Song & Performance Notes Phrasing: Sing with as much legato line and expressive phrasing as you are able. It’s been hard to actually practice the dynamics in the score, but feel free to bring them out as much as you are able. Hopefully having the other parts in your ear will help! Diction: In general, taller, rounder vowels should dominate. Many of the vowel sounds may seem like they have a more or less proper British English accent. For example, for an “ah” vowel (as in, “Christ”) think of the British pronunciation of the word “father.” Final Cutoff: On the final page, I begin counting in measure 43. I count until the fermata, and say, “One, two, and Off,” to signify exactly where to place the final cutoff. Listen specifically to those measures a couple of times prior to recording to get a feel for the pacing. You will most likely need a Very Intentional Breath™ in measure 41 before the final phrase!
Song & Performance Notes Phrasing: Enjoy this bop through the snow! Singing with a smile actually does come through on your recording, so make sure you’re full of good cheer when you record! Cutoffs: Most cutoffs happen as written. Example: measure 38, put the “l” of “frightful” right on beat 3. Same thing with “dying” in m. 54, etc. Final cutoffs: in measure 66, “Snow” finishes the downward slide *on* beat 2. In measure 67, I start counting, “1,2,3,4.” Listen to that phrasing a few times to feel how we will all slide down together, ending on the downbeat of measure 68. Mea culpa: Altos - in measure 37, I goofed. Please sing the right notes there like you always do! Tenors - in measure 56 my brain decided to take a smoke break. You got this.
Song & Performance Notes Sequence: First time - all, unison singing Part I; Second time - S/A singing Part II/ Part I; Third time (key change) - S/A singing Part II/ Part I, TB singing Silent Night in unison Phrasing: breathe at the quarter note rests, singing phrases as notated in the score. Final cutoff: In the last two measures, I count “1,2,3 1,2,3 ‘sss’” to indicate where the final consonants should be placed. TB have a final “s” of the word “peace.” SA have a final “th” of the word “earth.” Do your best to place those with me, but please don’t try to out-do me!!! :) A tasteful final consonant should do it.
Virtual Choir Video Tutorial Please take a minute to view the tutorial video. It outlines what is required for a virtual choir submission and walks you through the process of creating a video recording.