Senior Choir Weekly Information from Directors

Concorde Information Located Under Choir Info Each Week

If you need to contact or reply to Director Randy Yoder, 
   please email rdy1949@gmail.com

If you need to contact or reply to Director Michal Buchanan,
   please email yorkhonorschoir1@aol.com

September 18, 2019
Hi Everybody!

We are definitely looking forward to hearing all your auditions this weekend. It was great to work with about half of you in the optional rehearsal on Sunday (....and you sounded excellent, by the way!). 

This email contains important information you'll need to be ready for the audition process, so please read it carefully.

IN THIS EMAIL

1. Have you signed up for an audition time?
2. Preparing for your audition
3. Audition procedures
4. Concorde auditions
5. "West Side Story" at the Belmont Theater this weekend


1. DEADLINE FOR ONLINE SIGNUPS FOR AUDITIONS IS THIS THURSDAY, SEPT. 19

***If you have already signed-up, please be sure to check your audition time so that you'll be there at the right time!  

Sign-ups will close at 9 AM this Thursday, September 19. To choose or confirm your audition time, visit the Student Center page of our website .....the link to sign up is in the Senior Honors Choir box.

Our records indicate that the following people have not yet signed up for auditions (as of Tuesday, September 17, at noon): Isaiah Hicks, Isabella Jensen, Bryce Logan, Hunter Logan, Alli Reeser, Titus Richardson, Sarah Weller, Jordan Williams

It's not too late...... you can still sign up until Thursday at 9 a.m.! Audition sign-up times are available online for this Saturday, September 21 and for Sunday, September 22. When you sign up, please ignore the numbers in parenthesis. They are only there to count the number of people signed up for that time, and they do not indicate your voice part. For audition sign-ups, it does not matter whether you are a 1 or 2. 

2. PREPARING FOR YOUR AUDITION

Select your audition time - If you haven't already done so, be sure to sign up for your audition time on the Student Center page of our website by 9 a.m. this Thursday, September 19. After that time, you will still be able to access the list to confirm your time, but you will not be able to sign up.

Sing along with the rehearsal track, then practice singing with the "Audition" tracks. If you can sing your part successfully by yourself with the audition track, you should be in good shape for your audition. Rehearsal tracks are found on the Student Center page of our website.

Use pure vowels (Ooh, Oh, Ah, Eee [OoEeee] and Eh). Practice with your friends! Think about the text and try to sing with expression. Be sure your consonants can be heard. Stress the most important words in each phrase. Take deep low breaths when you sing........... 

Check your posture - Are you standing tall with your head up? Practice in front of a mirror. Hold your music high enough that you do not have to look down to see it. Hold your music at chest/shoulder height (not at your waist). Be sure that you are singing out to us, not down to the floor.

Remember - The most important thing to know about your audition is that you need to be prepared. If you really know your music well, you'll do fine. If you make a mistake or two, don't worry about it...... nobody's perfect! But if it's obvious to us that you are often lost and if we can't hear you because you're singing softly and "hiding", then that's not good. Be ready and be confident!

Beware!!  Extra practice (for finding your starting pitches) is needed for "Requiem" (pages 11-12 and 19-20) and for "Sanctus" for difficult rhythms from beginning to end (especially on page 4 for sopranos and altos) . Those spots seemed to cause us the most difficulty as we practiced them on Sunday. Do the best you can with the Latin in a lot of the pieces and with the African Zulu language in "O Sifuni Mungu". We're not judging you on your pronunciation, but you can probably get a lot of practice just by listening to the rehearsal tracks.

3. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR AUDITION

  Where - Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 311 Haines Rd., York 17402
    When - Saturday, September 21 or Sunday, September 22
   Where to enter the church - Go down the steps at the right side of the church (do not enter the glass doors to the sanctuary). Then enter Fellowship Hall through the double doors to your left.
   When to arrive - Plan to arrive at least 15 or 20 minutes before your scheduled audition time.
    What to bring - Bring your music (of course), and be sure to bring your Medical Form (with copies of the front and back of your insurance card), your Honors Code of Conduct Forms and your Conflict Form.
   Sign in - Register at the desk, hand in your forms, and get your name tag. Put your name tag up high near your shoulder so that it will be easy for us to see. Then you may all practice your part together with the CD player in Fellowship Hall.
   Be sure your music is in order -The audition spots will be in this order: [1] With a Voice of Singing (entire piece from beginning to end); [2] Alleluia! Alleluia! (p. 10, meas. 55 to p. 13, meas. 70);  [3] This Little Light of Mine (p. 6, meas. 25 to end); [4] Requiem I -Introit and Kyrie (from p. 5, meas. 50 through p. 6, meas. 78); [5] Requiem II -Offertoire (from p. 11, meas. 77 to the end); [6] Requiem V -Agnus Dei (p. 19, meas. 44 to p. 20, meas. 67);  [7] O Sifuni Mungu (from p. 14, meas. 126 to end); [8] Sanctus (entire piece from beginning to end); [9] Across the Vast Eternal Sky (from p. 17, meas. 81 to end); [10] Gloria (entire piece from beginning to end). 
While you do not need to memorize the music, you must know it extremely well and be able to sing your part confidently. Please mark the audition spots with paperclips so that you can find them quickly.  
  Your audition - When it is time for your group's audition, you will be directed to go upstairs to the sanctuary. Please wait in the back until you are called to the front. There will be music stands on which you can place the music you are not using, but you must hold your music as you're singing. Nothing needs to be memorized. As the entire group sings each audition spot along with the "AUDITION" tracks, we will walk back and forth in front of you so that we can hear each of you more clearly.
   A cappella audition - After you have sung all ten audition spots, we will ask you all to sing your part together, a cappella (without accompaniment), on "Gloria" on pages 9 and 10 from measure 50 through measure 55. Then we will quickly go down the row and ask each of you to sing the same thing individually, a cappella.
  After your audition - We will tell you if you have successfully passed your audition. If we have concerns about your knowledge of the music or if we have questions about your voice part, we'll ask you to stay for just a moment to discuss the issue. After your audition, you will go downstairs to have your picture taken. The pictures are just for our use so that we can get to know you better. They will not be used for publication. Please hold your name tag near your chin so that we can easily see it in the picture.
   Before you leave - Be sure to put your name tag on the table and then exit by the side door.

4. CONCORDE AUDITIONS 

Rehearsals will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. following each Sunday afternoon Honors Choir rehearsal. Concorde Vocal Ensemble will sing "Psalm 96" in the November 24 concert at St. Paul's Lutheran.

Concorde auditions will be held on Sunday, September 29 from 4 to 5 p.m., following our first rehearsal. Auditions are optional and are open to all members of Senior Honors Choir. The size of the group is generally 25 to 30 singers, but could be slightly smaller or larger depending on the number of people who audition for each part. It is important that all four parts are equally balanced (which does not necessarily mean that there will be an equal number of singers in each voice part.).

If you wish to audition on September 29, you should be prepared to stay as late as 5 p.m. You will sign up that day, and then sing measures 1 through 23 from "Psalm 96" for Randy and Michal (who will have their backs turned to you) in the choir room. You will sing on "Lah"..... no French! You will sing individually with the audition track. The track gives your pitch and a "click" track. Your parts are played for the first few measures and then they fade, so then you will sing with just the "click" track to the end. Your challenge is to count correctly and sing the correct pitches (on "Lah"). It does not need to be memorized. We will also be listening for pleasant tone quality and accurate intonation. All who are auditioning may sit in the choir room and listen to the auditions until it's your turn. When you have auditioned, you may stay and listen to others or leave to go home. We'll probably begin with sopranos, then altos, then tenors, and finally basses..... probably

The results of the auditions will be included in the weekly message on Wednesday, October 2nd.

