Chorus & Advanced Chorus Practice Links and Concert Videos

Upcoming dates/gigs:
  1. Friday, April 20: Druid Hills Tour of Homes singing 20-30 minute gig beginning at 5pm in Druid Hills/Emory Village area (exact location TBD) AC rehearsal will end at 4pm that day!
  2. Opera-tunity--Saturday, April 28: Metropolitan Opera in HD tickets available. Ms. Turgeon has been given  a limited number of free tickets for The Metropolitan Opera in HD showing of Cendrillion by Massenet at Perimeter Point on Saturday, 4/28 (yes, same day as the Inman Park Parade).  If 1-2 parents are interested in learning about this opera and serving as our chaperone(s) for a group of SPARK and Grady Cluster students as they watch a live showing of the opera in HD, streamed from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, please contact me! APS Fine Arts will provide a bus, so all you'd need to do is meet the kids at SPARK around 11am and accompany them to the opera, returning to SPARK around 4:30-5pm. I'll take care of permission slips, etc. There will be concessions at the movie theatre. Also, Mays High School Choral director Garnetta Penn is willing to do an "about the Opera" workshop to prepare you and your child for this event!
  3. Saturday, April 28: Inman Park Festival Parade The Grady Cluster Music Club is marching on Saturday, 4/28, and we'd love to have 4th & 5th graders from all of our cluster schools participating, too! Meet near the corner of Krog and Edgewood a bit before 1pm for lineup, parade begins around 2pm. Parade will end by Horizon (Euclid and Auston Ave) Theatre near Little 5 Points GCMC (Grady Cluster Music Club) will wear our GCMC, SPARK, MES, Lin, & Hope-Hill shirts. We'll be bucket drumming, marching, dancing and singing. From the Inman Park folks: The Parade takes place rain or shine. The Parade route begins on Edgewood Avenue at Spruce Street, follows Edgewood to Hurt Street, Hurt Street to Euclid Avenue, and Euclid Avenue to Austin Avenue where it disbands. The Parade route length is a mile. The Parade steps off promptly at 2 pm; however, all Parade units must report to the staging area between Krog and Spruce by 1:00 pm for lineup.
  4. Tuesday, May 22 call time 4:30pm, concert 6pm Chorus/AC Spring Concert with selections in honor of Pirnstill. Last week we began work on a song called "Hoops" in honor of Ms. Pirnstill's retirement, so if your singer and his/her buddies are looking for something fun to do, they can certainly work on some singing parts (on the blog) or a routine that will go. 
 Some of these songs are tentatively on the list--I'll see how we're doing as we get closer to the dates.

New:
*Brave by Sara Barielles
*We Got the Beat by the GoGo's
*Good Feeling

Old:
Night Blooming Jasmine
We Are Gonna Be Friends
Keep Your Lamps
*Have Some Love by Childish Gambino (chorus, bridge only)
Cirandeiro
Good Night in Russian (I hope)
  • Have Some Love by Childish Gambino
  • Counting Stars by One Republic
  • Freedom songs and Civil Rights Songs
    Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round
    De Colores
    Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
    Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin'
    Open the Window
    Saints/Swing Low/This Train
    Shumayela
    Singahambabayo
    This Land is Your Land
    Wade/Motherless/Die Easy
    Woke Up This Morning



CLICK HERE for the most updated Chorus/AC Calendar

LGPE 2018 practice solfege sheet (event is March 14)
LGPE permission
Click HERE for practice links for Good Night
Click here for Good Night sheet music

Ms. Turgeon's perpetual comments;

  • looooonnnnng phrases
  • ending consonants
  • show the music on your face
  • tall mouth (ever heard that one before?)
  • pay attention to your sound placement in your head (forward? up? back?)
  • mean what you sing
  • sight sing with hand signals and subdividing the beat 
  • watch out for treachery (dotted rhythms, half notes, skips then steps or steps then skips, rests get full duration)
  • I'm so, so lucky to be your teacher. Y'all are amazing. 

Cirandeiro playlist (listen to your own parts, then sing with the accompaniment)


Good Night click for the Flat practice tracks







The first version is just for expressive purposes. I love how this choir shapes the phrases, though this is NOT the exact version we're doing, and it's a bit slower than we'll take it. I love "sleep, sleep, sleep". 


