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Rehearsal #8 - April 13

Dear Friends,


Last week, singers of the IFC Chamber Choir gathered for rehearsal and our very first SATB sounds resonated from the VOS studios. It was glorious. I so look forward to convening with you for the next 2 weeks as we complete final repertoire preparations!


As you have read, we will convene the full chorus in two shifts. Section leaders have worked hard to balance the chorus into two SATB groups which will have one full hour working on the repertoire.


The timing for the groups is as follows:


Group 1

  • 7:10 studio opens - early arrivers may enter the studio

  • 7:20 rehearsal begins - it is imperative choristers arrive on time

  • 8:20 rehearsal ends - routine cleaning must be completed for next group

  • 8:25-30 choristers exit promptly

Group 2

  • 8:35 studio opens - early arrivers should walk the hallways if arriving before this time

  • 8:45 rehearsal begins - it is imperative choristers arrive on time

  • 9:45 rehearsal ends - routine cleaning must be completed for close of rehearsal


The most urgent request I make of choristers is punctual arrival. We must avoid overlap of arriving/departing choristers so that we are not convening a large group, mingling and socializing. I apologize this emphasis must continue, but it is imperative for us to continue to use this venue and keep our good standing.


Our remaining schedule is as follows:


April 20

  • SATB group 1 at VOS 7:20-8:20

  • SATB group 2 at VOS 8:45-9:45

  • No home groups - all choristers will be at VOS in 2 shifts

  • ARRIVE ON TIME PLEASE

April 27

  • SATB group 2 at VOS 7:20-8:20

  • SATB group 1 at VOS 8:45-9:45

  • No home groups - all choristers will be at VOS in 2 shifts

  • ARRIVE ON TIME PLEASE

May 4

  • Recording week #1

  • Recording groups at VOS 7:15 - 9:45

  • No home groups

  • Groups TBA

May 11

  • Recording week #2

  • Recording groups at VOS 7:15 - 9:45

  • No home groups

  • Groups TBA

May 18

  • Recording week #3

  • Recording groups at VOS 7:15 - 9:45

  • No home groups

  • Groups TBA

May 25 - Annual AGM at VOS


June 1

  • Recording week #4

  • Recording groups at VOS 7:15 - 9:45

  • No home groups

  • Groups TBA


April 20 and 27 are pivotal rehearsals. We must complete our readiness for the recording sessions to be completed in the VOS studios over 4 weeks. We are working on the recording schedule groups and will notify each section as the recording roster is completed.


Annual General Meeting - May 25

Please note we will need a quorum of choristers for our AGM required by the Registry of Societies. A sign-up form will be circulated so we can have a known quorum present. We expect to hold limited rehearsal after the AGM business is completed.


Summer Workshops

Expecting that travel will be minimal and choristers present during the summer months, I am working with the IFC Committee to develop live and online sessions of interest for you during the summer school break. In May we plan to survey the chorus for your interest and availability so we may finalize plans for some excellent sessions together.



For the next 2 weeks of SATB rehearsals, I ask you to work on your own at home so that every singer has achieved our musical goal to be ready for recording.

. . . . to independently sing your vocal lines from start to finish at performance tempo with Fran's piano accompaniment with vocal confidence.


I look forward to Tuesday!


Musically yours,

Tom

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