5. "FROZEN" AT THE BELMONT THEATER

Six of our Honors Choir singers are on stage for the Belmont Theater's production of "Frozen". Congratulations to: Alyssa Crane, Emma Gaetjen, Oliver Givens, Holly Jacobs, Brenna Richard, and Jacob Schmitt! Performances continue this week on Sept. 20-22 and next week on Sept. 27-29. For tickets, please visit http://www.thebelmont.org.

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Don't forget! You can always find information about our Honors Choir schedule whenever you need it. You can receive a "Remind" text each Wednesday, and you can also find the weekly messages on our website. Just go to www.theYCHC.org, then click on "Student Center" on the left side. On the "Student Center" page, scroll down and click on "Senior Choir Weekly Information From Your Directors." There you'll find all of our weekly messages with the newest one at the top and previous messages below. At the top of that page, you'll also find documents that were attached to those messages. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions or concerns by contacting Michal at yorkhonorschoir1@aol.com .

We'll see you on Saturday or Sunday!
MICHAL and RANDY



September 11, 2019
 Hi Everybody!

What a thrill it was to see and hear all of you on Sunday evening! Thank you, parents and singers, for making time in your busy schedules..... on a very busy day!..... to help us begin our 22nd year of the York County Senior Honors Choir. After hearing you sight-sing your audition spots, it certainly appears that we're headed for another wonderful season! 

As we remember the 2,983 people who lost their lives in the attacks on September 11, 2001, 18 years ago, we give thanks for the emergency responders who rush into danger to help us and to the men and women who serve in our armed forces and put their lives on the line to protect us every day.

Before you continue to read the rest of this email, please take a moment to read this: If you have a successful audition and become a member of this year's choir, please remember that every Wednesday (except Christmas and New Year's), you will find our weekly message on our website. Just go to www.theYCHC.org, then click on "Student Center" on the left side. On the "Student Center" page, scroll down to the second gray box and click on "Senior Choir Weekly Information From Your Directors." There, you'll find all of our weekly messages with the newest one at the top and previous messages below. At the top of that page, you'll also find documents that were attached to those messages.

You should also be receiving a "Remind" text each Wednesday. If you are not already receiving the reminder to view the weekly choir information, you can still sign up with instructions found on the Student Center page of www.theYCHC.org. We ask you to read each of our messages carefully and thoroughly as we offer important information about upcoming rehearsals and concerts.

  In tonight's email:

  1. This Sunday's optional rehearsal for auditions
  2. Online sign-ups for auditions
  3. Rehearsal and Audition tracks online and on CD's/Audition hints
  4. We welcome our Logistics Coordinators
  5. Voice part changes


1. INFORMATION ABOUT THE OPTIONAL REHEARSAL THIS SUNDAY
  This Sunday, September 15 - from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.  This is completely optional.....you're all welcome, but you are not required to attend. We won't take attendance.  We'll practice all of the music for your auditions, go over each individual voice part, give you hints about how you can be most successful, and hold "practice auditions" with anyone who wants to volunteer so that you'll know exactly how it will feel during your real audition. If you need to come late or leave early, that's fine too!
  What to bring - Be sure to bring your music and a pencil, and you can also bring a bottle of water, if you wish. (No sodas, coffee, milk shakes or food, please) Parents are welcome to come and sit in the back of the sanctuary.

2. ONLINE SIGN-UPS FOR AUDITIONS
    Online audition sign-ups will be available today, Wednesday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m.  It's a good idea to sign up right away so that you can reserve the time that works best for you. 30-minute auditions will be held in groups of ten singers (10 sopranos and altos or 10 tenors and basses) on Saturday, Sept. 21 (10-11:30 and 1:30 to 3:00) OR Sunday, Sept. 22 (1:30 to 4) at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. When you sign up, please ignore the numbers in parenthesis. The numbers are only there to count the number of people signed up for that time, and they do not indicate your voice part. For auditions, it does not matter whether you are a 1 or 2.  Sign-ups will close at 9 AM on Thursday, September 19. To choose your audition time, visit the Student Center page of our website and the link to sign up will be in the Senior Honors Choir box on Wednesday afternoon.