Good Feeling rehearsal



FORM for Good Feeling drummers:

Coach Hicks step team does a little thing, maybe?
count off (about 125-130 bpm?)
Take out the trash Right now,  ... NOW ...Right now Maximus Sadie
CHORUS: Good Feeling = Boom tap--Maximus Sadie 2x for each time through
VERSE 1 Rap= Apple Pie Pineapple Pie + Rohan's Funky beat -->Maximus Sadie
CHORUS: Good Feeling = Boom tap--Maximus Sadie 2x for each time through
VERSE 1 Rap= Apple Pie Pineapple Pie + Rohan's Funky beat-->Maximus Sadie
CHORUS: Good Feeling = Boom tap--Maximus Sadie 2x  then Take out the trash 2x--Maximus Sadie BOOM!


Fairest Lady




Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus Practice (Feb 23-24)



GCMC Hawks Performance Team Thursday, March 15




AC/Chorus Fine Arts Night Thursday, March 15
Repertoire TBA





Invited=no RSVP necessary, come if you know the music
Expected = Parents, please write a note or email if your singer CANNOT attend
Expected or

Invited
Saturday, December 2 1:00-3:00pm Virginia Highland Tour of Homes Caroling.
Exact location TBD.  All Chorus/AC are welcome to drop in during the event!
Chorus and AC Invited
Wednesday, December 6 Community Sing-a-long with Atlanta Young Singers time and location TBA (either SPARK or Hope-Hill)
Chorus and AC Invited
Tuesday, December 19 call time 4:30pm, concert at 6pm in the Mary Lin Auditorium. SPARK, Mary Lin, Hope Hill & MES Grady Bunch Winter Chorus Concert
AC and Chorus Expected
Saturday, Jan 20 AC/CHORUS/GCMC Grady Cluster schools sing the National Anthem at GSU Women’s and Men’s Basketball Game
Tickets will be $5 in advance only, deadline Jan 12.  Call time 11:00am, sing at noon before the Women’s game. Your ticket will allow entry to both the Women’s and Men’s game (~2:15ish)
Chorus and AC Invited
Sunday, Jan 28 AC/Chorus sing the Canadian Anthem at the Gladiators
GCMC sing the US National Anthem
Tickets will be $15 each, and each singer must have a ticket to enter. If we sell 100 tickets we will receive ~$500 from the Gladiators!! WE MUST HAVE SINGERS Committed to sing by Jan 10, and who purchase tickets by Jan 19 or we must cancel these opportunities.
ALL Chorus, AC, and 4th and 5th Graders are invited to sing the English/French version of "O, Canada" at the Gladiators game! This is a fundraiser for the Chorus and AC, so the more fans we bring the more money we earn! Bring your friends (who know the song)! GCMC singers (and other students by invitation) will perform the US National Anthem with students from MES, Mary Lin, and Hope-Hill.
AC and GCMC
expected,

Chorus and ANY 4th and 5thgraders are invited
Fri/Sat, Feb. 23-24 Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus in Athens During Winter Break
Selected
Friday, March 9  5th TBA Grade Basketball Challenge 5:30pm call, 6:00pm sing at Inman Middle School
Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders are invited to sing the US National Anthem before this exciting students vs teachers game!
Chorus and AC Invited
LGPE March 14 (during school field trip for adjudicated performance)
LGPE is our yearly Large Group Performance Evaluation. Students will learn two very challenging choral works and demonstrate their sight-singing abilities. Extra rehearsals will be scheduled during Jan-March on Mondays and Wednesdays. Singers who will perform at LGPE should plan to attend at least one Monday or Wednesday rehearsal each week, in addition to our Friday AC rehearsals.
AC  expected (permission slip required)
Thursday, March 15 Chorus/AC/GCMC members perform Primetime on the Hawks court before the Atlanta Hawks vs the Charlotte Hornets game. Tickets $21. Singers must have a ticket to perform!
Up to 15 performers invited!
Thursday, March 15 Chorus/AC who are not attending Hawks game are invited to perform at the SPARK Fine Arts night

Friday, April 20 Druid Hills Tour of Homes  call time 4:15pm, sing 5:00pm Location TBA
Chorus and AC invited
Saturday, April 28 Marching in the Inman Park Festival Parade
This will be a showcase for the Grady Cluster Music Club, representing all of the Grady Cluster Elementary schools!
GCMC  expected
TBD, May Chorus and AC's Spring Concert Call time 4:30pm concert at 6pm In the SPARK Gym
All AC and Chorus are expected to perform













