Welcome to Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley

Welcome to Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Christmas handouts from the chorus to the audience

Be thinking of  Christmas cards, items, anything appropriate to be given to the audience at the "greeting" section of the Christmas concerts.

CONCERT ORDER

Please have all your music in this order by Nov. 20

Part I

Coventry Carol (might be cut)

*Lo, How a Rose (Matt and Melisa)

*O Holy Night (Alex Zuber)

Carol of the Bells (women)

Part II

Here We Come

Pat a Pan

Sing We Now

Amani

Breath of Heaven

Shepherds Carol (men)

Christmas Day

*Christmas Song (Melisa)

Blue Christmas (men)

Deck the Halls

Swingin' St. Nick

White Christmas

Let There Be Peace

Here We Come (repeating a part of this song)

Nov. 20 and 27 rehearsals

DRESS REHEARSALS AT REFORMATION LUTHERAN CHURCH, NEW MARKET
Concert attire not required

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Announcements of Christmas solos

1.  There will be several readings - especially at the beginning - I have not "cast these" yet. 
2.  Lo How A Rose ere Blooming/The Rose - This is a duet piece that I did not present to soloists, but decided to add.   I would like Melisa Thomas & Matt Smith to sing this. 
3.  Oh Holy Night - Alex Zuber
4.  Amani - Megan Knitter & Patrick Freund
5.   Christmas Day: READ CAREFULLY PLEASE!
     a.  Page 2-3 - Remy (Please memorize.  I plan on having you in the middle aisle to sing this to the choir surrounding you.) 
     b.  Page 3-4 - Choir - Memorized - circled around audience
     c.  Page 4 - Bass solo:  Rory Nansel  (Please memorize) - You will be near the front, and step out to sing to everyone.
     d.  Page 5 - 6 ,  Quartet - Jessica, Laura, Matt & Patrick (same position - music is fine)
     e.  Page 7 - Choir - memory - circled around audience
     f.  Page 8 - Quartet (same as before) 
    g.  Page 8 - Rehearsal F -  Page 10, 1st measure.  (Would prefer memorized)
    h.  Page 9 - 10. (Not Sop solo, but tenor)  Also, Tenor Tutti at bottom of 10 through 11 - Matt Smith
    I.  Page 11 - Quartet (same as before) 
    J.  Page 12, 13, 14 - Choir - memory - circled around audience
    K. Page 14 - bottom entrance; Patrick, then Jessica, then Laura, then Jessica - through page 15
    L.  page 16 - Quartet at top, choir at bottom staff, followed by quartet.
6.  The Christmas Song - Melisa Thomas
I decided to keep all the men on BLUE CHRISTMAS- no solos.   I also decided to have all women sing unison - Breath of Heaven the solo parts.  
Thanks for your respect, your patience and your work!  I've also decided to not use a quartet or soloists on Let there be Peace on Earth!   Congratulations soloists, and Congratulations Choir!  
Peace, Scott

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Nov. 6 Rehearsal at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Woodstock


6:25 – 8:00 : Women (Scott leads all)
7:25 – 9:00 : Men  (Scott leads all)
Board Meeting 8:00 (women only)
     Scott will join at 9

Vespers Services with Harlen Miller

Dear Masterworks Choir members and friends.  We've learned that our former Masterworks director, Harlen Miller is in stage 4 lung cancer and it has spread. We would like to encourage you to attend one of the Vespers services that he is conducting this weekend to support him. The services are at the Seventh Day Adventist church in New Market on Saturday at 4pm and at Manor Memorial Methodist in New Market on Sunday at 4 pm. Please consider attending. These are always lovely services and he will appreciate our support. Thank you   Jane Moll  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SPECIAL SCHEDULE FOR OCT. 30 AT BETHLEHEM AND NOV. 6 AT EMANUEL

OCT.30  AT BETHLEHEM UCC    6:30 - 7:30: SOLO AUDITIONS UPSTAIRS

Amani: Belter solo, man or woman or both
Breath of Heaven: soprano solo
Christmas Day: p.4- low bass; pp.8 - 11, 2 female voices; pp. 9 - 11, tenor solo (not soprano);
                         p.10, 2nd measure - p.11, baritone/tenor solo; these soloists will also sing pp.14-18            
                         p.2
The Christmas Song- Key of C (maybe up to Eb): second soprano
O Holy Night-entire piece- any
Several phrases of "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and/or "Haul out the Holly"

PLEASE NOTE CHANGED SCHEDULE FOR 10/30



6:30 - 7:30 - Solos with Scott upstairs.
7:30 - 8:30 -  Rehearsal in the basement on: Sing we Now of Christmas, Amani, Swingin Saint Nick, Christmas Day, Breath of Heaven
8:40 - Quick Announcements - men upstairs with Matt (run Shepherd's spiritual & Blue Christmas)
                                               - Women downstairs with Scott - Carol of the Bells
9:00 - Choir released - Solo Auditions until 9:30 upstairs with Scott.

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