The Adult Church Choir Rehearsal

The Sanctuary Choir has had an exciting year! First of all, look how we've grown from 12 members last summer to 21 members at Christmas time! We have a great group of enthusiastic singers who are very faithful to the music program and are eager to learn! What more could a director ask of a choir? Take a seat on one of the red velvet pews in the back of the Sanctuary and observe one of our Thursday night choir rehearsals...

7:00-7:10 p.m. - Warm-Ups Stretches, sighs, sirens, humming, chewing, facial massage Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, breathe out for four counts Me-ahh (starting with a D Major triad going up: 15-4321) Vi-va (starting with a D Major triad going up: 1234-5656-54321) Vocal Siren Reminders: singing through the consonant to the vowel, sitting on top of the note instead of reaching up to it

Opening Prayer

7:10-7:15 p.m. - Sunday’s Anthem Prayer for Peace (Lightfoot) Reminders: tall mouth-shape, tempo changes, dynamics, cut-offs, more breath preparation before entrances

7:15-7:20 p.m. - Service Music (all a cappella) Introit: O Worship the King (Traditional Hymn) Prayer Response: Breathe on Me, Breath of God (Traditional Hymn) Benediction Response: Amen (Danyew) Reminders: breathing together, imagining first note before singing it, singing into the sound around you, enunciate!

7:20-7:50 p.m. - Anthems Come to the Water (Hasseler) - new Reminders: direction of phrases (most important word of phrase), breath preparation, phrase-shaping

An Hour of Hallowed Peace (Danyew) Reminders: "hushed" text painting (singing the word in a way that depicts its meaning), breath support for soft singing, preparing to sing 5ths, direction of phrases (most important word of phrase), phrase-shaping

Jesus, Savior, Friend (Glass) Reminders: consistent tempo, syncopated rhythm review, tall mouth shape/vowels, confidence, relationship of vocal parts to accompaniment

7:50-7:55 p.m. - Announcements Choir picture is up on the website! Joke Time

7:55-8:00 p.m. - Talk Break

8:00-8:30 p.m. - Anthems You Are the Song (Courtney) Reminders: syncopated rhythm review, parts review, relationship of vocal parts to accompaniment

The Gift of Love (Traditional Hymn) - a cappella, rehearsed in circle Reminders: look up!, blend with people around you, direction of phrases, phrase-shaping, dynamic contour

Prayer Circle