is at the fling recital during the third week of June.

All choir students need to download Finale Notepad in order to practice at home. It can be downloaded here and is free! The finale version can easily be used to practice your part with by opening the instrument list and removing are adding various parts to practice either with or against. You can find finale tutorials on youtube.com by doing a search for "finale notepad tutorial".

If you are new to choir, the most difficult challenge that you may face is learning to sing on pitch. One nice way to practice this skill at home is singing for a tuner. There are a number of inexpensive tuners available on the Internet. A simple version can be found at here, however, my favorite is called gstring tuner and is available through the android marketplace for free. Once you have a tuner, try playing a series of notes such as a,b,c,d,e on piano or some other instrument and then try singing them and see if the tuner says you sung the pitches correct. It can be very challenging because the tuners are very precise, but the more you work at it, the better you will become at holding your pitch.

Another great resource for learning choir parts is Choir Parts on youtube.  A good video for learning about intervals is the Music Theory Song.   The following TEDx talk is a good description of what it is like to sing in a choir.   

The songs we will first be working on in choir are the following. Please see our musical resources page for the music for each piece.

The first 20 minutes of each choir will be spend on music theory.  Choir members need to purchase the music theory text- for more information please see the music tutorial page.
If you have not had any prior musical experience, it would be helpful to watch some videos on basic music theory, there are many but here are my recommendations.   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAnYuVrD4t0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLfzXg7BygM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1gyZ4Z_Z2w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FNZqlXK2mE

Local GBT students are required to complete to two semesters of choir before moving on to GBT IV.  In order to complete a semester, students must attend the entirety of 14 practices during the semester and sing in our final concert.

The we will use in this tutorial is Victor Zuckerkandl's The Sense of Music.  Please make sure to have this book before the first class.

Fall 2009
Palestrina - Jesu, rex admirabilis; Palestrina - Sicut Cervus; William Byrd - Mass for three voices - Kyrie - 1; Mozart - Ave verum corpus; Bach - Matthaus Passion - 3. Choral - Herzliebster Jesu; Orlando di Lasso - Jubilate Deo; Dies Irae - Mozart

Spring 2010
Star Spangled Banner; Hymns - What a Friend We Have in Jesus ; Vois Sur Ton Chemin - Rameau; Caresse sur l'Ocean - Rameau; Gloria - Vivaldi

Fall 2010
Josquin Des Prez - El Grillo; Hinrichs - Greek Alphabet Song; Josquin Des Prez - Mille Regretz;
J.S.Bach - Choral Nr. 10- St. Matthew Passion; Gloria from Missa Kenya

Spring 2011
Palestrina - Sicut Cervus; Orlando di Lasso - Jubilate Deo; Ave Verum Corpus - William Byrd; He Shall Purify - Handel; Hallelujah Chorus - Handel

Fall 2011
Gloria - Vivaldi
   
Piano- Ashley;Violin (Clarinet 1)- Christopher; Violin (Clarinet 2)- David ;Viola (Alto Sax 1)- Jonathan; Viola (Alto Sax 2);  Cello (Baritone) Alyssa- ;Bass- ;Flute- Vicki
Hallelujah Chorus - Handel
    Piano- Ashley; Flute- Vicki ;Violin 1 - Christopher; Violin 2 - David  ;Viola- Jonathan Cello- Alyssa; Bassoon- Jeff
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
    Piano- ;Flute (Oboe)- Vicki ;Violin (Flute)- Christopher/David  ;Viola (Clarinet)- Jonathan Cello (Bassoon)- Alyssa
Ave verum corpus - Mozart
    Piano- ;Flute (Violin)- Vicki;Violin1 - Christopher; Violin 2 - David  ;Viola- Jonathan Cello (Bass)- Alyssa
Sicut Cervus - Palestrina
Von Himmel Hoch-
Bach

