Member News - April 7, 2018

Hey Folks,

Thanks for your participation in a wonderful evening last night. It was
actually nice to just be able to walk up and sing rather than waiting for
an orchestra! I saw a number of you watching the conductor last night
and it really helped things out. How nice it was too in hearing
ourselves a bit better with the redo of the stage.

See you all Monday night - we still have a bit of work ahead of us with
the Choruses.

BH

Member News - April 1, 2018

As requested, I am resending the following links to video and audio recordings of the opera choruses.
Enjoy!
Vrenae

Here are links to some YouTube video performances of the opera choruses that I have gathered:
Triumphal Chorus/Aida https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUlvXqTaZig

Chorus of the Villagers/Bartered Bride https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzPAUqitz7E

Coronation Chorus/Boris Godunov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfRl9qA3uf8

Chorus of the Peasants/Cavaileria Rusticana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdCMOTegxeY

Bridal Chorus/ Lohengrin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0nCiWr9PHU

Wach Auf Chorale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XCHbWFTGVU

Bell Chorus /Pagliacci https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIqs5-wFdG0

Saint-Saens/ Voici le printemps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egfx8Gfwlzs

Anvil Chorus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tjL29fLcc0&list=RD6tjL29fLcc0&t=6

JB Leep has gathered audio recordings from YouTube of most of the Opera Choruses and put them in MP3 format. They can be found and downloaded at

https://jbshare.com

Thanks, JB!

 

SRSC bylaws require elections for Board officers every two years, with elections due by the end of this spring semester, likely the first Monday in May, May 7th. In order for all choristers to have a voice in this election, the bylaws also require the opportunity to submit in writing any nominations for the various positions up for election. Nominations forms were going to be distributed this past Monday evening, but as many were absent, this will take place next Monday evening, April 2nd.
Jackie Senter and Andy Fleming have agreed to continue as "Co Presidents" and Paul Troppy as "Vice President" and Wendy Gross as "Secretary" and Laura Wilson as "Treasurer" which will be indicated on the ballot, along with the following three open "Member at Large" positions which will require "write in" nominations:
Stage Manager II: Individual will assist in riser delivery, placement, take down, venue evaluation, and other duties required per Paul Troppy, Stage Manager
Ticket Coordinator: Individual will deliver tickets to choristers who will then sell the tickets, after which the unsold tickets/monies will be returned to ticket coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator: Individual will prepare lists of willing volunteers for various duties related to concert performances, including ticket takers, bakers/sales of refreshments
We hope each of you will consider nominating someone--even yourself!--and look forward to working together to continue to make our choral experience the best possible.
Thank you! Jackie Senter, Co President

Member News - March 17, 2018

 

Well - at this point it all comes down to EYES 'N' FACES doesn't it!  There were a lot of very good things that happened last night. I am going to assume that some of the others will take care of themselves now that you've got a rehearsal under your belts.

Norman is so right - it does feel like you're singing in a vacuum! Every year that we sing with an orchestra it takes some adjustment to get used to the size of the space, the different instrument tones, a new sight-line from a conductor, not being able to hear other sections, and struggling to hear pitches from the instruments in the front.

This is why it's so important to use your EYES! In other words - look up as often as you possibly can. Understand that you have to be willing to sacrifice a bit of accuracy in a foreign language to help the piece move at his tempo. There were a couple of spots last night that required more - don't get bogged down trying to read it! There were a number of people last night that NEVER looked up - some of you that do that try to make up for it by using minimal mouth movement as well!!!! LOL

While you're looking up - use your FACES! You've gotta look like you're having fun, interested in the music, and enjoying the whole orchestral experience. In this kind of piece and instrumentation, what you express on your face is far more important than what you think you're saying with the words. Of course it also means that you have a chance of sticking together and being right with the Maestro...

7:00 tonight in the music building - it's the one across the quad from where we were last night. We will warm up and run the men's 6-part piece. Be ready to sit on the floor if you need to - or bring along a porta-stool. I'm thinking that most of the chairs are on stage and we will have limited seating. Bring an umbrella if you feel that you may have to walk in the rain - you will leave it outside the door of the hall as you go in.

Parking - in between the HS and the parking structure at the JC there is a driveway that leads into the campus. This is the lot that Norman would like us to use. You can also park on Ridgeway if you want.

Leave plenty of time for yourselves.

Thanks so much for your hard work in all of this - I think that we generally sound quite good. So much of any improvement that we make today is in the attitude department rather than the Notes, Rhythm, Words arena. Sing it out JOYFULLY with all your heart and all your body and great things will happen!

BH 

REMEMBER!  LOOK UP!

* black folders

* concert dress ( sparkly/dangly earrings o.k. - no necklaces)

 Next Monday, March 19, is SRJC Spring Break - no rehearsal!

