We've got some exciting things planned, including a virtual choir (sort of like this one that Chamber Singers participated in last Spring), and some really great guest speakers! On top of the core parts of our choral curriculum like vocal technique, music literacy, and ensemble skills, we'll spend a good chunk of the year in a unit on the different careers in the choral world. In this unit we'll learn about the lives of professional singers, composers, conductors & teachers, audio & video producers, managers & administrators, and more!
Our main focus in this first semester will be on multiple virtual choirs to release around Christmas time for our parents, friends, and other audience members to enjoy! We'll continue learning more advanced aspects of music-reading, vocal technique, and we'll also have a mock-audition project to help us prepare for different audition scenarios. I'm working on getting a special tool approved that'll hopefully make rehearsals a bit more manageable for us, too.
Did someone say they wanted to do ICHSA? Well here we are! This year's competition, like everything else, is going to be different--it's entirely online, but for our video submission, we won't just be recording from our homes, because we want to make sure we're using the best microphones possible! I'm still working on logistics, but I have a plan that will get you in a room, individually and by yourself, with a mic that is uniquely used only by you. I'll be in a separate room mastering recordings (audio & video), and I'll combine all of your videos into a sort of virtual a cappella group to submit for the competition! I'm also working on logistics for one more project for you all, as well, but I'll save that until everything has been finalized.
All in all, though it might not be what we expected this Fall to look like, I'm so excited at the opportunities we have to continue building our musical family and making music together. Although we can't sing together in the same space, we will always have our choral community to fall back on.
More info to come. See you soon!
We'd also like to give a huge thank you to...
- Angela Ugolini at Aurum Productions, for her patient and masterful mixing
- Dave Sperandio at Vocal Mastering
- Connor Martin, master editor
- David Rabizadeh, live sound
- Rob Dietz, arranger (Love So Soft)
- Jon Smith, arranger (Pray)
- Joshua Singer, arranger (Fallingwater)
...and of course, our former director and arranging extraordinaire, Michael Brisentine! Thanks for the years of knowledge and passion you've infused into Evolve and the rest of the choral program at Chesapeake. This is for you!
In a completely unexpected and somewhat chaotic end to the school year, Chesapeake Choirs found ourselves without a final performance to end out the year. Enter Lux, a young professional choir based in the Washington, D.C. area!
Our Chamber Singers were approached about participating in a virtual choir to end out the school year, alongside two other amazing high school choirs, and Lux, themselves! We had virtual masterclasses/tutorials and recorded from our own homes in our bedrooms, kitchens, and more!
We hope you enjoy this end-of-the-year project from our Chamber Singers!