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Rehearsal #11 - May 4

Updated: May 12

Dear Friends,


SUCCESS! Our first recording session on May 4 was a huge success and I want to commend every participant in the first session - well done!


What was successful?

  • choristers arrived on time

  • people were prepared and accurate in the actual singing/recording

  • headphones/earbuds were brought as requested

  • you listened and followed instructions superbly, resulting in smooth operations and professional outcomes


Video recording instructions

We are now ready to receive video recordings from choristers. Instructions are below. Hopefully, they are straight-forward and clear. If not, please ask your section leader for clarification.


  1. Watch the instructional video for each song

  2. You cannot submit your video without the instructional video - it is your teleprompter for lyrics and audio track all in one

  3. Watch the video once or more to be familiar with the instructions BEFORE you record

  4. Instructional video - Ain't Gonna Let Nobody

  5. Instructional video - We Rise Again

  6. If your recording session was May 4

  7. Please submit your TWO video recordings by Saturday, 15 May

  8. Upload your mp4 files to this folder: May 4_video files

  9. If your recording session is May 11

  10. Please submit your TWO video recordings by Sunday, 16 May

  11. Upload your mp4 files to this folder: May 11_video files

  12. If your recording session is May 18

  13. Please submit your TWO video recordings by Sunday, 23 May

  14. Upload your mp4 files to this folder: May 18_video files

  15. Chamber Choir recording session June 1:

  16. Please submit your (one) video recording by Sunday, 7 June

  17. Upload your mp4 file to this folder: ChamberChoir_video files

  18. Video files recommended resolution should be 1080p; frame rate 24fps

  19. If you do not know how to check this, ask a teenager or your SL!

  20. Video files must be named as follows:

  21. May<date of recording>_FirstnameLastname_Title

  22. Example: May4_TomAnderson_Aintgonnaletnobody

  23. Example: May11_TomAnderson_Weriseagain

  24. Do not edit, shorten, or add effects to your video - send as is; we will do the editing!

  25. Please submit by your due date so our video technician can avoid processing 120 video files all in one week


Recording instructions

  1. Arrive on time as per the below schedule

  2. Bring your own earbuds or headphones for the recording session

  3. See THIS PHOTO sample for what you need, a wired 3.5mm connection

  4. Bluetooth, Airpods, wireless earbuds/headphones CANNOT be used for recording sessions - wired 3.5mm headsets only

  5. If you don't object to wearing equipment others have also used, IFC will provide headsets to wear during recording

  6. Ensure music is placed in a folder/file that allows silent page turns

  7. Your section leader will provide the list of each recording group:

  8. May 11 - Sopranos + altos

  9. May 18 - Tenors + basses

  10. May 25 - AGM & Chamber Choir

  11. June 1 - Chamber Choir only


Recording schedule - UPDATED!


1. 11 May recording session #2 - Sopranos + altos

  1. **NOTE CHANGES BELOW**

  2. Groups 1-4 arrive by 7:15 pm

  3. Groups 5-6 arrive by 8:30 pm

  4. Group 1: 5 soprano 1 (unmasked)

  5. Group 2: 4 alto 1 (unmasked)

  6. Group 3: 5 soprano 2 (unmasked)

  7. Group 4: 5 alto 2 (unmasked)

  8. Group 5: 5 soprano 2 (unmasked)

  9. Group 6: 5 alto 2 (unmasked)

  10. SLs have the group designations

  11. You are dismissed after your group records

  12. No tenors or basses for this session


2. 18 May recording session #3 - Tenors & basses

  1. All men arrive by 7:15 pm

  2. Tenor 1 group: 3 T1

  3. Tenor 2 group: 3 T2 (tenors complete)

  4. Bass group: 3 B1

  5. Bass group: 3 B2 (basses complete)

  6. You are dismissed after your group records

  7. No sopranos or altos for this session


3. 25 May - AGM & review rehearsal

  1. Must have a minimum 30 members quorum as required by ROS

  2. Sign-up in advance: HERE is the GForm

  3. Following AGM, Chamber Choir members will stay back for rehearsal

  4. Videographer will be present to film segments of Chamber Choir

  5. Chamber Choir should dress as per the video recording instructions


4. 1 June recording session #4 - Chamber Choir

  1. All Chamber Choir singers arrive by 7:15 pm

  2. Recording only The Road Not Taken

  3. There will only be 1 recording take - can no longer sing with masks

  4. Chamber soprano 1: 5 sop1

  5. Chamber soprano 2: 4 sop2

  6. Chamber altos: 2 groups of 4 altos

  7. Chamber tenors: 4 tenors

  8. Chamber basses: 4 basses


Highlights from last week's IFC Blog . . .


  1. Important FAQs - review the FAQs from last week if you did not previously read them

  2. Critical points for success - on-time arrival remains the singular most important responsibility of choristers; read these if you did not

  3. AGM - please make plans to attend the AGM & read the communication from our secretary, Barb Olafson

  4. Summer workshops - Are in process and will be shared with you after the AGM

  5. IFC contributions - please consider a contribution to close our deficit gap


Questions?

Your section leader is your help desk - Johanna, Barb, and David are able to answer most questions. If not, I'm available to address uncertainties.


Singers - please be rehearsed and prepared for Tuesday! I am so very impressed by the level of accuracy and precision that's been achieved in the first round of recordings. Let's continue this please! Rehearse with headphones and with the most recent piano accompaniments that were shared with you last week.


I look forward to Tuesday!


Musically yours,

Tom


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