Saturday call time - 7 p.m. in the SRHS Music Building (west of the auditorium)

Sunday call time - 1 p.m. in the SRHS Music Building

Click below to go to the So. Co. Phil website for more concert info....

http://www.socophil.org/

 

Member News - March 13, 2018

Hey Folks,

I thought that things went quite well last night - thanks so much for your work. Please keep it up the rest of the week! Please focus on doing what you can to bring the "personality touches" to the music. It's one thing to get the notes, words, and rhythms right - it's entirely different then to add the character of our visages, musical awareness, and general interaction with the music. The summation might be -

LOOK UP!
* black folders
* concert dress ( sparkly/dangly earrings o.k. - no necklaces)
* Friday rehearsal call is at 7 - it will take us awhile to find our spots
* Please be quiet on the stage as I will quietly be giving instructions
* Bring your stools/chairs if you have them on Friday

Next Monday, March 19, is SRJC Spring Break - no rehearsal!

Lots of BIG FUN ahead!!!

BH

Saturday call time - 7 p.m. in the SRHS Music Building (west of the auditorium)
Sunday call time - 1 p.m. in the SRHS Music Building

Click below to go to the So. Co. Phil website for more concert info....

http://www.socophil.org/

 

Member News - February 25, 2018


Dear Choir,

Due to the very few rehearsals left to us, Bob has decided that we should stay with ecclesiastical Latin--the pronunciation we have been using during our rehearsals so far. That way we can spend more time getting our sounds united and not constantly stopping to fix unusual pronunciations.

First...the pronunciation of the "o" vowel in Latin is written like this in music phonetics (IPA): [ ɔ ]

You can listen to the sound of it at the link below. (This symbol is on the right side about 1/2 way down) -- ɔ

<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPA_vowel_chart_with_audio>

The reason why Latin books tell people to pronounce this as "aw" is because they mean high British dialect such as "I ought to do it." The "ought" is the sound of the o in Latin. But you can hear the sound on this audio.

Another link is

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QijF0NQUCWc>

"Gloria in excelsis deo"

Here is a simple way to pronounce Latin in choral singing:

Again, remember that the open o sound used in Latin is the one at Wikipedia and not sounding like the American"awe".

<http://cmed.faculty.ku.edu/rehnotes/latin.html>

Yours, Melva Wheelwright


SUNG ECCLESIASTICAL LATIN (ROMAN) PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
Vowels Pronunciation Examples
a = ah as in father ad, mater
e = eh as in met te, video
i = ee as in machine, feet in, qui
o = aw as in bought gloria, omnis
u = oo as in tutor, coo cum, summus

Two Vowels Together Pronunciation Examples
ae = eh as in met prae, illae
oe = eh as in met coelum, coepi
au = ah and oo two distinct syllables aut, lauda
eu = eh and oo two distinct syllables euge

Consonants Pronunciation Examples
c (before e,i, ae, oe) as ch in church certus, cibus
ch=k as in ache Christus
g (before e ,i, ae, oe) soft, as in gentle gens, agit
g (before other letters) hard, as in go gratis, glo
gn ny as in canyon agnus, ignis
h silent except h sounds as k in mihi, nihil
j (or consonant i) as y in yes Jesus, Justus
r slightly rolled on the tongue carnis
s as s in sing
(never z as in raise) miser, fides
sc (before a, o, u or a consonant ) as sc in scope scutum, Pascha
sc (before e, i, oe, ae, and i) as sh in shall descendit, scio
th as t in ten Thomas
ti (when followed by a vowel
and proceeded by any letter
except s, t, or x) as tsee bratia, etiam
x (in words beginning ex-
and followed by a vowel, h, or s ) as ks exaudi, pax
xc (before e, ae, oe, i) as ksh excelsis =ekshelsees
z as dz zizania

 

Member News - February 6, 2018

Hey Folks,

Hopefully the change back to the "church Latin" will make it a

bit easier for all of us since it is what we really know, with a few

exceptions. Please spend some time with it so we can keep

moving things along! Thanks to Melva for finding an

appropriately simple website for us to peruse.

Also - you all know that we are going to be pretty cramped up

on stage. Please let me know ASAP if :

1. You are going to miss 1 or both of the concerts and the

rehearsal.

2. If you will be sitting on a chair or stool. This will give Norman

and me a bit of a "heads up" as to what we can be expecting for

the weekend.


Have fun,

BH


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Dear Choir,

Due to the very few rehearsals left to us, Bob has decided

that we should stay with ecclesiastical Latin--the pronunciation

we have been using during our rehearsals so far. That way we

can spend more time getting our sounds united and not

constantly stopping to fix unusual pronunciations.