3. REHEARSAL AND AUDITION TRACKS and AUDITION HINTS
   Rehearsal tracks on the website and CD's - You can find all rehearsal and audition tracks on our website (the audition track for "Across the Vast Eternal Skies" is there now.) by going to the Student Center page and clicking on "Rehearsal and Audition Tracks Fall 2019" in the Senior Honors Choir grey box. If you have problems accessing the tracks or using your CD, please contact Randy at rdy1949@gmail.com . 

   Audition spots - If you didn't mark your music on Sunday evening, the ten audition spots are listed in order on the "Welcome" page in your packet. For auditions, you need to work on "With a Voice of Singing", "Alleluia! Alleluia!", "This Little Light of Mine", "Requiem 1-Introit and Kyrie", "Requiem 2-Offertoire", "Requiem 5-Agnus Dei", "O Sifuni Mungu", "Sanctus" (Lucas), "Across the Vast Eternal Sky" and "Gloria". You do not need to learn the "Agnus Dei" chant until after you have had a successful audition. You do not need to memorize your music for auditions. 

   Concorde Auditions - Concorde auditions will be held on Sunday September 29 between 4 and 5 p.m. We will listen to candidates with our backs turned so that we cannot see who is singing. Singers will sing the first four pages on "LA" (no French......) of "Psalm 96" individually with the Audition track. We will practice the Concorde audition during the optional rehearsal this Sunday and also during the choir rehearsal on September 29. Concorde will sing "Psalm 96" during the concert on November 24. 

   Black 3-ring binder - You will need to provide a black 3-ring binder for the "Requiem" (and you can keep your other music in it too, if you wish). Please use it for auditions and rehearsals and the concert. Be sure to put your name somewhere on the inside of your folder as well as on each piece of music.

  How to be really good for your audition! - Know the music really well! Be sure to have your music in the order listed on your "Welcome" sheet, and mark the beginning of each audition spot clearly. After you sing along with the "Rehearsal" track for your part, then practice singing with the "Audition" tracks. If you can sing your part successfully by yourself with the audition track, you should be in good shape for your audition. Be sure your voice is strong enough that we can hear you. It would be a great idea to get together to practice, and it's perfectly OK to take the hardest parts to your voice teacher if you study privately. Think about the text and try to sing with expression. Be sure your consonants (k, t, p, d, etc.) can be heard. Use pure vowels (Ah, Oh, Ooh, Eee [OoEeee] and Eh). Stress the most important words in each phrase. Take deep low breaths when you sing. Don't worry if you make a mistake..... Just keep calm and carry on!

5. WE WELCOME OUR LOGISTICS COORDINATORS

Mrs. Stephanie Stoolmaker, Mrs. Wendy Fraser and Mrs. Dana Gaetjen will be our Logistics Coordinators for Senior Honors Choir this year. We are grateful to them for assisting and supporting us during rehearsals and concerts. 

6. VOICE PART CHANGES

The following people have indicated that they will change voice parts:

  Soprano 1 to Soprano 2 - Elizabeth Arbogast
(We still need several more S1's to move to S2, please)
  Alto 1 to Alto 2 - Rebekah Kelley, Allison Reeser, Emma Gaetjen
  Tenor 1 to Bass 1 - Nate Spigelmyer
  Tenor 2 to Bass 2 - Ronan Mailey
  Bass 1 to Bass 2 - Galen Brubaker, Owen Davis

 If you are still thinking about switching parts, it would probably be a good idea to do it before auditions so that you don't have to re-learn your part later. If you want to add your name to the "switch parts" list, please email Randy at rdy1949@gmail.com

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We'll be there to help you on Sunday if you want to join us for the optional rehearsal.
Questions? - please direct them to yorkhonorschoir1@aol.com  .

We're looking forward to hearing some wonderful singing!

MICHAL and RANDY


September 4, 2019
Hi everybody!

