November 15, 2019

That was fun last Tuesday, the first chance we had to be together and to enjoy Bach's brilliant writing! I was very proud of your work: it was very clear that you know your music. That's the first essential, of course. All the stylistic touches were in place, making it...

November 8, 2019

Hi, Singers,

Nice work in the freezing cold last Tuesday! I think we accomplished a lot.

In fact, I'm so excited to be getting together with the orchestra and soloists at last that I'm having trouble thinking about anything else! I only have a few words of advice in prep...

November 2, 2019

Hi everyone,

This column is entirely dedicated to listing your standing and sitting instructions. Pencils ready? Let's begin!

At the beginning of the concert, Bryan greets the audience and gives a few instructions. After he comes offstage, I enter with the soloists. As w...

September 13, 2019

Hello all,

From all accounts (and there were many!) you had a great opening rehearsal last Tuesday with Katrina at the helm. Congratulations to all concerned: not only to Katrina but to the entire board for setting up and accomplishing registration so efficiently, to th...

May 3, 2019

Dear Singers,

The only word for last Sunday's performance is spectacular! I couldn't have dreamt it would go so well, since you had been telegraphing me that you didn't know some of the movements very well, and there were the usual bumpy places at the dress rehearsal. B...

April 22, 2019

Hi, everyone,

Tuesday was pretty amazing! Aside from some places late in the work when brains and stamina failed, we had a fine first reading all together of the Great Mass. There was energy and clarity, most of the time. I love the fact that we have next Tuesday to get...

April 13, 2019

Hi everybody,

There are two main messages in this week's column: clarification of our releases in #12, "Et resurrexit", and directions for standing and sitting throughout the work.

Et resurrexit

To begin with, all phrase endings are quarter notes, and must be given full l...

April 5, 2019

Hi Singers,

Wasn't that chaos fun, in the last ten minutes of practice last Tuesday? I loved how you hung in there in the "Cum Sancto Spiritu", trying to represent your parts, hanging on for dear life and occasionally locking in well, when challenged by an impossibly fa...

March 29, 2019

Hi, everyone,

I'm writing from Seattle, where I'm on a road trip with my sister. This will be quite a short blog, since I didn't bring my music - as you may have seen, the full score is big, and I believe it weighs more than my full suitcase!

Actually, all I need to say...

March 23, 2019

Dear Singers,

We're making real progression on the Mozart now, with every rehearsal being more fun than the last. It's a lot of singing, isn't it? We're sure getting the hang of it on most all of the movements, though, and the character of each is beginning to be clearl...

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