Spring 2012
Sicut Cervus -
Palestrina
Von Himmel Hoch-
Bach
Men- Te Deum Laudamus
Ladies- Vois Sur Ton Chemin
Ladies- Caresse sur l'Ocean
He Shall Purify - Handel
    Piano- Bennett; Oboe 1- Vicki ;Violin 1 - Christopher; Violin 2 - David  ;Viola- Jonathan Cello- Alyssa; Cello- Jeff
Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates - Handel
    Piano- Ashley; Oboe 1- Vicki ;Violin 1 - Christopher; Violin 2 - David  ;Viola- Jonathan Cello- Alyssa; Cello- Jeff
Hallelujah Chorus - Handel
    Piano- Ashley; Flute- Vicki ;Violin 1 - Christopher; Violin 2 - David  ;Viola- Jonathan Cello- Alyssa; Bassoon- Jeff

Fall 2012
Worthy is the Lamb and Amen- Handel

Their Sound is Gone Out- Handel
Hallelujah Chorus - Handel
He Shall Feed His Flock - Handel (Solo)
Kyrie- Dvorak
El Grillo - Josquin Des Prez
Mille Regretz - Josquin Des Prez
Jesu, rex admirabilis - Palestrina
Sicut Cervus - Palestrina

Spring 2013
Messiah

Handel- #12- For Unto Us a Child is born
Handel-
#17- Glory to God
Handel- #24- Surely He hath born our griefs
Handel- #37- The Lord gave the word

Handel- #44- Hallelujah Chorus
Dvorak- Gloria
Vivaldi- Gloria
Be Thou My Vision
Star Spangled Banner -
F. S. Key
It is Well with my Soul
Sicut Cervus - Palestrina
Jesu, rex admirabilis - Palestrina
Beati Quorum Via -
Stanford
Angel's Carol- Rutter

Fall 2013
Messiah- Handel
#44- Hallelujah Chorus
#
4- And the Glory of the Lord
#21- His yoke is easy
#22- Behold the Lamb of God
Beati Quorum Via - Stanford
Angel's Carol- Rutter
Sicut Cervus - Palestrina
Happy Birthday
Holy, Holy, Holy-
Dykes
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross-
Watts
Gloria-  Dvorak
Gloria Patri- Sicut Erat in Principio- Perti
XVI Bendicam Dominum a 6-
Rota

Spring 2014
Sicut Cervus - Palestrina

Messiah- Handel
#12- For Unto Us a Child is Bor
n
#17- Glory to God
#7 And He Shall Purify
#44- Hallelujah Chorus
Beati Quorum Via - Stanford
Angel's Carol- Rutter
XVI Bendicam Dominum a 6- Rota
Greek Alphabet Song- Hinrichs
O Magnum Mysterium
- Laurdison
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring -
Bach

Fall 2014

Sicut Cervus -
Palestrina
Jesu, rex admirabilis - Palestrina
Star Spangled Banner - F. S. Key
Gloria-  Vivaldi
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El Grillo - Josquin Des Prez 
Mille Regretz - Josquin Des Prez 

Messiah- Handel
#44- Hallelujah Chorus
#12- For Unto Us a Child is born
#53- Worthy is the Lamb and Amen- Handel


Spring 2015

HALL CHOIR
Treemonisha-
Joplin
Von Himmel Hoch- Bach
Messiah- Handel
#21- His yoke is easy
MISSION CHOIR

XVI Bendicam Dominum a 6
- Rota
It is Well with my Soul- Spafford
Te Deum Laudamus 
Messiah
-
Handel
#4- And the Glory of the Lord
MISSION ALL
Sicut Cervus -
Palestrina
Angel's Carol-
Rutter
#44- Hallelujah Chorus

Fall 2015
Sicut Cervus - Palestrina
Jesu, rex admirabilis - Palestrina
Be Thou My Vision
Ave verum corpus - Mozart
Choral 72 Saint Matthew Passion -
Bach
Messiah- Handel
#44- Hallelujah Chorus
Worthy is the Lamb and Amen- Handel

Spring 2016
Sicut Cervus -
Palestrina
Star Spangled Banner - F. S. Key
It is Well with my Soul
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
Angel's Carol- Rutter
Beati Quorum Via - Stanford

Messiah- Handel
#44- Hallelujah Chorus
#53- Worthy is the Lamb and Amen

Fall 2016
Sicut Cervus - Palestrina
Happy Birthday
Holy, Holy, Holy-
Dykes
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross-
Watts
Messiah- Handel
#44- Hallelujah Chorus