Can't wait to see you on Sunday evening! We hope you'll be able to arrive a little early so that we can start promptly at 7 p.m. It will be pretty crowded in the Eastminster sanctuary, so you'll need to move toward the center of the rows to make more room....... and don't be afraid to sit in the front rows too!

  ***INFORMATION FOR OUR MEETING THIS SUNDAY EVENING

First meeting - Our first meeting will be this Sunday, September 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 311 Haines Rd., York 17402. This meeting is "mandatory", meaning that each prospective singer must be present with a parent or guardian. (If necessary, a close relative or trusted family friend may accompany the student.)

Entering the church and parking - Please be careful on Haines Rd. as you enter and exit the parking lot (the road is sometimes very busy and many drivers tend to go faster than the speed limit). Please note that there are "Enter" and "Exit" signs at the two driveways....please do not enter at the "Exit". You can park anywhere in the parking lot....there's plenty of room for everybody.

When - Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early so that we can start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Food and drink - Please do not bring food or drinks (other than bottled water) into the sanctuary.

Signing in - Enter the church sanctuary through the glass doors and proceed down the center aisle to the front of the church. Go to the table that corresponds alphabetically with your last name. Both parent/guardian and student will be asked to sign in, and you'll be given your packet of music, audition information and, if you requested it, a rehearsal CD. Student singers who are not accompanied by an adult will not be given their music, and your music can not be picked up for you if you do not attend the meeting. Then find a seat anywhere in the sanctuary. You'll probably have to move to the middle because there will be a LOT of you there.

The meeting - Between 7:00 and 7:45 p.m., we'll welcome you, talk about the Honors Choir Board of Directors and staff, and discuss the schedule for the 19-20 season, formal outfit fittings, attendance policies, communications and audition procedures for the Senior Honors Choir.

Rehearsal for auditions - At about 7:45 p.m., parents and guardians will be excused to go downstairs for a meeting with our Executive Director, Bill Lytle, in which he will offer more detailed information about concerts and special events that will take place during the season. All the singers will remain in the sanctuary so that we can rehearse the portions of the music that you'll sing for auditions. We'll practice for about an hour, and everyone will be on their way home no later than 9:00 p.m.  

Optional rehearsal - On Sunday, September 15 from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be an optional rehearsal at Eastminster for those who want to get together to practice for the auditions scheduled the following week. Everyone's welcome, but we don't take attendance, and you don't have to tell us if you're not going to be there.

Auditions and Signups - 30 minute auditions will be held in groups of ten singers (10 sopranos and altos or 10 tenors and basses) on Saturday, Sept. 21 (10-11:30 and 1:30 to 3) OR Sunday, Sept. 22 (1:30 to 4) at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Sign-ups for audition times will be held online beginning Wednesday, September 11.  

We'll do our best to answer all your questions and help you to prepare for your auditions. We want you all to succeed and we expect to hear great things from you! 

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Remember..... you can find copies of all of our weekly Honors Choir email information on our website. Just go to www.theYCHC.org, then click on "Student Center" on the left side. On the "Student Center" page, scroll down and click on "Senior Choir Weekly Information From Your Directors." There you'll find all of our weekly messages with the newest one at the top and previous messages below. 

Questions? - please direct them to yorkhonorschoir1@aol.com

We'll see you on Sunday! 
MICHAL and RANDY 


August 28, 2019
Hi Everybody!

We're eagerly looking forward to seeing you on September 8. The extensive list of all of you who registered makes us confident that this will be another outstanding year for Honors Choir!

Following is more detailed information about our first meeting:

First meeting - Our first meeting will be held on Sunday, September 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 311 Haines Rd., York 17402. This meeting is "mandatory", meaning that each prospective singer must be present with a parent or guardian. (If necessary, a close relative or trusted family friend may accompany the student.)

Entering the church and parking - Please be careful on Haines Rd. as you enter and exit the parking lot (the road is sometimes very busy and many drivers tend to go faster than the speed limit). Please note that there are "Enter" and "Exit" signs at the two driveways....please do not enter at the "Exit". You can park anywhere in the parking lot....there's plenty of room for everybody.

When - Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early so that we can start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Food and drink - Please do not bring food or drinks (other than bottled water) into the sanctuary.

Signing in - Enter the church sanctuary through the glass doors and proceed down the center aisle to the front of the church. Go to the table that corresponds alphabetically with your last name. Both parent/guardian and student will be asked to sign in, and you'll be given your packet of music, audition information and rehearsal CD (if you requested one). Then find a seat anywhere in the sanctuary. You'll probably have to move to the middle because there will be a LOT of you there.

The meeting - Between 7:00 and 7:45 p.m., we'll welcome you, talk about the Honors Choir Advisory Board and staff, and discuss the schedule for the 19-20 season, formal outfit fittings, attendance policies, communications, and audition procedures for the Senior Honors Choir.

Rehearsal for auditions - At about 7:45 p.m., parents and guardians will be excused to go downstairs for a meeting with our Executive Director, Bill Lytle, in which he will offer more detailed information about concerts and special events that will take place during the season. All the singers will remain in the sanctuary so that we can rehearse the portions of the music that you'll sing for auditions. We'll practice for about an hour, and everyone will be on their way home no later than 9:00 p.m. 

We'll do our best to answer all your questions and help you to prepare for your auditions. We want you all to succeed and we expect to hear great things from you!
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AUDITIONS AND SIGN-UPS - 30 minute auditions will be held in groups of ten singers (10 sopranos and altos or 10 tenors and basses) on Saturday, Sept. 21 (10-11:30 and 1:30 to 4) OR Sunday, Sept. 22 (1:30 to 4) at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Sign-ups for audition times will be held online beginning Wednesday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m..  
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If you are not receiving “Remind” text reminders to view the weekly choir information, you can still sign up with instructions found on the Student Center page of www.theYCHC.org

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Did you know that you can find copies of all of our weekly email information on our website? Just go to www.theYCHC.org, then click on "Student Center" on the left side. On the Student Center page, scroll down and click on "Senior Choir Weekly Information From Your Directors." There, you'll find all of our weekly emails with the newest one at the top and previous emails below.

Questions? - please direct them to yorkhonorschoir1@aol.com
See you soon!
MICHAL and RANDY


August 21, 2019
Hi everybody!

The 22nd season of the York County Senior Honors Choir is just about to begin! We're so happy that you have registered and are planning to audition.

Our first meeting will be held on Sunday, September 8th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 311 Haines Rd., York 17402. This meeting is "mandatory", meaning that each prospective singer must be present with a parent or guardian. (If necessary, a close relative or trusted family friend may accompany the student.) The meeting is particularly important because we'll distribute music and discuss our schedule, audition procedures and formal outfits.

Music will not be distributed to student singers who are not accompanied by an adult. During the meeting, we will rehearse the music that you will be asked to sing for your 20 minute audition on either September 21st OR 22nd. We want to be sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to have a successful audition.

Beginning today, if your audition is successful, we will contact you every week on Wednesdays throughout the season. For the next several weeks, we will send emails each Wednesday. Beginning September 11, we will no longer send emails, and weekly information will be posted on our website (www.theYCHC.org) on the Student Center page on Wednesday mornings. For students and parents who gave permission on the registration form, we will send text messages each Wednesday that include a link to the information on our website.  

Next week's email will contain more specific information about the meeting, audition procedures and sign-ups for audition times. Emails will be sent from our Senior Honors Choir "official" address, yorkhonorschoir1@aol.com, which is Michal's Honors Choir address. Please be sure that this address is in your contact list so that her emails will not go to your junk mail.

For your information, an updated season's schedule is attached at the top of this page and also located on the Schedules page of this website. The schedule is still subject to change, and you will receive a final version at the meeting on September 8.

HELP! We're looking for a host for our concert on Sunday, March 29. If you would like to host the Senior Honors Choir at your church, please contact Randy at rdy1949@gmail.com.

We're excited to see you and hear you sing together for the first time on September 8! Look for another email next Wednesday...........

MICHAL and RANDY