First...the pronunciation of the "o" vowel in Latin is written like

this in music phonetics (IPA): [ ɔ ]

You can listen to the sound of it at the link below. (This symbol

is on the right side about 1/2 way down) -- ɔ

<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPA_vowel_chart_with_audio>

The reason why Latin books tell people to pronounce this as

"aw" is because they mean high British dialect such as "I ought

to do it." The "ought" is the sound of the o in Latin. But you

can hear the sound on this audio.

Another link is

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QijF0NQUCWc> "Gloria

in excelsis deo"

Here is a simple way to pronounce Latin in choral singing:

Again, remember that the open o sound used in Latin is the one

at wikipedia and not sounding like the

American"awe".

<http://cmed.faculty.ku.edu/rehnotes/latin.html>


Yours, Melva Wheelwright

SUNG ECCLESIASTICAL LATIN (ROMAN) PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
Vowels Pronunciation Examples
a = ah as in father ad, mater
e = eh as in met te, video
i = ee as in machine, feet in, qui
o = aw as in bought gloria, omnis
u = oo as in tutor, coo cum, summus

Two Vowels Together Pronunciation Examples
ae = eh as in met prae, illae
oe = eh as in met coelum, coepi
au = ah and oo two distinct syllables aut, lauda
eu = eh and oo two distinct syllables euge

Consonants Pronunciation Examples
c (before e,i, ae, oe) as ch in church certus, cibus
ch=k as in ache Christus
g (before e ,i, ae, oe) soft, as in gentle gens, agit
g (before other letters) hard, as in go gratis, glo
gn ny as in canyon agnus, ignis
h silent except h sounds as k in mihi, nihil
j (or consonant i) as y in yes Jesus, Justus
r slightly rolled on the tongue carnis
s as s in sing
(never z as in raise) miser, fides
sc (before a, o, u or a consonant ) as sc in scope scutum, Pascha
sc (before e, i, oe, ae, and i) as sh in shall descendit, scio
th as t in ten Thomas
ti (when followed by a vowel
and proceeded by any letter
except s, t, or x) as tsee bratia, etiam
x (in words beginning ex-
and followed by a vowel, h, or s ) as ks exaudi, pax
xc (before e, ae, oe, i) as ksh excelsis =ekshelsees
z as dz zizania

 

 

 

Concert dates:

Sunday, December 17
We are the onstage chorus for the annual Sing-Along Messiah, conducted by Dan Earl, at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School

1:00 p.m. - rehearsal 
3:00 p.m. - concert



Concert attire:
MEN:  tux with black bow tie and cummerbund, black shoes and socks
WOMEN:  red and black concert dress, black shoes and socks/hose and NO necklace or dangly earrings

 

Member News - December 7, 2017

Please note! We will have our regular rehearsal on Monday,

December 11, in preparation for the Sing-Along Messiah

the following weekend.


Riser help needed!

Paul Troppy needs helpers. Please call his cell if you are available for any of the following:

  1. Friday, December 15, 9:00 a.m. - pick up risers from the Glaser Center 
  2. Saturday, December 16,  4 p.m. - unload and set up risers up at the Jackson Theater for the Messiah
  3. Saturday, December 16, post concert - break down and reload risers 
  4. Monday, December 18, around 9:00 a. -  unload risers at the Glaser Center



Concert dates:


Sunday, December 10 - Christmas Pops Concert

The chorus will perform at Luther Burbank Center with the

Santa Rosa Symphony in a Christmas Pops concert. 


Call time on Sunday, December 10,  is 2:00 p.m.


Concert attire for Sunday:

MEN:  tux with the “sparkly” red bow tie and cummerbund, black shoes and socks
WOMEN:  red and black concert dress, black shoes and socks/hose, sparkly necklaces and earrings are encouraged

 

Sunday, December 17 - Sing-Along Messiah

We are the onstage chorus for the annual Sing-Along Messiah,

conducted by Dan Earl, at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma

Country Day School.

Concert attire:
MEN:  tux with black bow tie and cummerbund, black shoes and socks
WOMEN:  red and black concert dress, black shoes and socks/hose and NO necklace or dangly earrings


March 17 & 18

We will perform Carmina Burana with the Sonoma

Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

 

Member News - November 2, 2017

Hello Choir,
 
Thanks so much for a great rehearsal the other night. I really appreciate your work and the energy that you are putting into the details. I think the 2 Christmas concerts will have a special meaning this year to each of us as we have seen so much suffering close to home. I know that it is important that we try to convey as much care and warmth as we can to our audiences.
 
This Saturday – full rehearsal at Santa Rosa Bible Church – corner of Brush Creek (Wallace) and Badger Rds. We will begin at 10 – I was thinking originally about going all the way to 4 but we will not do that unless I receive a huge influx of music over the next 2 days! Bring our lunch or be prepared to take a short drive to Oliver’s. Don’t forget that rain is expected that day!
 
