Chorus & Advanced Chorus Practice Links and Concert Videos

LGPE 2018 practice (event is March 14)


Good Night

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 Night (click to download and print the score)

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

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.

Chorus and ANY 4th and 5thgraders are invited
Fri/Sat, Feb. 23-24 Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus in Athens During Winter Break
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"):
F M RD T-- LT D M Fi S
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
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 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
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)

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
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. 


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


      December Audio files and videos--downloadable practice tracks for 

      LGPE 2014 Tips from Daniel and Caroline:


      • 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


      • 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


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

            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

          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

            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!

          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.

            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!

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

            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!