This year the Advanced Choir grew considerably thank to some favorable scheduling and hopefully some favorable momentum as well. It’s been a challenge to program for this group because it includes Indian kids who have never sung chorally and have no concept of reading music and Korean kids who play piano and violin and read better than I do. Balance is our biggest issue (you’ll agree after hearing them). We are still top-heavy, and while guys and sopranos are stronger than last year, the altos overpower.
Salvation is Created (Tchesnokov) – there’s lots about this performance that i’m not crazy about, but i do love this piece, and it was a good learning experience for them.
And So it Goes (Joel/arr. Chilcott)- the Emory Barenaked Voices version is the gold standard, as far as I’m concerned, but the kids liked this one and took to it quickly. Say what you will about BJ, but I think this makes a nice choral piece.
He Never Failed Me Yet (Ray) – this was a performance at a local church with the staff choir singing as well. I’m embarrassed to say how much time we spent working on swaying.
Gloria (Vivaldi) – Classic baroque piece that we performed with the Advanced Orchestra. This was my first experience conducting while following a conductor, which was difficult.
Intermediate Choir made significant strides this year over last, but much of that is due to one prodigiously talented 8th grade boy. The semester was a struggle due to scheduling changes and (very) late additions. We started and scrapped two pieces and added two in the last month before the concert. It came together, but just barely. No videos, but here’s links to sound files:
I Sasw Three Ships (arr. Larson)
Born, Born in Bethlehem (arr. Moore)
How Like a Winter (Shakespeare/Gray)
Jingle Bell Rock (Beal/Boothe)
A couple other random performances from the 2nd quarter:
Lux Aurumque (Whitacre) This was the Staff and Chamber Choir combined offering for the Christmas Chapel. This version is a bit rough around the edges, but has some nice moments. More importantly, the kids are excited about contemporary choral music.
Lastly, would you like to see our octogenarian principal rapping like Ke$ha? Video proof here.