Silent Night Descant

Allunde Alluya Parts

Listen to the tracks for your part:

1a = Red team Call
1b= Purple team MFSF MFM
2a=Blue team Echo
2b=Green team DRMR DRD



 (Full year DRAFT is HERE)


Upcoming Gig video practice links:



Star Spangled Banner Solfege Practice for harmony



Melody (starting at "And the rockets' red glare"):

MM M F S S--FM R M F F

F M RD T-- LT D M Fi S

S D D DT L L L R FM RD D T
SS D R M F S---- D R M F R D


Harmony (starting at "And the rockets' red glare"):
DD D R M M-- RD T D R R--
R D SS S   SF M M Fi S
S M F S L  L S F LS FM M R
SS M, S D R M----- L Fi S L F M




Principals' Meeting and Virginia Highland Songs (AC Sept 13 & 14) & Friendship Festival (AC and Chorus Sept 28) lyric sheets here:


Our 2017 LGPE performance! Great job, singers! You worked very hard!


"Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning"  click for a PDF of the music

2. The Owls click for audio
click for pdf of the music








Open the window, children
Open the window, now
Open the window children
Open the window, let the dove fly in
1)Mama and Papa are fighting like snakes
2) Baby is a-cryin' like her heart will break
3) Neighbors lock their doors build fences so high
4) Don't see what's to discover on the other side

5) There're borders 'round the countries, borders 'round the skies
6) The only border close you in is the border 'round your mind!
7) Some people have money some people have none
8) What use is having money if your heart's gone numb?

9)This big old world's in a great big mess


ALL) Let's open the window, find peace and rest

Friendship Festival Songs:


I Can Tell That We Are Gonna Be Friends
One Voice
Night Blooming Jasmine
The Owls (AC)
Counting Stars



International Night Thursday, February 1 call time 6:45pm, perform 7:20pm

Singabahambayo with harmony

Movement videos:













Chorus and AC at the Center for Civil and Human Rights


Saturday, August 26, 2017


Call time 8am Performances at 9am, 10:30am, and noon


Download Civil and Human Rights Song Lyrics HERE

  • CCHR Practice videos
Songs to be chosen from:
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round
America
America the Beautiful
De Colores
Free at Last
Have Some Love
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin'
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Oh Freedom!
Open the Window
Saints/Swing Low/This Train Shumayela
Singahambabayo
The Star Spangled Banner
This Land is Your Land
Wade/Motherless/Die Easy
We Shall Overcome
What’s Goin’ On
Woke Up This Morning




Our 2017 LGPE performance! Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burnin' begins at 3minutes.

Shumayela (with dance explained) from B Unis on Vimeo.


Lift Ev'ry Voice sheet music, info, and history



Other songs:
·         When I Rise Up Text by Wendell Berry
·         Pala Pala Argentinian dance song
·         Dance of the Nations
·         Nobody Liked her But Me, based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
·         Cirandiero Portuguese folk song/dance
·         Allunde Alluia Swahili lullabye
The Time of My Life by David Cook (5th graders featured)
Dubula










The Little Birch Tree is a folk song that honors birch trees through creating musical instruments from the branches--three silver flutes and a balalaika.

Little Birch Tree

See the little birch in the meadow,
see the leaves all dancing when the wind blows. 
Loo-lee-loo, when the wind blows,
Loo-lee-loo, when the wind blows.

From the little tree take 3 branches,
make three silver flutes from silver branches.
Loo-lee-loo,silver branches,
Loo-lee-loo, silver branches.

See the leaves all dancing
see the leaves all dancing now!

From the branch I'll carve a balalaika
with my flute I'll play my balalaika.
Loo-lee-loo, balalaika,
Loo-lee-loo, balalaika.

As I play my tingling balalaika,
I will think of you, my little birch tree.
Loo-lee-loo, little birch tree,
Loo-lee-loo, little birch tree.





Ms. Turgeon's perpetual comments;
  • looooonnnnng phrases
  • ending consonants
  • show the music on your face
  • tall mouth (ever heard that one before?)
  • pay attention to your sound placement in your head (forward? up? back?)
  • mean what you sing
  • sight sing with hand signals and subdividing the beat (try out the examples Caroline gave you)
  • watch out for treachery (dotted rhythms, half notes, skips then steps or steps then skips, rests get full duration)
  • I'm so, so lucky to be your teacher. Y'all are amazing. 



