This info was emailed to all touring singers and their parents on 2/14/19.
TOUR MUSIC: Singers must be working on their tour music at home! Read on for information and explanations.
- What music should singers be learning and practicing?
See the chart HERE for who is singing what. “R” = required, “Op”= optional. It’s also easy to see in the Practice Files page (see #2).
- Where can I get the practice files and sheet music?
Practice files are posted on the website (Members > Practice Files, scroll to the bottom for “Tour.“) Select your ensemble(s) at the top and it will list only what you need to see! Look below the audio track player for links saying “Download the sheet music” or “Learn the ____ part”–these links will open sheet music files for you to use.
- What needs to be “passed off” or “auditioned?”
If you sang it at the Winter Concert or are learning it in regular rehearsals right now (Pilgrim Song), you do NOT need to pass it off. Everything else should be submitted for pass off. (due 2/26) Note that most songs are required to be memorized, but a few are not (look on practice files.)
- How do I pass it off/audition?
Submit a recording of yourself singing the piece (accurately!) via the Submit Audition feature on the website. You may play the track while you sing, but be sure we can hear your voice clearly over the track.
Special Notes by ensemble:
Chorale–you need to practice Tshotsholoza and Inscription of Hope to keep your memory up! Use practice files to learn Pilgrim Song quickly, also! You do not have to pass off any of these.
Concert Choir— you need to practice Tshotsholoza to keep your memory up! Use practice files to learn Pilgrim Song quickly, also! You do not have to pass off either of these. You must learn Inscription of Hope, which Chorale sang at the Winter Concert. Do this by using the practice files and sheet music on the website. (see #2 above)
Virtuoso Singers–you need to practice Tshotsholoza, and use practice files to learn Pilgrim Song quickly. You do not have to pass off either of these required pieces. We highly encourage you to learn Inscription of Hope and/or Wade in the Water so that you have a piece to sing with Cantus in the Friday concert. (Inscription does not need to be memorized, but must be sung in the sop-alto range, which boys and girls are welcome to do; if you are a tenor or bass you still have the option to sing soprano or alto part, or you may choose Wade instead if you’d rather.) Your optional pieces also include I Hope You Dance (memorized) and Dance For Love (not memorized). These are mass songs to be sung with all the combined choirs at the festival. Remember that if you choose not to do any of the optional pieces, you will sing with Cantus during the daytime performance/clinic, but won’t have anything to sing at the evening concert. (Your choice, we just want to be sure you understand.)
Concordia— you need to practice Wade in the Water, Tshotsholoza, and use practice files to learn Pilgrim Song and Homeward Bound quickly. You do not have to pass off any of these required pieces. Concordia may choose to learn Inscription of Hope (does not need to be memorized; must be sung in sop-alto range as written), Dance for Love (does not need to be memorized, but must be passed off), and/or I Hope You Dance (this song is required if you are in Bella Visi, Fortis, or VoiceOver.)
Bella Visi, Fortis, VoiceOver–see the practice files page for your required and optional pieces; check the right box at the top and it will list it all out.