Have a great day!
 
BH


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These past weeks have been a difficult time for our community. Sadly, many people have been affected by the fires in one way or another.  If you are unable to continue attending chorus rehearsals this semester or will miss a rehearsal, please let chorus liaison, Betty Stychno know at bstychno@gmail.com or 707-823-9023.
Hope to see you at rehearsal!
Betty
 
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Concert dates:


December 10

The chorus will perform at Luther Burbank Center with the

Santa Rosa Symphony in a Christmas Pops concert. 

Rehearsal for this will be December 9.



December 17

We are the onstage chorus for the annual Sing-Along Messiah,

conducted by Dan Earl, at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma

Country Day School.

Rehearsal for this will be December 16.



March 17 & 18

We will perform Carmina Burana with the Sonoma

Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Member News  - October 20, 2017

Hey Choristers,

It has been quite an eventful few days - I've missed seeing you all. Of course, that pales in comparison with what many of you have been dealing with. Our hearts and love go out to all of you that were truly in the midst of the tragedy - I know there were a number of people in the group that were profoundly impacted by the fires.

Last night, the Board and I made the decision to cancel our upcoming Weekend at the Opera concert in November. There were several reasons that this felt like the right thing to do at this point. From a musical standpoint - we have lost a couple of rehearsals in an already crowded semester. We didn't feel right about selling tickets to a lot of family and friends that have suffered through so much. Some of our soloists were greatly impacted by the fires. We even thought about making it a free community concert but felt like our own members needed the time and energy for their own personal well-being and healing. I am so hopeful that all of you that have suffered through a dark time will continue to join us on Monday nights in the hopes that the music will serve as a balm to your souls.

This will also give us the chance to be well-prepared for our Christmas concerts. The Symphony does pay us for our service with them and we need to make sure that we hit it hard with our efforts. I just received the music from them and will work through some of it on Monday. Please bring your copies of the Handel as well as Pat-A-Pan and Blow, Blow if you have it.

Don't forget that November 4th is our Fall retreat. I am planning a time-frame of 10-4 with a couple of breaks rather than our longer lunch period that we have done before.

We have tentatively secured the date of April 20 for the Choral Festival. Make sure that you save the date on your calendars and I will be able to confirm it within the next week.

Looking forward to seeing you Monday!

BH

 

Member News  - September 25, 2017

Here are links to some YouTube video performances of the opera choruses that I have gathered:

Triumphal Chorus/Aida  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUlvXqTaZig
 
 
Chorus of the Villagers/Bartered Bride https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzPAUqitz7E
 
 
Coronation Chorus/Boris Godunov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfRl9qA3uf8
 
 
Chorus of the Peasants/Cavaileria Rusticana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdCMOTegxeY
 
 
Bridal Chorus/ Lohengrin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0nCiWr9PHU
 
 
Wach Auf Chorale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XCHbWFTGVU
 
Bell Chorus /Pagliacci https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIqs5-wFdG0
 
 
Saint-Saens/ Voici le printemps  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egfx8Gfwlzs
 
 
Anvil Chorus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tjL29fLcc0&list=RD6tjL29fLcc0&t=6
 
 
JB Leep has gathered audio recordings from YouTube of most of the Opera Choruses and put them in MP3 format.  They can be found and downloaded at https://jbshare.com . Thanks, JB!
 




Thanks to Wendy Klain Gross for compiling the following....

Concert dates:
 

November 17 & 18

We will perform Opera Choruses at the Glaser Center. We

have a booklet of popular choruses from operas. 



December 10

The chorus will perform at Luther Burbank Center with the

Santa Rosa Symphony in a Christmas Pops concert. We do

this every other year. Rehearsal for this will be
December 9.


December 17

We are the onstage chorus for the annual Sing-Along Messiah,

conducted by Dan Earl, at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma

Country Day School. Rehearsal for this will be
December 16.


March 17 & 18

We will perform Carmina Burana with the Sonoma

Philharmonic Orchestra.

There will be two other events next spring but they are not yet scheduled.

 

 

 

Member News  - July 25, 2017

Hey Everybody,


Wanted to send you a quick communique to invite you to the Summer Sings!

We are meeting on August 7th and 14th from 7-8:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa Bible Church. We will be in one of the small front rooms. 

This is a great time for you to bring along some visitors to look us over - the more, the merrier! It's also just a fun chance to sing together a little bit and look over the music for the following sessions. That way we can get all the grumbling out of our systems before we begin the actual class schedule...

We will have music available to purchase on these evenings. No $$$$ please - just checks! We will be taking a look at Camina Burana as well as the opera choruses that we are singing in the Fall. 

Hope you have enjoyed your summer - I'm really looking forward to seeing you all again!

BH

P.S. Class begins Monday, August 21!