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Georgia College High School Choral Day

We would like to encourage interested high school choirs and/or interested individual high school singers to attend our High School Choral Day on Friday, September 26, 2014. This one day event is a chance high school students to meet and work with Georgia College music faculty, other high school singers, and the Max Noah Singers. We will begin the day with registration between 8:30 and 9 a.m. followed by rehearsals, a vocal master class, lunch with Max Noah Singers, more rehearsals, and a campus tour. The day will culminate in a mini-performance at 4 p.m. which should last no more than a half an hour. We will have a vocal master class in the morning at which students may sing an accompanied solo and work with a member of our voice faculty in front of all participants.

The cost for the day is $25 per student, which includes the luncheon and a commemorative T-shirt. The registration form may be found here. High School Directors are also encouraged to bring a group of students. If you plan to bring more than 5 students, please use the registration grid found here and the director must either attend or send a parent chaperone. I will confirm the students’ registration the week before the event and send the detailed agenda by email. The forms are due by Friday, September 5, in order to give us time to make lunch reservations and order T-shirts. Payment is requested by Friday, September 19. The repertoire required for the Choral Day is listed below and is available from most online sheet music stores. I order our music from Musical Resources (http://www.musical-resources.com/). Please make sure the students know the music; memorization is not required. I will also podcast recordings of the music and email you the subscription information. Thank you and we hope to see you in September.

Repertoire 

  1. Zion's Walls by Aaron Copland (Boosey & Hawkes Inc. M-051-46070-0)
  2. Loch Lomond by Jonathan Quick (Cypress Choral Music C3.CP1045)
  3. Soon-ah Will Be Done by William L. Dawson (Music Press Tuskegee Institute 102-A)
  4. Down to the River to Pray (I will send you a link to listen to and begin to learn parts by rote. We will finish learning parts and put it together that day.)

 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dr. Jennifer M. Flory
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
Graduate Coordinator for Music Education
Office Phone: 478-445-4839
jennifer.flory@gcsu.edu 

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Comments from high school choir directors in past years:

"I loved the music selection - I loved the amount of rehearsal time - the game was fun and a good release for the students - I was glad the teachers and chaperones were welcome to watch and listen (the parents really enjoyed that) - I also really liked the early performance time (very nice for those of us who have such a long ride). The Master Class was great for us teachers as well as the students...a really nice addition to the experience."

"Everything--seriously. The music selection was perfect, just challenging enough to have something to work on, but not so challenging it felt impossible to learn. The games make things fun and break the ice for the students, keeping them from sitting still so long they get bored. The master class was very helpful to my students--all of them commented that they each learned something through that. My students brought up Fall Choral Day in class again today. They were talking about District Honor Choir being so long with the two full days of rehearsal and they said they thought Fall Choral Day was just right!"

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