O Canada!
Our home and native land
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée, (car tohn bwa say por-tay luh pay-uh)
Il sait porter la croix! (eel say por-tay la cwah)
Ton histoire est une épopée (ton his-twah ayt un ay-puh-pay-uh)
Des plus brillants exploits. (day plooh brill-yan zex-pwah)
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.




How we can improve for Chorus/AC? Kids' answers

1.       Practice lyrics
2.       Blend voices together (make your voice match in the group, don’t sing too loud or soft)
3.       Make sure the melody and harmony is balanced.
4.       Use head voice instead of chest voice
5.       Unify choreography and posture
6.       Vertical mouth instead of horizontal mouth
7.       CONFIDENCE
8.       Suppress coughs when possible
9.       Be sure you practice correct pitches and rhythms until they are perfect

Ms. Turgeon's perpetual comments;

  • looooonnnnng phrases
  • TALL Mouth
  • ending consonants
  • show the music on your face
  • tall mouth (ever heard that one before?)
  • pay attention to your sound placement in your head (forward? up? back?)
  • mean what you sing
  • sight sing with hand signals and subdividing the beat 
  • watch out for treachery (dotted rhythms, half notes, skips then steps or steps then skips, rests get full duration)
  • I'm so, so lucky to be your teacher. Y'all are amazing. 





PAST PERFORMANCES



All performances by Music@SPARK's Chorus & AC (I think):




All LGPE performances from 2013, 2914, 2015, and 2016








Our December concert from 12/3/2015 at Grady!







      Grady Cluster Fall Friendship Festival 2015


      Virginia Highland Civic Association 2014



      OTHER RESOURCES


      December Audio files and videos--downloadable practice tracks for 







      LGPE 2014 Tips from Daniel and Caroline:

      Daniel:


      • keep nice tall, clear Latin vowels (ah, eh, ee, oh, oo) and make s tiny. Ellide=connect the s to the next word: e-is requiem=  eh-eee   sRE-qui-em

      PEE-eh YEH-soo DOh-mee neh 
      DOh-nah  EH ee  sREH-quee-ehm

      SEhm-pee-TEh-nam  REH-quee-ehm 


      ....and so on


      • Quiet or light singing should not be breathy or weak (put in more energy)
      • Loo Loo parts-->light and energetic and in tune (did you notice the piano plays your exact same pitches??)  Let Zoie be heard. Yay, Zoie!
      • support your sound with breath and keep the inside of your mouth tall


      Caroline: 


      • Beach ball for pitch and breathing
      • breathe in through the vowel you're going to sing
      • don't slide into a pitch  (end of Pie Jesu--"re-qui-em")
      • sing as a group, not as an individual
      • TALL inside your mouth sound
      • sing the meaning of the words. Love the words and express them.
      • consonants can make things better (STorm, shaKe, Can, keeP) or worse (haRRmony)
      • No pirate choir (minimize R)
      • every long note should have a shape (baby iguana breath)




        Pie Jesu Audio for practicing 




        VaHi Civic Association September 2016





          8 comments:

          1. Ms.Turgeon can you put any LGPE music on the blog for me?
            Thanks,
            The Queen of Chorus

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            1. Done! I'll be adding to the LGPE playlist as I find good examples of recordings. Thank you for checking! You're awesome! <3

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          2. Are regular performing chorus (not AC) members invited to do the caroling on Dec 5? If so, can you provide information on when and where to show up?

            Chloe Whitney-Harris' mom

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            1. YES! I will have a sheet of info for any interested kids tomorrow (Thursday), but basically we'll be in front of an establishment on Virginia. I'd love for Chloe to come! And bring friends!

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          3. Hello, this is Lauren. I love you as a teacher, and I know that I have missed or left a few rehearsals, but I just want you to know that I hope you don't think of me as a member of AC and Chorus that I don't want to be there. I love Chorus, and I want to stay. Forever. It makes me a better singer, with your help. Thank you for having me.

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            1. Hi Lauren, I can't tell you how much your note means to me, and I'm sure your AC team appreciates your dedication. I am grateful for your hard work and your dedication to AC, and I'm so lucky to have you as a student. Together we will continue to make lovely, exciting, fulfiling music!

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          4. Hey Ms.Turgeon, How's the year going? Do you miss me? ;)

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            1. Of course I miss you. You are such a great, funny, talented person. I'm so glad you're still making music with Ms. Smith and Ms. Mobley. But yeah, I miss you. Come visit!

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