Eighth Notes is an early intermediate level choir designed to continue the development of the singer’s vocal and music skills. Choristers perform quality literature, ranging from simple to slightly more complex, representing various styles, periods and cultures. Voicing ranges from unison to two parts. Singers remain in Eighth Notes for one to two years and rehearse weekly for 75 minutes.
To advance to Eighth Notes, singers should demonstrate:
- Proper vocal technique
- Body alignment/posture, breathing (inhalation and exhalation, breath support), vowel placement
- Basic music reading skills
- Reading a choral score observing the vocal line, measures, text, rhythm and melody.
- Reading and singing in pentatonic scale using the moveable “do” system.
- Reading and singing simple rhythms (quarter and eight notes and rests)
- Reading and singing using simple duple and quadruple meters.
- Developing vocal independence when part-singing
- Proper stage presence and deportment
- Musicianship and vocal abilities required for Grace Notes
The time commitment for Eighth Notes includes:
- 75-minute weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays
- retreats (generally 2 Saturday afternoons each year)
- dress and pre-concert rehearsals
- winter and spring concerts